On Saturday August 19 2017, we woke up to the terrible news that 19 YOUNG men and women, most of them Members of the Vibrant "WANA WA WONJA" Cultural/Choir Group, had perished, ever so senselessly, in a ghastly accident that took place at the INFAMOUS MILE 2-9 when their bus was hit by a truck with (allegedly) faulty brakes, as they were returning to BUEA from performing at a WAKE in MUYUKA!!!
The mortal remains of at least one of them were interred the same day without so much as a casket - for obvious reasons. Other (closed casket) ceremonies took place in the course of the week and the last few, over the following weekend.
Well, a few days ago, someone forwarded a picture which a grieving relative had posted about her beloved cousin who was one of the departed, with a little note about the kind of person he was in LIFE.
That touched and sparked in me, a simple wish to do put together a PHOTO MEMORIAL of sorts to honor the memory of as many of these innocent people as possible, so that they can be REMEMBERED more as they were when they LIVED, than as the "VICTIMS" in the macabre and gruesome pictures AFTER the accident that do not bear looking at!
May the souls of the innocent victims find eternal rest, and may God grant those left behind to mourn their untimely demise PEACE, COURAGE & COMFORT to bear the loss!!!
As you can well imagine, these young men and women have left behind DEPENDENTS for whom life will just never be quite the same again! If you would like to provide some much needed assistance, one way to do that would be to respond to FAKO AMERICA'S CALL TO DONATE TO THE "WANA WA WONJA MEMORIAL FUND. Here's the LINK:
"My cousin, a University of Buea student whose source of income was to cook and sell food in the evenings, what his mom was doing before she passed on.
LUCAS was a student at UB. Even with his cuteness, he would cook and sell food to survive. He never bothered anyone for his livelihood.
He would make sure he attended his Wana Wa Wonja practice sessions, go to functions like the one that has cost his life. He would tell you that SINGING was the best way of life. He blew that whistle with style."
*Remembered by IYA EWUNE, Houston Texas
LUCAS NJIKI NGASSA
HANNAH JOSSO KOTTI
NDOLO VELDA ESIKISE
"I have lost someone great. His name, Esuka Freddy. Esuka Freddy and I always talked about using our rich volcanic soil to escape from poverty. We always talked about our farms and our plan was to encourage our brothers and sisters to also get engaged in the business weather employed or not. We wanted them to know that farming is not fro poor and miserable people. It was for those are intelligent.Today, I have lost someone who shared my vision. It may take time to find another one like you within our community. God Bless your soul. RIP. That is the best I can do for you now. Nothing more than that bro. you are gone and no amount of wishes will bring you back. What provokes me is that it was a very painful death you went through in today's ghastly road accident at Mile 29."
*Quote from Mr. Mokai Moki Stephen Mokondo on Facebook.
Berkley Ekema Ekimea
WE ALSO LOVINGLY REMEMBER SOME RECENTLY DEPARTED WORTHY SONS & DAUGHTERS WHO HAVE LEFT US, IN THEIR PRIME, ALL BUT ONE OF THEM, IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST ...
Mr. PASCAL EBOT AKO
(Operations Team Leader at
ADDAX PETROLEUM CAMEROON COMPANY)
Mrs. SUZANNE ZUMAFOR TAH
(2nd Deputy Mayor of IDENAU)
SUNSET: August 21 2017
May 31st 1971 - August 25 2017
Mr. ANDY WANCHA
Spouse of Class of 1993's Manila Ntumngia
28 October 1968 ~ 27 August 2017
Clovis Ngomba Efange
Ms PAMELA NGUM NANGAH
August 9 1960 ~ August 24 2017
Mr. EMMANUEL "MANNY" NGOLE
July 5 1960 ~ July 17 2017
Ms. Pamela Ngum Nangah passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Ms. Nangah was born on August 9, 1960 in Mankon, Cameroon West Africa, a daughter to Ms. Monica Neba and Mr. Daniel Nangah.
Ma Pam (as she was fondly called by loved ones) received her undergraduate degree from the Howard University and a Master's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. Following her educational career, Ma Pam went to work in various industries from accounting to event planning then eventually becoming an Independent Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. She was a devoted Christian and faithfully attended Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta, GA. She did numerous mission projects with her church and was always giving to those in need. Her beauty was indescribable and her zest for life was amazingly infectious; never meeting a stranger and always the life of the party. Ma Pam was a wonderful daughter, mother, sister, and friend; she will certainly be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Ma Pam is preceded in death by her father, Mr. Daniel Nangah.
