Famous Black Diplomats

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Kofi Annan
(Former UN Secretary General)
Kofi Annan
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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. 

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Sidney Poitier
(Director and the First African-American to Win an Academy Award for Best Actor)
Sidney Poitier
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Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: January 6, 2022

Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

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

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
(Nigerian-American Economist Who Has Served in Several Ministerial Positions in Nigeria)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ogwashi Ukwu, Nigeria
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-American economist and political figure. She served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2006 before serving as the Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria from 17 August 2011 to 29 May 2015. Ngozi also served as the Minister of Finance on two separate occasions; from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2015.
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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.

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Susan Rice
(23rd U.S. National Security Advisor ( 2013 – 2017))
Susan Rice
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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.
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Alan Keyes
(Activist)
Alan Keyes
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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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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
 11 
Winnie Byanyima
(Engineer, Politician)
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Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mbarara, Uganda
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Monica Juma
(Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum of Kenya)
Monica Juma
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Kenya
Monica Juma is a Kenyan diplomat and the current Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum in Kenya. An important political leader, Juma served as the Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2018. She also served as the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 2018 to 2020 and then as the Cabinet Secretary for Defence from 2020 to 2021.
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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
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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
 15 
Louise Mushikiwabo
(Secretary General of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie)
Louise Mushikiwabo
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Birthdate: May 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jabana, Kigali, Rwanda
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Michel Djotodia
(President of the Central African Republic 2013 - 2014)
Michel Djotodia
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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
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Ruhakana Rugunda
(Prime Minister of Uganda)
Ruhakana Rugunda
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Birthdate: November 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kabale, Uganda
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Didier Ratsiraka
(3rd President of Madagascar)
Didier Ratsiraka
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Birthdate: November 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vatomandry, Madagascar
Died: March 28, 2021
 20 
Antonio Deinde Fernandez
(Businessperson, Diplomat)
Antonio Deinde Fernandez
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Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Died: September 1, 2015
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Moussa Faki
(11th Prime Minister of Chad)
Moussa Faki
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Birthdate: June 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Biltine, Chad
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Princess Elizabeth of Toro
(Lawyer, Politician)
Princess Elizabeth of Toro
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Birthdate: 1936 AD
Birthplace: Tooro Kingdom
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Mohamed Béavogui
(The interim prime minister of Guinea since 6 October 2021)
Mohamed Béavogui
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Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Porédaka, Guinea
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Ousmane Sonko
(Senegalese Politician and Author)
Ousmane Sonko
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Birthdate: July 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Thiès, Senegal

Ousmane Sonko is a Senegalese politician and author. In 2019, he became the youngest candidate to contest in the presidential election in Senegal. Ousmane Sonko challenged Macky Sall, the incumbent president, in the 2019 election and is viewed by many as a notable opposition leader to Macky Sall.

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Kayumba Nyamwasa
(General, Diplomat)
Kayumba Nyamwasa
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Rwanda
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Abena Busia
(Writer)
Abena Busia
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Bashiru Ally
(Politician)
Bashiru Ally
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Bukoba Rural, Tanzania
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Dioncounda Traore
(President of Mali)
Dioncounda Traore
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Birthdate: February 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kati, Mali
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Asha-Rose Migiro
(Politician, Diplomat)
Asha-Rose Migiro
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Birthdate: July 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Songea, Tanzania
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Margaret Kenyatta
(Kenyan Politician Who Served as the Mayor of Nairobi from 1970 to 1976)
Margaret Kenyatta
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Birthdate: February 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Died: April 5, 2017
Margaret Kenyatta was a Kenyan politician who served as the Mayor of Nairobi from 1970 to 1976. An important politician, she also served as her country's Permanent Representative to the UN from 1976 to 1986. Margaret Kenyatta is also remembered as the daughter of Jomo Kenyatta, who served as Kenya's first president.
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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.

