Wednesday, December 21, 2016

An Interesting and Insightful Journey full of Hope

The first time I anchorred the News on LTM, I learnt how to add value to my TV personality, adlib, connect with my audience via my charisma and my presence. To some it was like saying A, B C or 1, 2, 3 and to others, It was the beginning of an insightful, moving, sensitive and patient TV revolution.
To me, every detail mattered from the headlines, to the vocal display of facts, the charismatic gesticulations, the way I dress, to the way I voice out signals via the eye contact.
Creating meaningful impact on the  viewers (who made me their TV queen in no distant time) and inspiring young girls with the way I did my presentations, became breakfast, lunch and supper for me. 
Then, came the creation and writing process. I had to learn how to write blueprint copies of every initiative that vibrated energy and meaning to my brain. It wasn't an easy task for me to start up an English program since the Anglophone problem was rife on the media landscape (out of the existing media outlets, not even 1 could boast of having the broadcast of at least 3 English programs per day), so I started doing bilingual shows. See an excerpt of 'Samedi Soir' with Prince Ndedi Eyango https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9_7EP2BVE0

Then taking a look at the impact this had on the English audience, I devised new strategies with the creation and hosting of flagship programs like:
 'Voice of the Voiceless' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLy3r1GU-Fc
'Views, Voices and Visions' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZJ9cm-9aRw&t=2233s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pzAnSEtW9g
'Monuments' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGXhKogGzGw&feature=youtu.be
'Good Morning Cameroon' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5S-f8XPJlw
'Cameroon's Crow' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZIUFvaauYI&t=140s to name these.



The Anglophones developed interest in my talk shows which did not only inform, inspire and empower the viewers, but as well educated a cross section of people on ethics. The story of the audacious, daring and ground breaking anchor took another dimension and arrows came from diverse horizons ro hit me. I am a gifted TV asset many said, but this shining light attributed to my personality, attracted some jealousy, envy and wickedness from colleagues. I experienced the good, the bad and the ugly which pushed me to extremes and before I knew it, I fell into a depression. I didn't understand why thorns decorated my seats, path and every move I made to make things right. The most annoying aspect was these arrows came from those I helped, uplifted and confided in, most of the times. I lost total confidence in me, doubted every move I made, hated the new version of me who trusted no one and made fear a best friend. That notwithstanding, I knew this fire in me could not be extinguished by jealousy of a few, so I pushed on.
At home, My darling husband supported me at his best, and understood when I dropped a resignation letter to give myself a break and enable my colleagues who were insecure to gain the grounds my presence was preventing them from having. 
Then.....  Starting all over was primordial for me and I was made to believe I had a personality and an attitude problem. This made me take a distance from many whom I feared had a negative influence on my becomming better. Its a difficult but necessary step to make in the redefining process of a human being, especially when arrows have hit you badly, you don't believe in ideas, everyone else sees as brilliant.
Doing my job and keeping my passion alive became a renewed and refreshed focal point, but since I didn't take counselling out of the depression I had, I faced the same circumstances which made me quit again. Dream Killers and Vision Thieves willing to replace me cooked up all sorts of stories of me being chased away, with an intention to ridicule me.
Then I said to myself, enough is enough and in an attempt to bow out of the scene, I received a life turn around mail from Olivia MUKAM informing me to pick up my visa for the Embassy of the US in Yaounde. This good news blew some fresh breeze to my body, mind and soul as  was told, I am Cameroon's nominee for the 2016 Edward Murrow IVLP funded by the U.S Department of State.



