A Nigerian UK-based scientist, Ernest Ezeajughi, made history on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, when he was sworn into office as the first black mayor of the London Borough of Brent.
Ernest Ezeajughi has been affirmed as the first black mayor of the London Borough of Brent, UK, following his election by the College of Councillors on Brent, April 16, 2019.
He was later inducted at an inaugural ceremony organized by the Brent Council’s Annual Meeting and Mayor, held at the Brent Civic Centre on May 1.
The landmark event was graced by councillors from across Borough, representatives from Brent’s voluntary and community organisations, as well as, several distinguished personalities.
Inspired by his late father and former South African President Nelson Mandela, Ezeajughi began his political career as a member of one of the founding fathers of the UK chapter of a major Nigerian political party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and became Chairman in 2010-2012.
He later joined UK politics and soon became a strong member of the Labour Party.
Prior to his election as mayor, the father of four won the election for a Councillor position representing Stonebridge ward at Brent Council in 2014.
He was re-elected in 2018 and performed his duties incredibly well in a political environment dominated by white people.
Within a year, Ezeajughi was elected Deputy Mayor of Brent and was, until recently, Deputy Mayor of Brent.
The native of Anambra State, Nigeria, says he would work towards uniting diverse communities and support charity work, both in London and in his home country.
“It is an amazing privilege and honour to be appointed as Mayor of Brent and to serve this great borough that I have called home since 2004.’’
As mayor he will be assisting two charities during his year in office.
The first black mayor of the London Borough of Brent emphasized that “in my Mayoral year, I hope to be able to work with all of Brent’s rich and diverse communities. I look forward to raising money for my two amazing local charities for the year,” the new Brent mayor said during his inauguration.''
Born in Awgbu Town, in Orumba North, Anambra State, Ezeajughi had his primary, secondary and tertiary education in Anambra and was actively involved in student union politics.
He attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, where he studied Applied Microbiology. After graduation in 1998, he worked briefly in the family business before moving to England to join his wife in 2004. And has since been living in Brent.
While in England, he gained a Master of Science at Kings College London and worked for several organisations including the Royal Mail, Public Health England.
As a scientist he currently works for the Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA).
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