ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Pa Baiye Joseph, 73 years old, born on January 1, 1948, and passed away on February 4, 2021. He will remain in our hearts and We will remember him forever.
Posted by Elizabeth Teboh on March 23, 2021
Every soul every soul shall taste death, on that premise we totally submit to the will of our creator. We thank God for a life well spent.Pa Baiye what's a loving, caring and passionate person. I remember how sweet ,gentle ,peaceful and soft-spoken he was each time we discussed. He discussed deeply with me every time I made a stopover at his house in Ekok, on my way home for holidays. He used to pamper me like a queen. He would shower me with love and care and the respect he gave our family was unparalleled. Adieu,PA, sleep on in the bosom of the Lord. May Holy Spirit comfort and abide with the family left behind.Teboh Elizabeth In-law in Ibadan, Nigeria.
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Posted by Vivian Alemanji Agbor on March 21, 2021
My "America Boy" as I reffered to you of late. My phenomenal Father in-law who called me his "Second Doctor."

Pa Baiye, that father in law, who paid 7 million Francs as bride price and who 3 weeks before his demise, promised to add 200,000 Francs more because he saw a very beautiful picture of mine and thought more money had to be added. 

You asked for a portrait of that picture so you could place on your wall, to always have a glimpse of your "Second Doctor".

Papa, you gave me no time to satisfy that demand of yours. Your ''Second Doctor" is in pains.

I can't help thinking about the countless and endless stories you told me which remain indelible and those calls you used to make to appreciate little gifts.

Papa, you were a good man, with a good sense of humour, selfless, and kind-hearted.

You worked just too hard; always from one project to the other.....
I remember how you will draw the plan of your projects and take off time to explain to me the details of what you intended to do. My response to these were always like, "Papa you are a great Architect" and we will all laugh and enjoy the joke.

The 27th of January 2021 at 8 pm, will go down as a very memorable day in my life, as it was the last time we talked. The conversation we had will always echoe in my mind and I will always vividly remember your promise of visiting us in Yaounde after Mami would have come back from Yaounde.

A visit that NEVER WAS AND WIll NEVER BE.

Our only consolation is that you are in a BETTER PLACE.

Continue to rest Sweet Father at your Maker's bossom as we will meet one day to part no more.

Vivian Alemanji Agbor your daughter-in-law.
Posted by Christine Arou Tanyi on March 21, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A FALLEN FATHER: PA BAIYE KEBUA BATUO JOSEPH.
Pa Baiye, you surprised me! As well as every single life you touched while you were on this earth. The loss of a loving person like you is so hard to face. I just feel like to hide, go somewhere and escape but death is something we all must go through. If I could have a life wish, a dream that would come true, I would pray to God with all my heart for a yesterday and you. A thousand words can't bring you back I know because I have tried. And neither will a million tears. I know because I have cried, your children, grand children, wives, in-laws, friends and all whose lives you have touched; have cried. You have left behind broken hearts. Pa Baiye, my role model. My chief adviser. I miss your pieces of advice and inspirational thoughts on life. A golden heart stopped beating and two twinkling eyes stopped blinking. With your sudden departure, 'Sergeant' Tanyi's family have lost an amiable in-law. Though gone, you will ever be loved and missed. May Your Soul Rest in Perfect Peace. Your sister in-law, Ma Christie.
Posted by Emmanuel Agbor on March 20, 2021
Pa'a Baiye, why so soon?
We would have loved to have you for about 20 years or more but unfortunately the almighty God brutally called you beside him, this later knows why.
   I want to salute your friendship and complicity with your late Sister Manyi Agbor Ndip Sophie.Extend our warmed greetings to her and the others who departed from this world as well.
   Uncle, you did a good job, your legacy is stricking and outstanding and would not be forgotten because of your entrepreneurial abilities.
Go in peace with a heart full of forgiveness to those who offended you.

