Beroro Efekoro, who was born in Nigeria and moved to New York City with his father and siblings in 2008, says he believes he will be the first Nigerian-born person to hold an elected office in New York state. Though research sources are scarce, it appears he might be just the third Nigerian to hold elected office in the entire United States. Beroro Efekoro city resident moved to the city in 2012 to pursue a degree in political science at the University at Albany. He quickly became immersed in the community and U.S. political arena.
“I’ve been involved in community service for almost all my life,” Beroro Efekoro said. “I got elected as my senior class president just one year after I arrived in the U.S. I got involved in the Democratic process even before I became a citizen. I was making calls to Congress and calls to people to support the Affordable Care Act, to go out and vote for President (Barack) Obama.”
Beroro Efekoro became a U.S. citizen in 2014 while at the university and started a nonprofit – International Organization for Education – to help students succeed in school.
“I saw the need to get involved in the Albany community because a lot of the kids were failing in high school and were dropping out of school,” Beroro Efekoro said.
After graduating in 2015, Efekoro was selected as a committee person by Carolyn McLaughlin, who was then-chairwoman of the Albany County Democratic Committee.
“He’s been volunteering for quite some time,” Albany Legislator Frank Commisso Sr. said. “He’s worked for the Democratic party for a number of years.”
WHO IS BERORO EFERORO?
Beroro T. Efekoro is the Chief Executive Officer and President of the National Organization for Global Education, Inc., an organization establised with the objective of promoting youth education and providing humanitarian services to children, youths and families within the United States and abroad.
Born in Delta State, Nigeria on December 21, 1990, Efekoro together with his sibblings left Nigeria in the fall of 2008 to join their father Hon. Bethel Efekoro, a former honorary member of President Barack Obama’s Kitchen Cabinet (Advisor) in the United States.
Beroro came into the United States at the age of 17 as a high school junior, and upon his arrival, continued his education from 11th grade at Boys and Girls High School, Brooklyn, New York, where he quickly became the Senior Class President in 2009.
EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP
Beroro Efekoro demonstrates leadership in service within his local community of Albany and also plays an important role in the county’s political democratic process as Committeeperson representing Eletoral District 11-7 in the Albany County Democratic Committee.
Beroro graduated from the University at Albany in May, 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Before his graduation, he served as Chiarman of the University at Albany Student Association Senate Committee for Community Engagement and Outreach.
A successful appointment to the position was due to his involvements in the local Albany community; helping to mentor and tutor Albany’s Public School children, providing after-school activities and organizing education workshops for youths. Beroro also served as an elected delegate to the SUNY Student Assembly from 2014 to 2015.
While still enrolled in school, Beroro Efekoro served in the New York State Assembly (January – June 2014) as a Legislative Intern in the office of Hon. Walter T. Mosley. This gave him a tremendous deal of experience, working with members of the state legislature.
He was later recalled to serve in the State Assembly in mid 2015, where he worked as a Legislative Assistant in the office of the Majority Leader Joe Morelle.
Upon his graduation from SUNY Albany in 2015, Beroro was appointed by Hon. Carolyn McLaughlin as Committee-person representing electoral district 11-7 in the Albany County Democratic Party.
This appointment was a result of his commitiment and dedication to serving the Albany community through volunteerism. Effective as of February 1, 2016 by a resolution of the Albany Common Council, Beroro Efekoro currently serves as a temporary member of the City of Albany Assessment Review Board.
In 2017, Beroro Efekoro ran unsuccessfully for the Common Council’s 11th ward seat against incumbent Judd Krasher and U.S. Democratic challengers Alfredo Balarin and Clifton Dixon. Balarin ultimately won the election. Efekoro serves as deputy ward leader for the 11th ward. He said he will focus on addressing vacant buildings, securing housing for veterans, and establishing more programs and resources for youth, family and seniors.
His effort to improve education will include the establishment of a scholarship fund for high school graduates living in the Pine Hills and Beverwyck neighborhoods, he said.
Rifat Filkins, the executive director of the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, recently met Efekoro. She said he serves as a role model for immigrants and refugees looking to make a life in the Capital Region.
“It gives a lot of encouragement to all the immigrants that they can be whatever they want to,” she said. “Seeing things like this happen gives them more encouragement and gives them more hope that they have to keep working hard and they can get to wherever they want to.”
Efekoro is quick to agree with the sentiment, pointing out that he was not successful in his first run for elected office.
“Your imagination is the beginning of your reality,” he said. “Pursue your goal if you feel it’s something you are interested in. Falling is not failing, but failing to rise up after falling is failure.”
- University at Albany Presidents Award for Community Leadership, 2015.
- NAACP Trail Blazer Award for Dedication to the Advancement of Colored People, 2015.
- Rockefeller College Alumni Public Service Award 2012.
- Metro PCS Leaders and Scholars Program award, 2010.
- Richard Willing/ NYS Board Of Education Leadership Award for community service, 2010.
- Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha).
- National Leadership Honor Society (Omicron Delta Kappa).
- Presidential Member, National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi).
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