Chinyelu Susan Onwurah have taken to her Twitter account announce and thank the people of Newcastle Central after she was sworn in as a Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central in the United Kingdom.
The 54-year-old British-Nigerian whose mother was from Newcastle, and father, from Awka, Nigeria, became Newcastle’s first black MP in 2010 and re-elected in 2019.
“Today I was sworn in as Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central. It is an honour & a privilege to represent you, the people of Newcastle Central. However, you voted I am your voice in Parliament & will do all I can to help you.” she tweeted as thanked the people of Newcastle Central.
Onwurah’s father, was working as a dentist while he studied at Newcastle University Medical School where he met and married Onwurah’s mother in the 1950s. She was born in Wallsend, Northumberland, her family moved to Awka, Nigeria, in 1965 while she was still a baby. Just two years later the Biafra War broke out, forcing her mother to bring the children back to Tyneside, while her father stayed there in the Biafran army.
She graduated from Imperial College London in 1987 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was elected to Parliament in 2010 with a majority of 7,466.
Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa also sent a congratulatory message to Onwurah, she wrote: “Hearty congrats and best wishes.”