he 31-year-old Nigerian, Adeoye Owolewa has been elected a shadow U.S. Representative out of the District of Columbia, becoming the first Nigerian to achieve this feat.
Based on the results, Adeoye 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.
According to WUSA9, voters in D.C. have always elected one shadow representative and two shadow senators to represent them in congress since 1990. A Shadow Representative isn’t recognised as the U.S government as a member of the House of Representative, only recognized by D.C. and is not officially sworn or seated. Instead, they seek for their subnational polity to gain voting rights in Congress.
is that their offices aren’t in the office buildings that house the rest of Congress, they are not allowed to vote in full floor votes or committees.
Sharing the exciting news on his Instagram page, he says,
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 the day for some celebration, the hard work also follows. Again, thanks so much for everything. I wouldn’t be here without yall.
Here’s what you should know about him:
- Adeoye Yakubu Owolewa is the grandson of Phoebe Ajayi-Obe, a late senior advocate of Nigeria.
- He is from Omu Aran in Kwara State.
- Adeoye grew up in Boston, the fourth in a family of seven, he attended Boston Latin School and graduated in 2008.
- In 2014, he earned a PhD in Pharmacy from Northeastern University and thereafter moved to Washington to practice pharmacy.
- In 2018 he became an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of District 8E0.
Nigerians all over the globe are celebrating his landslide victory. Congratulations!