She is a Nigerian, but NneNne Iwuji-Eme becomes the first black woman to be so appointed in the United Kingdom
– NneNne Iwuji-Eme says it is a pleasure to serve the UK in that capacity
– Boris Johnson confirms that NneNne Iwuji-Eme is sound for the task ahead of her
NneNne Iwuji-Eme, a Nigerian woman in the United Kingdom, is not just a career diplomat, but now the first black female in such capacity to be appointed a high commissioner as she is now to represent the country in Mozambique
The UK Guardian reports that NneNne Iwuji-Eme, before her appointment, had worked for 16 years in the foreign office of the UK and is to replace Joanna Kuenssberg in July as high commissioner.
According to the report, Iwuji-Eme sees her appointment as “an honour and a privilege.”
She adds: “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.”
Speaking about Iwuji-Eme’s appointment, the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said she has vision, experience and energy.
“As the country heads in a new and exciting direction, it’s important that we have the brightest and the best batting for Britain.
“Our great diversity is an invaluable asset on the global stage, and it’s only right that at all levels [of] the FCO reflects this.
“As a continent with some of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa is an important partner post-Brexit.
“NneNne has the vision, experience and energy to take our relationship with Mozambique to the next level, and I congratulate her on her appointment,” he said.
It was reported that Iwuji-Eme had earlier worked as an economist in the department for environment, food and rural affairs and for Royal Dutch Shell.
Before her current appointment, she was posted to Brazil as first secretary, prosperity and acting prosperity consul.