The Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital Parklane used to be a "whites-only" hospital in Nigeria called Parklane General Hospital until August 1952 when future politician, Akere Muna, was born.
Born to Salomon Tandeng Muna and Elizabeth Fri Ndingsa some 67 years ago, Akere Muna would be one of the bravest men to face off with Cameroonian leader of more than three decades, Paul Biya, in 2018.
But that is not the only special bit of trivia about Muna. He was born in a hospital in Nigeria that was hitherto thought to be the "white man's hospital", one of the main products of European colonisation in Africa.
Muna has come to hold the unenviable tag as the first black person to be born in a "whites-only" hospital in Nigeria, and even one of the first in the 20th century world.
Now a 66-year-old Cameroonian lawyer, Muna had set up the Cameroonian chapter of Transparency International and had hoped to effect reforms from within by contesting for the Cameroonian presidency.
Face2faceafrica.com reports that “Baby Muna” was born in August 1952 in the North-West region of Cameroon, which was then a British-administered territory from Nigeria.
The North-West region of Cameroon, which was formally known as Southern Cameroon, would elect to join the Republic of Cameroon by UN plebiscite in 1961 around the time of decolonisation.
Even though Muna’s hopes of ousting Biya did not materialise, he is, however, remembered as one of the candidates who left a lasting impact.
The father of two daughters has also chalked several feats for himself.
In September 2008, he was president of ECOSOCC and in 2012, he became a member of the High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, a body established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
On February 11, 2013, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved his appointment as Sanctions Commissioner of the African Development Bank.
Muna has singularly had a successful life, it would seem. But his dream of an improved Cameroon and Africa as a whole, is still a work in some sort of progress.
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