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Monday, October 8, 2018

Exclusive: to discover Chantal Biya, the commoner of Dimako

Chantal Biya, born Pulcheria Vigouroux, of a French father and a Cameroonian mother, grew up in Dimako, a tiny village lost in a huge forest in the east of the country.

Chantal was only 22 when, one evening in February 1993, she was invited by the wife of one of the president's nephews to attend Paul Biya's birthday party. They get married the following year.

In twenty-four years, the first lady has made a unique place in the Cameroonian public space.

But who is hiding behind his flashy wigs and extravagant dresses? Portrait of Chantal Biya.