The CAMEROON COLLEGE SINGERS, composed predominantly of Saker Girls, who toured North America in 1969, with Principal Don WITT (RIP)
THE ENTRANCE TO SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE IN 2012
January 29 2012; Exuberant First Year Students at Saker Baptist College Celebrate!
SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE IS 50 YEARS OLD 1962 - 2012
PIONEER CLASS, 50 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.
PIONEER CLASS GRADUATING IN 1966
Miss BERNEICE WESTERMAN (MA BEE),
FIRST PRINCIPAL OF SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE
January 1962 - December 1962
S.B.C CHAPEL, BUILT BY SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE ALUMNAE
Thanks for making a "pit stop" at this site. I hope you are able to interrupt your journey in Cyberspace long enough to discover what it is all about! In fact, just pull up a chair and "settle in", so I can tell you how the site came to exist, and what it has to offer!
Well, thirty-six years ago, I began a five year "sojourn" in an all girls boarding school called Saker Baptist College, which is ensconced between Mount Fako and the Atlantic Ocean, in Cameroon, West Africa. I did not know it then, but that "School by the Sea", firmly planted on a hill overlooking the town of Victoria, (now Limbe), would wind up being the one, single institution to have had the most meaningful impact on my life, since the principles instilled in me in the five years I spent shuttling between "Banga Bush" and "Likomba", have remained with me to this day, and given me a life and world view that help me successfully navigate through life's vicissitudes and challenges.
"All things Saker" have ALWAYS piqued my interest but that already heightened interest spiked with the onset of Saker Baptist College's 50th Anniversary, this past January 2012! I found myself unable, for a plethora of reasons, to make it to Limbe, where the GOLDEN JUBILEE was celebrated with unprecedented pomp, splendor and pageantry. So, what to do? Instead of moping around, griping and sniveling, (things which my Saker "pilgrimage" taught me are completely futile), I decided to find viable alternatives to missing out, a pitiful state of affairs we, Sakerettes, call "lebbing", and decided to get the rest of the "lebbers" involved. I designed Crossword Puzzles, "Fill in the Missing Lyrics", "Name That Tutor" contests and games , etc., all of which helped us take gleeful rides down Memory Lane! To crown it all, I wrote a TRIBUTE TO ALL S.B.C. STAFF, PAST & PRESENT, and put together a Picasa Photo Album to go with it. (*It can be accessed from the "Gallery" Page on this website.)
This album made many very enthusiastic rounds all over the Saker World, with the incredibly fortunate and life-transforming result that it spurred, more like galvanized me into wanting to KNOW and DO even more! Next thing I know, I am sending and receiving emails to and from Miss KERN, Mr. Roger HAND, Mr. Don and Mrs. Ruth WITT, Mr. Fred FOLKERTS, and Miss WESTERMAN, all of them, people who were there when it all first began!!! I also tracked down Mr. Jesse Nfor and a handful of Ex-Sakerettes who had been part of the famous Cameroon College Singers who toured the United States and Canada back in 1969! I listened to all these people as they reminisced and, the more I heard, the more fascinated and enthused I became.
The 1964-1965 staff and students of Saker Baptist College
The staff at this time was
made up of North American missionary ladies and Peace Corps volunteers.
TUESDAY, MAY 1st 2012
Now, if the “reminiscing” had been limited to just phone calls, (and even emails), this website may never have come into existence. What triggered and hatched the idea were the actual, written NARRATIVES, and palpable “ARTEFACTS”, DOCUMENTS and REALIA that these wonderful individuals shared with me! There are no words in the dictionary fit enough to describe how ELATED I was to hear the MUSIC sung and performed by the Cameroon College Singers in 1969, when I was just four years old, and a vast majority of Ex-Sakerettes were not even born yet!! In fact, there is a fat chance that some of them are completely unaware that such a group ever existed! A VERITABLE CRYING SHAME!
