Rachel Kientcha-Tita is a board-certified Family Practice Physician, Registered Pharmacist and proprietor of Medstar Clinic & Medstar Clinical Research Associates.
She was born in Tiko, Cameroon, West Africa, where she attended primary school at St Mary’s catholic school, as well as the prestigious All-Girls’ Saker Baptist College, graduating in the top 5% in her class. Upon successfully obtaining her GCE Advanced Levels in 1988, she attended the University of Cameroon in Yaounde briefly, before continuing her studies in the U.S.
Because Rachel had always been driven by an innate desire to help others, she decided to pursue a career as a healthcare professional. She graduated from TSU School of pharmacy with honors in 1994. After working as a pharmacist for a while, she still "harbored" an unfulfilled need to help others, and figured she could do a lot more as a physician. She, therefore, enrolled in and later earned her MD degree from University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston. While at UTMB, Rachel experienced first-hand what she could do as a physician when she undertook a medical mission to Guatemala. She then enrolled and completed a residency at Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Family Practice and was Board Certified thereafter.
After residency, Rachel worked briefly at IBN Sina, - a local medical Foundation clinic in Houston, and also briefly with Juno Medical, after which she went into private practice, opening Medstar Clinic & Research in November, 2008.
Dr. Tita has always been passionate about missionary work. She has always had a zeal to help the poor and medically underserved, reason why she chose the rural track of Family Practice at Baylor for added experience. This lifetime commitment of hers has spurred her to organize numerous health fairs with other medical groups and churches. As local chapter president of her alma mater's Alumni Association, (EXSSA Houston, USA), she pioneered their first ever health fair to give back to her community. She has also partnered with local churches and community groups like Chapel of Praise for their Bi-annual Healthfairs and medical education projects; Nursing Bridges, (as Medical Director) a local foundation serving Houston & Nigeria at large.
Dr. Tita is also the founder of Medstar Global Foundation which has sponsored several medical missions to Africa, the most recent one in July of 2011, in collaboration with AMWA and Hope Floats Foundation.
She is also a clinical researcher, participating in several ground-breaking drug studies/trials with pharmaceutical companies in the treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, chronic pain, elevated cholesterol, asthma, migraines, and headaches, just to name a few. She uses the research arm of her practice as a conduit for providing free clinics and drugs to her patients who cannot afford care because of lack of insurance coverage.
She mentors other young Africans aspiring to enter in the healthcare arena such as Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.
Dr. Tita is married to Edwin Tita, a pharmacy manager with Coram Specialty Infusion Services. They are the proud parents of a 7 year old boy. During her free time, Dr Tita enjoys dancing, music and helping her son with his piano and soccer lessons.
With this latest achievement and all the other ones that preceded it, Class of 86's Dr. Rachel Kientcha TITA has proved that Saker is by no means living on past glories, nor are its alumnae resting on their laurels, for its younger generations are following hard and fast in their elders' footsteps!
CONGRATULATIONS & GODSPEED DOC!!
Ex-SAKERETTES IN BOSTON PAY
CONDOLENCE VISIT TO THE EWUSIS / ELADS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mr. WITT!!
"JOLLY GOOD FELLOW" Mr. DON WITT, Principal of Saker Baptist College from 1966 - 1969 celebrating his 82nd Birthday IN STYLE,
on May 6th 2012.
(Behold the Florist-delivered Plant & Card sent with the utmost GRATITUDE to him on behalf of ALL his "SAKER GIRLS"!!)
May God continue to Bless & Keep him!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS KERN!!!
Miss Eunice KERN turned 81 on MOTHER'S DAY, May 13 2012!! She was THRILLED to have been acknowledged at the Beginning of the Sunday Service at her Church, and to receive a Bound Copy of The Tributes 28 of her Saker Daughters addressed to her on the ExSSA-USA forum and/or emailed to me a few months back! She was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED alright!! The Picture above was taken at The Service.
TOURING THE NASA SPACE CENTER - WE HAD A BLAST!! (Pun intented!! ;-)
Front Row, L to R: Rachel KientchaTita, Dora Ewusi Ngoh, Evelyn Fuoching Fuller, Kate Ndangu Njome, CARAT Puepet, Agnes Achuo Njaba, Ngonde Martins Puepet.
