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In memoriam of Séraphin Boute Bo Iyeli Ngangeli

By September 22, 2019September 23rd, 20194 Comments

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Séraphin Boute Bo Iyeli Ngangeli, a member of the ICH NGO Forum Steering Committee, and Director of Programmes, Studies and Cultural activities of the “Global Development for Pygmee Minorities” (GLODEPM) NGO in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

After completing his university studies in French and African linguistics in Kinshasa and Mbandaka, followed by training in human rights and rights of indigenous peoples, Séraphin showed an admirable commitment to the safeguarding of ICH in his home at Équateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after which he joined GLODEPM, an NGO dedicated to identifying, inventorying, safeguarding and promoting various ICH domains and elements of the Pygmee minorities. The ICH NGO Forum will particularly remember Séraphin through his participation at GA and COM sessions, starting with his participation at 5.COM held in 2010 in Nairobi, which to him personally acted as a trigger to deepen his commitment to safeguarding the ICH of communities at the national and international levels, and significantly advancing the work of GLODEPM and its impact on communities.

In 2018, Séraphin was successfully elected by the ICH NGO Forum to become a member of the Steering Committee, as the African region representative, during which he was able to enrich the work and insight of the Committee, and that of his colleagues, although his time in the Steering Committee was cut short.

On behalf of the ICH NGO Forum, we send our deepest sympathies to Séraphin’s family and friends, and hope they find comfort following their great loss. Séraphin was put to rest on June 8th, 2019 in Kinshasa.

Séraphin Boute Bo Iyeli Ngangeli
30th June, 1962 – 26th May, 2019



  • Lia Giancristofaro says:

    A loss for our group. Condoleance ti family

  • Bongwe says:

    Vous avez été tout pour nous.Les intimes vous appelaient Papa Séraphin qui signifie rassembleur. Un homme voué Pour la cause des autres. Un infatigable….. Nous avons pris l engagement d essayer de suivre tes traces……que ton âme repose en Paix. Michel.:

  • SEKOU BERTE says:

    RIP to Seraphin Boute:.
    On behalf of Mali Cultural Heritage Agency, I am writing to express our deepest sympathise and our condolences. Thoughts, Prayers and Blessings as ever and May God grant him eternal life..

  • Joseph Ogieriakhi says:

    He was a gentleman.
    May his soul rest in peace in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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