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Uzoma Asagwara : Not too young to lead!


A lot of us Nigerians know that as long as we are placed in the right environment and nurtured in accordance, we will inevitably flourish above expectations.

Another shining example of this is realised in Nigeria Uzoma Asagwara who is an addictions specialist, registered psychiatric nurse, educator, entrepreneur, mental health advocate, and now the NDP Critic for Health, Seniors, and Active Living.

Uzoma Asagwara is also a politician who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2019 Manitoba general election. Representing the electoral district of Union Station as a member of the Manitoba New Democratic Party, making her an anchor point for progressive politics and compassionate advocate for social justice, climate action, equity, and positive change for all families in Manitoba.

Uzoma has also volunteered in various leadership positions with several organisations, including Queer People of Colour Winnipeg, the Women’s Health Clinic and the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art.  She is a former basketball player with the University of Winnipeg and the Canadian National Basketball team.

Uzoma Asagwara was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2019 Manitoba general election. They represent the electoral district of Union Station as a member of the Manitoba New Democratic Party.

In view of history, no black person had ever been elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 150-year history of this province. Nigerian Uzoma is one of the first. Being one of the first black people to be elected in Manitoba was “wonderful…incredible,” and a “sign that folks are really making sure that our elected officials reflect the communities they serve.” The 39-year-old politician is a first-generation Canadian born to Nigerian parents from Umuahia, Abia State in Nigeria.

The Asagwara family is full of remarkable people. The father is an educated man with a Ph.D., M.P.A., M.A. and B.A. He is also an author and holds several. Before her win, Asagwara founded a Winnipeg-based initiative that creates safe spaces, increases the visibility and representation of queer and transgender people of colour. Uzoma Asagwara was a University of Winnipeg basketball star who was named the University of Winnipeg 2006 Female athlete of the year at the annual Wesmen Athletics Award Banquet in 2006 and was also part of the CIS Women’s Basketball Second All-Canadian Team and the first student and basketball star ever at the Saint Nobert’s Collegiate. Asagwara’s jersey has been given a place of honour in the Basketball Court of Saint Nobert’s Collegiate.

The 39-year-old, who studied for a combined bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Psychiatric Nursing, previously worked as an addictions specialist and psych nurse in Canada.

Asagwara is well known for her long years of activism in the communities in Winnipeg and hopes to use her new legislative seat to represent the voices of thousands of immigrants and refugees in the Manitoba Legislature.

Never too young to lead!.

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