Benedicta is currently the Development & Awareness Officer of the NCCRI (National Consultative Committee on Racism & Interculturalism), a Director of the Africa Centre and a member of the Louth African Womenâ€™s Support Group.Â She is the Dundalk branch Coordinator of the Integration of African Children (IACI) in Ireland, a multicultural youth club.Â She is an active member of several NGOâ€™s, community and voluntary organizations working on the ground on issues of cultural diversity, integration, social inclusion and anti-racism since arriving Ireland in 2000.Â She was an Advisory Board member of the NCCRI Synergy North/South Intercultural Initiative from early 2005 until her appointment as Development and Awareness Officer in June 2006.
Benedicta is a writer who has contributed extensively on anti-racism, diversity, integration and interculturalism, for example, she contributes a weekly column to the Dundalk Democrat, a regional newspaper in the North East and is a contributing Editor to Xclusive Magazine.Â She directed a short documentary (5 minutes) highlighting the experiences of an African immigrant in Ireland which was nominated for an award in the category of short films in the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh in July 2006. Â
She holds a degree in Business Education obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria and an MSc in Future Communications obtained from the Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland.Â She has spoken at several local, national and international conferences and seminars and was a member of the editorial committee of the NGO Alliance who successfully collated a Shadow Report on racism in response to the Irish Governmentâ€™s first and second reports and presented same to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva in March 2005.Â
Due to her love for community service and her philosophy of servant â€“ leadership as the driving force behind leadership, she stood as an Independent Candidate in both the Dundalk Urban and Louth County Councils at the local elections in June 2004. Â FollowingÂ her outstanding performance at the polls, mainstream political parties began to court Benedicta with a view to getting her to join them.Â 15 months after the elections, she decided to join the Labour party.Â She is presently the electedÂ Vice Chair for the Labour Party in County Louth in Ireland.Â
Benedicta is a mature individual who is confident, committed, flexible and ambitious with good communication, administrative and organizational skills.Â A self-motivated person, she is very determined and enthusiastic and strives to achieve the highest standards in whatever she undertakes.Â She is astrong believer in equality and respect for the rights and values of others.
Benedicta loves writing, reading, music, travelling and meeting people.