Nigerian Woman Appointed As UK’s First Black High Commissioner

A British Nigerian woman, NneNne Iwuji-Eme has made history as the first British black female career diplomat to be appointed High Commissioner. Iwuji-Eme, who has been at the UK Foreign Office for 16 years, will in July resume her new role as British High Commissioner to Mozambique .

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Remarking on the advancement, Iwuji-Eme said

“I hope my appointment as the first British black female career diplomat to this position will inspire young talents, regardless of race or background, to pursue their ambitions in the Foreign Office.I look forward to forging even stronger connections between Britain and Mozambique – two close members of the Commonwealth family.”

During her 16-year-stay in the Foreign Office, Iwuji-Eme took up roles ranging from economic adviser for Africa to chief press officer to the Africa minister. She has also worked as an economist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Royal Dutch Shell. Her most recent posting was to Brazil as First Secretary Prosperity and Acting Prosperity Consul.