ForeverMissed
  • Born on November 12, 1964 in Bessi, Moghamo, North West Region, Cameroon.
  • Passed away on April 18, 2020 in Prince George’s Hospital Center, Cheverly, MD.
Dear family & friends,

During this unprecedented and challenging time of COVID-19,  we are inviting you to join us virtually to celebrate the life of a legend-Ni John Mbah. As we would normally partake at a funeral/memorial service.

Please use this platform to express your condolences, or share a story, photo, and/or memory you have with Ni John; to help us during this grieving process.

We have shared many of our own photos here, and we encourage you to add more (in the story section). Each photo is a moment of a memory that we can all treasure and share together. As we continue envision the beautiful smile on his face and keep in our hearts forever and always.

Love,

Mbah Family
Posted by Marcia Duncan on May 22, 2020
Life gives us mysteries we sometimes can't solve or understand. Such is the hearing you have slipped this earthly plain. I and my family will miss your smiles and warm heart. Rest in peace.
Posted by Cecilia Zama on May 9, 2020
“Our Massa Yo!”
When the tragic news of your death was broken to me, I was shocked, confused, and devastated. I thought I was dreaming because my sister (your wife) told me a week prior that you all were in good health. So you can understand why the news of your death was shocking to me. What a time you chose to leave us, or should I say God chose to call you home? But who am I to question?

The last time we engaged in conversation, you shared some plans with me ... how about those plans? We were to continue the conversation but never did. This reminds me that we can have whatever plans, but God ultimately decides whether those plans materialize or not. Maybe you had done so much for yourself, your family, your friends, etc. and God wanted you to come home and rest.

These are some of your attributes that will stay with me forever: approachable, infectious smile, open to sharing information, sense of humor, and hardworking .

A few years ago when your family hosted the Babungo meeting, you stood up to share information about some investment opportunity you had learned about. You passionately shared that information and encouraged your Vengo family members to explore the opportunity...you did not keep it to yourself! These speaks volumes about the kind of person you were.

You will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace “Massa Yo” until we meet again to part no more. Farewell!
Posted by Buba Soweh on May 8, 2020
What can I say? I am still waiting for a call to hear that it didn't happen. However, watching the video of your home going service today, I choose to thank the Almighty God for your amazing legacy. I choose to reflect on the awesome memories you created. My man, my brother, the first time my Sister introduced you to me almost 19years ago, instantly I knew she had found love.Thank you for the wonderful impact in her life and the entire family. May the Almighty father cover Awah and the rest of the family with courage, love comfort and strength. We will take it one day at a time. Rest well brother until we meet again.
On behalf of the Soweh's family we wish the Mbah and Muma's families love, peace and the fortitude to carry on.
Dr. Soweh Buba
Posted by Louis Ngoh on May 8, 2020
*A TRIBUTE TO A GIANT GONE HOME TOO SOON*

*Chinua Achebe* reminds us that when people gather at the market square to watch the moonlight, it is not because they cannot do so from their individual homes, it is because unity and solidarity is key to our own very existence. In unity, we mourn, in unity we celebrate. Unity is the lubricant that has lubricated the Moghamo engine since inception. Moghamo unity is an asset, which *Ni John Mbah* held so passionately & with startling elegance. You would see *Ni John* at every wake keep that touched and concerned Moghamo; you would see *Ni John* at every social gathering that touched and concerned Moghamo; oh he had this very titillating, irresistable, and infectious smile. A man full of humor and wit! Oh but the news about *Ni John's* demise caught Moghamo flat-footed. Today, moghamo is gathered, virtually, to send a letter to sweet *Ni John*!!

*Oh Ni John*, you taught us that no matter what happens in life, be good to people; being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. *Ni John* you were kind-hearted, tender, harmless, and soft-spoken. Oh Ni John has left Moghamo in excruciating pain.

