Ernest Ezeajughi, a Nigerian, is the first black Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, United Kingdom in 2019. He was born in Awgbu Town, in Orumba North local government area of Anambra State,Nigeria. Ezeajughi was elected Mayor by the College of Councillors of Brent, London, on April 16, 2019 and was sworn into office on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Early Life And Education
Ezeajughi had his primary and secondary education in Anambra. He attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik), Awka, where he obtained a degree in Applied Microbiology in 1998. Ezeajughi obtained a Master’s degree (M.Sc) from the prestigious Kings College in London.
After his completion of the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in Nigeria, Ezeajughi worked briefly in the family business – Koval Linkworld Agencies Ltd – before leaving for England to join his wife. A Scientist by profession, Ezeajughi worked with the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Ezeajughi got involved in UK politics and soon became an active member of the Labour Party. In 2014, Ezeajughi was elected Councillor representing Stonebridge Ward at Brent Council. Ezeajughi was one of the founding fathers of the UK Chapter of the Nigerian political party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He served as Chairman of the UK chapter of APGA from 2010 to 2012. He is married with four children. Ezeajughi joins Olugbenga Babatola who was elected first African Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2016. Like Ezeajughi, Babatola served as Councillor of the Greenwich district, before he was elected Mayor. A UK Mayor is elected by council members at an annual meeting and the position is held for a year. The Mayor is the first citizen of the Royal Borough. He serves as an ambassador at public affairs ,at civic and ceremonial events.