Kouassi Emmanuel Alexandre Nouama, retired ambassador, died in Geneva (Switzerland) on July 21. A tribute ceremony to the late diplomat was organized on August 23, at the multipurpose room of the Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora, in Plateau. Former collaborators, ministry staff, relatives, friends and acquaintances saluted the memory of the man who devoted 35 years of his life to the diplomatic function. This gathering made it possible to evoke the contribution of the deceased to the deployment of Ivorian diplomacy, through testimonies and the reminder of his professional career.
Representing Minister Kandia Camara, Daouda Diabaté, Secretary General of the Ministry in charge of Foreign Affairs, recalled the memory of the one he described as a “seasoned diplomat”. Recalling that Kouassi Emmanuel Alexandre Nouama was one of the pioneers of Ivorian diplomacy. He expressed the bitterness and desolation caused by this disappearance within this large family. He, on behalf of Minister Kandia Camara and all the actors of Ivorian diplomacy, presented their most heartfelt condolences to the family of the illustrious deceased. “Rest assured that we share the pain that grips you, because Ambassador Nouama, beyond the boss he was, was also a big brother whose wise advice has never failed us”, he said. testified. He also recalled that the deceased was a devout Christian who walked throughout his life with unwavering faith.
He was also, according to the speaker, one of the key pieces in the search for resources to finance the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Grand-Bassam, the city where he was born.
Jérôme Kloh Weya, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to Japan, has multiplied the praise for the one he described as a master.
Like many diplomats, the speaker said he was privileged to have been to his school. He remembered, with nostalgia, their first meeting in Morocco, in the professional context. The starting point for a fruitful collaboration, but also for a real apprenticeship for the young diplomat that he was. “He was a rigorous and tireless worker. A proven trainer, a visionary, a fundamentally human man who had love for his country, a man of faith,” he recalled. In accordance with the Christian faith of the deceased, the ceremony was marked by songs and prayers as well as blessings formulated by Father Vincent N’Zébo, parish priest of Saint-Paul des Lauriers de Cocody. The late deceased was also entitled to a picket of honor executed by his former collaborators. The tribute ceremony ended with the family’s word of thanks delivered by their spokesperson, Georges Amethier. Ambassador Kouassi Emmanuel Alexandre Nouama will be buried on August 26, at the Moossou cemetery, after a requiem mass scheduled for 10 a.m., at the Saint-Esprit cathedral in Grand-Bassam. The lifting of the body will take place this August 25, at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny room in Ivosep Treichville.
Born in 1937, in Grand-Bassam, Kouassi Emmanuel Alexandre Nouama obtained his baccalaureate in France where he continued his secondary studies. A graduate in history and geography from the University of Poitiers, he was recruited, after his thesis in 1964, as first counselor at the Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire in the Kingdom of Morocco. His hard work has earned him high positions both in the central department in Abidjan and abroad. He was ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in various countries. Especially in Iran (1977-1980). He also served as Head of Mission to the Kingdom of Morocco from 1981 to 1988, then as Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva, from 1988 to 1990. He was finished his professional career by serving as Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to Italy from (1997 to 2000). He claimed his retirement rights in 2000, after devoting 35 years of his life to Ivorian diplomacy. The merit of this brilliant diplomat has been recognized and consecrated by numerous distinctions, both nationally and internationally.
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