*Oh Ni John* took us aback, but we can confidently and conveniently underscore that he has lived a successful life. Ni John's footprints are everywhere. His show of solidarity and concern for everyone marks and makes him an immortal being. Today, we can shed tears that he is gone or we can smile because he has lived a successful life.

*Oh Ni John,* a Moghamo pathfinder! A Moghamo icon! A sui generis community Element! One who would create his own space and would want to carry every moghamoan everyone along. A man that could blaze the trail by erasing all false limitations. *Ni John* was a sandwich bewteen the old and young. BACDA-US is bleeding, GUCDA-US is bleeding, BCDA-US is bleeding, the Nyaneck Family in the US is bleeding, other sister Moghamo groups here are bleeding, Moghamo Solidarity Group US is bleeding, MUSTUS is bleeding, Moghamo is bleeding, Prince George's Hospital is bleeding. Oh *Ni John,* our own redwood tree; oh *Ni John,* our own sequoia tree!!!

*Oh Ni John,* even as we miss *Ni John Mbah,* like *Dr. MLK, Jr,* correctly puts it: we must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. *Ni John* has gained enormous fame throughout *Bessi, Moghamo, Cameroon, Africa, and the United States.* Ohhh *Ni John Mbah* gave up the ghost at the PG hospital; but death took no pity on him, in-spite-of the fact that he was an iconic Radiologist in that very PG hospital. Oh *Ni John* did exactly what *Dr MLK Jr.* described when he delivered his speech on the *dignity of man's work!*

*Oh Ni John,* oh death, you defied *Ni John's professional power and prowess.* You took Ni John from us too soon. Even as we shed tears, we know God has a better plan. *Ni John's* legacy is quite illuminating as he has gained enormous fame in prelude to his immortality. An ideal yardstick to measure Ni John's dignity and integrity is not his standard of living, but his standard of life; it was remarkably top-notch, for lack of any better term.

*Oh Ni John,* you've lived a monumental life; a life that is disturbingly small in quantity, but profoundly large in quality. Your incredible diligence and resilience towards *Bessi in particular,* and *Moghamo in general,* is a neverending story. You did it so well like *William Shakespeare* wrote poetry; like *Michael Angelo* did painting; like *Beethoven* composed music; and like the *Great Street Sweeper* swept the street.

*Oh Ni John Mbah,* you decided to fly, take flight, Moghamo's icon! Sleep well *Ni John Mbah.* As the Holy Book notes in *Psalm 147:3*, the Lord will heal the hearts of the brokenhearted and bind their wounds. During this very trying moment, we therefore invite God to take care of your wife, parents, kids, siblings, loved ones, and the entire Moghamo community.

*A true, refreshing, and gigantic son of the soil gone; we pray for the repose of his gentle soul!!!*
Posted by Dr Tembi Tembi on May 8, 2020
Farewell John. May your soul Rest In Peace and Glory, as you lived with us in peace and love. Your spirit remains with us. Dr & Mrs Tembi.
Posted by Commissioner RITA on May 8, 2020
Ni John, Why at this moment? Where have you kept Ebod?
Who will direct and guide the kids?
My beloved brother. In our conversation on the way going to the hospital for my doctor's appointment, l remembered you told me your plans to go home and do some work on your farm. You were so passionate about it that you said “l don't have anything except that farm and
When l come home finally, l will open my hospital between Tiko and Douala,
Yep these two things will keep me busy. "
Ni John. You were there for me , carrying me up and down for my  hospital appointments. Finally the day l delivered you were so happy and came to visit me and the twins unfortunately the hospital had placed restriction on visit and you called me on the phone and we talked. Nini. When I left the hospital you were calling every now and then to check on me and the girls. .you sent us diapers and later called me and told me ..don't accept people to come and see the children, the virus is real and the children don't have any immune system. ...then you said we who are front line workers and exposed .”lam thinking of going to look for a place and stay so that l should not contact that evil and bring home and kill my family"
Nini why did you not tell me you were not feeling well? . Seven days after our conversation , l was devastated with the news .Nini why at this time? .You were such a wonderful husband , father , and a special brother .Your smile, simplicity and your kind heart made you a friend to everyone irrespective of social rank.
How do l tell my son Tebit you traveled with him to Cameroon that you have died?
Nini it pains me so deeply that after all the care you took for me during my pregnancy and delivery, you did not see the face of the babies. .
My beloved brother,. You will forever remain in my heart .If you told me you were going l would have written my beloved mother a long letter. All the same greet her and tell her am now manyi
.Adieu .

