Nigerian-born Kaycee Madu, has been appointed as the justice minister and solicitor general of Alberta, a province in Canada.
Thank you, everyone, for all the well wishes. I am beyond humbled to accept my new role as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General – where I will pursue fairness, equality, and justice for all with every ounce of strength I have. More here: https://t.co/nmLf4bbsC3 #ableg pic.twitter.com/tHt8JrEthr
— Kaycee Madu (@KayceeMaduYEG) August 25, 2020
The 47-year-old is the first black man to occupy either Provincial or Federal Justice positions of the Justice Minister, Attorney General or Solicitor General in the country.
Madu was born and raised in South-east Nigeria, he graduated from the University of Lagos with a law degree in 2001 and has practised law in Nigeria and Alberta.
He moved to Canada in 2005 along with his family.
With the new appointment, the Nigerian born replaces Doug Schweitzer, the new minister of jobs, economy and innovation.
Felicitations pour in
President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, rejoiced with Madu for making history as the first African born provincial Minister in Canadian history, and also the Provincial Secretary and Keeper of the Great Seal of the Province of Alberta.
The President, who described the honour as “landmark and historic,” said “it once again pedestals people of Nigerian descent as go-getters, who distinguish themselves in different walks of life.”
The Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) in its congratulatory message posted on Twitter noted; “Kaycee Madu is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2019 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Edmonton-South West.”
Dabiri-Erewa congratulates Madu, the first Nigerian Black Canadian Minister
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) August 27, 2020
Jason Kennedy described Madu as a trailblazer who’s story has been inspiring.
Very pleased to count a trailblazer like @KayceeMaduYEG on our team.
From the beginning, Kaycee’s story has been absolutely inspiring to all of us.
Now he is writing the next chapter as the first Black Justice Minister in Canadian history.https://t.co/pRjQSncc4A
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) August 26, 2020