UK PM appoints Badenoch a Nigerian as minister

UK new Elect Prime Minister ‘Boris Johnson, while reshuffling his cabinet has appointed a Nigerian, Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch as Children and Families’ minister.

The British-Nigerian 39-year-old Badenoch is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden.

Badenoch announced her new appointment on Monday, July 29. She tweeted:

The junior minister’s responsibilities include early years policy, including inspection and regulation.

Her portfolio includes delivery of 30 hours free childcare offer, special educational needs including high needs funding, safeguarding in schools and disadvantaged pupils including pupil premium and pupil premium plus.

Badenoch who spent her childhood Lagos, Nigeria and the United States of America were born in Wimbledon, London to Nigerian parents who are a medical doctor and a physiology professor.

She later relocated to the United Kingdom at 16. She has been the MP for Saffron Walden since 2017 after replacing Nadhim Zawahi.

She is a software and IT engineer. She studied systems engineering at Sussex University and also has a law degree. She has worked in the banking sector for Coutts and RBS.

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