Bala was born in Cameroon and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955. He served as titular bishop of Gegi and coadjutor bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bafia, Cameroon, from 1976 until 1977. Bala then served as bishop of the Bafia Diocese from 1977 until 2003.
- KOACI. "Cameroun : Décès à 92 ans de Mgr Athanase Bala, doyen des évêques". KOACI. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
- "Diocese of Bafia, Cameroon". gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
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