Ernest Ezeajughi, a Nigerian from Anambra, has made history by winning election as the first Black Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, United Kingdom.
Ezeajughi was reportedly elected Mayor on Tuesday, April 16, by the College of Councillors on Brent, London, and sworn into office on Wednesday, May 1.
Before becoming Mayor, Ezeajughi who is a strong member of the Labour Party (LP), had won election for a councillor position representing Stonebridge ward at Brent Council in 2014.
Born in Awgbu Town, in Orumba North, Anambra state, Ezeajughi had his primary, secondary and tertiary education in Anambra.
He attended Aguata High School, Aguata, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, where he studied Applied Microbiology.
Ezeajughi was actively involved in student union politics, representing the departmental students union body.
After graduation in 1998 and completion of his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), he worked briefly in the private family business – Koval Linkworld Agencies Ltd – before migrating to England to join his wife.
In England, Ezeajughi obtained a Master’s degree in Science (M.Sc) from the prestigious Kings College, London.
A scientist by profession, he worked with Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Ezeajughi was one of the founding fathers of a major Nigerian political party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) UK Chapter and was the chairman in 2010-2012.
He later joined UK politics and soon became a strong member of the Labour Party.
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Legit.ng recalls another Nigerian who, in 2015, became the first African to be elected as deputy mayor and served alongside Norman Adam, the current mayor of the community.
Olugbenga Babatola eventually progressed in the politics and was inaugurated into office as the first African mayor of Greenwich on May 25, 2016.
The 59-year-old Babatola was born in Nigeria but has been living the UK for decades.
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