Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Add this page to Blinklist Add this page to Del.icoi.us Add this page to Digg Add this page to Facebook Add this page to Furl Add this page to Google Add this page to Ma.Gnolia Add this page to Newsvine Add this page to Reddit Add this page to StumbleUpon Add this page to Technorati Add this page to Yahoo


ideas have consequences

You are here:Home>>Strategic Research & Analysis>>I’m not Nigerian; I’m British’ – Chi Onwurah, MP
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 17:47

I’m not Nigerian; I’m British’ – Chi Onwurah, MP

Written by Administrator
Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah

British Member of Parliament,  Chi (Chinyelu)  Onwurah,  has declared that she is not a Nigerian but British.  She made this declaration yesterday at the 2017 Caine Prize for African Literature ceremony. She was  was reacting on  Abike Dabiri Erewa’s  congratulatory message on her re-election;  Erewa is President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Nigerians in Diaspora.



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


Her ethnicity is Igbo , while the country of her Igbo father is Nigeria. She is a British citizen not Nigerian.



“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.”


Despite Nigerian government eagerness  to claim Onwurah and her colleagues with  message of congratulations on  being elected,  She insisted  that she is British and not Nigerian.


She reminded Nigerian government :  "I was born in Wallsend, grew up on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton and went to Kenton School before studying Electrical Engineering in London. I have lived in many different cities around the world, without ever for a moment forgetting where I am from: Newcastle. My values and beliefs were formed in Newcastle based on the people I grew up with and my own experiences."



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

Last modified on Saturday, 08 July 2017 20:46

1 Comment

  • Comment Link Rae Wednesday, 02 August 2017 12:18 posted by Rae

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with all folks you actually recognize
    what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also visit my web site =).

    We may have a link exchange contract among us

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Add comment