Thursday, 27 October 2016

Cameroon Red Cross President, Aurelien Eteki Mbouma dies at 83

Cameroonian political figure and President of the Cameroon Red Cross, William Aurélien Etéki Mboumoua has died this Wednesday 26th October 2016.

Born on 20 October 1933 in Bonadibong , In the Littoral Region, the late diplomat served as a minister in the government of Cameroon; from 1961 to 1968, Minister of National Education, from 1984 to 1987, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Etéki Mboumoua was also Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) from 1974 to 1978 and died in active service as the current President of the Cameroon Red Cross.

He was also a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO from 1962 to 1968, before becoming its Vice-President in 1967, and he was President of the UNESCO General Conference from 1968 to 1970.

Late Etéki Mboumoua was Special Adviser to President Ahmadou Ahidjo from 1971 to 1973.

Following the 1974 resignation of Nzo Ekangaki, a fellow Cameroonian, as Secretary-General of the OAU, Ahidjo proposed Etéki Mboumoua as a candidate for that office. At an OAU meeting in Mogadishu in June 1974, the OAU’s election process became deadlocked between a candidate from Somalia and a candidate from Zambia, with neither of them able to secure a two-thirds majority; as a result, Etéki Mboumoua was unanimously elected as a compromise choice.

He died 83 years old.

Culled from CRTV

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