H.E. Adoum Gargoum was born on 7 August 1954, at Kousseri, in the Logone-et-Chari Division, in the Far North Region. A graduate from the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM), he was the pioneer Minister Delegate to the Minister of External Relations, in charge of Cooperation with the Islamic World, the position he occupied until his death. Prior to his appointment in 1997 as the Minister Delegate to the Minister of External Relations, in charge of Cooperation with the Islamic World, he served as Secretary General at the Ministry of Scientific and Technical Research (1992-1995), and Secretary General at the Ministry of Territorial Administration (1995-1997).
In over two decades of service to Cameroonian diplomacy, this Top-ranking Official of the Republic of Cameroon stamped his mark in the management of Cameroon’s cooperation with the Islamic World. Emerging as an emblematic figure of this cooperation, his distinct sense of discretion, humility and patience had a positive impact on Cameroon’s diplomatic action in the Islamic World. Some notable feats during his tenure include the enhanced visibility and promotion of Cameroon’s image in Arab Islamic countries through several bilateral and multilateral meetings, etc. It was also during his tenure that Cameroon strengthened relations with several Islamic States, notably Turkey with the reciprocal opening of Diplomatic Missions in both countries, and the United Arab Emirates, through Cooperation Agreements facilitating visa procedures for holders of diplomatic and service passports.
H.E. Adoum Gargoum’s tireless efforts to promote Cameroon’s image and interests within the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), also contributed immensely to Cameroon’s consistent and successful participation in the meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement. Young Cameroonian Muslims also gained more training and capacity building opportunities through a significant increase in OIC scholarships. Cameroon’s role under his tenure is equally visible through the election of H.E. Hissein Brahim Taha to the post of Secretary General of the OIC, on 27 November 2020, as a major victory for Francophone Africa.
Minister Adoum Gargoum will be remembered as an indefatigable patriot, who represented the Republic of Cameroon at several high-level meetings and did not spare any effort to make Cameroon's voice heard in the community of Muslim nations.
He was married and a father of seven children. He had an active political life and received several distinctions in the course of his service to the State. He was notably an Officer and a Knight of the National Order of Valour of the Republic of Cameroon.