Ritta commissaire
Adieu
Posted by Yembi John on May 8, 2020
Ni John
Truly gone too soon. Legacy is you died saving mankind. Your love for mankind will linger in our hearts forever. Go in
peace and protect your family like you did to mankind.
Posted by Derek Fomba on May 7, 2020
Uncle John,
Why is life so short? Why are God’s ways impossible to understand? Why is it that God  Only calls home the best and at a time when they are most needed? Is it true? Is this a dream? You were a father to all and you showed me what is meant by working hard to achieve your dreams. It wasn’t long after you took me in as one of yours, that I learnt these valuable traits from you. You were a generous husband and father and brother to many. You will greatly be missed. May God give us the strength to move on and may your legacy reign for ever. RIP!
Posted by Lemuel Mutah on May 7, 2020
Father mine, it is very shocking how you left us so soon. I can still remember the event that transpired that morning very clearly. I wonder if I would have been able to keep you alive if only I had more knowledge. It just happened and I wasn’t prepared to handle the situation. This is a scar that will I will always carry along with me. I will carry and cherish both the good and the bad times, for it is from those very moment that we know true love. You made me mad in the process of trying to discipline me, but it was for the very best because you loved me and only wanted the best for me. I miss all the stories you would tell me about what you perceived as the best songs, all the upcoming Cameroon soccer players who were about my age and were already at a professional level. You would always try to talk to people about the things you see in them which you don’t like in the most euphemistic way, in order not to make them feel bad. You were always caring and tried your best to make the people around you feel happy; putting yourself in second place. I miss how you would always say “trouble” when I call you “pops” and how you would always call me “dodo damer dorme” when you see me getting food. There are still a lot of “why” and “hows” that I would like to ask you about but it’s no longer possible. The only thing left of you are the memories and lessons which you have taught me and I shall forever hold deeply in my heart. I shall endeavor to know more and become successful in this life which you have worked so hard for and sacrificed a lot to give me. I shall forever love you and cherish the love you have showed me. Rest In Peace father.
Posted by Jesica Muma on May 7, 2020
Dear daddy. I can't still believe you are gone. Dead takes the body God takes the soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our hearts keep the love. Our faith let's us know we meet agin. I wish I had hugged you just a little bit tighter that day u Kim back from work . I didn't know it was my last chance hugging u.  Daddy you promised telling me how to go about with life in America .  Daddy I have not leave with you for long but the little time I have with you it was so amazing.  I miss the way you call me and ask me this woman what is there for lunch . Dabby we love you but God love you most. Forever in our hearts.               
Posted by Wayne Smith on May 7, 2020
First let me express my sincere condolences to John's family and friends. My prayers are with you.

This is so surreal. So unbelievable. It feels like a dream. I dread waking up to the reality that John is no longer with us.

Ten years ago, I met John. He was so upbeat. So positive. He was always able to brighten a situation, whether it was work related or in general. His contagious smile would spread quickly as he proudly share the history and music of his Cameroonian artist. It's as if I can still hear the music playing softly in the background...and hearing John encouraging me to listen.

I admire John's love for his family, his commitment to his patients, and his concern for his people back home. He was so passionate in describing the internal turmoil in Cameroon that was pitting his country men against each other.

John was truly a kind-hearted brother and truly his brothers keeper. His untimely death has left a void in our Radiology family, and an emptiness among the RAD Techs.