Ngatabs
Posted by Jane Mbacham Mundi Epse E... on March 20, 2021
Life is a moving stage. Each actor comes and plays his role and is gone. To where? Why? The answer is in the hands of the beholder. The Almighty God who created all things and had designed it so. Who are we to challenge His authority and His verdict! But each time it stings, it is always strange. Death- non respecter of persons.

Papa, you were indeed an amazon of love. Your love and compassion for all had no limit. A father whose arms were so broad to embrace all and treated all with no discrimination. Always ready and prompt to stretch hands to put a smile on the faces of all... It is a vacuum that has been created.

ADIEU PAPA
Posted by Amina Tambe on March 19, 2021
papa papa papa ! it hurts so much that you left us suddenly. I call you the captain that took many soldiers in to battle but never lost any. papa you have raised many children who are successful you never lost any.you are a father with a great feathers that protected your own. A man with the nature of God, you never showed discrimination, you embrace everyone as yours

Papa your footprint is unforgettable
papa my heart still bleeds
that you are no more
papa you were very happy with my determination to go back to school
and you encourage me by saying
don't give up ,God will do it for you
we are proud to have you papa ,and you were unique of your kind papa
sleep well papa
MATABE AMINA (MiMi)
Posted by Agbor Clementine on March 19, 2021
Papa I am pained each time I think I can no longer call you and get those pieces of advise you gave me and the jokes you cracked whether on phone or in person. I was overjoyed to know God had blessed me with such a lively and open hearted father in my father-in-law. I was always loved and felt right around you. I didn't think our time together would be so short. Even so, I have experienced so much of your generosity; I could go on and on... I really miss you papa and I know I will miss you more. But I pray you rest in the Lord. Sleep well papa.

Clementine A. Baiye
Posted by Sheila Teboh on March 18, 2021
Pa,
You may physically be absent from our presence, but your Legacy lives on amongst your children, grandchildren and their children to come.
Heaven is lucky to have you. Rest well.
You are forever in the hearts of those that love you. It was an honor and pleasure to have known you, for the little time that we had.

Posted by Mgr. Ivo Etta Mac Etchu on March 18, 2021
Just when we all prayed for a better year 2021, the worst happened! It took a while for the heartbreaking news to get to us all. And even longer for it to sink in...because it was just so unbelievable. Your sudden departure has left us pondering what this life is all about. I feel so blessed to have grown to know you.

We grew up at Ekok, looking to you as a father- a role you played exceptionally well. Pa Baiye, our father, our adviser, our example, our landlord (@different world dormitory), I pray you RIP. We are glad you lived to see the progression of the good work you did in our lives. I still remember and hold strong on the advice you gave me when I last visited you at home with Mami Baiye at Ekok in 2016, "to always do what is right, not what is easy without worrying what other people think.." You leave behind a legacy of dignity, and memories that can never be forgotten.

I thank you for the man, father and husband that I am today; I thank you for the values you instilled in me growing up; I thank you for the example to live as a father which I am today; I thank you for the unconditional love that you showed us all; I thank you for the confidence you gave me, and once more, I thank you while resting in the Lord.

Papa, as we look back over time, we find ourselves wondering if we did remember to thank you enough for all the sacrifices you did for us? We wonder if we ever thanked you for the sacrifices you made, letting us all have the very best in life. If we did forget to show our gratitude enough for all you did, we're thanking you now, hoping you knew all along, how much you meant to us all as a father, and how grateful we all are to you.

You and mama taught us to believe in GOD, and to HIM you have gone to MEET. You will be forever missed.

R.I.P, Pa Baiye.
Posted by Nelsy E. Taboko on March 17, 2021
Pa, you were an exceptional man with an exuberant spirit, always cheerful and openhanded to all of us. I remember how full the house in Ekok use to be during 3rd term holidays, (sometimes 22 persons in total) and you made sure everyone was satisfied. Because of this, I grew to understand on a deep level what it means to care for those around you.

