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31-Year-Old Man, Adeoye Owolewa Becomes First Nigerian To Be Elected To US Congress

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A Nigerian man, Adeoye Owolewa, has been elected to the United States’ Congress on Wednesday, November 4.

The 31-year-old man ran on the platform of the Democratic Party to represent Washington DC in the House of Representatives, and won, making him the first Nigerian to be elected to the United States Congress.

He won by a landslide polling 164,026 votes or 81.59% percent of the total ballots cast to defeat his closest rival, Joyce Robinson-Paul of the Republican Party who polled 18,600 votes, representing 9.25% percent of the total.

Owolewa, whose father is from Kwara State and mother is from Oyo State, is a PhD holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston.

Sharing the news on his Facebook page, he wrote;

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. Again, thanks so much for everything. I wouldnt be here without you all.

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