In one of the most keenly contested general elections in British history, four Nigerians won seats to the revered parliament, making it the first time such feat would be recorded.
The four Nigerians won seats into the British parliament, making it the first time such would be happening in the highly conservative United Kingdom.
Born on October 17, 1978 to a Nigerian father – Bennett and British mother – Patricia, Umunna began his education at Hitherfield Primary School in Streatham, South London, and the Christ Church Primary School in Brixton Hill. He later moved to St. Dunstan’s College, Catford, Southeast London where he played the cello and became a respected prefect in the school.
Grant, born on September 28, 1961, is a
Conservative Party politician and solicitor who was first elected into the British parliament in 2010. By that feat, she became the first black woman to be selected to defend a Tory seat and the Conservatives’ first female black parliamentarian. She has served as Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities.
Onwurah, born on April 12, 1965, is a Labour Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central. Onwurah is Newcastle’s first black MP.
Osamor, a National Health Service manager, would be representing Edmonton constituency in London on the platform of the Labour Party. A
respected trade union activist and women’s charity trustee, she made funding the NHS and standing up to government cuts the main theme
of her campaign.