LONDON– Britain has announced that it will for the first time appoint a black woman career diplomat to the post of High Commissioner (ambassador), naming NneNne Iwuji-Eme as High Commissioner to Mozambique, replacing Joanna Kuenssberg in July.
Iwuji-Eme has worked for 16 years at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with roles ranging from economic adviser for Africa to chief press officer to Britain’s Africa Minister.
She has also worked as an economist in 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.
Commenting on her appointment, Iwuji-Eme said that it is an honour and a privilege to be appointed High Commissioner to Mozambique”.
“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. I look forward to forging even stronger connections between Britain and Mozambique, two close members of the Commonwealth family, she added.
Just under a third of Britain’s heads of mission are women, an improvement of 200 per cent over the last decade.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK