Rotimi came to Ireland in 2000 and went straight into community development work in the midlands. By 2004 he was elected onto Portlaoise town council and in 2007 caught the world headlines as mayor of Portlaoise. In the June 2009 local elections, Rotimi retained his town council seat and went on to secure a seat on Laois County Council.
Rotimi represents a new style of independent politician who has worked hard to maintain a transparent and accountable public image, unfettered by the machinery and alliances of party politics. As a public representative his commitment to building bridges across communities and organisations, combined with a strong work ethic, emphasise his natural skills as a leader for future generations in Ireland..
Although Rotimi is the most decorated African in Ireland, his reputation is built on and dedicated to community work. He is on the Board of Laois Vocational Education Committee (VEC), Portlaoise Leisure Centre, Dunamaise Arts Centre and Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU). He is a founding member of SUIL – an organisation that offers support for the unemployed. In recognition of his contributions, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Social Entrepreneur Award, Metro Eireann Media and Multicultural Award, Xclusive Magazine Person of the Year, Bold and Beautiful Person of the Year, Worthy Ambassador and Global Achievers Award.
Rotimi’s background is in sales and marketing and he also holds a degree in Economics from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He obtained a Masters in Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University and has been a guest lecturer in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies there since 2005. Rotimi lectures on intercultural communication in Champlain College, an American university with an off-shore campus in Dublin. He is an Alumni of INSEAD (The Business School for the World) and the Irish Institute at Boston College.
As Chief Executive of Optimum Point Consultancy, Rotimi provides cross-cultural training. His radio show on Midlands 103,‘Respecting Difference’, celebrates cultural diversity and promotes integration in Irish society. He is also responsible for creating a unique cultural integration initiative called “Voices Across Cultures”. Rotimi has also pioneered a volunteering initiative for National University of Ireland in Maynooth and also worked with Carlow Volunteer Centre and coordinated an innovative immigrant integration programme.