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Monday, 14 September 2015

OPRAH WINFREY PLEDGES $100,000 IN SUPPORT OF GIRL EDUCATION IN NIGERIA


Oprah Winfrey has said she will donate $100,000 in her Selma and The Butler co-star David Oyelowo’s honour to the GEANCO Foundation, which spe­cializes in providing vital healthcare and education needs to girls in Nigeria.

Oyelowo and Oscar-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) are both involved with the founda­tion and coincidentally both British actors of Nige­rian descent who have been friends since they were teen­agers.

Oyelowo told THR his concern in helping improve the sexism, health and edu­cation standards in Nigeria has partly been fueled from watching the lives touched by Oprah, an influential woman whom he now calls a mother figure.

The money from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation will transform two schools in Nigeria, sponsored by Ejiofor and Oyelowo, pro­viding children with the proper learning supplies (computers, books, note­books) and medicine.

A portion of the funds will also be distributed to organizations directly work­ing with the recovery of the rescued girls (who often come back traumatized and pregnant) from Boko Ha­ram
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