The youth are more often than not referred to as “Future Leaders”, denoting that they will get their chance at leadership in the either near or distant future, in the absence of today’s leaders. But in Namibia, they are trying to change this by making the youth part of governance and leadership today.
At 22 years old, Hon. Patience Masua is Namibia’s youngest Member of Parliament. She was appointed as a Member of Parliament by President Hage Geingob in April 2021 following Defence Minister Peter Vilho’s resignation, making her Namibia’s and one of Africa’s youngest MP.
With a history of serving as the Secretary-General of Namibia National Students Organization (NANSO) and as the Speaker of the University of Namibia (UNAM) Student Representative Council (SRC), Hon. Masua holds a Bachelor of Laws( LLB) from the University of Namibia ( UNAM) and previously served as the Head Girl of Delta Secondary School in Windhoek.
Apart from her work in politics, Patience is very passionate about empowering young people through education and currently serves as the Namibian Country Director of the Southern Africa Youth Forum (SAYOF).
Hon. Masua is also the Founder and Director of Patience Masua Foundation ( PMF Africa). An organization that she Founded to continue her work on empowering young people through education and development opportunities.