A household name on the lip of Nigerian community in Cameroon is Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ndi Igbo, widely respected as accommodating, tolerant and urbane. ISMAIL ADEGBOLA writes.
The proximity of Nigeria to Cameroon, and the level of cooperation currently existing between the two nations, have encouraged the influx of Nigerians into Cameroon with majority of the over four million Nigerians engaging in legitimate business interests.
Given their hard-working nature and resilience, these Nigerians record success in their businesses, and are actively involved in the development of their host communities as constitutionally expected of them.
One of such enterprising Nigerians in Cameroon is His Majesty Jonathan Onyengubo (Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo) who is a household name owing to his numerous philanthropic and humanitarian gestures.
Long before his coronation as the Eze Gburugburu 1 Ohaneze Ndi Igbo some five years ago, the then Jonathan Onyengubo had distinguished himself among his fellow countrymen and women resident in the length and breadth of Cameroon.
His outstanding character on and off his office naturally endeared him to Nigerian nationals, including Yorubas and other Nigerian ethnic groups, thus becoming a rallying point of sorts to them. The leadership quality he effortlessly exhibited at social gatherings could hardly be rivaled.
Hence, during selection exercise, it was not difficult to make him the choice for the exalted post of Eze Gburugburu 1 Ndi Igbo. And since he ascended the throne, he has impacted positively and added value and elevated that revered stool to the admiration of the host communities.
He has spared no efforts in writing his name in the good books in Cameroon and beyond. His philanthropic works have carried him into the Central Prison of Buea where he single-handedly paid millions of francs CFA to free tens of prisoners who were still held back in prison by their inability to pay their release fines. It was a gesture that had never been seen before in the Buea Central Prison, and it was loudly applauded by both Cameroonian and Nigerian officials.
Remarkably, His Majesty is an ever presence in community development projects, be it in his host community or in his home community; he has actively participated in the acquisition of a vast piece of land for the construction of an ‘’Igbo village’’ in the Tiko Sub-Division, South West Region of Cameroon.
Upon construction, the village, which will also comprise of a ranch (Animals like horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, and birds like the Holland duck and peacocks are already being reared on the land), pool, and a guest house, will serve not just the Nigerian community in Cameroon, but also the entire Cameroonian population.
He is a peace-maker, who is noted for settling disputes amongst Nigerians and Cameroonians alike; he has been at the heart of peace in several communities and in homes in Cameroon, obtaining wide recognition from several organizations from across the globe.
He is a role model to young Cameroonians and Nigerians alike, supporting them in their bid to become independent and successful.
The Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohaneze is that one Nigerian who has completely captured the hearts of the people of Cameroon and its government, and always say that he is still very much ready to do more in his bid to see that all humans are comfortable and living in peace and harmony.
With a range of selfless services he has so far done in Cameroon and back home in Nigeria, he has paved a clear path for his future as a Nigerian to watch in the ongoing efforts to further integrate African countries.
The EZE GBURU GBURU 1 of OHANEZE NDI IGBO is a household name in Cameroon thanks to his numerous philanthropic and humanitarian gestures.
His Majesty Jonathan ONYENGUBO is a man of peace, one with a heart of gold, full of love for fellow humans.
Since his coronation as the EZE GBURU GBURU 1 of OHANEZE NDI IGBO some five years ago, His Majesty Jonathan ONYENGUBO has spared no efforts in writing his name in the good books in Cameroon and beyond. His philanthropic works has carried him into the Central Prison of Buea where he single-handedly paid millions of francs CFA to free tens of prisoners who were still held back in prison by their inability to pay their release fines. It was a gesture that had never been seen before in the Buea Central Prison, and it was loudly applauded by both Cameroonian and Nigerian officials.
His Majesty Jonathan ONYENGUBO is an ever presence in community development projects, be it in his host community or in his home community; he has actively participated in the acquisition of a vast piece of land for the construction of an ‘’Igbo village’’ in the Tiko Sub-Division, South West Region of Cameroon. Upon construction, the village which will also comprise of a ranch (Animals like horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, and birds like the Holland duck and peacocks are already being reared on the land), pool, and a guest house, will serve not just the Nigerian community in Cameroon, but also the Cameroonian population.
As a peace-maker, His Majesty Jonathan ONYENGUBO, has been noted for settling disputes amongst Nigerians and Cameroonians alike; he has been at the heart of peace in several communities and in homes in Cameroon, obtaining wide recognition from several organizations from across the globe.
His Majesty Jonathan ONYENGUBO is a role model to young Cameroonians and Nigerians alike, supporting them in their bid to become independent and successful.
The EZE GBURU GBURU 1 of OHANEZE NDI IGBO is that one Nigerian who has completely captured the hearts of the people of Cameroon and its government, and is still very much ready to do more in his bid to see that all humans are comfortable and living in peace and harmony.
Gallery: Diaspora Excellence Award 2023
At the occasion organized in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Naija Diaspora Magazine, several individuals, companies, governors, traditional rulers, business owners, government agencies and parastatals as well as politicians were honored for their outstanding performances in 2023. The publication celebrated its
10th anniversary with a two-day event that included the Symposium and Annual Diaspora Excellence Award. This platform provided a unique opportunity for collective learning, networking, and gaining insights into government policies that relate to communities. Attendees were empowered to navigate pathways of positive change. The Symposium lecture was titled: ‘Building a Nation’, with several dignitaries as speakers.
