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Edith Lucie Bongo

Physician

Édith Lucie Bongo Ondimba (March 10, 1964 – March 14, 2009) was the First Lady of Gabon as the wife of President Omar Bongo from 1990 to 2009. The daughter of Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso, her marriage to President Bongo on August 4, 1990, was reportedly viewed politically as an example of cooperation between the two countries according to Reuters. Édith Bongo was a medical doctor by education, a pediatrician, with HIV/AIDS as one of her main focuses. She helped create a forum for African first ladies to fight AIDS and founded associations for vulnerable children and people with disabilities. In 2009, she was hospitalized in Rabat, Morocco. On March 14, 2009, she died at the hospital, four days after her 45th birthday. The statement announcing her death not specify the cause of death or the nature of her illness. She had not appeared in public for around three years preceding her death. After the state funeral in Libreville, Gabon, Édith Bongo's remains were taken to Edu, her father's home village in northern Congo for a traditional Mbochi tribal burial in the family cemetery there on March 20, 2009. The burial, nationally televised in Gabon and Congo, was  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
First lady Edith Lucie Bongo,Dr. Edith Lucie Bongo
Date of birth
1964-03-10
Place of birth
Brazzaville
Parents
Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso, Denis Sassou Nguesso
Spouse(s)
Omar Bongo
Children
Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso
Profession
Physician

Death

Date of death
2009-03-14
Place of death
Rabat

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