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Short Biography of Prince and Professor Kum'a Ndumbe III

Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III
Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III, Professor Emeritus of Universities (historian, political scientist, Germanist) of international renown and prolific writer, is the legitimate heir to the throne of Lock Priso Bell (Kum'a Mbape), one of the most important kings of the Sawas, a people originally from the Cameroonian coast. All his life, he has been committed to the African renaissance, the rehabilitation of African identities and the history of the continent. In the early 1980s, he founded the independent African cultural centre, AfricAvenir International Foundation, in Douala.

Brief Biography
Born in Douala, Cameroon, into the royal family of the Bele Bele, Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III was sent to Germany at the age of 15, where he attended the Maria-Theresia Gymnasium in Munich and passed his Abitur ("Abitur"). He then continued his university studies in Lyon, France and obtained doctorates in History, Political Science and Germanic Studies. In his dissertation, he deals with the plans for Africa developed by the Nazi regime, a subject that had been largely ignored by the scientific community until then and whose publication was long refused in Germany. It was the famous French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre who, on learning of this scandal, decided to publish an abridged version in his journal "Les temps modernes".

Thanks to his pioneering research, he was co-opted in Paris, as the first African and in a personal capacity within the International Committee for the History of the Second World War alongside such personalities as Henri Michel/France, General Pavel Jiline/USSR, Ferrucio Parri/Italy, Arthur Funk/USA, A. H. Paape/Netherlands, Jean Vanwelkenhuyzen/Belgium, F.W.Deakin/ GB, Takashi Saito/Japan, Avraham Alsberg/Israel, W.A.B. Dougals/Canada, R.S. Sharma/India, Wolfgang Schumann/GDR, M.Broszat/Germany, etc.).

After a double doctorate in History and Germanic Studies, Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III taught at the University of Lyon II and the Catholic University of Lyon for several years, before returning to Cameroon in 1979, where he obtained the Chair of Germanic Studies at the University of Yaoundé I (1980-1987).

In 1989, he completed his agrégation (Habilitation) at the Department of Political Science of the FU in Berlin on the African policy of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and subsequently taught regularly in Berlin for more than ten years. Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III has during these years covered a wide range of topics such as racist ideology and politics, German and European colonial policy, African Allamegne policy, anti-colonial resistance, Euro-African relations, democratisation, development aid, conflict prevention and resolution and African renaissance, and has published widely on each of these topics.

Between 1993 and 1999, Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III worked as a consultant for various German institutions on democratisation and conflict prevention. Most notable among these consultations is his 1997 evaluation of the work of GTZ (German Technical Assistance) in Rwanda, in which he formulated recommendations for development aid of a conflict-preventive nature.

But in addition to being an internationally experienced scholar and teacher, Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III is also a poet and writer who has published more than thirty non-scientific works, mostly plays and short stories in duala, German and French.

Between 1981 and 1991, Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III was elected President of the Association of Cameroonian Poets and Writers (APEC), then Vice President of the Association of Writers of Central Africa AEAC (1985-1991) and since 2002 Member of the Board of the Association for Authors' Rights in Yaounde. In 2003, one of his poems - a tribute to the pan-Africanist scholar Cheikh Anta Diop - was set to music by the internationally renowned Afropean group, Les Nubians.

In December 2008, Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III was honoured in Benin for his tireless commitment to the cultural renaissance of Africa by the "African Citizenship Trophy - Arts and Culture category". In April 2013, the A.D. King Foundation and the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards introduced him to the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards - Hall of Fame Honorees in Atlanta and awarded him the "2013 Scholar in Culture and Heritage" prize.

Since 2003, Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III has been living and working again permanently in Cameroon and devotes most of his time and energy to the consolidation of what can be called his life's project - the AfricAvenir foundation.

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Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III, Professor Emeritus of the University of Yaoundé, internationally renowned university professor of magisterial rank (history, political science, Germanic studies), writer, publisher and founder of the AfricAvenir International Foundation, makes his expertise available to the willing public (researchers, media, artists, experts, etc.) on the basis of consultations for the benefit of the AfricAvenir International Foundation.

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