On Wednesday, Botswana’s new president Mokgweetsi Masisi swore in the country’s youngest member of parliament, 30-year-old minister Bogolo Joy Kenewendo
The 30-year-old minister of Investment, Trade and Industry is an economist, media commentator and policy analyst. She first joined parliament in 2016 as a specially elected MP by former president Ian Khama.
Her appointment as a minister makes her the country’s youngest minister and one of few women to ever gain political leadership in Botswana.
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo holds an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex (UK) as a 2012 Chevening Scholar, a BA in Economics from the University of Botswana and she is a certified Project Management practitioner.
The 30-year-old minister Bogolo lived in Ghana after her Masters and worked as a trade economist in Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry after a previous employment as an economic consultant at Econsult Botswana. She has won several awards including the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award by JCI Botswana in 201
She was nominated as one of two Botswana youth delegates to the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, to present a statement of African youth to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Moreover, Joy Bogolo was also a women’s empowerment advocate as she and a friend formed the Molaya Kgosi Women Empowerment group following her Mandela Washington fellowship in 2011 which offered her the opportunity to meet former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.
Of course, Twitter had to react to this one. She is good looking, and smart as compared to what some Twitter users had to say about their retirement village in the name of a administrators/MPS
@mosa_BK Get to SA and have a look at Gogos in the cabinet 🤣
— EnviroMan (@EnviroMan5) April 5, 2018
— Bezi Nkhwa (@irsbn) April 5, 2018
Meet Botswana’s new Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry, Bogolo Joy Kenewendo (30). She also holds the record as having been youngest MP in the country. Bogolo has BA Economics & MSc International Economics degrees. pic.twitter.com/YoJU6hpbwH
— Solomon Izang Ashoms (@SolomonAshoms) April 5, 2018
— ManNotPhutiRatshabedi (@Doc_Phuti) April 5, 2018
Can't keep calm! @BWGovernment just appointed Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry. She is 31!
Africa, we can't go nowhere if we continue to block potential & skills of young people, young women in particular! #Botswana continue to set the bar high pic.twitter.com/Kb2bm6PBmj
— Rosebell Kagumire (@RosebellK) April 5, 2018
Progressive nation, the future in the hands of those who have a chance to see it…..RSA Parly on the other hand is a retirement village
— Sandile Zulu (@SandileRoc) April 5, 2018
The minister is a woman. So what? The pic doesn’t say anything about her experience and whether she is fit for the job. Tell us more
— Fabrice Nze-Bekale (@fnzebekale) April 5, 2018
Fellow African leaders please learn from Botswana 🇧🇼
Don't be putting ancestors like Mugabe to lead us
We need people with sharp minds, people who wanna prove a point, we tired of y'all stubborn heads
Give young people a chance and you'll see everything running smooth
— #HearMyCry (EP) out 28 April🇿🇼🇿🇦 (@ZamoeXbiss) April 5, 2018
Way to go Botswana and let the max age to be in Gov't be 65 – retiring President. In Cameroon Bogolo Kenewendo's grandparents are in charge at 85 – 90 in charge and want to leave govt to the cemetery. Some leaders are afraid of something (what?) – the grave beacons all 🤣😭
— Innocent Awasom (@AwesomeYnnocent) April 5, 2018
— Married to Medicine💉 (@ebbiegael) April 5, 2018
And she is SINGLE, S.I.N.G.L.E
— kgotso olebogeng (@kgotsoolebogeng) April 5, 2018
and in south Africa we are stuck with this fossils who have reached menopause and can't think straight pic.twitter.com/G6RfMy8DMX
— Lioness❤❤❤ (@MahlagoModiba) April 5, 2018
Men she is hot😎😎 but we need more young people in government especially women. Kudos to her.
— ijeoma miriam (@ijeoma_miriam) April 5, 2018
— Daramola Folu Williams (@DaramolaFolu) April 5, 2018
This is the new bloood young people tht I wish the south African government would hire and make ministers not old people who don't even know what they are doing
— kree (@Ms_kree) April 5, 2018
Thanks God she is not married
— Legacy 1807 (@1807Legacy) April 5, 2018