My story of Independence, Integrity and Impact took turns with my flight to the United States of America where I dined and wined the best breed of Journalism icons. Upon my arrival at the Washington DC, I met a guide whose hospitality is still to be qualified by a word from the dictionary. Frank picked me and other members of my group for the Washington Hilton where we spent days before embarking for the Election Night trip toMinneapolis. At the Washington DC, a visit to the White House, US Congress, the Vietnam War Survivors, Abraham Lincoln's and Martin Luther King Jr's monuments brought me close to America's history and cultural heritage. Talking with Federalism expert on American politics ahead of election night, having an intellectual exchange with Secretary Kerry, sharing experiences with Journalism moguls like Dr. Shaka Ssali of the VOA, Paul FARHI of the Washington Post, Margaret Sullivan of the WP, Bob Woodward of the Washington Post to name these,  taught me to love what I do more irrespective of circumstances, render only accurate, credible and truthful facts in a balanced story for information, trust the power of my ideas,  leave the past where it belongs, pick out what's better of it  and move on with the present.

My knowledge of America's foreign policy broadened and experts shared interesting details with the murrow fellows on efforts made by the world's leading power to secure peace, ensure leaders are democratically elected to power, educate,connect and empower visionary leaders willing to impact their communities with the difference in their services.

Moving on, Minneapolis' weather, warm welcome and waterfalls (Minihaha) did not only make me breathe an air of being in a wonderland, but also celebrated me and nurtured in me the ability to thrive in a fast changing World. The meeting with the magnificient staff of the University of Minnesota enlightened in me the need to stay humble. I may go right or wrong anyway but I must not forget to maintain the passionate flame and energy in solidarity and humility.

Feeling at home, I met my sister Judith SHU (whom I had not seen for more than a decade) and family who served me a sumptuous meal 'Achu and Yellow soup' commonly called one finger around the world at the forest lakes. Enjoying quality family moments with her intelligent kids who are so confident and intelligent, I lost touch of time and forgot I had an appointment with an incredibly caring couple willing to know more about my Country. Better late than never, I had to make haste and catch up with the home hospitality activity that hooked me up to a wonderful family, whose understanding and hospitality crown Minneapolis America's Tourism Destination. The twin cities resemble Heaven in the world, because you can find everything like beautiful places, beaches, delicious foods, friendly and creative people who make your short stay worthwhile and unforgettable.
Then another inspiring, unique, passionate and motivating experience at the Poynter in Tampa-Florida connected me to great journalists like Dan Rather, Dion LIM to name but these, whose generosity, knowledge, leadership skills, solidarity and humility in constructive conversations did not only model the best of me, but they were flexible enough to open my mind to new learning styles.

Facing the challenges with greater risks and more undefined rewards, soaring highs and abysmal lows, having dialogue upon dialogue on the emotional highs in the US following the election of the republican candidate as the 45th president of the globe's leading power, finding solutions to problems in reporting to inplant seeds of hope and possibilities, New York's sessions presented endeavors serving as outstanding outlets for my creativity, a means of helping the mass and a seemingly never ending series of issue attempting chances from which to grow personally.


I hope to share these insights with you on a regular basis to help you find out what makes you tick, your personal hang-ups, so you can work on the choices you make, your relationships with other business settings and learn more about yourself along the way to make every journey of yours interesting.

To the U.S Department of State, Embassy of the United States in Yaounde, Meridian International, Sponsors and partners of the 2016 Edward Murrow Program, I am thankful you hooked me on an entrepreneurial high. This reward and the satisfaction of feeling as though I helped my community has given me all the confidence I needed to work my way down the street. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was beginning to learn three of the most important lessons - selling myself, building relationships and not allowing rejections to get the better of my drive to move forward.
I am so grateful you valued and improved my status that I celebrate you today and pray the roadmap for next year's murrow's agenda be as electrifying, educative, efficient, empowering and exciting as this year's.  May the Murrow Fellows leave motivated,supported and well resourced, to continue the potent and challenging journey of moulding patriotic citizens, building corrupt free nations and democratically elected governed systems with accurate and credible reporting.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Donald Trump carries the day

Minneapolis — Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America. 
The New US President was elected America’s 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.

His triumph over Hillary Clinton ends eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama. He’s pledged to act quickly to repeal Obama’s landmark health care law, revoke the nuclear agreement with Iran and rewrite important trade deals with other countries, particularly Mexico and Canada.

