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The American legal journal Harvard Law Review has announced that it has elected Nigerian Imeime Umana as its first black female president. Umana will be succeeding Michael Zuckerman, who has held the post for a year. She follows in the footsteps of former President of the United States, Barack Obama, who was the first black man to be elected to the position.

Umana who is of Nigerian descent is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the United States. She graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a B.A. in African American Studies and Government and is due to receive her Law degree in 2018. As an undergraduate, she served as president of the university’s Institute of Politics; she has also worked as a criminal law investigative intern for Public defender Service in Washington, D.C.

In an email quoted by the Harvard Crimson, outgoing Harvard Law Review president Zuckerman described Umana as a brilliant, thoughtful and dedicated person, and said that with her as the review’s president, it was in “phenomenally good hands”.

Umana will be working with more than 90 student editors, permanent staff, and senior members of the Law faculty’s senior staff at the review.

The Harvard Law Review was founded in 1887 and it boasts the largest circulation of any law journal in the world.

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This article was first published on 3rd February 2017 and updated on February 7th, 2017 at 3:12 pm


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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