By Augustine Nyuykongi
The Paramount ruler of the Bamoun Dynasty Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya has died aged 83.
French-based Magazine, Jeune Afrique says the longtime king of the Bamoun people died Monday, September 27, 2021 in Paris after suffering briefly from Covid-19.
He was the 19th Sultan of the Bamoun people in Cameroon’s Western Region. Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya was born in October 1937 and became Sultan of Bamoun on August 10, 1992, replacing his father, Seidou Njimouluh Njoya.
He was a graduate of the Institute of Administrative Studies in Dakar, Senegal where he served the Cameroonian government as Ambassador and Senator amongst others.
The succession to his throne is now expected to take center stage. Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya lived a monogamous marriage life before his Ascension to the throne. However, he lives behind nine widows and almost 30 children from whom a successor is expected to be chosen.
According to the Bamoun tradition, only children born within his reign as sultan are eligible to succeed him as sultan.