Nigerian born, Yemi Adenuga has been elected to Meath County Council as a Fine Gael councilor for the Navan area in the local elections.
Adenuga has also made history as being the first black woman elected to Meath County Council.
She is famed for appearing as the matriarch on the British television reality program, Gogglebox, along with her husband, Nollywood star Deji Adenuga and their two daughters.
This new feat was shared by her husband in a series of videos posted on Facebook.
Adenuga has been making waves in her community, being on the board of Cultúr – an organization in Navan that “works with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees promoting equal rights and opportunities to develop an intercultural County Meath”.
She also runs Sheroes Global, which is “a women development and support organization with a mission to build women & youth to become positive change agents through changing orientation and to build a positive mindset.
In an interview with the Irish Examiner, the newly elected official said:
“I’M DELIGHTED TO BE DECLARED THE FIRST MIGRANT COUNCILLOR IN MEATH AND I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE COUNCIL ON ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN AND COUNTY. THIS IS A VICTORY NOT JUST FOR ME BUT FOR ALL WOMEN AND ETHNIC MINORITIES.”
Yemi Adenuga enjoyed a long broadcasting career in her homeland but moved to Ireland “for pastures new” almost 20 years ago.
Her husband, Deji Adenuga, has starred in over 200 films the over the last 25 years and flies over and back from Nigeria. They married in 1992.