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Famous people from Cameroon

Here is a list of famous people from Cameroon. Curious if anybody from Cameroon made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Alex Song

Soccer

Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong, better known as Alex Song, is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Cameroon national team. He plays as a central or defensive midfielder, and can also play as a central defender. He is the cousin of former footballer Rigobert Song. Originally a utility player on the fringes of the first team, Song quickly became an integral part of Arsenal's starting eleven during the preseason to the 2008–09 campaign. He played for Cameroon in 2010 FIFA World Cup. Song was called up for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and was the only Cameroonian named in the Team of the Tournament. Known for his colourful hair dye, Song also possesses a French passport.

Aurélien Chedjou

Soccer

Aurélien Bayard Chedjou Fongang is a Cameroonian football defender who currently plays for the Turkish club Galatasaray and Cameroonian national team. On 21 October 2010, he scored the only goal against Levski Sofia after a Stéphane Dumont assist to help his team to a 1-0 win in a UEFA Europa League game.

Manu Dibango

Afrobeat Artist

Emmanuel "Manu" N'Djoké Dibango is a Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. He is a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, though his mother was a Duala. He is best known for his 1972 afrobeat single "Soul Makossa".

Roger Milla

Soccer

Roger Miller is a retired Cameroonian footballer who played as a striker. He was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. He played in three World Cups for the Cameroon national team. He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most forward-playing footballers have retired, by scoring four goals at the 1990 World Cup, the most memorable of which came in the match against Colombia when he dispossessed the showboating Colombian goalkeeper René Higuita 35 yards from goal, going on to score in the empty net with Higuita stranded. He helped the Cameroon team reach the quarter-finals. He is also remembered for his trademark goal celebration of running to the corner flag and performing a dance. In the years that have followed, he has been recognised as a pioneer of the many unconventional and imaginative goal celebrations seen since then. He was named one of the 125 greatest living football players in 2004 by the legendary Brazilian football player Pelé. A veteran blessed with enduring bursts of pace and an unerring eye for goal, Milla took Cameroon into uncharted territory for an African team as they reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

Richard Bona

Jazz fusion Artist

Richard Bona is a jazz bassist and musician. His actual African name, as he said during a live performance with Bobby McFerrin in Montreal, is Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo.

Pierre Webó

Soccer

Pierre Achille Webó Kouamo, known as Webó, is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Fenerbahçe SK in the Turkish Süper Lig, as a striker. He spent eight years of his career in La Liga, appearing in 227 games for Osasuna and Mallorca combined and scoring 47 goals. A Cameroon international in the 2000s, Webó appeared with the country at the 2010 World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations.

Rigobert Song

Soccer

Rigobert Song Bahanag is a former Cameroonian footballer, who is currently a pundit for TV channel Orange Sports. He was a member of the Cameroon national team between 1993 and 2010. He was born in Nkenglicock, Cameroon. Known for his defensive skills, Song usually plays as a centre back but can also operate at right back. Internationally, he has played at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and served as captain in five, a record, and holds the record of most consecutive games played in the tournament with 35 first team games. He has won two CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002. In 2009, Song was dropped as Cameroon skipper by new coach Paul Le Guen, who eventually appointed Samuel Eto'o as the new captain but later caused concerns as Rigobert song had never been on the bench in more than 11 years for Cameroon. With 137 appearances, Song also holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Cameroon national team and has played in four World Cups, in 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2010. Song started his professional career with Metz and helped the club to win the French League Cup back in 1996. After appearing at the 1998 World Cup he joined Salernitana which newly promoted to Serie A. In January 1999 he left Italy to start successive stints with Liverpool, West Ham United and Cologne but after failing to hold down a first-team place he returned to France to play for RC Lens. He stayed there until 2004 and moved on to Turkey, where he spent four years with Galatasaray, winning two Turkish League titles and the Turkish Cup. Song then signed a contract with Trabzonspor in 2008, where he won another Turkish Cup and stayed until 2010.

