A Nigerian-born Canadian, Kaycee Madu, has been become the first black justice minister and solicitor general of Alberta, a province in Canada.
Making the announcement on Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney said: “Madu is a man who has experienced racial prejudice firsthand and can bring that sensitivity to this important role. I am excited to have him in that position.”
The 47-year-old man, born and raised in South-east Nigeria, was elevated to the justice portfolio from Municipal Affairs in a cabinet shuffle.
Madu graduated from the University of Lagos with a law degree in 2001. He has practised law in both Nigeria and Alberta.
Earlier the year, Madu was designated as a Queen’s Counsel by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta via an Order-in-Council. Queen’s Counsel is the highest honour awarded to lawyers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of law and society.
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