Chi Onwurah, A Nigerian Woman Wins In UK Election As Member Of Parliament

Chi Onwurah, A Nigerian Woman Wins In UK Election As Member Of Parliament
Chinyelu Susan Onwurah, a Nigerian woman has been reelected as Member of Parliament in the recently conducted election in the United Kingdom.
New castle result was the first to be announced in all of UK and Onwurah won by a wide margin of 21,588 votes.

Her closest rival, Emily Payne had 9,290 votes while Tay Pitman of the Green Party was the lowest with 1,365 votes.

Chi Onwurah has taken to Twitter to thank the residents of Newcastle Central for re-electing her

Her Biography

Chinyelu Susan Onwurah was born on the 12th of April, 1965 a Nigerian father and British mother. Though she was given birth to in Wallsend, Northumberland, her family moved to Awka, Nigeria, in 1965 while she was still a baby.

Just two years after moving to Nigeria, the Biafra War broke out and she was forced to return back to Tyneside with her mother and siblings while her father stayed there in the Biafran army.

In 1987, Onwurah graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London. 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.

Political Career

Chi Onwurah 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 Member of Parliament, Jim Cousins, who had decided to step down after 23 years. 

She is Newcastle's first black MP and is currently Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation, having been appointed to the role in October 2016.

Onwurah retained her seat at the 2017 general election, increasing Labour's share of the vote to 65%. Newcastle Central was the first constituency to declare a result.

She was re-elected in the 2019 United Kingdom general election.

Before entering Parliament, Onwurah was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement. She spent many years on its National Executive, and that of its successor organisation, ACTSA: Action for Southern Africa. She also joined the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School.
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