Nigeria’s Oye Owolewa & Esther Agbaje Elected As Members Of US House Of Representatives

Oye Owolewa and Esther Agbaje US Elections OnoBello

Apart from United States presidential election held on Tuesday, governorship elections also took place in 11 states and two territories alongside congressional elections for all 435 seats of the US House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate.

The polls which has since been closed has however produced two Nigerian-American winners out of the nine candidates who were on the ballot for various elective offices. First, Oye Owolewa, who ran on the platform of the Democratic Party to represent Washington DC in the House of Representatives has been elected to the United States Congress.

Owolewa from Kwara, who holds a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Pharmacy from the North-Eastern University, Boston, has also made history as the first Nigerian congressman in the country’s history.

He achieved this feat along with Esther Agbaje, who was elected into the Minnesota House of Representatives. Agbaje who will be representing District 59B in the 134-member House on the platform of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party/

The 35-year-old Nigerian woman graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in political science, holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and also a law degree from Harvard University.

Agbaje who once served at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer, charged with managing the rule of law projects in the Middle East,  currently works as an attorney in Minneapolis with a focus on general civil litigation and medical malpractice.

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