Born on April 11, 1959, the star of Bonjongo, a village in the outskirts of Buea died Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Regional Hospital Annex Buea after a malaise.
She organized a party on Saturday, April 17 to celebrate her 62nd birthday. She was looking hale and hearty and the ceremony that was full of color and grandeur.
The Director of the Regional Hospital Annex Buea, Dr. Martin Mokake was on hand to explain to South West Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai the circumstances under which Hon. Lifaka died.
Lifaka became a Member of the National Assembly for Fako West in 2002 and enjoyed the confidence of her electorate until death. Following the fortunes of the 2007 twin elections, Lifaka became deputy leader of the CPDM group at the National Assembly.
In 2009, she was elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, a position she occupied until she quit the stage Tuesday evening.
The substantive member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) represented the National Assembly in the National Decentralisation Council from 2007 to 2014. She was a member of the Executive Committee of Good Governance of the National Assembly as well as a Member of the National Commission of Human Rights and Freedom.
She also took turns to serve as a member of different subcommittees at Cameroon’s National Assembly including; Committee of Finance and Budget, Constitutional Laws Committee.
In 2017, she was elected Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for a mandate that was to expire this year. She is the first African to hold the position in the over a century existence of the CPA.
According to her biography published by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, she was a single mother with two adult boys. She held a Diploma in Secretarial and Business Studies from Crown Secretarial and Business studies College London sponsored by the Institute of Agronomic Research. She also held a diploma in Administrative Management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore USA under a USAID/GRC program and was an MBA student in Human Resource Management with Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.
She was the holder of three national distinctions:
-Knight of the Cameroon National Order of Merit
-Officer of the Cameroon National Order of Merit
-Knight of the National Order of Valor
She took interest in the empowerment of women and the girl child as could be evident in the training of young girls under her Fako West Scholarship Scheme Programme.
She was the Head of the Permanent Divisional Delegation of the CPDM in Fako Division.