MEET KEMI BADENOCH, THE ONLY AFRICAN WOMAN APPOINTED AS UK MINSTER
By: Chino Opara
How much do you know about the Nigerian that the new British Prime
Minister, Boris Johnson, appointed as a junior Minister for Children
She is a British – Nigerian, Kemi Badenoch..
Badenoch, 39, was born in January, 1980, at Wimbledon as Olukemi Olufunto Adegboke, to parents of Nigeria origin and spent most of her childhood in Lagos for elementary school.
Badenoch, returned from Nigeria to the UK at 16 where she studied systems engineering at Sussex University, later a law degree and has worked in Information Technology and banking sectors, including for RBS and Coutts. Kemi, a staunch backer of Brexit, and a member of the conservatives in the UK, got married to Hamish Badenoch in 2012 and they have two children a boy and a girl.
She was elected to parliament in 2017, representing Saffron Walden, having previously served for the conservatives in the London Assembly.
During her maiden speech at the parliament, in 2017, Kemi explained how she was granted her British citizenship at the age of 16. While describing the British parliament as the greatest on earth, Kemi discussed her passion for children, free and equity driven society.
Today, Kemi Badenoch has been appointed as the junior minister for children and families by the British Prime Minister and her appointment was made public by the Minister himself.
In a series of tweets, Badenoch said, “I’m humbled to have been appointed a junior minister at the DfE. A huge privilege to be able to serve and make a difference on a number of issues close to my heart I look forward to working with the ministerial team and everyone at @educationgov.uk.
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