You always wanted to bring out the best in me, appreciating all my little efforts made since I was a kid. I vividly remember how you thought me and Mbu how to spell, when we were in class 7. It was thanks to you that I understood  the difference between a consonant and a vowel. Sometimes you encouraged me by giving me a momento each time I performed so well in school (chuckles). Efundem, you be world cupoooooo!!!!, as you will always say (chuckles), and you kept on saying it even during our last conversation (chuckles).

It pains to say Goodbye, but I give God the Glory cos only him has the final say.
Adieu!!

Posted by Ernest Tsala on March 16, 2021
Farewell PA BAIYE JOSEPH KEBUA BATUO, Father in law. I miss you, never knew you would leave us so suddenly, you were a good man, you advised me and did your best to provide for your children, my families and me. You tried your best as role model to become a man, I did.


My father-in-law could never keep a frown. He always had a way of making you laugh and smiling as always when I meet. My father-in-law will be forever in our hearts. He is in God's Hand now. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and of course father-in-law. At times I would say I love you but I alway knew he loved me from his facial expression.

Let me tell the brief in Mamfe (Cameroon). I was engaged to his daughter Sophie Baiye-Tsala by tradition. PA BAIYE I standing by my need and my supporter because we are deaf, mate. He has an amazing greeting and less hostility by culture in Mamfe. He was accepted as a son-in-law to marriage to his daughter. Once I came to America to bring home. I was thought of PA BAIYE to bring to the blessing and show my present of home and my beautiful children had to meet him. I told my children about your grandfather and lovely times. The devotion of the TSALA family that he has to see. I will always remember you and bend and head down for admiration you had taught be a man.

Your son-in-law Ernest Tsala
Posted by Sunny Tebs on March 15, 2021
Pa Baiye’s Eulogy

The Father:
Pa Baiye loved his children unconditionally. I cannot count the number of times he cried because a child was ill or had an issue. The same emotion was shared when each child attended a milestone. If you doubted his love for his children, you should assess how much his children drooled about him. I know he definitely loved all of them unreservedly because I was blessed that his love radiated to me.

The Police:
a. Traffic – After he retired, all transport drivers still continued to like him. He was absolutely considerate and worked well with all of them because to him, all of them were his children. Being loved by drivers who fondly called him “Pa For All Man” is a rare honor given the turbulent relationship between law enforcement officers and drivers in Cameroon.
b. Immigration – My first actual encounter with Pa Baiye was during my maiden trip to Nigeria in 1991. I walked up to him and said, “I am going to Nigeria for my first time what should I do?” He said I should follow a specific drive and told the driver that “help this young man cross.” That was all he did; help anyone who came his way during his service as a frontier police.

The Friend:
I am really in awe with the number of friends he has. Kids, the very young, the young and the old alike. His principle was to be friends with everyone regardless. For instance, he took 15 minutes to bond with my closest friend and joined me almost instantly to start calling him “Ngia” just like I call my friend. If the world develops only 10% of his friendship attitude, we will have no hatred in the world.

The In-law:
Several years after this man helped me cross into Nigeria, I met a girl traveling to Bamenda on my way back from school. As God would have it, the girl turned out to be the daughter to that same policeman. To return in goodness, I married his daughter. Over the years, his acceptance of me was more than just that of an in law. “You know you are in your in law’s good book when instead of demanding things from you, he lets you manage his estate when you visit him.” He literary took me as his own and treated me as he would any of his children. This acceptance and love had no boundaries and spread to all my siblings who have unquestionably expressed their admiration of Pa Baiye. I know for sure he would expect this relationship to grow from strength to strength; I hope so too.

The Grandfather:
There was no day that he did not count the number of grand children he had. He would call them by name and dance every time he heard that any of his kids has had an offspring. There is no way to capture his love for not only his children but his grand children as well.

The Man:
Pa Baiye was a Builder not only of houses but of people and relationships. There is no way he would leave you without a kind and good word of encouragement. The way he valued an opportunity to transform an idea into a building, is the same way he wanted to see people grow exponentially. Success, growth, and development of the human being irrespective of blood meant the world to him. As one of his sons aptly put it, “he was not just a good man; he was a very good man.”

