A Nigerian, Oye Owolewa who won a seat in the United States Congress in the country’s 2020 election has been hailed on Thursday, by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
The feat achieved by 31-year old Owolewa was described by the Minister as national pride, The Punch reports.
The minister tweeted, “Congrats are in place for the 31-year old Adeoye Owolewa for making Nigeria proud by being the first Nigerian to win a seat in the United States Congress.”
Owolewa achieved the feat of emerging as the first Nigerian-American to achieve the milestone being o elected as a shadow member of the US House of Representatives from the District of Columbia, on Tuesday.
On the election result, which was gotten from the 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.
Owolewa, whose father is from Kwara State and mother is from Oyo State, was elected on the platform of the Democratic Party.
Owolewa was not the only Nigerian who won as another Nigerian-American, 35-year-old Esther Agbaje, emerged victorious after grabbing a legislative seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Both Owolewa and Agbaje were congratulated by the chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa in two separate statements on Wednesday, noting that “with dedication, hard work, resilience and prayer, one can achieve just about anything”.