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David Oyelowo's New Scholarship Will Benefit Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria

Oprah Winfrey steps up to fund the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls founded in part by the British-Nigerian actor.

David Oyelowo knows how to keep his name in the news.


In addition to a growing roster of forthcoming films Queen of Katwe, Five Nights In Maine, and A United Kingdom, Oyelowo has partnered with The GEANCO Foundation for the inaugural David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, according to the press release .

The scholarship, designed to benefit Nigerian girls who have been victims of violence and crippling gender-based inequality, isn’t in name only. As an ardent GEANCO supporter and recipient of the foundation’s “Global Promise Award” last year for his commitment to Nigerian youth, Oyelowo has played an integral role in the scholarships' funding, administration and promotion.

"We cannot stand idly by while thousands of innocent girls remain under serious threat. With our help, these bright and resilient girls can blossom into Nigeria's most inspiring leaders in government, education, business, entertainment, and so much more,” the Selma actor says. “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."

The David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls is in response to the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls and others who have been kidnapped, raped and terrorized in Nigeria. Those who have managed to escape or have been rescued often face ostracism from their communities and have fewer educational opportunities.

British actor David Oyelowo and media mogul Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is among the group of seed funders who made the three scholarships that will be handed out for the 2016-2017 academic year possible. This year’s recipient will have an opportunity to enroll at the Anglican Girls Grammar School, a boarding school known for its emphasis on STEM, located in the capital, Abuja.

Future scholarship recipients will be placed at other high-performing schools in Nigeria.

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We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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