Afam Onyema was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1979. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2001 and from Stanford Law School in 2007.
While in law school, Afam began directing the efforts of The GEANCO Foundation (www.geanco.org), his family's nonprofit organization. GEANCO’s mission is to save and transform lives in Nigeria. After graduating from Stanford Law, Afam declined his corporate law firm offers in order to work full-time as GEANCO's Chief Operating Officer.