About the Award

The Nelson Mandela Memorial Award is a non partisan award recognizing a Cameroonian who incarnates the values that President Nelson Mandela stood for. It recognizes courageous, visionary and collaborative leadership across all tiers in Cameroon. The award is offered to a political leader, an activist, religious authority or any other individual who epitomizes or fits with the ideas and practices of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy. The Nelson Mandela Memorial Award for this year will recognize an individual who has successfully tackled vital issues of public policy, overcome significant adversity or achieved real change for the public good.

The 2018 Nominees

Rt. Hon Justice AYAH Paul ABINE

Former Advocate General of the Supreme Court

Barrister Nkongho Agbor Balla

Founder – Center for Human Rights & Democracy in Africa

Paul-Eric Kingué

Former Mayor of Njombé-Penja


Civil Society Activist & Peace Advocate

His Grace, Samuel KLÉDA

Archbishop of Douala

Professor Jean-Emmanuel PONDI

Vice Rector – University of Yaounde I


Founder – Rayons du Soleil

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