A 34-year-old Nigerian man identified as Austin Chenge has joined the race for the position of the governor of US state of Michigan.
Chenge, a native of Benue State in Nigeria will challenge USA Representative Lamar Smith for the ticket under the Republican Party.
Abdul-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations unit of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) said the Benue indigene announced his intention to run for governor of Michigan in March 2020, making him the first Republican to do so.
Chenge is a Law graduate from the University of Birmingham, England. In 2011, he created Waving in a social networking environment, a concept later seen on Facebook’ Wave.
In 2016 his tricycle design (termed Wazobia tricycle) aimed at improving the lives of peasant farmers, made history in the West African nation of Nigeria as the first designed, engineered and manufactured by a person of Nigerian descent.
Since 2018 he has served as a Specialist in the US Army, where he has been decorated with an Army Achievement Medal as Distinguished Honor Graduate with a CGPA of 99.8% and for exceptional performance while on Active duty.