Maka Kotto

Maka Kotto (born December 7, 1961), is a provincial level politician from Quebec, Canada and a former member of the Canadian House of Commons. He is the husband of Longueuil mayor Caroline St-Hilaire. He is also a published author and has appeared in film. On May 12, 2008 he won a by-election to become the Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Bourget representing the Parti Québécois. Kotto was born in Douala, Cameroon, and graduated from high school at Lycée Henri-Martin in Saint-Quentin, France. He studied law, politics, dramatic art and cinema in Nanterre, Bordeaux in Paris. Before becoming a politician Kotto was an author, comedian, actor, and stage director. He appeared in the 1989 movie Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired), based on the novel by Dany Laferrière. He also appeared in a second film in 2000, Lumumba, starring as Joseph Kasa Vubu. Kotto was also an educator in dramatic art for nearly 15 years in France and Quebec. Kotto was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Bloc Québécois in the 2004 Canadian federal election.


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