Nigerian woman Amanda Azubuike promoted to general in US Army

Brig-Gen Amanda Azubuike

London-born woman of Nigerian descent Amanda Azubuike has been promoted from lieutenant colonel to brigadier general in the United States Army.

The promotion took place at a military base in Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA.

Azubuike joined the US Army in 1994 and became an aviator after passing the army aviation officer basic course.

Speaking on her leadership qualities, US Army Futures Command commander, General James Rainey, stated that Azubuike “makes everyone around her better.”

In a congratulatory tweet, Maj. Gen Antonio Munera said: “Congratulations to USACC’s newly promoted @dcg_armyrotc, Brig. Gen. Amanda Azubuike! Today, she received her 1st star from Gen. James Rainey, @armyfutures, during a ceremony with family, friends, & fellow community leaders.”

Azubuike currently serves as a deputy commanding officer at the US Army Cadet Command and previously served as a chief of staff/senior military advisor at the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She was also chief of public affairs at the United States Southern Command, Fort Lauderdale Area, and the director of public affairs, Joint Force HQs-National Capital Region/Military District of Washington.

She also served as a communications consultant for the National Football League Players Association and a public relations staff for the NFL franchise, the Washington Redskins.

Apart from her army qualifications, Gen. Azubuike has a bachelor of science degree in mass communication/media studies from the University of Central Arkansas, a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the United States Army War College, and a master of professional studies, public relations/corporate communications from Georgetown University.