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“Be humbled no matter what you have achieved” Enfield Mayor of London.
These are the words of the New Mayor of Enfield borough, Kate Anolue when members of the Nigerian Women In Diaspora Leadership Forum (NWIDLF) paid her a courtesy visit. The Nigerian born Councillor Kate Anolue, was overwhelmed with emotions when she welcomed NWIDLF members into her parlour. during a recent visit.
The new Mayor who became a widow 27 years ago when her last child was only 18 months is passionate about vulnerable children and youth. She told NWIDLF that she will use her tenure as Mayor of Enfield to raise money and awareness for the “ei8theen project”. The project supports children of ages 16-19 who are about to leave care to lead independent lives in Enfield, Barnet and Haringey boroughs. Another project dear to the heart of the Mayor is the following the death of her nephew at the young age of 24. A dinner is scheduled for 19 October 2012, a fundraising and awareness dinner to raise funds for the Sickle Cell Anaemia and Thalassaemia organisation.
With her positivist approach(attitude) she said “I’ve (have) always believed in my self that I can do it”. She (and) implored members “never to give up, to stay focused in what you(they) believe in and not to forget (their) your culture or identity”. She showed a good example by wearing a beautifully (designed) made skirt and blouse (made) from Ankara, a Nigerian fabric. (Her) office table was (draped) laid with green white green runner with Nigeria inscription on both ends
The President of NWIDLF, Jenny Chika Okafor pledged the support of the group to (assist and work closely with the Mayor on all her projects) work closely and assist the Mayor in all her projects. She said as a leadership forum the group identifies with her enviable position.
The intelligent and hardworking qualified lawyer and a registered midwife of over 35 years hails from Nanka in Anambra State Nigeria. She said she followed her father’s desire to become a nurse. Councillor Anolue maintained and remained in full time nursing employment, running a nursing agency from home for 5 years while studying for a law degree and at the same time raising 4 children. She completed her law degree in 1997.
Her political career began in 1997 when she became active in politics under the Labour party and remains the women’s officer for the Labour party Group. In 2002, she was elected as councillor.
The New Mayor of Enfield is the Royal College of Midwives Steward for North Middlesex University Hospital Midwives where she trained and worked for many years, a member of racial equality council, Enfield, a panel Member of Health Scrutiny, governor of two schools in Enfield, vice Chairman Association of British Nigerian Councillors, a volunteer for Women’s Aid and Enfield women’s centre.
In April 2007, the Mayor was nominated (and awarded the honour of the ) for “freedom of the borough” the highest honour in the Borough of Enfield.
The Mayor of Enfield Councillor Kate who is now a grandmother enjoys cooking, gardening and swimming no wonder she looks young and radiant.
Exco of NWIDLF with her Worship
Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum (NWIDLF) hosts the 4th in her series of workshops in London, UK themed “The Next Level: A business workshop”. This takes place on Saturday 28 July 2012 at Holiday Inn, 97 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 4DN. Speakers at the workshop include Mavis Amankwah, award winning marketing/PR and managing director of Richvisions. The workshop is free to every Nigerian Woman in the UK.
NWIDLF was set up in 2010 to encourage the Nigerian Woman in Diaspora and the Nigerian girl child to explore, cultivate and embrace her full leadership potentials and utilize the same in creating an enabling environment where the contribution of women in nation building will be recognised in perpetuity. NWIDLF currently collaborates with AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse, UK) in Nigeria by sponsoring essay writing competition in the leadership category for Nigerian girls.
One of her core activities is to organise dynamic focused workshops, conferences and courses to inspire and encourage Nigerian women in the Diaspora to grow and succeed as leaders of great distinction. Speakers at past workshops included Dr Mrs Rose Nwanna, wife of Nigeria’s past ambassador to the UK, Councillor Kate Anolue, Mayor Enfield Council UK and Mrs Adepoju of UK Nigerian council of Elders and Vanessa McLean, author and motivational speaker.