Geremi Njitap

Soccer

Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso, known simply as Geremi, is a Cameroonian former footballer. He was a versatile player able to play at right back, right midfield or center back, known for his power, combative style and free kick ability.

Jean-Alain Boumsong

Soccer

Jean-Alain Boumsong-Somkong is a French football defender, a France national team former player. He is known for his physical strength, pace and reading of the game.

Eric Djemba-Djemba

Soccer Midfielder

Eric Daniel Djemba-Djemba is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Serbian SuperLiga club Partizan. He has previously played club football in France, England, Qatar, Denmark and Israel. In international competition he represented Cameroon, having appeared for his country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis

Basketball Center

Sofoklis Schortsanitis is a Greek Cameroonian professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of the Ligat HaAl. Listed at 2.08 m and 156.5 kg, he was born in Tiko, Cameroon, to a Greek father and a Cameroonian mother. An All-Euroleague First Team selection in 2011, "Sofo" reached the Euroleague Final twice in 2010 and 2011, while playing for Olympiacos and Maccabi Tel Aviv respectively. He was a member of the Greek national team, as they captured silver medal honors in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and bronze in the 2009 EuroBasket.

Jean Makoun

Soccer

Jean II Makoun is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Stade Rennais as a central midfielder. He also plays in the Cameroon national football team.

Idriss Carlos Kameni

Soccer

Idriss Carlos Kameni is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Málaga CF in La Liga, as a goalkeeper. He spent the vast majority of his career in Spain, namely with Espanyol, with which he appeared in 229 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons. A Cameroonian international before he was 20, Kameni represented the country in two World Cups and five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Henri Bienvenu

Soccer

Henri Bienvenu Ntsama is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a striker for Eski┼čehirspor.

Apoula Edel

Soccer

Apoula Edima Edel Bete is a naturalized Armenian football goalkeeper. Edel won the Coupe de France with Paris playing in the final.

Achille Emaná

Soccer Midfielder

Achille Emaná Edzimbi, known as Emaná, is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Cruz Azul in the Liga Bancomer MX, as an attacking midfielder. He spent most of his professional career with Toulouse in France and Betis in Spain, playing his last years in Arab countries. Emaná gained nearly 50 caps for Cameroon, appearing with the country at the 2010 World Cup and three African Cup of Nations tournaments.

Mohammadou Idrissou

Soccer

Mohammadou Idrissou is a Cameroonian football striker who currently plays for German club 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Eyong Enoh

Soccer Midfielder

Eyong Tarkang Enoh is a Cameroonian football midfielder who currently plays in the Dutch Eredivisie for AFC Ajax and the Cameroon national team.

Sakio Bika

Professional Boxer

Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika, is an African-Australian professional boxer in the super middleweight division. He is the current WBC & former IBO super middleweight champion, third series The Contender champion.

Luc Mbah a Moute

Basketball Small forward

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. Mbah a Mouté is a prince in the village of Bia Messe, as he is a son of the elected village chief, Camille Mouté à Bidias. His father is a high-ranking government official, managing the National Employment Fund of Cameroon, a training and job-placement national agency.

Léonard Kweuke

Soccer

Leony Léonard Kweuke is a Cameroonian footballer who currently plays for the Turkish side Çaykur Rizespor.

Lauren Etame Mayer

Soccer

Laureano Bisan-Etame Mayer, commonly known as Lauren, is a retired Cameroonian footballer of Equatoguinean origin, who formerly played for the Cameroonian national team. As an Arsenal player he won several trophies and is known as one of the 'Invincibles'; a title given to the Arsenal squad in 2004, after they went the whole season undefeated and subsequently won the Premier League title. He also won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Cameroon.

Jacques Zoua

Soccer

Jacques Zoua Daogari is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Hamburger SV.

