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Nigerian Kemi Badenoch Appointed UK Junior Minister for Children and Families

Who Is She?

Mrs. Badenotch was born in 1980 in Wimbledon UK to Nigerian parents. She spent her early life in Lagos before setting in the UK at the age of 16. She got married to Anglo-Irish Hamish Badenotch in 2012 and has two children. She welcomed her appointment on Monday, July 29 with the following statement:

“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!”

Note the following about Kemi Badenotch:

  • She was born in Wimbledon, in 1980, to parents of Nigerian origin.
  • She is a Computer Systems Engineering graduate turned politician and now Undersecretary of state for Children and Families.
  • She joined the conservative party in 2005 while she was 25 years old.
  • She is the first woman to represent the Saffron Walden constituency in parliament, in June 2017.
  • In her first speech as Member of Parliament in the UK, she revealed the fact that she arrived the UK at the age of 16.
  • Badenotch’s views are clearly in alignment with PM Johnson’s agenda proven by the fact that she voted for the UK to leave the European Union.
  • Despite being a conservative, she is open to working across party lines as she assumes her new office. To quote her; “I look forward to working not just with @Consevatives colleagues but also cross party.

Her journey is proof that no matter where you spend the majority of your childhood, with hard work and persistence, you can make it in any society where you find yourself. Congratulations Kemi Badenotch.

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