Adewale Adeyemo
Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo /Photo: Peterson Institute for International Economics

Nigerian-Americans celebrate Biden’s appointment of Adeyemo

A coalition of 22 Nigerian-American organisations has congratulated one of their own, Adewale Adeyemo, on his nomination as the next US Deputy Secretary of Treasury.

Nigerian-born Adeyemo, 39, was tapped for the role by President-elect Joe Biden on 1 December and would be the first African-American to hold the position, if confirmed.

The congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued by the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) on behalf of the others at the weekend.

According to OAN,  Adeyemo’s success and accomplishments were a “big deal” and source of inspiration to members of the Nigerian community in the US.

The nominee has served the country in several capacities, including being the first President of the Obama Foundation and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Secretary of Treasury, Jack Lew.

He also served concurrently as Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council between 2015 and 2016 under the Obama administration.

OAN said that this year, the Nigerian-American community “fought hard for equity at the table” at all levels of government in the US, inspired by the qualification of its members.

With his election, the 31-year-old Omolewa, who holds a PhD in Pharmacy, became the first Nigerian-born member of the US Congress/Photo: Oye Omolewa/Facebook


“As we celebrate the Biden-Harris victory, Adeyemo’s nomination has catalysed our hopes and aspirations.

“We will continue to remain steadfast in identifying and mentoring the great talents in our midst,” the group said.

OAN also highlighted the success of other Nigerian-Americans in the November general elections.

They are Mr Oye Owolewa, who is now the first Nigerian-American to be elected into the US Congress to represent the District of Columbia in the House of Representatives.

Ms Esther Agbaje has also made history as the first American of Nigerian descent to be elected into the Minnesota State House of Representatives.

Another Nigerian, April Ademiluyi, won election as a Circuit Court Judge in Prince George’s County in Maryland.

“This is just the beginning! We look forward to playing a more active role in influencing the trajectory of leadership composition in both local, state and national elections,” the OAN added.

Abeeb Alawiye


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