Mrs Victoria Obaze, a Nigerian from Imo State made history on Wednesday after she was sworn into office as the first black female Civic Mayor of London Borough of Tower Hamlets, United Kingdom (UK).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obaze’s inauguration on Wednesday is the latest in turn of events that have seen Nigerians emerge as Mayors in their area councils of residence in the UK.
Obaze who contested three previous councillorship elections in 2010, 2014 as well as 2016 and failed, eventually succeeded in an election conducted on May 5, 2018 in Whitechapel Ward.
She later became the Council’s Deputy Speaker following her nomination by her Councillor Colleagues from where she took over the mantle as Mayor of London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
A statement containing brief history of Obaze obtained by NAN from her close associate and UK Chapter Coordinator, Ugonwanne Social Club Nigeria Int’l, a Nigerian socio-cultural group in UK, Ms Blessing Chijekwu, revealed that the newly sworn-in Mayor had lived in Borough for over 30 years.
“For Councillor (Cllr) Obaze life is all about service to humanity with diligence. Her political experience started when she was elected as one of the board of directors to oversee the regeneration of her area, the Ocean Estate, in the 1980s.
“The move motivated her to get into politics having noticed that there were no black women in the council chambers and this led her to open a project named Healthy Life Style for Stepney Women, East London.
“The project was funded by local authority through Ocean African Caribbean Association which she and her late husband Chief Evangelist Charles Obaze, co-founded.
“She also established Ocean Saturday School aimed at ensuring school attainment for children, as well as Ocean Football Club through which young boys were able to have residential football experiences with Chelsea football Club.
“Above all, Cllr Obaze loves God with a passion; she is a member of Parochial Church Council (PCC), as well as an Executive Council member at St Dunstan’s Church of England Parish in Stepney.
“She is also a Secondary School governor in Tower Hamlets and a habitual visitor to the elderly and physically challenged in the community,” the statement quoted Chijekwu as saying.
The statement also quoted Lolo Ngozi Nwanze, President, Ugonwanne Social Club Nigeria Int’l as saying that Obaze was chosen as life matron of the club because of her meekness and morality.
“These are the virtues that have brought her to where she (Obaze) is today.”
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Obaze who has four children and two grand Children attended West London College and Metropolitan University where she studied Business Administration and Community Sector Management at different times.
She also has certification in childcare which enabled her operate a registered charitable childcare centre in UK named Vicharles Play Centre.
BREAKING: Egypt’s Ex-President Hosni Mubarak Is Dead
Egypt’s former longtime president Hosni Mubarak died Tuesday, February 25, at age 91 at Cairo’s Galaa military hospital, his brother-in-law General Mounir Thabet told Agence France-Presse.
Thabet, a former high-ranking military official, confirmed the family was still at the hospital and said the Egyptian presidential office would organize the funeral.
Mubarak was in power from 1981 until he was overthrown in 2011 amid the region’s Arab Spring protests.
HOT GIST: Man Bumps Into A Friend In Anambra, Finds Out Later He Died 6 Days Ago In Ghastly Accident
This weird story was shared by a social media user; Kimberly Ezeike.
Read the full gist below…
On 17th February 2020 I met someone who I knew in Vietnam (though we are not close friends but we are friends), he held me from behind oga Buchi…., then I turned and shouted “Willy” what are you doing here? were are you coming from? he said he is coming from Port Harcourt, that he is going to Awka. This is happening in Upper Iweka Onitsha in front of Ifeanyichukwu Motors.
He brought out gold from his pocket, and told me to buy or help him to sell it. he told me he saved money with it to complete his mother’s house before raining season and they have other expenses in the village to do soon, he told me he bought it 4000 Dollars. I told him that I am heading to main market, let’s go together but he insist I should collect the gold that he trust me. So my friend who is with me said I should collect it.
I told him to collect my number so he will call me by then I will tell him how much they are pricing it. He said he will get his phone if he gets to Awaka. He do not know his number off-hand….. I went to a nearby shop and get pen and wrote my number for him. He left in hurry.
Later in the day he did not call me, (even till now)… I was so worried my friends told me may be he stole it or someone wants to set me up with it, I was so scared I contacted another friend who is in Vietnam and I knew that he is a little bit closer to him, we chat he then told me Willy died on 11th January (our chat is below). I can not believe it, he helped me to get his people’s phone number. until on 18th I spoke with his mom (tho she was only shouting saying… Uchechi who do you leave me for).
I was able to speak with his aunty who is a Revrend Sister. She told me my Son God will bless you….. What is the Value of what he gave me…. I said 1.440.000 Naira…. She cried as she said again My son you will never lack. She started telling me that Uchechi (they call him) is the only son, he came back on November, he will be getting married on 15th January. They killed him because he came back with Lexus. Her mother is a primary school teach who manage to build the house to linter level, and train her 2 daughters.
She told me that his car tumbled over 5 times (as they were told) and he died on the spot on his way from their Village to Port Harcourt. She told me that he has gone to dream to tell his mother’s cousin to tell his mom that they should not bury him in their father’s family house that, there is where they planned for his death. He also mentioned one of his uncle and said he is the person that kept him in this condition he is.
But her poor mom do not have money to roof and do some finishing work in that building. It kept making them sleepless night until I called them to tell them about this. Which they did not believe till yesterday 20/2/20, I met with 5 Members of his mother’s family, I tried to look for buyers who will make it bigger in value.
On 19th Someone connected me to one Mrs Uju Turkey…… She is traveling to Turkey for business soon she bought the gold at the cost of 1.450.000 Naira, we went to bank in Head Bridge yesterday afternoon and she sent the money to his mothers account number not any other person as I directed base on what Willy said to me at Upper Iweka. Though they showed me some of his pictures both the ones he took during his secondary and his OND days. I was fully convinced that she is his mother.
They told me that he will be buried in March being next month.
My people this world is full of mistry …. Uwa di imirimious.
BREAKING: Heavy Gunfire As Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Adamawa
Personnel of the Nigerian Army are currently engaging in a fierce gun battle with members of the Boko Haram sect, who invaded Garkida, a town in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
A native of the town, Mr. Joshua Malgwi, reliably informed The PUNCH about the attacks on the town by members of the Boko Haram sect on Friday evening.
Many persons, according to reports, are feared killed by the invaders who announced their entry into the town by shooting indiscriminately.
Garkida Town is a town in Gombi Local Government of Adamawa State. It is located on the Gombi-Biu -Damaturu Federal Road, which shares proximity with Southern Borno and Sambisa Forest.