British-American-Nigerian actor, David Oyelowo has unveiled a scholarship program for young Nigerian girls.
The scholarship tagged The David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls will focus on sending ‘female victims of terror attacks and gender-based inequality’ to school.
The 40 year old actor is going into partnership with LA-based nonprofit organization, GEANCO to achieve this project.
In an interview he huffingtonpost, David revealed that he was inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s own scholarship program for South African girls.
He also mentioned the the abduction of the Chibok girls in 2014 was another motivator for him to start the scholarship program.
He said, ““For me, being of Nigerian descent myself, being a father to a daughter, I just feel so drawn to this particular group of girls in Nigeria who have been disenfranchised, who have been attacked, and having their very basic rights stolen from them.”
According to the Huffington post, the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls kicked off in August 2015 and has since received support from The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Participant Media and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon.
This year, 3 well-deserving girls will be making their way to the Anglican Girls Grammar School in Abuja on a full scholarship program courtesy of the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls.