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Joseph Dion Ngute Biography

Joseph Dion Ngute was born on the 12th of March, 1954 at Bongong – Barombi. He is currently serving as the ninth (9th) Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon. He took over office from Philemon Yang who had been there since 2009 on January 4, 2019. He was a member of the Cameroon-Nigeria Joint Commission that negotiating the case of the Bakassi Peninsula which saw it end up as part of Cameroon without any conflict.

Education (academics)

 He obtained his GCE A-Level from Lycée Bilingue de Buéa in 1971. He went on to the University of Yaounde where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law in 1977. Then he enrolled in Queen University in London where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Law by 1978. His academic quest then took him to the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom where he obtained a Ph.d in Law.

Professional life

He then returned to serve his country first as a lecturer at the University of Yaounde II after 1980. He later became the Deputy Director General of CENAM (1986-1991), then the Director General of ENAM (1991-2000). From 1997-2018, he was the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in Charge of Relations with Common Wealth. In 2018 and early 2019 he was the Minister in Charge of Special Duties at the Presidency and became the Prime Minister from January 2019. He is loyal to the present government and is a member of the central committee of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Party (CPDM)

Joseph Dion Ngute

As a Prime Minister, he has some of the following of the following impressive activities;

  • He represented Cameroon at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva
  • He also represented Cameroon at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, Gambia.
  •  He was the leader of the Cameroonian delegation that led to the creation of the African Union.
  • He has been at the fore front to find a solution to the Anglophone crisis after talks by Philemon Yang failed to help the situation.
  • He carried the peace message of dialogue from the head of state to the North West and South West Regions before the Major National Dialogue. During these visits that lasted more than a week, he met with local authorities, politicians, religious leaders and representatives of the people and in each case he expressed the concerns of the Head of State.
  • He Chaired the Major National Dialogue at the Palais des Congres with agenda; Bilingualism,  decentralization, the return of displaced people, demobilization and the reintegration of former combatants

Community activities

 He is the Traditional Ruler of Bongongo I, a Village in the Ndian Division. He also carries out his civic duty as he is a member of the central committee for the CPDM.

Joseph Dion Ngute private life

There are reports that suggests that he got married to another woman at the Prime Ministers Lake Side Residence (Beti Woman) – Bodo Nelly. He is hence known to be Polygamus which is more like a part of his Oroko culture. As such, his number of children is not well-known. In the same light, the Prime Ministers home was taking some upgrade including a new building to be able to accommodate his wives and children.


Chief, Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute has received honours for his activities, some of which include:

  • Grand Officer, National Order of Valour
  • Knight, National Order of Valour
  • Commander, National Order of Valour

The Prime Minister – Head of Government has recorded some successes and is working on some at the moment and the country hopes for better outcomes from his team especially in light of the Anglophone crisis and the activities of Boko Haram. The COVID-19 pandemic is another hill to be climbed.

Also read: Georges Gilbert Baongla Biography

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