She is survived by her mother, Monica Neba; two beautiful children, Mfawa Eno-Williams and Bonomer Djoumessi; a grand-nephew, Titan; a host of brothers and sisters, one of whom is SAKERETTE AMALIA NANGAH; nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
A funeral to honor the life of Ma Pam will be held at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta, GA., with Dr. John Hall officiating. Interment will follow at the Pine Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery.
A visitation with the family will take place from four o'clock in the afternoon until eight on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements for Ma Pam have been entrusted to Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 North Cobb Parkway Kennesaw, GA 30152.
46 year old Mrs. SUZY ZUMAFOR TAH passed away on Friday, August 25 2017 from injuries sustained in a ghastly car accident as she was driving to IDENAU to preside over a wedding ceremony in her capacity as 2nd Deputy Mayor of Idenau.
The UNIVERSITY of NSUKKA (B.A.) and UNIVERSITY of BUEA (M.A.) Graduate who was also pursuing a PhD program at UB at the time of her demise, leaves behind her Loving Husband, Mr. BRUNO TAH, her daughter, TEHILA TAH (Form 2 at SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE, LIMBE) and son, JOVAN TAH, (Form 1 SAINT JOSEPH'S COLLEGE, SASSE), as well as her ailing mother, siblings and a HOST of family and friends to mourn her untimely passing.
Late Mrs. SUZY TAH also held the following positions:
1) Manager CDC Palms
2) Second Deputy Mayor Idenau Council; Vice President of South West Female Mayors' Association.
3) Chairman of Bota Credit Union
A WAKE in LANSING, MICHIGAN (U.S.A.) to honor her memory will take place on the 15th - 16th of SEPTEMBER 2017 . (SEE FLYER BELOW!)
MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE!
He leaves behind his wife and their 3 sons to mourn his sudden death.
David Njuma Jr. Frida Mojoko Etonge Esuka Vefonge
COLONEL EMMANUEL NGEYAH MONIE
18 December 1963 ~ 11 August 2017
Mr. MUEMA MEOMBO aka "M.M."
TEACHER, SEASONED JOURNALIST
1956 - 2017
PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW TRIBUTE ALBUM
On Sunday, December 10 2017, many of us woke up to, or were actually awakened by the incredibly SAD news that MUEMA MEOMBO, more fondly and popularly known by his "M.M." initials, had passed away!
As the initial SHOCK & CONSTERNATION receded, the SADNESS and GRIEF grew exponentially, extending well beyond his own family and friends to the MANY fans - within and without Cameroon, that he had amassed over the years he had spent working as a Radio Journalist in Yaounde and in Buea particularly.
This modest post which comes a day after he was laid to rest in Limbe, is meant to acknowledge, recognize and pay tribute to him for his positive contribution to our history.
It is made up of Pictures from SakerPride archives and the net, but, predominantly, from a collection put together by Mola Gervase Ndoko.
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to his Family - which includes his SAKERETTE Daughter, Class of 2000's EKENI NGOWO MEOMBO and SAKERETTE cousins, Maggie Williams (Class of '79) and Lilian Ndoke Angu and to all left behind to mourn his departure.
May his soul rest in peace!
As Emcee at 2011 opening of ALCEF RIVIERA AMUSEMENT PARK
in Mile 4, Limbe
Attending the August 2011 Funeral Service for Late Pa E.A. Mbiwan at PC Middle Farms with fellow NEWTOWN kinsman, Pastor Joseph Monjimbo, who, incidentally, was one of the Officiating Ministers at his Funeral at Mizpah Baptist Church.
The death has been announced of Mama Elizabeth Enanga Wacka nee Jackai, Mother of Class of 1991's Anita Wacka Mofoke, Mother-in-law of Class of 1996's Pauline Lamfu Wacka, and Aunt to the MOFA SAKERETTES.
Ma Wacka, who was 73, passed away on Tuesday, January 23rd 2018 in Limbe, Cameroon and, as the posted flyer indicates, (SEE RIGHT), a WAKE will be held in her honor on Friday February 23rd 2018 in DALLAS, TX.
Our condolences to our bereaved Sisters, and to the WACKA & JACKAI families as a whole.
May Ma WACKA's soul rest in perfect peace!
P.S. Please note the LINK to her Memorial Website above, should you want to send a condolence message or get any further information.
November 20 1944 ~ January 23 2018
In Loving Memory of
PA DAVID CHIE MUCHOH
We deeply regret to announce the passing into eternity of PA DAVID CHIE MUCHOH, father of EXSSA SOUTH AFRICA's treasurer, Mrs Matilda Azong Nee Muchoh, (Class of 1989).
