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Niger­ian Female: Oluke­mi Olu­fun­to Appoint­ed Min­is­ter in Great Britain

Oluke­mi Olu­fun­to Bade­noch

Britain’s Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son, has appoint­ed Oluke­mi Olu­fun­to Bade­noch, aged 39, as Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies Min­is­ter, as part of his gov­ern­ment reshuf­fle. Bade­noch is a British Con­ser­v­a­tive politi­cian and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) for Saf­fron Walden.

She was born in Wim­ble­don, Lon­don to Niger­ian par­ents. Her child­hood was spent in Lagos and the Unit­ed States. She moved to the Unit­ed King­dom at the age of 16. She has been the MP for Saf­fron Walden since 2017 after replac­ing Nad­him Zawahi.

She once told MPs in Par­lia­ment about her own expe­ri­ences of pover­ty and how she used to do her home­work by can­dle­light.
A soft­ware and IT engi­neer, Bade­noch stud­ied sys­tems engi­neer­ing at Sus­sex Uni­ver­si­ty and also has a law degree. She has worked in the bank­ing sec­tor for Coutts and RBS and is a moth­er of two.

Tweet­ing about her appoint­ment, Bade­noch @KemiBadenoch post­ed on 29 July: “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 @Steve ReedMP who no doubt will be keep­ing me on my toes!”

The minister’s respon­si­bil­i­ties 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.

In her 2017 maid­en speech as MP, the daugh­ter of a GP and a phys­i­ol­o­gy pro­fes­sor, described the vote for Brex­it as “the great­est ever vote of con­fi­dence in the project of the Unit­ed King­dom”.

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