Pierre Womé

Soccer

Pierre Nlend Womé is a Cameroonian football defender who currently plays for Canon Yaoundé. A journeyman, Womé is a versatile and skillful left wingback who has played for 11 clubs in five countries, being one of seven players to have played in the top division in Italy, Spain, England and Germany.

Josh Blue

Stand-up comedian

Josh Blue is an American comedian. He was voted the Last Comic Standing on NBC's reality show Last Comic Standing during its fourth season, which aired May–August 2006. Blue has cerebral palsy, and much of his self-deprecating humor is centered on this.

Henri Bedimo

Soccer

Henri Bedimo Nsamé is a Cameroonian footballer currently under contract for French Ligue 1 side Lyon.

André Bikey

Soccer Midfielder

André Stéphane Bikey-Amougou is a Cameroonian footballer, who currently plays in the Superleague Greece for Panetolikos. He can play in the centre of defence or at right back. He began his career in Spain at the age of fifteen, before having short spells in Russia with Shinnik Yaroslavl and Lokomotiv Moscow. In 2006, he moved to England, where he joined Reading on loan after impressing their manager while on trial. After three seasons at Reading, he signed a three-year deal with Burnley. He is generally known by his first surname Bikey except between 2011 and 2012 while playing for Burnley, when he decided to officially use his second surname Amougou.

Sokoudjou

Martial Artist

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua, mostly billed simply as Sokoudjou, is a Cameroonian mixed martial artist and judoka, and the former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion, who came to prominence in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships. He has since had mixed success with stints in the UFC, WEC, Affliction, Strikeforce, KSW, MFC, K-1, and DREAM. He is known for his striking abilities and brutal ground and pound attack, with most of his wins coming by way of TKO/KO and is to this date, the only fighter to ever knock out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in mixed martial arts competition.

Samuel Umtiti

Soccer

Samuel Umtiti is a French football player who plays for French club Lyon in Ligue 1. He plays as either a central defender or a left back. Umtiti is a France youth international having represented his nation at under-17, under-18, and under-19 level. He played with the under-17 team at the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Umtiti made his professional debut on 8 January 2012 in a 3–1 win against Lyon Duchère playing the entire match. While the beginning of the 2013-2014 season Olympic Lyon is difficult, it is delivered to the office of the OL, after the defeat against Ajaccio of 23 September 2013, a new Maserati registered "Sam 23". The choice of place and time was hardly appreciated at the club.

Antoinette Nana Djimou

Olympic Track and field Athlete

Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida is a French heptathlete and pentathlete.

Dany Nounkeu

Soccer

Dany Achille Nounkeu Tchounkeu is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Galatasaray and the Cameroon national football team.

Souleymanou Hamidou

Soccer

Souleymanou Hamidou is a retired Cameroonian football goalkeeper.

Ahmadou Ahidjo

Politician

Ahmadou Babatoura Ahidjo was the first President of Cameroon from 1960 until 1982.

Timothée Atouba

Soccer

Timothée Atouba is a Cameroonian football player who currently signed by Spanish team UD Las Palmas.

Vincent Aboubakar

Soccer

Vincent Aboubakar is a Cameroonian international football player who currently plays for French club Lorient in Ligue 1.

Ali Gerba

Soccer

Ali Ngon Gerba is a retired Cameroonian-born Canadian soccer player.

Hervé Tum

Soccer

Hervé Tum is a Cameroonian football striker.

Fabrice Olinga

Soccer

Fabrice Olinga Essono, known as Olinga, is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Málaga CF in La Liga, as a forward.

Benoît Angbwa

Soccer

Benoît Christian Angbwa Ossoemeyang is a Cameroonian footballer. Currently, he plays for Anzhi Makhachkala. He normally plays as a defender in a right back position, but can also play on the right side of midfield.