Late Pa David Muchoh who was one of the longest serving elders at PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Down Beach Limbe, and who was also a lay Preacher , staunch member of CMF, a Messiah Choir Chorister (amongst other things), passed on, on the 30th of January 2018.
ExSSA-SOUTH AFRICA shall be having a wake service for him in Pretoria on Saturday the 17th of February 2018, ahead of his Funeral in Cameroon which is slated for Friday, 2nd March 2018 in LIMBE and Saturday, 3rd March 2018 in BABA II.
May Pa Muchoh find eternal rest in the Lord. The warm, jovial, calm and easy-going man he was will always be fondly remembered!
Sincere condolences to our Sister, Mathilda and to the entire MUCHOH Family.
In Loving Memory of
Ma ELIZABETH KEMCHA
We are saddened to report the passing into eternity of Mrs. ELIZABETH KEMCHA, mother of CLASS OF 1982's Margaret Kemcha Schippel. Ma Kemcha passed away yesterday, Saturday 17th February 2018 in the Houston area.
We extend our sincere condolences to Maggie and to the entire KEMCHA Family.
May Mama's soul rest in perfect peace!
Maggie & her Mom
We regret to announce the passing into eternity of Mr. Z.A. FONJONG, on Sunday, February 11 2018, following complications resulting from Congestive Heart Failure.
He was the father of 3 SAKERETTES:
- CLASS OF 1981's MAJOR Vivien Fonjong Allo (U.S. ARMY),
- CLASS OF 1986's LATE Bibiana Fonjong, and
- Gwendoline Fonjong.
He was also the Uncle of SAKERETTES Mrs. Margaret Tendo Besong, (1967), and Dr. Lilian Tendo Wambua, (1970). (See Photo above right)
The following facts about his career and service, (in a nutshell), do explain why referring to him as an "ICON" is very much in order:
- Attended Government Primary School Bamenda, Up Station.
- Graduated from Ombe Technical College with a diploma in Blacksmith and Welders Diploma.
- Graduated from the University of Uganda with a Diploma in Economics and Commerce.
- Was part of the Delegation sent by then President Ahmadou Ahidjo to Geneva to study.
- Worked for the CDC where he became an activist and visible spokes person who fought for higher wages and better living conditions. (He was better known, during this phase of his life as, "The Man Z A Fonjong")
> 1957 - 1963: Secretary of Workers Union
> 1963 - 1970: General Manager of Workers Union
- Business Man, Owner of "Produce Professor" which he started after his 1970 move to KUMBA, exporting Cocoa and Coffee.
- Served as Deputy Mayor for almost 20 years in Kumba before he retired.
- Founder, in the 1990s, of a Farmers Credit Union, which, from its humble beginnings in his BUEA ROAD premises, has now grown into a reputable Credit Union (KUMBA CREDIT UNION), that serves an impressive number.
- One of the Founding fathers of MECUDA in Victoria, (now Limbe), and its very first Secretary.
- President of MECUDA in Kumba for 6 years.
- Held several Leadership positions in the Catholic Men Association in Kumba Mbeng Parish.
Needless to say, the diligent husband, dad, grand dad, great grand dad, uncle brother and servant of God that he also was will definitely be greatly missed.
Our condolences to our bereaved sisters and to the entire FONJONG Family. May his soul rest in peace.
In Loving Memory of
Pa Z.A. FONJONG
Mr. Z.A. FONJONG
January 15 1933 ~ February 11, 2018
Mr. Z.A. FONJONG (far right), at the 1967 Graduation of his niece, Margaret Tendo (now Besong), from Saker Baptist College.
L to R: Lilian Tendo (now Dr. Wambua) in Form 3, Mrs. Mah Fonjong, Mrs. Tendo (mother of the grad), Margaret Tendo Besong, Mrs. Ijan Tendo (Aunt) & Mr. Fonjong.
In Loving Memory of
BISHOP Dr. VICTOR BALINGA Sr.
Following the passing into eternity of BISHOP Dr. VICTOR BALINGA Sr. Father of Class of 1984's ANITA BALINGA Etta on Tuesday February 8th 2018 in Yaounde, Celebration of Life arrangements for TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, YAOUNDE, LIMBE and BAFIA have been made as outlined in the poster to the right.
We continue to lift our Sister and her family up in prayer.
May his soul rest in peace!
ExSSA-LIMBE standing by Class of 1989's Matilda Azong nee MUCHO during the LIMBE phase of the Funeral Program on Friday, March 2nd 2018 (Courtesy, PIONEER Maria Dibo Mukete)
Class of 1981 SOLIDARITY - first in MARYLAND, (Center), and then in KUMBA (Left and Right)
We regret to announce the passing of Dr. CLAUDE NGUETGNA, Father of CLASS OF 2003's Caryne Nguetgna Bakina.
