Duke of the Month: The Beauty of Exceptional Service and Quality Workmanship

by Duchess Magazine

Meet Wale Adeyemo and Kashim Shettima, the two amazing creations going over and beyond to provide people with exceptional service and quality workmanship in the political space.

Wale Adeyemo: United States’ Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo was born to Yoruba parents on May 20, 1981 in Ibadan, Nigeria, and was raised in Southern California. His mother worked as a nurse, and his father was a teacher.

Wally, as he is affectionately known, is a member of the American government and the deputy secretary of the treasury of the United States. He was sworn in on March 26th, 2021. In addition to being the inaugural president of the Obama Foundation, between 2015 and 2016, the ever-efficient Adeyemo held the dual positions of Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. He served as the president’s envoy to the G7 and G20 during his time in office and held a number of high managerial posts in the Department of the Treasury, including senior adviser, deputy head of staff, and chief negotiator for the TPP’s macroeconomic policy aspects.

Adeyemo formerly had a position as an editor at the Hamilton Project before joining the Obama administration. He later worked for Jack Lew in the US Department of the Treasury as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff. Later on, Adeyemo participated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations as a negotiator. Additionally, under Elizabeth Warren, he served as the bureau’s first head of staff.

After acting as the firm’s CEO Laurence D. Fink’s temporary chief of staff during two years starting in 2017, Adeyemo joined BlackRock as a senior advisor.

Adeyemo was stationed in the San Francisco office and worked as the director of African American outreach for the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign.

Wally is vast in knowledge and has never failed to put it to use in his dealings. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School in 2009 after leaving Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California, in 1999.

Kashim Shettima: Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

On September 2, 1966, in Maiduguri, then in the Northern Region, Kashim Shettima GCON was born into the household of Shettima Mustafa Kuttayibe. He is a politician from Nigeria, serving as the country’s vice president for the fifteenth time. He previously held the positions of governor of Borno State from 2011 to 2019 and senator for Borno Central from 2019 to 2023.

Shettima earned degrees from the Universities of Maiduguri and Ibadan. Following his education, he entered the banking industry and eventually rose to hold a number of senior executive roles at banks. Shettima assumed management of the Zenith Bank branch in Maiduguri around the middle of the 2000s before quitting in 2007 to join Governor Ali Modu Sheriff’s state cabinet. After serving in the cabinet for four years, he was elected governor in 2011 and re-elected with a larger margin in 2015.

He entered the banking industry in 1993, working as head of the accounts unit for the (now-defunct) Commercial Bank of Africa Limited in Ikeja, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria. Shettima served there between 1993 and 1997. He joined the African International Bank Limited in 1997 as a deputy manager and advanced to the position of manager in 2001. He transferred to the Zenith Bank in 2001 and is now the manager of Maiduguri’s main branch. Prior to leaving the Zenith Bank in 2007 as a General Manager after being appointed Commissioner for Finance in Borno State, he rose through the ranks at the bank to Senior Manager/Branch Head, Assistant General Manager (AGM)/Zonal Head (North-East), and Deputy General Manager/Zonal Head (North-East). Shettima took the oath of office on May 29, 2023, in Eagle Square, Abuja, and thereafter officially took office. He is responsible for managing the economic planning team on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and reporting to the president, who makes the final decision.

Senator Babakaka Bashir was replaced by him when he won the Borno Central Senatorial District election in February 2019.

It is also worthy of not that Kashim Shettima is happily married to Nana Kashim and their union is blessed with children.

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