Nyamko Ana Sabuni born on 31st March 1969 at Bujumbura in Burundi, where her father, a left-wing politician went into exile in Zaire. Sabuni’s father is a Christian while her mother is a Muslim. Her family obtained political asylum in Sweden in 1981 and grew up in Kungangen, north of Stockholm. She studied law in Uppsala University, migration policy at Malardalen University College in Eskilstuna, and information and media communications at Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm. She was married in 2004-2012 and had twin boys, Joel and Michee. Sabuni was a member of board of the Liberal Youth of Sweden from 1996 to 1998. She has cited the murder of Ivorian refugee Gerard Gbeyo, committed by a Swedish neo-Nazi in the town of Klippan in 1995, as one of the reasons she became involved in politics.
Shortly after she was elected into office she made a publicized decision to withdraw funding for the organization Centrum not racism, where her Uncle Mkyabela Sabuni was a director.
In a 17 July 2006, opinion letter published in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Sabuni called for mandatory gynecological examinations of all schoolgirls in order to prevent genital mutilation. She has proposed a ban on hijab for girls under 15 and also advocated the inclusion of honor killings as an independent category within the Swedish criminal code. In July 2006, her book Flickorna vi sviker (“The Girls We Let Down”), about women in Sweden living under the threat of honor violence was published.
On 6 October 2006, the new Swedish coalition government which emerged from the election announced Sabuni’s appointment as the new Minister for Integration and Gender Equality. She is the first person of African descent to be appointed as Minister in the Swedish government.
Sabuni’s appointment as Minister for Integration and Gender Equality was met with protests from some Swedish Muslims, who accused her of Islamophobia and populism. A petition against her appointment was signed by the Muslim Association of Sweden, reportedly the largest organization representing Muslims in Sweden.
She resigned on 21 January 2013, citing that her successor should be prepared prior to the 2014 general election.