Wes Madiko

Musical Artist

Wes Madiko, better known as Wes, is a Cameroonian musician. He is probably best known among Western audiences for "In Youpendi", a song from The Lion King II soundtrack, as well as work with Deep Forest and his own 1997 hit "Alane" produced by Michel Sanchez As of late 2010 up until the present, he was working on a new project with electronic composer and producer Paul Kwitek. 2013 - Wes Madiko becomes Africa's Ambassador for Michael Jackson's Family Foundation. Wes Madiko name means “The Roots of land of Ancestor” He is the King of World Music who was born in Mouataba, He first saw the light of day under the baobab tree in Mouataba, which lies some hundred miles away from the city of Douala, Cameroon. From the tender age of two, his grandfather taught him about healing music and how to play the kalimba instrument. The pair soon became inseparable. His grandfather taught him his love of Bantu history and the wisdom of the elephant of animist bantou philosophy. This was responsible for an important part of his education: “it was in bush school and during night-time gatherings listening to the metallic beat of the kalimba that I learned the adventures of the father of all ancestors, E’kwa Mutu.”

Aboubakar Oumarou

Soccer Forward

Aboubakar Oumarou is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Waasland-Beveren. He is most often deployed as a forward. Having started his professional career in China, he has played in three different Serbian clubs. Oumarou has been capped by the national team of Cameroon.

Vincent Péricard

Soccer

Vincent de Paul Péricard is a French-Cameroonian former professional football player, who played in France with Saint-Étienne and in Italy with Juventus before moving to England. In England he has played for several clubs. He has also played for the France U21 team. On 6 October 2011, he signed for Havant & Waterlooville on a free transfer, before retiring from the game in February 2012.

Cathy Guetta

Pop Artist

Cathy Guetta is the wife of French house music producer and DJ David Guetta.

Victor Viyuoh

Film Director

Victor Viyuoh is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, actor, and cinematographer.

Francis Bebey

Novelist

Francis Bebey was a Cameroonian artist, musician, and writer. Bebey attended the Sorbonne, and was further educated in the United States. In 1957, Bebey moved to Ghana at the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, and took a job as a broadcaster. In the early 1960s, Bebey moved to France and started work in the arts, establishing himself as a musician, sculptor, and writer. His most popular novel was Agatha Moudio's Son. He also worked as a consultant for UNESCO. Bebey released his first album in 1969. His music was primarily guitar-based, although he integrated traditional African instruments as well. His style was groundbreaking, merging Cameroonian makossa with classical guitar, jazz, and pop in a mix that could be intellectual, humorous, or serious. He sang in Duala, English, and French. Bebey helped launch the career of Manu Dibango. Bebey released more than 20 albums over his career. John Williams' piece 'Hello Francis' is written as a tribute to Bebey.

Willie Overtoom

Soccer Midfielder

Willie Overtoom is a Dutch/Cameroonian footballer who plays as an offensive midfielder for the Dutch Eredivisie club AZ. He is the son of a Dutch father and a Cameroonian mother, and has lived the first three years of his life in Cameroon before moving to the Netherlands. Overtoom holds a Dutch passport. Even though Overtoom played for several national Dutch youth squads in the past, he has never received an invitation for the Netherlands national football team. In 2011 he announced the application for a Cameroonian passport so he would be granted permission to represent The Indomitable Lions. On 15 March 2012, Overtoom has received his first call ever for the Cameroonian senior team. He made his international debut in a friendly match against Guinea national football team on 26 May 2012. On 24 January 2013, Overtoom signed a 3,5-year contract with AZ.

Françoise Mbango Etone

Olympic athlete

Françoise Mbango Etone is a Cameroonian-born female track and field athlete. She has competed internationally for France since 2010. While competing for Cameroon, Etone was a gold medalist in the triple jump at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She retained her title with an Olympic record distance of 15.39m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She is also a talented long jumper who finished second at the African Championships in 1999. She is the first athlete representing Cameroon to win medals at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. She has been a scholarship holder with the Olympic Solidarity program since November 2002. During the 2005-06 academic year, she lived in New York City on a scholarship to attend St. John’s University in Queens. The scholarship was made possible through the collaboration of the American electricity company AES Sonel along with US Ambassador to Cameroon, Niels Marquardt. She selected St. John’s University for study because of the school’s support of cultural programs in Cameroon.

