Sunday Dare, The Minister of Youth and Sports Development had on Thursday commend on the feat achieved by the 31-year old Adeoye Owolewa in the 2020 United States Election as national pride.
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.”
Adeoye Owolewa elected on Tuesday as a shadow member of the Us House of Representatives from the District of Columbia, which made him the first Nigerian-American to achieve the milestone.
According to the District of Columbia Board of Elections, the election results on the website on Wednesday morning, Owolewa polled 81.59% of the votes which represents 164,026 total votes against Joyce Robinson-Paul who scored 18,600 votes and Sohaer Syed with 15,372 votes.
Owolewa, whose father came from Kwara State and mother came from Oyo State, was elected on the platform of the Democratic Party.
The PhD holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston, is one of the nine Nigerian-Americans on the ballot in Tuesday’s general elections.
Again, Esther Agbaje, a Nigerian-American who is 35-year-old has emerged victorious in the election when she won a legislative seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
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.”