Emma Theofelus, 23, appointed on March 23, 2020 by the President of the Republic of Namibia, Hage Geingob, as the new Deputy Minister for Information and Communication Technology, has officially taken office March 24, 2020.
Emma Theofelus holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Namibia, a diploma in African feminism and gender studies from the University of South Africa said to be neither special nor inexperienced. Indeed, she has to her credit several years of experience acquired in various fields.
From 2013 to 2014, at the age of 16, she was junior mayor of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. She was vice-present in the Children’s Parliament, lawyer at the Ministry of Justice, within the Directorate of Legal Services, youth ambassador to the National Commission of Namibia for UNESCO, member of the board of directors of the National Council for Higher Education in Namibia.
In addition to her role as Deputy Minister of ICT, Emma Theofelus who is also the co-founder of the Namibian chapter of the Southern Africa Alliance for Youth Employment has also been appointed a member of the National Assembly. She is one of the eight members whom the President of Namibia is authorized to appoint.
After the Algerian Yacine Oualid, 26, appointed last January Minister Delegate for Start-ups within the Ministry of Microenterprises, Start-ups and the Knowledge Economy, she became the youngest Minister of Africa.