Sunday, December 15, 2019

Here is all you need to know on the biography of the late mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema

The late mayor of Buea, Ekema Patrick Esunge was buried today in Buea after a funeral ceremony. This ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, representative of the Head of State Paul Biya.

The mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge was born on September 26, 1976 of Esunge John Matute (of blessed memory) of Small Soppo Woteke and Julie Mojoko Wotany of Vasingi-Buea Town. 

Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge attended the public primary school in Buea Town where he obtained his first school leaving certificate (FSLC) and then moved to the bilingual school in Molyko-Buea and respectively obtained the certificates of ordinary and advanced level of GCE. 

He was then admitted to the University of Buea, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in history and, at the time of his death, he was a doctoral student at the University of Yaoundé I. 


Mayor Ekema was self-taught. He began his journey by providing sand and firewood. Later he got a job at the University of Buea and then climbed the ladder of success, occupying the post of officer of the faculty of education, a position he held until his brilliant election as mayor of Buea in 2013. He was a member of the board of directors. Chairman of the regional management committee of the Buea regional hospital, member of the CAMWATER board of directors and member of the National Council for decentralization, among others. 


The stream of rewards awarded to Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge nationwide after taking command of the Buea Council in 2013 was enormous. Traditional authorities in the southern region of Cameroon recognized the mayor of Buea, Ekema Patrick Esunge on July 27, 2019, not only as the son of the earth, but as a notable of honor of the Conference of Southern Chiefs, which earned him the title of "Nyamoto Kpwatolo", translated by "The great warrior".

Before that date, on October 11, 2016, the Manyu Cultural and Youth Development Association headed by its National President, Ako Julius Ndip, gave the young and dynamic mayor the title: "Light, the honor of youth Manyu. " The cultural group was motivated by the great advances in development and the empathy of Mayor Ekema towards humanity. 

Development-oriented mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge, again in 2015 at The Guardian Post newspaper awards at the Azam Hotel Bamenda, alongside his wife Catherine Mosoke epse Ekema, was admitted to the notables of the North West . The Northwest Fons performed frightening rituals to admit Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge into the class of notables of the Northwest region, placing him and his wife in the famous badges of the region. 

It is said that charity begins at home, the reasons why in his native village, Wonjoku, in the Buea subdivision, Mayor Ekema Patrick received the title of "Janea", which means "he who brings good things for his people ", for his best leadership skills and the goodies he brought to his loved ones and his surroundings.


Mayor Patrick Ekema Esunge, during his leadership, received the revolutionary award in recognition of his hard work and contribution to the development and stability of Cameroon. Mayor Ekema emerged as the best mayor of the southwest for 2018 during the first edition of the show "Afrik Inform Awards" on Saturday June 29, 2019, at the MONT Febe hotel, Yaoundé. 

He also received a special award called "Architect of Peace and Social Stability in Cameroon". 

The award, according to the jury, was in recognition of its development progress in the municipality of Buea; provide assistance to the educational, health, social and economic difficulties of the population. 

His role in finding a solution to the socio-political crisis underway in the North-West and South-West regions in general and in Buea in particular, catapulted the mayor to win the "Architect of the peace and social stability in Cameroon ”.

In addition, on April 18, 2019, at the “New Year's Greetings” ceremony organized by Council staff at Buea, Mayor Hercules Of Our Time, Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge, was significantly rewarded as The Guardian Post Newspaper 2018 Man of the Year, for single. By organizing by hand a fearless struggle against non-state armed groups in the regional capital of southwest Buea. 

The ceremony which brought together Council staff, clergy, members of the administration, honorable advisers, security officials, transport unions, economic operators, stakeholders and friends of the Council, also having regard to the award of excellence awarded to mayor Ekema Patrick by staff representatives. 

The late emblematic mayor of Buea, through his hard work to ensure peace and stability reigns in Cameroon and in Buea in particular, has continued to attract recognition from local, national and international organizations. 

Mayor Ekema Patrick was on July 17, 2019 on the occasion of the 2018 session of the administrative, management and store management account of the Buea Council, received an honorary award (Fleche Press Award) from the Pan-African press including the headquarters are in Brazzaville, Congo. 

The award, explained by Harve 'Villaro Kibong, is the result of the mayor's persistent struggle to reduce poverty and unemployment, without leaving out his unmatched spirit of patriotism. 

For the remarkable service he rendered in reducing human suffering in various fields, Mayor Ekema Patrick, among other personalities, was rewarded by the President of the Cameroonian Red Cross, William Eteki Mboma in Kumba. 

The deceased mayor also won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 as the most successful mayor. Other most noteworthy awards given to Buea's pride include: -The Best Mayor of the Year 2014 award from The Guardian Post -The Best Mayor Award from the Scoop newspaper - The International Mosaics Prize in Yaoundé -The Prize of the most persecuted politician of 2015 by The Guardian Post newspaper. 


From a very tender age, Mayor Ekema Patrick became involved in politics, where he militated in the ruling party, the CPDM. He started as a litigation officer in the Vasingi branch of the JRDPC subsection, secretary, vice-president of the Fako III section of the JRDPC, assistant secretary to the RDPC Fako III and secretary of the section Fako III CPDM. 

He ran for president of the Fako III section of the CPDM in 2015, unfortunately; it ended in a fiasco. 

As a CPDM activist, he became councilor and first deputy mayor of Buea in 2007. 

In May 2013, mayor Ekema Patrick replaced senator Mbella Moki Charles as mayor of Buea, due to the election of the latter. last in the Senate. 

Later in the same year, Mayor Ekema was at the head of the CPDM list which won the municipal elections and was then elected mayor of the capital of the South West region, Buea, a post he held. occupied until his disappearance on October 27, 2019. 


Mayor Ekema Patrick was the mastermind behind the lighting of many socio-cultural groups, such as "MOVAYA" which is today "Ewongowe", "Liyenge Li Panya" . 

He was the founder of the Fako Sustainable Network (FASUNET). He also belonged to and was the patron of several of these groups in and around Buea. He was a member of the "Nganya" and "Marley" societies. He died as vice president of the Marley company.

He also belonged to the Obasinjom and the Efokwe? Company where he received the title of "Sessekou". He was a great notable of the Sawas of the Littoral and South regions of Cameroon. 


Until his death, Mayor Ekema was married to Catherine Etombi Mosoke with whom they had five children, namely Paola, Brandon, Limunga, Joel and Janea. 

He lives behind his mother, his wife, five children, his brothers and sisters, his relatives, his friends and the entire population of Buea, in particular Buea and Cameroon as a whole to mourn him. 

May his soul find rest with the Lord.