On November 21, President Paul Biya signed eight decrees, promoting individuals to the national orders. The most notable among them were Francis Ngannou (photo) and Joël Embiid, both globally recognized sports figures, elevated to the rank of Commander of the Order of Valor. This honor was also conferred upon historian Olivette Otélé and virologist John Nkengasong.
All four individuals were recognized for their "eminent services rendered to the State of Cameroon," per the order of November 30, 1972, governing national orders in the country. Francis Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, notably brought pride to Cameroon.
Joël Embiid, acclaimed as the NBA's best basketball player of the season, recently chose to represent the United States, sparking controversy in a nation where dual nationality is prohibited.
John Nkengasong, a distinguished scientist from the English-speaking Lebialem department of Cameroon, is internationally hailed as the "hero of modern pandemics" for his coordination of Africa's response to COVID-19.
Olivette Otélé, the first black woman to hold a history chair in Great Britain, is renowned for her work on the history of peoples of African descent in Europe.
In addition to these recognitions, other decrees issued by the President of the Republic include the promotion of Archbishop Samuel Kleda, the Archbishop of Douala, to the rank of Officer of the Order of Valor on an exceptional basis. Mgr Kleda's commendation is attributed to his significant contributions to the fight against Covid-19 in the country.
Comedian Cabrel Nanjip, who tragically passed away in a car accident last June, was posthumously appointed Knight of the Order of Merit of Cameroon.
Lastly, President Biya also honored several staff members from the President's Office in a separate decree.
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