1 September 2020
A Nigerian-born, Kaycee Madu became the first Nigerian to be appointed as a minister in the history of Canada. He was made Canada’s new minister of justice. He expressed in his appreciation to Nigerians and that he looks forward to the “day when Nigeria and Africa become places where hard work and merit are rewarded”.
He was born and raised in southeastern Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, Nigeria where he read law in 2001. Kaycee Madu and his family relocated to Canada in 2005. He has practised law in Nigeria and Alberta and he was first elected as a Member of Legislative Assemblies (MLA) in the April 2019 general election. He was elevated to the position of the minister of justice from Municipal Affairs in a cabinet shuffle that saw Calgary-Elbow MLA Doug Schweitzer deployed to the Economic portfolio, according to Canada’s CBC report. The president of the Edmonton-based African Canadian Civic Engagement Council, Dunia Nur, describes Madu has a role model for the community. Canadian Premier, Jason Kenney, described Madu as “a man who has experienced racial prejudice firsthand and can bring that sensitivity to this important role,” while saying; “I’m excited to have him in that position.” While appreciating well wishes from Nigerians and Africans after the news of him becoming the Edmonton-South West minister Minister of Justice and Solicitor General in a twitter post, he thanked Nigerians and Nigerians in Diaspora (NiDCOM) for their support and prayers.