Back Row, L to R: Elizabeth Gobina Ndeley, ??, Angeline Ndonyi, Jake Kwende, Agnes Fomukong Bongang, Marie Takusi Njowo, Egbe Mbiwan Monjimbo, Jackie Ndikum Atang, & Susannah Mondoa Nfonoyim.
12th ANNUAL EXSSA-USA CONVENTION
IN NEW YORK CITY
AUGUST 1st - AUGUST 4th 2013
No sooner had the ExSSA-USA 2013 CONVENTION PLANNING TEAM published the "maiden announcement" about Convention "Modalities", than tongues - computers actually, started wagging ...
From: Egbe Monjimbo
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 11:39 PM
To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'; 'exssa mal'; 'SakerClassof81@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: POSTED ON SAKER PRIDE ...
Hello Dear Sistahs!
I hope 2013 has been treating you all kindly so far. Just thought I’d acquaint you with the most recent postings on Saker Pride, which are:
-An Obituary Announcement on the IN MEMORIAM Page for Mr. TUNDE AGBABIAKA, who joined the SBC Staff as a tutor in 1972 ( http://www.sakerpride.com/IN-MEMORIAM.html )
-A Couple of GREAT pictures on the “SIGHTINGS” corner of the ExSSA-WORLD page, (who says we don’t have DIGNITARIES and CELEBRITIES amongst us?),
( http://www.sakerpride.com/ExSSA-WORLD.html - Just above Sis Kofo Anjorin’s Keynote Address), and
-“ALL THERE IS TO KNOW” about the UPCOMING 2013 ANNUAL ExSSA-USA CONVENTION, on the EVENTS page, ( http://www.sakerpride.com/Events.html ), especially so our EUROPE & AFRICA-based Sistahs can start to plan ahead oh!! WOMAN NO LEB!! Cannot THANK our New York/New Jersey Hostesses for getting the ball rolling way ahead of time! KUDOS TO Y’ALL!
(Just waiting to recover a little bit from the “KRISMUS FWAH” to hit the stores in search of my own TURQUOISE outfit for my “SNAFF SHORT” in front of the Statue of Liberty!
One “little” thing before I go:
Let me just seize this opportunity to inform ALL THE OTHER CHAPTERS, that the following statement in the CONVENTION Bulletin that states, and I quote:
“A prize also awaits the chapter with the highest number of registrants”
was added to the script for seka “How for do”, given the FACT that de whole werld already knows that the MEMBAHS AT LARGE aka MAL, WILL win the prize, AS USUAL. “Someone” even called from THE BIG APPLE asking for my address to just go ahead and mail “THE GIFT” today-today oh! Na me ah BEG say make dem just leff’am sotey August, make dem no talk say we dey play pachah!! ‘Am just sayin’ …
Do enjoy the rest of your week!!!
Egbe Mbiwan Monjimbo
INNOCENT "BYSTANDERS" WHO WERE REFERENCED IN THE "NJAKRI"
THE "WILLING" PARTICIPANTS ...
(... 4 of whom had no clue their "Njakri" and faces would wind up in this "Article"!!)
From L to R: Sis Esther Tanga Gadpaille, Sis Mary Tambe Tabot, Sis Susie Mondoa Nfonoyim, Sharon Romero Smith & Genevieve Aba Takusi Makia
From L to R: Sally Bame Kum, first in her "Praying Position" and then as a "Regular Marram"; Patience Fielding; Dolly Lyonga Lambe; Kate Ndangu Njome; Egbe Mbiwan Monjimbo, erroneously referred to above as "Find Palaver Big Sis". Ms Monjimbo wishes to seize this opportunity to inform both Ms Lambe and Ms Fielding, that the answer to the question behind the UHAUL truck above is an emphatic "NO"!!! (Nada! Nein! M'mba! Kem! )
Photo from the 2008 Chicago Convention Boat Cruise, included for the sole purpose of emphasizing & underscoring the "dodokido-ness" of Ms Patience 2-Side-Cutlass Fielding. Compare and Contrast the height between her, (far right), and her "na-ame", Patience Fomunyam, standing right next to her! Even "much more worser", is the contrast in height between her and Krazy Kata, (4th from left), singled out for her attempt to "elevate herself to greater heights" (literally), via her "footwear"!!! (Said footwear pictured separately, to the right)
She certainly still has far to go, but she's definitely come a mighty long way ...
