The United Kingdom Foreign Office has appointed NneNne Iwuji-Eme as the British High Commissioner to Mozambique,been the “first black female career diplomat” to be appointed a high commissioner The Guardian reports.
Iwuji-Eme who has previously worked as an economist in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Royal Dutch Shell, also spent 16 years in the Foreign Office, will take up her role as British high commissioner to Mozambique in July, taking over from Joanna Kuenssberg.
Speaking on her appointment, the former economic adviser for Africa to chief press officer to the Africa minister, Iwuji-Eme said, “an honour and a privilege” to be appointed to the role and that she hoped 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 said.
“I look forward to forging even stronger connections between Britain and Mozambique – two close members of the Commonwealth family.”
Uk foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said Iwuji-Eme has “vision, experience and energy” for the appointment.
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.”