Dr. Nguetgna fought his ailment long and hard but finally died at the age of 64, at Hôpital Général, Douala, on the 10th of July 2018, leaving behind his wife, Mrs. Rosemary Njefi Nguetgna, (a retired CRTV journalist), 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
He will always be remembered with gratitude, for his very active participation in S.B.C. PTA meetings even long after his daughter was no longer a student at Saker Baptist College. He will be greatly missed. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!
The class of 2003 - aka G96, Cameroon Branch are coming together to help make arrangements for his funeral and burial service, and Caryne Nguetgna Bakina herself can be reached for further details at: +23779405979
Our condolences to her, to the entire bereaved family and to all who mourn his passing.
Our encouragement to the CLASS OF 2003 for being their SISTER'S KEEPER in her period of grief.
In Loving Memory of
Dr. CLAUDE NGUETGNA
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In Loving Memory of
Mr. CHARLES HUSEMAN
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing into eternity of Mr. CHARLES HUSEMAN, husband of CLASS OF 1968's Mrs. FRIDA EFOSI KALE HUSEMAN, on Thursday, September 13, at 5:15 PM Eastern time.
Late Mr. Huseman was also (step) father-in-law to Class of 1995 's Mrs. Eunice Akum Esunge.
We extend our sincere condolences to them and to the rest of the bereaved family.
A Service of Remembrance and Celebration will be held on:
Saturday, September 22, 2018
at 5:00 PM, at
GRACE CHURCH OF FREDERICKSBURG
1141 Heatherstone Drive,
Fredericksburg, VA 22407.
May his soul rest in peace.
Mr. & Mrs. Huseman at their Wedding Ceremony barely 3 years ago, on April 11 2015
In Loving Memory of
PA PETER TARH NKENG
It is with sorrow that we announce the demise of PA PETER TARH NKENG . He passed away on Saturday, September 15th 2018 at the Baptist Hospital in Mutengene. Late Pa Nkeng who was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Anita Taboko Nkeng who passed on on the 29th of September 1997, and his daughter, Class of 1980's Victorine Nkeng Oben, who passed away on January 10 2017, was a "SAKER PA" through and through, given that he was ...
- Late Victorine NKENG Oben ('80)
- Elma NKENG ('81)
- Caroline NKENG Ntangsi ('88)
- Cecilia NKENG ('90)
Pa Peter Tarh Nkeng
January 1929 - 15th September 2018
In Loving Memory of
Mrs. ANGELA NUEMAH NASAH VEGA
We announce, with deep regret, the passing of Mrs. ANGELA NUEMAH NASAH VEGA, a seasoned Educator, wife of Late Mr. C.B.B. Vega who preceded her in death on July 16 1997, (Biography posted at: ( http://www.sakerpride.com/ALMANAC2.html ), mother of CLASS OF 1979's Harriette Vega Kimbouri, grandmother of SAKERETTES Dannique Vega and Angela Nkwanyuo, and also Mother-in-law of CLASS OF 1985's Doreen Banyong Vega.
Mrs. Vega who was born on December 7th 1929, passed away on October 3rd 2018 in Limbe after a brief illness.
She was the headmistress of Catholic School Gardens for 31 years, resigned in 1981 and worked with SONARA as the Director of Social Welfare from 1981 until she retired in 1992. She was one of the founding members of Catholic Women's Association and was also very active in other organizations.
She was a mother of 6, had 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Ma VEGA who was born and raised in BUEA was the oldest of five children, 3 of whom she has left behind. She will sorely missed by her family and well-wishers, to whom we extend our most sincere condolences.
Mr. ROBERT CAPTAIN LYONGA, husband of CLASS OF 1968's Honorable RACHEL EPOUPA LYONGA, (who preceded him in death 5 years and 16 days to his own demise), and Cherished Dad of SAKERETTES, Mrs. DOLLY LYONGA LAMBE (Class of 1985) and Ms NATALIE LYONGA (Class of 2012), passed on at 10:05 p.m. on August 27th 2018 in Buea, after a brief illness.
Late Mr. Robert LYONGA, was a SOBAN who served as Treasurer in Kumba, Limbe, Wum and Buea and also as Financial Attaché in Washington DC, (86-88), and Ottawa, Canada, (89-91), before retiring,
The death has been reported of Mr. JOSEPH ETUKENI MOKI
He passed away on Friday, December 28th 2018, in Buea.
Late Mr. Moki was:
- Husband to Class of 1984's Patricia Nkweteyim Moki,
- Father to class of 2007's Gwendoline Moki,
- Brother to class of 1983's Elizabeth Moki and
- Uncle to class of 1986's Constance Morara.
