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.
Biden had announced the appointment of Badejo, a lawyer and an alumna of Berkeley Law College in the US, when he named additional 20 members of the office of the White House counsel.
The office of White House counsel advises the president, the executive office of the president, and the White House staff on legal issues pertaining to the president and the White House.
Funmi is the daughter of Prof Zachaeus Olorunnipa from Igbo-Bunu, Kabba-Bunu LGA of Kogi State.
Funmi’s elder brother, Tolu Olorunnipa is currently the White House Correspondent for Washington Post.
Funmi Badejo served as ethics counsel in the same office toward the end of the Obama administration.
Biden had earlier In December 2020 appointed a Nigerian-American, Osaremen Okolo, a member of Biden’s COVID-19 response team.
Before then, Nigerian-born Adewale Adeyemo has been appointed as deputy secretary of the treasury department.
She is the third Nigerian to be appointed into office by the incoming President Biden.