Rotimi Adebari arrived in Dublin with an economics degree from his home country, Nigeria. But as an asylum seeker he wasn’t allowed to work. So he quickly set himself to other activities and soon added a Master’s Degree from Dublin City University to his qualifications.
Along the way he developed a strong interest in public service and eventually founded a non-profit organization supporting the rights and needs of the unemployed.
After five years in the country, Adebari was granted Irish citizenship.
Today he is a city councillor, an elected member of the Port Laoise town council representing the concerns of his community.