He was a seasoned educationist, and chemistry teacher who served as principal of Bilingual Grammar school Molyko, Buea, Government Bilingual High schools, Nkongsamba and Edea and who handled many other A/level Chemistry pedagogic responsibilities . He also served as SWELA Scribe.
Our sincere condolences to our sisters, to the entire MOKI Family, and to all who mourn his passing.
May his soul Rest In Peace.
It is with profound regret that we announce the passing of SESSEKOU ENGINEER JOHN NJANG AYUK. Sessekou John Ayuk who was diagnosed with liver cancer in October of 2017, passed on to glory on Thursday, December 21st 2018 in California.
He was the Dad of CLASS OF 1984's YVONNE AYUK ETTA and CLASS OF 1989's Dr. Mrs. VIOLA ONEKE AYUK-NJANG.
Our most sincere condolences to them, to the entire AYUK Family and to all who mourn his demise.
A WAKE in his honor shall take place in LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA on Saturday, January 12th 2019 while the VIEWING, FUNERAL MASS and BURIAL will unfold according to the schedule featured in the FLYER posted to the right, on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th January 2019, in HOUSTON, TEXAS.
May his soul rest in peace.
SESSEKOU ENGINEER JOHN NJANG AYUK
SUNSET: Thursday, December 21st 2018
Mr. JOSEPH ETUKENI MOKI
(SAKER HUSBAND, DAD, BROTHER, UNCLE)
SUNSET: Friday, December 28th 2018
Mr. HENRY AKALE
(SAKER HUSBAND, DAD, BROTHER)
SUNSET: Wednesday, January 2nd 2019
It is with great shock and deep sorrow that we announce the very sudden passing of Mr. HENRY AKALE yesterday, January 2nd 2019 at his home in Bonaberi-Douala, following a massive heart attack.
Mr. HENRY AKALE, a chartered Accountant ( and a Class of '65 - '70 SOBAN) was:
- Husband to Mrs. Eleanor Kange AKALE (Class of 1975)
- Dad to Koko, Namondo (2003), Fase and Maggie (2008) AKALE, and
- Brother to Rita (Ruth) AKALE (1979)
Our deepest condolences to them all, to the rest of the bereaved family and to all who grieve his passing.
May his kind and compassionate soul rest in peace.
In Loving Memory of
Mrs. CONSTANCE ASABI MBONGO
We regret to announce the sudden transition into eternity of Mrs. CONSTANCE ASABI MBONGO which occurred in BUEA on Wednesday, January 9th 2019 - the very next day after she turned 90!
Mrs. MBONGO was the
- MOTHER of Mrs. FESE MBONGO HAMILTON (Class of 1979) and Ms LESLEY FENDE MBONGO (Class of 1985),
- GRANDMOTHER of Mrs. JUDITH BAYENDE MBONGO MBU (Class of 2003), and IDA TONGE AKWO (Class of 1993), and also the
- MOTHER-IN-LAW of Mrs. SENGE IYOK MBONGO (Class of 1986).
We extend our most sincere condolences to them, as well as to the entire MBONGO Family.
Funeral Ceremonies for Mrs. MBONGO will take place in BUEA on Saturday, March 9th 2019 after which she will be laid to rest in KUMBA.
MAY HER SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE!
PA JOSEPH NKELE AMAH
(SAKER DAD, GRAND DAD)
SUNSET: Sunday, January 13 2019
We deeply regret to announce the passing of Pa Amah Joseph Nkele on the 13th of January 2019 in Bamenda.
Pa Amah was the FATHER of Prof. Frida Amah Njwe Eyovi (Class of 1978), the GRANDFATHER of Pat Njwe (Class of 2012/2014) and of Amah Cindy (Class of 2019) who is presently in form five.
Pa, who was born in 1930 started his work career with the CDC in Ekona in 1958, then he was transferred to the Civil Engineering Department in Bota, Limbe where he worked from 1963 to 1982 and retired. He moved to Ekona in 1982 and got engaged in cocoa and coffee farming. He was displaced from Ekona six months ago following the current sociopolitical situation in Cameroon to Bamenda. He took ill about a month ago and passed on on Sunday, January 13th 2019.
Heleaves behind his beloved Wife, Ma Deborah Ada Amah to whom he was married for 60 years. They had eight children, twenty one grand children and ten great grandchildren all left behind to continue his legacy.
Pa Amah will be laid to rest today, Saturday the 19th of January 2019 in Bamenda Town.
Our condolences to our bereaved sisters and to the entire AMAH family.