Oye Owolewa Nigerian-born Democrat, elected as Shadow US Rep, Emerges 1st Nigerian Congressman in History

Nigerian-born Democrat, Oye elected as Shadow US Rep, emerges 1st Nigerian congressman in history
The 30-year-old is the first Nigerian congressman in the country’s history.

A Nigerian-born Democrat, Oye Owolewa, has been elected as a shadow United States Representative out of the District of Columbia.


This was disclosed by ABC 7 News via its Twitter handle early on Wednesday morning.

It tweeted, “Democrat Oye Owolewa will be elected as a shadow U.S. Representative out of the District of Columbia.”

How Oye won

Based on the results, Oye had 82.65% of the votes, which represents 135,234 votes against Joyce Robinson-Paul, who had 15,541 votes, and Sohaer Syed with 12,846 votes.

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Meanwhile, the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has congratulated the feat recorded by Oye.

In the letter of congratulations, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, DG, NIDCOM, said she was pleased with the wonderful feat of Mr Owolewa, describing it as well deserved.

She acknowledged the sterling qualities of Owolewa as a role model to the youths and a good ambassador of Nigeria which endeared him to the grassroot leading to his historical election into the US Parliament.

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She advised him to diligently carry out his duties as a new congressman in such a way as to positively impact on the community who entrusted him with their votes.

Despite the campaign being toilsome, Owolewa pulled through and won.

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“This goes to show that with dedication, hardwork, resilience and prayer one can achieve just about anything”, Dabiri-Erewa said.

What you should know

Oye Owolewa, whose father is from Kwara State and mother is from Oyo, is aiming for a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) seat in the House of Representatives.

Owolewa, a PhD holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston, is seeking to represent the District of Columbia under the Democratic Party.

What it means

The 30-year-old is the first Nigerian congressman in the country’s history

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