Growing up, Kah Walla was surrounded by inequality. In Cameroon, wealth and influence are concentrated in the hands of a powerful few while 40 percent of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. A lifelong activist, Kah decided to pursue change from within the political system. In 2007, she won a seat on the city council of Douala, Cameroon’s largest city; four years later, she ran for president. In 57 years, presidential power has passed only once in Cameroon. Kah was undaunted, but elections were marred by allegations of fraud; the incumbent president was re-elected for the fourth consecutive time.
Kah’s political legacy continues. Her candidacy sent a bold message, and its impact was felt throughout the country. When Kah describes her leadership style, she says very simply, “I believe in people”. She believes in her fellow Cameroonians’ ability to create the nation they envision — free, democratic and fair.
Kah was a candidate for the 2011 presidential election in Cameroon.