Anambra-born Akude becomes first black councilor in Cologne, Germany

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A NIGERIAN-BORN politician, John Emeka Akude, has been elected a member of the Cologne City Council (Stadtrat) in Germany.

  Dr Akude a political scientist, scholar and author from Anambra State,  was elected on Sunday,  September 13, when millions of voters went to the polls in towns and cities across North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, to vote for lord mayors, mayors, councillors and the integration councils.

By his election, Akude made history as the first councillor of African origin in Cologne, Germany’s 4th biggest city with about 1 million residents.

Reacting to Akude’s victory, Rahab Njeri, the only other African-origin candidate who took part in the election in Cologne, said even though she was not elected, all African-descendant inhabitants of the city were winners with the victory of the Nigerian-born politician.

  Both Akude and Njeri ran on the platform of Klima Freunde (Friends of the Climate).

  Other results that have been released show that several African candidates won elections into the Integration Council (Integrationsrat) in their cities and towns, including Kevin Uguru in Essen, Pastor Lumbu in Dortmund and Elizabeth Kaneza in Aachen.

  Integration Council – in some cities also known as Ausländerrat or Ausländerbeirat (Foreigners’ Advisory Council) – is the official representative organ of the residents of foreign origin in a city, municipality and district.

  Cologne is Germany’s fourth biggest city.

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