Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo and Freida Pinto talk Viola Davis and helping Nigeria's girls at Impact Africa fundraiser

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By MAGDALENA GUILLEN

It was an incredible and moving night for Hollywood at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo echoed the same sentiments from Viola Davis' emotional acceptance when AOL caught up with them at the GEANCO Foundation's Impact Africa Gala Monday night.

"For me personally this is a sentiment that we talk about everyday," Oyelowo confessed. "When I'm with black actors, directors, writers, producers -- you know, the difference is that with last night, she was given a platform, and that's the thing -- why we are here tonight."

The "Selma" star revealed that both he and Nigerian, Chiwetel Ejiofor are given a spotlight to voice their concerns about inequalities in the entertainment industry, and it's a spotlight they plan to use to raise awareness about giving back to their home countries.

"I've been looking for a substantial and meaningful way to reach back to my country of origin and make a difference," Ejiofor said. "The thing about GEANCO is they're doing it, you know. It's not an idea ... they are building a hospital, they are helping with education, they are doing hip replacements, knee replacements -- all of which are helping people on the ground."

The GEANCO annual fundraiser, which aims to raise awareness and increase support for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria, also supports mental health for young girls who have been brutalized by the terrorist group Boko Haram. GEANCO has collected large donations from other A-list celebrities, including Oprah, to help these young women out.



The "12 Years a Slave" star told AOL how the organization came on board to help a school his mother founded in 2012 back home in Nigeria, "It's offering these kids a kind of world-class education," he said. "It's something we're all so deeply passionate about."

Other celebrities that came out to support the Nigerian actors were "Slumdog Millionaire" actress Frieda Pinto and "Selma" director Ava DuVernay. Pinto, who was also deeply moved by Viola Davis' speech at the Emmys, posted a heartwarming message on Instagram.


Gender equality, and especially women's equality is a top issue for the stunning actress.

"It's something that I'm super passionate about," said Pinto. "Because for me, in a short sense it's just not in countries that are poor or in parts of the world that are stricken with cultural issues, gender equality issues is part of my industry as well."

You can learn more about what the actors and what GEANCO is doing to help young women in Nigeria by visiting their website.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo and Freida Pinto talk Viola Davis and helping Nigeria's girls at Impact Africa fundraiser
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: (C) Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of GEANCO Afam Onyema with (L-R) actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo at the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actors David Oyelowo and Chiwetel Ejiofor attend the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: David Oyelowo and Chiwetel Ejiofor attend The GEANCO Foundation's Impact Africa Hollywood fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actors Freida Pinto and David Oyelowo attend the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Tracy Ifeachor attends the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Yvonne Orji attends the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Aqueela Zoll attends the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Former NFL quarteback/Hall of Famer Warren Moon attends the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Cedric Sanders (R) attends the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Artist Chaz Guest (R) attends the Impact Africa Fundraiser at Sunset Gower Studios on September 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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