The spouses of members of the Diplomatic Corps and National Dignitaries presented New Year wishes to Mrs Chantal BIYA in a grandiose, colourful and joyous ceremony organised at the East Wing of the Unity Palace on 6 January 2024.

Over 1,000 women drawn from all walks of life, including members of the Baka and Bororo communities, shook hands with the First Lady to congratulate her on the fantastic results recorded by organisations that champion her humanitarian activities, like the Chantal BIYA Foundation, the Circle of Friends of Cameroon (CERAC), the Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery and Human Reproductive Teaching Hospital (CHRACERH), African Synergies, and the Chantal BIYA International Reference Centre for Research on the Prevention and Management of HIV/AIDS (CIRCB). 

They equally extended best wishes to the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Education and Social Inclusion for her to succeed in all her endeavours in 2024.

Mrs Annie Biffot, wife of the Gabonese High Commissioner and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps offered a special bouquet of flowers to Mrs Chantal BIYA, Special Ambassador of UNAIDS. She equally spoke on behalf of the first delegation comprised of spouses of members of the Diplomatic Corps. Her wonderful words of encouragement were received with a warm smile from the host, who expressed her sincere gratitude to all present with big hugs.

Mrs Chantal BIYA closed the event with a tour of the various stands in the garden to commune once again with the guests before her departure from the ceremonial ground. Artists such as Prince Eyango, Pastor, Toto Guillaume, Ate Bass, Maxi Manor, Effa Paul, Rinyu, Baba Sadou, and Sandrine Nnanga joined the “Brice Band orchestra” to entertain the invitees – who each returned home with a special gift offered by the First Lady.