British-Nigerian actor, David Oyelowo has announced he will fund the education of five Nigerian girls who survived the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east.
In a post on his Instagram page, Oyelowo said having managed to overcome the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency, “the journey toward their true destiny has begun”.
He wrote: “Proud to present the glorious recipients of the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship. They survived terror at the hands of Boko Haram, now the journey toward their true destiny has begun. Learn more at @geancofdn”.
The David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship programme, which the girls are beneficiaries of, is organised in partnership with the Geanco Foundation.
Geanco said in its own post that the insurgency kept one of the girls out of school for three years, and that she recently won a essay contest.
The NGO said: “Our @davidoyelowo Leadership Scholars, right before heading back to school after their winter break. Such bright colors and smiles!! The inspirational young lady in purple on the far left just won a regional essay contest.
“Boko Haram kept her out of school for three years, but she is roaring back and excelling after only just a year and a half at her new school. So, so, so proud.”