The NEPAD Agency has learned with great sadness, the news of the passing away of Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Toubo Tanam Natama, former Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the African Union Commission (AUC), on March 18, 2018.
Ambassador Natama served under the then Chairperson of the AUC, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, from 2012-2015. A committed Pan-Africanist, soldier, poet, published author and diplomat, Jean-Baptiste Natama will long be remembered for his leadership in various UN and AU peacekeeping operations, as well as for his determination and passion about the responsibility of the youth of Africa in the development of the continent.
As the NEPAD Agency, we worked closely with Ambassador Natama, first in his capacity as Permanent Secretary of the African Peer Review Mechanism in Burkina Faso from 2006-2012 and more recently in his leadership role in the Bureau of the AUC Chairperson.
To quote the legendary late Burkinabe President Thomas Sankara, who decorated Ambassador Natama in 1986, “I want people to remember me as someone whose life has been helpful to humanity.” This encapsulates the impact that Jean-Baptise Natama has made over the years in service to Africa, his story ending far too soon.
We would like to send our deepest condolences to Mrs Natama and his children, grieving extended family, friends and colleagues, as well as to the Government and people of Burkina Faso.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO, on behalf of the NEPAD Agency