Yemi is Ireland’s first ever elected Black Female public representative and Meath County Council’s first migrant councillor. She ran in the local elections of May 2019 and was elected as a Fine Gael councillor, representing Navan Municipal District. Yemi and her family ‘The Adenugas’ are the first migrant family to feature on the TV hit reality show ‘Gogglebox Ireland’ which airs on Virgin Media Ireland. Yemi first lived in Dublin when she came to Ireland in 2000, and relocated to Navan in 2004, where she lives with her husband and children.
Yemi has a background in Radio and TV Broadcasting as a presenter, Newscaster, producer and Talk show host. She is a People Development Strategist, a Confidence Coach and an entrepreneur who builds people through the MIB INSTITUTE of People Development. She holds a Post-graduate certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise from the University of Dublin (UCD) Innovation Academy, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree (Project Management stream) from the Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, a Bachelors of Business Studies (BBS Honors, Entrepreneurship Stream) and a Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resource Management Stream) both from University College Dublin (UCD).
She is a social Entrepreneur who founded Sheroes Global, a social enterprise which Inspires, empowers, and impacts women and young people to be more. The initiative delivers skills acquisition training to women and youth through its Sheroes Empowerment program, builds the confidence of young girls in the community through its Sheroes Girls club and Empowers male mentors in communities to raise boys to be good men through its Sheroes boys-to-men project. Through her ‘Exploring Options’ Project, she gives career guidance to secondary school students, helping them explore various options available to them based on their passion and personality type, using the ‘Exploring options’ book, which she gives FREE to young people. 12,500 copies of the book have been given to students FREE in different parts of the world.
Yemi continues to speak as the new voice of the people of Navan, advocating strongly for women and young people and volunteering with various groups and charities in Navan. She serves on the following boards and committees in various capacities:
- Chairperson of the board of Ard Rí Community National School, Navan
- Chair of the the Meath Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee
- Board member of Culture Migrant Centre, Navan
- Board member of Meath Enterprise
- Board member of Colaist na Mí, Navan,
- Board member of Solstice arts centre
- Member of Meath Local Community Development Committees
- Member of the Joint Policing Committee
- Member of the Meath County Council Climate Action Forum
Yemi’s Key priorities for Navan include:
- Positive Youth Engagement
- Support and Promotion of local businesses
- Climate action in community
- A cycle friendly town and good local transport