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41-year-old Ghanaian appointed head of key ministry in England


41-year-old Sam Gyimah has been appointed Universities and Science Minister in the English government after Prime Minister Theresa May’s reshuffle on Tuesday.

He will be in charge of the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, reports the BBC.

Prior to his appointment, Gyimah was the prisons minister, and before that, he served in parliament as a government whip and parliamentary private secretary to the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, from 2012 to 2013.

Sam Gyimah rose to fame in 2010 when he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for East Surrey following his appointment to the Conservative Party A-List.

Gyimah was born in Buckinghamshire in England in the UK to Ghanaian parents. When he was six, he moved to Ghana with his mother and siblings. He lived in Ghana for the next ten years before moving to the UK for his A-Levels and College.

He worked with Goldman Sachs as an investment banker upon graduation before setting up a recruitment firm with fellow Conservative MP Chris Philp.

Sam Gyimah is married to New Zealander Dr Nicky Black and they have two children.


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