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British Nigerian, Kemi Badenoch appointed UK trade secretary

British-Nigerian politician, Kemi Badenoch has been appointed as the new UK trade secretary by the country’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. 

She takes over from Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who has been appointed as secretary of state for transport.

Prior to resigning from Johnson’s cabinet in July along with some other government officials over the former prime minister’s handling of a series of scandals, Badenoch was the equalities and local government minister.

The 42-year-old had also contested the prime minister position, and finished fourth in the race. Until her appointment as UK trade chief, Badenoch had also served as a junior minister in the treasury.

Born in south London, Badenoch’s parents are of Nigerian origin, and in her maiden speech in the house of commons, she described herself as “to all intents and purposes a first-generation immigrant”.

Editing by Fany Olumoye, Omotola Oguneye