Mrs. Agnes Akwanga, (USA) – Executive Director
Mrs. Agnes Akwanga, wife of the honoree is a long-time human rights campaigner. She joined Amnesty International in 1992 and served in the local divisional board of the Human Rights Defense Group (HRDG), founded by the indefatigable African human rights crusader, the late Albert Womah Mukong. Mrs. Akwanga also served as the Board Secretary of Friends of Freedom International and volunteer with Women in Alternative Action, a woman-oriented development organization that operates mostly in the Central African region. In 1997 she was held incommunicado for 48 hours, deprive of food, water, and sleep following the arrest of her husband.
Mrs. Akwanga refused financial payment if she joins the Cameroon National Election Observatory during the legislative election and instead opted to serve freely as an election observer with the Catholic Church through the Archdiocese of Mamfe. However, her exposure of massive fraud by the ruling party on the voters register with hundreds of names of deceased person’s angered the Cameroonian authorities who threatened to jail her alongside her husband.