The United States President-Elect, Joe Biden is set to name Nigerian-American, Adwayle ‘Wally’ Adeyemo as the number two man in the United States Treasury Department.
The designation will be the highest government position ever occupied by a Nigerian in an American government. The nomination is subjected to Senate confirmation and will be the first Nigerian American to be so screened.
Adeyemo, a 39 year old lawyer had served as President of the Obama Foundation and had served in the Obama administration as senior international economic adviser.
He is to serve directly under Janet Yellen, who is to be confirmed as Treasury Secretary.
Adewale is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, before moving to Yale Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor (JD) for further studies in specialised law.
As a student at Yale, he was the Co-director, project on law and education for the university.
Following that he joined the National Economic Council of the White House as Deputy Director, that was after serving at the Treasury Department, as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Jacob Lew.