U.S. President, Joe Biden has appointed two Nigerian-Americans as advisers.
The appointees, Osagie Imasogie and Chiney Ogwumike are part of the 12 members of the President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States, the White House announced on the official White House website.
Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said their appointment into the 12-member advisory council is a motivation for other Nigerians.
“The nomination of the two great Nigerians into the advisory council is a welcome development,” she said on Wednesday in a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.
Chinenye Ogwumike is a two-time WNBA All-Star for the Los Angeles Sparks and a full-time, multi-platform ESPN commentator and NBA analyst.
Ogwumike was the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year and is a two-time WNBA All-Star (2014, 2018). She is proudly Nigerian-American and graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations degree under the mentorship of Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
In August 2020, she became the first Black woman to host a national daily sports-talk radio show.
The 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 honoree also holds the title of Executive Producer, producing an ESPN Films documentary “144” on the 2020 WNBA season.
While Osagie Imasogie, is the Chairman of the Investment Bank and SEC/FINRA registered Broker-Dealer, Quoin Capital and Quoin Advisors.
Imasogie is a co-founder of PIPV Capital, a private equity firm that is focused on the life sciences vertical and has invested over $1 billion into that industry.
Imasogie holds LLM degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.