Business mogul and philanthropist Dr. Charles Namme Menyoli, who has in the last 60 years been a household name in Buea in particular and, Cameroon in in General, owner of FAKOSHIPand other buoyant enterprises was yesterday Monday, January 22 recognized and crowned ‘Patriarch of the Nation’ by Prince Nasako Daniel Molondo, Meme Deputy Secretary General of Southwest Elites Association, SWELAfor his great and tireless humanitarian works in the community.
According to Meme SWELA assistant SG, the gesture is of utmost importance becauseit serves as motivation to people who are doing great jobs in the region. To him, the Government cannot develop the nation alone and so needs the support of individuals like Dr. Menyoli, who take initiatives to develop communities within the region. He stated that it is a very good gesturereason why SWELA thought it shouldnot hesitate to appreciate such endeavours so that he can continue to do more for the community.
Going by the SG Nasako, it was on December 2, 2016, after his election as the SG that he came up with the initiative and created two committees whereby messages were circulated nationally and in the Diasporarequestingfor suggestions. As he put it, many proposed Pa Menyoli and insisted that he shouldn’t be left out. He said they then set out toassess what FAKOSHIP has been doing in the community and discovered that the humanitarian work was so great.
Going by the Managing Director II of FAKOSHIP and son of Pa Menyoli, Thomas Malelu Menyoli, the initiative and gesture is to be applauded. He said that it is indeed a way of motivating persons so recognized to work harder. “I encourage those out there to create impact in the lives of many because what you do for yourself dies easily, but what you do for otherslasts,” Malelu advised.
Though with the discomforts that old age brings, Dr. Charles Namme Menyoli, was present and in his vote of thanks, appreciated the gesture but said it was unfortunate that SWELA met him at a time when his health is not at best. Confirming that it is an important and fortunate thing for him to be awarded, he promised that FAKOSHIP would continue with the great works but that those who would take after him should be blamed, if they don’t run it well. He asserted that as at now, FAKOSHIP has stood the test of time.
By Relindise Ebune