- The youngest member of parliament in Ghana is Francisca Oteng, who is only 27 years old
- Francisca is the daughter of Dr Kwaku Oteng, a doctor and businessman who runs the Angel Group of Companies
- In 2019, the youngster was recognised as the ninth-best legislator
Francisca Oteng, the daughter of Mrs Joyce Oteng and Dr Kwaku Oteng, a doctor and businessman who is the C.E.O of the Angel Group of Companies, is the youngest legislator in Ghana.
She is the member of parliament for Kwabre East Constituency in the Ashanti Region who was awarded as the ninth-best legislator in the year 2019.
Francisca entered parliament after the 2016 elections when she was only 24 years old by which time she was enrolled at the university and was in her final year pursuing LLB at the College of Humanities.
She beat the incumbent Kofi Frimpong with 321 votes in an area known to be a hub of the then-opposition party and coincidentally gave the NPP a chunk of its votes.
Oteng Mensah once made headlines when she donated her three-month salary along with taxi cabs to her constituents as part of the fulfilment of her campaign promise.
On another occasion, three years ago, she was in the news for graduating with a second class upper, which was a remarkable feat for a student MP.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on another young politician who has served her country with dignity. Jacinda Ardern's first term in office as prime minister of New Zealand has been characterised with some challenges including a major terrorist attack, a deadly volcanic eruption and a pandemic.
Prime Minister Ardern is the first prime minister to have dealt with such challenges.
She faced all these challenges while nursing a baby as the politician gave birth to her first child in 2018.
Prime Minister Ardern, who assumed office in 2017, is serving as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand and she is the leader of the Labour Party. Despite all of the challenges she has faced, Ardern has come out more popular than when she was elected.
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