Meet Uzoma Asagwara: The First Black Elected Into Canadian Parliament

By Duchess Magazine

Uzoma Asagwara, Canadian politician born to Nigerian parents from Umuahia, Abia State in 2019 made history as the first Black, and openly queer MLA to ever win a seat in Manitoba’s 150-year-history

Upon been elected in September 2019, into the Manitoba Legislative Assembly to represent Union Station in Canada, the 39 year old was one of the three black persons to be elected.

Prior to the election, Asagwara worked as a psychiatric nurse specializing in adult and youth mental health and addictions. She was also a member of the Canadian national women’s basketball and acts as a mentor for youth athletes in downtown Winnipeg.

In 2014, Asagwara founded Queer People of Colour Winnipeg, a Winnipeg-based initiative that creates safer spaces for and increases the visibility and representation of queer and transgender people of colour.


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