Meet Emma Theofelus: 23 year Old Namibian politician, currently serving as deputy minister of Information, Communication and Technology
Emma Inamutila Theofelus, a politician from Namibia, was born on March 28, 1996. She is the deputy minister of information, communication, and technology at the moment.
Theofelus was a former youth activist who served as the Children’s Parliament’s deputy speaker from 2013 to 2018. She began her work as a legal officer at the Ministry of Justice after earning a law degree from the University of Namibia. It was unexpected to receive the call from the State House.
Younger people are frequently appointed to top positions in Africa. As a member of Hage Geingob’s second term cabinet, Theophelus was named Namibia’s deputy minister of information, communication, and technology in March 2020.
She had the responsibility of assisting in organizing public outreach regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia.
Theofelus was one of Africa’s youngest cabinet ministers when he was appointed to the government at the age of 23.
She is on the National Council for Higher Education’s board as well.
As Namibia’s deputy minister, she oversaw the nation’s public education program on COVID-19 preventions, and as a member of parliament, she sponsored the resolution that made feminine hygiene products a tax-free good.
Ms. Theofelus developed innovative initiatives to combat teen pregnancy and safeguard the sexual and reproductive health of young people while serving as a member of the Namibia chapter of the regional youth-led organization AfriYAN prior to her appointment.
Africa’s youngsters are setting the pace as Namibia’s youngest MP enters the fray.
The youngest person on this list, she was chosen as one of the 100 most influential African women in 2020.
Ms. Theofelus was honored as the individual laureate of the 2022 United Nations Population Award for her efforts in Namibian advocacy for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and women’s empowerment.