Ole Kina’s Sister Named 1st Black Mayor In Northern Ireland

Lilian Seenoi-Barr, sister of Senate Minority Whip Olekina Ledama, has made history as the first black mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council in Northern Ireland.

The Kenyan-born councillor, representing the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), was selected for the role in April 2024.

Senators Edwin Sifuna (Nairobi) and Tabitha Karanja (Senate Deputy Majority Leader) from Kenya were invited to her inauguration ceremony at the Guildhall in Derry on June 3, 2024.

In a letter to Senate Speaker Amason Kingi, the SDLP praised Seenoi-Barr, highlighting her exceptional accomplishments as a human rights activist and her unwavering dedication to the community and the party.

“Lilian will be an outstanding mayor for everyone,” said SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.

As a member of the SDLP, Seenoi-Barr has been a strong voice for racial equality, gender rights, and social inclusion. Her leadership and dedication have garnered her widespread respect throughout Northern Ireland.

Seenoi-Barr’s background in social work, community development, and social policy is impressive. She has played a crucial role in promoting integration and understanding between diverse communities in Northern Ireland. Her work has focused on supporting marginalized groups, advocating for equality, and improving community relations.

Seenoi-Barr’s historic appointment as mayor marks a significant step forward for Derry and Strabane. It reflects the growing diversity of the region and its commitment to inclusivity.

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