Amanda Azubuike, a woman of Nigerian descent, has been promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General in the United States Army. The announcement was made at Fort Knox, Kentucky’s military base.
Azubuike was born to Nigerian parents in London, England. She joined the US Army in 1994 and graduated from the Army Aviation Basic Course to become an aviator.She worked in aviation for 11 years before transitioning to public affairs and public relations.
She is currently the Deputy Commanding Officer of the United States Army Cadet Command and previously worked as a Chief of Staff and Senior Military Adviser in the Secretary of Defense’s office. She has also served as the Chief of Public Affairs for the United States Southern Command in the Fort Lauderdale area, as well as the Director of Public Affairs for the Joint Force Headquarters—National Capital Region/Military District of Washington.
Meanwhile, messages of congratulations have been pouring in from Nigerians all over the world. Mr Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, congratulated Azubuike on Twitter. “I congratulate Amanda Azubuike, who was recently promoted and decorated with a new rank of Brigadier General, a one-star general, in the United States (U.S.) Army,” he said.
“Her rise to the top attests to her conviction that the United States of America is truly a land of opportunity. Such faith, confidence, and hope in our country are among the reasons why the New Nigeria will be built around the youth.
“We must build a nation in which people’s talents match their opportunities in life and their hopes for a better future are not dashed.”
Furthermore, General James Rainey, Commander of the US Army Futures Command, stated that Azubuike “makes everyone around her better.”