Banana Yaya

Soccer

Banana Yaya is a Cameroonian professional football player who plays in central defence or at right back. He plays for Swiss club Lausanne-Sport in Swiss Super League. He is known for his peeling runs but unfortunately has struggled to play regular games due to his proneness to bruising.

Carlos Takam

Professional Boxer

Armand Carlos Netsing Takam is a boxer who represented Cameroon at the 2004 Summer Olympics at super heavyweight .

Somen Tchoyi

Soccer Midfielder

Somen Alfred Tchoyi is a Cameroonian footballer who last played for FC Augsburg. Tchoyi has represented the Cameroon national football team. He is a playmaker who usually plays in the centre of midfield.

Raymond Kalla

Soccer Defender

Raymond Koned Kalla Nkongo, known as Kalla, is a Cameroonian retired footballer who played as a central defender. His main asset was a powerful physique, and he had already been picked for three World Cups – and started – in his mid-20's. During 15 years as a professional, Kalla played in four different countries with six different clubs.

Jean-Claude Pagal

Soccer

Jean-Claude Pagal is a former Cameroonian footballer.

Dorge Kouemaha

Soccer

Dorge Rostand Kouemaha is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for the Turkish club Adana Demirspor in the TFF First League.

Edgar Salli

Soccer Midfielder

Edgard Nicaise Constant Salli, commonly known as Edgar Salli, is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for RC Lens on loan from Monaco as a winger, having previously played for Ngaoundéré and Coton Sport. He has been capped at full international level by Cameroon.

Salomon Olembé

Soccer

René Salomon Olembé-Olembé is a Cameroonian former football.

Benjamin Moukandjo

Soccer

Benjamin Moukandjo Bilé is a Cameroonian football player who plays for French club Nancy in Ligue 1.

Mongo Beti

Author

Alexandre Biyidi Awala, known as Mongo Beti, was a Cameroonian writer.

Calixthe Beyala

Award Winner

Calixthe Beyala is a Cameroonian-born French writer who writes in French. She grew up in Douala with her sister. In 1978, she left Cameroon for France. She married, and has two children.

Joël Epalle

Soccer Midfielder

Joël Dieudonné Martin Epalle Newaka is a Cameroonian football player. He mainly plays as a right midfielder, but throughout his career he has also played as a Second Striker, more noticeably during his first spell at Iraklis. He was born in Matomb, Cameroon and played youth football in Cameroonian powerhouse Union Douala, the team for which he made his senior debut. After his spell in Cameroon, in 1998, he moved to Greece where he played football for several clubs including Ethnikos, Panachaiki, Aris, Panathinaikos and Iraklis in a time span of nine and a half years. Subsequently, in January 2007, he moved to Bundesliga outfit VfL Bochum where he played for three and a half years. After a brief stay at Azerbaijani club FK Baku, in January 2011 he returned to Greece to have a second spell at Iraklis. Epalle was Iraklis' top-scorer for the 2005–06 season. Started at the end of March 2012, he has made his first appearance and play for Sarawak FA alongside with his fellow Cameroon friend, Guy Bwele. Epalle has won 31 caps for Cameroon. He was a member of the Cameroon side that won the gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics football tournament. Epalle was also a member of the Cameroon squad that won the 2002 African Cup of Nations.

Alexis Enam

Soccer Defender

Alexis Enam Mendomo is a Cameroonian football midfielder currently playing for Al Raed.

