Rama Yade was born December 13, 1976, in Dakar, Senegal. Her parents were both professors, however her father also served as a personal secretary to socialist president, writer and poet Léopold Sédar Senghor (the first president of Senegal). Growing up, Rama Yade was Muslim by faith, but she attended a Catholic school instead.
Her parents split up when she was little, and she went to live with her mother in one of the most affluent areas of France, the same place where Nicolas Sarkozy, the current president of France, also lived.
Rama Yade went on to attend the Institut d’études politiques, from which she proudly graduated in 2000.
After completing her studies, Rama Yade got her first job in politics: she worked for Paris Town Hall as well as in the National French Assembly. Before long, she became an administrator of the French Senate in 2002.
Rama Yade has continued her active work in politics and, in 2005, she joined the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) and quickly became the organization’s national secretary in charge of Francophonie in 2006. She has been known to have said that it was Nicolas Sarkozy who lit the party’s fire inside of her, and it was because of him, not the party’s rightist values, that she chose to get involved with the political group.
That year she wrote a book as well; Noirs de France discusses the racism she experienced growing up as a young black girl in such a wealthy area.
Rama Yade continued her work in politics with a job as State Secretary in charge of foreign affairs and human rights. Her work took her out of the “traditional” office setting, and in addition to traveling and visiting various schools, Rama Yade appeared in several episodes of the talk show 20 heures le journal, as well as On n’est pas couché.
Rama Yade is married to another fellow politician, the adviser to the Secretary of State, Joseph Zimet.