Two of the biggest Hollywood stars of Nigerian descent, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and David Oyelowo (Selma) have hearts of gold.

They are using their status and influence to help raise funds for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria.

Both actors are set to headline GEANCO’s annual Hollywood fundraising gala on October 6.

GEANCO, which was behind the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship For Girls initiative, is an American-based NGO that seeks to save and transform lives in Africa.

Speaking about Oyelowo and Ejiofor’s involvement, GEANCO’S co-founder, Afam Onyema said:

"David and Chiwetel are passionate supporters who are deeply involved with our work in Nigeria. I’m honored to have them headline this important event."

The actors will engage in a keynote conversation about philanthropy in Africa, and will be joined by Ejiofor’s Doctor Strange co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch, who is the honorary gala chair; as well as special guests, Sam Adegoke (Dynasty), Dayo Okeniyi (Hunger Games) and  musician Jidenna.

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Proceeds from the event will be used to financially support GEANCO’s medical missions, which provide free joint replacements and minimally invasive surgeries to less-privileged Nigerians.

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