Take a look at a few "WAY BACK WHEN" (1960s) Versus
"NOW" (2012) Pictures ...
The Dining Hall showing obvious signs of over-crowding, hence ExSSA-USA's decision to raise funds to build a BRAND NEW one!
Above: Silver Jubilee (1987)
Left: Golden Jubilee (2012)
FLASHBACK TO GOLDEN JUBILEE … MR. ROGER HAND REMINISCES!
(Shared with his permission)
The year started for us with a trip back to Cameroon to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Saker Baptist College, where we taught from 66 to 68, and where we met and married. We wondered if there would be anyone there who knew us, and worried that it would be a big anticlimax and spoil our treasured memories. We arrived at Douala airport to be met by a loud cry of “Mr Haaaand” as not one but 9 ladies, all in matching dresses, met us. All our anxieties evaporated in an instant. Carol was presented with a lovely bunch of tropical flowers and one lady threw her arms around Roger “You taught me Maths, parallelograms!”, she said. We were looked after overnight, and then driven the 30 miles to Saker the next day.
We had a great 3 weeks. The towns were all 5 times bigger than when we lived there, and the road network improved out of recognition. Victoria, where the school is located, is now called Limbe and has broad streets with pavements and even a set of traffic lights! The school has grown and now takes girls up to A level but, apart from a number of new buildings, it remains the school we knew. Roger was amazed to find that the Periodic Table he lovingly painted on the Chemistry Lab wall is still there.
On Day 1 of the celebrations Carol was delighted to meet up with Judy, her star Domestic Science student, and the first 3 people Roger bumped into were girls who were in his class. Roger’s slide presentation from the 60s, that he expected to be of limited interest, had wide appeal. There was lots of interest in what the school, and Victoria, were like in the early days, and there were numerous cries of “There’s my Mum!”, “There’s my Auntie!”, “There’s my Grandmother!”
Starting a girls’ secondary school in the early 60s was very controversial when there were very few boys’ schools, but the Old Girls have done very well, with a good number in prominent positions in Cameroon and internationally. The school has fully justified the faith and vision of the Founders.
Four days after arriving back Carol caught a flight to Chicago for another reunion, this time of those who graduated with her from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago 50 years ago. As well as attending the various functions, and visiting friends, Carol flew to see Don & Ruth Witt - Don was the Principal of Saker when we taught there, and Roger’s best man.
In September we returned to France for the first time for many years to see Delphine, who once lived with us when she was studying at the Mcr Met Uni. We drove to the Loire Valley, where we spent 4 delightful days chez the Tourillons, Delphine’s parents. We loved the sunshine, swimming pool and view over vineyards stretching as far as the eye could see, and the chance to see Tours again, where Roger once spent a sabbatical term. From there we drove to the Dordogne sightseeing, staying in Chambres d’hôtes. On the return journey we stopped at Saumur for a 3 day visit with Delphine, Eric and their 2 young children.
Carol still looks after the nearby grandchildren twice a week after school, which she loves. We went to Holland for the twins 1st bd in April, and they will be coming here for Christmas. The boys are now fully mobile and keep us on our toes.
With very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Roger & Carol
TO CONTINUE READING THE SIDE-SPLITTING "NJAKRI" THAT FOLLOWED, PLEASE CLICK ON THE ICON BELOW!
WAKE FOR MA RUTH NTUBA AT SIS KIDI NTUBA MAKIA'S RESIDENCE IN DALLAS-TEXAS
Friday, April 5th 2013
Please Click On Image Above To View A Few Pictures Of The Event.
(They are a little dark, but they still tell our ExSSA LOVE, UNITY & SISTERHOOD Story, LOUD & CLEAR!
Going Home for The Holidays!!
The Field now hosts the Chapel built by the Alumnae
"Kontri" Dance - certainly not a thing of the past!
SBC students in the 60s & in the 70s, then alumnae in 2012
The School's ENTRANCE in 1967 (above), and in 2013 (right)
The hill leading up to the Administrative block has since been paved!
The dorms and landscape in Principal Don WITT's day (60s) and now (2012)
PIONEER Students pose on the famous 39 Administrative Block Steps
A BIRTHDAY SALUTE TO A MAJOR
Class of '69 "MAJOR"
AS SHE RETIRES!! GODSPEED,
Dr. STELLA CHINWE NWIGWE ANYANGWE!!
