Presidential couple at funeral ceremony for Edith Lucie Bongo Ondimba

The family home of the President of the Republic of Congo, H. E. Dennis Sassou Nguesso and his wife Antoinett, in Oyo, the birthplace of the President, some 450 km from the capital Brazzaville, hosted on 14th March the senior figures who attended the funeral ceremony marking the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of Edith Lucie Bongo Ondimba, the wife of the also deceased former President of Gabon, Omar Bongo, and daughter of Sassou Nguesso.

Standing out from among the official delegations invited to the ceremony are the presence of the Equatoguinean presidential couple, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Constancia Mangue de Obiang; the President of Togo, H. E. Faure Gnassingbe, and the former President of Benin, Boni Yayi, who together with the Congolese presidential couple attended a thanksgiving mass in memory of the deceased First Lady of Gabon.

The mass for this large congregation, which was also attended by the entourage accompanying the Equatoguinean Head of State and his wife, political and social authorities from the Republic of Congo, family members and friends, was said by Cardinal Lorenzo Mosengwo, assisted by various priests. He focussed his homily on Saint John’s Gospel.

Following the Eucharistic celebration, everyone went to the cemetery, where flowers were laid on the tomb of Edith Lucie Bongo.

The First Lady from our country was good friends with the deceased, and worked with her on many projects for the benefit of Africa in particular, and the world in general.

Edith Lucie Bongo, eldest daughter of President Sassou Nguesso, died at the age of 45 in a medical centre in the Kingdom of Morocco, on 14th march 2009. After receiving a doctorate in Paediatrics, she married Omar Bongo Ondimba, with whom she had two children. She stood out for her spirit of solidarity and humility, and founded various associations and institutions, such as Horizon Nouvou.

Following the ceremonies, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Constancia Mangue de Obiang returned to Mongomo in order to continue with the official tour they are making of the entire country.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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