Two Nigerian-Americans, Esther Agbaje and Oye Owolewa, have been elected into the United States’ House of Representatives.
Esther Agbaje contested to represent District 59B, a legislative seat in the Minnesota House of Reps on the platform of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
The 35-year-old scored a total of 17,396 votes, which represents 74.6 per cent of the total votes cast.
Esther has a law degree from Harvard University, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and has also served in the U.S. Department of State.
Oye Owolewa, on the other hand, contested to represent the District of Colombia, on the platform of the Democratic Party.
According to election results on 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 who had 15,372 votes.
Owolewa, a Nigerian born Democrat who hails from Omu-Aran Local Government Area of Kwara State is a Ph.D holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston USA.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, congratulated both Owolewa and Agbaje in two separate statements on Wednesday, noting that “with dedication, hard work, resilience and prayer, one can achieve just about anything”.
Esther Agbaje and Owolewa are among the nine Nigerian-Americans who contested in Tuesday’s general elections.
Himself and Agbaje are the first Nigerians to win the USA congressional seat.