As I type this, on this 13th day of April 2013, CLASS OF 1969 MAJOR, Dr. STELLA CHINWE NWIGWE ANYANGWE should be off to her very last work-related trip in Geneva, just a day after her 62nd Birthday!! Come April 29th, she will be taking her already booked flight to Cameroon and her much anticipated trip to BUEA where she plans on enjoying what she herself refers to as her "FREE LIKE NJANGA" retirement status!
The only person who could possibly be surprised at her level of excitement, would be some "clueless" individual who, from their abode under a HUMONGOUS ROCK, has managed to be unaware of HOW MUCH this one-woman-machine has put into her professional life as a DOCTOR, while handling her duties of Wife, Mother, and SAKERETTE, with brio.
Given the fact that I am still in reasonably good possession of my senses, I will NOT; REPEAT, NOT attempt to write a biography of this ACCOMPLISHED WOMAN OF SCIENCE & CHANTEUSE A lA VOIX D'OR! I will just pray for energy and perspicacity for the person who is bold enough to take on the arduous task of telling the complete story of this individual who makes thousands of us PROUD to call ourselves not just WOMEN, but SAKERETTES also.
HATS OFF TO YOU, BIG SIS!! If a feather were to be added to your cap for every one of your achievements, the world of the AVES, as in birds, would be thrown into deep mourning for its innumerable featherless brethren.
Buea will not know what hit it when it wakes up on April 30th! That's for sure!
A TEENY, TINY PEEK INTO HER PROFESSIONAL LIFE!
Dr. Stella ANYANGWE participating in the 2010 Africa Day which was commemorated with the launch of the Africa Progress report 2010 by the Africa Progress Panel, in Johannesburg.
The Panel members included our very own former UNSG and Nobel Laureate, Mr. KOFI ANNAN, (former) President OLUSEGUN OBASANJO of Nigeria, GRACA MACHEL (President Mandela’s wife), TONY BLAIR (former PM of the UK), Michel Camdessus (former IMF MD), Peter Elgen (Founder of Transparency International), Bob Geldof (Musician and businessman), Linah Mohohlo (Governor of the Bank of Botswana), Robert Rubin (former Secretary of the US Treasury), Tidjane Thiam (CEO of Prudential Plc) and Muhammad Yunus (Economist and Nobel Laureate). The launch was done by Kofi Annan, President Obasanjo, Peter Elgen and Linah Mohohlo. The programme director of the launch was Michael Keating (Executive Director of the Panel and former UNICEF Rep).The UNCT was ably represented at the launch by three HOA (UNICEF, UNHCR and WHO), and in the audience were also some UN staff members.
Please Click on TOP ICON Above to READ the BRILLIANT & CANDID Interview she recently accorded to GUARDIAN PROFESSIONAL where she talks about everything from her work with WHO to her RETIREMENT PLANS, and on the ICON BELOW IT to READ her FAREWELL ADDRESS to her colleagues, and to VIEW 2 PICTURES FROM HER RETIREMENT CEREMONY!
THE DEVOTED AND EXEMPLARY SAKERETTE ...
Left: Preparing for the Cameroon College Singers' Tour of North America.
(2nd from left with "troway" plaits, next to Claudia Fokam, now Bumakor.)
Right: On the Tour, "strutting" down the Streets of New York.
(Far Right, in head wrap)
CELEBRATING RECENT BIRTHDAYS WITH CHARACTERISTIC "JOIE DE VIVRE"!!!
Her 60th, Her 61st, and Her 62nd, just yesterday, April 12 2013.
We certainly wish her many Happy & Blessed Returns!!
A CLASS OF 1969 "MAJOR" Through & Through, and a STAUNCH MEMBER OF ExSSA-MAL (MEMBERS-AT-LARGE)
She will be sorely missed when ExSSA-MAL's LOSS becomes ExSSA-BUEA's GAIN!
Attending ExSSA-USA's Golden Jubilee Celebrations in LOS ANGELES in 2012. With her MAJOR Classmates, Sis Christy Ewusi Attere, Dr. Rosa Njee Befidi & Sis Ndedi Ngonga. (Far Left and Far Right.) With MAL REP. Egbe Mbiwan Monjimbo (Center)
ABOVE: She is recognized in SBC's GOLDEN BOOK for her service as NATIONAL PRESIDENT.