It, therefore, didn’t take me more than a New York minute to realize I just did NOT have any other option, but to find a SAFE, WEAR & TEAR-RESISTANT and “EVERLASTING REPOSITORY” for these “PRICELESS GEMS” which would be accessible to ALL and ANY who would be interested! In my judgment, the most realistic and viable, no red tape or crippling strings attached option readily available to me, was to find a CYBER HOME for them so, on Saturday, April 21st 2012, at 8:35 in the morning, I sat myself down in front of “LADY DELL”, my Desktop Computer, googled “HOW TO BUILD A WEBSITE”, and simply clicked on the first option that popped up, and “the rest is history”!!! (Thank God - and Al Gore, I suppose, for the internet!!)
This is, therefore, NOT an “OFFICIAL” website for Saker Baptist College or any branch of ExSSA, (its Ex-Students Association)! It is a totally PRIVATE and INDEPENDENT INITIATIVE that was born, as I have already pointed out, from my desire to TRACE, PIECE TOGETHER, RECOUNT and PRESERVE an ACCURATE, TRUSTWORTHY and AUTHENTIC HISTORY of SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE from THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE ACTUAL INDIVIDUALS WHO WITNESSED IT, and IN SOME CASES, EVEN, ORCHESTRATED and MASTERMINDED IT!!
To give the Website a little bit of a modern, twenty-first century twist, I thought I should also dedicate some of its pages to showcasing, highlighting and reporting on some of the SUCCESSES and ACHIEVEMENTS of The WOMEN OF UNPARALELLED SUBSTANCE who constitute the ALUMNAE of this illustrious school because they are a de facto testament and affirmation of the school’s worth!!
Of course, anyone who knows me even remotely, would realize and understand that the ULTIMATE PURPOSE behind all of my clearly inexperienced and amateur efforts, is to
BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO THE MASTER ARCHITECT and DRAUGHTSMAN WHOSE BLUEPRINT and SITE PLAN and CRAFTMANSHIP actually UNDERLIE, BUTTRESS and SUPPORT THE WHOLE S.B.C. STORY. HE WAS, IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE SURE FOUNDATION and CORNERSTONE, without which the centre cannot and will not hold!
GLORY TO HIS NAME!
Be Sure To Come Back And Visit Often!!
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Egbe Monjimbo
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 3:51 PM
To: email@example.com; SakerClassof81@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [exsa_usa] I GUESS MOTHER'S DAY CAME EARLY THIS YEAR!!
GREETINGS TO ALL OH!
MY TWO INDEX FINGERS, LEFT THUMB & DESKTOP COMPUTER, (aka Lady DELL), ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE “READY-OR-NOT, HERE-I-COME” ARRIVAL, THIS LABOR DAY, (MAY 1st), OF THEIR “offspring”!
TIME OF BIRTH: DIS VERY 4 O’CLOCK FOR AFTAHNOON TIME! (May 1 2012)
LENGTH: 11 WEB PAGES
GESTATION PERIOD: 10 DAYS
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN: NONE! (This Queen of “NJOH” and “AWOOF” is much too “kontoh” to enlist anyone’s PAID services!! I CAN CERTAINLY DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF, yah!!!!)
MIDWIVES & "MIDHUSBANDS": THE AMAZINGLY GENEROUS MEN & WOMEN WHO CONTRIBUTED THE INFORMATION & DOCUMENTATION I HAVE INCORPORATED INTO THE SITE.
REMARKS & OBSERVATIONS:
- NO PLANS IN THE WORKS FOR ANY "BORN HOUSE", "PIKIN PLANTI" OR C.C.C. SOAP!!
I DO PRAY THAT THIS WHOLE “UNDERTAKING” OR “VENTURE” WINDS UP BEING WHAT I CONCEIVED, DESIGNED AND INTENDED FOR IT TO BE:
A SALUTE TO OUR BELOVED ALMA MATER, ITS ALUMNAE, AND MOST ESPECIALLY, ITS EARLY STAFF, WITHOUT WHOSE SACRIFICE & DEDICATION, WE WOULD NOT BE WHO OR WHAT WE ARE TODAY, ON SO MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS. IT IS OF PRIMORDIAL IMPORTANCE TO ME THAT THEY GET TO HEAR THOSE “THANK YOUs” THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN, IN THEIR GOLDEN YEARS!! 'NOUGH SAID!
