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34-year-old Nigerian joins governorship race in U.S.

Mr. Chenge is said to have designed the “Wazobia tricycle” in 2016 to improve the lives of peasant farmers.

• October 13, 2020
Austin Chenge (Credit: Twitter)
Austin Chenge (Credit: Twitter)

A 34-year-old Nigerian, Austin Chenge, has joined the 2022 governorship race in Michigan.

Mr. Chenge, from Benue, will challenge US representative Lamar Smith for the ticket under the Republican Party.

Mr. Chenge announced his intention to run for governor of Michigan in March 2020, making him the first Republican to do so.

The young Nigerian is an embodiment of the American dream who has repeatedly stunned critics by achieving what most people would consider impossible, a statement from Nigerian diaspora office in Abuja said.

Mr. Chenge is a Law graduate from the University of Birmingham, England. Since the year 2018, he has been serving with the US military as a specialist, NAN reported.

He is decorated with the achievement medal as a distinguished honour graduate with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 99.8% and for exceptional performance while on active duty.

Mr. Chenge is popular locally for designing the popular tricycle, known as “Wazobia tricycle”, in 2016, designed to improve the lives of peasant farmers all over Africa. 

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