British-Nigerian Kemi Badenoch has announced her intention to become the next British Prime Minister.
Badenoch resigned from government as equalities minister on July 6, 2022, and two days later, launched a bid to replace Boris Johnson as the new Conservative leader.
Here are a few facts about her.
1. Badenoch was born Olukemi Olufunto Adegoke on January 2, 1980, in London to parents of Nigerian origin.
2. Her father, Femi was a doctor and her mother, Feyi was a professor of physiology.
3. She has two siblings; a brother named Fola and a sister called Lola.
4. She spent her childhood days in Lagos, Nigeria before moving back to the UK at 16.
5. She studied systems engineering at Sussex University and also studied law part-time at Birkbeck, University of London.
6. She has worked as a maths tutor, a systems analyst, and digital director.
7. Badenoch joined the Conservative Party in 2005 at the age of 25.
8. She has been both a primary and secondary school governor, holding the role at St Thomas the Apostle College, a Catholic secondary school in Southwark, south London, and Jubilee Primary School, in Lambeth, south London.
9. She was first elected as Member of Parliament Saffron Walden on 8 June 2017 and is also the first woman to represent that constituency.
10. She became a vice-chair of the Conservative Party in January in 2018, a role that put her in charge of selecting candidates for the 2022 general election.
11. She voted for Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement in early 2019.
12. Badenoch was appointed the new junior minister for Children and Families by Boris Johnson, The UK Prime Minister in July 2019.
13. She is married to Hamish Badenoch and they have two daughters and a son.