Godwin Maduka is a Nigerian doctor, businessman and philanthropist, and the founder of Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center.
He is known for his philanthropic work, having built houses fo over 100 widows in his home village, Umuchukwu in Anambra State, Nigeria.
Maduka has also built schools, churches, quarters for teachers, judges and the police as well as a police station and an hospital in his village.
Here is his story as told by WoK.
Born and raised in Umuchukwu, previously known as Nkerehi, Maduka attended Nawfia Comprehensive Secondary School and later All Saints Grammar school.
He immediately got a chance to join the University of Port Harcourt to study medicine but he could not progress due to lack of fees.
However, he got a chance to study at Rust College where his uncle was a lecture on a scholarship that covered half of his tuition.
In 1982, with financial support from his younger brother and uncle, Godwin Maduka relocated to the US to study at Rust College and graduated in 1984.
After graduating from the college, he landed a scholarship to study at Mercer University, and later, he got full scholarship to study medicine at University of Tennessee.
He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1993 and progressed to Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for his post-graduate training and residency in anesthesiology, critical care and pain management.
Following his graduation from Havard in 1997, he moved to Las Vegas where he worked as an anesthesiologist for Desert Spring United Methodist Church among other hospitals.
He started his own practice at Red Rock Medical Group before founding Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center in 1999.
His facility is a one-stop destination for various medical services, including primary care, preventative care, urgent care, radiology, lab work, and surgery.
Other than running his facilities, he is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at UNLV School of Medicine.
He also serves as clinical faculty supervisor and adjunct professor of pain management and anesthesiology at Touro University Nevada.
By the time of publishing, Maduka was building an 18-storey skyscraper that would host the largest medical research hub in Africa.
He also built a Chinese restaurant in the village among other establishments like a court, churches, a police station and schools.
In 2018, he built a Police College and Academy in his village and it was approved by the Federal Government.
Godwin Maduka said the Academy would also help to phase out crime through the use of modern crime fighting techniques.
“I decided to attract this project to Umuchukwu as a way of helping youths gain employment and also fight corruption in our society
“The project would be sitting on 50 hectares of land which I have already procured as you see, and from the inspection which we have undertaken today with members of the police service commission, you can see that they are pleased with the arrangement so far,” he said.
In 2015, Maduka warmed the hearts of many after building 100 houses for widows. He replaced every thatched house in the area with three or four-bedroom bungalows.
“About 100 of such buildings are currently in place in the community. They belong to the indigent natives, especially widows. All such buildings carry green aluminum roofing sheets for easy identification and beautification of the place,” he said.
Maduka explains his philanthropic gesture, saying,
“I embarked on all these to save my people from my ugly experience while growing up. I grew up in a home that when it rained, it rained more inside than house. Wealth would be meaningless if it cannot be used to better the lives of the people around the custodian.”