In a significant move that underscores the commitment of the Biden administration to engage with the African Diaspora, President Joe Biden has appointed two prominent Nigerians, Osagie Imasogie and Chineye Ogwumike, to the 12-member advisory council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that this diverse council is poised to make a profound impact on bridging the gap between the African Diaspora and the U.S. government.
The Presidential Advisory Council: A Stellar Lineup
President Biden’s selection of Osagie Imasogie and Chineye Ogwumike as members of the Presidential Advisory Council is not just a recognition of their outstanding achievements, but also a testament to the administration’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The 12-member council, chaired by Silvester Scott Beaman, includes accomplished individuals such as Mimi E. Alemayehou, Rosalind Brewer, Viola Davis, Helene D. Gayle, Patrick Hubert Gaspard, C.D. Glin, Almaz Negash, Ham K. Serunjogi, and Kevin Young.
This diverse group of advisers brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, reflecting the richness of the African Diaspora in the United States.
A Message of Congratulations from NIDCOM
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), extended her heartfelt congratulations to Osagie Imasogie and Chineye Ogwumike on their appointment to the advisory council.
In a statement released by NIDCOM’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, she emphasized the significance of their appointment.
Dabiri-Erewa sees this as a welcome development, one that will serve as a source of inspiration for Nigerians and Africans in general.
Chineye Ogwumike: A Trailblazer in Sports and Media
Chineye Ogwumike is a remarkable Nigerian-American who has made significant strides in both the world of professional sports and media.
As a two-time WNBA All-Star for the Los Angeles Sparks, she has showcased her exceptional talent on the basketball court.
What sets her apart is her ability to seamlessly transition into a full-time national sports media broadcast role.
In August 2020, she achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first Black woman to host a national daily sports-talk radio show.
Furthermore, Chineye Ogwumike is a proud graduate of Stanford University with a degree in International Relations, and her mentorship under Dr. Condoleezza Rice speaks volumes about her commitment to excellence.
Her work extends beyond the court, as she holds the title of Executive Producer, responsible for producing an ESPN Films documentary titled “144,” which delves into the 2020 WNBA season.
Osagie Imasogie: A Leader in Finance and Entrepreneurship
Osagie Imasogie is a distinguished figure in the world of finance and entrepreneurship.
As the Chairman of the Investment Bank and SEC/FINRA registered Broker-Dealer, Quoin Capital, and Quoin Advisors, he has played a pivotal role in the financial sector.
Notably, Osagie is a co-founder of PIPV Capital, a private equity firm that has invested over $1 billion into the life sciences vertical.
His extensive career includes founding GlaxoSmithKline Ventures and serving as its founding Vice President.
Additionally, he has held senior positions within pharmaceutical companies like GSK, SmithKline Beecham, and DuPont Merck.
Osagie’s contributions extend to the legal field, where he practiced as an attorney with the esteemed law firm Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.
Beyond his impressive financial portfolio, Osagie Imasogie is a devoted philanthropist and a trusted adviser to several prominent financial institutions.
He is actively involved in cultural and educational institutions, serving on the boards of institutions such as FS-KKR Capital Corp, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property.
What You Should Know
The appointment of Osagie Imasogie and Chineye Ogwumike to the Presidential Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement reflects the Biden administration’s commitment to fostering diversity and recognizing excellence.
As they take their seats at the table alongside other accomplished individuals, their impact on strengthening the ties between the African Diaspora and the United States is expected to be profound.
This historic moment not only celebrates the achievements of these two Nigerians but also serves as an inspiration to the broader African Diaspora and the world at large.
The Biden administration’s choice to include diverse voices in shaping its policies is a step toward a more inclusive and representative government.
The future looks bright as these two trailblazers bring their unique experiences and perspectives to the forefront of African Diaspora engagement, contributing to a stronger and more connected global community.