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Akenji,

Shared by Howard Bongam on June 14, 2021
One of the most brilliant individuals I have ever known. A peaceful soul, a naturist. I remember when I was at school and you were writing a nature novel about the world being divided. You wrote it in pigeon, about a living force called the orga. It was based on the Africans trying to protect their living space, but this was a story you started that you never finished, I pushed you to finish it. I remember When I was 16 I would read books about star wars , these were my favorite books. So when I heard you speak about your ideas I was so intrigued with your storytelling and truly believed that this would be a successful series. You were a true testament of how things don’t have to be completed or perfect in order to be shown to the world, you can release yourself as your current version and still have the ability to touch souls. You were a family man, a writer, and always willing to help those in need, I’m gonna miss our marathon conversations about politics, philosophy, history, science. I feel the world lost a genius, but heaven gained an angel. Whatever demons you faced, the battle is over and now you have peace. Bro, you know I like to keep it short, gonna miss you a whole lot.

Howard

Oh Akenji!!!

Shared by Sam Nfor on June 4, 2021
Akenji, wise one… I can’t describe in words how your loss has broken me…but I’d try. You had answers to multi-dimension questions from diverse disciplines, and you kept family conversations lively. We all loved and enjoyed your brilliance and your company. Always, I would be looking forward to our discussions on your poetry and novels. What happened to our plan for you to move to Japan for a year and explore your creative ingenuity in some woods in Hiroshima-Nagasaki? Hélas!…Akenji, you exited the stage against the run of the script and your loss is unspeakable to say the least. Travel safe son…until we meet again…

Uncle Sam

Shared by Peter Suh-Nfor TANGYIE on June 2, 2021
Being the only 'son' who decided to read English like myself, stories of my bond with Akenji conjure very intricate plots. I have had to google and read especially what the Bible says about death since the news hit me like a bomb shell! Akenji has bought tickets and taken me to watch Shakespeare's plays a number of times - an invaluable experience for my acting, teaching and research interest. We planned to visit the Bible museum but postponed it because of an unforeseen. A few days preceding this dark day, he drove Mama and myself to and from the funeral service of Bih Gamnje and we were all chatty as always. He was making arrangements to buy his car and we agreed that he keeps an eye for one I could be 'managing.' I remember a collection of his poetry which he gave me to look through. His myriad imagery reveal a voracious scholar and researcher! I hope I find your manuscripts Ake, they have to be published in your honour. What a blow to my sister whose "waka stick" you have been and whose medications and lifestyle changes you monitor with so much warmth. How the entire family stands lost with the loss of love. "When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.' 'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting'?" ( 1 Corinthians 15: 54 - 57 ). Safe journey son and happy reunion with Nfor, Abongwa, your grand parents and all ours!!
'Uncle Pe.'

Why Now Akenji?

Shared by Ian Chebe on June 2, 2021
My heart is heavy knowing that your are no longer with us Akenji. Our conversation a month ago was about getting you a book in the Bafut dialet. What do you want me do with this book now Ake?
I know how incredible your relationship was with your family and especially your mom. Know that you will be missed by many including me. Journey well son. 
Uncle Ian Nkangwen.

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