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ChevronTexaco Sponsors "A Day in the Life of Africa" Project

All Publishing Profits from Book to Support HIV/AIDS Education Fund Programs in Africa

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30, 2002 -- ChevronTexaco Corp. today welcomed the official launch of A Day in the Life of Africa, the latest release in the best-selling A Day in the Life photo documentary series. ChevronTexaco is an underwriting partner of the project -- which includes a book, DVD documentary and music CD -- as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage investment in Africa and to support the fight against HIV and AIDS.

A Day in the Life of Africa captures contemporary life in Africa with more than 250 stunning photographs taken by 100 of the world's best photojournalists on one day -- Feb. 28, 2002.

Commenting on the project, David J. O'Reilly, chairman and chief executive officer of ChevronTexaco, said: "We are proud to celebrate a continent where we have worked every day for almost 100 years and we are delighted to participate in a project that helps to change perceptions of Africa and to show the world a view not often seen -- the limitless potential of Africa and the millions of quiet stories of accomplishment that occur each day.

"ChevronTexaco is honored to support these efforts and to help with the fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa," said O'Reilly.

All publishing profits from this book will go to A Day in the Life of Africa AIDS Education Fund, administered by the Tides Foundation, San Francisco, in conjunction with Harvard AIDS Institute, John Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs and the Soul City Foundation, South Africa.

Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Mpilo Tutu captures the book's intent in the foreword: "These photographs speak eloquently about the wide range of human conditions that exist within this vast continent. You will see people going about their daily lives, men and women at work, parents caring for their families, children in school and at play. You will see landscapes, cities, villages, and home, customs, culture and religious practices that are uniquely African. These portraits of the daily lives of African people and places can invoke deeper public understanding of our continent.

"If we are to realize the true potential of our African motherland, it will take immense effort and commitment from those who call the continent of Africa their home, as well as the entire international community."

Project director, David Cohen, said: "We are delighted to have ChevronTexaco partner with us on this project. When we first started to consider putting together a book about Africa, we knew two things -- first we wanted to provide the world with a view of the rich diversity of Africa not often covered by headline-driven media. Secondly, we all had a strong desire to help in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Having traveled to Africa a number of times, I was taken by its people and by its culture and I could think of no better place to shoot a new Day in the Life book."

A Day in the Life of Africa will be published in the United States, Canada, Francophone countries, South Africa, Germany and Australia.

About ChevronTexaco

ChevronTexaco is active in more than 50 African nations and is sub-Sahara Africa's largest United States-based investor. The company's investments are not just in developing energy resources and creating jobs and revenues. The company also has awarded thousands of scholarships to students in colleges, universities and technical schools; built schools, clinics and housing; provided job training; funded small businesses and supported the fight against AIDS. In Cabinda, ChevronTexaco worked with the Angola government to establish a blood bank that reduced the number of HIV cases caused by contaminated blood from 25 percent to 1 percent.

ChevronTexaco is a leader in the global energy business with wide-ranging activities in more than 180 countries. ChevronTexaco is the third-largest energy company in terms of global oil and gas reserves (more than 11 billion barrels of oil and gas equivalent) and fourth largest in global oil and natural gas production (2.7 million barrels of oil and gas equivalent per day). It has the capacity to refine more than 2 million barrels per day, sells more than 5 million barrels of fuel and products daily and owns or has interest in more than 25,000 retail outlets under Chevron, Texaco and Caltex brands. It is the fourth largest company in the global lubricants business, is an industry leader in the power and gasification businesses and has extensive technology operations, ranging from core business research and development to e-business and venture capital activities.

About A Day In The Life of Africa

  • Directed by David Cohen, produced by Lee Liberman
  • 288 pages,; 250 color and black and white photos
  • 10 1/4" x 12 1/2" vertical, shrinkwrapped
  • Suggested retail price: $50.00 ($69.95 Canada)
  • ISBN 0-9718021-0-6
  • Publication date: Oct. 30, 2002
  • Published by Tides Foundation distributed by Publishers Group West
  • "A Day in the Life®" is a registered trademark of HarperCollins Publishers, and it is used with their generous permission.

Notes to Editors:

Other sponsors of A Day in the Life of Africa publication include Pfizer, Olympus, Anheuser-Busch, Apple Computers, Le Meridien Hotels, BMG Entertainment, LexarMedia, The World Bank Group, Eskom,, Publishers Group West,, Pictopia South African Airways and LJCB Investments.

For additional information about A Day in the Life of Africa, or to purchase a book, please visit their web site at

Read the CVX Magazine story: A Day in the Life of Africa.

Photography is available upon request.

Updated: October 2002