59-year-old Nigerian, Mayor Olugbenga Babatola has made Nigerians and Africans proud as he reached a milestone of becoming the first elected African mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, South-East London,in the United Kingdom.
Olugbenga who has lived in the UK for decades, and now a British citizen had previously served as a councillor in the Greenwich district, a position which he was elected to in the year 2014 for his exceptional leadership style.
In 2015, he became the first African to be elected Deputy Mayor and served with Mayor Borman Adam.
“Looking around Royal Greenwich there’s much to be proud of. The physical regeneration of our community continues apace, while there are many developments in our economic, social and community life,” Council leader Ms. Denise Hyland said.
“I was determined that we should open the inauguration ceremony to more local people to reflect on the role our community plays in achieving the successes we have enjoyed over the past year. It is also a way to welcome Cllr Babatola to his new role as Mayor, and to thank Cllr Adams for his hard work and service during his tenure,” she added.
Babatola will be inaugurated into office as the first African Mayor of Greenwich on May 25, 2016.
The mayor is elected by council members at an annual meeting and the position is held for a year of which the position holder becomes the first citizen of the Royal Borough for the period.
Temmy Balogun’s Blog celebrates him and wish him a peaceful and productive reign .