British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a Nigerian, Olukemi Badenoch as Minister For Children and Families in the ongoing cabinet reshuffle.
Africa News24 (AN24) understands that the 39-year old Badenoch is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden.
“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,” she tweeted.
“I look forward to working with the ministerial team and everyone at. 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 @Steve ReedMP who no doubt will be keeping me on my toes!,” Johnson said in a statement confirming the appointment of Badenoch.
What you need to know about the newly appointed minister;
- Badenoch is the Member of Parliament representing Saffron Walden constituency in the UK.
- In her maiden speech on the floor of the British Parliament, Badenoch revealed that she arrived in the UK aged 16.
- Badenoch was born Olukemi Olufunto Adegoke in January 1980 in Wimbledon, London to parents of Nigerian origin.
- Badenoch is married to Hamish Badenoch and they have one daughter and one son
- Badenoch was first elected as Member of Parliament Saffron Walden on 8 June 2017. She is also the first woman to represent that constituency.
- Adegoke joined the Conservative Party in 2005 at the age of 25.