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HRH, Onyengubo Jonathan Thomas: Nigerian Ambassador For Peace Takes Center Stage In The Heart Of Cameroon



Amidst the vibrant cultural tapestry of Cameroon, His Royal Highness, Onyengubo Jonathan Thomas, holds the esteemed position as the head of the Nigerian Igbo community, known as Ohana Eze Ndi Igbo Cameroon. This important leadership role, along with the conferral of the title Gburu Gburu 1- which refers to ‘overall head’ in literal translation – propelled him to the status of a respected figure and leader, in recognition of his vast influence and impact on the community.

Following his conferment as Eze Gburu Gburu 1 in Tiko and assuming the leadership role of Ohana Eze Ndi Igbo in Cameroon, HRH Onyengubo Jonathan Thomas demonstrated his exceptional organizational abilities by swiftly initiating the establishment of the Assembly of Igbo People in Cameroon.

His first major endeavor was spearheading the inauguration of the Limbe Chapter of Ohana Eze Ndi Igbo, where significant and unprecedented decisions were made. The event received extensive media coverage, with flashy newspaper publications highlighting the proceedings. Notably, one publication grabbed attention, proclaiming that « All Igbo Community in Cameroon earmarks 110 Million FCFA for the construction of a Civic Center and school in Limbe. »

During a press briefing held at the conclusion of the occasion, HRH Onyengubo Jonathan Thomas reemphasized the purpose of the event. He stated, « As you can see, the primary aim is to promote our rich culture and to make our people aware of our heritage. It is essential for them to recognize and embrace our cultural identity. Through this forum, they will also have the opportunity to learn our native language, the Igbo language, and understand that we have brothers throughout Cameroon who share the same language and heritage. » He further elaborated that the executive team established in Limbe serves as the foundation for a longstanding endeavor that has been in progress for several years.

HRH Thomas connects with humanity, touching the lives of both ordinary people and the upper echelons of society. Wherever he goes, his lasting impression is etched in the hearts of those he touches, leaving a meaningful impact.

With greater strides on his philanthropic path, the remarkable humanitarian gesture of the Nigerian business magnate unfolded when he funded the release of 22 inmates at the Buea Central Prison. This unprecedented act saw him paying the sum of 2.750.000 FCFA to secure the freedom of these individuals. The event took place within the confines of the prison premises, on Thursday April 28, 2016.

During the event at the Buea Central Prison, HRH Onyengubo Jonathan Thomas shared insights into the motive behind his benevolent act, which was geared towards fostering collaboration between Cameroon and Nigeria, particularly in the domains of development. He expressed that his intention was to provide the released inmates with a fresh start in life and encouraged them to grasp the opportunity to reclaim their freedom. He described this gesture as his way of paying tithes, explaining that his belief differs from the conventional notion of giving to a church or pastor. For him, this act of compassion is his offering to God, with the ultimate desire to witness these individuals leaving the prison walls behind to embrace a brighter future.

The occasion witnessed the presence of State Counsels and members of the judiciary from Muyuka, Limbe, Tiko and Buea, towns from which the prisoners originated, indicating the significance of the event and its impact on all communities.

In his advocacy for peace and understanding between the two nations, HRH Thomas emphasized the importance of unity and cooperation in tackling shared security concerns. In the midst of heightened tensions and crises in Cameroon, he vocalized a powerful message, urging both Cameroonians and Nigerians to place great confidence in their leaders as they confronted the challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgency.

As a quasi-Cameroonian figure with strong Nigerian roots, his opinions matter and resonates with people on both sides of the border. His efforts as a peace advocate have been instrumental in promoting mutual trust and cooperation during challenging times in the region.

Through his visionary leadership, he has effectively established a thriving platform for economic growth and job creation, particularly in the second-hand clothing industry, as well as other ventures. Additionally, his charitable Foundation focuses on uplifting the less privileged in the Republic of Cameroon. As a result of these commendable initiatives, Thomas has garnered numerous awards and accolades over the years.

In a show of unity, Ambassador Abayomi Olonisakin was honored with a courtesy visit from HRH EZE Thomas Jonathan Onyengubo, shortly after assuming his role as Nigeria High Commissioner, to officially extend a warm welcome to him.

In his address, Ambassador Olonisakin expressed his delight at the positive impact HRH EZE Thomas Jonathan Onyengubo had made on the lives of Nigerians residing in Cameroon. He commended the monarch for his dedication to assisting fellow Nigerians in their businesses and for going above and beyond to secure the release of those imprisoned. The Ambassador praised him for exemplifying true patriotism and representing the Nigerian community in an exceptional manner. He assured HRH EZE Thomas Jonathan Onyengubo of the Nigeria High Commission’s unwavering support and commitment to assisting and representing him appropriately.

In response, HRH EZE Thomas Jonathan Onyengubo showered praises upon Ambassador Olonisakin, acknowledging his impressive credentials, experience and background. He expressed confidence that President Muhammudu Buhari’s choice of Ambassador Olonisakin for the position of Nigeria High Commissioner in Cameroon was well-founded. He extended warm congratulations once again and expressed his heartfelt wishes for a successful and fulfilling tenure in the country.

Onyengubo Jonathan Thomas, Eze Gburu Gburu 1, has recently been honored by the President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to alleviating unemployment among the country’s youth.

Through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the State of Cameroon acknowledged the Nigerian philanthropist and Ambassador for Peace, for his remarkable impact on the country’s economy. Particularly noteworthy were his efforts in securing the release of Nigerian nationals imprisoned for minor offenses and facilitating their rehabilitation and empowerment, as well as assisting Cameroonians and nationals from other countries facing similar circumstances.

In a grand ceremony held in Douala, in the Littoral Region of the Republic of Cameroon, Onyengubo Jonathan Thomas was adorned with prestigious Silver, Bronze and Gold Medals. The esteemed honor was bestowed upon him by the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO of Wouri, Benjamin Mboutou, under the supervision of Littoral Region Governor, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua, on behalf of the Head of State, H.E. Mr. Paul Biya. This distinguished award ceremony took place on the sidelines of the commemorative activities for the 2023 International Labour Day.

Upon receiving the medals, HRH Thomas expressed his gratitude and acknowledged the State’s recognition as a motivating call to further action. He emphasized the significance of being honored on this occasion by the State, particularly through the Labor Minister, highlighting that it serves as a profound reminder to continue striving for economic development.

HRH EZE Thomas Jonathan Onyengubo’s continued commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of people serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the present and future generations in both Nigeria and Cameroon. Through his philanthropic endeavors and dedicated service as a traditional leader, he has created a legacy that will leave a lasting impact on communities far beyond his lifetime.

By bridging cultural gaps and promoting dialogue, he paves the way for constructive cooperation, mutual respect and shared progress, leading to significant changes on a broader scale as he communicates a sense of unity that transcends borders.





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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.

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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:
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:
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.


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