John Mbah will be truly missed!
Posted by Sydelle Mutah on May 7, 2020
Daddy, the fact that you're gone is an unbelievable shock. At first I didn't want to believe it but at the end of the day I had no other choice. I'll miss you coming downstairs asking what's for lunch or running to give you a hug after work. You would sometimes bring me lunch when I forget to bring it to school. I'll miss you squishing my nose. You were such a caring father and you would always make everyone smile with your contagious laugh. You would even drop my friend at home when she didn't have a ride. The day you died I told myself that I would grow up and be successful, happy, strong, and independent to make you proud and intend on keeping that promise. So thank you for being my dad because I would never ask for another one. I know you'll watch over us until we meet again. Rest in peace.

         Love,
              Sydelle
Posted by Ryan Mbah on May 7, 2020
If i knew things would go so fast this way, i would have stood every second by your side Ni. Oh Lord our God, this hurts us, the pain is great. Please help us oh Lord. Why so soon Ni?
Ni, your love and care was phenomenal. Your friendship was extended even to the little ones. A father who was very jovial with all, very understanding, very supportive without partiality.
Never a day of fighting or quarrels, and always making sure everyone in the family is sound and healthy. What a great example for me. Your stories and jokes brought life to my spirit, with important life lessons within. Thank you for your love and tireless efforts to keep my younger ones and i going. Your challenges in life and how you overcame them was a great gift and foundation to me. I miss you, Your absence is felt greatly. Thank you Ni, thank you Ni, thank you again Niii for teaching me to be a man, and how to approach life. I miss your smile; i miss you laughing with me; i miss you making nice jokes about mommy, i just miss you Ni. May God have mercy. Do not worry, we are taking good care of mommy, ebot and the children. I will always remember you Ni. I love you. RIP
Posted by Aisha Yake on May 7, 2020
Daddy, I still can’t believe you are gone, I miss you asking me “dis woman Na waity Dey” in the morning and when you’re ready to go to work. When I came to the US you took me as your own and even took me out for breakfast when I turned 18 and advised me on how to go about with life. From that day I knew I did not only have a dad but a caring and loving father. You were gone before we knew it and only God knows why. I love and miss you daddy. Rest peacefully in the arms of lord till we meet again.
Aisha.
Posted by Beba Tata on May 6, 2020
Ni John, gone so young, gone so quick.
The pain of your death is great and the vacuum created is wide. Although your death is the end of your life here on earth, it is the beginning of your eternal life.
You are gone from our sight but on the other side you are being received by Angels in the heavenly realm. In that place where there will be no more suffering, no more pain, no more struggle; in that place where your soul will rest in peace.
We will miss you and you will never be forgotten for we know there is a smiling Angel now watching over us.
Farewell Ni John, until we meet again on the resurrection morning!
Your in-law Beba and husband George.
Posted by Jermimia Akap on May 6, 2020
Hm?mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!. It has taken me forever to Write this because I was still in denial. But when the days draw near and i keep seeing people writing and saying go bye Ni John. Am short of words reason is our last time we saw Ni John we ate together on his Dinning table in his house. Had some gestures as usual. Ni I have not know you for long but you always welcome me with that smile each time I come home and you are there. Well life is a journey were everyone has it's own day that will he or she will arrive. Ni you just arrived before us. Go well and we will ever miss you.
Posted by Pascal Kemelong on May 6, 2020
Uncle John,
 Your unexpected departure left a whole in our hearts and lives that no one can ever imagine. I was confused, angry and paralyzed when I received a call you were passed away. I never imagined or thought that covid 19 will touch any one of us until it you away. I have been paranoid about covid 19 since it took your life away from us. I couldn't imagine how it will take away someone so strong and healthy as you. Uncle John, we love you but God loves you more.
 Your death came so fast that I didn't have the chance to say thank you for taking me into your house when I came to the US many years ago. I am what I am today because You,uncle Emma,Buba and Sister Awah took me like one of your own brother and provided for me and guided me to become successful. Thank you so much. Your kind heart made me feel at home through the entire 6 to 8 yrs that we spent in the same house. You were not only nice to me but nice to alot of people. Many people passed through your house when they first came to America. That's just how nice you were to strangers. Your journey on earth touched alot of lives. You are gone but your legacy of good works to mankind will continue forever. Our hearts are broken but Rest in peace until we meet again.
