U.S. President Joe Biden has appointed two Nigerian-Americans as advisors. Osagie Imasogie and Chiney Ogwumike are among the 12 members appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States, as officially announced on the White House website.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), expressed her enthusiasm about their inclusion in the 12-member advisory council. She noted that their appointments serve as a source of inspiration for other Nigerians.
Chiney Ogwumike is a two-time WNBA All-Star for the Los Angeles Sparks and a full-time, multi-platform ESPN commentator and NBA analyst. She achieved the title of 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year and holds the distinction of being a two-time WNBA All-Star (2014, 2018). Additionally, she proudly identifies as Nigerian-American and earned her International Relations degree from Stanford University under the mentorship of Dr. Condoleezza Rice. In August 2020, she made history as the first Black woman to host a national daily sports-talk radio show. As a 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, she also serves as an Executive Producer, overseeing the production of an ESPN Films documentary titled “144,” which focuses on the 2020 WNBA season.
On the other hand, Osagie Imasogie serves as the Chairman of Quoin Capital, an Investment Bank, and SEC/FINRA registered Broker-Dealer. He is also a co-founder of PIPV Capital, a private equity firm specializing in the life sciences sector, with investments exceeding $1 billion in the industry. Imasogie holds LLM degrees from both the London School of Economics and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.