Adamou Ndam Njoya, CDU founding President dies 78

The news of the passing away of the CDU founding father and Mayor of Foumban spread like wildfire on social media.

It was later confirmed by relatives who indicated that the corpse has been taken to Foumban in the Noun Division of the West region in line with his Muslim religion.

The political figure has been Mayor of Foumban since 1996 died this Saturday, March 7, 2020 from an illness.

His death comes just days after his wife, Patricia Tomaino Ndam Njoya was elected to take over from him as Mayor of Foumban.

Political career

The late statesman founded the Cameroon Democratic Union, CDU; an opposition political in 1991 following the reintroduction of multi party politics in the country.

He ran presidential elections in 1992, 2004, 2011 and 2020.

Professional carreer

Dr Adamou Ndam Njoya, was the pioneer Director of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon, IRIC from 1972 – 1975; a prestigious institution that trains Cameroonian diplomats.

He had earlier held the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 1960 to 1970.

Later he was appointed as Minister of National Education under the last government of former President Amadou Ahidjo.

In 1980, he was Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of General Inspection of the State and Administrative Reforms.

The father of five was born on May 8, 1942, Adamou Ndam Njoya was holder of a doctorate degree in public international law and political science obtained in France.

Until his demise he wad lecturer at the University of Yaounde.


Dr Adamu Ndam Njoya besides being a political figure was also a write with a number of publication including;

– Prières et chants de louanges à Dieu Ndam et Raynier, Yaoundé, Cameroun; 1975.

– Le Cameroun dans les relations internationales, Librairie générale de droit et de jurisprudence, Paris, (ISBN 978-2-275-01397-8), 1976.

Réformateur du royaume Bamoun N.E.A. (Nouvelles éditions africaines), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, (ISBN 978-2-85809-101-0), Njoya, 1977.

-Les Amo : recueil de poèmes Ndam et Raynier, Yaoundé, 1982.

Manuel pratique de rédaction administrative et des documents diplomatiques, éditions SOPECAM, Yaoundé, Cameroun, 1983

Medal of Honour

Dr Adamou Ndam Njoya had also been raised to the Knight of the Cameroon Orders of Valour.

Socioprofessional Achievements

The founder and president of the CDU has been absent from the political scene for a while including his absence in the campaigns for the 2018 presidential election.

He was co-president of the World Conference of Religion for Peace at the international level and the Cameroon chapter.

He was founder and president of the Institute for Islamic and Religious studies and the African School of Ethics.

Founder and Director of the cultural review publications; A1 Houda, Communauté, Le Terroir.

He was also promoter of the Poua Kone community radio.

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