Uzoma Asagwara, a 39-year-old Nigerian-Canadian, has been elected into the country’s legislative seat for the New Democratic Party.
Asagwara was one of three black people in the 150-year history of the Manitoba legislative house, CBC News reports.
She has been working within her community as a psychiatric nurse and for long has been a community activist in Winnipeg.
Until Tuesday’s vote, no black person had ever been elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 150-year history of this province.
Uzoma said she is grateful to everyone, who has supported them long before the election.
The Nigerian-Canadian is not only a politician and activist, she is also an athlete.
Asagwara, a first-generation Canadian whose parents are Nigerian, has worked as a psychiatric nurse and is a longtime community activist in Winnipeg’s core.
Speaking on her victory, Mrs Asagwara said, “This is a historic moment for our team and our communities.”
Mrs Asagwara said that being one of the first Black Member of the Legislative Assembly elected in Manitoba was “wonderful…incredible,” and a “sign that folks are really making sure that our elected officials reflect the communities they serve.”
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