US-based Nigerian Yinka Faleti runs for Missouri secretary of state in the US

US-based Nigerian Yinka Faleti runs for Missouri secretary of state in the US

A Nigerian-born American, Yinka Faleti, has shown his interest to contest for a political position in America.

Faleti is vying for the position of Missouri secretary of state in the USA. He is of the Democratic Party.

Faleti who was given birth to in Lagos relocated to the US with his parents for greener pasture when he was seven years old. As new immigrants, the Faleti family had it tough fending for their family and had to change address often. They moved from New York to Virginia to Florida to Mississippi and finally to Texas.

Succour came for Yinka through education as he graduated as a valedictorian of his junior high school in Florida. He later graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science from where he got an appointment to and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Yinka Faleti served in the US Army as a combat arms officer in tank units for over six years and rose to the rank of captain after two deployments overseas to Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Spring prior to 9/11 and Operation Enduring Freedom in response to 9/11.

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After a successful career in the military, Faleti relocated to St. Louis, he attended and graduated from law school at Washington University.

Faleti practised law as an attorney at the global law firm of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and subsequently as a state prosecutor, where he worked for justice for victims of abuse, assault and burglary.

He went on to become a senior vice president with United Way of Greater St. Louis and led the fundraising and volunteer engagement divisions, raising $300 million during his tenure to help people in the Greater St. Louis region.

He later became the executive director of the successor nonprofit to the Ferguson Commission, Forward Through Ferguson, a position he stepped down from to seek the political post of secretary of state of Missouri.

Yinka Faleti is happily married to Ronke and together they have four lovely children.

Yinka shared a video of his campaign on social media.

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Meanwhile, reported the story of Beroro Efekoro, a young Nigerian man in the US who contested and won an election to become an Albany county legislator in New York.

With his election, 28-year-old Efekoro becomes the youngest member of the 39-member House of the Albany County Legislature.

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