In these days of what may be described as extreme hardship, where inflation seems to be on a steady rise, a young man has taken it upon himself to help out as many struggling Nigerians as he can, with the little he has.
Born on August 29, 1991, the young man identified as Defokwu Stanley Ebube Kelvin, who also goes by the name Agbalanze (a name which was given to him by the oldest man in his village, while he was yet to be birthed) decided to add more meaning to the lives of people, instead of just existing.
NAIJ.com had the opportunity of chatting with the young man who describes himself as a 'core Pan Africanist', and he opened up on how he took on this 'lifestyle'.
Here are excerpts from the chat:
What is your name and where are you from?
I am Defokwu Stanley Ebube Kelvin, also known as Ichie Agbalanze, (interjects: is that a nickname?) it's a name which was given to me as a foetus, by the oldest blind man in my dad's clan who died few weeks after I was born. Agbalanze is a high priest of high crowned chiefs.
I'm from Abagana in Anambra state.
Do you work or school at the moment?
I'm a school dropout. I was studying law at a Nigerian university. Presently a farmer... Poultry, Fishery and Rabbitry, a spoken word artiste, and a TV host (The Agbalanze Show)
Why did you drop out?
I was never a fan of the system. I never wanted to go to school, but I had to enrol because of family pressure. I dropped out because I feel the educational system in Africa is a mess and needs a quick redress, because the system keeps raising youths without knowledge of self and can't think for themselves.
Why do you think the system is a mess?
They don't teach young Africans to love their own. I will elaborate in my spoken word video which will be out soon. My TV show is also loading and it is aimed at awakening the lost consciousness in youths for community volunteering.
Why did you decide to go into philanthropy at such a young age, even though you don't seem to have 'too much money'?
It's always been a part of me as a kid. Growing up with a widowed mum with 6 kids, she was nothing but a giver...gave up her life for her children and others around her. She is a widow that gave beyond widow's mite.
Charity has always been a part of me from childhood. Just like I told you about mum...I learnt so much from her. I started my foundation (Rubies Of Compassion Foundation) in 2012, but it became 'official' in 2016 when i met friends of like minds, and i started carrying them along.
My goal in life is to raise enough young africans to the realisation of who we are... Embracing and helping those in need. That's how our fathers lived.
How do you get the funds you support the needy with?
My major sponsor is Nonso Anakor... A young man from Nimo in Anambra State who lives and works in United Arab Emirates...and Kingsley Youngest Arafat from Imo state who lives and works in Georgia.
They saw what I do on Facebook and vowed never to stop supporting the good cause... I also get one time support from other friends in my Facebook list.
See Agbalanze and his 'team' in action:
As the hardship in the country continues and as Nigerians try to adjust to the situation on ground, this man hopes to inspire a young generation of givers, who will look beyond their circumstance and many distractions, and just put a smile on the face of the needy.
Another young man who is also inspiring Nigerians and helping the needy, is Adepejun Olukokun, who also likes to see smiles of gratitude and tears of joy on the faces of people he has helped.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com went on a market survey to find out if N1000 would be enough to make a pot of soup, in the economic recession: