UK Prime Minister appoints Nigeria’s Kemi Badenoch as Minister

UK Minister of Children

Nigeria’s Kemi Badenoch has been appointed as the Minister of Children by British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

The 39-year-old Kemi was born in Wimbledon, London by Nigerian parents,  she spent part of her childhood in Lagos and the United States, she moved to the United Kingdom (UK) at the age of sixteen, where she did her A levels in an FE college in London.

She initially worked within the IT sector before going ahead to study Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Sussex. She is a member of the British Computer Society, studied part-time at Birkbeck, University of London and obtained a Law degree in 2009.

She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden on 8 June 2017 following the retirement of former deputy speaker Alan Haselhurst, she became the first woman to represent that constituency.

At the parliament, Kemi Badenoch talked about her experiences of poverty in Nigeria, including living without electricity or functioning water supply and other basic amenities.

She also narrated how she had to do her homework using candles.

In a tweet, She considered her appointment a huge privilege to serve and make positive difference

“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,” she tweeted.

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