Philanthropist or Fanatical Faction Funder?

January 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM Leave a comment

The Las Vegas Review-Journal profiles an area doctor who is “living the American dream” as a naturalized citizen originally from Nigeria.

He has investment properties in the region (although one wonders if that’s good news given Nevada’s flatlining real estate market) and a huge medical practice employing some 80 people.

A great deal of his wealth has gone to philanthropic efforts in his home country: “Nigerian newspapers have chronicled his philanthropic acts, including the building of houses, a school complex, town hall, church and residence for priests in his hometown.”

Oh yeah, and there’s this:

Against that backdrop of incredible success, hard work and compassion, however, there comes a disturbing view of Maduka, one driven unceasingly by Nigerians using the Internet to accuse him of being a violent man, a religious zealot who runs a militia to intimidate, maim and even kill Nigerians who don’t agree with his idea of a Christian makeover for his hometown

There’s no great lesson here shining a light onto the nonprofit sector, but interesting stuff nonetheless.

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