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Nigerian, John Emeka makes history as first black person to be elected into Cologne City Council in Germany



A Nigerian man of Igbo extraction has made his home country proud as he emerged the newly elected member of Cologne City Council in Germany.

John Emeka Akude made history on Sunday as the first black man to be elected member of the Cologne City Council (Stadtrat) in Germany.

He is a graduate of Political Science and hails from Abatete in Anambra State.

Cologne City is Germany’s 4th biggest city with about 1 million inhabitants.

The election took place on Sunday 13 September, as millions of voters trooped out in towns and cities across North Rhine-Westphalia, to vote for Lord Mayors, Mayors, Councillors and the Integration Councils.

After the polls, Akude emerged the winner in the Cologne City Council election which had just two African candidates.

Rahab Njeri, the only other candidate in Cologne of African origin congratulated Akude, stating that though she was not elected, all African-descendant inhabitants of the city were winners with the victory of the Nigerian-born politician.

They both ran on the platform of Klima Freunde (Friends of the Climate).

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