This is Enoh T. Ebong, the current Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and she is of Akwa Ibom descent.

She has been designated by the US government to stand in for President Joe Biden at Bola Tinubu’s inauguration.

Ms. Ebong is from Ukpom Abak, Abak local government area of Akwa Ibom State. She is the second child of Mr. Ime James Ebong, the super Permanent Secretary who played a key role in the planning and development of Abuja during the General Ibrahim Babangida regime in the 1990s.

It would be recalled that President Joe Biden of the United States of America had announced the Presidential Delegation that will be attending the inauguration of president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on May 29, 2023.

A statement released on White House website says Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, will lead the delegation.

Other members of the Presidential Delegation include David Greene, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., U.S. Embassy Abuja., the Honorable Sydney Kamlager-Dove, United States Representative (D), California, the Honorable Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, General Michael E. Langley, Commander of U.S. Africa Command.

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Others include the Honorable Enoh T. Ebong, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Honorable Mary Catherine Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Honorable Judd Devermont, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council and Honorable Monde Muyangwa, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development.

The announcement comes days after US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, made a call to Tinubu, promising to strengthen the US-Nigeria ties when he assumes office.