Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka (1959-2021) entered Parliament in 2002. She enjoyed the confidence of her electorates three times in very highly contested elections in Cameroon. Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka was first elected to the National Assembly in 2002 to represent the constituency of Fako West. 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. She was a Substantive Member of the Central Committee.
She was later elected Deputy Speaker of the house in 2009, a position she occupied until her death in 2021. She 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 as 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 attended meetings regularly both in Africa and internationally.
Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka was elected as the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee in November 2017 at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh and had undertaken a wide range of activities for the CPA in governance and parliamentary development. She had previously served as CPA Vice-Chairperson from 2016-2017; CPA Africa Regional Representative from 2015-2017; Conference Coordinator of the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference held in Cameroon in 2014; and from 2007 to present as the Coordinator of CPA International Activities for the National Assembly of Cameroon.
She was passionate about the CPA and had delivered presentations within CPA Africa Region for many years.
She was a single mother with two adult boys. She held several degrees and diplomas from Cameroon, the UK and the USA including: 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 MBA in Human Resource Management with Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.
She was 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 support young women, she was a mentor to a number of women’s groups and took a particular interest in the training of young women through the Fako West Scholarship Programme.