Sunny Teboh
Posted by Joseph EWARE ENOW on March 15, 2021
"Ta mbou," l am not sure l can spell that correctly in kenyang, but that was the gentle voice l always heard when ever l met papa. That means " my name's sake". I loved it all the time when he called me so. I am not gonna hear that voice again. This hurts. I have always known him as a man with a heart. A heart for all who came around him to love. You will never know who is his son or daughter, cos everyone who came around him was his son and daughter. He was loved by all who came around him. But one thing is sure, God loves him most.

Papa, may your soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Abu'u-Ngaku Bri on March 15, 2021
Tribute to Pa Baiye Joseph—My Beloved In-law (from Mrs. Esther Teboh):
Muyo! as we fondly called each other. News of your death shocked me so much, since I never heard of any threatening sickness. My last chat with you over the phone was late last year when you were in the USA visiting, and you were in Minnesota with Sunny, Christie and the kids. As usual, you amused me with your fun and humor; and expressed your wish to return home (to Cameroon).
Pa, you were such a wonderful, loving father in-law to us. The love that you had for your wife and children overflew onto us as we became part of your family. Pa, in fact you were an embodiment of love, peace humility and quiet humor. You were also a source of inspiration to us as well as all those who came your way.
Pa Baiye, Muyo, we loved you, but God loved you more. We shall miss you painfully, especially given that it is not possible for all of us to come and pay you our last respect. You ran your race steadily and successfully to the end. God will crown you with life everlasting.
Thank you for everything you did for your wives, children, family, friends, and community.
May your Gentle Soul Rest at God’s Bosom. Pa, farewell!!

Your beloved Muyo,
Mrs. Esther Teboh, Texas-USA (February 23, 2021).
Posted by Ashu Harrison T on March 15, 2021
PA ,that's how I call him , I dont think that I have all the words to describe your legacy and impact in my life but permit me pen down this few words .
I still remember vividly the day you came to my Dad's small scattered apartment in Mamfe when I was a toddler and asked to take me with you to Ekok , I do remember how you held me by the hands through our journey by the boat to Ekok . It was scaring and dreadful but your presence took all the fears from my eyes; what a father.
Pa you took me in as your own and gave me all the necessary tools that I needed to become somebody , you raised us all, making no difference between us and your biological children, for according to you, we were all your children.
Words can't describe how much love and respect I have for you, your wisdom is so extraordinary . I remember how you used to awe me with your creative insights , how your view of things were always different, always looking for how to add value to everything you see .
Your stories too were always so insightful, you used little examples to teach me life impactful lessons and that will always stay with me .
I asked myself what is the most significant thing that you have taught me and the only answer that keeps popping up in my head is how you loved us , all the children under your care . Such a display of love can only come from someone with a heart like yours .
Over the years I have been thinking how as a child I must have acted in many ways that may not be worthy of your approval and the most striking is my inability to see beyond my needs as child . Though this apology might becoming too late , I feel like it is still important that I render it to you by saying " forgive me for selfish actions and inability to see beyond myself and recognize your sacrifices and commitment to my betterment " indeed like you always said, age will teach us some of these truths and that is so true .
PA it's like you are not gone and all this is a dream. I still remember the very last conversion we hard and how you suggested that I spend more time with you , a gesture which I regret turning down till this very moment. I also remember hearing you eat while I talk with Mama speaking words of encouragement to me
That picture has not left my mind it keeps playing time and time again .
I will miss your voice
Your slangs
Your words of wisdom
Your love
Your jokes
Your insight
Your presence
And many more .
Until we meet again
Adieu legend PA BAIYE JOSEPH KEBUA my HERO my PA .
Posted by stella O on March 14, 2021
Prudent of a TRUE father. My personal and awesome daddy ever to have

Architectural dad who can transform anything into a design even without theoretical insight

Best father of all, who laughs with me and mounts the table to demonstrate how I used to sing in Church,

Acknowledged his responsibility as dad and would go through thick and thin to make sure I am educated

Intelligent Pa BAIYE, full of ideas, skills, goals and very resourceful in all he did.

