Patience Masua, 23-year-old Namibia’s youngest Member of Parliament, Education Advocate, Youth Activist and Constitutionalist doubles as the Founder and Chairwoman of Patience Masua Foundation, a Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) alumnus, and a former Namibian Country Director of the Southern Africa Youth Forum (SAYOF).
She was appointed Member of Parliament by President Hage Geingob in April 2021 following the resignation of Defence Minister Vilho becoming Namibia’s Youngest MP. She previously served as the Secretary General of Namibia National Students Organization (NANSO) and as Speaker of Student Parliament of the University of Namibia (UNAM) SRC.
Hon. Patience Masua completed her high school at Delta Secondary School Windhoek where she served as Deputy Head Girl in the Learners Representative Council. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Honours in Law from the University of Namibia (UNAM) and a Certificate from International Humanitarian Law from Institute of International and Comparative Law in Africa.
In one of her speeches Patience Masua stated that, “No Namibia student with the capacity, willingness and qualification should be denied acess to higher education with ‘funding’ as a barrier.”
Furthermore she is known for saying, “I don’t succumb to the politics of likability because I don’t sing for my supper, I work for it. So trust that if you are not performing as per your mandate, I will call it out. Capacity has to meet power. ‘Business unusual’ it surely is.”
According to her, “Much of the colonially entrenched suffering that we still face today can be solved if we answer the land question. It is about the land – this is why they forcefully took it. We must decisively answer the land question.”
Credit: Women Power Africa