A Nigerian-born Democrat, Oye Owolewa, has become the first Nigerian-American be elected as a shadow United States Representative out of the District of Columbia.

Oye Owolewa is the first Nigerian-American be elected as a shadow United States Representative out of the District of Columbia.

This was disclosed by ABC 7 News via its Twitter handle early on Wednesday morning.

It tweeted, “Democrat Oye Owolewa will be elected as a shadow U.S. Representative out of the District of Columbia.”

Oye Owolewa, whose father is from Kwara State and mother is from Oyo, is a PhD holder in Pharmacy from the Northeastern University, Boston.

Based on the results, Oye had 82.84% of the votes, which represents 164,026 votes against Joyce Robinson-Paul, who had 18,600 votes, and Sohaer Syed with 15,372 votes.

District of Columbia shadow representative

The voters of the District of Columbia elect one shadow representative who is recognized as equivalent to U.S. representatives by the District of Columbia, but is not recognized by the U.S. government as an actual member of the House of Representatives.

The 2020 Shadow Representative election in the District of Columbia took place on November 3, 2020, to elect a shadow member to the United States House of Representatives to represent the District of Columbia. Unlike non-voting delegates, the Shadow Representative is only recognized by the District of Columbia and is not officially sworn or seated.