Yummy fried eggs he made and explained, “It must not be brown but whitish when ready”JJJ

Extremely energetic, compassionate and taught me to always love others and those who do not have

Jovial with everyone. Gisting with my dad always makes me laugh throughout into the next day and on

One word to describe my dad is how much he loves people. He is an original ‘lover daddy’

Sincerity is one of his principles in life. Very sincere in all in his dealings with humanity.

Enthusiastic, outgoing, and very sociable. Daddy enjoys group work and family togetherness

Passionate and impeccable towards the non-privileged

Hopes for the best for every child or person he comes across. This is indeed PA BAIYE

Kind-hearted and extremely friendly

Exciting and never a dull moment with Pa Baiye

Beloved daddy to all. People I met that knew daddy could not stop talking about his love towards them

Unity has always been his priority in this family of 14; he brought us all up as one

Always motivated me to know that I am his daughter and I would go places irrespective

Brilliant and brightened the day .He was exceptionally colourful

Action-oriented and ever full of dreams and goals to better his society and those around him

Trustworthy and a thankful heart. He taught me to always appreciate and be thankful to God Almighty

Unselfish and ever ready to give to any arising need towards family, friends and society

Optimistic and very confident about my future. He always hoped the best in me

 I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DAD ...REST IN PEACE!!!
Your daughter Manda

Posted by Dr Bridget Teboh on March 13, 2021
TRIBUTE TO PA BAIYE KEBUA BATUO JOSEPH

Pa Baiye! Is this really true that you are no more?! I am still in shock at your untimely and sudden passing onto Glory. I have not been taken aback like this in a long time! Really, words cannot even begin to capture all my emotions, and how I feel at this moment.

You were blessed with a caring family: wives and children. You loved and adored your children, grand children, sons and daughters in-law and their families. It was a privilege for me to share that love.

Our last video conversation during your visit to St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA, focused on the happy reunion with Mami 'Ekok' Lydia, and the rest of the family in Cameroon; and the many, many things you will do when you arrive. When I intimated that I wasn't happy that you were leaving in the middle of the semester, and at a time that COVID-19 travel restrictions were in place in Massachusetts; making my visit to see you impossible at the time, you told me not to worry. You did a little dance as you opened your gifts, and promised me that you will come back soon. Oh Pa Baiye!! What happened to that promise?

I remember the time I spent with you and Mami Lydia in Mamfe, and how happy you both were to have me around. You introduced me to Everyone there as your big in-law from America, the "female doctor," as you fondly called me. The smile on your face each time you called me that, was infectious! I had to laugh everytime.

We explored the new building project near the house, with a Penthouse Apartment reserved for me to stay during my next visit, on the top floor! Yes! We are family now and we will remain strong and supportive of each other ...just like you wanted.

I remember the ride from Mamfe to Ekok as if yesterday. We chatted and laughed throughout the journey until we arrived! You took me Everywhere: to weddings, to parties, and to a 'cry-die' at Juliet's in-laws compound. I will cherish these memories forever.

Pa Baiye, you were the kindest, loving and gentle father to us all, and a friend and adviser to many. Your generous nature enhanced lives, and brought joy to many. Only God knows why He snatched you away from us. Who am I to question Him? Missing you so much!!

As you embark on this new journey, my prayer is for You to be welcomed by Heavenly Angels.
May Your Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace!
The 'female doctor', Bridget Teboh, USA.
Posted by Sophie Baiye-Tsala on March 8, 2021
My LOVELY father and best friend ❤ 

I  was very worried when you were sick at Mamfe hospital. I prayed continously for quick recovery but was shocked when I heard the news that, you are no more. I was broken and couldn’t get a hold of myself. You shocked and took me unaware WHY? My heart bleeds. I can't stop, but God knows better and has a better plan for you, and knows the reasons why he called you home! I can't imagine life without you. Who have you left us with? We need you " I NEED YOU".

