Meet Oye Owolewa, First Nigerian In America Elected To Serve As Shadow US Respresentative


Oye Owolewa, has been elected as a shadow United States Representative out of the District of Columbia.

ABC 7 News via its Twitter handle early on Wednesday morning.

Oye garnered 164,026 votes to defeat incumbent Joyce Robinson-Paul, who received 18,600 votes, and Sohaer Syed with 15,372 votes.

Oye, who has roots in Kwara and Oyo states, holds a PhD in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston. In 2018, he was elected commissioner of his neighbourhood in SouthEast DC. As an advocate for DC statehood, he launched TaxFreeDC as a movement to combat DC’s taxation without representation. According to his website, TaxFreeDC declares that until DC statehood is achieved, DC’s tax revenue shall no longer go to the federal government.

As the results trickled on Wednesday morning, Mr Owolewa shared the news of his victory on his social media.

“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,” he said.

Since 1990, voters in the District have elected one shadow representative and two shadow senators to represent them in Congress. Like their more traditional counterparts, shadow representatives and senators serve two- and six-year terms, respectively.

Unlike the congressional delegation from, say, Maryland, D.C.’s shadow delegation isn’t allowed to vote – either in full floor votes or in committee. They also have their offices in the John A. Wilson Building, rather than in the Senate office buildings.

So if they can’t vote, what do they do? Push for D.C. to become the 51st state