Makossa icon, Koubinom Louise aka Mama Nguea has been laid to rest in her native Tonde, Nkam Division in the Littoral Region.
She was laid to rest on Saturday, July 11 as family members, friends, colleagues and fans turned out massively to bid her farewell.
It was an atmosphere full of emotions on Friday, July 10 at the morgue of the General Hospital in Douala where the crowd gathered for the removal of the mortal remains of an artiste who wrote her name in the golden books of makossa with scintillating pieces.
After a short sermon at the morgue, the crowd led a procession with the casket through the streets of Douala to the residence of Mama Nguea’s brother Ferdinand Din Din aka Papillon.
Passing through the streets, fans bid the mortal remains of Mama Nguea farewell by chanting some of her emotional pieces all through the way.
In Makepe, the emotions even reached the climax as Mama Nguea’s colleagues took time to perform on stage some of her songs that shot her to prominence. There were several other performances in a long and emotional night for fans and lover of makossa.
The next day, it was an almost identical procession leaving Douala with the mortal remains of Mama Nguea to the Nkam Division where she was laid to rest early on Saturday.
Emotions rose as artistes was lowered beneath the earth. Artiste Nicole Mara was close to Mama Nguea and stood by her during her last days, described the fallen artiste as a big sister and mother on whom she could always lean on for professional support and advice. To Mara, Mama Nguea’s departure leaves a big vacuum in her life but prayed she finds eternal rest after battling illness for a long time.
Born on July 2, 1960 in Yingui, a locality in the Nkam Division, Littoral Region, Mama Nguea had a career that spanned over three decades, winning several awards.