Interview with Chinedu Onyejelem

Chinedu Onyejelem is the Editor and Publisher of Ireland’s multicultural weekly Metro Eireann.Chinedu has played a leading role in the promotion of cross-cultural relationships in the emerging multiethnic community in Ireland. He is a native of Nigeria and has lived in Ireland for 14 years and is now an Irish citizen.

After moving to Ireland in 1997, he worked freelance for a number of publications including The Irish Times, Garda Review, The Irish Catholic, and Medicine Weekly. In January 2000, Chinedu joined the Irish Times website www.ireland.com as a trainee where he worked until mid-2002. Following his departure, he has concentrated on developing Metro Eireann.

Chinedu is also the founder of the Metro Eireann Media and Multicultural Awards (MAMA) and the Ethnic Entrepreneur of the Year Awards with the maiden awards presented by President Mary McAlesse in February 2007. He was a recipient of a People of the Year Award in 2006 in recognition for his work on multiculturalism.

Chinedu was a Ministerial nominee to the Steering Group of The National Action Plan Against Racism and a one of the only six National Ambassadors appointed for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008.