Sunday, 9 February 2014
Nigerian Lady, Shola Olatoye, Becomes Head of New York City Housing Authority
Many Nigerians abroad are making us proud in
several ways and one of them is Mrs. Shola
As you read this, Shola Olatoye is the new head
of New York City’s Housing Authority, NYCHA.
She was appointed into the position by the
Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, in his bid to
overhaul the previous administration’s old
Mrs. Olatoye described the decision to let her
run the NYCHA as an honour. She
said, “Everything we will do will be focused on
improving the quality of life for our tenants,
especially protecting their safety.”
A Nigerian who is happily married with two
sons, Mrs. Olatoye added that “This is an
enormous opportunity. Public housing helped
people in my family. I want it to do the same
in the future for others.”
Bill de Blasio said his administration is working
towards building and preserving 200,000 units
of affordable housing over the next decade to
address longstanding health and safety issues in
“We are going to take a new approach to this
crisis that holds nothing back,” said the mayor.
Before her appointment, Mrs Olatoye, the
daughter of a Nigerian immigrant, was Vice
President for Enterprise Community Partners, a
firm that has helped build or preserve more than
44,000 affordable homes for lower-income New
Yorkers and invested more than $2.5 billion in
and around the city.
We say a big congrats to a trust worthy sister!