2024 Chairperson for the Housing, Licensing, & Inspection Committee
Councilman Christopher Awe was elected to represent the 2nd Ward in 2018 with an extensive history of serving his ward, this city, and the greater East Orange community for most of his life. Councilman Awe has Served as City Council Chairman, Chairman of Finance Committee Chairman of Planning and Grants Committee, and a member of Arts, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Business Development & Zoning, Housing Licensing & Inspection, Law & Legislation and Public Works Committees.
Educated in the East Orange School District, Councilman Awe obtained his bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus on Accounting from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
With a foundation built foremost upon the teachings of his emigrant Nigerian parents, and his HBCU and E.O Pride, Councilman Awe returned to East Orange to give back to the community that has given him so much. As a seasoned classroom Educator, Youth Mentor, Coach, Tutor, Advisor, Advocate, and Community Organizer, Councilman Awe has dedicated his career to the advancement of every resident of East Orange.
Councilman Awe’s commitment to civic and cultural engagement is also reflected in his personal choices. He is an active member of several service organizations including his beloved Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO) NY/NJ, Urban League of Essex County Young Professionals just to name a few. He is also recognized for his work with the Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) and a host of other local, statewide, and national organizations, initiatives, and agendas.
An accomplished entrepreneur, Councilman Awe is co-founder and principal of Unlock Africa, LLC, an outfit supporting small- and medium-sized Africa-based businesses with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to evolve into a successful network of sustainable and socially impactful business ventures.
As a Legislator, Councilman Awe has continued that record of accomplishments. As Chairman of the Planning and Grants Committee, he's credited for reenergizing the City’s Public Art initiatives that has led to several new community murals. As Chair of the Finance, worked in tandem with the Green Administration to raise the City’s financial rating and increase the budget surplus for several consecutive years. As Council Chair, he brought a new energy to the legislative body, aimed at bringing Council to the people.