Pascal
Posted by Gladys Enow on May 5, 2020
Brother John, the memories of early 1990s,those days when we walked the streets of washington DC are just still fresh as we look in this pictures will never go away. Is life this short? Brother, no matter where you will be l know you are dreaming of those who had loved you. Even as nature separates us, l know it is only your soul saying good bye to your spirit, you will keep remembering me until l meet with you in the now system of things.
Posted by Elsie Ofori on May 6, 2020
John, John where do l start. I still can't believe you are gone. I miss your infectious smile. We talked almost every day when you came to work, either as you are coming in or when l was leaving. I miss our private jokes and banter. You promised me some bushmeat stew like the one we shared several years ago. I guess that is never going to happen here on this side of life. You have left behind a huge vacuum that no one can fill.
John, l thank God for your life. You have been a blessing to so many people. God calls his loving children home to rest when He sees best. We don't know why He called you home so soon, you were so full of life. I miss you John, rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord till we meet again.
Posted by Alexandra Vargas on May 5, 2020
John,
I am so glad to have met you. Thank you for taking me under your wing. I enjoyed working with you, listening to music while we got the job done, updating me with the latest news or even giving me a history lesson. You filled the room with your joyous energy and made the patients feel more at ease. It's still difficult to process that you're no longer here with us. 
( There's a saying in Spanish, " Dios se ganó un ángel y el cielo una hermosa estrella que siempre brillará como lo hacía aquí en la tierra." )
God gained an angel and the sky a beautiful star that will always shine bright like he did here on Earth.
Miss you John and that infectious laughter of yours. Until we meet again...
Posted by Ola Gina on May 5, 2020
MY Dear Friend John,
 It was sometime in October of 2013, when I came to Pg hospital to do my clinicals that I first met John. We clicked instantly-- to the point you would think we knew each other prior. That's how John was. Can't believe I'm using past tense to describe him. Anyways, that's truly how John was. As time went on he became more like a big brother to me, and our bond was strong.
 John was a very easy going person. He always had something to say whenever he came across people. With me sometimes it would start with "you're not my friend" if I didn't first acknowledge him the way he wanted, then it will graduate to news from back home etc... There was never a dull moment with John, and that I'm dearly missing already, and will continue to miss.
 Though it's been but 17 days, since your kind soul departed this planet earth-- it already feels like eternity to me, and that's because of the void you left that cannot be replicated, or replaced in any way. John, you were a good person, who's sincerity was pure and honest in every situation. Above all, your love and passion to care for people will forever be missed.
 There's not a day that goes by that I don't wish things were different. That you were still here with us, or that I knew you were sick, and had done something about it. All that (had I known) thoughts keeps running through my mind every time. Nevertheless, I strongly do believe that there's always a reason for everything, which is why I leave it all to the almighty God who knows better.
 I pray that the good God who created you, and brought you to us, grant you his eternal peace-- as you dwell in his kingdom forever. I also pray that he grant your family the strength and might to withstand this very difficult time. May the grace and peace of God abide with them all. Rest in God's perfect peace my friend... till we meet again.

Blessings,
Ola..
Posted by Alfred Archampong on May 5, 2020
My brother
We know that some day we will all meet our Maker but none of us thought it will be this soon. You always fill our break room with joy, be it music, jokes or history talk. Your sense of humor is unmeasurable, always ending with a smile. Defining complex situation was easy for you because when everyone is angry you are always ready to talk about the greatest musicians in Cameroon. I have known you since 2008 and you became a big brother to me, always wishing me well and showing me tricks to become perfect in the career we both work in. We share so much of funny times and history talk was your favorite. Nevertheless, we are all missing you now. I guess your promise to invite me to Cameroon will never happen let alone the farm you spoke highly of. As sad as it is, brother, I still wish you well in this new journey and pray that the good Lord keep you till we all meet again.