Daddy, I have many good memories with you from the day I was born until when I lived with my grandparents Akombi in Muyuka.  As a child, I always thought you were my Uncle. My grandfather told me that you were my father. I will never forget the day you took me from Muyuka to EKOK. You introduced me to Mami Lydia and my siblings Stella and Baiye and others in the house. I will never forget those good memories. YOU WERE THE  BEST DADDY AND a role MODEL to all your children.

Dad, I will never forget when you that young handsome policeman who comes from work in Ekok and I will run and hug,  and how I will help to take off your shoes. I remember all the beautiful smiles. I was always happy and looked forward to your return from work. I realized that you loved to keep yourself very busy at your construction sites in Mamfe for many years. Daddy, I have always appreciated the father/daughter bond that we shared. I can't forget  when you talked your stories, it was just you and I.  I sat close to you and we laughed.
Daddy, look at me. I am very very sad and heartbroken. Who will I talk and chat with again since you decided to leave me?
(crying)

Daddy, remember you told me that you wanted me to have six children, when I was young ,you joked and I laughed. All your wishes! and your favorite hard-fried plantains that you loved so much, I have prepare it, come  and eat. I really wanted to take care of you, take you out, chat with you. WHERE ARE YOU?

Daddy, I will never forget when I watched you cry for the first time and knew you were not ok because I am deaf. You took me to different churches all through to pray me to regain my speech and hearing with my two moms. You were crying really hard because you wanted me to hear and talk again. You never gave up on me even when there seemed to be no hope. A few days later I realized I could speak and hear a little, you were very happy. I thank you that you never give up on me and for showering me with so much love.

Daddy, you are a great man, father, and grandfather. Your grand children will miss you. They want to play foot ball with you but they can't play because you are not around.
I am truly blessed to have you as a father. You did everything to direct me through the right path. You are my first love and you will always be my best friend. I will always call you my HERO Daddy. I KNOW that you were very proud to have me as your daughter. We thank God for what he has gifted us. It was great to spend time with you, your children, and your grandchildren before you left for Cameroon. I named my daughter Batuo after you because you are very special. I will cherish all the memories. You know how much I loved you and cared about you.

Daddy, look at me I really don't want to say goodbye, I need to hear your voice just ONE more time, PLEASE!!!!

Am sure you will meet my grandparents ( your parents) . Say hi to them for me even my grandparents Akombi.

I am in  pain. I wish I can see you one more time. I will always miss you. I love you and will keep loving you until we meet again. You will forever be close to my heart.

I pray that God should take care of you and to make sure you are happy and comfortable as well. I know you are watching  over us.

Love you, DADDY

Your daughter AgborNdip  Baiye-Tsala,  Maryland USA
Posted by Tanyi mbianyor Henry on March 8, 2021
Pa Baiye, my friend, my father, my business colleague. How can you leave us so soon? Your gentle smile and soft laughing voice will be missed by us forever. I couldn't believe when i heard the sad news, i remember the last time i spoke with you on a video call you were in the US,didn't know you came back only to pick up your things for another journey never to return. Safe journey till we meet again.
Posted by Tabi Thomson on March 8, 2021
You are a model.
You are a counselor.
You are a father.
You fought a good fight.
You made me go international for the first time.
Youu leave a large vacuum behind.
You will remain in our hearts forever.
May your soul rest in the perfect peace of our Lord and God.

TABI.
Posted by JOSEPH NKONGHO AGBOR on March 7, 2021
Papa, you slipped!
Papa, why did you slip?

