African minority in Lithuania
|Regions with significant populations|
|mostly in Vilnius, very small communities can be found in other cities|
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African community (Lithuanian: afrikiečiai) in Lithuania, or Afro-Lithuanians form a tiny minority of Lithuanian population. According to estimates by the Migration department of Lithuania, there are 238 African men and 26 African women living in Lithuania, 91 of whom are from Nigeria.
Even though historically Lithuania was not known for Afro-Lithuanians living in its territory, the population being almost homogeneously of a so-called white race, with a tiny minority of Asians, predominantly Tatars, there are records of some rare encounters with Black people before the Independence. One of the most well-known Lithuanians of African descent is a singer Viktoras Diawara whose father is Malian.
Actress Greta Sapkaite, known also as an accomplished equestrian, ran unsuccessfully for the Vilnius City Council.
- Urbonaitė-Vainienė, Ieva. "Vilniuje gyvenantis afrikietis: lietuviams reikia pamiršti okupaciją ir mokytis atvirumo" (in Lithuanian). delfi.lt. Retrieved 2013-02-01.