On February 22, 2017, Cultural Affairs Officer Nitza Sola-Rotger welcomed to the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde Dr. Florence Tobo Lobe. A renowned Cameroonian scientist resident in Douala, Dr. Tobo Lobe has devoted her life to empowering Cameroonian girls to pursue an education in Science and Technology through her organization “Fondation Rubisadt.” Dr. Tobo-Lobe and Cultural Affairs Officer Sola-Rotger are both graduates of Wellesley College in Massachusetts – known for being Hillary Clinton’s and Madeleine Albright’s alma mater. Dr. Tobo Lobe said: “The first way for girls to attain success in life starts with an education. It was a long journey for me too. I am proud to be a Wellesley College graduate and a former classmate of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from the class of 1969. I recall those days with all of my classmates, but for me the key factor was to make a difference for all Cameroonian women and girls, and empowering them to have access to the tools of education so that they can contribute to shaping a future of promise for all people. I have seen the same promise in African women throughout the continent.” CAO Sola-Rotger noted: “Leaders like Ms. Tobo-Lobe are an inspiration to us in their commitment to education and women’s empowerment.”
For information about Wellesley College please see: http://www.wellesley.edu/. Fondation Rubisadt website: http://rubisadt.org/; and Fondation Rubisadt Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rubisadt/.