Far Left & Right: Attending SBC's GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS in Limbe, January 2012, where she was accorded the well-deserved, distinguished honor of being the KEYNOTE SPEAKER!
PLEASE CLICK ON ICON TO THE LEFT TO READ THAT MOVING & INSPIRATIONAL ADDRESS, and on the PLAY button below it to savor that melodious voice of hers as she sings the solo in one of the most loved tunes on that 1969 Cameroon College Singer's Album! WHAT A GIFT OF A VOICE!!
It’s already past midnight so I guess I might as well get a head start on my MOTHER’S DAY Wishes – and THOUGHTS.
SO THEN, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO …
-YOU, whose child or children came to you via epidural, C-Section, or just plain “PUSHING” in a “Labor Room”, Taxi, Living Room, or ambulance somewhere on the globe!
-YOU, whose child or children came to you via a Court of Law because your Great Big heart decided it had more than enough LOVE to go around!
-YOU, who are raising that child or those children ON YOUR OWN by choice, by design, because of "conditions", (as in "tori long; time short"), and "Wayo", or because disease and/or death have robbed you of the support of a spouse!
-YOU, who are sure you can hear that baby still inside of you or the one still on his or her way to you courtesy of their Creator - or that Adoption Court Hearing, say, “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM!
-YOU, TEACHER, who mould, nurture and mentor Child after Child, Day after Day!
-YOU, PEDRIATRIC NURSE or DOCTOR who soothe and calm the fears of the Children under your care at a time when even their own parents are unable to!
-YOU, AUNTY, GRANDMA, BIG or SMALL SISTER who is “STANDING IN THE GAP” because the “Original Mom” is not present in some child’s life for whatever reason!
-YOU, DAD, who has had to step up to the plate in your spouse’s absence, (via death or otherwise), and learn to pack lunches, braid hair, and explain a first period or the snares involved in dating to your child!
-YOU, for whom this will be the FIRST or yet another Mother’s Day when you are going to have to ask JESUS to pass on your Mother’s Day wishes to your Mom who has gone to be with him.
-YOU, for whom this will be the FIRST or yet another Mother’s Day when you don’t get to be wished a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY by one or more of your children whom God has called home!
-YOU, who will spend the day by your Mother or your Child’s sick bed wondering whether or not you will be privileged to still have them with you next Mother’s Day!
-YOU, whose heart breaks as you PRAY for your “prodigal” son or daughter to “COME HOME”!
-YOU, who, like My Dear Jacquie P., are actually in the process of planning your Mother’s funeral!
WHATEVER YOUR SPECIFIC CASE MAY BE,
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO YOU, and MAY GOD GRANT YOU THE GRACE TO ENJOY THE DAY
because it is, after everything,
A DAY THAT HE HAS MADE, and HIS wish is that YOU REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!!!
Egbe Mbiwan Monjimbo (c)
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
To commemorate MOTHER'S DAY this year, I thought it would not be a bad idea to re-post the 2012 MOTHER'S DAY MESSAGE which I penned and posted on this same page a year ago today, not just because it was so well received, but particularly because it has taken on NEW significance for me, following my Mother's passing, just four months afterwards! Please CLICK on the icon below for a "customized" version I have put together in her honor or simply read the text below!
Please Click on the Pause/Play Button Above to Pause/Listen to PRINCE NICO MBARGA's SWEET MOTHER!
PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO VIEW PICTURES OF ExSSA-MINNESOTA'S SATURDAY MAY 11 2013 MOTHER'S DAY FUNDRAISER!
ExSSA - MINNESOTA!
THE SELABOYS, THROUGH THE SELABOY FOUNDATION, HELD AN AWARD CEREMONY AT S.S. CLUB BOTA IN WHICH SEVERAL EX-SAKERETTES WERE RECOGNIZED. CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW TO SEE A FEW PICTURES OF THE CROWD-PULLING EVENT ...
Please CLICK On Images Below To View Captioned Albums
ENJOY VIDEO SNIPPETS BELOW FROM THE CONVENTION...
MARIE-SOLANGE EVEHE, AUNTY CLAUDIA FOKAM BUMAKOR, JESSIE ATOGHO EKUKOLE & DORA EKO MEOTO SANG "HE LOOKED BEYOND MY FAULTS" FROM THE GOLDEN JUBILEE CHOIR ALBUM, DURING THE SUNDAY SERVICE!
