Destinée Doukaga

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Destinée Hermella Doukaga (born 1983) is a politician, writer, and pilot in the Republic of the Congo. She is the leader of the Patriotic Front party and has served as minister of youth and civic education from 2016 to 2021, then minister of tourism since 2021.

Early life and education[edit]

Doukaga was born 1983 in Dolisie, the capital of the Republic of the Congo's Niari department.[1][2] Her childhood was marked by the absence of her father and the early death of her mother.[3]

Her name is sometimes written Destinée Armelia Doukaga or Destinée Ermela Doukaga.[1][4]

Doukaga is trained as a pilot, having learned to fly in Belgium after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Marien Ngouabi University.[1] She worked as a Dassault Mirage F1 mechanic,[5] then as a professional pilot.[6]

After entering politics, she returned to school thorough distance learning, studying public administration at the University of Poitiers in France.[5][7]

Political career[edit]

Doukaga is the national leader of the Patriotic Front (Front Patriotique, abbreviated FP), a party she founded in December 2015.[8][9][10] The party is aligned with the presidential majority of Denis Sassou Nguesso and his Congolese Party of Labour.[8][9][11] Its stated aim is to defend republican values and build a "strong Congolese nation."[12]

In April 2016, she was appointed as the Republic of the Congo's minister of youth and civic education.[1][9][13] When she was chosen for the post at age 33, she became the youngest member of the country's cabinet at the time.[1] After Sassou Nguesso's reelection, in May 2021, she was shifted to the role of minister of tourism and leisure.[14]

Doukaga also represents Nyanga district in the National Assembly.[5][15]

She has been a member, since 2008, of the Forum for African Women Educationalists, and has worked to promote women's role in development.[1][10]

Writing[edit]

Doukaga is also an author of several books, targeting a Congolese audience.[1] Her first book, Mon labyrinthe, was published in 2014. It is an autobiographical novel about a young orphan girl's struggle for survival.[3]

Subsequent works include Hero dans mes veines, Terre battue, and Chant du coeur.[5]

Her latest book, the short story collection Moi, Président, was published in 2019.[5]

Selected works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Boukaka, Bertrand (2016-05-04). "Jeune pour jeunes, Destinée Ermela Doukaga pilotera la Jeunesse et l'instruction civique". Les Echos du Congo Brazzaville (in French). Archived from the original on 2017-06-27. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  2. ^ PA, Publié par. "Destinée Doukaga, femme de demain". Fondation Sounga (in French). Retrieved 2021-02-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b Kongo, Ralphanie Mwana (March 2015). "Destinée Doukaga: Une plume intimiste et touchante". Amina (in French). Archived from the original on 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  4. ^ "Le Congo, le Japon et le PNUD s'engagent pour la formation des jeunes pour prévenir de la radicalisation". Le PNUD en République du Congo (in French). 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2021-02-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b c d e Pambou, Diane Brègie (2019-03-31). "Présentation du livre " Moi, président! " de Destinée Hermella Doukaga". La Brève Online (in French). Retrieved 2021-02-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "MOI, PRÉSIDENT !". L'Harmattan (in French). Retrieved 2021-02-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Girard, Henry (2019-03-04). "Congo : la ministre de la Jeunesse a bien obtenu ses diplômes à Poitiers". La Nouvelle République (in French). Retrieved 2021-02-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b Oko, Lydie Gisèle (2019-01-28). "Vie des partis : le Front patriotique annonce la tenue de son premier congrès cette année". Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale (in French). Archived from the original on 2019-01-28. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  9. ^ a b c Oye, Firmin (2017-03-21). "Vie des partis : le Front patriotique signe un accord avec six associations". Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale (in French). Archived from the original on 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  10. ^ a b Oye, Firmin (2017-03-21). "Vie des partis : le Front patriotique édifie les femmes sur leur rôle dans la Marche vers le développement". Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale (in French). Archived from the original on 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  11. ^ "Congo: le PCT de Ngolo et le FP de Doukaga, main dans la main pour les futures batailles". Ici Brazza (in French). 2016-02-09. Archived from the original on 2019-10-18. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  12. ^ "Congo-Brazzaville: Front patriotique - Éric Mouckouyou élu président de la fédération France-Europe". Les Dépêches de Brazzaville (in French). 2019-08-28. Archived from the original on 2019-08-29. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  13. ^ Ngombé, Roger (2016-05-02). "Portrait de la ministre Destinée Ermela Doukaga". Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale (in French). Archived from the original on 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  14. ^ Okokana, Bruno (2021-05-24). "Tourisme et loisirs : Destinée Hermella Doukaga invite le personnel à la vertu du travail". Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale (in French). Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  15. ^ "Destinée Hermella DOUKAGA". GOUVERNEMENT.cg (in French). Retrieved 2021-02-11.