#ICYMI: Black Female Excellence Stories of Last Week


President Joe Biden appoints Nigerian American Enoh T. Ebomg as the Director of USTDA  

US President Joe Biden has appointed Nigerian-born Enoh Titilayo Ebong to the post of Director, United States Trade and Development Agency 

The federal agency performs many roles among which is to link US businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions.  

Enoh Titilayo Ebong, whose father Ime James Ebong, a former Nigerian Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Development and Reconstruction, had served in different roles in the USTDA between 2004 and 2019, including serving as the agency’s General Counsel, and Deputy Director. 

Ebong earned her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master of Arts in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 

She is currently a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar. 


Barbados elects a woman as its first president, replacing Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as Head of State 

On Wednesday, 20th October 2020, Barbados elected a woman as its first president removing Queen Elizabeth as its head of state 55 years after independence from Britain. 

Dame Sandra Mason, 72, was elected by a convincing two-thirds vote of a joint session of the Caribbean country’s House of Assembly and Senate which the prime minister, Mia Mottley, reckons as a “seminal moment” in the country’s journey.  

She added: “We have just elected from among us a woman who is uniquely and passionately Barbadian, does not pretend to be anything else (and) reflects the values of who we are”. 

According to Essence, Ms Mason began her career as a secondary school teacher and then became the first Bajan woman admitted to the Barbados Bar to practice law in 1975. She now serves as the Governor-General, a position she’ll hold until she’s sworn in to lead the country next month. 


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie features on the 11th edition of SCHICK Magazine  

Highly-acclaimed author and global icon, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, features as the new cover star on SCHICK Magazine’s latest edition themed – The Fashion Issue. 

According to the quarterly publication, in its 11th edition, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie openly discusses her constant evolution as a writer, living with the ‘Feminist Icon’ title and how she’s using fashion “as a kind of political statement.” 

The author once revealed in an interview with the British bi-monthly publication, i-D magazine, that she uses fashion as a kind of political statement and intentionally wears Nigerian designs to public events in support of an industry full of creative talents. 


Jehovah-Nissi Ogulu, makes history as part of the 2022 Range Rover redesign team 

Nigerian-born Jehovah-Nissi Ogulu, who is sister to Grammy award-winning singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy made a headline on Thursday, October 28, 2021, for co-designing the Range Rover 22 model. 

Sharing an image of the car on Twitter, the automobile company wrote, “Introducing the #NewRangeRover. The most desirable #RangeRover ever created”.  

Nissi quoted the tweet by saying, “After three years of working on this project, I’m happy to see it now revealed to the world.” 

Acknowledging her contribution to the new Range Rover model, the company wrote, “It is a wonderful feature of design and engineering. It’s a very proud moment for us all.” 

She further took to her Instagram account to share the news with her over 62k followers with a photo of herself in front of the company, as well as photos and videos of the new car which she captioned, “NEW RANGE ROVER. It has been a pleasure being part of the team to bring this beautiful car to life over the last 3 years and I’m happy to see it finally unveiled to the world.” 

Her elder brother, Burna Boy also took to social media announcing his sister’s latest feat on his Instagram story.  

Apart from her flourishing career in engineering, Nissi is also a music artiste, a talented visual artist, a creative digital designer, an animator, and a philanthropist. 

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