CLASS OF '67 COMRADES - ESTHER TANGA GADPAILLE, SYH CHONGONGEI MASANGO, JANET (MBOTI) NGONGI, CHRISTY NGONG CHOP & BERTHA NGEN TARKEH, SANG "'TIS THE LANGUAGE OF MY SOUL" (taught by to them Mrs. Henderson), DURING THE CHURCH SERVICE, TO MARK THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THEIR ENTRANCE INTO SBC & LASTING FRIENDSHIP!
THE 1967 COMRADES SANG AGAIN!
THIS TIME IT WAS "LEAD ON O KING ETERNAL' AS THEY MARCHED MAJESTICALLY DOWN THE MAKESHIFT CHURCH'S AISLE WHEN THEIR TURN FOR "CLASS ROLL CALL" CAME UP AFTER SERVICE!
MONSIEUR ET MADAME AKPO-ESAMBE (Class of '76 MAL's Mercy Bekondo Akpo-Esambe & her CAT) DANCE EVER SO EXPERTLY TO "LE PETIT CHAPERON NOIR" By "LES AIGLONS". I had kicked off my shoes and settled down in my seat determined to only get up again when it was time to go up to bed. Leapt to my feet and went a-recording without a second thought when I noticed the Married-For-Thirty-Years-And-Counting Couple dance with the fluidity of a well oiled-and-dripping-with-manyanga machine!! KUDOS BIG SIS & BRO!!
THERE ARE NO WORDS KNOWN TO MAN TO DESCRIBE THE TIMES SQUARE EXPERIENCE OH! YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE BEEN THERE TO UNDERSTAND! THE WORD "EUPHORIA" DOESN'T EVEN BEGIN TO ATTEMPT TO TRY TO DESCRIBE THE FEELING! "SOMTING PAAAASS WE BODY INTO WE HEART" TRUE-TRUE!! CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO GET A VERY FAINT IDEA OF OUR REACTION WHEN THE BRAND NEW EXSSA-USA LOGO WAS UNVEILED & THE PICTURES OF ITS LEADERSHIP BEAMED ON THE TIMES SQUARE JUMBO TRON. MANYAKA MA SHOW-SHOW OH!!!
BUS TOUR/TIMES SQUARE EXPERIENCE!
By the way, there certainly was a serious ExSSAN-related "TO DO" going on in the WEST COAST oh! Sis Dora Mbanya's CARAT was getting married and there were at least 7 Sakerettes present, as the pictures below show! In fact, 3 of them double-dipped,flying (right back, for one of them) to the EAST COAST, to attend the Convention!! Enjoyment go kill some people oh!!
Left: The "SHU" ExSSANS:
Sis Florence Shu Acquaye -'76, Professor Dora Shu Mbanya - '72, (Mother of the Bride), Sis Joan Shu Asobo - '78, and Dr. Stella Shu Chungong - '80)
Sister Flo & Ste!! Proud AUNTIES OF THE BRIDE
The "SHU" Girls and their CATs Mr. Martin CHUNGONG & Dr. Jean Claude MBANYA
Patience Fielding, Anita Balinga Eta & Boh Fielding Geh
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING!
THE SUNDAY SERVICE, CLASS ROLL CALL & THE POOL PARTY!!!
My dear UK EXSSANs,
Anyone who was in Worcester this past weekend for our 2013 Convention would feel as stupendously proud and privileged as I do right now, to belong to this unique group of girls and women!
Let me first commend the incredible dedication and hard work of the Convention Team :-
...our able Vice President/Secretary General, DIALLE MOFA epouse TAKANG,
MANTINA NJIE NTUBA epouse AHLIJAH,
JANET AGBOR epouse TABOT,
YOTI MOFA epouse OBENGE,
PLAYNE AGBOR epouse EBAI,
DOREEN MBUAGBAW epouse McGOUGH,
DIBO NKELE epouse MAXWELL,
SHARON MEKUMBE epouse EWANE,
.... and my humble self CELINE EDI-MESUMBE epouse LOADER
Each year, we've seen the COMMITMENT, ENERGY and EXCITEMENT that this team brings to the planning and (almost flawless) execution of what has quickly become the event of the year in the annual calendar of the entire UK Cameroon community. This year, not only did they pull off yet another successful event, but they took it to the NEXT LEVEL in terms class, glamour and fun.
