Kemi Badenoch of Nigerian descent appointed UK trade secretary
Badenoch was elected to the House of Commons in 2017 as the Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Kemi Badenoch, a British-Nigerian member of parliament, was named to the UK prime minister Liz Truss’ cabinet on Tuesday.
According to Pulse, Badenoch competed for the position of British Prime Minister as a Conservative Party member and reached the top five in July 2022.
In 2017, Badenoch became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden and was elected to the Commons.
She has also expressed her opinions loudly on matters like “anti-woke” and “gender-neutral toilets.” Likewise, a former minister for equal opportunities announced her intention to run for prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), promising “limited government” and “a focus on the essentials.”
The Treasury, Foreign Office, and Home Affairs would be the first “great offices of state” in British history to have no white employees in the top cabinet positions, according to Truss’s current selections.
Reacting to her appointment via Twitter, Badenoch said “Delighted to start my new job at @tradegovuk! Looking forward to unleashing Global Britain’s full potential so we can create more jobs, more growth and more opportunity across the UK“
British politician Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch has been the Board of Trade’s President and Secretary of State for International Trade since 2022. From 2021 to 2022, she held the positions of Minister of State for Equalities and Minister of State for Local Government, Faith and Communities.
Born to Nigerian parents in Wimbledon, London, Badenoch spent some of her early years in Lagos and the United States before moving back to the country at the age of 16. She worked as a software developer at Logica following her graduation from the University of Sussex before beginning her legal studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Later, Badenoch followed a career in banking and had positions at Coutts and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
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