A Nigerian Immigrant And Attorney, Angela Okafor Made History As She’s Sworn Into A US City Council

Months after becoming an American citizen, Anambra State’s Angela Okafor has become the first immigrant and the first person of colour to serve on the Bangor City Council.

Angela and her husband, Ben, who owns two pharmacies, live in Bangor with their three kids.

As a foreign-trained and American licensed attorney, Okafor who is from Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra, currently, owns a law practice, an international market, a haircare business, have served on the Board of the Maine Multicultural Center, been a guest lecturer at Eastern Maine Community College and have worked with students and business bodies and also started an affinity group.

She is an occasional columnist at Amjambo Africa. She is a public and inspirational speaker and won the Trailblazer Award from Empower the Immigrant Woman.

She took to her Facebook page to share her excitement over making history “I am still literally unbelievably shaken by what we did tonight! I had tried calling my dad in Nigeria to inform him that his little girl who was not sure of going to college let alone studying Law has just made history in the greatest country in the planet earth.

Thank you for every advice, time, financial support, good wishes, prayers, childcare, and especially to those who told me I could not!!! Your doubt of me pushed me to defy those odds!!” “Thank you for being God’s unwilling tool to get me working harder!!! To every little child there, what you have control over is where your power is.

I started as the underdog, but by reaching out, asking questions, listening, asking again, I got you all on my side!!! I personally knocked on more than 1,000 doors, spoke to uncountable more on the streets, at the stores, at kids games, practices and activities. You had me drop off my cards on trash cans so I can stay away from your dogs that I am petrified of ( you do not want to see me around a dog).”

It is not who you were born as but what you make of who you are!!! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!! I can’t even coordinate my thoughts. Thank you to everyone who stuck out their neck for me! But now the real hard work begins!!! I will need your help more now! I do not know my left from my right but will be counting on your ideas and advice and holding me accountable respectfully and with love!!!” “Please do not put a bag of salt on my head and become a rainmaker after me!!! We did the hard part! Now let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work on the real things!!!”


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