Panafrican News Agency

Cameroon: Former Cameroonian leader of world female company managers dies

Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Françoise Foning, a key figure in the Cameroonian political scene, chairwoman of the Grouping of Cameroonian women business people and former president of female company managers, died Friday in Yaoundé following a road accident last Saturday, medical sources told PANA.

Best African manager of the year, the businesswoman was in 2005 the first black woman in the NGO World Female Company Managers (WFCL).

Self-made Foning, did not graduate from any university but learnt to speak French and English, which enabled her to impose herself in the world of business in Cameroon and became president of the Grouping of Cameroonian business people (GFAC).

In addition, she was Member of Parliament, mayor of the Democratic Rally of Cameroonian People (RDPC) in Douala district, and owned more than 150 taxis in the city of Douala.

Cameroonians would call her "national leader" because of her enthusiasm in praising the presidential couple during official ceremonies.

Born in 1949, Mrs Foning was a widow, mother of six children and also Great Officer of Merit in Cameroon.

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