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Three Nigerian-Americans Win Legislative Seats In US Congress Elections, 2020

Three Nigerian-Americans, Esther Agbaje, Oye Owolewa and Nnamdi Chukwuocha, have won their electoral bids in the United States election held on Tuesday.

Agbaje, who contested to represent District 59B in the Minnesota House of Representatives on the platform of the Democratic Party, won with 17,396 votes which represents 74.7% of the ballots costs

She is one of the nine Nigerian American on the ballot in Tuesday’s election

Her closest rival, Alan Shilepsky, a nominee for the Republican party scored 4,126 votes which represents 17.7% of the total votes.

Agbaje had her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania,

In August, she was one of the four newcomers who defeated established Democratic legislators in the primary, two in the state House and two in the Senate.

She is interested in prison reform, fighting racial discrepancies, housing among others.

“and trust of my neighbors to serve as their representative for #MN #HD59B. From North #MPLS to North Loop, Elliot Park to Bryn Mawr, I will work hard everyday to represent this entire district with empathy, compassion and pride. #ThankYou”She twitted.

Agbaje becomes the first Nigerian-American to be elected at the Minnesota legislature.

Oye Owolewa, another Nigerian American democrant was elected as a shadow member of the House of Representatives from the District of Columbia.

He polled 164,026 votes to defeat incumbent Joyce Robinson-Paul, who scored 18,600 votes, and Sohaer Syed with 15,372 votes.

In 2018, he was elected commissioner of his neighbourhood in SouthEast DC.

Owolewa who is a PhD holder in Pharmacy from the university of Northeastern university Boston as once roots in Kwara and Oyo states.

Owolewa, a PhD holder from the Northeastern University, Boston, scored a total of 164,026 votes, which represents 82.84% of the total votes cast in DC for the 2020 election.

Oye believes our money belongs here for DC priorities instead of going to a government that fails to recognise us,” it said.

He became the first Nigerian-American to occupy the seat of the House of representatives from the District of Columbia.

The Nigerian-born democrat took to Instagram to express his gratitude.

“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 day for some celebration, the hard work also follows. Again, thanks so much for everything. I wouldn’t be here without you all,” he wrote.

And lastly is Nnamdi Chukwuocha, he won re-election as a member of Delaware House of Representatives from District 1.

Mr Chukwuocha was elected to represent District 1 in the Delaware House of Representatives in 2018.

As a Democrat without an opponent, he won 100 per cent of the votes with 7,640.

Chukwucho has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in social work from Delaware State University, he has several years of experience in local politics in the state.

In 2019, he was a member of the Corrections Committee, the Education Committee, the Health & Human Development Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee as a US Army veteran and Vice Chair of the Transportation, Land Use and Infrastructure Committee

He once served on the Wilmington City Council as President Pro Tempore and Chair of the Education, Youth and Families Committee.

Chukwucho was part of the spoken word duo “Twin Poets” which was appointed as the State of Delaware 17th Poets Laureate.

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