Kechie's Project will hold its Holiday Benefit event entitled, “Cocktails for Education,” on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at The Permanent Mission of Nigeria, 828 2nd Avenue (44th St. and 2nd Avenue), in New York City, from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Funds raised will be utilized to continue providing our sponsored girls with scholarships to attend high schools in Nigeria and supporting our cultural workshop programs in Harlem, NY.
Attendees and supporters of this event include top New York City-based entertainer Greg Banks the artist, Fashion retailers, media personalities, professional model and former “America’s Next Top Model” finalist, Nnenna Agba.
Eric J. Henderson and Farai Simoyi are scheduled as a guest speakers.
Matt Hoyle, the Executive Chef at Nobu 57 of New York City will prepare the cuisine for the event and Music provided by DJake (Jake Bright), Director of Cocody Productions.
Kechie’s Project is a unique nonprofit organization specifically focused on empowering underprivileged girls and providing them with educational resources. This takes place in both Nigeria and in the United States as well. Donations to Kechie’s Project provide direct financial support and resources to two schools in Nigeria and the organization also provides cultural awareness programs in New York City Schools, such as Bread and Roses High School in Harlem and PS101Q Elementary School in Forest Hills. Kechie’s Project is dedicated to direct involvement with minimal administrative costs. This focused approach benefits selected children enabling their growth and providing them with future opportunity. The result is a positive effect on their community and our world community.
Founder Ms. Ogbodo:
As a Nigerian American, Nkechi Ogbodo is committed to empowering girls of
color in Africa and America. She believes in providing girls in Africa
access to education and exposing to girls in America to the rich cultural
history of Africa.
Nkechi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lehman College
CUNY and a Master of Arts in International Relations from City College of
the City University of New York (CUNY). Nkechi's unique opportunity of
leaving Nigeria to study in the United States inspired her to give back to
Advisory Board Member Nnena Agba:
Born in Houston and raised in Nigeria, this Black Beauty was the most
beloved Finalist on the hit TV show "America's Next Top Model". Having
captivated her viewing audience, she was voted "Cover Girl of the Week"
numerous times by her fans as well as their favorite to win each week until
she left the show. Her unique face and style transitions flawlessly from
high fashion to commercial shoots and Nnenna commands the attention of both
national and international markets worldwide.
She is also a spokes model for MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid, a company that
promotes and provides alternatives to Blood Diamonds and conflict Diamonds.
While gracing the runways of Paris, London, and New York, Nnenna has worked
for designers such as Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Micheal Kors, and many others.
Ms. Agba is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in
This former Analytical Chemist is doing her part to give back to the
community and make a difference in the world. She is one of the celebrity
spokespersons and the face of Kechie's Project, a nonprofit organization
that focuses on self-improvement, empowerment, and education of young women
in Africa. As a former contestant on America's Next Top Model, Nnenna is
already a household name and has attracted and continues to attract fans
from all walks of life. With an awesome charisma that engages those who
encounter her she proudly serves as a positive role model for all young
girls and women of African origin and her home country of Nigeria.
For further information on Kechie's Project, event sponsorship, public
appearances,, or donations, please contact Frank Swinand at