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Deputy Premier: Uzoma Chioma Asagwara | Canada | Breaking Barriers

Deputy Premier of Manitoba

Minister of Health, Seniors & Long-Term Care | MLA for Union Station | Former ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ National ๐Ÿ€ Team


Meet Uzoma Chioma Asagwara (they/them), a remarkable Nigerian-Canadian who has etched her name in history as Manitoba's Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. Born on September 23, 1984, in Winnipeg to Igbo Nigerian parents, Uzoma is a non-binary individual who has shattered ceilings in the realm of politics. Uzoma's journey is a tale of multifaceted excellence. Graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Winnipeg and Brandon University, they initially made waves as the University of Winnipeg Female Athlete of the Year in 2005โ€“06. Uzoma's prowess extended to basketball, representing Canada in the national team at the 2007 Pan American Games.


Prior to entering politics, Uzoma worked as a registered psychiatric nurse, specializing in adult and youth mental health and addictions.


Their commitment to community welfare is reflected in their founding of Queer People of Colour Winnipeg in 2014, advocating for LGBTQ rights and safety in the city.


Uzoma's political journey commenced with their election as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Union Station in 2019. This marked a historic moment, as they became the first black queer person and Manitoba's first gender non-conforming MLA.


In October 2023, Uzoma reached new heights as they were appointed Manitoba's Deputy Premier, serving under Premier Wab Kinew. This makes them the first Black woman to hold this esteemed position, contributing to the province's most diverse cabinet in history.


Beyond politics, Uzoma's commitment to recognition and inclusivity is evident in their legislative achievements, including the passage of a bill recognizing Somali Heritage Week.


Their journey is an inspiring narrative of resilience, breaking barriers, and championing representation in the Canadian political landscape. Uzoma Chioma Asagwara is a beacon of hope and progress, paving the way for a more inclusive and diverse future in Manitoba, Canada, and beyond.


Social Media Handles:

Instagram: @uzomachioma

Twitter: @UAsagwara

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