Don't forget to check de baby out when you have a sec, keeping in mind that de pikin e Mammy na 3 Finger “typist” with ZERO IT training!! Wuna chus me for whatever it is that may be crooked or not working like it should!!)
Egbe Mbiwan Monjimbo
(Class of ’76 – ’81)
p.s HAPPY BIRTHDAY OH, BIGGEST SIS! (EBOB)
ANNOUNCING THE BIRTH OF SAKER PRIDE!!
U.N. Ambassador ANDREW YOUNG'S 1979 VISIT TO SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE.
Principal W.N. TAYUI introduces him to Mr. E.K. MARTIN, Mrs. B. NOKURI & Mr. RAY HOFFMAN
If you are an avid SakerPride Reader or recent Guest, then you must have realized that the description of what makes up the CONTENT of the Website as outlined above, has ceased to be accurate, with the addition of pages like The NOSTALGIA, ALMANAC, YESTERYEAR, REFLECTIONS and WORTH SHARING Pages!! The amazing truth is that the SAKERPRIDE baby has grown by leaps and bounds in less than 2 years of its existence, to now include these new pages that go beyond the confines of SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE, (which remains the focus though), to encompass information regarding the SOCIETY and COMMUNITY within which the school's early students evolved, which is "THE WEST CAMEROON WORLD"! No entity or institution functions or operates in a vacuum, and S.B.C. was and is no exception. That is why I have gone on, in the additional Web Pages, to present the PROFILES of the Men & Women who made news back in the day, (ALMANAC & YESTERYEAR pages), the Sights, Sounds, Traditions, Customs and "Artifacts" that were common then, (NOSTALGIA page), enveloping it all with my thoughts and comments on various issues - past and current, (REFLECTIONS page), and spicing it all up with ageless WISDOM and LAUGHTER, (WORTH SHARING page). Based on the traffic to these new pages, my guess is that they are a Very Welcome addition, and I certainly THANK YOU ALL for continuing to VISIT and RE-VISIT this site.
GOD BLESS YOU!!
THIS SITE IS OWNED & HOSTED BY
Mrs. EGBE ETONDE MBIWAN MONJIMBO (Graduating Class Of 1981)
EGBE ETONDE MBIWAN MONJIMBO
(GRADUATING CLASS OF 1981)
STATS FOR MOBILE SAKERPRIDE SITE (Launched on May 28 2015 with dudamobile)
WARM, LABOR DAY GREETINGS TO YOU ALL, LADIES & GENTLEMEN!
On this day, 5 short but DENSE, years ago, SAKERPRIDE sprung into existence - like play-play!
As the "INTRO" that still sits on its HOME PAGE says, it was anything BUT well thought out, outlined, or even budgeted for! It still really isn't, and that goes for its accompanying FACEBOOK & TWITTER "falla backs" - and, (as of a month ago), its Electronic Mail Group!
The MODERN DAY MIRACLE, (as in "PURE WANDA"), that SakerPride is, given how far its "tentacles" have reached and how much it has morphed, sprouted and blossomed in these 5 years still BAFFLES & STUNS the MANYANGA right off my KANDA!!
For a "thing" ...
