- 78 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 1, 1937
- Place of birth:
Mamfe, Manyu, Cameroon
- Date of passing: Dec 17, 2015
- Place of passing:
Mamfe, Manyu, Cameroon
|Let the memory of T.T OBEN be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, T. T OBEN, 78, born on December 1, 1937 and passed away on December 17, 2015. We will remember him forever.
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"he was a good man
a strong man
a kind man
he helped alot of people
he was a fun man
a cultured man
a great man
I am proud to be named by him
REST IN PEACE SIR!!!"
"A Tribute to Late Tom Tabi Oben by Sandys Oben Eyong
After 78 years of Mr. T.T.Oben’s life here on earth, we now say goodbye to one of the patriarchs of Manyu educators.
He was our father, mentor, teacher, one of the best school administrators the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon ever had, and above all a great friend. He lives behind his well-loved wife Helen Oben, his children who have always showed great respect and obedience to him and loved them very dearly.
T.T Oben’s life was driven by the idea that every child has the right to education whether such parents had the funding capabilities to educate their children or not. As Principal of the then PSS Besongabang, students education was never interrupted because inability make full tuition payment. Through T.T. many Anglophone students from both the N.W and S.W. regions had an undisturbed education through PSS Besongabang.
He was a teacher who did not bow down to the old adage of the teachers of his time that getting a grade two teachers diploma was an end game to education and life satisfaction. He read economics to a university level and was one of the best teachers of economics in secondary and high school classrooms. When I look back through the years of my personal educational ambitions,
T.T. Oben comes in mind as my role model. He was a teacher who never went to secondary school to obtain the prerequisites for studies in economics. But he had incredible persona and instruction that affected my life and others. He was a great instructor because he always remembers why he chose teaching, had a wealth of knowledge in economics, and an inspiring enthusiasm. He had a tremendous level of genuine care for those who approached him for either academic or personal mentoring.
I want to share a quote by William Arthur Ward. “The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires” T.T. Oben was all of the above.
In closing, T.T. Oben He possessed great intellectual and oratory abilities that he used to educate many students in Elementary, Secondary, High schools, and enlightened communities he served and lived. These are the skyscrapers he is leaving behind and will continue to stand tall for as a parent, a teacher, and school administrator, he lives behind great memories that lives on and on."
"I am writing this tribute not only because Pah TT Oben was my Principal in PSS Besongabang but also because he was a maternal cousin to my late father, Emmanuel Enow Takang Abunaw. It was both challenging and interesting to have a relation as my Secondary School Principal. He kept a close watch over me and constantly prompted me to work hard, remain disciplined and focused in order to be a better person in future. I am grateful to have been coached by Pah TT Oben while I was in my teens. I am all the more happy to have been told by Pah TT Oben that he was wholly satisfied with my academic and professional progress. Thank you Pah TT Oben.
As a close family relation to my father, I was privileged, in spite of my age at the time, to take part in most family come together which took place in the “Ekiri” Tah obenegu. Pah TT was always ready to give my father, my younger brother, and I a pleasurable time whenever we visited Tetukonock.
Though saddened by the death of Pah TT Oben , I acknowledged the much he achieved for all those he came in contact with. Rest in Perfect Peace Pah TT Oben!
Henry Ashu Enoabane
"The legendary Pa. T.T Oben was a symbol of authority, a brilliant, intuitive and often impossibly inscrutable mind whose lessons in and out of the classroom remain unquestionable.
He was proud, confident with a great sense of humor whose towering presence provided safe heavens to the many students that crossed his path from PSS Besongabang, Enonchong Memorial College to GHS Mamfe. We will miss his kindly presence, his graciousness and generosity. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
Pa T.T will forever remain our Hero and may his gentle soul now rest in eternity."
"It is sad to miss Pa TT Oben but we know that we cannot see God in our corruptible bodies. Pa TT was a graduate in his generation n made many a young people clamour for university education by the way he spoke and carried on in life. His passing on to glory robs Besongabang of one of the rare species who stood for the truth in our community. A caring man who would not just stop to greet, but ask after family and wish you well. Served his community and would stand up for what he believed in. The old guard is truly fading away. May Pa TT find eternal rest with the great 'I AM' whom he served deligently in his earthly life. He has joined the heavenly choir and awaits other faithful servants who will spend eternity praising and worshipping the Lion of Judah. May you rise in glory Pa TT Oben."
"May your soul rest in peace where that of others filled with the Lord's wisdom are found and watch over us till we me you. ADIEU."
"The death of Mr. T.T Oben is heart-wrenching because he was not only a good man but a great man as well. He touched the lives of many. He was not only a good father, a teacher and mentor but also a counsel, a positive thinker, a motivator and a fighter. He loved his family and community and worked hard to serve them with grace and a cherry smile. His wit, compassion, impeccable oratory and eloquence earned him admiration and respect. His death leaves a heartache no one can heal but his love and faith leaves a memory no one can steal. Even in this moment of sadness, I want to express our feeling of gratitude to him for his love, kindness and service. We were honored and blessed to have had him.
His death reminds us that our time on earth is limited and we should seize every opportunity to forgive, explore and serve. Loss is temporary when you believe in God and all those who die in the Lord will rise in the resurrection day.
Our father, Mr. T.T Oben has not died; his values and legacy leaves on to fulfill the promises of his life on this earth.
Rest In Peace!!!
For the TAKANGS'
"It is often said you don't know the importance of something until you no longer have it. TT Oben was one of the best Principals PSS Besongabang ever had. Only my stay in the US has made me to understand how TT Oben used his economics knowledge to help our poor parents educate their children. Payment arrangements was instituted in PSS by TT Oben to allow some of our poor parents pay our fees. He allowed some parents who had food commodities to supply the school in lieu of their children's school fees. In a nut shell TT Oben was a very good father. His sense of humor was impeccable. Truly speaking Besongabang, Manyu and Cameroon has lost an illustrious dad. I pray God to comfort my friend Walters, his siblings and the entire family as they go through this difficult period. May the soul of TT Oben rest in perfect peace. Your good deeds live forever. Bye."
