The Post (Buea)

17 March 2008

Cameroon: Samaritan Insurance Saved My Life - Sarah Etonge

Sarah Liengu Etonge, the Queen of Mount Cameroon, and seven times winner of the Race of Hope, has recently signed her work contract with Samaritan Insurance that offered her a job during the last race.

Sarah Etonge was offered the job in Buea during the just ended race where she came second and officially announced her retirement."I have taken this job like my own husband," she said as she signed. In a speech at the ceremony, Sarah thanked God for the windfall, expressing her fulfilment after a life of struggle.

She expressed her sincere appreciation to Samaritan Insurance stating, "Samaritan Insurance saved my life", likening this to the Good Samaritan in the Bible. She wished that there were many more Samaritans in Cameroon.

Urging youths to emulate her example, she said she has been patient and has never gives up. Sarah said God given talents should be cultivated, nurtured and exploited gainfully.

Going down memory lane, Sarah reminiscences on her first mountain race when she arrived on the fourth position and the price then was FCFC10, 000 comparing this with the present day when the fourth bags home FCAF 500,000.

For his part the Board Chairman of Samaritan Insurance, Awanga Zacharia saluted Sarah's bravery, courage and perseverance. He said the gesture towards Sarah falls in line with the social package of the company whose duty it is to assist citizens as government alone cannot do it. He said Sarah would be given the proper training to work in the Buea Branch close to her family. He however, did not mention the nature of her job nor the salary but urged her to take her work with the same racing spirit.

The Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Augustin Thierry Edjoa, and the President of Cameroon Athletics Federation, Ange Sama, took turns to thank the insurance company and urged other outfits to follow their example.

The Minister of Culture, Ama Tutu Muna, among other officials attended the occasion animated by the cultural dances such as the Milano Kumbo Dance Group. The presence of Milano Kumbo was explained by the fact that Sarah's son, Simon Pierre, is a student of Milano Kumbo Sports Academy.

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