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March 2, 2021
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U.S Elections: Nigerian-Americans Agbaje, Owolewa Elected Into Congress

As the world awaits the final results of the U.S. presidential election, two Nigerian-Americans, Esther Agbaje and Oye Owolewa, have been elected into the House of Representatives.

Esther Agbaje, contested to represent District 59B 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.

She has a law degree from Harvard University, a Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and has served in the U.S. Department of State, among others.

Oye Owolewa, on the other hand, contested to represent the District of Colombia, on the platform of the Democratic Party.

He won with 82.65% of votes which represents 135,234 votes.

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Owolewa is a Nigerian born Democrat who hails from Omu-Aran Local Government Area of Kwara State, Nigeria.

He is a Ph.D holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston USA.

Himself and Agbaje are the first Nigerians to win the USA congressional seat.

Meanwhile, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on Wednesday, congratulated both of them for the feat.

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