Joseph-Marie Essomba is a Cameroonian scholar, specialized in history and archeology, born October 28, 1939 in Mvengue II (South Cameroon Province), and died February 5, 2014 in Yaoundé. Emeritus professor of university, he was president of the Cameroonian National Committee of Museums (ICOM-Cameroon) from 1978 to 2013. He has been, in turn, Deputy Chief of the Department of Conservation, Deputy Director and Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Information and Culture of Cameroon.
In 1975, after obtaining his PhD in archeology and ancient history at the University of Paris I Sorbonne, Joseph-Marie Essomba joined the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Human Sciences of the University of Paris. Yaoundé I, as delegated lecturer. He teaches history and archeology. He was promoted to the master degree in 1991 as a lecturer. In 1993 he was appointed Head of History Department, a position he held for seven years. As Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Humanities from 1997 to 1999, he put into practice the university reform of 1993. In the University of Yaounde I, he will go on to all grades, until university professor in 1999. Professor at ENS, [[School of Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies of Yaoundé | ESIJY]], INJS from 1983 to 2004. He gave lectures on various themes, for example archeology, a discipline that he had introduced into programs in the Department of History. Joseph-Marie Essomba has trained many students, some of whom have become his colleagues. It was in Yaoundé, at the invitation of Joseph-Marie Essomba, that Cheikh Anta Diop delivered one of his last messages. When he was no longer Dean, he retired to his Department of Archeology, of which he was the founder and the first leader. After having been Head of the Department of History, he became Head of the Department of Arts and Archeology from 2000 to 2004. He structured the Department and started research programs. From 2005 to 2007, he is Rector at the Ndi-Samba Institute Superior (University of Yaounde-South). He has traveled the world to participate in several conferences, round tables, seminars and conferences from 1976 to 2008 at the national and international levels. He was a member of several national and international associations (ICOM, OMSA, ICOMOS …).
Several theses, research projects, directed memory and several books and articles to his credit: * “Yaoundé, one of the oldest villages of Central Africa and old crossroads of the populations” in 2001.