28-year-old Victoria Oluboyo, was on Monday elected as the first black city councillor in Parma, Italy.
The news of Oluboyo’s record breaking success was made known by an Afro-Italian of Nigerian descent,
Olufemi Iyanda, a Nigerian in diaspora, who through a post on his Facebook page stated that some years ago, when Nigerian names are mentioned, especially in Parma city, they were usually connected with prostitution and drug selling.
He said, “We are glad that Victoria made us proud through her relentlessness and commitment to issues that bother on female rights and emancipation cum political activism that culminate in her success story today. Five years ago, she tried but failed but today, God has crowned her efforts with success.
“While we wish her success, this is a clarion call on Nigerians resident in Italy to get more involved in community development activities and voluntary services and we are sure a better tomorrow and a promising future await our children born in the land,” he added.
Reacting to her victory, Oluboyo said: “Call me Councilor!!! So much emotion today at the first Municipal Council.
“Seeing my mother and aunt’s emotion touched me. Being in the majority after more than twenty years is an indescribable emotion. Very busy work ahead. I hope I live up to it. Thank you again for the trust. Now we put in the work.”
With this feat achieved by Victoria, the narrative is gradually changing, as no Black African has ever attained such height in the history of Parma muncipality.
Oluboyo has an academic background in Jurisprudence. She studied law at Università degli Studi di Parma – University of Parma, and was a student representative at UDU per Giurisprudenza, Scienze Politiche e Servizio Sociale.
She has a mantra to fight for the weak in the society, protect human rights, and fight against all forms of racism and discrimination. Oluboyo has also hinged her campaign on gender equality, community rights, people with disabilities, college students, and young people’s rights.
Now, the saying that women run the world is becoming a reality with every passing year. Nigerian ancestry have succeeded and are still succeeding which is why it’s no surprise that many hold prominent positions on the global stage.