The appointment of youths into leadership positions is gradually gaining popularity on the continent. Botswana’s Investment, Trade and Industry minister, Bogolo Kenewendo broke the internet for being the youngest minister on the Batswana Cabinet. Ethiopia’s Dr. Amir Aman was recently appointed as the country’s Health Minister.
Dr. Aman, attended the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa where he did a Masters in Public Health. Until his new appointment he was the junior minister for the health portfolio. He took over as the senior minister for health following the appointment of Dr. Tedros Adhanomi as the Director of World Health Organisation (WHO).
In a Facebook post Dr. Aman said, “I am humbled by my appointment to serve and lead our health sector; it is a call to duty to ensure the “health” of our people – indeed, as the adage aptly states – health is wealth, because a healthy society is a productive society. That is why we view our mission to provide Universal Health Care -that is quality, accessible, affordable and equitable-is fundamentally a human right and a non-negotiable moral imperative.”
Dr. Aman was the Medical Director of Limu Genet Hospital before becoming the Human Resources Development Director at the Ministry of Health. Dr. Aman said, “I want to highlight that we will continue to purposefully seek genuine feedback from all our diverse stakeholders to improve our action. We will also encourage authentic conversations to solve real problems. I will also be looking forward to working with all staff and our stakeholders to jointly tackle our challenges and celebrate our successes. I am confident that with your support, commitment and participation we will be true to our ideals, committed to our actions and be proud of our achievements.”
While Everyone's celebrating #Botswana young trade Minister @BogoloKenewendo #Ethiopia also made history, appointing another young blood to the critical Health Minister position @amirabiy Time for young leaders in #Africa @KeseteA @DrTedros @AdeolaFayehun @cobbo3 @EmmanuelIgunza pic.twitter.com/R9YmKRlPRr
— Naty Berhane Yifru (@Natberh) April 26, 2018
The movement for young people into influential leadership positions is picking up pace on the continent. Last year the theme of the African Union was: Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth. Since then, Nigerian youths have rallied behind the #NotTooYoungToRun bill, and Liberia’s former President Ellen Sirleaf has advocated for youths to take over leadership positions.
Ethiopia’s current Prime Minister is one of the youngest leaders on the continent, at the age of 42. He’s already registered himself as being highly charismatic and a problem solver. An outpouring of congratulatory messages filled social media when news of Ethiopia’s new Health Minister was announced.