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"Is my life a parliamentary session? Handsome and worn-out priests: 22 Years as a Priest" by Fr. Dufe Joseph Ndzelen OFM Cap.

By Fr. Dufe Joseph Ndzelen OFM Cap. April 28, 2000 to April 28, 2022 This is a long post. But if you care, and think that this opening reminder is not enough, you could still remind me in the comments section that it is/was long. If you are asked how a priest should look like, what would you propose? What image would you offer? Sometimes I am marvelled at the speed with which my hair turned gray – then I am consoled by the fact that there are some priests who would have even gone for the whitest hairs on high speed, but unfortunately they have not got even a strand of hair on their heads. Once upon a time one of my sisters told me that one girl had told her that I was too handsome to be a priest – that she wondered why I decided to waste my life; “did he have a failed affair”, the girl had insisted to know. In another occasion another lady boldly gathered courage, approached me and said similar things herself directly to me, asking if I will really leave this world without keeping what

World Earth Day 2022: CAMGEW observes with Children

By Bakah Derick The Bamenda based not-for-profit nongovernmental organisation Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW) has observed this year's edition of World Earth Day with children. The observance took place at the organisation's office in Bamenda on Saturday 23 April 2022 with the participating children learning the importance of flowers to man, animal, insects and nature.  Children drawing flowers during the event  Like elsewhere in the world, CAMGEW and the children observed the day under the theme "Invest in our Planet." According to the Director of CAMGEW Wirsiy  Emmanuel Binyuy, bringing the children together for the observance was his organisation's way of investing in the future.  The children and their Training assistant  "Children learned about flowers and what makes flowers important like colours, flavours (Scent) and others. Children also saw the different types of flowers with their colours, scent, size, weight a

Agriculture: ASEED renews commitment towards Belo Women

By Bakah Derick  Action for Social Empowerment and Economic Development (ASEED) has renewed her commitment towards women in Belo ahead of the new farming season. Bobe Timothy Waindim reached out to the women of Belo most of whom are farmers  with planting seeds on Sunday 10 April 2022 as he renewed a tradition he suspended in 2017 as a result of the ongoing armed conflict in the North West Region.  Partial view of the donated items  Talking to, the donor explained that his wife  (late) Dorcas Waindim  Founder and Executive Director of ASEED used to be very close to the women of Belo and since she passed on, he decided to keep that relationship by always giving support at the start of the farming season as well as other areas. "In memory of my late wife, I decided to be supporting women in Belo who were close to her at the start of every farming season. The last time I did was in 2017 and because of the crisis I had to redirect attention to interna

Divine Mercy Sunday: "If our country must have peace, we must be merciful." Priest say

By Bakah Derick  Christians of St Paul Quasi Parish Nkwen have been challenged to be ambassadors and missionaries of mercy. A priest whose name we got as Fr Collins gave the challenge during the early morning Holy Mass on Sunday 24 April 2022 to mark this year's feast of Divine Mercy.  "If our country must have peace then we must be merciful" the priest said  The feast of Divine Mercy he said ends nine days of novena prayers which started on Good Friday. During the novena prayers, Fr Collins detailed that those who took part prayed for  sinners, priests, souls of children, those in polgatory and those who do not believe in the existence of God.  "Divine Mercy prayer helps all to God more and his sorrowful heart...Divine Mercy members are apostles and missionaries of God's mercy in communities." He said  The priest encouraged all to be merciful and to do that he said, they must "have the capacity to forgive, show kindness, pity an

Cameroon-Canada: High Commissioner salutes PCC healthcare efforts at Bamenda complex inaugural

By Bakah Derick  The Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon has appreciated the efforts of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) in providing affordable healthcare services to those in need. Richard Bale was speaking in Bamenda on Saturday 23 April 2022 during the inauguration of a new health facility where he was guest of honour.  Richard Bale speaking at the Presbyterian Health Complex inauguration in Bamenda  While greeting attendees at the health complex inauguration in Ntamulung, the diplomat hailed the PCC Moderator the Right Rev Fonki Samuel and the PCC for the efforts made to ensure that high standard healthcare services are available to the ordinary person who can be in need. The facility he inicinuated will permit the PCC to fulfill the mission of taking care of both body and soul.  Richard Bale receiving welcome bouquet of flowers on arrival at the event  The PCC Moderator has appreciated the High Commissioner for braving the security challenges t

Parliamentary Action: Hon Agho Oliver donates Medication worth 30M FCFA to needy constituents