You gave us no time to really react, because you slipped.
You promised to take time off to give me vibes about your US trip, but Papa you have slipped
You left Yaounde for Mamfe without giving me the vibes, now you have slipped
You told Vivian you would come visiting after Mami comes back from Yaounde, but you have slipped
You had to have a discussion with me and Vivian, how do we know the message, as you have slipped

I could not believe when the message came crashing in; Papa you did not just go or die, you slipped
Vivian wailed and could not believe that just a week after your promise to come visiting, you slipped
Your ‘‘mbombo’’ Baiye Batuo screamed “what happened to grandpa’’, I answered that you slipped
Anu was dumbstruck and muted the whole day when I told him that you are no more, that you slipped
I could hear Manyi scream out then started sobbing when she heard that you had slipped

It is a bitter pill to swallow for us all Papa as we did not at any moment think you would slip
The conditions were not such that we could doubt that you will come out, but you did slip
We did all we could and all arrangements were in place, but still, you had to slip
Papa, you gave no warning sign that you were going to slip
Four days of peripetias and positive hope as you braved the situation only for you to slip

You slipped so that, with us, you will no longer sleep
You slipped as you have to, with your Lord, now sleep
You toiled too much Papa and you decided to slip to go to sleep
Peaceful should be your rest, I mean your sleep
Yes, Papa sleep in peace and wait for us to take turns to join you in the sleep

Rest Papa, yes Papa, in the comfort of your Lord, sleep
Adieu Papa till we meet again in the celestial kingdom where we will no longer slip

Your son, Joe.

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Posted by Elizabeth Teboh on March 23, 2021
Every soul every soul shall taste death, on that premise we totally submit to the will of our creator. We thank God for a life well spent.Pa Baiye what's a loving, caring and passionate person. I remember how sweet ,gentle ,peaceful and soft-spoken he was each time we discussed. He discussed deeply with me every time I made a stopover at his house in Ekok, on my way home for holidays. He used to pamper me like a queen. He would shower me with love and care and the respect he gave our family was unparalleled. Adieu,PA, sleep on in the bosom of the Lord. May Holy Spirit comfort and abide with the family left behind.Teboh Elizabeth In-law in Ibadan, Nigeria.
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Posted by Vivian Alemanji Agbor on March 21, 2021
My "America Boy" as I reffered to you of late. My phenomenal Father in-law who called me his "Second Doctor."

Pa Baiye, that father in law, who paid 7 million Francs as bride price and who 3 weeks before his demise, promised to add 200,000 Francs more because he saw a very beautiful picture of mine and thought more money had to be added. 

You asked for a portrait of that picture so you could place on your wall, to always have a glimpse of your "Second Doctor".

Papa, you gave me no time to satisfy that demand of yours. Your ''Second Doctor" is in pains.

I can't help thinking about the countless and endless stories you told me which remain indelible and those calls you used to make to appreciate little gifts.

Papa, you were a good man, with a good sense of humour, selfless, and kind-hearted.

You worked just too hard; always from one project to the other.....
I remember how you will draw the plan of your projects and take off time to explain to me the details of what you intended to do. My response to these were always like, "Papa you are a great Architect" and we will all laugh and enjoy the joke.

The 27th of January 2021 at 8 pm, will go down as a very memorable day in my life, as it was the last time we talked. The conversation we had will always echoe in my mind and I will always vividly remember your promise of visiting us in Yaounde after Mami would have come back from Yaounde.

A visit that NEVER WAS AND WIll NEVER BE.

Our only consolation is that you are in a BETTER PLACE.

Continue to rest Sweet Father at your Maker's bossom as we will meet one day to part no more.

Vivian Alemanji Agbor your daughter-in-law.
Posted by Christine Arou Tanyi on March 21, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A FALLEN FATHER: PA BAIYE KEBUA BATUO JOSEPH.
Pa Baiye, you surprised me! As well as every single life you touched while you were on this earth. The loss of a loving person like you is so hard to face. I just feel like to hide, go somewhere and escape but death is something we all must go through. If I could have a life wish, a dream that would come true, I would pray to God with all my heart for a yesterday and you. A thousand words can't bring you back I know because I have tried. And neither will a million tears. I know because I have cried, your children, grand children, wives, in-laws, friends and all whose lives you have touched; have cried. You have left behind broken hearts. Pa Baiye, my role model. My chief adviser. I miss your pieces of advice and inspirational thoughts on life. A golden heart stopped beating and two twinkling eyes stopped blinking. With your sudden departure, 'Sergeant' Tanyi's family have lost an amiable in-law. Though gone, you will ever be loved and missed. May Your Soul Rest in Perfect Peace. Your sister in-law, Ma Christie.
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BIOGRAPHY OF PA BAIYE JOSEPH KEBUA BATUO

