Mayor of Tower Hamlets Presents Honorary Plaque to Ahmed Silanyo 29 June 2009
The KULMIYE party chairman, Ahmed Mohammed Mohamoud Silanyo, on Monday attended a dinner banquet hosted in his honour in which he was presented with honorary plaque by Ahmed Omer, mayor of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
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The event, sponsored by the local Somali businesses and community organisations, was attended by several traditional leaders as well as local Somali community representatives from across London. Silanyo said: “ It is an honour for me to attend this great dinner tonight and to be presented with such a gift. None of you, I think, was in this country in 1957 when as a young student I used to visit regularly Somali seafarers living in the docklands of Tower Hamlets”. “I never thought that one day, one of their children [the seafarers] will grow up to be a mayor and present me this gift [plaque]. I congratulate the mayor for becoming the first ever Somali mayor in the UK”. Silanyo has already visited several European countries and towns in the United Kingdom.
With a very tight schedule, he was nevertheless able to attend dinner with Somali community members in Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets marked a historic occasion in May 2009 with the confirmation of Ahmed Omer as the first Somali mayor in the UK, making him the borough’s forty-fifth mayor at the age of 45.