Nobuhle Ncube of the Lifeline Africa Foundation is one of Irelands’ Leading Social Entrepreneurs

Social Entrepreneurs

Nobuhle Ncube, originally from Zimbabwe, has been living in Ireland since 2000 and is a founder member and Women’s Development Officer of AkidwA, a national African and migrant women’s network. From her work experience and as an African parent in Ireland, Nobuhle discovered a strong need to actively facilitate integration in the education sector by raising cultural awareness and promoting active intercultural dialogue between Irish and African children. Most primary schools in Ireland now have a significant number of African/Migrant children. Though culturally enriching, this poses significant challenges to Irish teachers and students alike.

“My vision is to live in an Ireland where all children relate to each other as equals and work together in promoting a positive learning environment despite cultural differences.”


Through the Lifeline Africa Foundation, Nobuhle plans to initiate an intercultural dialogue project between two primary schools in Ireland and two primary schools in Nigeria. This project will exchange intercultural learning and will enable students from both continents to engage in class projects and gain knowledge and understanding of each other’s cultures.

Benedicta Attoh of the Women in Leadership Network is one of Ireland’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs

Social Entrepreneurs

At Social Entrepreneurs Ireland we believe that new and innovative solutions exist to the myriad social and environmental challenges we face today. We believe that these solutions will be most effective when driven by ‘unreasonable people’; individuals who are not prepared to accept the status quo and who adopt a highly entrepreneurial approach to igniting social change.

Our aim is to identify, invest in, and support these social entrepreneurs and the organisations they launch.

Throughout the world, regardless of geography, the lack of women in political leadership positions is a common theme. In Ireland, the percentage of women elected into Dáil Eireann in 2007 was just 13% and the percentage of women elected into local councils in 2009 stands at around 17%. Ireland ranks only 23rd out of the 27 EU countries for the percentage of women in parliament.

The difficulties that women still face in politics are real, with few women role models and limited mentoring opportunities or support. The Women in Leadership Network will prepare women to run in future elections to boost the number of women in public office. With the right mentoring and training, Benedicta aims to provide women with the supports and skills required to succeed and stay in the male dominated world of politics.


There is no true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives.

Benedicta has personal experience of Irish politics as a candidate in the local elections of 2004 and 2009. She is working to develop a non-partisan political training resource that will be used for training, mentoring and supporting young women to take the leap into active citizenship, political participation and leadership.

Benedicta Attoh is standing in the Dundalk South area of County Louth in Ireland for the Local County Elections

Benedicta Attoh is the recipient of numerous awards for her work in interculturalism, including of the Rehab Louth Person of the Year Award. She is originally from Nigeria and has lived in Dundalk, Ireland for a number of years.

An independent cultural trainer, and a former Development and Public Awareness Officer with the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, she has played a leading role in racial integration in Co Louth, and nationally.

She contested the 2004 Local Elections as an Independent candidate and subsequently held the position of Vice-Chair of the Labour Party in Louth.

Ms Attoh is a member of the Louth African Womens Support Group. She is the Dundalk Branch Co-ordinator of the Integration of African Children (IACI) in Ireland, a multicultural youth club.

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