Ashimedua Okonkwo (also known as Meddy) is the chairperson of AkiDwA. She is an international advocate, adviser, trainer and researcher on Human Rights and Civil Society issues pertaining to Refugees, Women’s Human Rights, Gender Based Violence, and harmful traditional practices. Ashimedua is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Law Society of Ireland.
Ashimedua established her own law firm in Dublin in 2012. She serves on the board of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and she sits on the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board. Ashimedua recently completed her doctorate research on the Inequality in Law at Trinity College, Dublin.
She is highly experienced in various areas of Immigration law in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. She is also highly experienced in the areas of family law, Employment Law and Residential Landlord and Tenant law. She has represented clients on Immigration Appeals Tribunals, Employment Tribunals and at the Irish Labour Courts. She has an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from London Guildhall University Moorgate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) from the same University. She has a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from Trinity College Dublin and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Assessment from Dublin Institute of Technology. Meddy was interviewed by RTE recently about why migrants try to send money home to family in Nigeria: https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/1115/1091001-nigeria-remittances/