Dr Tade Omotosho (far left), his wife Tolutola (far right) and their daughters at home in Nadma, Poland. Dr Omotosho says his main motivation to contest is to inspire young Black people in Poland/Photo: Private

Nigerian to run in Polish elections

Polish voters will go to the polls on 7 April to elect leaders at the communal level. A Nigerian living in the country will participate at the elections.

“I’m thrilled to announce my candidacy for the position of Wolomin county councillor in the upcoming Polish district and local government elections,” Dr Tade Daniel Omotosho said in a press release.

Wołomin County, whose administrative seat Wolomin lies 22 kilometres north-east of Warsaw, has a population of 247,288.

Dr Tade Omotosho’s campaign poster

An academic who is the current Director for MBA programs at Coventry University UK (Poland Campus), Omotosho says his decision to contest the elections is informed by his quest for impact.

“A few weeks back, my tenure as the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Poland was completed. However, my journey for impact continues,” he said.

“This historic step does not only represent me but also countless Africans residing in Poland,” he added

Omotosho, who is also the founder of the Centre for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Poland (cdei.pl), hopes to inspire both the Polish-African youth and the entire Polish-African community by his candidacy.

“I shall continue to lead by example as a proud Nigerian citizen embodying resilience and service,” he vowed.

There are about 5,400 Africans in the country, most of whom came to the country as students. In addition, there are naturalised Black citizens as well as a young generation of Polish-born Blacks.

As small as the community is, it has recorded successes in Polish politics, as two Africans have been elected to the Polish national parliament at different times, Omotosho noted. This is an inspiration to the young generation, which has become more assertive, to participate in politics and society.

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