If only you could have been there amongst the sea of elegance and support garnered by Afam Oneyama’s annual fund drive for GEANCO an organization which shares its global mission of providing financial support, scholarships, medical care with minimal invasive surgery and much needed psychological help to poor Nigerians.
His caravan of illustrious followers includes some of Hollywood’s finest selecting form the well-staffed ranks of heavyweights like of Oprah Winfrey, Charlize Theron, Walt Disney Studios, Dijimon Honsou Jimmy Kimmel. Dr, Oz, Oscar-nominated writer, Billy Ray, Oscar and Emmy-winning producer, Mark Johnson, NBA Champion, Festus Ezeli, Creative Artist Agency (CAA), Brad Pott, Chris Rock, Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch, Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Chiwetel Ejiofor and NFL Hall of Farmers Warren Moon, Ronnie Lott and Richard Dent, Capital Group Companies, Participant Media and Massimo, Inc. With the pro-bono protection offered by International law firms, Mayer Brown LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and global accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP and United Airlines acting as their official travel sponsor.
Under the most beautiful sky that one could imagine there lay beneath a silvery grayed bed of low clouds in the Spectra conversation took place leading all involved to a clearer understanding of the kind of impact and power that GEANCO could have. The evening’s speakers London born Nigerian Oscar- nominated actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor and London born Nigerian Golden-Globe nominated actor, David Oyelowo mimicked and moved forward those thousands of voices that speak out against the atrocities that are a burden and placed upon the hearts and shoulders of the women and young girls of Nigeria.
Honorary chair for the gala Benedict Cumberbatch was on hand to carry the message forward in helping to get the word out. The evenings auction featured significant items from prominent sports figures and the food was to die for enabling every palette on deck to get a bit of satisfaction.
Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor echoed and took to task the building of a concrete movement through his Brighton based school and its structured programs designed to educate and facilitate the growth of women and girls who are set to lead and enroll themselves as futuristic advocates in the now and who are ambassadors for change.
When Oyelowo was asked why the focus on women and young girls, his response was that Nigeria is patriarchal in its nature and it is largely due to that reason which causes a gap in the attention and care given to women and young girls who live in isolated areas well outside of safety zones that offer them protection.