The Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has congratulated the duo of Chinenye Ogwumike and Osagie Imasogie, on their nomination into the Advisory Council on Africa Diaspora Engagement by President Joe Biden of the US.
In a statement by the Commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdul-Rahman Balogun, she said the nomination of the two great Nigerians to the advisory council is a welcome development.
The NIDCOM boss said their recognition and appointment into the 12-member advisory council is a motivation for other Nigerians and Africans in general.
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.
She is one of the only full-time professional athletes to also currently hold a full-time regular national sports media broadcast position.
Chinenye Ogwumike was the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year and is a 2-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.
Osagie Imasogie, on the other hand, is the Chairman of the Investment Bank and SEC/FINRA-registered Broker-Dealer, Quoin Capital.
In addition, Osagie 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 in that industry.
Before co-founding PIPV Capital, he established GlaxoSmithKline Ventures and was its founding Vice President.
Osagie has held senior commercial and R&D positions within pharmaceutical companies such as GSK, SmithKline Beecham, and DuPont Merck.
He has also been a Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance Partner, as well as a practicing attorney with leading U.S. law firm, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.
Osagie is a serial entrepreneur and investor, who serves on the boards of several financial institutions, such as FS-KKR Capital Corp. and Haverford Trust, institutions, that cumulatively manage over $28 billion.
He is an adviser to Brown Advisory, a firm that manages more than $140 billion.
Osagie is the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center.
In addition, Osagie is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Executive Committee of the University, and is also the Chairman of the Board of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property.
(Editor: Ifeanyi Mark)