Personality Profile: Three British Members Of Parliament With Nigerian Parentage Making Strides In Britain



Chuck Umunna: British Member of Parliament

Chuck Umunna is a British MP of Nigerian heritage. He was born 17 October 1978 in London to Nigerian father of the Igbo ethnic group and Irish mother. In 2010 Umunna was elected parliamentarian, representing Streatham constituency on the platform of the Labour Party.

Umunna who is popularly known as “UK Obama,” schooled at Hitherfield Primary School in Streatham, South London, and Christ Church Primary School in Brixton Hill. Umunna attended University of Manchester; where he received an upper second class LLB in English and French Law. He later received MA at Nottingham Law School, University of Burgundy in Dijon. Before his political career, he wrote articles for Financial Times, Tribune, The Voice, The Guardian and the New Statesman, and later lunched the online political magazine, The Multicultural Politic. He made frequent commentary on British televisions and radios.


Chi Onwurah – British Member of Parliament

Chi Onwurah is a British of Nigerian ancestry, who was elected on the platform of the Labour Party in Newcastle Central seat in the year 2010. Just like Chuka Umunna, she is biracial with an Igbo- Nigerian father and English mother. Onwurah was born 12 April 1965 in Wallsend, Newcastle.

“After Chi was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1965, her family moved to Awka, Nigeria when she was still a baby. Just two years later the Biafran Civil War broke out bringing famine with it, forcing her mother to bring the children back to Newcastle, whilst her father stayed on in the Biafran army.”

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Onwurah obtained her first degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and subsequently her MBA at Manchester Business School.


Helen Grant: British Member of Parliament

Mrs Helen Grant is a British parliamentarian and was elected in 2010. Grant ‘s father is a Nigerian and her mother is a British citizen. She was born in London, England on 28 September 1961. She is a solicitor and was elected on the platform of British Conservative Party. Grant’s Alma mater is University of Hull, where she obtained her law degree.

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Source: Okonkow Networks

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