Blessings Alfred
Posted by Karim Muma on April 30, 2020
TO MY BELOVED HUSBAND

It is hard to believe that you are no more here with us. It's been days now and I haven't heard "Abuh", "this woman " or "this man" I have not received any phone call from you. You have not given me daily updates from work, the farm or the Ambazonian struggle. You have not played any old Congolese or Zaire music or shared any of their accompanying stories to stress the beauty of each soundtrack. You have not also reminded me of the live band we will hire from Zaire to come and celebrate the Ambazonian Independence with us in Bessi for two straight weeks. I am still to confront the reality.

When I prayed for husband, God answered me by blessing with a remarkable and compassionate gentleman. God blessed me with a generous, loving, caring and devoted husband, friend and father to me and my children. God blessed me with a lovely friend whose unconditional love knew no bounds.
When Bessi prayed for a true son of the soil, God blessed her with a distinguished Philanthropist who always believed he could meet every need of the Bessi community in Cameroon and here in the US. You paid weekly visit to most of them here in the Metro Area. When the Babungo family prayed for an in-law God blessed them with the most loving and caring son-in-law/brother-in-law.

When the Radiology community prayed for a Radiology Technologist God gave them a Committed and dedicated you. You took every scan with love and hoped you could take the pain off every patient's body. Your professional community have equally missed not just a colleague but a friend and a brother. John, you gave your family, friends and your community at large the best part of yourself. The sacrifices and the difference you made in our lives will forever be remembered and cherished. They will forever inspire us. The precious years we spent together taught me love, and your passing on to glory has also shown me how much you were loved and will forever be missed by the many lives you impacted around the world. The vacuum your departure has created in our hearts is so enormous and only God alone can fill it.

You often advised me to learn to accept things I couldn't change or have control over. It never for once crossed my mind that your sudden death was going to be one of them. It never occurred to me that I will continue this life journey without you. How could I have thought of this when we were still at the beginning of our journey together. The same God who gave you to us is the same God who has called you home, I wished I had control over His actions and decisions. You will still be here with me if I could only twist God's hand. He alone knows why he called you that early. I will count it all joy as His word tells me.

My darling I am grateful for all the good times and the bad times we shared together, for all the fun memories, the blessings we witnessed together, the life lessons, and for the lives you touched. Thank God Iboh and all the children are here and the moments you shared with them. You have given me the baton; I take it with humility and courage believing and trusting God for the strength and wisdom necessary to keep the flame you ignited in our hearts and in the world burning. I am also trusting God for His peace and comfort to Iboh, Mami in Babungo, the children, the entire family, friends and to all the people you shared the best part of you with them. May God grant me the fortitude to bear your early passing onto glory and grant you eternal peace at His side until we meet again to part no more. You will forever be loved and missed. To God be the Glory.

Awah Muma - Wife

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Posted by Marcia Duncan on May 22, 2020
Life gives us mysteries we sometimes can't solve or understand. Such is the hearing you have slipped this earthly plain. I and my family will miss your smiles and warm heart. Rest in peace.
Posted by Cecilia Zama on May 9, 2020
“Our Massa Yo!”
When the tragic news of your death was broken to me, I was shocked, confused, and devastated. I thought I was dreaming because my sister (your wife) told me a week prior that you all were in good health. So you can understand why the news of your death was shocking to me. What a time you chose to leave us, or should I say God chose to call you home? But who am I to question?

The last time we engaged in conversation, you shared some plans with me ... how about those plans? We were to continue the conversation but never did. This reminds me that we can have whatever plans, but God ultimately decides whether those plans materialize or not. Maybe you had done so much for yourself, your family, your friends, etc. and God wanted you to come home and rest.

