7 Nigerians with living here in Britain were elected into the British Parliament during Theresa May’s snap election.
The seven candidates are:
- Chuka Umunna- Streatham (Labour)
- Abimbola Afolami – Hitchin & Harpenden (Conservative)
- Fiona Onasanya- Peterborough (Labour)
- Chi Onwurah – Newcastle Central (Labour)
- Kate Osamor – Edmonton (Labour)
- Kemi Badenock – Saffron Walden (Conservative)
- Helen Grant – Maidstone & The Weald (Conservative).
I’m so pleased that the new members of parliament are also representing both sides of the divide. I might be more left of centre, but even I know that both sides are needed for balance and good governance. This is very welcome news for Nigerians – both at home and here in the UK. We can all aspire to be more.
As Olukayode Ogundamisi said, “In Nigeria, they would have been asked “who be your God father?” “Who sabi your family?” “Ah! You are Igbo and you have Yoruba blood with your mother known to have dated an Hausa man!” “How much do you have?” “You are a woman” “You are too young” “You have not made sacrifice to the gods” “Why are you not born again?” “You are a Muslim” “We learnt you are gay” “You never settle ward chairman and the area father”. No one tends to ask the question about competency.”
These few have shown themselves competent in a land that has accepted them and we are so proud! Viva Naija!
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