"Our Iroko tree has fallen, but we find pleasure in knowing that you fought a good fight of faith. You acted and left the stage for others to continue. RIP papa, and may God give the family especially mami, the strength to withstand this great loss. Extend my regards to my parents."
"Best Dad ever.
I will remember you for the rest of my life until we meet again in heaven. Your light will shine for ever and your legacy will remain in the minds of all. Thank you for all your works here on earth. You made me who l am. You taught me to be an independent woman and made me understand that education is power. Though I will not be able to touch you , I will continue to feel like your spirit is always around me and the whole family.
Love you so much.
"MY BEST FRIEND AND ROLE MODEL IS GONE
I have lost my best friend and role model. Words can't describe how empty I feel right now. It seems things will never be the same again without you. You were a great man, worthy of sincere and profound respect. Very few people are blessed enough to call their father a legend, and even a smaller number are able to share that notion with the rest of the world. You strove to give everyone around you the tools to excel and become responsible people. Your kindness was infectious. You were always ready to sacrifice your time and energy to help others. That’s why they called you “Man of the People”. I have watched you and mother give to your family, your neighbors, your church, your friends, all my life. Your selflessness inspires me. Thank you, dad, for teaching me how to give. "I rejoice in the extraordinary life you were privileged to live, and I feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being." Dad, you have selflessly given to me all my life. If I had to live my life over, I'd still choose you to be my dad once more. Even if it meant losing you again, is worth all the tears in the world.
Despite the worldly passing of an incredible man, I undoubtedly know that heaven has gained one angel. You were an unparalleled Giant in all sense of the word, Dad. So keep doing you up there, because no one does it better and no one ever will.
I have so many wonderful memories of our relationship. I appreciate so much your sense of humor. It has always been fun to laugh with you. Though you went away sooner than I expected, the memories we have shared will never fade away. Years may come and go but your memory will never be erased. My heart seems to break more & more each day that goes by, but I’m going to be strong & keep my head up high, because that’s what you’ve always taught me.
I hope you’ll be looking down on me. When life gets foggy, I hope you'll help me see. Help me as I take on the world.
Goodbye is not forever, we will meet again someday.
"Grandpa my hero... I still can't believe you are no more. Sometimes I pinch myself to ensure I am not dreaming. You have been there for me, you trained me, you gave me food to eat, you adviced me and even helped me in my studies. I love you sooo much and you will forever remain in my heart. When i heard you were gone I couldn't hold myself but then few days later, i thought of it and I know where ever you are you will be sad to see me go true serious pain. As a tribute to you, I promise I will work hard and never give up, i promise to take care of the family and make you proud. Keep watching over us daddy. We miss you"
"A Hero of our time is gone!
Papa was my uncle and father and I will miss him very much. He was a father and pillar to our entire family. A wise man loved by many, a man with great reputation, a great leader, a pioneer, respected by many and never shy to share his opinion. I remember his advice to always to be serious with my education. Papa believed with education we can change our nation. I love you and will forever miss you."
"“Tribute to a Teacher and a Hero; T.T. Oben- alias Kebong”
To so many he was an adopted father; aptly described in a Facebook comment by one of his students as one of the greatest men of his time. I couldn’t agree more.
I was privileged to know him as a teacher in GHS Mamfe. To me and many of my peers, he was a great father figure and a role model, who inspired us to look beyond our humble beginnings and aim for greater heights.
I remember fondly his lectures on “Demand and Supply” (Ordinary level Economics) and his uncanny ability to drive home his knowledge to a bunch of distracted and stroppy teenagers who were more interested in his “old fashioned jackets” which we assumed he has kept since his days at Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone. (We arrogantly assumed this was the college he attended, not quite sure if it was a fact)
Even those of us who were science inclined at that stage, could not resist the temptation to enrol in Economic. His typical sharp wit coupled with his practical examples and passionate deliveries, made his lessons so much fun, poignant and memorable.
So poignant that despite the incessant distractions that were typical of his lessons, a good number of us went on and made “A” grades in GCE O` Level economics. All we had to do during the exams was to visualize “Kebong” at his best and the stuff came flowing!
Despite every thing we threw at him to amuse ourselves, he did n`t give up on us, rather he saw through us and knew we were a harmless bunch of ignorant attention seekers who needed a direction in life. And indeed, gracefully he gave us a direction.
What a hero you are!
Rest in peace “Kebong” and many thanks.
"To the family,
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Though I don't know you personally, please accept my deepest condolences. When I have lost loved ones in death, I have found comfort in knowing that there is a hope for the future. The bible helps us to appreciate that we can see our loved ones again. Acts 24:15-" there is going to be a resurrection." Here we have this promise from God that, we can see our loved ones again soon. This is because God is capable of restoring life back to those who have past away. We can have faith that this will happen because the bible says that " with God all things are possible."
There is more comforting scriptures that can be found on jw.org or you can email me."
"It's with deep regret that I learned of the passing our beloved principal Pa T.T Oben.
T.T will be remembered in our family for having been a successful educator, recruiter, Guardian and humanitarian in whose care our parents entrusted two boys' education.
T.T went out of his way to personally pick me up from the Besong a bang airport on September 22, 1981 and cushioned the culture shock I experienced until my complete integration into Pasasa lifestyle.
I am grateful to have benefitted from T.T's kindness, academic quest and motivation for excellence.
Our deepest regrets to his widow and the rest of the family."
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