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Cameroonian Becomes First African Director Of UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Cameroonian, has  become the first black -African Director of  UNESCO World Heritage.

He was nominated to the post of Director of World Heritage at UNESCO on December 6, following a decision from UNESCO’s Director Audrey Azoulay.

He becomes the first African to be at the helm of the prestigious World Heritage organization.

The graduate from the Grenoble School of Architecture will have the huge challenge to coordinate activities around the 1,154 world Heritage Sites.

Also, ensure that the African continent less represented, be given more opportunities.

Assomo had joined UNESCO in 2003 and contributed in the creation of a special fund for the coordination and restoration of some African heritage sites such as the Forteresse site of llha in Mozambique, Mali and Uganda.

In 2013 to 2016, Assomo who  hails from the Centre region of Cameroon  was Unesco bureau head in Bamako.  His mission was the rehabilitation of the Timbuktu Mauslee destroyed by the Malian Jihadists.

Adding to his rich career are numerous decorations at the international scenery, such as Malian Commander of national order of merit.

By Mboh Mbenowoh

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