British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Nigerian Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch as a junior minister in his cabinet as a new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The 39-year-old Badenoch was born in London but grew up in Lagos Nigeria but left the country back to the UK at 16.
She is the mother of two children as Children and Families’ minister. She has been appointed after the British government reshuffle.
Badenoch is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden.
Badenoch welcomed her new appointment on Monday, July 29.
“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 wrote on her Twitter page.
“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!” She added.
“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!” She concluded.
The junior minister’s responsibilities include the early year’s policy, 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.
Who is Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch?
Badenoch who spent her childhood Lagos, Nigeria and the United States of America was born in Wimbledon, London to Nigerian parents who are a medical doctor and a physiology professor.
She is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden. Adegoke was born in Wimbledon, London to parents of Nigerian origin. Her childhood was spent in Lagos, Nigeria, and the United States.
She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of sixteen. After studying Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Sussex, she worked as a software engineer at Logica. Adegoke went on to work at RBS as a systems analyst before working as an associate director at Coutts and later as a director at The Spectator magazine.
In 2012, Badenoch unsuccessfully contested a seat at the London Assembly. Three years later, Badenoch was selected as a London Assembly member after Suella Braverman and Victoria Borwick declined their seats after being elected as MPs at the 2015 general election. She supported Brexit in the 2016 EU membership referendum.
Badenoch 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.