Eminent Cameroonian Professor of Law Prof. Ephraim Ngwafor is the new President of the Sasse Old boys association, SOBA. The university don took over from another colleague, Prof. George Dopgima Nyamndi, Lecturer, University of Buea, who served as SOBA president for the last three years.
The event was the Elective General Assembly of SOBA, which took place Saturday, August 10 2013 at the assembly hall of the college in Buea. Prof. Ngwafor, from the SOBA Yaoundé Chapter easily won the hotly contested election against Barrister John Kameni of the Buea Chapter. Prof Ngwafor floored Kameni with an impressive 75 votes. Kameni managed to garner just 6.
Following the SOBA constitution, the following members were nominated as Vice Presidents; Barrister Emmanuel Eben of the Douala chapter, Prof. George Elambo Nkeng from Yaoundé, Joseph Ndofor from Bamenda, Dr. Ernest Molua from Buea, Beltus Ntopi from the SOBA USA chapter and Joki Manga of SOBA Europe.
The Secretariat of SOBA will be managed by Ebot Mfataw of the Yaoundé chapter and assisted by Takor Takor from Limbe. The Financial Secretary is Douala-based and MTN Cameroon Financial Planning Manager, Ako-Achere Ayuk. Joseph Gana Zanyine, Senior Tax Inspector and Northwest Regional Taxation boss was voted Treasurer of SOBA. Yours truly, Walter Wilson Nana of The Post Newspaper and SOBA Buea chapter was elected PRO and will be assisted by another journalist, Peter Esunji Nkeng of CRTV Television, Yaoundé.
In his acceptance speech, Ngwafor noted that SOBA is one despite the challenges of recent years, while expressing gratitude to all for making the elective AGM 2013 a success story. “Let us take the commitment to make SOBA an indivisible family,” he said.
According to Ngwafor, his administration will constantly source for information from the PTA of Sasse College, the school administration and the Bishop of Buea, proprietor of Sasse College to ensure that the institution stays at the pole position of academia and spirituality.
He took a commitment to get SOBA connected across the world, especially in the build up to the 75th anniversary of Sasse College slated for 2014. “We have to continue with the spirit of living with people. Every ex-student must come and belong to SOBA so that we proceed with the feverish preparations around the 75th anniversary,” he added.
Professor Ngwafor told SOBANS that the expected SOBA House earmarked for Buea will be back on the agenda of his mandate, saying he will take the assignments, difficulties one after the other. “All of us want to see a giant SOBA and we promise to take care of the lapses in the constitution, especially making it airy for SOBANS in the Diaspora to be effectively involved in what we do and their participation,” he mentioned.
Outgoing president Prof. Nyamndi said he has handed SOBA to SOBANS, hoping that the flock will grow and prosper. “Grow and prosper because whoever inherits the exciting baton of shepherd will be fired by the zeal to work for the association and for the association only”, he added.
The varsity don said there is no greater honour than the call to service, inviting all to be ready to surrender, collectively, for the well being of the college that molded SOBANS and the association to which all SOBANS owe their cherished identity.
Some SOBANS look on in amusement
The Principal of Sasse College, Rev.Fr. Peter Nouck wished that Prof Ngwafor still worked closely with Barrister Kameni whom he defeated for the good of the association.
Sasse College was awarded a National Award of Excellence for the Best College in Cameroon by the association, Terre d’Accueil and an international award from an association in Paris, France that ranked the College the best school in Africa in the domain of Quality Leadership.
For the fourth consecutive year, Sasse College has had a hundred percent at both the GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels examinations in Cameroon.
The college was founded in 1939 by the Mill Hill Missionaries from the UK. Next year, Sasse will celebrate its 75th anniversary.