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Nigerian descent 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 in succession to Ms Joanna Kuenssberg.
Iwuji-Eme’s most recent posting was to Brazil as First Secretary Prosperity and Acting Prosperity Consul — Twitter

Commenting on the development, Iwuji-Eme said it was a privilege to be given that role, adding that she hoped her appointment would motivate others to achieve their goals.


NneNne Iwuji-Eme Was Born in Truro, Cornwall in England, NneNne Iwuji-Eme’s parents worked for the UN and from a very young age she had the opportunity to live in different countries.

Due to the nature of her parents work that gave room for the constant presence of international relations professionals in her childhood home, Iwuji-Eme was able “to see some of the people shaping policy from a young age.”

With a burning flame for history and politics, little Iwuji-Eme went to boarding school in Suffolk England before studying economics at University in Manchester. She speaks five languages including English, Igbo, Portuguese, Pidgin and French.

The black woman of Nigerian descent has spent 16 years in the British Foreign Office where she served in different capacities including economic adviser and chief press officer. Iwuji-Eme had previously worked as an economist in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Royal Dutch Shell.

“Wherever my son is, I’m at home,” Iwuji-Eme noted in an interview, where she revealed that she would be accompanied to Mozambique by her nine-year-old son who is already trilingual.

“He’s going to experience things you can’t learn in a textbook. I want him to lap it all up,” she said.

Speaking about her love for Shreddies and salted caramel Green and Blacks chocolate, she noted that nothing would make her forget to store up her lovelies before heading to Mozambique, as she affirmed “I’ve got to have some in my cupboard.”

Prior to her appointment as the British high commissioner to Mozambique, she was posted to Brazil as first secretary and acting prosperity consul. Having spent the last four years in Brazil where she was to shape policy, the cereal lover was learning the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.

While speaking on her experience in the African country with BBC, She said, “I love it. When I went to Brazil, that was on my bucket list to do. It was amazing to be in the land of Capoeira doing it.”

Though it will be the British Nigerian’s first time in the African country-Mozambique, that is set to become her home, she looks forward to going to the country that has always been a fascination to her.

“It’s a really exciting time to be going out there,” Iwuji Eme said.

She is to resume the office occupied by Joanna Kuenssberg by July in order to strengthen ties between the United Kingdom and Mozambique.


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