David Oyelowo Creates Scholarship for Female Victims of Terror & Gender Inequality in Nigeria (Oprah Winfrey Contributes to Seed Funding)

April 20 2017
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: David Oyelowo attends an Official Academy Members Screening Of SELMA hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences at The Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) David Oyelowo (Photo by Craig Barritt/for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) The GEANCO Foundation has announced its inaugural David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, which will provide scholarships covering educational expenses for girls directly impacted by acts of terror in all its forms. Recipients will include victims of terror attacks and debilitating gender-based inequality. David and Jessica Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Janus Funds, Participant Media and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon provided the seed funding for this scholarship. GEANCO's leadership actively seeks additional major gifts to increase the scholarship's reach and impact. Oyelowo will play an active role in the scholarship's funding, administration and promotion. Last year, the British actor of Nigerian descent received GEANCO's "Global Promise" Award at the foundation's annual Hollywood gala in recognition of his commitment to providing better educational opportunities for Nigeria's youth. In recent years, extremists have kidnapped, raped and terrorized thousands of girls in Africa's most populous country, Nigeria. Although a large number have since escaped or been rescued, they are still not truly free and now face a different kind of isolation. Considered "tainted", many have been rejected by their families and communities. Their educations have been disrupted, and they cannot afford tuition at high-quality schools. GEANCO's special scholarship will benefit this vulnerable group of girls, in addition to girls severely disadvantaged by Nigeria's gender inequality. It is named in honor of David Oyelowo who is a strong GEANCO supporter, and who encouraged the scholarship's creation. Three scholarships will be awarded for the 2016-2017 school year. The number offered in subsequent years will depend on capacity and available funding. This year's recipients will attend the Anglican Girls Grammar School (AGGS), a secondary school for students aged 10-15, in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city. AGGS is an academic center of excellence known for its emphasis on Science and math. The all-girls boarding school offers a safe and nurturing learning and living environment. Future scholarship recipients will be placed at other high-achieving schools in Nigeria. "We cannot stand idly by while thousands of innocent girls remain under serious threat," said Oyelowo. "With our help, these bright and resilient girls can blossom into Nigeria's most inspiring leaders in government, education, business, entertainment, and so much more. The way to combat oppression and injustice is to be intentional in calling it out and then seeking to affect sustainable and long-term change. That is what these Leadership scholarships are all about. We seek to nurture a generation of strong female trailblazers whose positive impact will be felt across Nigeria and around the world." "Through these scholarships, we will bring fresh hope to Nigeria's most precious and vulnerable souls," said Afam Onyema, GEANCO Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. "This is a powerful, heartwarming response to an urgent, challenging crisis." For more information on The GEANCO Foundation, visit Geanco.org, and connect with GEANCO on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The GEANCO Foundation is an LA-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the health and educational needs of vulnerable women and children in Nigeria through surgical missions, medical and educational supply donations, and through a special Clinton Global Initiative anemia screening and treatment program. GEANCO is also developing a world-class, solar-powered hospital in Nigeria.
by Tambay Obenson on April 20 2017

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