Namibia's youngest MP enters the crucible as Africa's youth lead the way

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Namibia's youngest MP enters the crucible as Africa's youth lead the way

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One of Africa’s youngest cabinet members to date is experiencing a baptism of fire.

Emma Theofelus, 23, was appointed Namibia’s information, communication and technology deputy minister a week after coronavirus hit Namibian shores. “I have literally been learning on the job so far,” she says.

Part of Theofelus’s role is to help lead communication to the public on preventative steps against the pandemic.

The former youth activist and justice ministry legal officer was having a quiet Saturday at home when the surprise call came from State House.

“I have been put in a position, regardless of what limitations I might have, to show up and do the best that I can do,” says Theofelus, who has had to learn very quickly how to navigate governance and political issues.

Click here to read the full article published by The Guardian on 17 April 2020.

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