04 Jun Get to know Nigerian community leader: Jude Ediae
Jude Ediae is a Nigerian community leader and has been hard at work in bringing Africans together in Victoria, with a number of achievements and leadership positions under his belt. Learn more about Jude below, including the amazing work he does in the community as well as some of his favourite things!
What is your role in the community?
Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) board of Directors
Our Lady’s Parish Craigieburn/Roxburgh Park – Group leader and parish council member
Victoria Multicultural Commission Regional adviser for North & West
Former Social & Welfare Secretary of Nigerian Society of Victoria (NSV)
Public Relation Officer of Edo Club of Australia Incorporated (ECAI)
Former Africa Day Australia (ADA) OM
Owner & Director of Jobhib International Enterprises
Global Goodwill Ambassadors (GGA)
Foundation Member Australian Institute Company of Directors
Professional Fellow, Australia Chapter Coordinator and Ambassador of Institute of Information Management – Africa
Why do you love being a community leader?
To help and make positive differences in people’s lives
Most memorable moment from being an ambassador with Red Elephant programs?
Attending the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
What do you love most about Melbourne?
Lots of opportunities and infrastructure
Favourite country to visit (apart from your own)
Favourite city in Australia to visit?
Best holiday you’ve ever had?
A trip to Nigeria in 2012 where I had an opportunity to catch up with families and friends which I haven’t seen for ages. It was the most beautiful thing that I have ever done.
What languages do you speak?
English, Edo, Igbo
What’s your favourite food from your country of heritage?
Pounded yam with egusi soup
How would you define being an ‘Aussie’?
A sense of belonging, hope and participation, on the one hand; but, discrimination, feelings of unsafety, and barriers to employment on the other.
What does it mean to be a multicultural Australian?
Diversity and multiculturalism
Favourite music genre
Favourite movie of all time?
Passion of Christ
What is the greatest achievement in your life?
Establishment of Jobhib International Enterprises (migration, education, training and development, and employment services),
What is your most effective way of relaxing (I.e. if you were about to perform on stage, what would you do just before it to relax?)
Who is the most influential person in your life? If they were standing in front of you right now what would you say?
Richard Dent – CEO of Leadership Victoria
“Thank you, Richard, for your encouragement and support to discover my self-worth, build up my self-confidence, and for making me become more useful to myself and my family. Thank you also for helping with the improvement of my organisational productivity and enabling me to contribute meaningfully and positively to the community and make the world a better place.”