The truth about the newest Real Housewives of Potomac star, Wendy Osefo
There’s a new housewife joining the cast of Real Housewives of Potomac, and she comes with a few advanced degrees. Dr. Wendy Osefo made her Bravo debut on August 2 as RHOP aired the first episode of its fifth season. So what can we expect from the new doctor in town? Osefo has a lot going on in her life. On top of being a professor, a CEO, and a Bravo housewife, she’s also a mom of three adorable kids, including a baby who just turned one. She’s also a proud Nigerian-American who isn’t afraid to speak her mind (via Twitter).
Here’s everything you need to know about RHOP’s new star.
Osefo has a serious academic pedigree
Osefo’s tagline for the RHOP opening is: “The professor has arrived, and class is officially in session.” She’s not exaggerating her academic success. She’s currently an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, which ranked no. 15 in Best Education Schools from U.S. News & World Report. Her research at John Hopkins focuses on the intersections between race, class, and education. She has earned degrees from Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, and Rutgers University (via Bustle).
With the pandemic interrupting in-person learning, it seems like Osefo is missing her students. In May, she posted a throwback photo from her own graduation at Johns Hopkins with a heartfelt message to her students: “Today, my students were [supposed] to walk across the stage and receive their doctoral degree. While commencement will be held virtually, that in no way mitigates your accomplishments. I am so proud of each and everyone one of you and honored to have been your professor!!” It looks like higher learning runs in Osefo’s family; she proudly posted that her younger brother was headed off to her alma mater, Temple University.
Osefo worked for Barack Obama
With Potomac’s proximity to Washington, D.C., it’s not surprising that Osefo’s spent time working in the White House. Before her professor days, Osefo worked for the Obama administration’s Antipoverty Initiative as the Director of Family and Community Engagement (via WendyOsefo.com).
Osefo often appears as a commentator on Fox News, though she doesn’t agree with the network’s political ideology. In an interview, she told Refinery29: “I know that my political ideologies are different than a typical Fox News viewer, but I think it’s really important for the ways in which I think and people who look like me to have a representation on all platforms. Their network has one of the highest viewerships for a cable news network, if not the highest. So, if no one goes on the shows to challenge some of the thinking on that network, then viewers will just hear one side of the story.”
What we can expect from Osefo this season
What kind of a splash will Osefo make this season? Candiace Dillard called Wendy, “Black girl magic personified” in the season trailer. Potomac veteran Karen Huger seemed to have nice things to say when she talked to E! Online about Osefo. “She’s intelligent, she’s a professor. She’s funny too, and just as with getting to know anyone you’re going to have challenges here and there but overall, Wendy was a hoot,” Karen said.
While it seems Osefo has plenty of friends in the cast, we already know she doesn’t stay totally above the fray. In the RHOP trailer, she can be seen getting into it with Ashley Darby. After Darby calls her out, Osefo fires back, “It’s Dr. Wendy. Address me correctly, sweetie.” Osefo herself told MadameNoire, “It’s going to be a really good season with a lot of twists and turns. Friendships are going to be started but they’re also going to be broken.” After all, cast members don’t last long on Bravo if they don’t bring the drama.
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