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NneNne Iwuji-Eme Becomes UK’s First Black Woman Ambassador


Congratulations to NneNne Iwuji-Eme, a Nigerian-British woman, who has been appointed the high commissioner to the Republic of Mozambique by the UK government.

This will make her the first black female career diplomat as a high commissioner as she takes up her role in July. Her appointment is part of the efforts of the UK Foreign Ministry to change the majority of its staffs who are majorly white men.

Noting her appointment as “an honour and a privilege,” NneNne hopes she would inspire others to pursue their ambitions.

“I hope my appointment as the first British black female career diplomat to this position will inspire young talent, regardless of race or background, to pursue their ambitions in the Foreign Office.”

She has spent 16 years in the Foreign Office and previously worked as an economist in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Royal Dutch Shell.

Since joining the Foreign Office, she has held various positions from economic adviser for Africa to Chief Press Officer to the Africa minister. Her most recent posting was to Brazil as first secretary prosperity and acting prosperity consul.

Read more on The Guardian

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