Since 1992 he has been part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as deputy minister and, from 2010, as minister for foreign affairs, even against the wishes of some members of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). The decision was made by José Eduardo dos Santos. Practicing serious, credible and sustainable diplomacy, able to transmit confidence, is one of the factors guiding the political character of Chikoti.
You have stood out as a political activist since you were young and even formed the Angolan Democratic Forum. What are your recollections of these times in which this party was formed?
The Angolan Democratic Forum came about at a time in which I had begun to think that the war UNITA was provoking to conquer an independent Angola was not warranted. So, in 1989, together with some other colleagues, I formed the Angolan Democratic Forum. It was way for us to fight for the democracy and for the human rights of our country.
In academic terms you went to the Ivory Coast and Paris. How would you describe this period?
My education was marked by various influences. First of all a Portuguese-speaking influence, where I did part of my primary education, until 1964; then, when I and my family fled the Portuguese colonial regime and went to Zambia, I completed my secondary education there, in 1975. Later I returned to Angola, at a time in which we were heading towards independence. There was a troubled environment at the time, but even so I stayed until 1977. After this date, I left for the Ivory Coast, where I did my university studies and completed a Master's Degree in Geographical Sciences in 1985. I then went to France, where I enrolled in the University of Paris 12. In 1988 I emigrated to Canada, where I worked for some time in the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Once on Canadian soil, I attended Ottawa University, where I got my diploma in International Relations and I also worked as an assistant professor.