NaijaSubway Honorable of the Week (Diaspora) - Ms. YEMI ADENUGA.
NaijaSubway Honorable of the Week (Diaspora) – Ms. YEMI ADENUGA.
Ms. Yemi Adenuga – The First Black Woman Elected To The Meath County Council, Ireland.
Nigerian-born Yemi Adenuga is a Nigerian-Irish television presenter, activist and local politician who made history in May 2019 as she became the first black woman to be elected to the Meath County Council.
Meath County Council is the authority responsible for local government in County Meath, Ireland.
Ms. Yemi Adenuga left Nigeria, where she was a celebrated television presenter for nearly two decades, for Ireland in 2000 and settled in Navan in 2004. There, she became a fan-favorite for her appearances on the Virgin Media One television program ‘Gogglebox’ over the past four years.
In 2012, she founded SHEROES a women development and support organization with a mission to build women and youth to become positive change agents through changing orientation, to build positive mindset, recognizing their efforts, celebrating their successes, empowering them to build sustainable businesses in line with the UN sustainable development goal 2030, and encouraging them to be supportive of one another.
Ms. Adenuga also works with a community organization that works with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees promoting equal rights & opportunities to develop an intercultural County Meath.
Ms. Adenuga was elected on the 11th count along with other candidates.
After she was elected, excited Yemi Adenuga said, ‘I would never have thought of politics in times past but I’m doing a lot of work for the community already and when Fine Gael approached me, I thought “why not?”it would give me a bigger platform for the community. I’m the first migrant ever on the council and the feedback has been fantastic. We’ve been on Gogglebox for the last four years and I like to think that we are the eyes and voice of the people on what is on the TV.’
Speaking about the momentous achievement, Ms. Adenuga stated that it was a huge moment for migrants in the local community.
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