Pr. Dorothy L. NJEUMA

Pr. Dorothy L. Njeuma


Born on June 26, 1943 in Buea, Prof. NJEUMA née EFFANGE Dorothy Limunga is a daughter of the South-West Region of the Republic of Cameroon.

After attending university studies from 1962 to 1966 at Pembroke College in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island-USA, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and later, from 1966 to 1970, she obtained a PhD in Zoology at the University College of London. These academic achievements qualified her for recruitment as an  Associate Professor of Genetics and Embryology at the Faculty of Science in the Federal University of Yaounde upon her return to Cameroon in 1970, a position she held for five years. 

As part of her professional career, Prof. Dorothy NJEUMA has occupied key positions such as:

  • Vice Minister of National Education, from 1975 to 1985;
  • Technical Adviser to the Minister of Scientific and Technical Research, from 1986 to 1988;
  • Director General of the Buea University Centre, from 1988 to 1993;
  • Pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buea, from 1993 to 2005;
  • Rector of the University of Yaounde I, from 2005 to 2008;
  • President of the Rectors Conference, from 1998 to 2008;
  • President of the University Sports Federation from 2001 to 2008;
  • Vice-President of the Executive Board of the Association of African Universities from 2002 to 2005;
  • Member of Council of the United Nations University from 2002 TO 2007;
  • Member, Vice-President and President of the African Peer Review Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism of NEPAD from 2003 TO 2009.

On January 29, 2009, she took the following oath of office before the Supreme Court sitting as the Constitutional Council: “I swear to fully and faithfully discharge my duties and to exercise my office without fear or favour in accordance with the Constitution and laws in force, to ensure the confidentiality of proceedings and votes, to abstain from taking public positions and to decline any consultation on matters falling within the purview of Elections Cameroon.”

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