Boris Johnson Appoints British-Nigerian As Minister
Boris Johnson, Britain’s Prime Minister, has appointed Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch, as Children and Families Minister. He did this in a move to reshuffle his cabinet in his own tenure. Mrs Kemi Badenoch is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden.
She is 39 and was born in Wimbledon, London, to Nigerian parents. She spent her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, and the United States, before finally moving to the UK at 16.
Mrs Badenoch, who is a software and IT Engineer, once shared her grass to grace story to the MPs in the Parliament, and how she used to do her homework by candlelight.
She studied systems engineering at Sussex University and also has a law degree, and has worked in the banking sector for Coutts and RBS. She is also a mother of two.
Tweeting about her appointment, Mrs Badenoch @KemiBadenoch posted on 29 July:
“I’m humbled to have been appointed a junior minister at the DfE. A huge privilege to be able to serve and make a positive difference on a number of issues close to my heart. I look forward to working with the ministerial team and everyone at @educationgovuk …(1/3)”
“Thank you for all good wishes and kind messages of support received. I also look forward to working not just with @Conservatives colleagues but cross-party and grateful for the warm welcome from @TracyBrabin and @SteveReedMP who no doubt will be keeping me on my toes! (2/3)”
Her appointment has generated a lot of accolades from prominent Nigerians. They have congratulated both Mr Johnson and Mrs Badenoch on the development.