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Judy Wakhungu
(Kenyan Politician and Diplomat)
Judy Wakhungu
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Birthplace: Bungoma, Kenya

The current Kenyan ambassador to France, Judy Wakhungu has previously been a geologist and was the first woman to teach at the University of Nairobi’s geology department. She has been associated with the UNCSTD and has been the Ministry of Energy and Regional Development’s first female geologist.

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Jemimah Gecaga
(Kenyan Politician and Businesswoman)
Jemimah Gecaga
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Birthdate: 1920 AD
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: 1979 AD
Jemimah Gecaga was a Kenyan politician and businesswoman. She is credited with founding Maendeleo Ya Wanawake, a women's non-governmental organization that deals with issues concerning gender equity and women's rights in Kenya. Jemimah Gecaga also served as the president of the Young Women's Christian Association in Kenya.
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Theo-Ben Gurirab
(Politician, Diplomat)
Theo-Ben Gurirab
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Birthdate: January 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Usakos, Namibia
Died: July 14, 2018
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Joseph Nanven Garba
(Nigerian Major General and Politician Who Became President of the United Nations General Assembly)
Joseph Nanven Garba
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Birthdate: July 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Langtang, Nigeria
Died: June 1, 2002
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Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi
(Nigerian Politician Who Has Been the Country's Minister of State for Defense)
Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi
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Birthplace: Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Apart from being Nigeria’s minister of state for defense, Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi has also been the Nigerian ambassador to Togo. The son of former Nigerian military head Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Irons, he was also the first person from the Igbo community to become the Nigerian defense minister.

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Mainza Chona
(Former Vice-President & Former Prime Minister of Zambia)
Mainza Chona
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Birthdate: January 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monze
Died: December 11, 2001

Mainza Chona was a Zambian diplomat and politician. He is remembered for his service as the Vice-President of Zambia from October 1970 to August 1973. Mainza Chona also served as the first Prime Minister of Zambia from 25 August 1973 to 27 May 1975. He then served as the prime minister again from 20 July 1977 to 15 June 1978. 

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Birago Diop
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Birthdate: December 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
Died: November 25, 1989
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David Rubadiri
(Poet ranked as one of Africa's most widely anthologized and celebrated poets to emerge after independence)
David Rubadiri
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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
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David Dabydeen
(Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the only Guyanese writer to be awarded the title)
David Dabydeen
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Birthdate: December 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berbice, Guyana
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Godefroid Niyombare
(Ambassador of Burundi to Kenya)
Godefroid Niyombare
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Birthdate: October 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burundi
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Edem Kodjo
(He was Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity from 1978 to 1983)
Edem Kodjo
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Birthdate: May 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sokodé, Tchaoudjo, French Togoland
Died: April 11, 2020
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Asma Mohamed Abdalla
(First Female Who Served as Sudan’s Foreign Minister During Ongoing Democratic Transition in Sudan )
Asma Mohamed Abdalla
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Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khartoum, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
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George Chaponda
(Diplomat and Politician)
George Chaponda
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Birthdate: November 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chonde Village, Nyasaland
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Jean Price-Mars
(Haitian Physician and Ethnographer Who Had Been Haiti's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education)
Jean Price-Mars
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Birthdate: October 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grande Rivière du Nord, Haiti
Died: March 1, 1969

Haitian physician and ethnologist Jean Price-Mars was also a leading politician and diplomat who led Haiti as its minister of foreign affairs, worship, and education. He had also been the Haitian ambassador to France and to the UN. Known for his ethnological writings, he coined the term collective bovarysme.

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Amara Essy
(Diplomat)
Amara Essy
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Birthdate: December 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire
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Diallo Telli
(First secretary-general of the OAU between 1964 and 1972)
Diallo Telli
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Birthdate: 1925 AD
Birthplace: Porédaka, Guinea
Died: January 31, 1977
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Jona Senilagakali
(Prime Minister of Fiji)
Jona Senilagakali
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Birthdate: November 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lakeba, Fiji
Died: October 26, 2011
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Liberata Mulamula
(Politician, Diplomat)
Liberata Mulamula
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Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Kagera Region, Tanzania