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Who is Adjany Costa, the youngest minister in Angola's history?

It is likely that Adjany Costa's name is familiar to you, either because you read it in several media outlets this Tuesday or because you were at the mouths of the world last year for a UN environmental award. But who is Adjany Costa, the newest minister in the country's history?


Adjany da Silva Freitas was born in 1989 and is a native of the province of Huambo. Until now she was a biologist, collector of research, expeditions, awards and various distinctions. Now she is a member of João Lourenço's Executive. The government reshuffle 'forced' by cost containment in view of the covid-19 pandemic was the door that opened for Adjany to join the Government.

The challenge is not easy. It will lead the destinies of a 'superministry' that joins Culture, Tourism and Environment. This nomination earns him the title of the youngest minister in the country's history. But it's not just in politics that Adjany Costa makes history.

Known for her work in environmental causes, she has a Master's degree in Biology and a PhD in International Wildlife Conservation Practices from Oxford University in England.

In 2017, she joined a list of 14 emerging explorers from the National Geographic Society, which every year aims to recognize and support scientists and other professionals who work to change the world. At the time, the biologist was second on the list that was led by scientists from the United States of America.

Adjany Costa was distinguished for her work in protecting life and wilderness in the Okavango Basin, having participated in a four-month scientific expedition along the Basin, which included a 2,500-kilometer journey, resulting in a documentary called "Into the Okavango".

Two years later, he won the United Nations Young Earth Champions Award for environmentalists between the ages of 18 and 30. The then 29-year-old Angolan received the distinction for her work in water conservation and biodiversity in the country.

After being awarded the UN prize, João Lourenço himself decided to award her the medal of the Order of Civil Merit of 1st Degree by the Presidency of the Republic of Angola.

Now it is the turn of Angola to make history in the political branch of the country. The page begins to be written this Tuesday. The responsibility is great, the expectations many. Adjany, who has never refused a challenge, has an entire country with its eyes set on this latest 'journey'.


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