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July 29, 2013


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Ouanga Hughes

Was 5 years old when this occurred. This brief posting beautifully captures the national mood at the time. Thanks!

Benny Man

Wow! This is one of the most simple and effective Cameroon Tribune Frontpages ever; not "the mother of the nation is dead" or "the nation mourns the special one", etc., just a simple "madam is dead." I didn't particularly care about her but I feel the weight of those words 20 years later.

Ferdinant Sonyuy

This is really meaningful. I should have been three by then. I don't know how my parents felt but i feel i need to have written on the condolence register as well. She surely was a great woman and the nation love her even till date. The truth shall still be known even in heaven. Let the nation grow.

Brother Bill

Well, for me, I pity the citizens of la republique du Cameroun for accepting to be ruled by dictators, murderers, political terrorists and bloodsucking vampires for well over 30 years and counting.

emmanuel ekovi molua

"she was kind,humble and loving to all her family, and to children as we saw. Irene was a mother a real mother". this is an extract of a song composed by one time president of FATRADANCA Buea, Pa Samuel N. Molua, for the fallen first lady.

Morgan White

I know for sure she was murdered and her husband, president Paul Biya, planned for her to be killed. Paul Biya will never see peace in his life and I had a dream he will be blind and suffer till his dead. I'm an American and shit like this makes me feel sad for Africans. If Paul Biya was in America, he would've been sentenced to life in prison without parole or sentenced to death. Africa is a good place but president like Paul Biya makes it look bad in the eyes of the world. I feel sorry for Africa. God bless Africa!!!

guy william

i think the editor in chief pof caùmerron tribune at that time was a great man.The words are clear,sincere,honest and carry the weight of the event:Mme is dead.
Personnally i am agains those who keep pointing acusing fingers.People love privacy and at a certain moment in life even head of states have privacies.How many of us are ambullent patients?We ll die one day.Stevie Wonder doest not provide eternal life!

Mac Ayang

Its really sad; we just hope the truth shall out some day about the sudden death of this woman...

Ernest Timnge

This post actually refreshed my mind. I was in Yaounde when this unfortunate news broke out. By then, Cameroon Tribune was still Cameroon Tribune with no filtered information. Paul Biya after killing his wife destroyed the entire system. There is no press freedom in Cameroon. Some times, i often feels that Paul Biya has been a bad gift for Cameroonians. Not long from now,


i can remember were i was when d news broke out. i was 8 n we were in d village for holiday. She was a good woman. she sent money for the coffin they laid my mother when she died in 87. Because of her my mother was laid in a very expensive n nice coffin.


Biya is a murderer, a crook and a tyrant!


this is so heartbroken to see a woman with valor, promises,purpose and beauty in a world full of shit and unable to rise.how can cameroon be ok when the blood of mama irene cries for justice, when the poor soul of chantal biya's former husband cries for justice,when so many innocent bloods have been lost to selfishness and greed. i know this country is under a curse as a result of so many skeletons hidden inside the nation's cupboard. but then a day shall for retribution. mama irene u will forever remain in our hearts...RIP

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