By Mercedes Jackson
GEANCO hosted its annual 2016 Hollywood Gala in Los Angeles, California, October 21, 2016. The night was filled with beautiful people supporting a common purpose…the GEANCO Foundation’s efforts to transform the lives of those less fortunate in Africa. This years’ honoree was Oscar- nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch for his unwavering humanitarian efforts. Cumberbatch spoke elegantly of the importance of the GEANCO Foundation, its mission and the steps they are making to save lives in Nigeria.
The GEANCO Foundation is best known for their medical and educational programs that benefit the underserved population in Nigeria. Through the Clinton’s Global Initiative Project, GEANCO screens and treats vulnerable women and children in Nigeria for anemia. It is the only group of its kind to lead missions in medical prosthetic surgical hip and knee replacement and is currently developing a world class hospital to meet the needs of poverty-stricken citizens in Nigeria. GEANCO also supports Brightland Academy, a school for the underprivileged founded by celebrity Chiwetel Ejiofor’s family, through its generous donations of computers, toys, and medical supplies.
In the midst of the festivities, we were able to speak briefly with HBO’s hit new series “Insecure” lead supporting actress, Yvonne Orji. She informed us of the importance of the GEANCO Foundation and the many endeavors they do in Nigeria. Orji stated, “Besides the fame and spotlight, this is an opportunity for celebrities to use their platform to address issues in everyday society.” Orji is also a native of Nigeria; therefore, the importance of giving back to her homeland is very prevalent and heartfelt to her.