In few days, an African man will make history as Mayor in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, South-East London.
In 2015, Olugbenga Babatola, a Nigerian born British citizen, first made history when he was elected the first African deputy mayor in that same town serving under the current Mayor, Norman Adams.
The year before that in 2014, Babatola, was elected councillor in the Thamesmead Moorings Ward, known to be dominated by Africans.
Now in 2016, Babatola is making history again by being the first African to be elected Mayor of Greenwich.
John Fahy, a Labour Party Chieftain, who has been a Greenwich councillor for 25 years and deputy leader of council, considers Babatola worthy of this honor.
The new Mayor was elected by council members at an annual meeting and will hold the position for a year. He is the first citizen of the Royal Borough and acts as an ambassador at public affairs and at civic and ceremonial events.
Babatola, married father of three and grandfather of one, will be sworn-in on Wednesday May 25, 2016 in an inauguration ceremony held at the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
Denise Hyland, Council Leader had this to say. “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. 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”
Fifteen pairs of tickets are being made available for a drawing to attend the event. Winners will be invited to bring a companion and join other guests from the wide spectrum of Greenwich life alongside Cllr Adams and the council leader Denise Hyland.