Nigerian woman wins parliamentary election in UK


The Newcastle result was the first to be announced in all of the UK. British born Nigerian politician, Chinyelu Susan Onwurah worn by a wide margin.

A social media user wrote:

“UK election results are trickling in. I make bold to announce that I voted in less than 3 minutes. Congratulations to Chi Onwurah”.

Chi Onwurah.
Chi Onwurah.

Her profile

Chinyelu Susan Onwurah (born 12 April 1965) is a British Labour Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, succeeding the previous Labour MP Jim Cousins, who had decided to step down after 23 years. She is Newcastle’s first black She is currently Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation, having been appointed to the role in October 2016.

Onwurah’s mother was from Newcastle. Her father, from Nigeria, was working as a dentist while he studied at Newcastle University Medical School when they met and married in the 1950s.

After Onwurah was born in Wallsend, Northumberland, her family moved to Awka, Nigeria, in 1965 while she was still a baby. Just two years later the Biafra War broke out, bringing famine with it, forcing her mother to bring the children back to Tyneside, while her father stayed there in the Biafran army.

Onwurah graduated from Imperial College London in 1987 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She worked in hardware and software development, product management, market development and strategy for a variety of mainly private sector companies in a number of different countries – the UK, France, the United States, Nigeria, and Denmark while studying for an MBA at Manchester Business School.

Prior to entering Parliament, Onwurah was Head of Telecoms Technology at Ofcom, with a focus on broadband provision.


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