Lawmaker-Elect hails Mobolade, First Black elected Mayor of Colorado Springs

Op-ed EditorJune 11, 20233 min

Chairperson of the Committee on Diaspora Affairs in the Ninth House of Representatives, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, felicitates the 42nd Mayor of Colorado Springs City in the United States of America (USA), hailing the historic win as encouragement for greater participation and representation in politics



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Member-Elect of the Tenth House of Representatives (MHR), Representative Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, has congratulated Yemi Mobolade for being the first black-elected Mayor of Colorado Springs City in the United States of America (USA).

Akande-Sadipe, Chairperson of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs in the 9th Assembly, who recently won the federal legislative election to represent Oluyole Federal Constituency in Nigeria’s 10th National Assembly, expressed this through a statement on Friday, June 9, 2023, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Extending her warmest congratulations to Mobolade on his remarkable achievement as the newly elected Mayor of Colorado Springs. the Oluyole Representative noted that Yemi Mobolade, a Nigerian native who moved to the USA as an international student to further his studies and stayed on to build a life, has undeniably made a statement in that political space through his historic win. 

According to Akande-Sadipe, his victory marks a momentous milestone symbolising the progress and diversity of American democracy.

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“Notably, Mayor Mobolade’s success is further accentuated by his affiliation as a non-Republican mayor, showcasing the evolving political dynamics in the United States,” she noted.

Rep. Akande-Sadipe further commended Mayor Yemi Mobolade for his unwavering determination and ability to inspire hope through his journey from Nigeria to the United States, stressing that as the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, she recognises the tremendous potential for collaboration between Nigeria and the United States, particularly in areas of diaspora engagement and inclusive governance. 

For the Oyo lawmaker, she believes Mayor Mobolade’s historic win will inspire aspiring leaders within the Nigerian diaspora and beyond, fostering greater participation and representation in politics.


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“His victory speech, which resonated with a strong vision for Colorado Springs is inspiring. He expressed gratitude to the residents of the city for their trust and support, emphasising his commitment to serving the community with dedication and integrity. Mayor Mobolade outlined his key priorities for his term, including fostering economic growth, promoting social inclusivity, and enhancing the quality of life for all residents.

His leadership and determination to create positive change are evident, and Rep. Tolulope looks forward to potential collaborations that will be of great benefit to both Nigeria and the United States,” Akande-Sadipe said.


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