In over 150 years, no black woman had ever made it to the legislative seat in Manitoba, but Uzoma Asagwara, who contested under the
New Democratic Party, has been elected as a member of the Manitoba Legislature
Asagwara was one of three black people in the 150-year history of the Manitoba legislative house. She has been working within her community as a psychiatric nurse and for long has been a community activist in Winnipeg. Uzoma said she is grateful to everyone, who has supported them long before the election.
Speaking with CTV News, Uzoma described her election as “a historic moment for our team and our communities.”
She also said that being one of the first black MLAs elected in Manitoba was “wonderful…incredible,” and a “sign that folks are really making sure that our elected officials reflect the communities they serve.”
Fun Facts about Uzoma Asagwara:
- She was born in Canada but both parents are Nigerians.
- She is not only a politician and activist, but she is also an athlete.
- Uzoma Asagwara is queer.
- Uzoma is an addictions specialist and former member of Canada’s national women’s baseball team
Source: CTV News