Francisca Oteng Mensah is a 23-year old and the youngest to be elected into office as a parliamentarian in Ghana’s 4th republic.
The young lady under the New Patriotic Party ran for the representative seat for the Kwabre East Constituency. Born on February 14, 1990, Ms. Francisca Oteng Mensah will become the first university undergraduate to become a parliamentarian in the West African nation. She will be the youngest to enter parliament when it resumes for its next session in 2017.
Ms Mensah is a third year law student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She is the daughter of Ghanaian businessman, Dr. Oteng Gyasi, owner of the Angel Group of Companies, an international textile company.
Last year when she put in the bid to run for a parliamentary seat, many registered their marvel at her age and questioned her capability to effectively running the office and balancing up her education.
She ran for the office and clinched the seat in an overwhelming victory. With 70,688 votes to 15,000 votes, Francisca Oteng Mensah beat National Democratic Congress (NDC) opponent, Iddisah Adams, in a landslide.
During the primaries, she defeated long time and incumbent MP Kofi Frempong. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie the former General Secretary of her party questioned her marketability after she won.
While many are impressed by the political victory of the young lady, many are still skeptical. There are perceptions that her success right from the primaries were attached to the influence and wealth of her father.
Francisca has objected the accusations saying it was on merit. According to her she had always wanted to be a politician.
She went on to say that though she didn’t think she would run for the parliamentary seats, however she is grateful to have gotten there; thanks to her parent’s support and encouragement.