Her name is Uzoma Asagwara and she has just been elected into the Canadian Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the Manitoba grand election held 10th September, 2019. She is representing the electoral district of Union Station as a member of the Manitoba New Democratic Party.
Uzoma Asagwara kick-started her campaign in August and many Canadians from Winnipeg and beyond were pleased to see the young activist aspire for a seat in the parliament. Initiating the campaign, Uzoma tweeted on her official handle “The election has officially been called and Sept 10th is only a few weeks away! I’m running to make sure Union Station is represented by a progressive and compassionate MLA with deep roots in our community.
Here are some five facts about Uzoma Asagwara that might interest you
- Uzoma Asagwara is the first black, queer woman to win a seat in the Canadian parliament as a lawmaker, a feat which is the first of its kind in the 150-years of the parliament.
- The Nigerian-born girl of the Igbo tribe is a Psychiatric nurse and adult and youth addiction specialist. She is also a member of the Women’s Health Clinic.
- She is an athlete. She played for the Basketball team of the University of Winnipeg and was an active member of the Canadian national women’s basketball. Although no longer a full-time basketballer, Uzoma acts as a mentor for youth athletes in downtown Winnipeg.
- Uzoma founded the Queer People of Colour Winnipeg in 2014 – a Winnipeg-based initiative that creates safer spaces for and increases the visibility and representation of queer and transgender people of color.
- Uzoma Asagwara joins New Democrat Jamie Moses (St. Vital) and Progressive Conservative Audrey Gordon in being the first black MLAs to be elected in Manitoba. The newly minted member of the legislative assembly also becomes the first black queer MLA in the province, building on previous community work with Queer People of Colour Winnipeg.