These are some of your attributes that will stay with me forever: approachable, infectious smile, open to sharing information, sense of humor, and hardworking .

A few years ago when your family hosted the Babungo meeting, you stood up to share information about some investment opportunity you had learned about. You passionately shared that information and encouraged your Vengo family members to explore the opportunity...you did not keep it to yourself! These speaks volumes about the kind of person you were.

You will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace “Massa Yo” until we meet again to part no more. Farewell!
Posted by Buba Soweh on May 8, 2020
What can I say? I am still waiting for a call to hear that it didn't happen. However, watching the video of your home going service today, I choose to thank the Almighty God for your amazing legacy. I choose to reflect on the awesome memories you created. My man, my brother, the first time my Sister introduced you to me almost 19years ago, instantly I knew she had found love.Thank you for the wonderful impact in her life and the entire family. May the Almighty father cover Awah and the rest of the family with courage, love comfort and strength. We will take it one day at a time. Rest well brother until we meet again.
On behalf of the Soweh's family we wish the Mbah and Muma's families love, peace and the fortitude to carry on.
Dr. Soweh Buba
his Life

BIOGRAPHY FOR LATE MR. JOHN MUTAH MBAH

Mr. John M. Mbah was born on November 12, 1964 in Bessi-Awum village of Batibo Subdivision of the North West Region of Cameroon. He exited this world on April 18, 2020 making him 55 years, 5 months. His mother Mami Pauline Anim Mbah is still alive and strong. She is currently in the United States. This is such an unexpected and an unbelievable event to witness. It is every parent’s wish for their children to outlive them, but Mami will experience the opposite. It is painful that her last memories of John will be marked with sorrow and grief, as she can no longer enjoy the company of her son. What a trauma for an 81yrs old lady to bear. 

John’s mother raised him and other siblings in the village just as other families do. With very little at her disposal, she worked extra hard to give John an education above Primary level. Her determination to see John climb this ladder of life was buttressed by her junior brother, late Mr. Francis Akombi who helped to get John to a post-primary education level.

EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION:

Mr. John Mbah attended the Roman Catholic School Bessi now known as Government School Upper Bessi. Like most children who grew up from impoverished and uneducated homes, he was faced with many obstacles in school such having no money for school fees, late payment of school fees and learning with hardly any textbooks. Despite the obstacles, John brilliantly completed his primary education. The man we know and love today was the same boy some of us knew and loved then: John was quite friendly, cheerful, interactive and participative in the primary school. He played during breaks, shared his palm nut kernels and food, and joined our common boy fights on our way back from school. 

After finishing primary school, he gained admission into the famous Longla Commercial College (LCC), Mankon where he graduated with very attractive papers and grades in the City and Gilts Examination that was controlled from London at the time. After graduating from LCC, he worked for a few years and found his way out of the country in hopes of advancing his education. His first stop was in France at le Université de Franche-Comté, Besancon (with assistance from Mr. Fon), where he spent some time figuring out what to do as an immigrant. Life was difficult but God guided him, and he crossed to the United States of America in June, 1990. The real struggle began here; however, God gave him a sister Ma Gladys Tinong and brother Martin, and others who were of great motivation and support to him. With no money, no support and no papers, John faced life in a tough way but persevered through the hardship. 

John’s courage and resilience led him to gain admission into the University of the District of Columbia, UDC. He graduated in 1995. He worked, went to school and paid his tuition. His hard work blessed him with a degree in Radiography, which made John to be whom we call Ni John today. He continued to have in-service education at this job until his death.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

If we consider work experience in the broadest sense, John started work experience in Bessi as he helped in farming activities in the family. During holiday breaks while attending post-secondary education at LCC Bamenda, John helped his parents in a village provision store which sold beer as a main product. Upon graduation, he got a job with SGBC bank in Bamenda. He gained a lot of respect from his colleagues and from the community. John imagined more for himself and his family thus he left Cameroon and took upon a challenging journey to seek greener pastures in France and later in the U.S. Through unmeasurable circumstances, he made it. With his diploma in Radiography, John had climbed a steppingstone to a promising part of his life. He got a job as a Radiologist at the University of Maryland Capital Region Health and at the Mobilex Trident Care Imaging. He handled these jobs diligently and successfully. He had passion for his job and showed true devotion to the patients he took care of even to the moments of his death— brought upon by Covid-19. One can truly say, he died in active service, doing the best he could to protect himself and others. He was a rare gem who devoted a huge part of his life to the healthcare field. He surely will be missed.

