Speaking People (Meet the Young Dynamic Man who is Making the Difference)
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|Franklin Ndzi Nformi flanked by wife, others|
The most comfortable act on earth they say is to fulfill ones dream. Franklin Nformi Ndzi is one of those young men not born with a golden spoon but hard work and determination drop by drop has raised him to prominence. In veracity, a driving force that is setting the pace for him to accomplish his early days childhood dream that to work is to pray.
In fact judging from what the great and influential 18th century writer and social critic, John Gardner had this to say of other great leaders, Franklin Nformi Ndi has “a significant role in creating the state of mind that is the society. Though young he can serve as symbols of the moral unity of the society. To Gardener, “great leaders can express the values that hold the society together. Most importantly, they can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations carry them above the conflicts that tear a society apart, and unite them in the pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts”. John Gardner might have been writing about his 18th century Europe, but the issues he raised then are as urgent today as they were then. Issues of leadership, moral unity, values and principles, and above all, conflict are as poignant in today’s society as they were in the 18th century.
Our societies, talk less of such people in Cameroon. Yet we had to move into the wilderness to look for one of such leaderships. In fact a Role Model as prescribed by Aristotle in his concept. To begin with, Franklin Nformi Ndzi has functioned like a leader from childhood. As Lewis H. Lapham puts it “Leadership consist not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint”. What we can learn from Franklin Nformi Ndzi’s humble beginning is that “Leadership has not come in short supply. On the contrary, it has been an extremely scarce commodity. The past generation of those who have passed around as leaders have done every other thing but lead, for, as the Ralph Nader put it centuries ago: “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not followers”.
Franklin: The True Leader
This pictogram of fame hails from Ndu and to begin with, Franklin Ndzi is not just a leader of great qualities but a man never to pigeon hole with. Even though some people are of the opinion that far away hills always look very green, at his young age, “Frank” is as frank is his mane and trendy as the word celebrity. He is jam-packed with the character and sense of right and wrong. Coming close to Frank will on no account be of any regret for he is a combination of many good things in one individual. To begin with, Franklin Ndzi is the President of the Cameroon National Youth Council in Ndu and a prominent member in the Donga Mantung Bureau.
With the Cameroon Youth Council, he gradually transformed the lives of young boys and girls to reflect optimistically. The young innovative Franklin started his way to celebrity when he was still in college as he convinced all his classmates to join the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement-CPDM. That was when he started building for himself a reputation that portrayed a great difference with his peers. The truth about Frank is that he is first of all extremely audacious and result-oriented. While in the CPDM he joined the PRESBY and the YCPDM to occupy the privileged positions. Being a young man did not encumber him from performing the most demanding and strategic role for the party. Franklin Ndzi is a good public speaker and a perfect one of course, from the agglomeration of his education and surroundings, he is not just a product of excellence but also, he is well-groomed and buoyant. When it comes to youth mobilization, he remains an observable verity and a pack of greatness that no one can put down in Ndu. The gospel truth about this great rising political genius is that he has the God-given flair and magnetism that easily attracts and convinces people. Talking about development, Frank supports all development initiatives and he is always part of it. When ever two or three people meet to talk development, he is always present.
He has all the characteristics that are the marks of prominence of a leader. Get him any time and challenge him to a political debate or even from sleep and you would realize that he is the breed of new leaders Cameroon need to effect positive thinking in contemporary society. If you want to enjoy Frank do not go to challenge him, go to discuss with him and you will not regret for having met such a super intelligent and dynamic young man.
Franklin Nformi Ndzi: The Award Winner
Franklin Nformi Ndzi is Sub Treasurer for Oku. Meet him in his office and you will confirm that he never leaves what should be done today for tomorrow. In fact, a young seasoned administrator who is admired and loved by everyone. Being a Christian and God fearing too, he believes like Martin Luther King that “working is praying”. Like Pastor Kent who said that every human natured person is made up of the human and the divine and that when the divine overrides, the human one becomes closer to God, Franklin Ndzi won the admiration of Cameroonians to the point that he was voted as the Most Devoted Young Leader by readers of The Eye Newspaper.
As a matter of fact, this young dynamo was catapulted to the position of sub treasurer after he served in Divisional treasury in Nkambe with dexterity. By making work the divine with the human as a pairs, this great supporter of President Biya has always been apt to tell youths that those who want development should support President Biya because he is the guarantor of development. His influence throughout Ndu has not only been limited to youth development and promoting youth football. It has also been about his beliefs that a better way to bring meaningful development to your area can be through politics. He then decided to fine-tune politics with his technological aplomb. As frontline militant of the CPDM who believes that for now, it is only the CPDM that can change the lot of his people, he decided to offer his time and experience to the building of a good image for the CPDM in Ndu, and from the time he was still in secondary school. His new generation militancy and his non-confrontational nature won for the CPDM many sympathizers. Interestingly, many of his lovers in the development domain continued to remind him that they love him as a person but that he was riding the wrong horse. As convincing as a church priest, he could hammer a point that will guide them to understand that they should follow real power that signs for development projects. And that meaningful development only comes from government. Gradually, Ndu has changed and his contribution to the changing political landscape is not relegated but rather it is appreciated by many as a political strength.
What makes him different from others is that he does uncommon things in a very common manner that always attracts public attention. To describe Franklin Ndzi as genius is give honour where it is outstanding.
After a careful assessment of the potentials of those who passed round as leaders in those challenging times, Gardner was forced to come up with what he considered qualities of a good leader. In doing this, he had no bias or no particular individual in mind. His postulations on a good leader corresponded with what yet another greater leader of all times, Martin Luther King said. According to Martin Luther, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus”. Martin Luther King was simply overwhelmed by the quality of leaders around him as they fought the battle of equality between black and whites in the United States of America. Martin Luther was appalled not only by the number of quack but also kangaroo leaders that were doted in the black and white communities in the United States soon after independence. He saw in most leaders the individuals who rather than mold consensus in times of conflict went searching for consensus. He was also bothered about a leadership that was not committed and purposeful. His worries soon found expression in Dan Marino,sr’s reflections that “Leadership, I think you must have that, particularly when a team’s on the field, they look to you. In critical situations, they look into your eyes to see if you’re there. If you’re not there, they start quitting”. Most of our leaders have fallen into this category. They quit even before the game is over, not knowing that the game does not end with the referee’s last whistle or when the crowds go home. It ends hours and years after the real match was played.
When others are singing a hymn, the level-headed Franklin Nformi Ndzi is singing a lullaby. When others think they have reached the end of the road, he thinks the journey is only beginning. When others are taking only their needs into consideration, Franklin is taking his abilities. Like a true leader, he does not wait to be told what to do, he goes ahead and does what he thinks is for the interest of a greater majority. He will also be there when the real match is played for the importance of compassion and every Cameroonians to guarantee unity, peace and serenity.
When News Breaks Out, We Break In. Minute by Minute Report on Cameroon and Africa