– Another Nigerian is making the country proud in the US
– This is as Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo was appointed White House’s associate counsel by Joe Biden
– A lawyer and legal expert per excellence, the Nigerian-born is an alumnus of Berkeley Law College
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Weeks after naming Nigeria’s Adewale Adeyemo as the deputy treasury secretary, the US president-elect Joe Biden has appointed Nigerian-born Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo as one of his legal advisers at the White House.
Olorunnipa Badejo was appointed as the associate counsel as the former vice president on Tuesday, January 12, named more than 20 lawyers to his White House counsel’s office, Bloomberg Law reports.
People of colours also announced in Biden’s White House legal team include Samiyyah Ali who was appointed deputy Associate counsel, Tona Boyd as special counsel and Megan Ceronsky as associate counsel.
Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo was appointed on Tuesday, making him the third Nigerian in Joe Biden’s cabinet.
Fumi, who married another Nigeria Tunde Badejo, hailed from Kogi state, and she is an alumnus of Berkeley Law College in the United State.
A daughter of an immigrant who chooses to identify herself with Florida, Funmi was the general counsel of the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis chaired by House majority whip James E. Clyburn.
She began her legal career as an associate with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and was Legal Counsel at Palantir Technologies Inc.
She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Florida.
Olorunnipa Badejo lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and son, according to her information on the Biden-Harris transition website.
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Meanwhile, Bioreports reported that Joe Biden appointed Nigerian-born Osaremen Okolo as one of his advisers on COVID-19.
Okolo, who is a daughter of Nigerian immigrants, was appointed on Thursday, December 31, as one of the members of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 response team.
With her appointment, the Nigerian-born American becomes one of the first 100 White House appointees that will work with the president-elect when he finally takes over the Oval Office on January 20.
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