Joshua Nambangi Osih was born December 9, 1968. Joshua Osih was born to Cameroonian father Rev. Dr. Reuben Osih, and Swiss National Therese Osih. Joshua is married to Tina Osih, and has three sons.
He is a politician, Vice President of the main opposition party in Cameroon, the Social Democratic Front, SDF, and the first Anglophone Cameroonian to serve as a Parliamentarian in Douala, capital of the Littoral Region in 2013.
Early life and career
Osih holds an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability, and has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry, notably in operations and management. An established entrepreneur in Cameroon for the past 18 years, he conducts business in aviation, ecotourism, hospitality and aquaculture, and has over 200 employees. He is also the founder and managing director of the notable companies Camport PLC and Africa Travel Management.
Osih joined the Social Democratic Front (SDF) in March 1991 in Douala. In 2002 he was elected regional chairman of the Social Democratic Front for the South West region. In 2006, he was elected 2nd Vice Chairman of the party. In 2012 and 2018 was elected in both instances as 1st Vice Chairman of the party.
In 2013, Osih became the first Anglophone Cameroonian to serve as a Parliamentarian in Douala, in the Littoral Region of Cameroon. He was the vice president of the SDF until February 24, 2018. He is also the chairman of Camport PLC in Cameroon.
Osih is a Member of the Cameroon Parliament for the Wouri Centre constituency in Douala. This constituency represents about 65% of all tax income in Cameroon, although it only has about 600 000 inhabitants of Cameroon’s population of 23.44 million.
Osih is both Vice President of the Finance and Budget Committee of the National Assembly, and Special Rapporteur for the National Assembly. Additionally, he is in charge of the Finance and Administration sectors of the executive. He is Deputy General Rapporteur in charge of state income, Vice Coordinator of the Hope for the Youth caucus, and a member of multiple parliamentary friendship groups.
At the 2018 Extra-ordinary convention of the party that concludes the party’s primaries, he was elected as the SDF’s Presidential candidate for the 2018 Presidential election of Cameroon to be held in October 2018.
As flag bearer for the SDF, he is the hope of millions of Cameroonians who have never experienced a democratic transition since independence and strongly believe that this election will be the last chance for a democratic change to occur and liberate them from an 86-year-old incumbent who has been in office for 35 years representing a 60-year-old regime.