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Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch
Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch

Nigerian Lady Has Been Named UK’s Parliamentary Secretary Of State

Jayfred Ugo

Nigerians are rooted across cities and countries in the diaspora but when they achieve great things or attain notable feats, no matter where they are in the world, Nigeria will always notice and celebrate them.

Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch was born in Wimbledon, London, to Nigerian parents in January 1980. On Monday, she was appointed United Kingdom's Parliamentary Secretary of State for children and families at the Department of Education in London.

Kemi spent her childhood on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria, before moving to the United Kingdom at the age of 16, where she studied Computer System Engineering at the University of Sussex. She went on to work as a software engineer at Logica, as a System Analyst at RBS, and as an associate director at Coutts. Her last job before she joined politics was at 'The Spectator’ magazine where she was appointed director.

In 2005, Kemi Badenoch had already joined a conservative part at a young age of 25. In 2017, she was elected Member of Parliament for the Saffron Walden constituency in the United Kingdom. She admitted recently that, growing up, she saw Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, and Airey Neave as her personal heroes and now referendums in her political career.