Eight Nigerians won legislative seats in 2022 US midterm elections

Eight politicians of Nigerian descent won legislative seats in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota, on Tuesday, November 8, in the U.S. midterm elections.

This was confirmed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Head of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), on November 9, in a tweet. She stated that they have improved the country’s reputation abroad through their tenacity.

(L-R) Segun Adeyina, Gabe Okoye, Solomon Adesanya, Tish Naghise, Phil Olaleye, Carol Kazeem, Oye Owolewa and Esther Agbaje

According to Muhammad Buhari, President of Nigeria, the elected members have “made Nigeria proud.” He extended his congratulatory remarks and wished them well in their political careers in the U.S.

The elects:

Segun Adeyina

As a representative for Georgia, Segun Adeyina ran for District 110 under the Democratic Party banner.

He has a track record of working in the automotive sector and is an accomplished Information Technology (IT) professional; with additional skills in databases, IT planning, data administration, and system development.

Among other things, Segun is dedicated to bettering infrastructure, healthcare, and education.

Gabe Okoye

As a Georgia State Representative, Gabe Okoye ran for and won District 102 under the Democratic Party.

He graduated from Gwinnett County Public Schools, then served as Gwinnett County Chairman. He is currently Essex Geoscience Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer. Gabe has lived in Lawrenceville since 1992 as a qualified civil engineer.

Solomon Adesanya

Cobb County restaurant owner, Solomon Adesanya, won as District 43’s representative from Georgia under the Democratic Party.

He stated that his main legislative priorities are economic development, high-quality public education, Medicaid expansion, defending women’s right to choose, and environmental preservation.

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Tish Naghise

Democrat and business woman Tish Naghise, won the District 68 legislative seat as a representative for Georgia.

Tish earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clayton State University, Naghise, and has enrolled in a Masters programme at the same university.

She’s the owner T & C Transportation, and her political ambition focuses on strategic leadership and development.

Phil Olaleye

Phil Olaleye won as Democratic Party’s District 59 Georgia State Representative. In 2020, he was recognised as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under Forty.

Phil graduated from Duke University in 2007, and earned Masters in Public Policy. from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014. He is the Executive Director of Next Generation Men & Women, an educational nonprofit organisation in Atlanta that closes the opportunity gap for high school students with limited resources.

Carol Kazeem

Carol Kazeem ran as a Democrat for Pennsylvania State, representing District 159. She has pledged to back $15 minimum wage, educational equality, reduction of gun violence, abolition of mass incarceration, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

Carol attended the Chester Upland School District and graduated in 2013 with an associate’s degree from Anthem College and a high school diploma from Ridley High School.

Kazeem has spent more than 13 years working in various capacities in the healthcare industry.

Oye Owolewa

Politician, pharmacist, and Democrat, Oye Owolewa won the District of Columbia (DC) U.S. Shadow Representative position. He stated publicly that he’s committing to advocacy and community resources, fight against prescription drugs and climate change.

Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, he attended Boston Latin School and received his diploma in 2008. In 2014, he earned a doctorate in Pharmacy from Northeastern University and relocated to Washington to practise.

Esther Agbaje

Legal practitioner and Democrat, Esther Agbaje was elected as Minnesota State Representative for Hennepin County’s District 59B. She has previously served as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.

Esther earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from George Washington University, an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Harvard University.

She is a member of Ciresi Conlin LLP’s associate legal team and concentrates on general civil litigation and medical malpractice.

Source: News Agencies

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