Meet – Hon. Emma Theofelus, newly appointed Minister of Information and Communication Technology of the Republic of Namibia.
The 27-year-old remarkable leader is considered as one of the Youngest Cabinet Minister in Africa.
She previously served as Deputy Minister Of Information and Communication Technology, from March 2020 to February 2024.
Hon. Emma Theofelus is a multi award-winning Member of Parliament, Lawyer and Social Justice Advocate.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Honors in Law from the University of Namibia, a Diploma in Business Management from Amity University and a Diploma in Afrikan Feminism and Gender Studies from the University of South Africa.
She has successfully served as Secretary General of the University of Namibia Student Union, Youngest Member of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians, Legal Advisor to NANSO, Deputy Speaker of Children’s Parliament of the Republic of Namibia and Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek.
On 22 March 2020, at age 23, Hon. Emma Theofilus was sworn in as Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology.
Her awards and accolades include – Laureate in the Individual Category of the United Nations Population Award 2022, the BBC 100 Most Influential Women in the World 2021, Avance Media 100 Most Influential Young Africans 2020 & 2021, St. Gallen Leader of Tomorrow, Avance Media 100 Most Influential African Women 2020 & 2021, the New African 100 Most Influential Africans of 2020 and the Reputation Poll 100 Most Reputable Africans 2020.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my country at this level and appreciate the journey of a lifetime so far.”
“Representation is important. It’s important to empower more women to take up these spaces in public office and political decision-making so that they’re able to overturn patriarchal systems that continue to hold women back,” said Hon. Emma Theofelus.
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