A Nigerian diplomat, Chigozirije NneNne Iwuji-Eme, has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Mozambique. She is UK’s first black ambassador to Mozambique and will take up her post in July this year.
Ms NneNne Iwuji-Eme’s appointment was announced via a press release entitled ‘Change of Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to Mozambique – July 2018’ published on Thursday on the British Government’s official website.
The statement reads: “Ms NneNne Iwuji-Eme has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Mozambique in succession to Ms Joanna Kuenssberg. Ms Iwuji-Eme becomes the first British black female career diplomat to be appointed High Commissioner. She will take up her new role in July 2018.
“Ms Iwuji-Eme has spent 16 years in the Foreign Office, with roles ranging from Economic Adviser for Africa to Chief Press Officer to the Africa Minister, she has also worked as an Economist in Defra and for Royal Dutch Shell. Her most recent posting was to Brazil as First Secretary Prosperity and Acting Prosperity Consul.”
The statement quoted NneNne Iwuji-Eme as saying: “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.”
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quoted as saying: “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 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.”
Continuing, the statement said: “The Foreign Office has made huge strides in improving diversity. Just under a third of Missions (32per cent) are headed up by women up 200 per cent since 2008, and half the FCO board is female. Black and Minority Ethnic currently make up 13.4 per cent of Foreign Office staff, with the FCO board and BAME networks improving diversity with tailored training and mentoring programmes and a schools outreach programme.
“The FCO is working to improve diversity in the Diplomatic Service and his been awarded a Gold banding for race, in the Business in the Community Diversity Benchmark, the UK’s most comprehensive benchmark for workplace diversity.”