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Reginald Oko-Flex Inya

Nigerian Association Ireland / Level 1

Awardee 2006

Genevieve Morrison
Caroline McGuigan

Reginald is the initiator, president and co-founder of the Nigerian Association Network Ireland (NANI).  NANI is an independent non governmental organisation that represents the Nigerian people living in Ireland.

Nigerian Association Network Ireland (NANI) is an official independent NGO recognised in Ireland championing causes of Nigerians living and working in Ireland through promotion of social inclusion and integration, access and participation, business and cultural exchange.

Reginald Okoflex is originally from Nigeria and has been living in Ireland for over 15 years. Since winning the Award, he has founded and managed a number of integration and participation projects and advocacy over the last number of years in Ireland and Europe including: ‘Active Citizenship Voter Project’, ‘Making Citizenship Process Work”, founder Dublin African Film Festival (DAFF)”,  led ethnic minorities conference in Ireland “Nothing About us without Us”, developed a few social, economic and political projects including  “EMcubate – ethnic Enterprise support programme”, “Ethnic Minorities Employ-ability programme with Irish Local Authorities” amongst others. He was awarded one of the most influential and powerful African in Ireland, and was celebrated by Trinity College Dublin’s Leaders – Migrant Network Leaders

Since 2008, Reginald has being part of Africa Day Celebration in various capacities including steering committee member, MC and media spokesperson and liaison person with wider communities

Reginald is a pioneer member of New Communities Partnership (NCP), where he managed several project on integration and active citizenship, including reducing waiting time for Irish naturalisation process from 5 years to 6 months. He has also worked with Canal Communities Partnership, National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI – extinct), and has represented Dublin City Council on a number of initiatives including the EU level Integrating-Cities and EUROCITIES. He is also a founding member of National Council of Nigerians in Ireland (NCNI), Nigerian Irish Chamber of Commerce (NICC) and many others, and has served on a number of boards including Canal Communities Partnership, St Michael’s House Parent Council and Dolebusters.

Reginald Okoflex is a regular public speaker on a number of issues pertaining to community empowerment, Migration and integration in Ireland, Europe and further afield. He holds honours degree in HRM (DIT), Master’s degree in Management of NGOs (DCU) and many more. He is a Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (MCIPD).

Reginald currently works on consultancy specialising on Social Migration and leveraging of the diaspora social capital, including media production through Okoflex Media Associates and social enterprise project youniq magazine limited.

Reginald Oko-Flex Inya, Impact Award, 2006

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