Nigerian student, Imelme Umana, who hails from Akwa Ibom state, has become the first black woman to be elected President of Harvard’s Law Review.


The announcement was made on Sunday via the Twitter account of Harvard Law School’s black law students’ association.

She has emulated the former US President Barack Obama who became the first black man elected as Harvard Law Review’s president in 1990.

Umana, who graduated from Harvard College in 2014, is a doctorate candidate at Harvard law school.


She has served as chair of the community action committee and is also a board member of the Harvard model congress Boston.

Umana is a research assistant at the school’s hip-hop archive at the Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

Umana is a Ph. D candidate who is “interested in the intersection between government and African American studies by exploring how stereotypes of black women are reproduced and reinforced in American political discourse,” Clutch reports.


In 2013, Umana worked as a criminal law investigative intern for the public defender’s office in Washington, D.C, US.

The Harvard Law Review president is elected by the editorial board of the independent, student-run publication, which was founded in 1887.

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