Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

18 February 2004

Cameroon: Centre : Bakossis Communion with Minister Ngolle Ngolle

Yaoundé (Mfoundi) - "Whatever your lot is, do it well, if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music, like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets so well that when you are dead and gone even the angels in Heaven and Earth will pause one day and say there once lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well, for that he too gave his life". So went the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jnr. These are great words in the heart and mind of a great man who as Ronald Reagan said, "Seized the heart of a great nation and succeeded because the great nation had a heart to seize". In line with this humanist philosophy of Dr. King and in line with the philosophy of the street sweeper, Prof. Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Presidency, has chosen to be a drum major in the service of his native Kupe-Muanenguba Division. "Call me a politician, call me a Minister, call me as you want but like the street sweeper, I have always known that serving my people is my calling in life. And because service to God and country can only be best achieved with a healthy dose of truth and morality, I enjoined all of you not to worry about what name to call me; worry about Kupe-Muanenguba," noted Minister Ngolle Ngolle, amid applause, as he received traditional New Year wishes from his Bakossi kith and kin recently in Yaounde. The roll call was long; from the resplendent Bakossi ladies, to the Sumediang women, everybody who mattered was present. Drawing inspiration from the Scriptures that "the meek shall inherit the earth," he called for unity and solidarity amongst Kupe-Muanenguba people and challenged them to give President Biya and the ruling CPDM party, "the kind of massive vote, unprecedented in the history of the eleven-year-old Division," come the next Presidential elections.

Earlier, Rev. Epie Ngome, Yaounde Chapter President of the Kupe-Muaneneguba Cultural and Development Association underscored the important role played by Minister Ngolle Ngolle as political leader of Kupe-Muanenguba.

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