The UK is reportedly experiencing the rise of women in its parliament. Not only that, it is also witnessing the increase of British women with Nigerian heritage as members of parliament.
Following the 2017 general election which took place three days ago, three Nigerian – British women were elected as members of parliament. They are;
Helen Grant was elected the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, a post she has held since 2010.
She was born to a Nigerian orthopedic surgeon and raised only by her English mother after her parents separated.
Helen was the first black woman to be elected as a Conservative MP, as well as the first black woman to be selected as a candidate to stand for a Conservative-held parliamentary seat.
Chi Onwurah was elected on the platform of the Labour Party as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central, a post she has also held since 2010.
Chi was born in Newcastle in 1965, to a Nigerian father and an English mother. As a baby, her family moved to Awka, Anambra, to settle down. But two years later, the Biafran Civil War broke out bringing famine with it. So, her mother and her siblings returned as refugees to Newcastle, while her father stayed on in the Biafran army.
She is an engineer and her last role before entering parliament was the head of Telecoms Technology for Ofcom, the Communications Regulator in the UK.
She is the Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation and Newcastle’s first black MP.
Kemi Baldenoch is presently Saffron Walden’s first-ever female Member of Parliament after securing over 37, 000 votes.
Kemi was born in Wimbledon and lived in the US and Nigeria, growing up. She joined the Conservative party in 2005 and has been active since then.
The 37-year old served as a London-wide member of the London Assembly since September 2015 and was the party’s spokeswoman for the economy. She also sits on the transport committee, and the policing and crime committee.
She was the Parliamentary Candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood in 2010 General Elections and London Assembly List Candidate in 2012 Mayoral Elections amongst others.
Prior to the assembly, Ms. Badenoch was a director at Spectator magazine, and before that an associate director at Coutts & Co.
Fiona Onasanya was elected on the platform of the Labour party as the Member of Parliament for Petersborough.
She wasn’t really interested in politics at the beginning but she wanted to make a difference.
Fiona is a solicitor at DC Law in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. She was a Labour Cambridgeshire County Councillor for King’s Hedges in Cambridge and deputy leader of the Labour group on the council.
She hopes to become Britain’s first black female prime minister.
Kate Osamor continues as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton, a post she held since 2015 and has been re-elected into.
In 2014, Kate was elected as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.
She was recently appointed into the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
Kate has been particularly active in campaigns such as Women for Refugee Women’s, Set Her Free campaign to end the detention of women who seek asylum in the UK.
Kate argues for much fuller representation of Black and Ethnic Minority communities in political bodies, especially in Parliament.
Kate Osamor was born to Nigerian parents in 1968 and grew up in Haringey.
Her mother, who moved to Britain when she was young, was a political activist and a member of the Black Sections in the Labour party in the 1980s.