Rotimi Adebari is a Nigerian-born Irish politician. He was elected as the first black mayor in Ireland.
Born 1964 in Okeodan, Ogun State, Nigeria, he converted from Islam to Christianity and fled Nigeria in 2000, seeking asylum in Ireland on the grounds of religious persecution.
Rotimi’s application was rejected because of insufficient evidence he had personally suffered persecution, but he gained residency because his third child, another boy, was born in Ireland.
He and his family settled in County Laois. In 2004, he was elected as a town councilor in local elections. In June 2007 he was elected as mayor of Portlaoise Town Council (9 members), with support from Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and an Independent councillor. In the 2009 local elections he was re-elected to the town council and also to Laois County Council for the Portlaoise electoral area.
He completed his master’s degree in intercultural studies at Dublin City University. and set up a firm called Optimum Point Consultancy.