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This is Benjamin Enwegbara, first African member of Austria Parliament
ON Friday, a Nigerian Economist, Benjamin Enwegbara was announced to have been elected into the parliament in Austria, a country in Central Europe, making it the first of its kind.
This information was disclosed by his delighted brother, Odilim Enwegbara, a development economist and a digital technology management analyst who lives in the capital city of Austria, Vienna.
“My immediate younger brother, Benjamin Enwegbara, who has lived in Austria and the UK since the 1980s and a cerebral economist with a master’s degrees in business administration and public security has just been elected a member of the Austrian Parliament.
“The biggest news of my life. This is truly the biggest news ever happened to my family. He is the first African to be elected a member of the Austrian Parliament,” he said.
The parliament in Austria has two chambers namely; the national council and federal council. The national council of 183 members are elected by all citizens entitled to vote, every year or sometimes sooner.
Benjamin, 57, has worked as a management consultant and a director of Meriben Limited, a London-based company, with years of experience in the management sub-sector.
Nigerians have proven viable outside the country, getting elected as lawmakers in foreign parliaments.
The likes of Uzoma Asagwara, a nurse, broke a 150-year record in Canadian Parliament after emerging as the first black to be elected to the Manitoba legislature representing Union station constituency.
Also, Zulfat Suara, a Nigerian-American, emerged as the first Muslim lawmaker in Tennessee in the United States, after making it into the runoff of a Nashville council at-large election.