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Nigerian woman becomes Lord Mayor of Leeds

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A Nigerian woman, Abigail Marshall Katung, has been elected as the Lord Mayor of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

The councillor from the Labour and Co-operative Party grew up in Nigeria before moving to the UK to pursue her studies at Leeds University.

She wrote on social media: “It’s with great pride that my family and I look forward to undertaking the responsibility to serve”.

Reacting to the new political position, Marshall wrote on her X page: “I am deeply honoured and humbled to be chosen to serve as the next Lord Mayor of Leeds for the 2024/25 term.

“Our city is a shining example of compassion, resilience, and unity, and it’s with great pride that my family and I look forward to undertaking the responsibility to serve you”.

BBC reports that Katung is a governor at Leeds City College, which congratulated her on her new post.

The college said: “We look forward to continuing our work together to provide skills and opportunities for people in the region”.

Marshall’s parents hail from Kaduna State.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds is a ceremonial post held by a member of Leeds City Council, elected annually by the council.

 

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