The location of the scenic English city of Worcester, complete with a golf course Hotel, set the scene quite nicely for the 2-3 days of activities that spoke eloquently to our dual objectives of keeping the sisterhood alive whist making meaningful material contributions to support our beloved alma mater, Saker Baptist college.
In quick summary, our AGM deliberations/decisions were serious & impactful, our uphill "Charity" climb to the Worcester Beacon was energetic & exhilarating (kudos to those who reached the summit, your aching muscles are reminders of your stunning achievement!), the evening entertainment was exciting & full of surprises (the memory of that scintillating Michael Jackson performance by "Bad" girl herself Doreen Mbuagbaw McGough during the 'EXSSA UK Got TALENT' segment, will linger for ever!), our Patrons were very appreciative & generous, and the glamour scale was off the charts! (Saker girls no day take last!)
And who would forget the inspiring speech by our guest speaker, our big Sis, the very distinguished Dr. Stella Nwigwe epouse Anyangwe. We appreciate this accomplished role model for taking time out of her retired-but-not-tired busy schedule to honour our invitation.
If you missed this year's convention....WHY?? Well, the pictures will tell the story better and we can only hope and pray that you'll be inspired to start gathering your glad rags to join us next year - same time, a different place! The bar has been set quite high, can we beat it next year? Of course, we can!
(Look out for the Minutes and Pictures from the Secretariat, to follow soon.)
Thank you all once again for your sisterhood, love and unity!
I look forward to seeing you all at our next gathering as we continue to celebrate togetherness towards a better tomorrow, for us and future generations of EXSSANs!
Yours sincerely and proudly,
CELINE EDI-MESUMBE epouse LOADER
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FABULOUSPICTURES, INSPIRING SPEECHES & DAZZLING DANCE PERFORMANCES THAT GRACED THIS WILDLY SUCCESSFUL CONVENTION, ON THE PHOTO-GALLERY PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE!!
Please Click On Link To The Right To View Pictures Of One Of ExSSA-DALLAS' VALENTINES DAY BASHES! FABULOUS!!!
CLASS OF 1972 "SUBTEEN", GLADYS ETOMBI IKOME OFFICIALLY BECAME
HONORABLE G.E. IKOME, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
TODAY, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2nd 2013!!
PLEASE CLICK ON PICTURE TO VIEW ALBUM!
Make no mistake! I am very much aware that Chad Pregracke, an Illinois man who has dedicated his life to cleaning the Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, is the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, and I certainly applaud him for his efforts. HOWEVER, for VERY OBVIOUS REASONS, the person whose presence, in that New York "Whale Room" where the Awards Ceremony took place, filled my heart with PRIDE and ADMIRATION, is Dr. GEORGES BWELLE!
Truth be told, CAMEROON does not feature much on the international scene to start with, and when it does, the news is not always flattering, which is why our once more INDOMITABLE LIONS' qualification for THE WORLD CUP IN BRAZIL was a real cause for unbridled jubilation. I may just be too young or have a very flawed memory but I am unable to recall the last time a Cameroonian who is NOT an Athlete or a Politician or an Entertainer was recognized INTERNATIONALLY for their efforts, in such a public way - with a hefty $50,000 to back it all up!
At a time when many have fallen prey to Disillusionment, Self-Aggrandizement, Mediocrity, Apathy and a total lack of Principle and Work Ethic, to see someone recognized for their efforts in IMPROVING THE LOT OF THE IMPOVERISHED & UNDERPRIVILEGED IN CAMEROON, FREE-OF-CHARGE is something to LAUD & APPLAUD! He shared that his ailing, dying Father had asked him, when he got to the point where he had the means, to do something to alleviate the plight of the sick: Well, Mission Accomplished! For which I humbly - and PROUDLY say:
OBOSO, SANGO DOKITA!! NA SOM JITA!!!
MY CNN HERO OF THE YEAR!
DR. GEORGES BWELLE
MODERN DAY GOOD SAMARITAN
Pictures "AS CAPTURED BY CELL PHONE FROM THE SAME TV SET THAT HAD JUST BEAMED EQUALLY EXHILARATING IMAGES A