A Nigerian, Patience Uloma Ifediora, has made history to become the first female sheriff of Nottingham of African heritage.
Ifediora, a member of the Labour Party, is the Councillor of Aspley and became the first African female sheriff 570 years after the first sheriff held the position in 1449.
As the sheriff of Nottingham, her office is responsible for enforcing law and order in Nottingham and bringing criminals to justice.
Dr. Olusegun Oluwole, a resident of Nottingham who also shared the news via his Twitter handle (@Obalufon1), stated that “Ifediora means good things for the people. Patience shows in her friendliness, humor and warmth what Nottingham is known for.”
According to the Nottingham City’s website, Ifediora has been appointed and served in notable committees which include: Aspley, Bilborough and Lean Valley Area Committee – which among other duties oversees the spending of the Area Capital Fund and notes the funding from individual or join Ward Councillor Budgets to support local initiatives.
She has also been appointed to the City Council – which is responsible for setting and amending the Council’s Constitution; electing and removing Leader of the Council; amidst other duties.
Also, she is a member of the Nottinghamshire & City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority – Community Safety, whose duty encompasses ensuring its Fire and Rescue Service has the people, equipment and training needed to carry out duties in relation to fire prevention, fire safety, firefighting and rescue, road traffic collision extrication and other emergency rescue activities.
Others are: Nottinghamshire & City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority – Personnel Committee; and the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE).