Chinedum is an artist based in Dublin. A former asylum seeker, he aspires to one day be Taoiseach to fight inequality across Ireland.
Meet Chinedum Muotto, an artist living in Dublin. Originally from Nigeria, Chinedum has lived in Ireland for 17 years. He’s one of the amazing individuals taking part in the Immigrant Council’s Migrant Electoral Empowerment Programme.
Chinedum came to Ireland originally as an asylum seeker, who gained most of his educational achievements here in Dublin. He has previously studied at DCU, UCD and Crawford School of Design, with ambitions to continue his educational journey thanks to the supportive Irish educational system.
“I like the ease at which the Irish live. I also really enjoy the greenness of the country and its jovial nature.”
He is disturbed however by what he sees as systemic discrimination that renders migrants non-competitive within Irish society. This inspires Chinedum to bring about positive change, something he hopes to achieve by running in local elections in 2024 and why he’s keen on learning the fundamentals of Irish politics through the Migrant Electoral training programme.
His ambitions don’t end at local elections, however.
“I aim to be Taoiseach of Ireland in the near future. I would unite those that are currently being oppressed by the capitalistic system in which we are dehumanised and disenfranchised.
“I would tackle the embedded corruption and mismanagement of this nation’s resources, ensuring an equitable distribution of resources and supports to communities that need it the most, prioritising primarily the Traveller community, working class neighbourhoods like Ballymun, Balbriggan, Rialto, and rural Ireland.”
The Migrant Electoral Empowerment Programme runs for 6 weeks through a series of online workshops bringing together 18 migrants interested in Irish politics and featuring lectures by migrant politicians at all levels of Irish government.
A huge thanks to Chinedum for sharing his story and his aspirations with us today.
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