Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ireland Elects 1st Black Mayor

Image: Niall Carson/AP

Congratulations Rotimi Adebari!!
Nigerian born Rotimi Adebari became the first black mayor of Ireland this summer. He will serve his year long term as mayor of Portlaoise, Ireland. Mr Adebari told the Irish Times he wanted to use his year as mayor to say to immigrants that Ireland is a "land of opportunities, and it is a country that is described as a place of a thousand welcomes".

Mr. Adebari, his wife and children fled to Ireland seven years ago to escape religious persecution in Nigeria. He has set up Optimum Point, a consultancy that trains companies and educational institutions in cross-cultural awareness and he has a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Dublin City University.

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