The Republican blasted through Democrats’ longstanding firewall, carrying Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that hadn’t voted for a GOP presidential candidate since the 1980s. 
He needed to win nearly all of the competitive battleground states, and he did just that, claiming Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and others.
Global stock markets and U.S. stock futures plunged deeply, reflecting investor alarm over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade.

A New York real estate developer who lives in a sparking Manhattan high-rise, Trump forged a striking connection with white, working class Americans who feel left behind in a changing economy and diversifying country. He cast immigration, both from Latin America and the Middle East, as the root of the problems plaguing many Americans and taped into fears of terrorism emanating at home and abroad.
Trump will take office with Congress expected to be fully under Republican control. GOP Senate candidates fended off Democratic challengers in key states and appeared poised to maintain the majority. Republicans also maintained their grip on the House.
Senate control means Trump will have great leeway in appointing Supreme Court justices, which could mean a major change to the right that would last for decades.
Trump upended years of political convention on his way to the White House, leveling harshly personal insults on his rivals, deeming Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, and vowing to temporarily suspend Muslim immigration to the U.S. He never released his tax returns, breaking with decades of campaign tradition, and eschewed the kind of robust data and field efforts that helped Obama win two terms in the White House, relying instead on his large, free-wheeling rallies to energize supporters. His campaign was frequently in chaos, and he cycled through three campaign managers this year.
His final campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, touted the team’s accomplishments as the final results rolled in, writing on Twitter that “rally crowds matter” and “we expanded the map.”
The mood at Clinton’s party grew bleak as the night wore out, with some supporters leaving, others crying and hugging each other. Top campaign aides stopped returning calls and texts, as Clinton and her family hunkered down in a luxury hotel watching the returns.
At 2 a.m., Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told the crowd to head home for the night. “We’re still counting votes and every vote should count,” he said.
Trump will inherit an anxious nation, deeply divided by economic and educational opportunities, race and culture.
Exit polls underscored the fractures: Women nationwide supported Clinton by a double-digit margin, while men were significantly more likely to back Trump. More than half of white voters backed the Republican, while nearly 9 in 10 blacks and two-thirds of Hispanics voted for the Democrat.
Doug Ratliff, a 67-year-old businessman from Richlands, Virginia, said Trump’s election would be one of the happiest days of his life.
“This county has had no hope,” said Ratliff, who owns strip malls in the area badly beaten by the collapse of the coal industry. “You have no idea what it would mean for the people if Trump won. They’ll have hope again. Things will change. I know he’s not going to be perfect. But he’s got a heart. And he gives people hope.”
Trump has pledged to usher in a series of sweeping changes to U.S. domestic and foreign policy: repealing Obama’s signature health care law, though he has been vague on what he could replace it with; building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; and suspending immigration from country’s with terrorism ties. He’s also praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and spoken of building a better relationship with Moscow, worrying some in his own party who fear he’ll go easy on Putin’s provocations.
The Republican Party’s tortured relationship with its nominee was evident right up to the end. Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush declined to back Trump, instead selecting “none of the above” when they voted for president, according to spokesman Freddy Ford.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a reluctant Trump supporter, called the businessman earlier in the evening to congratulate him, according to a Ryan spokeswoman.
Democrats, as well as some Republicans, expected Trump’s unconventional candidacy would damage down-ballot races and even flip some reliably red states in the presidential race. But Trump held on to Republican territory, including in Georgia and Utah, where Clinton’s campaign confidently invested resources.
Clinton asked voters to keep the White House in her party’s hands for a third straight term. She cast herself as heir to President Barack Obama’s legacy and pledged to make good on his unfinished agenda, including passing immigration legislation, tightening restrictions on guns and tweaking his signature health care law.
But she struggled throughout the race with persistent questions about her honesty and trustworthiness. Those troubles flared anew late in the race, when FBI Director James Comey announced a review of new emails from her tenure at the State Department. On Sunday, just two days before Election Day, Comey said there was nothing in the material to warrant criminal charges against Clinton.

