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Refugee braves racist abuse to become Northern Ireland’s first black mayor

Lilian Seenoi-Barr, who arrived from Kenya in 2010, will make history when she receives chain of office in Derry

Lilian Seenoi-Barr will make history on 3 June when she receives the chain of office at Derry’s guildhall and becomes Northern Ireland’s first black mayor.

It will be the culmination of a personal and political journey that began in 2010 when she arrived as a refugee from Kenya and became part of the region’s growing multi-ethnic identity.

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