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Rotimi Adebari

Respecting Difference / Level 1

Awardee 2005

Respecting Difference / Level 1
Jenny MacDonald & Orla Hanson
Paddy McGowan & Kieran Crowe

Rotimi hosts a local community radio programme, called titled “Respecting Difference” on Midlands 103.

The programme draws on the presenter’s experience and his election into Portlaoise Town Council to serve as an inspiration to the socially disadvantaged in the community, by engaging in discussions that motivate and offer a lift to people currently experiencing social exclusion.

Originally from Nigeria, Rotimi Adebari has lived in Portlaoise for the last 5 years. He is an elected member of Portlaoise Town Council, and has a Masters degree in Intercultural studies at Dublin City University.

He works with Dublin City University on the European Intercultural Workplace Project (EIW). He delivers training in intercultural awareness and anti-racism issues and works in association with local, regional and national groups to achieve an integrated society where everyone has a sense of belonging.
He is an elected member of the National Executive Committee of INOU – Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed, and is a director on the board of Portlaoise Community Action Project (PCAP).

Rotimi is also a founding member of Suil – An organisation that provides support for the unemployed in Laois, and a member of Laois Ethnic Minority Support Group.

In summer 2007 Rotimi was elected Mayor of Portlaoise and became Ireland’s first black mayor.

Rotimi Adebari, Impact Award, 2005


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