“I am a Cameroonian American!” National Endowment for Democracy Official Visits from Washington, D.C.

Pierre Tantchou, Assistant Program Officer for Africa to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Pierre Tantchou, Assistant Program Officer for Africa to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). [USEYde Photo]
On September 16, the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde welcomed Pierre Tantchou, Assistant Program Officer for Africa to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).  He was met by Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II, Political Officer Christopher Murillo, Mr. Gary Myers, and Cultural Affairs Specialist Gladys Viban, who discussed U.S. partnership efforts with Cameroonian civil society organizations and members.

Mr. Tantchou was born in Yaounde and immigrated to the United States in 2003.  He studied International Relations at George Mason University for his bachelor’s degree and at Pennsylvania State University for his master’s degree.  He said: “NED is proud to support civil society in Cameroon to work hand in hand with government and other institutions to advance and promote democracy in the country. My message to young Cameroonians from all regions – young men and women – is to get involved in the growth and success of Cameroon, as it is known as the ‘Heartbeat of Africa.’”

Mr. Quiroz said: “Mr. Tantchou exemplifies the excellence, achievements, and dedication of the Cameroonian diaspora in the United States.  We are honored to welcome him.  The United States is also proud to partner with NED and many young leaders from civil society who are committed to work with all sectors to promote development in Cameroon through their own immense talents, ideas, and contributions.”

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.  To learn more about NED, please see: http://www.ned.org/.