Guy Madjo

Soccer Forward

Guy Bertrand Madjo is a Cameroonian footballer who played for Hong Kong First Division League side Tuen Mun SA. Following a spell playing football in his native Cameroon, Madjo moved to England and played for Petersfield Town of the Wessex League. He attracted the attention of Bristol City, signing for the club in August 2005. Having only made a handful of appearances for Bristol City, Madjo joined Forest Green Rovers on loan in November 2005, making the loan move permanent in January 2006. At the end of 2005–06 season, he was released by Forest Green after failing to agree terms on a new contract. He ultimately signed for newly promoted Conference National club Stafford Rangers on a free transfer in August 2006, spending a season with the club. In June 2007, Madjo signed for Crawley Town on a free transfer. He scored 11 goals in 18 games at the start of the 2007–08 campaign, which attracted the attention of a number of Football League clubs. In November 2007, Madjo signed for Cheltenham Town on loan, with a view to a permanent move. However, he only played five times for the club, and returned to Crawley in January 2008 after hearing of interest from Shrewsbury Town. Madjo signed for Shrewsbury shortly after, commanding a £20,000 transfer fee. He spent a year with the club, although made no appearances during the 2008–09 season. In January 2009, Madjo opted for a move abroad, joining Chinese League One side Guangdong Sunray Cave on a free transfer. The following season, he played for KS Bylis Ballsh in the Albanian Superliga. He returned to England in June 2011, signing for newly promoted League One club Stevenage on a free transfer. He joined Port Vale on a six-week loan spell in November 2011. He signed with Aldershot Town in January 2012, before joining Plymouth Argyle on loan nine months later. He joined Macclesfield Town in March 2013, and six months later moved to Hong Kong to play for Tuen Mun SA.

Maka Kotto

Politician

Maka Kotto, is a Cameroonian politician from Quebec, Canada who is the current Minister of Culture and Communications under the Parti Québécois. A former member of the Canadian House of Commons for the Bloc Québécois, Kotto is the husband of Longueuil mayor Caroline St-Hilaire. Kotto is also a published author and has appeared in films.

Steve Leo Beleck

Soccer Forward

Steve Leo Beleck A'Beka is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for RAEC Mons on loan from Udinese. Beleck began his career at Greek team Panthrakikos, breaking into the first-team at the age of 16. Following a successful second half to the 2009–10 season, Beleck joined Udinese of the Italian Serie A for an undisclosed fee, signing a five-year deal in July 2010. A year later, Beleck returned to Greece, this time joining AEK Athens on a season-long loan. He played regularly, and returned to his parent club at the end of the 2011–12 season. A month after returning to his parent club, Beleck was loaned out for a second time, joining English Championship side Watford on a one-year loan agreement. In January 2013, Beleck was re-loaned from Watford to Stevenage, for the remainder of the 2012–13 season. In August 2013, Beleck was signed on a season long loan for RAEC Mons.

Alphonse Tchami

Soccer

Alphonse Marie Tchami Djomaha is a retired Cameroonian football player.

Christian Bekamenga

Soccer Forward

Christian Bekamenga, is a Cameroonian international footballer who plays as a central striker. He is a striker, renowned for his heading prowess. His swift and speedy skills are an advantage.

Pierre Boya

Soccer

Pierre Boya is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Randers in the Danish Superliga.

Chantal Biya

Woman

Chantal Biya is the First Lady of Cameroon. She was born in Dimako, East Province, to French expatriate Georges Vigouroux and Miss Doumé pageant winner Rosette Ndongo Mengolo. Chantal Biya spent her adolescence in Yaoundé. She married President Paul Biya on 23 April 1994, after his first wife, Jeanne-Irène Biya, died in 1992. Chantal Biya has established several charitable organisations. Among them are African Synergy, which pursues various HIV/AIDS initiatives, and the Chantal Biya Foundation. She hosted the original First Ladies Summit in Yaoundé during the 1996 Organisation of African Unity summit. Her Jeunesse Active pour Chantal Biya is an organ of her husband's Cameroon People's Democratic Movement. Among Cameroonian women, Biya is famous for her hairstyles. Her signature style is called the banane, and is used for formal occasions. Biya has popularised other styles; collectively, they are known as the Chantal Biya. She is also known because of her exotic wardrobe. Some of her favourite designers include high-end Western labels such as Chanel or Dior. Grand Prix Chantal Biya is a professional road bicycle racing event on the UCI Africa Tour.

