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    Oye Owolewa Becomes First Nigerian to Win US Congressional Shadow Seat

    Adeoye Owolewa is a Nigerian born American politician, pharmacist, and a member of the Democratic Party. On November 3rd he was elected as the shadow member of the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia and becomes the first Nigerian to be elected into the U.S Congress.

    During elections, voters of the District of Columbia elect a shadow representative who is recognised as equivalent to US representatives by the District of Columbia, but the US government does not recognise the individual as an actual member of the house of representatives.

    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.

    The Nigerian-born democrat took to Instagram to express gratitude to his friends, family and D.C. residents, for their support.

    “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.

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