Kelechi “Kaycee” Madu, the new Minister of Justice and Solicitor-General of Alberta, Canada, has thanked Nigerians for their support and prayers.
The Nigerian-born lawyer was elevated to his new role last week, making him the first African to occupy such position in Canada.
His appointment has been greeted with excitement in Nigeria, with the federal government and Ohanaeze Ndigbo also congratulating him.
Reacting to the overwhelming shower of praise from Nigerians, Kaycee Madu said he “look forward to the day when Nigeria and Africa become places where hard work and merit are rewarded.”
Also in an interview with BBC after his appointment, Madu said: “I’ve always said my story could only have been possible in my province of Alberta.
“I love my home country, Nigeria, but there is no question that I look forward to a day when my fellow countrymen and women in that country can achieve their God-given potential, regardless of the part of the country they come from and regardless of who their parents are.”
A native of Mbaise in Imo state, Madu, who studied law at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), left Nigeria for Canada 15 years ago.
Madu has served in different capacities in the country. He has worked for Legal Aid Alberta, and volunteered with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the Lawyer Referral Program of the Law Society of Alberta.
In addition to his legal practice, Madu has also acquired years of experience in the public service in Alberta; he once worked as a senior technical advisor for the Government of Alberta in areas of legislative and regulatory reviews, operational and strategic public policies, issues management and stakeholder consultation.
He was elected to the legislative assembly of Alberta in April 2019, and was later appointed minister of municipal affairs.
In 2009, barely four years after arriving in Canada, he was part of a team that received the Premier’s Award of Excellence award (bronze medal category), a recognition preserved for “Alberta Public Service employees as well as select boards, commissions and agencies for superior client service and business-excellence practices.”