LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE GEANCO Foundation has inaugurated the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, which will cover educational expenses for girls directly impacted by the Boko Haram terror.
GEANCO’s scholarship will benefit the vulnerable group of girls, in addition to girls severely disadvantaged by Nigeria’s pervasive gender inequality.
It is named in honor of acclaimed British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo, a strong GEANCO supporter who encouraged the scholarship’s creation and plays an active role in its funding, administration and promotion.
Last year, David 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.
“We cannot stand idly by while thousands of innocent girls remain under serious threat,” said Oyelowo.
He said with their help, the bright and resilient girls could 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,” said Oyelowo.
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, a secondary school for students aged 10-15, in Abuja.
– CAJ News