Monday, November 7, 2016

USA: Election Eve Exhilarates Electorates

'We cannot just sit back and all we do is talk talk talk and expect vote to vote itself. Citizens of voting age must cast their votes for the change they want to see.' 

These are the words of A Cameroonian-American of voting age Tina Kukwa urging citizens to be responsible for the change they all want to see. She has the impression many more people are talking than acting. Walking the talk by saying what is meant and meaning what is said to her is a very essential tool for a new dawn in the United States of America. No citizen is indifferent to the election fever but an unusual calm animates the twin cities of Minneapolis 24 hours to election night.The in dwellers are all fingers crossed for the best candidate to occupy the White house for the next 4 years? Who is the perfect candidate? is one question that litters every discussion on minute to minute basis. Some say the Democratic candidate does not only have the countenance but she is honest enough to admit to her mistakes, a quality for an exemplary leadership. Others think the republican nominee is the best candidate because he is of the school that acts than make long speeches that hardly get implemented. Both candidates are rallying more voters for their campaign in strategic outlets. 
An amazing campaign many look forward to end because they have children. 

'I have never seen such a crazy campaign all my life. I can't wait to see the end because I fear my kids will copy the negative energy in their political adds almost everywhere' Janet affirms.

The reality is newspapers who have the culture of endorsing republican candidates have for the most part endorsed the democratic candidate this season. Something many columnists are yet to come to terms with. Religious Leaders on their part have urged Christians to fulfill their civic duties to spare the land of Uncle Sam a flawed leadership. 

'Many more voters must be won for the campaign, though we're not certain about the results. Many are flogging to the polls to vote but for whom? Sshhhh. It is by ballot. Everyone to the polls. Don't boo. Vote for the candidate of your choice. Elsewhere people lose their lives, get arrested or intimidated all because they want to exercise their civic responsibility. In the United States you walk in cast your vote and have nothing to worry about someone stealing your choice. Make use of your right to vote. Don't sit back and hope others go vote. What if they too sit back and hope you go vote? No one votes then?' A billion dollar rhetoric question Divine Nchamukong, Another Cameroonian-American poses.

 It is true democracy is not promoted via intimidation and insults, but ideas. The democracy struggle is fought by all and both parties have shown America and the globe their stand. The people may fear the worse but if they don't cast their votes, nothing will change. Hilary and Trump are already holding election eve rallies, and Either way, Trump or Hilary will be in the White House. 

Whether or not you voted, the decisions they make will affect you.

Friday, November 4, 2016

8 years on, Obama still can

4 days to the Election Night, I remember the November 4, 2008 speech I share with you below:

Election Night Victory Speech
Grant Park, Illinois
November 4, 2008

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.
It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.
I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.
I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.
I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House. And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.
To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics – you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.
But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.
I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.
It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory. I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.
What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.
Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.
For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons – because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America – the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

Who will win the presidency?

Who will win the presidency? is one question on every American lip whether of voting age or not. The citizens of the first power where democracy is prime ponder  whether Clinton will end up being the presidential nominee or trump her contestant will succeed to make radical change, greatly feared by citizens across national teritory. 

 

Radical change highly criticized by all, Americans fear the abolition of slavery may just exist on paper should the Republican whistle-stopper win. Talking to some citizens off camera in DC, they think its the most amazing elections. While others think its the craziest, a good number of voters have taken part in early voting to give their candidate chances to win.  Visiting the Smithsonian early Thursday to take stock of the cultural heritage projected in the magnificent museum, I run into under 10 kids who all prefer the Democratic candidate to the republican solicitor. Asking them why the choice, they hold that Trump is so radical and America is not ready for such a drastic change, given its seen as the land of democracy all over the globe. Statistics reveal over 33 Million American citizens have voted in 38 states of the 50 and however things turn sour or good, the electoral college has the last say. 

