The GEANCO Foundation is hosting its annual Impact Africa Hollywood fundraiser on Monday, September 21, at Sunset Gower Studios, to raise awareness and increase support for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria. The Impact Africa event will honor two revered actors of Nigerian decent with GEANCO’s Global Promise Award in recognition of their commitment to providing better educational opportunities for young children in Nigeria: Oscar-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Emmy-nominated actor David Oyelowo ("Selma").
Proceeds from the event will benefit Brightland Academy in southeast Nigeria and the Girls’ Government Science School in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Specifically, donations will pay for computers and educational supplies for teachers and students, including books, paper, pencils and notebooks, clothing and a wide variety of medicine for the schools’ in-house clinics. Donations will also underwrite medical care and mental health support for young girls brutalized by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
"We are thrilled to honor two men who have given back in such a profound way to our shared homeland of Nigeria and who are such exemplary ambassadors of The GEANCO Foundation," said Afam Onyema, GEANCO’s Co-Founder and COO. "Thanks to the generosity of the Los Angeles community and the support of our celebrity honorees and co-hosts, we will have the funds necessary to reach many more vulnerable communities in Nigeria and impact thousands of lives for the better."
In addition to honoring Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo, the Gala will be co-hosted by Marcellus Wiley (Host of ESPN’s "SportsNation" and ESPN radio show "Max & Marcellus"), Mark Johnson (Oscar- and Emmy-winning Producer of "Breaking Bad" and "Rain Main"), Warren Moon (NFL Hall of Fame quarterback) and Billy Ray (Oscar-nominated writer of "Captain Phillips" and "The Hunger Games"; Director of "The Secret in Their Eyes").
VIP tickets ($300) and General Admission tickets ($150) are available for purchase on Eventbrite.
General admission doors open at 7 p.m. The program will kick off with remarks and the Global Promise Award presentation promptly at 8:15 p.m.
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