British PM appoints Nigerian as Minister

Aisha John-Mark with agency report

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Prime minister Boris Johnson has appointed a Nigerian, Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch as Children and Families’ Minister, as part of his government reshuffle.

Badenoch made the announcement of her new appointment on Monday, July 29 via her twitter handle: “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.”

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

Kemi Badenoch was first elected as Member of Parliament Saffron Walden on 8 June 2017 and also the first woman to represent that constituency.

Badenoch’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 was born in Wimbledon, London to Nigerian parents who are medical doctor and a physiology professor, she later relocated to the United Kingdom at 16.

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