Young Nigerians Win US State Assembly Race
NEWSMAN – Two Nigerian-born Democrats, Oye Owolewa, and Esther Agbaje have been elected to the United States House Of Representative.
Owolewa from Kwara, who holds a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Pharmacy from the North-Eastern University, Boston, contested on the platform of the Democratic Party as a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) House of Representative member out of the District of Columbia (DC).
The young Nigerian shared the cheery news via his social media handle where he assured that he is “going to fight for DC statehood and bring our values to the lawmaking process.”
“Good morning. Looks like we did it! I want to thank everyone, from family and close friends to DC residents. Because of your contributions and sacrifices, I stand before you as America’s first Nigerian-American congressman.
“In this role, I’m going to fight for DC statehood and bring our values to the lawmaking process. While today is a day for some celebration, the hard work also follows. I wouldnt be here without you all,” he said.
Also, 35 year old Esther Agbaje, a daughter of an Episcopal priest and a librarian, both Nigerian immigrants, was elected into the Minnesota House of Representatives, to represent District 59B in the 134-member House on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party.
Esther who won by a landslide, polling 17,396 votes or 74.7 percent of the total ballots cast, is a graduate from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in political science.
She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and also a law degree from Harvard University, and is currently working as an attorney in Minneapolis with a focus on general civil litigation and medical malpractice, Legit reported.
Recall that nine Nigerians were contesting in the US elections, they were listed to be: Yomi Faparusi, Yinka Faleti , Paul Akinjo, Oye Owolewa, Adewunmi Kuforiji, Esther Agbaje, April Ademiluyi, Ngozi Akubuike and Benjamin Osemenam.