A Nigerian residing in the United States, identified as Oye Owolewa has become the first Nigerian to be elected to the US congress. The 30-year-old who represented Washington DC in the House of Representatives under the Democratic Party, has made history by being the first Nigerian congressman.
Based on the result of the election, Oye had 82.65% of the total votes, ahead of his fellow contenders, Joyce Robinson-Paul and Sohaer Syed.
Oye Owolewa – Early Life & Career
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
Oye is a first-generation Nigerian-American. His parents, born and raised in Nigeria, raised him with 2 guiding principles, a value in community service and an early exposure to science. This exposure became a love for science, culminating in him achieving a
Doctorate of Pharmacy.
Oye Owolewa – Education
Upon completing his degree in pharmacy, Oye moved to DC to begin practicing pharmacy and impacting the community. Since 2014, he’s been a member of RESET, a coalition of STEM professionals who volunteer in public schools, engaging students through hands-on science experiments. his goal is to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers and become tomorrow’s scientists.
In 2018, Oye was elected commissioner of his neighborhood in Southeast DC. In this position, he served as the medium between the community and the local government. Oye worked to bring resources to the underserved by advising DC lawmakers based on continued community feedback.
Some of Oye’s most notable achievements were increasing science enrichment programs in Southeast elementary schools, adding traffic safety measures and helping bring a Senior Day Center to the neighborhood.
As commissioner, Oye learned the value of being an advocate and community resource