Quick facts to know about the first Nigerian elected US congressman,Oye Owolewa
By Arogbonlo Israel
The first Nigerian-American, Mr Oye Owolewa to be elected to the United States Congress emerged early on Wednesday morning as a Democrat to represent Washington D.C.
Recall at least, nine Nigerian-Americans are in the race at the federal, state and local levels.
Oye has 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.
Here’s what you need to know about the newly elected Nigerian-US Congressman:
Oye Owolewa from Kwara, holds a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston.
His parents, born and raised in Nigeria, raised him with 2 guiding principles, a value in community service and an early exposure to science. This exposure became a love for science, culminating in him achieving a Doctorate of Pharmacy.
In 2018, Oye was elected commissioner of his neighborhood in Southeast DC. In this position, he served as the medium between the community and the local government.
Oye worked to bring resources to the underserved by advising DC lawmakers based on continued community feedback.
Some of Oye’s most notable achievements were increasing science enrichment programs in Southeast elementary schools, adding traffic safety measures and helping bring a Senior Day Center to the neighborhood.
As commissioner, Oye learned the value of being an advocate and community resource.
Oye has dedicated his energy to educate and advocate for DC statehood and equality.
He participated in the historic March 2019 lobby day, resulting in a majority of the House of Representatives supporting DC Statehood for the first time in American history.
Soon after, Oye took his efforts to Annapolis where he joined the effort to end big money’s impact on our lawmaking. DC’s as close as it’s ever been to being a state and Oye is here to finish the fight.