Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has appointed a former Mayor of London Borough of Brent, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi as Chief of Staff.
Ezeajughi was among three new appointments announced by the governor on Monday. The others are Mr. Richard Nwora Madiebo, President, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service; and AVM Ben Chiobi (Rtd.), Special Advisor on Security to the Governor.
However, Ezeajughi, being a former public office holder off the Nigerian coast, stands out among the three new appointees.
Here are the things to know about the new chief of staff:
Ezeajughi was born in 1960 in the town of Awgbu, Southern Nigeria, Anambra State. He is the son of Sir Simeon Okeke Ezeajughi, an educator and prominent politician in the region.
After attending Aguata High School, Ezeajughi studied Medical Microbiology and graduated in 1998 from Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik). Prior to graduating, he was active in student government activities.
He obtained an MSc in Environmental Health Management from Kings College London.
After completing a mandatory one-year term with the Nigerian National Youth Service Corps, he worked in the family business, Koval Linkworld Agencies Ltd. Ezeajughi left for Brent, England in 2004 to reunite with his wife.
After his masters, he also worked in different organizations including the Royal Mail, Public Health England and the Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Authority.
Ezeajughi became a founding member of the British chapter of the Nigerian All Progressives Grand Alliance party and served as its chairman from 2010 to 2012.
In May 2014, Ezeajughi, also a Labor Party member, won a seat on Brent Council representing the Stonebridge ward. Re-elected in 2018, a few months later he was elected deputy mayor of Brent.
Ezeajughi was elected mayor for a two-term term by his fellow councilors on April 16, 2019. At his inauguration, Ezeajughi noted that Brent was one of London’s most diverse boroughs with over 100 languages spoken and almost all of its residents who speak a language other than English at home.
Ezeajughi’s election as mayor of African descent was at least the seventh such event in the UK, the others being, in chronological order, Allan Minns at Thetford in 1904; John Richard Archer at Battersea in 1913; Marvin Rees at Bristol in 2016; Olugbenga Babatola at Greenwich in 2016; Sanchia Alasia at Barking and Dagenham in 2018; and Emmanuel Trailor in Becon in 2018.
The new chief of staff is a father of four and he lives in Wembley with his wife, Ijeoma, before his new appointment.
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