26 April 2010
Paul Bamela Engo (October 21 1931 – April 26 2010) was a Cameroonian diplomat, judge and triple jumper who represented Nigeria at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.
Engo was born in Ebolowa, Cameroon to the family of Fredrick Engo Mimbe and Elizabeth Ekoto Nku’u. His mother died when he was six and the family moved to Warri, Nigeria where his father worked. Engo attended Edo College, Benin and studied law at Middle Temple Inn, London. He was affiliated with the London Amateur Athletic Club prior to the Olympics. In Melbourne Engo qualified for the final round and improved on his previous attempts with a final round leap of 15.03m. Engo also participated at the Cardiff games.
After he finished studies in U.K. and qualified as a lawyer, he started work at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Lagos. After the plebiscite which led to the exit of Southern Cameroons from Nigeria, Engo stayed with Cameroon.
He was a justice of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.