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Nigerian-Born Uzoma Asagwara Elected Into Canadian Parliament

Nigerian – born Uzoma Asagwara has been elected as a lawmaker into the Manitoba Legislative Assembly in Canada .

Asagwara , a psychiatric nurse and community activist , was announced as the winner of Manitoba ’ s Union Station riding on Tuesday , making Asagwara the first Black , queer woman in the legislature , reports CTV .

She is also one of three Black people to have been elected into the 150 -year parliament.

Speaking on her victory , Asagwara said , “This is a historic moment for our team and our communities . ”

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 .”

Kicking off her campaign in August , Asagwara who played for the Canadian National Basketball team tweeted on her official handle , “The election has officially been called and Sept 10 th is only a few weeks away ! I ’m running to make sure Union Station is represented by a progressive and compassionate MLA with deep roots in our community .”

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