Tuesday, 4 July 2017

'I'm not Nigerian; I'm British' - MP Chi Onwurah declares, in response to Abike Dabiri's congratulatory message

Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central, Chinyelu "Chi" Onwurah has declared that she is not a Nigerian but British.

The Labour Party politician stated this at the 2017 Caine Prize for African Literature ceremony held yesterday night in London.

According to Nigerian journalist and writer, Molara Wood, when told of Abike Dabiri-Erewa's congratulatory letter, she said:

"I am not Nigerian; I am British"

Last month, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora released a congratulatory letter addressed to the Chi Onwurah and 6 other British-Nigerians elected to the UK parliament.

According to her, "this electoral victory shows that Nigerians excel anywhere in the world."

Chi Onwurah was born in Wallsend, Newcastle, in 1965 by Nigerian parents.  Her family moved to Awka, Anambra, Nigeria, while she was still a baby. Just two years later the Biafra War broke out, forcing her mother to take the children back to Newcastle, while her father stayed on in the Biafran army

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