Meet First ‘Possibly’ Black British-Nigerian PM – Chuka Umunna
On May 7, 2015, a Nigerian, Chuka Umunna, could make history by becoming the first black Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Chuka Umunna Born in London in 1978 to Bennett Umunna, a labourer and Patricia Umunna, an Irish solicitor.
Bennett was a Nigerian laborer, who arrived in Britain in the sixties with one suitcase and no money. Having borrowed the fare from Liverpool to London, he worked in a carwash, became a successful businessman and died in a car crash when his son was 13.
Bennett began an import-export business trading with Nigeria and was starting to make a decent living when he met Patricia Milmo, a solicitor, at a London party. She happened to be the daughter of Sir Helenus Milmo, a Cambridge-educated High Court judge and a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Nazi trials. They later got married, a rare combination during a time of high social inequality and racism.
Chuka, an English and French Law graduate from the University of Manchester, who also holds a Master’s degree from Nottingham Law School, says his interest in politics was shaped by seeing extreme poverty while visiting his father’s relatives in Nigeria and the social divide in his own Streatham constituency in the UK.
Chuka umunna, a 35-year-old Labour Party Member of Parliament will become the first British Black prime mister if he wins majority of seats out of the 560 seats in the House of Commons during the parliamentary elections and becomes the party leader by 2015. He is currently the Member of Parliament for Streatham.
He is also the Shadow Business Secretary and his duty is to scrutinize the actions of the government’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and develop alternative policies. The office holder is a member of the Shadow Cabinet.
Chuka is currently the youngest MPs in the UK haven been introduced to British politics by the current Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, while he was in his 20s. It is believed that Chuka might succeed him – and if that goes, he will be on the verge of making history just like Obama as they share a lot of similarities in common like Chuka is of mixed race, being the child of a Nigerian father and an Irish mother while Obama is also of mixed race, being the offspring of a white American woman and a Kenyan father. Also Chuka’s father, Bennett, was killed in a mysterious car accident in Nigeria in 1992 while Obama’s father was killed in a car accident in Kenya in 1982.
If history repeats itself as it is being predicted by British political observers, Chuka, who is also a six-foot tall lawyer like Obama, could become the first black Prime Minister in the UK.