See who's ahead in which state and by how much?  http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/


That done, tell us who according to you will win the November 8th American Presidential Elections? Why will this candidate win?  What are your expectations of the electoral college?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I VALUE MY TEACHERS

I VALUE MY TEACHERS
The first time I learnt to say A, B C or 1, 2, 3 - It wasn't easy but the insightful, moving, sensitive and patient strive of my primary 1 teacher made me say these words and figure in no distant time.
What more could be fulfilling for my teacher who taught me (her pupil) how to say words and figures in no time?
Then, came the writing process. I had to learn how to write on the blue and red lines. It wasn't an easy task for my teacher to help me scribble letter 'A', 'B' or write a phrase such as 'I am a good girl' but this shining light interested in giving me an absolute inclusive and equitable quality education, thus promote lifelong opportunities for all, made me better and I was not the same.
At home, Mum and Dad would correct any mispronounced word instantly because in me they did not only see their princess (by traditional backings) and queen (I was the only girl child out of a family of 6), but they already saw that dynamite in me to become a new version of my models Anne Nsang Nkwain, Amanpour & Oprah G. Winfrey.
Then..... The reading process affirmed they had an anchor lady in the BANDA's dynasty.
Doing my assignment and showing Mum and dad before next day's lessons in the classroom, I retained from my lovely parents that a child's homework must be done by the child. For nothing in the World would dad tell me that two plus two equals four, he will help me with counting sticks discover that if I added the figure 2 to 2, I will have 4. These are moving, insightful and sensitive experiences of my childhood that however got stolen by an intruder in the course of life. At this stage, I was 9 and Teacher George (Peace be upon your soul) my primary 5 teacher and Teacher Elizabeth (My Mum of blessed memory) taught me to be remain focused despite all odds. I remember that this unstable part of my life almost affected my academic life (one thing my teacher refused to admit) such that I will have homework upon homework to keep my mind at work. I used to hate Teacher George then for giving me extra work than the assignment given to my classmates, but now I understand he didn't want to see me drop from being 'Number 1' in class to any other figure. Jap Claudia and Larry Shang however had the best of this because I remember being 2nd and 3rd that year. My teacher was deceived with my output but he understood other factors took the best of me.
Then Class Six was another experience with Teacher Kenneth who knew how to whip the hell out me when I went stubborn in class. And I maintained my first position through out the academic year. In Form 1, Literature, Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Physical geography, Mathematics, Physics to name these, are new subjects I discovered in secondary school. This time, each teacher had a subject and this went with different character traits and temperament. My Teachers did their best and I did mine and the journey was smooth. I remember having 20 on 20 in French and 18 on 20 in Literature making my teachers very proud of me. In form three, a girl child observes some changes in her life and my teachers Mme Anyangwe Euginia, Mme NDI Rose amongst others played their part to maintain my intelligent academic cursus. 

Then 'I love you" was a phrase I heard from literature books and wanted to know the meaning since even in close family circles Mothers didn't even have the courage to say it to their children. They showed us how much love they had for us with their care, attention and simply being there for us.
Mrs CHIFEN, the discipline mistress taught me out of the will and zeal to know love at a tender age, whipped out the bad company phenomenon which was strongly growing due to peer pressure and I am grateful today because it spared me the ordeal of having a baby in my mother's home.

