|Mafor Achidi Achu Judith receiving blessings from Fon of Nso|
A magnificently fine-looking couple; Rt Hon. Simon Achidi Achu and wife, ‘Ma Yah” Achidi Achu Judith, clad in propitious and exceptionally designed traditional outfits made their presence felt during the Extraordinary Executive Meeting of the North West Fons Union-NOWEFU in Bamenda last weekend. “Senior Ma Yaah” of Donga Mantung Division, as she was formerly referred to was catapulted last Saturday August 29, 2012 to socialize with the fons of the North West Region. Until then, Rt. Hon. Simon Achidi Achu was the Special Adviser to the North West Fons Union and little did he ever imagine that the trappings of his wife will also earn her an outstanding title in the region.
The presence of Nji Joseph, (Economic and Social Adviser to North West Governor) and the Representative of the Senior Divisional Officer, for Mezam was a testimony of the trappings of the woman to be crowned “Mafor”.
Fon Teche Njeil, President General of NOWEFU baptized the event of last Saturday, August 29, 2012 as a memorable date in the life of North West fons: “Today is a very special day in the life our union”, he opined before reiterating how, when there is something to be done, let it be done in a special way. He added how the trappings of Madame Achidi Achu Judith have caught the admiration of Northwesterners both at home and without to the point that she deserves encouragements. For her good work to humanity and socialization, as well as her commitment to nation building, she was catapulted.
|Mafor Achidi Achu Judith in pic with fons, queen mothers and husband|
Her coronation was exceptional. In fact when she was called up to the floor, the silence in the hall was indicative that something very serious was going to take place. The tasks and responsibility to perform the rite was done by the Paramount fons of Bafut and Nso. HRM Fon Selh Mbinglo (Nso) and HRM Fon Abuhmbi (Bafut) performed the traditional coronation in public in the presence of the 55 man (Exco of NOWEFU) representing over 340 fondoms that make up the North West Region. In her acceptance speech, “Mafor Yah” Achidi Achu Judith said as a mother she will work for and with the North West fons. It should be noted that “Mafor Yah” Achidi Achu Judith is the first woman to be crowned mafor by North West fons. Besides that she was also crowned “Senior Ma Yah” of Donga Mantung Division by Donga Mantung fons and this additional title has just confirmed her contribution in nation building. It should be recalled that Minister Mafor Ama Tutu Muna was crowned by Metta (Momo) fons as “Mafor”, while Mafor Yah Achidi Achu Judith on the other hand has been crowned by North West fons.
Also recognized on that day were Emmanuel Fuh Neba (Director of Cameroon Council for Reunification-CAMCORE) and Jeffrey Townsend (UK Parliamentary Researcher). They were recognized as Ambassadors of Peace to the diasporas.
Rt. Hon. Achidi Achu presented a paper on the important of unity and peace. In his presentation, Hon. Achidi Achu outlined the importance of peace and why Cameroonians to support President Biya for a one and indivisible Cameroon.
On his part, the quest speaker Emmanuel Fuh Neba reiterated that “CAMECORE will seek to create opportunities for diverse communities to dialogue and collectively work on specific issues with efficiency and effectiveness, to achieve greater influence, with the object of promoting sustainable development”. He argued that “the solemn task of keeping our nation united, peaceful and prosperous is not the responsibility of one section of our society alone, but a lengthy community consultation task that requires a degree of prolonged and sustained effort from Cameroonian traditional rulers as well”.
To Emmanuel Fuh Neba, President Biya’s 2011 call for the Diaspora to play an active role in nation building was deeply appreciated and keenly felt by all. The call he said came at the most propitious time of Cameroon’s history – a time when the challenges facing the nation are real, serious and many. He noted that “Cameroon’s economy is badly weakened, businesses are shuttering, youth unemployment is souring, and graduates are fleeing Cameroon and realizing their potential abroad.
The arrest of senior government officials in connection with the Albatross scandal is creating a major fragility in the regional and ethnic alliances which Cameroon’s much-vaunted stability rests.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary celebration of Reunification, there is an invigorating discontentment amongst Anglophone Cameroonians at home and abroad, prompting the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) to embolden its clamour for secession.
Extreme poverty, democratic deficits and social inequalities have made some of our neighbourhoods a possible fertile breeding ground for Boko Haram, which may further plunge our nation into a sectarian mayhem.
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