Emma Theofelus: Namibia’s Youngest Female MP

Minister Emma Theofelus is a 24 year old law graduate who can be considered as Africa’s youngest member of parliament was part of Nambian President Hage Geingob’s list of eight non-voting members announced on March 21, 2020 and sworn in on March 22, 2020. She was appointed Namibia’s Information and Technology Deputy Minister.

As an avid debater, she has previously served in various positions at Nanso High School as Deputy Mayor and Deputy Speaker of the Children’s Parliament of Namibia.

She has also worked with various youth groups, such as Global Shapers Windhoek. She rose in those ranks and her efforts appear to have earned her a spot in the nation’s parliament.

Honorable Emma Theofelus (immediate left) and other youth discussants at a forum

Minister Emma Theofelus is widely known in the Namibian civil society fraternity as “highly capable” and committed young activist and leader.

Before her life-changing appointment, she was employed as a legal officer in the Ministry of Justice where she dealt with drafting human rights reports as well as implementing the human rights strategy of the nation, among others.

Credit: Women Power Africa

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