Then, I grew into a young, outspoken, brilliant, smart, bold , intelligent, beautiful but troublesome young girl (dubbed PYT - Pretty Young Thing by some and The Voice by others) at Uppersixth when the cold hands of death snatched my mum who was and is still my teacher of all teachers, from me. God through Teacher Kumichii Tilder NDICHIA told me HE was not done with me yet. My encounter with her as a teacher nurtured values of respect, peace, love in me because she is the kind of mother and teacher that allows the child to express her talent, potential and even supports her through competitions. She is the rare kind of mother who knew how to say 'I Love you' to me in words and action. Thank you Mom Mildred today Mrs EDEM for letting me know and share a mum with you after nature created that vacuum. And yes because of that, I easily tell people how much I love them and I don't wait to regret that I should have told them.
University Experience was another different ball game and this time, you had to work out things for yourself because the busy schedules of my tutors didn't enable them to explain after lectures at the amphi theatres. Then, professionally, I tried and met exceptional lecturers like Emmanuel ATANGANA, Xavier MESSE, Alexandre DJIMELI, Casimir AMASANA to name these, who finetuned the skill in me to be authentic, original, real, creative and devoted at all times.

Then... another teacher who is so important in my life after GOD Almighty, my numero uno on the planet, my better half, my bone, my friend, my mother in my darling husband Bruno came into my life and taught me to love, to trust, to forgive the past and move on with the present. This kind of teaching is unconditional and unique words cannot express. This kinda teaching I nova ever seeam before tolop. You carry fire!
My Teachers Snowsel ANO EBIE, Veronica BENGYELA, Beyhia Leonard Brice, Valery DIKOS OUMAROU, Aretha Louise MBANGO, Moki Charles LINONGE, Moise BANGTEKE of blessed memory during my acedemic internship at the CRTV, in their own way did not only make me breathe in a wonderland, but also nurtured in me the ability to thrive in a fast changing World. They still tell me when I go right or wrong anyway to maintain the passionate flame and energy.
Then teachers like Lulu favour Efange, Raymond NJUME NJIKANG, Leila KIGHA, Kaparan Junior, Jessie BAWAK, Dipita TONGO, Martha PONO CHIA, Peter ESSOKA, Mireille SIAPJE, David APPLEFIELD, Dora EBOA, Elthon DJEUTCHA, Mumah Manda, Irine ASANJI, Reverend MASOK Emmanuel, Commy MUSA, Reverend BABILA George FONCHANG, OBAH Rose, Minister Ambe NKANWI, Kim FarelleSamuel FontehCommy Mussa,Solomon Agborem, my wonderful fan page and you via enriching work experiences empowered my Journey with extraordinary exchange.
My inspiring, unique, passionate and motivating career life makes it obvious that my teachers' personalities, experiences and ambitions were not the only characteristics that made the best of me, but they were flexible enough to take into account my learning styles.
I am so grateful you valued and improved my status that I celebrate you today and pray the roadmap for the new agenda, the education 2030 Framework for Action effectively implements goals of adequately training teachers who are officially recruited and remunerated according to their worth, motivated and supported within well resourced, efficient and efficacious governed systems.
Continue to make potent and powerful patriots of procreation.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

IRIC PARTNERS WITH DIPLOMATIC INSTITUTIONS TO PROMOTE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II has visited the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) where he rubbed minds with the seasoned diplomatic brains and joined the representative of the DG of the IRIC, His Excellency Pierre Emmanuel Tabi, the distinguished Professor Alain Didier Olinga, keynote speaker and Chargé d’ Affaires for the Embassy of Italy Danilo Giurdanella, Mr. Benedikt Madl from the High Commission of the European Union, and Professor Andrea de Guttry from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Italy at the opening ceremony of an "International Training Program on Civilian Peace Support Operations to promote peace and development. The Chargé d’ Affaires of the Liberian Embassy to Cameroon and representatives of the Nigerian High Commision did not fail to honour the occassion with their presence and significant contributions, given the reality Cameroon and Nigeria still struggles to address.
"International Training Program on Civilian Peace Support Operations" program speakers & participants at IRIC in Yaounde on August 29, 2016."