DEVELOPMENT& LOVE FOR FAMILY & MANKIND

Mr. John Mbah has been a lover of humanity till his death. With his virtue, he could not fold his hands to the detriment of mankind. He helped to develop his community as follows

  • He participated in Student Association development activities
  • He initiated a youth football tournament for Bessi every Summer and donated handsome prizes
  • He was a regular donor for the Mini-Agropastoral show for Bessi village
  • He donated for the Batibo District Hospital Mortuary
  • He donated for the construction of the Fon’s mansion in Bessi
  • He was on every list of contribution organized by Bessi Development and Cultural Association for both the Washington and National chapters
  • He was very regular and contributed big for the Ambazonia (Southern Cameroon) struggle for Independence
  • He was one of the founding fathers of Moghamo Solidarity group which helps in empowering the Moghamo local government in her activities to fun refugees in Southern Cameroon.
His love for his family and community was manifested by sponsoring any child who wanted to go to school to any level. He took care of his family and ensured his mother never lacked anything. He made sure his mom and family were comfortable.

INVESTMENT:

Mr. John Mbah did all to have personal investment and cooperate investment. He invested in Real Estate and Agriculture and currently owns a large farm in Cameroon. He was one of the founding fathers of PROTO LCC in USA. We are aware of the impact PROTO had in our U.S based community and in Cameroon. Mr. John Mbah held the position of Vice President until its closure. So much was said about John Mbah, but it should be known that he has gone to eternity free of any PROTO debt. All his loan was paid in Cameroon. Contrary, the company inflicted so much hardship on John Mbah and his wife as he was a collateral to many agreements that were a liability to the company. He attended many court sessions on PROTO matters. For that I say thank you John. I am here pleading that any trace of hatred or hurt be forgiven and forgotten. I use this opportunity to ask our brother to forgive us as well and to for a general forgiveness from all and to all just as our God forgives each one of us.

HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY:

Mr. John Mbah did not go through life alone. He was married to his wife, Awah Muma for almost 20yrs till his passing. He is a father to 3 loving children ages; 14, 18 and 19yrs old and a stepson through whom he was blessed with 4 grandchildren. He is loved unconditionally by his family who will miss his presence and love dearly.

Mr. John Mbah has gone to eternity leaving behind a loving wife, children, grandchildren, a mother, an elder sister and junior brother and a host of other family members in Cameroon; great friends, the Bessi-Awum family, the Moghamo and Babungo family in the U.S and abroad to mourn for him.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

As we mourn and share our condolences with the family,we can all attest to the fact that Ni John Mbah was truly a philanthropist at heart, a developer and a hero to many,a dedicated radiology technologist, an easy going man with a gentle and compassionate soul, an Ambazonian warrior, a loving husband and father to all,a dancing partner to his wife, a handsome man with a contagious smile and a friend to many. He rarely got mad and held no grudges. He was one of a kind and left big shoes to fill when it comes to showing unconditional love. He was a man of solidarity and a true son of Bessi-Awum.

John will want us to celebrate his life and be good to one another. I urge all of us that when we remember Ni John Mbah, we should not weep in despair, but rather replicate just one of his good character attributes and make it part of who we are as a people. We should take up solidarity to the core and remember the family John leaves behind.

We say goodbye to “WoreBessi….” until we meet again.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

Compiled by Ni Meshack Mudoh & Family

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