Meet Botswana’s 30-Year-Old Female Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Bogolo Kenewendo

The 30 year old Bogolo Joy Kenewendo one of the ministers appointed by Botswana’s new president Mokgweetsi Masisi, who in his inaugural address pledged to invest in the youth and create job opportunities for them.

The Trade and Industry Minister becomes Botswana’s youngest ever minister, two years after she was appointed by the former president Ian Khama as a member of parliament.

Her pictures have gone viral on social media as people across Africa are praising her appointment as a step in the right direction.

Here are some photos of the beautiful Bogolo Joy Kenewendo:

While some social media users have cautioned against celebrating her appointment simply because of her age, Kenewendo is no stranger to the portfolio she’s been tasked to manage.

Kenewendo founded Molaya Kgosi, a women leadership and mentorship programme which was inspired by the young African women leaders’ forum which was hosted by Michelle Obama in 2011.

She holds an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and was a recipient of a prestigious Chevening Scholarship in 2012. which she specialize in Macroeconomic policy, public debt management, trade policy, export development, trade in services, regulatory frameworks, trade related issues, trade and investment policy, industrial development policy, institutional frameworks for policy formulation, poverty alleviation, financial sector development

The youngest minister was part of former President Ian Khama’s Private-Public Dialogue structure – a body aimed at taking on the struggles of Botswana’s private sector.

She was one of two Botswana youth delegates to the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. As part of this responsibility, she was nominated to present a statement of African youth to the Secretary General of the United Nations

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