Leaders of Limerick’s African community honoured

THREE Limerick people have been recognised for their “exemplary leadership” among the African community in Limerick.

THREE Limerick people have been recognised for their “exemplary leadership” among the African community in Limerick.

Rwandan artist Jean Ryan Hakizimana, Okeremute O. Okeregha who works with the local migrants group Doras Luimni, and community activist and educator Jumoke Oweyo, who has also worked with the same group, received this honour in the inaugural African leadership and excellence awards in the Gresham hotel in Dublin recently. The initiative organised by The African Voice newspaper, to recognise the wide-ranging contributions that people of African descent are making in all sectors of Irish society.

Karen McHugh, chief executive of Doras Luimni, said they owe their gratitude to all three “extra-ordinary people” for their contributions to their communities in Limerick. “It is our privilege to have their talents and energies available to us,” she said.

Okeremute, who is originally from Nigeria and came to Ireland 10 years ago, joined the Doras Luimní legal team this year to establish a new legal service within the organisation. Jean Ryan Hakizmana is a celebrated and prolific artist, teacher, author, poet and moviemaker. Jumoke Oweyo has worked on various projects with Doras Luimní since 2002, notably she was heavily involved in establishing and delivering the Incredible Years Programme in Limerick to support parents of young children, helping them to develop their parenting skills.