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Cameroon: Delphine Tsanga, first ever female Minister quits scene

Late Delphine Tsanga (c) copyright

The death has been announced of Delphine Tsanga, nee Zanga Tsogo, the first woman to be appointed Minister in Cameroon.

The Cameroonian writer and politician died Thursday July 16 in Yaounde at the age of eighty-five following a prolonged illness.

Delphine Tsanga was born in Lomie, a locality in the East region of Cameroon.

She began her education in Cameroon’s political capital Douala, and ended up studying nursing in Toulouse, France.

She returned to Cameroon in 1960, working as a nurse in various hospitals, after which she occupied numerous positions.

Delphine Tsanga began her political carrier in 1964 when she was elected national president of the Council of Cameroonian Women.

From 1970 to 1975, she served as Vice Minister for Health and Public Welfare.

From 1975 to 1984, she was Minister for Social Affairs for Cameroon.

Late Delphine Tsanga equally served as president of the administrative council for the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, as well as vice president of the International Council of Women.

She equally received awards and distinctions, such as the Order of Isabella the Catholic and was named to the French National Order of Merit.

Appointed as member of Cameroon’s ELECAM’s Electoral Board on the 7th of May 2011, Delphine Tsanga served in that capacity until her demise, Thursday July 16.





Published on 03.01.2023

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