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Adeoye Owolewa makes History as First Nigerian-American elected into the US Congress



The 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.

He polled 164,026 votes to defeat incumbent Joyce Robinson-Paul, who scored 18,600 votes, and Sohaer Syed with 15,372 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 by 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:

Nigerians all over the globe are celebrating his landslide victory. Congratulations!


  1. Otunba Felix Fagorala

    November 4, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    The ultimate news outfit to get to every corner of the Globe…hence first to get the political results from USA across to every interested nukes and villages far and near.

  2. Grace

    November 5, 2020 at 6:12 am

    A good achievement but do we have to give fake news everytime. How does the headline claim he is “First Nigerian-American elected into the US Congress” when the article totally demonstrates this position of “Shadow Representative isn’t recognised as the U.S government as a member of the House of Representative.” He is not a member of the U.S. Congress in any way, shape, or form. Please, let’s stop spreading fake news or misleading. Well done though, brother.


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