By Bakah Derick with reports  The member of parliament for Bafut-Tubah has donated drugs worth 30 Million FCFA to the needy population of his Bafut-Tubah constituency in Mezam Division. The donation follows an influx of requests as a result of the assistance the lawmaker recently gave a 77-year-old widow in Bafut.  Hon Agho Oliver MP Bafut-Tubah and Medical personnel during the donation  Hon Agho Oliver handed over the medications to the resident Doctors of Bafut and Tubah health areas, in the presence of the District Medical Officers (DMOs) of Bafut and Tubah health district on Friday April 22, 2022.  While handing over the donation, Hon Agho Oliver explained that the drugs consisting of amongst others;  a variety of large "spectrum antibiotics for children and adults, antifungal drugs, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antipiretics, gastric ulcers drugs, high blood pressure drugs, different varities of antihypertensive drugs; including drugs for congesive

Cameroon-Canada: High Commissioner encourages diplomatic colleagues to Visit Bamenda

By Bakah Derick  The Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon has tasked his colleagues of the diplomatic corps to visit the North West Region of Cameroon despite security concerns. Richard Bale was speaking in Bamenda On Friday 22 April 2022 while visiting the North West Regional Assembly. According to the diplomat, it is only by visiting and engaging with local stakeholders that they can understand the situation on the ground.  Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon after meeting the President of the North West Regional Assembly.  "I am not the first(to travel to the North West) and certainly not the last... based on my experience so far, it is entirely possible to visit Bamenda but what is the point of visiting for foreign diplomat? It is to engage with a variety of stakeholders be it government, traditional leaders, religious leaders, civil society, private sector and it is only in engaging in that brought variety of stakeholders on the ground that we can improve our

Elite One Championship 2022: PWD, YOSA in tough day-10 contests

By Bakah Derick  North West flag bearers in the ongoing Elite One championship will be up against tough opponents this weekend.  PWD Bamenda will take on Cotonsport of Garoua while Yong Sports Academy (YOSA) will confront Colombe of Sagmalima this Saturday 23 April 2022. The North West sides ranked third in their respective groups look forward to keeping their positions or moving up the classification tables which will remain important for them in the competition moving forward.  With 11points and ranked sixth, the recharged Garoua side comes into the fixture with the hope of displacing the Abakwa Boys with 13points  from the third place they have enjoyed since their day-9 draw against Renaissance de Ngoumou. With Cotonsport's recent form, PWD will need a fully combative structure if they must hold back "Ngia P." The fixture programmed for the Molyko stadium in Buea will in no small way be another moment for the two historic clubs enhance the relat

Bamenda Archdiocese: Archbishop Nkea ordains 19 priests with call to defend truth

By Bakah Derick  The Archbishop of Bamenda has challenged newly ordained priests to defend the truth and be ready to die for it at all times. His Grace Andrew Nkea was speaking on Wednesday 20 April 2022 during the ordaination of 19 priests at the St Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral Big Mankon.  Archbishop Nkea conducting the ordination exercise ( Photo credit Archdiocese Bamenda Info Facebook page)  According to the prelate,  preaching love and staying loyal to the "Holy Mother" Church and her institutions are very essential to the life of a priest.  Archbishop Nkea intimated that the ordination comes at the time the truth and love seems to be in short supply in the North West Region of Cameroon with an increase in disrespect for human dignity as a result of the ongoing armed conflict. The priests majority of who are of the Archdiocese of Bamenda are thus expected to champion the campaign for the return to a more loving and truthful society.  Archbishop

Community Development: SHUMAS Cameroon celebrates partners, staff, volunteers on Silver Jubilee

By Bakah Derick  Bamenda based not-for-profit nongovernmental organisation Strategic Humanitarian Services (SHUMAS) Cameroon turned 25 years old this Thursday 21 April 2022. In an outing to observe the Silver Jubilee, the Director General of SHUMAS Cameroon, Mformi Ndzerem Stephen Njodzeka reminder the  workers, partners, supporters and stakeholders of the organisation at home and abroad of the passionate commitment conferred to them as a team to serve humanity diligently as captioned in the  vision: "for a One World and Sustainable Development."  Picture of SHUMAS Cameroon actions  "From our humble beginnings, SHUMAS has contributed enormously in development in the fields of Education, Agriculture, Humanitarian Response, Women Empowerment, Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Environmental Protection, Gender Based Violence and Protection, Shelter Program, Livelihood Program, Nutrition, Volunteering and Social Welfare. All these 14 programs provide eminent l