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Chieftain Kate becomes Enfield’s mayor

Published Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Enfield’s new mayor, Cllr Kate Anolue was formally appointed at the full council meeting on Wednesday 9th May at the Enfield Civic Centre.

Mayor Kate Anolue

It was a very colourful occasion as friends and relatives from her home town of Nanka in Anambra State in Eastern Nigeria joined her at the ceremony.

Kate was elected to the council in 2002, and is also a Nigerian chieftain. This honour has been bestowed on her because she has achieved so much in Enfield and has finally become the borough’s first citizen.

She explains, “In my village people recognise that I am doing something worthwhile. It is a very real honour. I am so proud of this.”

Few women become chieftains so Kate is especially thrilled that she can be a role model for other women to make their mark.

Equality for women is very important to her and she often writes and visits Nanka to let them know about her work in Enfield.

Although Kate retains a strong tie with Nanka, she has lived in Edmonton for over 40 years following her father’s desire for her to become a nurse.

She started her training in May 1972 and eventually qualified as a midwife. In 1984 she became a community midwifery sister at the North Middlesex Hospital, but says she has lost count of the number of babies that she has delivered – but it runs into many thousands.

Kate satisfied her ambition to study law taking a degree in 1992 from the University of North London.

As Enfield’s Mayor, Kate wants to represent the people of Enfield, find out about them and is looking forward to this role in an important national year.

She says, “This is a big responsibility. It is a dignified and honourable thing to do – and I can do it.“

This year Kate will be raising funds and awareness for three charities with an emphasis on young people.

E18HTEEN Project is a new project supporting young people aged from 16- 19 in Enfield, Barnet and Haringey who are preparing to leave care. Kate is keen to raise funds for this initiative which helps these young people lead independent lives.

She wants to support a parent-led group called ‘Our Voice’ which helps parents of disabled children.

And she is keen to raise funds for sufferers of sickle cell anaemia and Thalassaemia – both painful genetic diseases which can be helped with improved medication and screening and supported with counselling.

Kate is determined to devote her time to the people of Enfield and says of her charities, “I have spent all this time delivering babies – I need to know that someone is looking after them.”

In her mayoral year she wishes to celebrate and recognise the achievement of all children and young people with a dedicated day called Enfield Youth Day.

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