Adeoye Owolewa is a Nigerian born American politician, pharmacist, and a member of the Democratic Party. On November 3rd he was elected as the shadow member of the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia and becomes the first Nigerian to be elected into the U.S Congress. Adeoye Yakubu Owolewa is the grandson of Phoebe Ajayi-Obe, a late senior advocate of Nigeria. His father hailed from Omu Aran in Kwara State and his mother is from Ibadan in Oyo State. Oye grew up in Boston, the fourth in a family of seven, he attended Boston Latin School and graduated in 2008. In 2014 He earns a PhD in Pharmacy from Northeastern University and thereafter moved to Washington to practice pharmacy. In 2018 he became an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of District 8E01.
The 31-year-old Nigerian, Adeoye Owolewa has been elected into the United States Congress, becoming the first Nigerian to achieve this feat. The Nigerian-born Democrat will be representing Washington DC in the House of Representatives, a big win for Nigerians in Diaspora.
Adeoye shared 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.
Congratulations to you Adeoye Owolewa for making Nigeria and indeed the continent proud.