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Jun 14, 2022

Afam Onyema was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1979. He graduated cum laude  from Harvard University. After graduation, Afam worked for Hill & Knowlton,  Inc., a global public relations firm. Afam entered Stanford Law School in  September 2004. During his time at Stanford, he served as Vice President of the  Black Law Students' Association and a two-time Public Interest Fellow. In January  2006, Afam traveled to Ghana as part of the law school's International Community  Law Clinic.  

While in law school, Afam co-founded the GEANCO Foundation  ( After graduating, Afam declined multiple corporate law firm  offers in order to lead GEANCO full-time as CEO.  
GEANCO’s mission is to save and transform lives in Nigeria. GEANCO leads complex surgical missions to Nigeria. It runs an innovative program to fight  anemia and builds modern maternity clinics to help poor, vulnerable pregnant women deliver healthy babies. Through its David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship  for Girls, GEANCO provides tuition, medical care, and social & psychological  support to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality in Nigeria 

Afam has been profiled and/or interviewed by BBC News, National Public Radio (NPR), US News & World Report,, Hollywood Reporter, Huffington  Post, American Lawyer, NBC News, KTLA, Harvard Magazine, Stanford  Magazine, Stanford Lawyer, Ebony Magazine and Newsweek.  
GEANCO’s supporters include, among many others, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina  Jolie, Charlize Theron, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor,  Daisy Ridley, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Rock, Forest Whitaker, Djimon Hounsou,  Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock, David Oyelowo, Bryan Cranston, Steven Soderberg,  Whoopi Goldberg, civil rights legend Rev. Jesse Jackson, United Airlines, Google,  Disney, The Oscars, Showtime Networks and Netflix.
In 2020, Afam was named one of the Top Ten Most Influential Africans in the Diaspora.

To get in touch with Afam, you may reach him via email on, or follow Geanco Foundation on Instagram and Twitter on @geancofdn 

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