The CEO of Kenewendo Advisory became the youngest minister in Botswana’s history. Aware of the difficulties of growing professionally in the country, he advocated from the outset to promote opportunities for young people. In his messages he makes special mention to girls and women referring to the fact that she would like to end inequalities from a position of power.
Bogolo J. Kenewendo was born in a small village called Mopoti, located in botswana’s central district. She lived a childhood in which the sense of unity and solidarity was very present in the community around her. Something that continues to accompany her and what she claims will always inspire her.
The first years of training were taken at a local school to later enroll in Economics at the University of Botswana. After completing the studies, she joined the cabinet of Imani Development, allowing her to conduct research on the financial crisis in the country.In addition, sxhe has conducted important studies on the readiness of public services for AIDS, through visits to various regions with other Health and Development Africa scientists, to collect and analyze data. Another organization for which he worked studying Bostsuana’s macroeconomic factors is Econsult. She focused on public debt management and export promotion. All this gave it a great reputation abroad and comprehensive knowledge of the country’s economic situation and the political needs that were required to improve its different areas.
In 2015, the President of Ghana proposed to join the Ministry of Trade and Enterprise, where he contributed to the facilitation of negotiations for a bilateral agreement between Ghana and the World Trade Organization, among other contributions. The period during which he carried out this task was crucial in the emergence of his political concern and the growth of a great pan-Africanist sentiment.
Thus, in 2015, the President of Ghana proposed her to join the Ministry of Trade and Enterprise, where she contributed to the facilitation of negotiations for the bilateral agreement between Ghana and the World Trade Organization, among other contributions. The period during which she held this post was crucial in the emergence of her political restlessness and the growth of a strong pan-Africanist sentiment.In fact, she drafted and presented a statement on the situation and challenges of African youth to the UN General Assembly. And she participated in the US President’s Young African Leaders Initiative, an initiative to empower and bet on African youth leadership led by the US presidency. This experience allowed her to meet, along with other colleagues who participated in the initiative, the former first lady Michelle Obama in a talk that turned out to be the key point of Molaya Kgosi’s creation. leadership and mentoring program for young African women.
One of the great achievements with which Bogolo Kenewendo has contributed to the fight against inequalities is that, in 2017, he succeeded in getting the National Assembly to pass a law so that schools would guarantee young students the necessary sanitary supplies for menstruation periods – a fact that makes it difficult to attend class – and promote another law to reduce taxes on tampons.
In 2018 she was appointed Minister of Investment, Trade and Business. Her goal and her work in this position are focused on working for a future for young people by creating new jobs and possibilities. Among the reforms that she has carried out, she highlights the reduction of costs and time to start a business, introduce a digital economy strategy and the development of electronic commerce or achieve an increase in foreign direct investment.
Her professional background supports one of the advice that she tries to convey, especially to women, in interviews such as that of the African Feminism cybermedia: “Never let anyone make you believe that you are not enough. You are enough. Public spaces, leadership spaces, business spaces are also feminine spaces. “