Racism is Real in Ireland – S01 E01 – Integration of African migrants in Ireland

Dr John Wilkins, Lassane Ouedraogo, Shae Flanagan

Episode 1 – Integration of African migrants in Ireland.

Presented by Mary Oyediran, three special guests: Dr John Wilkins, PHD candidate Trinity College Dublin, Lassane Ouedraogo, Chair of African Centre and Shae Flanagan of the campaigning organisation UpLift, share their personal journey as African migrants now living and working in Ireland! Discussions on how integration into the Irish society really works from the African perspective. Recommendations and suggestions from each guest challenges the norm and embraces tolerance.


RACISM IS REAL IN IRELAND is a series of 6 podcasts that examines the effect of racism on African migrants in Ireland. There are six topics for discussion including integration, education, employment, diversity, hate speech/hate crime and multiculturalism. The beauty of each podcast is the African migrants are given the unique platform to share their personal experiences without restriction or fear of reprisals. They examine racism and its devastating effect on their well-being! They represent the visible migrants, the new Irish Africans. Their unique voices are recorded as they express their brush with racism daily. At the end of each podcast, recommendations are made to inspire and encourage economic, social and political growth of the Irish society as they work together with the New Communities.  

These podcasts supports the on going campaign and petitions to establish the Hate Crime Law in Ireland the only country in Europe without this law.

This podcast is researched and presented by Mary Oyediran with the support of NearCast and the African Centre of Ireland.

Listen to Mary Oyediran and Lassane Ouedraogo discuss the podcast with Noel McGuinness on Northside Today