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State’s attorney swear-in Nigerian-American Remi Duyile as Commissioner in U.S.



Remi Duyile and the state's attorney Aisha Braveboy

The Prince George’s County venue was filled to capacity Sept 23, with African-Americans, Asian Americans, Caribbean Americans, and others as the state’s attorney, Aisha Braveboy swore in a Nigerian Remi Duyile as the first Africa-born commissioner in the county.

With Nigeria’s flag flying alongside other countries’, the diversity of the crowd that filled the hall was a reflection of the rainbow nature of the county.

And, for that purpose, Remi Duyile, was sworn-in as one of the commissioners on the county’s Multicultural Affairs Commission.

Remi Duyile (Photo by AIT America)

It was an evening full of excitement for Duyile, a former vice president of the Bank of America and community leader of note as the Ondo indigenes living in the United States expressed their happiness.

“We are happy she makes us in Ondo East and West proud tonight. I am going to tell them back at home Duyile is a good representative of Ondo and Nigeria here in the U.S.” the wife of Honorable Abiola Makinde of Ondo East and West Federal Constituency, Rhoda Makinde told AIT Correspondent in Maryland.

Rhoda Makinde granting an interview with AIT Correspondent in Maryland. (Photo by AIT America)

The state’s attorney who officiated the ceremony was equally excited as she told the story of her immigrant father who came to Prince George to realize the ‘American Dream‘.

“I am sure he would never have dreamt his daughter would become a state attorney,” said Aisha Braveboy.

She encouraged her listeners and youth to dream big, too, because anybody, in spite of color or accent or culture, can realize their desires where justice and equality prevail.

“We want everybody in Prince George’s County to know that justice applies to everyone in spite of their status,” she said, adding that the newly-sworn in Duyile and others are now part of the system of protection and justice the attorney office is known for.

Aisha Braveboy, the State’s attorney. (Photo by AIT America)

Duyile resonates with that system.

“That’s the DNA I carry wherever I go,” she said, “and we are ready to align with those values,” she said as she stated her capacity to learn, teach, and serve.

“And the appointment just validated my being as Duyile.”

She encouraged those who look to her for leadership to embrace who they are.

“Examine your strength and weaknesses. And as soon as you get them corrected, go out and be the best you are created to be.”

She was the best she could be in her career and community in Prince George’s County, Maryland where she has lived for about three decades.

Duyile rose through the rank, from being a teller at Bank of America, 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.

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

Academically, Duyile is also a 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.

She was sworn in alongside five Nigerians, and others Commissioners of Asian and Caribbean origins.

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



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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.

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