#TFAAspotlight: Alengot Oromait is proof that leaders come in every age

Proscovia Alengot Oromait is a Ugandan politician who served as a member of parliament (MP) for Usuk County, Katakwi District from 2011 to 2016. At age 19, she was the youngest member of parliament in Uganda; and in Africa. Alengot was brave and forged on despite critics who argued her that candidature was a big joke and that she should have been in school chasing her career instead.

  1. Alengot was in the 2013 class of 20 Young Power Women in Africa: the continent’s emerging power brokers, the Amazons to watch, and the custodians of tomorrow.
  2. She was nominated for The Future Awards Prize for African Young Person of the Year, 2014.
  3. She is on the 100 Most Influential Young Africans list, 2016 – released by Africa Youth Awards: recognising the exploits of young African change-makers.
  4. She has been known to deal with such issues related to the environment, education, health policy and gender.
  5. Alengot is highly reputed for her leadership qualities, tact and zeal. Having been mentored by several women including Jessica Alupo, Uganda’s former Minister of Education.
  6. When asked how she manages her time, she said, “Because I am a Christian, I do not booze (take alcohol). My free time is for the Bible and reading my novels…that is how my life is”.
  7. Alengot is, indeed, an inspiration to women and young Africans around the world.

She is relatively quiet now, but is still in the books as the youngest parliamentarian yet!


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