Participants of the program from IRIC &  other academic and international organizations brainstormed on judicious ethical but peaceful strategies to settle the dust in the air.
Mr. Quiroz in an electrifying opening speech affirmed Africa must reach breakthrough with the ingenuity, passion, enthusiasm, engagement and commitment of budding talents seeking peace, integrity and justice. "As President Obama has said, and Ambassador Michael S. Hoza has reiterated, this is Africa's century and Cameroon's moment to attain development through the immense talents and contributions of all youth. The United States is proud to partner with Cameroon, other African nations, the European Union, with Italy - represented here today by His Excellency Chargé d’ Affaires Giurdanella - and others around the world to promote peace and development."
Left to right: On August 29, Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II visited the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) where he joined Professor Andrea de Guttry from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna from Italy, keynote speaker and Chargé d’ Affaires for the Embassy of Italy Danilo Giurdanella, and Mr. Benedikt Madl from the High Commission of the European Union, at the opening ceremony of the "International Training Program on Civilian Peace Support Operations."

His Excellency Pierre Emmanuel Tabi highlighted Cameroon’s and IRIC’s commitment to participate in such engaging international peacekeeping missions driving at the absolute attainment of civilian peace. He gave a hundred percent support to the peace building and keeping operations, while yet  promising to partner with other nations to achieve the goals of calm and tranquility for sustainable development. 
The distinguished IRIC Professor Alain Didier Olinga delivers remarks at the "International Training Program on Civilian Peace Support Operations" held in Yaounde on August 29, 2016.

Chargé d’ Affaires for the Embassy of Italy Danilo Giurdanella in his keynote address attested to his nation’s commitment and track record in supporting peacekeeping efforts around the globe. Speaking further, he lauded Cameroon’s role in these operations. Mr. Benedikt Madl from the High Commission of the European Union on his part, also pinpointed the EU’s commitment to promoting peace, which to him like ~ John F. Kennedy does not rest in the charters and covenants alone; It lies in the hearts and minds of all people, who must not rest all hopes on parchment and/on paper, but strive hard to build the asset peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of World citizens. For the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.
Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II delivers remarks at the "International Training Program on Civilian Peace Support Operations" held at IRIC in Yaounde on August 29, 2016.

 Professor Andrea de Guttry discussing in an elaborate and enriching exchange with the intelligent audience reiterated "what men and women leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of other women and men of future generations.
He seized the occasion to communicate on the ideal chances and opportunities scholars of his institution, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, can benefit from.  Lauding the prowess of the IRIC professor Dr. Melvin Ndiloseh who was one of the program’s organizers for her extraordinary academic achievements in Italy, he invited Cameroonian students to top their charts with the right choice. 
Mr. Quiroz on his part saluted the merit of Dr. Ndiloseh , who to him is an examplary patriotic, engaged and devoted Cameroonian youth, the era should celebrate. "She is among a field of scholars who study abroad and return home to contribute to their nation’s development in all fields.”
Curtains of the program were drawn with a colourful reception of guests and program participants, shortly followed by interviews with the local media.

Mr. Benedikt Madl from the High Commission of the European Union delivers remarks at the "International Training Program on Civilian Peace Support Operations" held at IRIC in Yaounde on August 29, 2016.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Heaps of dirt litter the streets of Douala

It is unclear who is in charge of littering the streets with heaps of dirt or decorating the roads and major cross roads with refuse but citizens must be informed of the damage this causes our subways. 


The man in Akwa responsible of putting the road in good shape is littering the streets with dirt because the trash cans are full to brim upon his arrival to empty household refuse bin.

The Citizens living behind Espace Supermarket Akwa are not any different. Every other person complains in locked doors since authorities of the sanitation and hygiene company have chosen to maintain sealed lips on the issue.


As every poisoned meat is food for another, the young man is searching the public refuse bin metres away from the biggest retail market in Central Africa Mboppi Market to find plastic bottles which will be sold to recycling agents and business men producing fake products for refilling. 

There are hopes the Ancien Dalip tarred road will not suffer decay in the nearest future with the coming of this new public refuse site servicing citizens right in-front of a renown bakery and petit phone businesses for call box operators doing ll they can to be ready for a new school season. This has  provocatively been dragging too for pretty long but they seem not to care for their health.


