Cameroon - Personal background

Paul Biya was born 13 February 1933 in Mvomeko, Sangmelima District, Southern Cameroon. His family belonged to the Boulou minority ethnic group. Biya received his early education at a Roman Catholic mission school. He gained admission to Edea and Akono Junion Seminaries at the age of 14 to be trained for the priesthood. After seven years of study, he went to the Lycee General Leclerc to obtain a secondary school certificate in philosophy. This allowed him to pursue university studies in France, where he specialized in law and political science. Biya has been married twice. His first wife died in 1992. He remarried in 1994. Biya has three children.

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