Boris Johnson appoints 39-year-old British-Nigerian as minister

A Nigerian Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch was on Saturday July 27, appointed a Children and Families Minister by the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Olukemi, a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden arrived the UK at the age of 16. The 39-year-old software and IT engineer studied systems engineering at Sussex University and also has a law degree. She is a mother of two and had previously worked in the banking sector for Coutts and RBS.

The Nigerian-born British politician tweeted in acceptance of the new appointment;

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

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 @SteveReedMP who no doubt will be keeping me on my toes!

And finally apologies to anyone who I have not responded to directly. If I don’t follow you, then I won’t have seen anything you posted on twitter. Please send an email instead!

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