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Oye Owolewa, first Nigerian-American elected to U.S. Congress

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Nigerian-American, Oye Owolewa, has been elected as a nominal member of the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia.

According to election results on the official website of the District of Columbia Board of Elections on Wednesday morning, Owolewa polled 81.59% of the votes, which represents 164,026 votes against Joyce Robinson-Paul, who scored 18,600 votes, and Sohaer Syed with 15,372 votes.

Though he will be representing the United States capital in the House of Representatives, Owolewa, however, will not have a vote in the US Congress as he will remain a shadow member.

The Nigerian-American has a doctorate degree in pharmacy and was in 2018 elected commissioner of his neighborhood in Southeast DC.

Owolewa, whose father is from Kwara State and mother is from Oyo, was elected on the platform of the Democratic Party in the election.

He has been a champion for Washington D.C. to be given statehood.

He is expected to use his new position to continue the struggle to give the District of Columbia as the American capital is known its crave for statehood.

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