15 lucky residents of the London Royal Greenwich Borough have had their names  drawn out of a ballot of applications to attend the historic event of the inauguration of the first African Mayor of the Borough coming up next month.

Labour Councillor Olugbenga Babatola will be inaugurated at an event which will take place at the Painted Hall, Old Naval College Greenwich on Wednesday the 25th of May

At a private ceremony witnessed by Baroness J at the Woolwich Town Hall this afternoon,  the 15 names were picked out of a ballot of hundreds of supporters who applied to attend the event which will see Nigerian born Cllr Babatola become the first ever African to hold the post in the Borough that covers Thamesmead, Woolwich, Plumstead, Charlton, Eltham, Kibrooke,  Blackheath and of course Greenwich with hundreds of thousands of Africans and Nigerians.

Councillor Olu Babatola with Royal Greenwich Borough leader Denise Hyland at the Woolwich Town Hall today

To demonstrate the eagerness of supporters of the Mayor elect in attending the event and the sheer interest in the landmark occasion, many applications where received from both within and outside of the Borough,  and from as far away as Ireland and even Nigeria, despite the fact that applications were limited to residents of the Borough of Royal Greenwich only.

Following the completion of the exercise, the Mayor elect personally gave me the privilege of a grand tour of the Town Hall including the Mayor’s parlour and the Council Chambers.


The 15 selected guests will receive their formal notification in the post. Each guest is entitled to be accompanied by a partner.



Past Mayors have been the recipients of all kinds of exotic gifts from all over the world at their inauguration.  The Mayor’s Parlour looks set to be filled with an even greater array of gifts following the new Mayor’s inauguration next May. 


Over 400 guests including the 3 Labour MPs from Erith & Thamesmead, Eltham,  and Woolwich & Greenwich Matthew Pennycook that represent the Borough at the House of Parliament and a broad range of partners from across the spectrum of Greenwich life are expected to attend the new Mayor’s inauguration next month.




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