Iwobi Emerges First Black Senator In Italy
He is a Nigerian, but not the footballer who plays for Arsenal and Super Eagles, Alex Iwobi.
His name is Tony Iwobi, a black Italian man of Nigerian origin who is the Chief Immigration spokesman for the far-right League party.
The party, which has been accused of stirring up xenophobia in Italy, was elected in the industrial city of Brescia in northern Italy.
A delighted Iwobi wrote on Facebook on Tuesday after Sunday’s election that - “It is with great excitement that I can tell you I have been elected senator… A new adventure is about to begin.”
Born in Gusau in northern Nigeria but living in Italy since the 1970s, Iwobi has been a supporter of the League for more than two decades.
It used the campaign slogan #StopInvasion — a reference to the more than 690,000 migrants who have landed on Italian shores from North Africa since 2013.
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