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Inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament Triumphs Amidst Adversity
On the 6th of August 2023, a monumental event took place at St Michel, Terminus, Douala, marking the commencement of the First Edition of the Anambra State Union Football Tournament. Under the stewardship of Sir Emeka Uzoka, Chairman of the Anambra State Union, this tournament emerged as a testament to unity, sportsmanship, and the indomitable spirit of the Anambra community.
The opening ceremony set the stage for what would become an unforgettable showcase of camaraderie and competitive fervor. A true celebration of tradition and athleticism, the tournament kicked off with a Veteran Match at 2:00 pm. The clash between Aguata Local Government Union and Nnewi Local Government Union resulted in a gripping encounter, with Aguata securing victory with a 2-0 score line.
Distinguished figures graced the event with their presence, adding prestige to the occasion. Among them was Mr. Oliva Ochi, Consul 1 at the Consulate General Douala, representing the esteemed Consul General, H.E. Amb. (Mrs.) Efe A. Clark-Omeru.
The honorable gathering was further enriched by the participation of key personalities, including: Hon. BIC Okwujiaku, President of the Nigerian Community Douala, HRH Eze Jonathan T. Onyenagubor, Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Cameroon, Sir, Lovinus Ezeh, Vice President, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Alex Nwoye, Vice President 2, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Uche Obiekwe, Patron of the Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Innocent Obiorah Odoh, Patron Anambra State Union, Chairmen of Imo and Enugu States Union, Esteemed members of the Anambra State Union.
The event also extended its reach to include esteemed guests from Douala and beyond.
In recognition of the paramount importance of safety and well-being, the organizers ensured the presence of dedicated medical health and security personnel, assuring attendees a secure environment throughout the event.
Despite the inclement weather characterized by heavy rain, the unyielding spirit of the Anambra community remained unshaken. A testament to their passion for football and unity, a remarkable number of attendees braved the elements, converging to witness the unfolding of history on the lush fields of St Michel, Terminus.
The final was held on Sunday 12th of November 2023 @ Bonamousadi Stadium Douala. Oyi Local Government lifted the trophy while Aguta Local Government took the bronze and Idemili Local Government took silver.
The inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament stands as an embodiment of shared values, intercommunity collaboration, and the timeless appeal of sport. This event not only etched a significant mark on the sporting calendar but also served as a reminder of the resilience and unity that define the Anambra community.
As the tournament concluded its first chapter, it left in its wake a legacy of camaraderie, sporting excellence, and the promise of more remarkable editions to come.
CAMEROON: Miniature Africa
Cameroon, nestled in the heart of Central Africa, is a country with a captivating blend of rich cultural diversity, stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. Often referred to as « Miniature Africa, » Cameroon offers travelers a unique and multifaceted experience, showcasing the continent’s essence in a single destination.
With more than 250 ethnic groups and languages, Cameroon is a melting pot of diverse cultures, traditions and customs. The capital city, Yaoundé, and the economic hub, Douala, provide excellent starting points to dive into Cameroon’s cultural wealth.
Cameroon’s diverse geography offers a plethora of breathtaking landscapes, each with its unique charm.
In the West, the mist-covered peaks of Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in West Africa, beckon adventurous hikers to climb and witness awe-inspiring views of the surrounding scenery.
Towards the North, the Sahelian region boasts vast savannas and semi-arid landscapes, offering visitors an opportunity to spot magnificent wildlife, and in the East, the dense rainforests of the Congo Basin teem with a rich variety of flora and fauna, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and exotic bird species.
Tourism Spots on a Budget
Here are a selection of the most distinguished and captivating tourist destinations in Cameroon. These remarkable locales boast accessibility without undue strain on one’s financial resources, making them irresistible choices for tourists.
Mefou National Park:
Mefou National Park houses the Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue center managed by Ape Action Africa. With over 300 rare and endangered primates, it’s a significant conservation project in Africa, providing lifelong care and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trades.
Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is a port city with a diverse flora and fauna influenced by its colonial past. The Limbe Wildlife Centre/Botanical Centre offers a close-to-nature experience, rescuing and caring for ill-treated and endangered animals.
Mount Cameroon, also called the « Chariot of the Gods, » is West Africa’s highest mountain and an active volcano. A popular destination for adventurers and hikers, the trek offers stunning views, diverse landscapes and encounters with wildlife like monkeys and birds.
Kribi Beach, in the southwestern region, boasts long white sand beaches and clear waters. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing and water sports. Visitors can also enjoy the Chutes de la Lobé waterfall, where they can swim under the falls. Local cuisine and seafood delicacies await at various restaurants.
Korup National Park:
Korup National Park, renowned for its bird species, offers pristine tropical wilderness. Visitors can enjoy lodging infrastructure and spot unique primates like the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee and Perseus’s red colobus. Located near the ocean, Mundemba serves as a starting point for tours to the park, where guides often speak the local Cameroonian language.
Cameroon stands tall as a remarkable destination for audacious travelers seeking a blend of cultural diversity, awe-inspiring landscapes and thrilling adventures. From the depths of the rainforests to the heights of its mountains, and from the bustling cities to the serene beaches, the land beckons with open arms, ready to share its enchanting beauty and warm hospitality with all who venture to explore its wonders. As tourism in Cameroon continues to grow sustainably, the country’s potential as a captivating and memorable destination will undoubtedly flourish.