Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Dr Olusimbo Ige, a Nigerian, on her appointment as the Commissioner Chicago Department of
Public Health, thus becoming the First Black Female to occupy such
In a congratulatory statement, Dabiri-Erewa described Ige’s milestone
as “extraordinary” “History made ! Congrats to the first Black Woman in
the History of Chicago Dept. of Public Health to be appointed as
She said Ige’s appointment has once again confirmed that Nigerians in
the Diaspora are excelling and impacting positively wherever they find
The NIDCOM boss urged Ige to live up to expectations while motivating
other young Nigerian professionals to also be good ambassadors of
Nigeria in their chosen career.
Dr Ige’s appointment was sequel to Mayor Brandon Johnson approval
following the dismissal of Dr. Allison Arwady, former commissioner at
the Chicago Department of Public Health in the United States.
“Dr. Ige is a tremendous addition to not just our administration, but to the City of Chicago.”
Ige was previously a Managing Director of programmes at the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, a New Jersey-based non-profit public health