Meet 29-year-old Nigerian, Beroro Efekoro, who has just been elected as an Albany County legislator in the state of New York.
Beroro Efekoro achieved this feat 11 years after he relocated from Nigeria to the popular American state with his father and siblings.
He moved to Albany to pursue a degree in political science at the University at Albany, and has now gone all the way to defeat incumbent Democrat Doug Bullock in November’s general election and will represent the 7th legislative district, which encompasses the Beverwyck and Pine Hills neighbourhoods in Albany.
Nigerian-born Beroro Efekoro, became a U.S. citizen in 2014 while at the university. He started a nonprofit International Organization for Education to help students succeed in school. Upon graduating in 2015, he was selected as a committee person by Carolyn McLaughlin who was then-chairwoman of the Albany County Democratic Committee.
Efekoro currently serves as deputy ward leader for the 11th ward, but he unsuccessfully contested for the Common Council’s 11th ward seat against incumbent Judd Krasher and Democratic challengers Alfredo Balarin and Clifton Dixon in 2017.
The Nigerian man said to be one of the 10 new people joining the 39-member body, will become the first Nigerian-born politician to hold office in the county, he is going to also become the youngest member of the 39-member House of the Albany County Legislature come January 2020.
Speaking on his victory in the November election, Beroro Efekoro said;
“I’m very excited to jump in and get to work on the first day. I’m also looking to put in some initiatives that would improve education in the neighbourhood.
“I’ve been involved in community service for almost all my life. I got elected as my senior class president just one year after I arrived in the U.S. I got involved in the Democratic process even before I became a citizen. I was making calls to Congress and calls to people to support the Affordable Care Act, to go out and vote for President (Barack) Obama.”