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PG County nominates Nigerian as first African commissioner

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Bank of America’s former Vice President Remi Duyile has been nominated as the first Africa-born Multicultural Commissioner for Prince George’s County, Maryland, U.S.

State Attorney of the county nominated the Nigerian American to the multicultural section of the county in recognition of her roles as a corporate and community leader who can represent Africa in the community.

Duyile rose through the rank, from being a teller at Bank of America (BOA), to managing projects and over 600 portfolios in retail, commercial, private, and mortgage banking services. She later became a vice president of the financial giant—all within 17 years.

In all she has marked up, in corporate America, 35 years studded with bright accomplishments in strategic communication, innovation, and team performance.

Academically, Duyile is also high flyer. She bagged her bachelor (business administration) and MBA (finance and business economy) from the University of the District of Columbia—between 1982 and 1987.

With all these under her belt, she still cannot tell categorically why the county chose her for the responsibility.

“One thing for sure is that I have lived in Prince George’s County for 37 years. I have always being a leader in the community. And I have done so many things within the community, serving and adding value, she told Africa Independent Television (AIT) U.S. Correspondent, Abolade Ishola-Fajebe.

Remi Duyile during an interview with AIT America in Washington DC

Maybe the county saw some of those attributes.

“In the African community, I’m one of the commissioners in the African Affairs in the state of Maryland. And as a Nigerian-American I have a few parts,” she said, referring in a modest way to her stunning leadership.

For the nomination, Duyile felt really honored to be the first African in the multicultural section.

“As a proud Nigerian, I expect the room that day to be full of my family and friends to come and watch me sworn in, and be ready to support us. We can then make Nigeria—and Africa—proud again,” she added.

There is so much the county has to offer Nigerians and Africans generally with her appointment.

The state’s Attorney of the county who nominated her is very inclusive, and she has an inclusion system of dynamism she wants to encourage everyone to imitate, Duyile noted.

“She wants everybody to feel connected to opportunities in the county.”

September 23, at 7 pm, that historic process of inclusion will begin, with a roomful of Nigerians and other Africans witnessing Duyile’s swearing-in.

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Mercy Eke wins Big Brother Nigeria season four

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Mercy Eke has become the winner of BBNaija season four.

The ‘Queen of Highlights’ was crowned winner during the finale on Sunday.

This win makes Mercy the first woman to win the Big Brother Naija reality show since inception.

Popularly known as ‘Lamborghini’, Mercy was touted as the possible winner for the season by show fans and celebrities alike.

The light hearted diva made the top two with her show best friend, Mike Edwards, who emerged first runner up.

As winner, Mercy walked home with cash prize worth over 40 million Naira, brand new Innosson SUV, Dubai trip for two and other prizes.

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Nigerian youths partner Consulate on ‘Our Nigeria, Our Brand’ initiative

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Nigerian Youth in the Diaspora Engagement Forum (NYDEF)

An organization mobilizing Nigerian youth in the Diaspora is partnering with the Nigerian Consulate in New York to celebrate Nigeria’s 59th anniversary of Independence with a conference on how to redeem Nigeria’s image.

The Nigerian Youth in the Diaspora Engagement Forum (NYDEF) initiated the conference themed Our Nigeria, Our Brand to tackle the identity problem Nigerians face, and to showcase good things Nigerians youth in the Diaspora are doing instead of the bad image dogging every holder of the green passport.

According to NYDEF communications officer Yinka Sarayi, following the string of fraud busts in California, xenophobic attacks in South Africa, and ICE’s raids in some cities in the U.S, it became imperative to have a talk on how Nigerians can navigate the Diaspora.

“The conference will also show how Nigerian youth and their achievements can show forth instead of the stereotypes that have followed Nigerians in the Diaspora,” she told Being Nigerian in New York Sept. 30.

She revealed how so many Nigerian youth are contributing tremendously to economies of their host countries and communities in the Diaspora, though these contributions have yet to rub off on Nigeria.

The conference idea originated from NYDEF, and the Nigerian Consul in New York bought into it because, the Consulate said, the theme stands for everything the consulate does, since Nigeria’s image is its only official business.

“They were happy some youth are coming together to have this heart-to-heart talk. They asked us to host the conference at the consul in New York,” she said.

Listed to speak at the event October 3 are Nollywood stars like Stella Damasus, who will be addressing stereotypes, including divorce back in Nigeria; Seun Sean Jimoh will talk on internet fraud in the Diaspora; Rapper and activist, Lambogini on tour of U.S. in his prison reforms efforts; and former aide to a former Senate president of Nigeria, Bankole Omisore, will address Nigerian youth’s achievement in the Diaspora.

NYDEF, its communications officer said, is a platform Ope Alao founded of NYDEF to bring together initiatives and projects Nigeria youth breaking trails abroad can undertake, using their expertise and global exposure, to help development back in Nigeria.

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BBNaija evicts Diane Russet on Independence Day eve

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Diane Russet

Housemate Diane Russet has been evicted from the 2019 Big Brother Nigeria reality TV show.

She was evicted after the Ultimate Veto Power Holder, Frodd, picked a coin that belonged to her.

Frodd picked Diane’s gold Bet9ja coin in the final ultimate veto-power game and Biggie gave her 10 seconds to leave the house.

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