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Parliamentary tributes take place in Cameroon for the late Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson

This week, the Members of the National Assembly of Cameroon have been paying tribute to the late Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon who passed away on 20 April 2021.

Members of Parliament spoke of her work both in Cameroon and internationally for the CPA at the tribute ceremony, held at the Yaoundé Conference Centre on 19 May 2021, that was also attended by government representatives, parliamentary associations, family and friends.

At the tribute ceremony, floral tributes were placed on behalf of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

(Video footage of the tribute ceremony in Cameroon - courtesy Jimmy Nash Production. The CPA is not responsible for external footage)

Attending the ceremony on behalf of the CPA were:

  • Hon. Dr Zainab Gimba, MP (Nigeria), Vice-Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians International and CWP Africa Chairperson (read the Eulogy that Dr Gimba gave for the late CPA Chairperson by clicking here)
  • Hon. Zakariyau Galadima, MP, CPA Nigeria Federal Branch Representative, who also attended on behalf of the CPA Africa Region President-Designate, Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Nigeria.

The Acting Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP (United Kingdom) also sent a video message to the ceremony in which he spoke of the late Chairperson’s tireless work for the CPA and the high esteem in which she was held by parliamentary colleagues across the Commonwealth.

Images of the tribute ceremony for the late CPA Chairperson

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The late CPA Chairperson will be laid to rest on Saturday 22 May 2021 in her parliamentary constituency of Bonjongo, a suburb of Buea, the regional capital of the South West Region of Cameroon.


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance.

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