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                     The Truth will Set you Free
Et Veritas Liberabit Vos


The Association of Diocesan Priests (ADP) Bamenda voted a new EXCO last Wednesday 11 November 2015 at an extraordinary meeting held at St Francis Xavier's Parish, Bali Nyongha. Chairman: Rev. Fr William Neba (Principal St Bede's College, Ashing-Kom); Secretary: Fr Paul Nyuykighan Remjika (Private Secretary of the Archbishop); Finance Secretary: Fr Victor Ayankwe Forgho (Rector of Our Lady of Fatima Quasi Parish, Ntaafi). Consultors: Fr John Berinyuy (Spiritual Director Major Seminary Bambui); Fr John Bintum (Chaplain of non-Catholic Universities); and Mgr Patrick Nyuydine Lafon (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, CATUC Bamenda).


The National Catholic Charismatic Moverment of Cameroon chose to celebrate their Ruby Jubilee in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. Representatives from all the 5 Ecclesiastical Provinces of Cameroon (Yaounde, Douala, Bamenda, Garoua and Bertoua) took part at the meeting which took place at the Blessed Paul VI Pastoral Centre, Bamendankwe from Thursday 12- Sunday 15 November. The theme for the celebration was: The Spirit of the  Lord is Upon me; and the celebration was guided by the National Chaplain, His Lordship Bishop Sosthene Leopold Bayemi Matjie.



The Bull of Pope Paul VI, Tametsi Christianarum of 13 August 1970  erected the Diocese of Bamenda with teritory detached from the then Diocese of Buea which covered what is today the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province. Fr Paul Verdzekov, was appointed as its pioneer bishop. On the 18 March 1982 Pope John Paul II created the Bamenda Ecclesiatical Province by the Bull Eo Magis Ecclesia Catholica, making Bamenda the Metropolitan See and Bishop Paul Verdzekov, Archbishop.  By the same Bull, the Pope erected the Diocese of Kumbo with territory detached from the Archdiocese of Bamenda and Fr Cornelius Fontem Esua, from Mbetta,  as pioneer bishop. Kumbo, and Buea, became Suffragrans of the Metropolitan See of Bamenda. On 9 February 1999, Pope John Paul II erected the Diocese of Mamfe, with territory detached from the Diocese of Buea and Fr. Francis Teke Lysinge,  from the Bakweri tribe, as pioneer bishop. Mamfe was also  assigned as suffragran of Bamenda. On 31 May 2011, Fr Agapitus Nfon, priest of Kumbo, was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda. The Archdiocese of Bamenda lies between the 5th and 7th latitudes North, and between the 9th and 11th degrees East longitude. It covers an area of 10.000 square kilometres and Bamenda is the  Seat of the Archdiocese is in the city of Bamenda, the  Civil Administrative Headquarters of the N.W. Region of Cameroon.
The archdiocese comprises of the  Civil Administrative Divisions of Mezam (inhabited mostly by Bali-Chamba, the Bafut and Ngemba); Momo (peopled by the Widikum,Moghamo,Menemo, Ngie, Ngwo and Menka); Menchum ( inhabited by the Aghem, Mmen, Fungom,Esu, Esimbi and Beba-Befang people); Boyo (peopled by the  Kom and Bum ); and Ngoketunjia (inhabited by a number of chiefdoms -Bamunka, Babungo, Bangolan, Baba, Babessi, Bafanji, Nsei, Balikumbat and Bambalang).   The overwhelming majority of these people are self-employed peasant farmers. Industrial activity is virtually nonexistent but the population is very dynamic and a lot of commerce goes on especially in the major towns. This area has some of the best educational institutions in the Republic of Cameroon at all levels; but it is also the political hot pot of Cameroon opposition. Today the Archdiocese has a population of 1.457.053 of the 2.023.695 inhabitants of the North West Region. 22% of the population are Christians of varied denominations, 13% adherents of Islam; 7% adherents of African Traditional Religion and the rest pockets of different Western and Eastern religions about 3%. The Archdiocese of Bamenda is divided into 31 Parishes and 9 Quasi Parishes grouped into 7 deaneries for easy pastoral administration - NJINIKOM, MANKON, WIDIKUM, BAMBUI, NDOP, BAMBUI & BAFUT each named after the oldest Parish of the Deanery.


The First Meeting of the Board of Directors of Radio Evangelium Bamenda held in the Conference Room of the Archbishop's House on Tuesday 10 November 2015 under the Chairmanship of the the Archbishop of Bamenda. The Board of Directors is the highest decision making body of the Radio and is made up of 21 members carefully chosen by the Archdiocesan College of Consultors and ratified by the Archbishop. 4 of these members could not attend this maiden meeting because of some prior commitments they were engaged in. The Board meeting began at 9.20am.After an opening prayer by Fr Michael Kintang, Principal of Sacred Heart, the Archbishop, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua welcomed all the members and briefly explained the importance of the Board of Directors for Radio Evangelium, the instrument of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Bamenda. During the meeting discussion  focused on three essential issues –  a clear definition of the reason for and uniqueness of a Catholic Radio; a well structured Organigramme for the Radio and the Job Description of the Board of Directors. The Archbishop was unequivocal in stating that Radio Evangelium is meant for Evangelization and therefore all its workers and programmes must reflect this mission of the Radio.   The Board drew up an organigramme  of the Radio with the Local Ordinary as the proprietor; the Board of Directors; the Director of Communications; the Station Manager and 4 Heads of Services to  be appointed by the Board of Directors. Finally, the Job description of the Board of Directors was well spelled out. Then the Station Manager of Radio Evangelium, gave a historical growth of the radio, the composition and conduct of workers, challenges and some suggestions. All Board members  agreed that Radio Evangelium is doing well so far but that everything must be done to foster collaboration and team work. Before the meeting rose, three Committees were formed, each with a specific homework as follows:
Committee to draw up a 3 Year Strategic Plan Mr Ngwa Damasius; Dr Zachee Ngoko; Sr Colette McCann;Mrs Mary Mofor

Committee to draw up Job Descriptions:Mrs Prescilla Agendia; Mr Christopher Forgwe;Mrs Chindo Emilia

Committee to draw up a Sustainability Plan for Radio Evangelium:Mrs Emilia Chindo;Mrs Mary Mofor; Mrs Prescilla Agendia; Mr Patrick Visas; Dr Zachee Ngoko.

The Director of Communications and the Station Manager are ex officio members of each of these Committees expected to present their suggestions at the next meeting of the Board. It was also agreed that the formation of workers of  Radio Evangelium in Church jargon and vocabulary be stepped up. The Archbishop closed the meeting with a word of deep gratitude and appreciation. He thanked the Board members for the sacrifices they are willing to make on behalf of the Church in the Archdiocese of Bamenda.  The meeting ended at 3.08pm with a prayer from Mgr Lucas Sanosi and the final blessing by the Archbishop. The next meeting of the Board of Directors has been slated for the last week of January 2016 to establish the  Budget, Strategic Plan, Job descriptions of workers and the Programmes, for the 2016.

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