Tuesday, 2 January 2007


We have been rather quiet since our Parish Day Celebration. We just got our hands really full. It's time we got someone to keep up the blog. But we still must get someone willing to collect and publish news.

Well, we were all shocked by the death of Mr Wacho Christian Nkoh, Head Teacher of Moh in Nkambe Town quasi Parish. It was a sad ending to our celebration in the diocese of Catholic Education Week from 30th October to 05 November. After the celebration of High Mass at the Nkambe "Grand Stand" to conclude the week, Mr Wacho mounted a taxi motorbike at the very grounds where Mass had ended. The bike had not gone ten metres when an oncoming car knocked it down. Wacho went unconscious and died in Shisong Hospital after a week of hospitalisation. His funeral drew crowds to Catholic School Moh premises where a concelebrated Requiem Mass was presided at by the Schools Manager, Father Christopher Seka. Father Joseph Clifford Ndi, the Catholic Education Secretary expressed condolence to the bereaved family.
On 24 November the Swiss Consul General was treated to a cultural jamboree at Tabenken. The occasion brought together most of the elite of Tabenken village. The Fon of Tabenken, HRH Fon Polycarp Ngwayi Ndiboti decorated many of his industrious sons with traditional titles. The cultural celebration was occasioned by the giving of the "Nformi" title to a young Swiss, René Egloff. René had come to Tabenken some months ago with James Mombeh, an indigene who lives in Bamenda and does professional photography. Renè worked on a research programme to discover the use of photograhs for the people. In the course of his research in Tabenken, René sponsored a minor water project in Tuku Primary School. Tuku primary school now has pipe-borne water. In a village where majority of the people do not have any access to pipeborne water, this was a very important gift to the school and to the village. Mr Egloff will be remembered in the village for a long time!

We celebrated FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING on 26 November. The celebrations at Kungi and Binju ended with Procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets. The procession in Binju last four hours. The people defied the midday sun and the dust. It was a very public expression of their faith. As we passed in front of shops and bars with the Blessed Sacrament, onlookers showed they respected the Catholic Programme even if they did not believe in it. They bowed or genuflected to the Blessed Sacrament.

Robert Tanto


At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:44:00 pm, Blogger Emmanuel Ngwang said...

It is remarkable to see how much work our brother Father Tanto has accomplished through the Binju-Nkambe parish project. It is one of a kind. I see no denomination, but people: Wimbum people celebrating growth and development and Wimbum Youth being shepherded to meaningful growth and life.

Let's all join hands not only in celebrating these achievements, but also in sustaining and extending them. I prayerfully hope Father Tanto will find enough grace in the Lord to live long enough to see his vision yield abundant fruits; and I hope we can someday be proud to say we were part of the dream/vison.

It is all about our own destiny: to make or marr the future of our people. Our fate has often been a difficult one: we went down to the Coast and developed it; we went up to Bamenda and developed it; But few, if any of them, will come to help us develop ourselves. So we must come back to develop ourselves. And Father Tanto is leading the way; who is to follow?

Dr. Emmanuel N. Ngwang
Mississippi Valley State University
Itta Bena, MS 38941


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