Emma Theofelus

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Emma Theofelus
Deputy minister of Information, Communication and Technology
In office
27 March 2020 – 20 March 2025
PresidentHage Geingob
Personal details
Born (1996-03-28) March 28, 1996 (age 26)
Namibia
Alma materUniversity of Namibia

Emma Inamutila Theofelus (born 28 March 1996) is a Namibian politician, currently serving as deputy minister of Information, Communication and Technology.

Career[edit]

Theofelus is a former youth activist, having served as deputy speaker of the Children's Parliament from 2013 to 2018.[1] She started her career after she completed a law degree[2] at the University of Namibia, as legal officer in the Ministry of Justice. The call from the State House came as a surprise.[3]

The appointment of younger leaders to high office is not entirely new in Africa.[4] Theophelus was appointed Namibia's deputy minister of Information, Communication and Technology in March 2020, as part of Hage Geingob's second term cabinet.[5] In her role, she was tasked with assisting in leading public communication on preventative steps against Namibia's COVID-19 pandemic.[6] At the time of cabinet appointment, Theofelus was 23 and one of Africa's youngest cabinet ministers.[6] She is also a board member of the National Council of Higher Education.[7]

As a deputy minister, she led the country’s public communication campaign on COVID-19 preventions in Namibia, and as a Member of Parliament, her motion enabled feminine hygiene products to be identified as a tax-free commodity. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Theofelus was a member of the Namibia chapter of AfriYAN, a regional youth-led organisation, where she led pioneering efforts to fight teen pregnancy and protect young people’s sexual and reproductive health.[8]

Achievements[edit]

In 2020 she was judged to be one of 100 most influential African women, the youngest person on this list.[9] Ms. Theofelus received the 2022 United Nations Population Award individual laureate award for her work advocating for women’s empowerment and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Namibia[8]

Interests[edit]

Her legislative interests are parliament oversight, parliamentary self-development, E-parliament, climate change legislation, youth participation in parliament, and parliamentary research[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Theofilus, Emma". www.parliament.na. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  2. ^ Ngatjiheue, Charmaine (24 March 2020). "Nam's youngest MP takes office". The Namibian.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Plessis, Carien du (2020-04-17). "Namibia's youngest MP enters the crucible as Africa's youth lead the way". the Guardian. Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  4. ^ "Namibia's youngest MP enters the crucible as Africa's youth lead the way". TheGuardian.com. 17 April 2020.
  5. ^ Ikela, Selma (2020-03-24). "Born-free prepares for ministerial job". New Era Live. Retrieved 2020-04-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b du Plessis, Carien (17 April 2020). "Namibia's youngest MP enters the crucible as Africa's youth lead the way". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  7. ^ "Ms. Emma Inamutila Theofelus". NCHE. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Pioneering 25-year-old parliamentarian from Namibia and National Population and Family Planning Board in Indonesia win 2022 UN Population Award". UNFPA ESARO. 2022-06-14. Retrieved 2022-07-28.
  9. ^ Siririka, Paheja (21 August 2020). "Geingos, Theofelus among 100 most influential women". New Era.

External links[edit]

  • "Deputy Minister". Republic of Namibia: Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.