This 28-Year-Old Somali Politician Just Became the Youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield
Magid Magid is the young black Muslim bringing new energy to one of England's highest positions.
At 28 years of age, Magid Magid, a former Somali refugee, has become the youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield, England.
The politician hopes to bring reform and youthful energy to the post, and he's off to a great start. According to the Sheffield Star, Magid played the Imperial March from Star Wars followed by the Superman theme song during his swearing-In ceremony.
"Just me being in the post brings an element of difference to the role," said the politician, who was once a contestant on the UK reality show Hunters, where he exposed the behind-the-scenes mishaps taking place on the show.
"I hope it will help engage those that have not previously engaged before," he added.
Magid moved to Sheffield at the age of five, with his mother and five siblings, after leaving Somalia "for a better life," he said in a statement shared on Twitter. He told the BBC about some of the challenges he faced after moving to England as they learned to adapt and learn the language.
It safe to say that he succeeded, as now he holds one of his hometown's most respected positions. "Fast-foward to today and I am honored and privileged to have been given the highest honor that can be bestowed on any citizen in this city," says Magid. "But I am not arrogant enough to think that I made it here all by myself. I want and need you all to know that today is as much a celebration about you as it is about me," he added.
Magid's stellar inaugural photo has gone viral, he spoke with Buzzfeed about the idea behind the photo. "I guess it's not your average photo for a lord mayor but I thought it represented me well enough," he said. "Firstly, it was a massive health and safety hazard as it was a big drop. But I was first standing on it as I thought it would make an interesting shot."
The photo has been widely shared online, and many are expressing their support for the charismatic, young official.