Famous Black Diplomats

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 1 
Kofi Annan
(Former UN Secretary General)

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Birthdate: April 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana
Died: August 18, 2018

Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation and a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. During his stint with the UN, he launched the UN Global Compact and worked to combat HIV/AIDS. 

 2 
Condoleezza Rice
(66th United States Secretary of State (2005-09))

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Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

The 66th United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made history in 2005 when she became the first female black Secretary of State. She is also the first female to serve as National Security Advisor, a position which she served from 2001 to 2005. One of the most powerful women in the world at one point of time, she has been depicted in Hollywood films.

 3 
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
(7th Director-General of the World Trade Organization)

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Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ogwashi Ukwu, Nigeria

 4 
Andrew Young Jr.
(55th Mayor of Atlanta (1982 - 1990))

Andrew Young Jr.
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Birthdate: March 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Andrew Young Jr. is an American activist, politician, and diplomat. Young is best known for his role in the civil rights movement; a close associate of Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young served as the executive director of a civil rights organization called Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Andrew Young is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 5 
Susan Rice
(23rd U.S. National Security Advisor ( 2013 – 2017))

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Birthdate: November 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Susan Rice has been the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and the national security advisor. She was chosen by Joe Biden as the director of the Domestic Policy Council. Rice was supposed to become the secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton in 2013, but withdrew due to the Benghazi attack.

 6 
Alan Keyes
(Activist)

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Birthdate: August 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Zenani Mandela
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Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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 8 
Sandra Mason
(1st President of Barbados, Lawyer, and diplomat)

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Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Philip, Barbados

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E. R. Braithwaite
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Birthdate: June 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: December 12, 2016

 10 
Monica Juma
(Politician, Diplomat)

Monica Juma
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Kenya

 11 
Cornelius A. Smith
(11th Governor-General of the Bahamas)

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Birthdate: April 7, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Island, The Bahamas

 12 
Winnie Byanyima
(Engineer, Politician)

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Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mbarara, Uganda

 13 
John William Ashe
(President of the United Nations General Assembly 2013 - 2013)

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Birthdate: August 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Died: June 22, 2016

 14 
Louise Mushikiwabo
(Secretary General of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie)

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Birthdate: May 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jabana, Kigali, Rwanda

 15 
Michel Djotodia
(President of the Central African Republic 2013 - 2014)

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Birthdate: January 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vakaga, Central African Republic

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Edward Wilmot Blyden
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Birthdate: August 3, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: February 7, 1912

 17 
Ruhakana Rugunda
(Prime Minister of Uganda)

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Birthdate: November 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kabale, Uganda

 18 
Didier Ratsiraka
(3rd President of Madagascar)

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Birthdate: November 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vatomandry, Madagascar
Died: March 28, 2021

 19 
Antonio Deinde Fernandez
(Businessperson, Diplomat)

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Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Died: September 1, 2015

 20 
Moussa Faki
(11th Prime Minister of Chad)

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Birthdate: June 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Biltine, Chad

 21 
Princess Elizabeth of Toro
(Lawyer, Politician)

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Birthdate: 1936 AD
Birthplace: Tooro Kingdom

 22 
Mohamed Béavogui
(The interim prime minister of Guinea since 6 October 2021)

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Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Porédaka, Guinea

 23 
Kayumba Nyamwasa
(General, Diplomat)

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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Rwanda

 24 
Abena Busia
(Writer)

Abena Busia
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 25 
Ousmane Sonko
(Politician)

Ousmane Sonko
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Birthdate: July 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Thiès, Senegal

 26 
Asha-Rose Migiro
(Politician, Diplomat)

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Birthdate: July 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Songea, Tanzania

 27 
Grace Ogot
(Author)

Grace Ogot
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Birthdate: May 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Asembo, Kenya
Died: March 18, 2015

 28 
Bashiru Ally
(Politician)

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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Bukoba Rural, Tanzania

 29 
Dioncounda Traore
(President of Mali)

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Birthdate: February 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kati, Mali

 30 
Ben Ngubane
(Politician, Diplomat)

Ben Ngubane
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Birthdate: October 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camperdown

Former South African politician Ben Ngubane, a qualified surgeon, has held several important positions in his country, from being the minister of arts and culture to the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. The Inkatha Freedom Party member has also been the South African ambassador to Japan.

 31 
Judy Wakhungu
(Politician, Diplomat)

Judy Wakhungu
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bungoma, Kenya

 32 
Margaret Kenyatta
(Politician, Diplomat)

Margaret Kenyatta
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Birthdate: February 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Died: April 5, 2017

 33 
Jemimah Gecaga
(Politician, Businesswoman)

Jemimah Gecaga
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Birthdate: 1920 AD
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: 1979 AD

 34 
Theo-Ben Gurirab
(Politician, Diplomat)

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Birthdate: January 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Usakos, Namibia
Died: July 14, 2018

 35 

Joseph Nanven Garba
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Birthdate: July 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Langtang, Nigeria
Died: June 1, 2002

 36 

Birago Diop
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Birthdate: December 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
Died: November 25, 1989

 37 
Mainza Chona
(Zambian Politician)

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Birthdate: January 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monze
Died: December 11, 2001

 38 
Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi
(Minister of State for Defence)

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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria

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Asma Mohamed Abdalla
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Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khartoum, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

 40 
David Rubadiri
(Poet ranked as one of Africa's most widely anthologized and celebrated poets to emerge after independence)

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Birthdate: July 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liuli, Tanzania
Died: September 15, 2018

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Pascaline Bongo Ondimba
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Birthdate: April 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Franceville, Gabon

 42 
David Dabydeen
(Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the only Guyanese writer to be awarded the title)

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Birthdate: December 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berbice, Guyana

 43 
Godefroid Niyombare
(Ambassador of Burundi to Kenya)

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Birthdate: October 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burundi

 44 
Edem Kodjo
(He was Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity from 1978 to 1983)

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Birthdate: May 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sokodé, Tchaoudjo, French Togoland
Died: April 11, 2020

 45 
George Chaponda
(Diplomat and Politician)

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Birthdate: November 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chonde Village, Nyasaland

 46 
Amara Essy
(Diplomat)

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Birthdate: December 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire

 47 
Diallo Telli
(First secretary-general of the OAU between 1964 and 1972)

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Birthdate: 1925 AD
Birthplace: Porédaka, Guinea
Died: January 31, 1977

 48 
Jona Senilagakali
(Prime Minister of Fiji)

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Birthdate: November 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lakeba, Fiji
Died: October 26, 2011

 49 
Liberata Mulamula
(Politician, Diplomat)

Liberata Mulamula
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Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Kagera Region, Tanzania

 50 
Winston Tubman
(Politician)

Winston Tubman
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Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Pleebo, Liberia