The Sultan of the Bamouns of Cameroon, Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya, died this Monday at the age of 83 in a Paris hospital, where he was admitted a few days ago for COVID-19.
Njoya has ruled the kingdom of Bamoun in northwest Cameroon for 29 years, one of the oldest and most important kingdoms on the continent, which was founded in the 14th century and covers more than 7,600 square kilometers.
The French ambassador to Cameroon, Christophe Guilhou, regretted the news and called Mbombo Njoya to mind as a “friend of France”, while at the same time appreciating his role and vision of Cameroon’s goods.
“He was a great friend of France and a promoter of the protection and enhancement of its heritage. My condolences go to his family, relatives, the people of Bamoun and the Cameroonians,” he wrote on his social networks.
As for his political career, Mbombo Njoya held the secretariat of the High Commissioner of France in Cameroon and headed seven ministries, including those for territorial administration, information and culture. He was also ambassador to Equatorial Guinea and Egypt.
Already in 1992, after the death of his father, Seidou Njimouluh Njoya holds the throne of the Sultan of Bamoun and becomes the 19th after his resignation from his ministerial offices.
She was also distinguished by her position on the limitation of mandates for the presidency of the country and defended a maximum of two terms of office of five years each. In 2016, he pointed out that the longevity of a party in power should not be confused with the length of time a person in power.
Now begins a new stage in the politics of this territory of Cameroon, in which it is expected that in principle one of Mbombo Njoya’s sons will fill the post that has become vacant.