Did you know four Nigerians contested for a seatin the United Kingdom’s parliament on Thursday?And they won! Three of them contested on the platform of Labor party while one contested on the platform of the Conservatives.
We have got their details below:
Chuka Umunna: No stranger to the UK Parliament, Umunna has served as a Member of Parliament for Streatham under the Labour Party since 2010. A successful lawyer, the 36-year old also founded and edited the online political magazine, The Multicultural Politics and has been referred to as ‘the British Barack Obama‘ in the media.
Kate Osamor: Osamor who is a GP Practice Manager, contested for the Edmonton seat under the Labour Party. Kate is the daughter of popular local UK politician, Martha Osamor, who was a former Haringey councillor and community leader on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham. She was also vice-chair of the party’s Black section.
Helen Grant: Born to a Nigerian father and English mother, Grant is the current Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald in Kent and the current Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities. Although a former member of the Labor Party, the 53-year old joined the Conservatives in 2006 and became the first black woman to be selected to defend a Tory seat and her election made her the Conservatives’ first female black MP.
Chi Onwurah: Onwurah is also a current Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is the first black person to occupy this position for Newcastle. Onwurah is of mixed parentage with a Nigerian father and English mother. A graduate of Electrical Engineering, the 50-year old served as Head of Telecoms Technology at OFCOM, with a focus on broadband provision before she became a Member of Parliament.