16, July 2016
The first Bishop of the Archdiocese of Obala is no more. Bishop Jerome Owono Bimboé died Friday the 15th of July 2016 at the age of 83. His remains were transferred to the Yaounde General Hospital mortuary.
Born on February the 4th, 1933 at Ebolbum, a small village in the South Region, His Lordship Owono Mimboé was appointed bishop emeritus of the diocese of Obala in 1987. Upon retirement, he was replaced by Bishop Leopold Sosthenes Bayemi Metjei on December the 3rd, 2009.
After his secondary education at the Akono seminary, then Mva’a, he moved to the major seminary at the Grand Oétélé and from there to France. He returned to Cameroon and was ordained priest on the 22nd of July 1962. On the 16th of July 1987 he was appointed Bishop of the new diocese of Obala, in the Central Region.
A great builder and a developer, the man of God drove the construction of several churches and schools. When he left in 2009, the diocese had more than 1,200 priests, all ordained by him.
Ebong Kingsley (Cameroon Concord News Group)