CPA Chairperson

Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka MP
Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee (2017-2021)
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Cameroon 

Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka entered Parliament in 2002. She has enjoyed the confidence of her electorates three times in very highly contested elections in Cameroon. Because of her hard work and dedication, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka in 2007 was designated Deputy Majority Group Leader by her party the ruling CPDM. Where she is a Substantive Member of the Central Committee. 

She was later elected Deputy Speaker of the house in 2009, a position she occupies till date. She has served her Parliament in different sub Committees such as; Committee of Finance and the Budget, Constitutional Laws Committee, Member of the Executive Committee of Good Governance of the National Assembly and also a Member of the National Commission of Human Rights and Freedom. She represented the National Assembly in the National Decentralization Council from 2007-2014.

Since 2007 Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka has been very engaged in CPA activities and attends meetings regularly both in Africa and Internationally. She has been the Regional Representative for West Africa Sub Region in the Executive Committee. In CPA she has served in various capacities including being alternate Vice President 2012 – 2013 and alternate President 2013 – 2014. She also was a Conference Coordinator for a very successful 60th CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in 2014 hosted by Cameroon. She is passionate about the CPA and has delivered presentations within CPA Africa Region for many years.

She is a single mother with two adult boys. She holds a Diploma in Secretarial and Business Studies from Crown Secretarial and Business Studies College London (Sponsored by the Institute of Agronomic Research), a diploma in Administrative Management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore USA (under a USAID/GRC programme) and is currently an MBA student in Human Resource Management with Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.

She is also a holder of three National distinctions:
Knight of the Cameroon National Order of Merit 
Officer of the Cameroon National Order of Merit 
Knight of the National Order of Valor

In her quest to Promote Women, she mentors many women groups and takes Particular Interest in the training of Young Girls under her FAKO WEST Scholarship Scheme Programme.


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is one of the oldest established organisations in the Commonwealth. The CPA, founded in 1911, is a membership association which brings together Members, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, who are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by the pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy. The Association is made up of over 180 Branches across the nine regions of the Commonwealth. It offers a vast opportunity for Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to collaborate on issues of mutual interest and to share good practice. 

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