|Aladji Mejamah Adamu Ibrahim: The Exemplary Contractor|
Great people have come to their standing not simply by dreaming huge and doing extraordinary things in a common manner but above all, by their pragmatism, charisma, trustworthiness, and consensus building goals. The most accomplished people have been their own best ally in achieving their high standing because they do common things that command respect and admiration.
Mejamah Adamu Ibrahim is a visionary and charismatic businessman (contractor) who did not put too much stock in circumstances to ascend to celebrity. His spectacular successes in contract execution from a humble background underscore the point that the Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Ventures & Co Ltd is a lavender and perfect nation builder.
Harmony Ventures & Co LTD is a household name in the North West Region. In Donga Mantung Division, this structure is celebrated for building structures like hospitals, schools, market sheds and bridges as well as its endeavours to build strong communities from the ground up. What makes Harmony Ventures and Co LTD different from others is that it gives back to the communities where they work and live in by providing infrastructure for the benefit of all. In Ndu, the company has proven its worth with the construction of the Maternity Block of the Ndu District Hospital, a project sponsored by DANA Petroleum Co. Ltd thanks to the lobbying proficiency of Simon Tamfu (elite of the municipality working at SNH).
If we go by the popular saying that a spirit of ingenuousness builds trust, then Mejamah Adamu Ibrahim (the CEO of Harmony Ventures and Co LTD) embodies the values of strength, and hardwork. The employees have strong connections to these ideals, which has contributed significantly to the progressive growth, success and leadership of the company. They have helped to develop the solutions, systems and they bring innovation, quality and value to the projects the company delivers. The construction projects as well as supplies executed by this structure are pragmatic cases. Of course, it’s much more complex than that. But we know that success begins and ends with the right approach to planning, specification, scheduling, choosing the right team, managing sub-contractors, liaising with all the project stakeholders, resolving issues as they come up… in other words: project management.
Early this year, Mejamah was honoured by World Echoes Newspaper for his outstanding approach. And from all indications, many more awards are on the way.
Aladji Mejamah rose up the ladder through his trustworthiness and the love he has for perfection and the fact that he does not leave what should be done today for tomorrow. In Donga Mantung, he is loved and cherished by everyone given his charitable manner. He is often likened to Farfrae in the Mayor of Casterbridge who is clutched with the God given charm that everything he “touches is bound to prosper”.
|Flanked by Mayor of Ndu, Div. Delegate of Public works, others|
When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said: “Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time” he was talking about the likes of Mejamah Adamu. Thomas Carlyle complemented Wadsworth when he said that ‘Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions’. The name Mejamah Adamu Ibrahim has become a household name not only among the hard-to-reach and underserved segments of the population but also within political circles for his passion to add value to the assessment of life. This retired civil servant from very humble beginnings can be said to have done what Napoleon left undone especially in the domain of social change and social transformation. Aladji Mejamah has toiled labourously to transform lives and build common frontiers for all segments of society especially Ntumbaw where he hails. In doing this, he followed the principle outlined by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that ‘heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companies slept, they were toiling upward in the night’ burning the midnight candle of work before making the difference in life. Mejamah could have decided like others to do the simple things, but because he believes like Lance Armstrong that ‘Greatness is not a measure of how great you are but of how great others came to be because of you’, he decided to work where he takes others up along with him. Like Bill Copeland he believes that ‘the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score’. Today, he is scoring because of that firm believe and hard work.
In all what he does, he believes like Harry S. Truman that ‘we must build a world, a far better world - one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected’. In trying to build this world of respect and dignity, a people who are not only made in the image of (Allah) God but people who are only differently able. His input in the social domain and politics seeks to bring back human dignity into all of God’s creation.
Unlike many Cameroonians who spend time today asking what Cameroon has done to them, Mejamah Adamu Ibrahim rather advise Cameroonians like J.F Kennedy that ‘Ask not what your country has done for you, ask what you can do for your country’. It is in this light that when he takes a job, he does it correctly.
He is one of the few Cameroonians who think it does not take the masses to effect change but conscience and character to perform the most outstanding feat. Like Rosa Park he is so passionate about it. Today others think he had effectively removed the mountain of poverty in the lives of most poor and disabled persons. Of course, he might have done that but as the Chinese proverb holds ‘A man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones’. Mejamah started very small with a provision store, then established a warehouse in Nkambe where he reduced the long distances traders usual move to Bamenda to acquire goods for their shops and those who know him insist he has come a long way as he began from very humble beginnings. He only believed in the beauty of his dreams and had the courage to pursue them as Walt Disney put it: ‘All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them’. His was that courage and much more. And above all, his vision and action are two cardinal ingredients for success and as the Japanese proverb hold: ‘vision without action is daydream; Action without vision is nightmare’. He neither daydreams nor entertains nightmares.
A Role Model
|Maternity Block Constructed at Ndu District Hospital sponsored by DANA Petroleum|
Aristotle demonstrated that role models are people whose examples can be emulated. To say that Mejamah is a role model is to say that many a Cameroonian youth can look up to him. With the prevailing situation of moral decadence and bad behaviour from the elders, youths hardly have anyone to look up to. Donga Mantung before now has been the Eldorado of abandoned contracts. And with Mejamah sitting up the stairs as a model contractor, the tears poor contract execution and contracts abandoned have been eradicated. He has proven that the real opportunity for success is found within the person not only in acquiring the job. As a role model he has laid a foundation for a stronger and healthier hope that sustainable development comes through sustained actions. By all standards, he is a successful contractor whose deeds and actions continue to change lives.
As Sidney Greenburg puts it: ‘A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him’ thus making the difference people need in society. In trying to build a healthier society, he has not given in to detractors. As a veritable role model, he has used all the bricks that have been thrown at him to build rather than destroy. Having grown up from a humble beginning to the high ladders of life, Mejamah’s story is one of those interesting tales that would always attract public attention.
Aladji Mejamah remains a man of great spirits. As a man of great spirits, he is animated by the fact that life has two primary choices, which is accepting conditions as they exist, or accepting the responsibility for changing them. And he decided to be the exemplary game changer.
|With Shey Jones Yembe, Tamfu Simon and Adamu Musa|
When two or more are gathered to talk positively about the CPDM in order to galvanize more support for President Paul Biya, he is always present. As a genuine politician, he has demystified the long established notion that politics is a systematic organization of hatred. As perfect as he is, he has made politics and development bedmates. He does not only preach politics of development but puts it in practice himself. Aladji Mejamah is one of the pillars on which the CPDM can lean in Donga Mantung Division. The history of politics in Donga Mantung can never be completed if Mejamah’s name is not mentioned. To conclude, he is a force to reckon with and a great supporter of President Biya’s Vision 2035.
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