Iya Rosemary Ekosso was born in Buea. She holds a B.A. in English and French, as well as postgraduate certificates in Translation and Interpreting. She has worked as translator/interpreter since 1995, first with public and semi-public bodies of the Cameroon government, in addition to extensive freelance work, and is currently employed in the same capacity by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania.
Decribed by contemporaries as "one of the brightest of our generation", her contributions in Bakwerirama attest to the truth of that assertion.