This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Clement Gwandiku, 78 years old, born on January 1, 1943, and passed away on September 24, 2021. We will remember him forever.

Clement Fon Gwandiku aka Ba Nkom Tita Gwandiku,  born on January 1 1943 in Bali Nyonga took his final breath and transition to meet his creator, on September 24, 2021 in Douala Cameroon.  The Gwandiku and Mbelli family give thanks and glory to God for the blessing, guidance and leadership he blessed them with during the 78 years lifespan of Ba Nkom.
As a dedicated father, Ba Nkom nurtured his children and family with love, humility,meekness and discipline with devotion to God Almighty.
As notable and leader in the Bali Nyonga Fondom, Ba Nkom led a life of service embodied with truth, hard work and loyalty.
As he joins his creator , he will be remembered for his passion for education and love for Christ.
Ba Nkom leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends to carry on his legagy.
Being the caring, thoughtful father and leader he was, is and will forever be in our memory, he left us with these words of wisdom:
-          Stay strong in the Lord and pray continuously
-          Give your life to Christ
-          Love one another and share in each others` problems
-          Do not break your corn but remove it line by line so as to have equal share
-          Give your life to Christ “ Do not forget God and keep praying”.

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his Life

Ba Tita Gwandiku Clement Fon was one of many children born to Ba Tita Gwandiku II  and his four wives.  In the 1930s it was customary for family heads to have many wives and also had residential and farmlands. Some of the wives will live on the farmland and others at the residential (town). The mother of  Tita Gwandiku III resided at Mbutu, in Bali Nyonga where he spent most of this childhood. As he became a teenager his mother handed him over to her mate (his step mother) Na Lebsia who resided at the compound with their father.
While in the compound with his step mom-  he tendered to his father’s animals (goats, pigs etc). He also assisted his father in many chores including harvesting and selling of coffee. To earn income he will nail chairs, fry groundnut and many other crafts to sell. With all this he did not get enrolled in school until in his late teenage years.
After enrolling in school  he was picked as a pupil teacher in 1964 to teach at Bambui and later posted to Tatum. With love for education he continued his training completing and passing the teacher grade 3 exams.
In 1968 he was transferred to Santa Council school.
As a young he was an avid atlethe serving as captain of the famous Bali United soccer team at one point in his young adult life.

He later enrolled in Higher Teachers Training school in Batibo which he completed in 1973.  
During his early teaching years he taught in many schools around Bali, Pinyin, Santa. In the early 1980s he was transferred to Bosa town and later transferred back to G.S Bali town 1. While at GS bali , Ba had opportunity to teach some of his own biological children.  He was well known for his teaching in Rural sciences, crafts and Agriculture.

In the 1990s he was transferred (promoted) to the Inspectorate of Education of Bali Sub-division as chief of staff. He retired from civil service in 2003.
As a notable, Ba Nkom inherited the leadership of the Gwandiku family as Gwandiku III.  His title Tita is due to being decendants of Prince Gwandiku I who migrated with Nahnyonga to established Bali Nyonga in its present location. As a prince and notable in Bali Nyonga he served as an advisor , spokesman to the Fon, leader of the councilors and Nkoms. He performed his duties with pride and humility. As a custodian of the Bali Nyonga history and culture- Ba Nkom hosted numerous students, historians and visitors. He carried on this role until his last days despite being handicapped in the last 10 years following a motor vehicle accident
As a young man, Ba Nkom found faith in Christ and became a member of the Roman Catholic church.  He became member of the  Christain Men Association,CMA, and  served as President of the diocesan (Mbengwi, Batibo and Bali) at one point.  He continued to grow in his faith maintaining membership in the Roman Catholic church until his departure to meet his creator. His last words to his loved ones, friends and acquaintances were
- Stay strong in the Lord and pray continuously
- Give your life to Christ
- Love one another and share in each others` problems
- Do not break your corn but remove it line by line so as to have equal share
- Give your life to Christ “ Do not forget God and keep praying”.
 Ba Nkom leaves behind his wife Na Juliet Gwandiku nee  Mbeli, children,grandchildren, siblings, and family to carry on his Legacy.

 *_Pa's Career_* 
1964:PTA teacher Native Authority Bambui.
1965-1968: Teacher Training Center Tatum.
-1968: married in Santa
1968-1971: Grade III Teacher at (Native Authority) Council School Santa.
1972-1973: Higher Elementary Training P.T.T.C Batibo.
1973: Teacher Grade II. Teaching at Council School Bali(later known as G.S. Bali Town.)
1983: Had his Teacher's Grade I Certificate externally.
1997: Teacher at Bossa.
1998-2003: Inspectorate of Education Bali.
2003: Retired.
01.01.1943, †24.09.2021.

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