A black woman of Nigerian descent, 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 in succession to Ms Joanna Kuenssberg.
NneNne Iwuji-Eme, who has spent 16 years in the British Foreign Office, will take up her role as British high commissioner to Mozambique in July, taking over from Joanna Kuenssberg.
The history making career diplomat told British newspaper, The Guardian, that her promotion was ‘ an honor and a privilege’.
‘‘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,’‘ said Iwuji-Eme.
Congratulations to NneNne Iwuji-Eme on being appointed as the next British High Commissioner to the #Mozambique in succession to @HCJKuenssberg. Ms Iwuji-Eme will take up her appointment in Maputo end of July. #UKinMoz @foreignoffice @CateTurton @DFID_Moz pic.twitter.com/y0VWzJENuS
— UK in Mozambique (@UKinMozambique) March 22, 2018
Iwuji-Eme who previously worked as an economist in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Royal Dutch Shell said she is looking forward to strengthening the ties between the United Kingdom and Mozambique.
“I look forward to forging even stronger connections between Britain and Mozambique, two close members of the Commonwealth family.”
Since joining the Foreign Office she has held a range of 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.