- Whose "OFFICE SPACE" is, most often a Kitchen Table, (but could also be anything from an Airport Gate to a Parking Lot);
- Whose "BUSINESS HOURS" are (usually) between when THE WRITER/EDITOR/TYPIST/PHOTOGRAPHER/CEO/ puts her planti & ndole for faya and when e done;
- Whose "BOARD MEETINGS" are held anywhere from in the CEO's MATOWA, at her BATHROOM SINK, or in her CLOSET with zero words spoken since "Ma MANAGER" and the "LONE EMPLOYEE" have the exact same brain and share the same 3 FINGERS that do all the TYPING/FORMATTING/CROPPING/PUBLISHING etc. (Manager don sack/halla Employee tire!! But as wey, Employee dey work "sans salaire", why Manager go carry e goodluck go ngambi??? Na onley for tie heart dassoh oh!!!! LOOOL!);
- Where "OFFICE ATTIRE", 99.99% of the time, consists of a faded (if not tear-tear) KABA - or Pyjamas, a Hair Net or Shower Cap, and absolutely NO FOOTWEAR, (not even "DSCHANG SHOE" or SANS CONFIANCE), and where WORK is ALWAYS wantonly and GLEEFULLY interrupted by WhatsApping, Singing Along - and, when e bad, Tan'apping For Up and SEKELE-ING AWAY to THE ONLY DANCE MUSIC THAT REALLY MATTERS ON PLANET EARTH, to wit, CAMEROONIAN MUSIC, as fed to my grateful ears by some darn good HEADPHONES that make me so thankful to the mothers of ALAJI TOURE, VICKY EDIMO, EPEME THEODORE aka ZANZIBAR and KOTTO BASS for birthing them! (Will not attempt to list any of the vocalists, every single one of whom MA SAKERPRIDE accompanies, OUT LOUD, whether they happen to be singing in DOUALA, NGOUMBA, KENYANG, EWONDO, LIMBUM or LINGALA!!!! Who says you have to understand what you are singing or even be singing the right thing? All those Roman Catholic Big Mammies in the kontri who sing LATIN that would make Caesar, Brutus, Romeo and Juliet pass out during mass, nkoh??? Ah beg!!)
Yes, for a "thing" that is as "off the cuff" as SAKERPRIDE is, the fact that "IT" is viewed as often and consistently as it has been, from countries (complete with flags) I had no clue existed on this globe - as in, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, and TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, is mind-boggling.
Before I digress any further, I want to, - strike that: I NEED TO do what it is I started typing this email for, which is:
THANK EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU for READING, for COMMENTING, CRITIQUING, SUPPORTING, RESPONDING, PROVIDING FEEDBACK, PROVIDING THE CONTENT/MATERIAL SakerPride thrives on, and even for CRITICIZING and "CHACKING" it oh! (A whole JESUS THE SINLESS who was, is, and always will be PERFECTION, WISDOM & RIGHTEOUSNESS INCARNATE, was not "up to par" in the eyes of some, before na common Ma SP??? Impossible!)
Now, did I hear someone ask what the PLANS are FOR YEAR #6??? Well the answer to that question is THE SAME as it was last year, and the year before that:
NA GOD E ONE SABI!!!!! May the ears of my heart always be as keen as keen to hear His Voice and my fingers as swift to do His bidding. And should the day come when He bids me "cease and desist", may I be just as compliant, for HE'S THE BOSS! Always has been; Always will be!
GLORY TO HIS NAME!
THANK YOU SO MUCH & GOD BLESS!!!
Egbe Etonde Mbiwan Monjimbo aka Ma SakerPride
PLEASE CLICK ON "SIGN IN" BUTTON ABOVE TO LEAVE A BIRTHDAY WISH, COMMENT, MESSAGE, SUGGESTION, etc.
Ms BERNEICE WESTERMAN (aka MA BEE)
FIRST EVER PRINCIPAL OF SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE
TURNS 95 TODAY, SUNDAY APRIL 7th 2019
PLEASE CLICK ON "SIGN IN" BUTTON ABOVE TO LEAVE HER A BIRTHDAY WISH!!
THE STUDENTS OF S.B.C.'s WESTERMAN DORMITORY BACK IN 2014 WHEN MISS WESTERMAN TURNED 90, SING HER A HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG & WISH HER WELL!
Their Prayers were answered and Wishes granted, 'cause she has made it to '95!!! GOD BE PRAISED!!!!
Many Thanks all over again to Ms STELLA MATUKE - the Principal at the time for granting SakerPride's Request to have the video made.
SakerPride's Interview with MA BEE to mark Saker Baptist College's 56th Birthday, FOUNDER'S DAY - JANUARY 29th 2019
ALL FEMALE S.B.C. staff - 1963
(Ms Westerman stands second from right, back row.)
Miss Westerman with some Pioneers at SBC's 25th Anniversary Celebration in 1987