Emma Theofelus, Namibia's Minister for ICT. [PHOTO: COURTESY]

Emma Theofelus, a 27-year-old Namibian politician, made history by being appointed Africa’s youngest serving minister. President Nangolo Mbumba entrusted her with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) minister role, making her the youngest woman government minister in Africa and Namibia.

Born on March 28, 1996, Theofelus had previously served as a member of parliament and the deputy minister of ICT in Namibia. Her notable contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic, where she played a key role in public communication on preventative measures, earned her recognition.

Theofelus holds an LLB Honours Degree 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. Her achievements include being awarded a Laureate in the Individual Category of the United Nations Population Award in June 2022 and being named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women in the World in 2021.

She is also an Amujae Leader 2023 under the mentorship of H.E Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf. She serves on the Boards of Africa REACH and NalaFEM and was nominated in the BBC’s top 100 Most Influential Women. The young minister has been an advocate for youth empowerment and sustainable development since 2009, championing the recognition of children’s rights in Namibia and collaborating with global youth organizations.