By Eseoghene Emuke
Mrs Uruemu Omeru Adejinmi, daughter of the current Ovie of Agbon Kingdom in Delta State, His Royal Majesty, Mike Omeru, Ogurime-Rime Ukori I, has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Longford Municipal District in Ireland.
She becomes the first black woman to be elected as mayor of Ireland.
The royal princess married to a Yoruba man until her new position was Fianna Fáil councillor.
Iris Examiner reports that Adejinmi will now currently function as leas cathaoirleach (mayor), a feat never been achieved by any black in the country.
Adejinmi, elated by the victory, said she was “deeply honoured” to take over the position and dedicated her victory to migrants and all women.
“This is a historic day for Longford and I am delighted to share this moment with my family and friends,” she said.
“I look forward to working with my council colleagues, council exec and all stakeholders to continue the growth and development of our municipal area and county.”
Ms Adejinmi came to Longford from Nigeria in 2003 and joined Fianna Fáil in 2016, becoming a local councillor in 2020.
Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Drivetime, she said: “I identity as Irish, I identify as African, I wear both hats with confidence and with comfort.”
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She previously served as an executive officer at the Department of Health and has a Masters of Business Administration from Athlone Institute of Technology.
Mrs Adejinmi’s father, a renowned business and chairman of Niger Cat Construction Company, was crowned the Ovie (king) of Agbon Kingdom in February 2013 succeeding the late Ogurime-Rime Okpara I.
Agbon is one of the 24 Urhobo Kingdoms in the Niger Delta region.