I wonder who will supervise our streets from harbouring rubbish in strategic zones!

Monday, August 8, 2016

LULU FAVOUR FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS



 
LULU FAVOUR EFANGE

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Lulu Favour Efange is not only phenomenal because she is the pioneer presenter of a Morning TV show in Cameroon 'The Good Morning Cameroon' on STV, she is phenomenal because her life still inspires and empowers many into the profession.

'Good Morning! Today is going to be a great day.... so act like it!', 'Good Morning, start every day believing you are the chosen tribute for your district', 'Good Morning, Its a miracle seeing a new day so don't just stumble out of bed, Jump out of bed. Be Joyful and Laugh', 'Good Morning Cameroon! The Day is waiting for you, Go Forth and prosper' amongst others are generous, soft spoken, courageous, warm words the thoroughly work ethic and industrious Mami Lush used to get world citizens on their feet every morning for punctuality and productivity. Uplifting minds to positively embrace the day's challenges was her main task on the show as she would do everything professionally and spiritually possible to add value and light to a life at dawn.

               Live a little, Try to make someone smile, Stay Focused, Keep Smiling and Keep Striving.

Born to Chief P.M EFANGE of blessed memory and Mrs Lydia (Mbome)  EFANGE WOTUTU  on August 8th 1976 in Addis Ababa, LULU JONDO EFANGE blessed her parents with much joy and laughter. The TV Personality attended the Parents' National Educational Union (P.N.E.U)  Nursery & primary School of Bota, where she obtained her F.S.L.C. She schooled in one of the prestigious secondary schools in Cameroon, the Saker Baptist College and G.H.S Limbe where she obtained her 'O' & 'A' Level certificates in 1991 & 1993 respectively. Varsity education took her to the then lone Anglo-Saxon university of the Country, the University of Buea where she obtained a B.Sc degree in Sociology and Anthropology.
 
Leaving University she became the pioneer radio broadcaster of Ocean City Radio Limbe where she thrilled listeners with her voice, charisma and content on her shows. While people were trying to understand her secret, she moved to the economic metropolis to sign with the Douala-based Spectrum Television as an anchor lady of the first ever Morning TV show (which has become a concept with other TV stations)  in the country. The TV Legend 'Mami Lush' whose content was highly appreciated by Anglophones smartly part ways with STV in 2006. One bitter truth many Anglophones are still to come to terms with. The Industrious woman she is, she opened a restaurant at Nouvelle Route bessengue where African delicacies were served sons and daughters of the soil on time at affordable prices. 

She opened the Favour Communication House at Bonanjo, a public relations and advertising company wherein FCH went extra miles to wear smiles on the faces of her diplomatic institutions via services rendered. Then impacting and challenging many lives with her multi dimensional gifts, she set up the Visionary Women of Valor Ministries wherein many homes were blessed. Before Lulu's death, so many testimonies were made by families who survived separations and divorce thanks to Lulu's counselling programs in her Women of Valor Ministries International with main aim to bring out the dignity of womanhood for God's glory.


Like Oprah, the TV legend who was a very driven woman  tried her hands in so many business ventures. She also opened a Christian Bookshop in which all sorts of religious books could be found to nourish and uplift the mind and spirit of Christians for bigger challenges. Leaving her indelible footprints in the sands of time that famous Holy Thursday (April 17) after last supper with Christ, the Minister of GOD went for eternal rest after dutiful service. 

Good Morning Messages I am sure will fall on her answering machine and birthday greetings will decorate her social media handles today as a means to thank her for the instantaneous joys her smiles provided hearts, souls and troubled spirits. Whistling while you work, lets make it a goal to be positive and uplifting each day to.

Be your best like Lulu to survive the odds for God's glory on this LULU FAVOUR EFANGE DAY on my calendar.


She nicknamed herself Favour because she knew that the favor of The Lord rested upon her. God saw that her work on earth was completed and He called her to rest in His favor for eternity.




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