Kelechi (Kaycee) Madu, a Nigerian-born Lawyer and Canadian politician has been named Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Canada’s Alberta province.
With this appointment, by the Premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney, in a cabinet shuffle that saw Madu elevated to the Justice portfolio, Madu becomes the first Black Canadian to occupy such position.
He was elected in the 2019 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and was subsequently appointed to the Executive Council of Alberta as the Minister of Municipal Affairs, until his recent appointment as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
Born and raised in the Southeastern part of Nigeria, Madu attended the University of Lagos, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) Honours degree and was subsequently called to the Nigeria Bar.
In 2005, he migrated to Canada with his wife and has spent his entire professional career fighting for those who lacked means, including at Legal Aid Alberta, and Alberta Hospital – Patients Food Service.
In 2009, he was part of a team that received the Premier’s Award of Excellence, and on March 4, 2020, Kaycee Madu was designated as a Queen’s Counsel, the highest honour awarded to Lawyers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of law and society.
Kaycee Madu is a role model and his appointment is being celebrated both in Alberta and back home in Nigeria.
To Alberta’s Black community his appointment is celebrated as a way to bring needed perspective to the justice system at a time when Albertans have grown more sensitive to racial prejudice.
To Nigeria, Kaycee’s appointment is proof that Nigerians are global players with unlimited capacity to impact the world positively.