We organize special surgical missions and run a Clinton Global Initiative program to fight anemia and help vulnerable pregnant women safely deliver healthy babies in Nigeria.

We also donate computers, books, medicine and sports fields to schools in the country.  Through our David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, we provide full tuition, medical care, and professional psychological support to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality in Nigeria.


The GEANCO Foundation was established in 2005 by Dr. Godwin Onyema and his family.

While in high school in Nigeria, Godwin was inspired to dedicate his life to medicine by his loving father and a British missionary doctor who cared for his local community.

After graduating from medical school in 1974, Godwin immigrated to the United States with his new wife, Josephine (Nma). Before he left, Godwin promised to return one day to improve healthcare and save lives in his homeland.

Godwin began his philanthropic effort in earnest soon after his children graduated from college (Gozie – Princeton, Afam – Harvard, Ebele – Georgetown, Nche – Boston College)

Together, they recruited a team of brilliant passionate individuals committed to making his dream a life-saving reality.

Godwin’s second son Afam leads GEANCO full-time. Afam graduated cum laude from Harvard University and Stanford Law School. He declined lucrative corporate law offers in order to help his father achieve his lifelong dream.