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British Prime Minister appoints a Nigerian as Minister

British-Nigerian, Olukemi Olufunke Badenoch has been appointed by Boris Johnson, the new British Prime Minister as Children and Families’ Minister.

The 39-year old was born in Wimbledon, England but lived in Lagos, Nigeria, and the United States up until the age of 16 and left for the United Kingdom.

She’s a Conservative politician and Member of Parliament representing Saffron Walden. She has been MP since 2017 replacing Nadhim Zawahi.

Prior to becoming MP, she is an IT and Software Engineer. She has a Law degree and also studied Systems Engineering at the University of Sussex. She worked in the Finance & Banking sectors for Courts and RBS.

Her responsibilities as Minister include early years policy, including 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.

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