Kah Walla

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Kah Walla
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Born (1965-02-28) 28 February 1965 (age 54)
NationalityCameroon
Occupationpolitician

Edith Kahbang Walla (born on February 28, 1965),[1] popularly known as Kah Walla, is a Cameroonian politician,[2] entrepreneur and social activist.[3] She went into politics in 2007 with the Social Democratic Front (SDF),[4] the main Cameroonian opposition party and was then elected into the municipal council of Douala I.[5] In 2010, she resigned from SDF following a divergence over strategy[6] and declared her intention to run for the 2011 presidential election on October 23, 2010.[7] On April 30, 2011, she was elected as the president of the Cameroon People's Party (CPP) and party candidate for 2011 presidential election.[8][9]

Kah Walla is the CEO of the firm STRATEGIES!, a Leadership and Management consulting firm which she founded in 1995.[10] She was recognized in 2007 by the World Bank as one of the seven influential women entrepreneurs in Africa, she was counted among the 150 women who move the world by Newsweek.[11]

Family[edit]

Kah Walla was born on February 28, 1965 in Ibadan, Nigeria. She originates from the North west Region,one of the two anglophone regions[5] of Cameroon,[12] more precisely from Bali Nyonga from her father and from Pinyin from her mother.[13] Her father, John Solomon Walla, before his death has been Director of a consulting firm owned by John Ngu Foncha and Salomon Tandeng Muna, then Inspector General, Director of Shipping in Douala and finally representative of Cameroon at Ministerial Conference of West and Central African States on Maritime Transports in Abidjan. Her mother, Grace Ebako Walla,[14] now retired holds two doctorates: one in public health and one in health education; she led the NGOs CAMNAFAW (Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare).[15] Kah is single with seven adopted children.[16]

Education[edit]

Kah Walla, began her primary education in the American School of Yaounde. She continued her studies in the Ivory Coast Academy of Bouake in Ivory Coast. After graduation, she got admitted into Howard University[17] in Washington where she obtained her B.Sc in zoology and studied for a Master of Business Administration in 1990.

Political career[edit]

Entry into Politics[edit]

Kah says her family has always been a source of motivation and inspiration for her in the political field.[5] She gained experience over the years with the support of one of her colleagues of the SDF as they wrote the last Speech for the SDF chairman Ni John Fru Ndi during his campaign in 1992.[5] She was an adviser and a trainer to the party until 2007, when she decided to officially join the party and was elected councilor in the city of Douala.[18] In 2010, she stood against party's decision forbidding its militants from taking part in the ongoing voters' registration.[4][19] She was later accused of lack of accountability in the management of party funds,[6] On 23rd October 2010, she resigned from the SDF and announced her candidature for the 2011 presidential election[8]

She was elected as the president of Cameroon People's Party on April 30 th, 2011,[8] succeeding to Samuel Tita Fon who created the party in 1991.

Candidate in the 2011 presidential election[edit]

In 2010, Kah Walla held a press conference to announce her decision to exit the SDF party and run for the 2011 presidential election.[20] She separated from the SDF by resigning. And some time later, she joined the CPP and became president in April 2011. She explained later that the party for which it has campaigned since its creation no longer shared the same ideals that, particularly with regard vision for the presidential election.[21]

She is generally refer to as the first woman to ever run for the presidential election in Cameroon.

To attract the maximum possible of young people prior to presidential elections, she encouraged registration on the electoral lists in the country. The awareness campaign has enabled her to address more than 500,000 Cameroonians within a very short time.[5]

She stood for the presidency along with 22 other candidates including Paul Biya, John Fru Ndi . She campaigned under the slogan "Kah Walla 2011 - The Time is Now".[11] She was ranked 6th out of the 23 candidates,[11] with 0,72% of the vote,[22] at the end of the election which was won by incumbent President Paul Biya.[23]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kah Walla : la femme dont la pugnacité fait rêver". www.cameroonvoice.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  2. ^ "Anthony Clark Arend » Kah Walla, Cameroonian Activist and former Presidential Candidate, will speak on "Leadership: Africa in the World and Women in Africa," Thur, Nov 21st, 2013, 12:15". anthonyclarkarend.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  3. ^ "Unleashing Africa's Potential With Cameroon's Kah Walla - Ventures Africa". Ventures Africa. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  4. ^ a b "Kah Walla In SDF | CameroonPostline". www.cameroonpostline.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  5. ^ a b c d e Equipe Agence AIC. "Kah Walla, candidate à la présidentielle, face à Henri FOTSO - AIC - Agence Africaine d'Information et de Communication". agenceaic.net. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  6. ^ a b "The Chia Report: Kah Walla Resigns from the SDF..." www.chiareport.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  7. ^ "Kah Walla Dumps SDF, Declares Presidential Candidature | CameroonPostline". www.cameroonpostline.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  8. ^ a b c d "Cameroun : Kah Walla, une candidate ambitieuse à la présidentielle de 2011 - JeuneAfrique.com". JeuneAfrique.com (in French). Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  9. ^ "CAMEROUN LE TOP 5 DES FEMMES POLITQUES CELIBATAIRES : TUTU MUNA, KAH WALLA, AMINATOU AHIDJO, Denise FAMPOU et KALLA LOBE CAMEROON - Camer.be". camer.be (in French). Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  10. ^ Systems, eZ. "Kah Walla, member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum - World Entrepreneurship Forum". www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  11. ^ a b c "Les 23 candidats à l'élection présidentielle 2011". www.cameroon-tribune.cm. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  12. ^ "Cameroon-Info.Net - Presidentielle 2011: Portraits des 21 Candidats retenus par ELECAM". www.cameroon-info.net. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  13. ^ "Présidentielle camerounaise : les principaux outsiders de Paul Biya - JeuneAfrique.com". JeuneAfrique.com (in French). Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  14. ^ "Vie publique - Edith Kahbang Walla candidate du CPP". www.guide.mboa.info. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  15. ^ Ici Les Gens du Cameroun, décembre 2010, édition Groupe Millenium, p.10.
  16. ^ "Kah Walla : la présidente de CPP contre le Sénat - JeuneAfrique.com". JeuneAfrique.com (in French). Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  17. ^ "Cameroun : Kah Walla, une candidate ambitieuse à la présidentielle de 2011 - JeuneAfrique.com". JeuneAfrique.com (in French). Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  18. ^ "Journal Du Cameroun.com: Kah Walla, le visage féminin de la politique au Cameroun". www.journalducameroun.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  19. ^ "Kah Walla: The Audacity To Dream Change - Eyeball To Eyeball". www.franciswache.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  20. ^ "Voice Of The Oppressed: The Possible Impact of Kah Walla's Presidential Bid". www.nebafuh.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  21. ^ "Kah Walla, adhérente au RFD, candidate à la présidence du Cameroun Women's Democracy Network". www.wdn.org. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  22. ^ "Journal Du Cameroun.com: Cameroun: Voici les résultats de l'élection présidentielle du 09 octobre 2011". www.journalducameroun.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  23. ^ "Paul Biya remporte sans surprise l'élection présidentielle au Cameroun". RFI Afrique (in French). Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  24. ^ "IFC Home". ifcext.ifc.org. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  25. ^ "Global Leadership Awards 2011: Kah Walla | Vital Voices". www.vitalvoices.org. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  26. ^ McCarthy, Lauren. "DVF Awards Honor Extraordinary Women". WWD. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  27. ^ Partnership, Vital Voices Global. "President Bill Clinton, Vital Voices Global Partnership Celebrate Groundbreaking Women from around the World". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.