Joseph-Antoine Bell

Soccer

Joseph-Antoine Bell, sometimes referred to as JoJo Bell is a former Cameroonian international football goalkeeper. In a 20-year career, he played in his native Cameroon as well as in Côte d'Ivoire and Egypt before moving to France, where he played for several top-level clubs including Marseille, Bordeaux and eventually ending his playing career with Saint-Étienne. He represented the national team in three World Cups, the 1984 Summer Olympics and several African Cup of Nations.

Serge Betsen

Athlete

Serge Betsen Tchoua is a French former rugby union player who played as a flanker for London Wasps and Biarritz at club level and for France internationally. He is generally considered to be one of the top flankers of the professional era of rugby union.

Albert Meyong

Soccer

Albert Meyong Zé, known as Meyong, is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Kabuscorp S.C. in Angola, as a striker.

Patrick Suffo

Soccer

Patrick Suffo Kengné is a footballer who currently is a free agent.

Aloys Nong

Soccer

Aloys Bertrand Nong is a Cameroonian footballer, who currently plays for Levante UD in Spain.

Thomas Job

Soccer Midfielder

Thomas Hervè Job-Iyock is a Cameroonian footballer

Cyrille Makanaky

Soccer Midfielder

Cyrille Thomas Makanaky is a Cameroonian retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Moise Fokou

American Football Player

Moise Fokou is a Cameroon-born American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Maryland and Frostburg State. Fokou has also played for the Indianapolis Colts.

Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona

Soccer Forward

Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona is a Cameroonian footballer who currently plays as a striker for Terengganu FA in the Malaysia Super League. He joined Terengganu from his previous club Negeri Sembilan FA. On his debut in Malaysian football, he managed to score two goals, thus giving a 2-1 win over Kelantan FA in the 2012 Malaysia Charity Shield. This was Negeri Sembilan's first Charity Shield title since 1985. With Negeri Sembilan, Owona would end the season joint top scorer in the league, with 15 goals. Owona previously played for FC Metz in the Ligue 2 of France.

Pierre Njanka

Soccer Defender

Pierre Djaka Njanka-Beyaka is a Cameroonian football player. He is previously playing in Indonesia for Persisam Putra Samarinda on Indonesia Super League. Njanka played for Cameroon at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, as well as the 2004 African Nations Cup. He has been capped 47 times for his country. He scored a goal against Austria in World Cup 1998. Njanka previously played for RC Strasbourg, CS Sedan and FC Istres in the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. He also had a trial with English Premier League side Sunderland A.F.C. in July 2000 and played in a pre-season match between Sunderland and KV Mechelen.

Issa Hayatou

Man

Issa Hayatou is a Cameroonian former athlete and sports executive. He has been the president of the Confederation of African Football since 1987. In 2002, he ran for president of FIFA but was defeated by current president Sepp Blatter. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee. In November 2010 he was alleged by the BBC to have taken bribes in the 1990s regarding the awarding of World Cup television rights. The IOC has announced it will investigate him.

Ernest Webnje Nfor

Soccer Forward

Ernest Webnje Nfor, known as Nfor, is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Neftchi Baku PFK in the Azerbaijani Premier League, as a striker.

Achille Mbembe

Political scientist

Achille Mbembe is a philosopher, political scientist, and public intellectual. He was born near Otélé in French Cameroons in 1957. He obtained his Ph.D. in History at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France, in 1989. He subsequently obtained a D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in the same city. He has held appointments at Columbia University in New York, Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Duke University and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa in Dakar, Senegal.

Emile-Aime Chah Yibain

Cinematographer

Emile-Aime Chah Yibain is a film director, film producer, film editor, production designer, and cinematographer.