Friday, December 10, 2010

First African lawmaker elected to Poland's parliament

Poland's parliament is getting its first ever African lawmaker, a teacher and Christian pastor from Nigeria who has lived in Poland for 17 years and proven himself a popular local leader.

John Abraham Godson is a councilman in the central city of Lodz. The 40-year-old will fill a seat in the national parliament vacated by a fellow lawmaker from the Civic Platform party.

That lawmaker, Hanna Zdanowska, was elected mayor of Lodz on Sunday. Godson was her runner-up in the 2007 parliamentary elections.

He said Monday that he feels honored and believes it is a "historic moment" for Poland. As a lawmaker he plans to support technological innovation in Poland and bolster ties with Africa.,0,3411851.story

All we ever hear about is the bigotry and racism and prejudice and Islamophobia of North America and Western Europe.

But, in reality, the West accepts and embraces immigrants from other lands.

Genocide is practiced today mainly in the South and East, in Africa and Asia.

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