A Nigerian Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch was on Saturday, July 27, appointed the 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 in 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.
Badenoch voted for the UK to leave the EU in the 2016 Brexit vote, which aligns her with Johnson’s agenda.
”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!” she wrote.
Badenoch is the first woman to represent the constituency of Saffron Walden, a position she first held on June 2017.