Pa Baiye was born around 1948 in Mamboh Village, in present day Upper Banyang Sub-Division in Manyu Division, South-West Region of Cameroon to Ma Ndakoso Lydia, a princess of the Mamboh Royal Family and Ta Kebuayang also of Mamboh. He lost both parents at the tender age of six and was raised by his uncle Ta Baiye Martin, who took him to Mpundu to start primary education. Here his performance was very outstanding as he was always first in his class.

Following the death of his uncle, the young Batuogo Joseph went back to Mamboh where he was raised by his new mother Ma Akung Sophie and his new father Ta Alemfac all of blessed memory. He continued his studies at Takwai Primary School where his outstanding performances warranted his direct promotion from Standard 2 to Standard 4 and he still topped his class. Thereafter he moved to Native Authority School Fontem where he continued to lead in class until he obt ained his “Standard Six” First School Leaving Certificate.
Upon graduating from school, another uncle, his namesake Ta Batuo alias ‘‘Nyah Moo’’ of blessed memory, took him to Victoria (present day Limbe) and trained him as a typist-stenographer.

Joe Batuo was recruited as a telegrapher by the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) and it was during an offshore duty that a senior staff informed him about the launching of a recruitment into the West Cameroon Police Force. He registered and sat for the examination and passed with flying colours. He majored during his Mutengene Police College days until graduation where he emerged as the best student of his batch and received an award from the then Prime Minister of West Cameroon, His Excellency Solomon Tandeng Muna.

Baiye Joseph Kebua was posted to Kumba and a few years later to Tombel where he served as a constable until 1976 when he went in for the competitive examination to become a Brigadier o f Police, as it was the nomenclature at the time. This rank was later changed to Inspector of Police.

In 1978, Brigadier Baiye Joseph Kebua was transferred from Tombel to Muyuka where he was appointed Assistant Chief of Post. He served in this capacity till 1985 when he was transferred to Mamfe and later Ekok in the same capacity. He worked intermittently in these two localities and briefly in Fontem until he went on retirement in 1998 as Senior Police Officer.

Upon retirement ‘‘Officier de Police’’ Baiye Joseph Kebua fully indulged in business that he had embraced, to make ends meet, since his Muyuka days in the transport and timber business sectors.

During his police service days, he invested in building rental houses in Muyuka and Mamfe. He was made popular in Mamfe because of the hostel he constructed for GHS Mamfe students. The hostel was called “DIFFERENT WORLD” after a movie series that was popular at the time. In fact, it was and still is one of the best, if not the best, “mini-cité” in Mamfe. Pa Different World also operated an off-licence bar/restaurant in Ekok since 1996. His latest business investment is the famous “Tina Hotel” he built in Ekok in 2004.

In his spiritual life, Mr. Baiye Joseph was initially a Catholic Christian but he later converted into a Baptist Christian. Though he was married to two wives he remained a devout Christian all his life.
Pa Baiye was married to two wives. He got married a few years after joining the Police Force to Ms. Lydia Enowbi Tanyi in 1970 and to Ms. Alice Agbor Akombi in 1983. He was the father of 14 children and the grandfather of 32 grand kids.

Besides the foregoing, he leaves behind a brother, many relatives, in-laws, friends and well-wishers to mourn him.❤

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When I think of someone so Selfless and kind

When I think of someone so warm and jovial

Your person comes to mind

You were so full of care for all

You were always there for all, ready to share your life experiences

A father-in-law who did his utmost for all

This combination is truly rear

I keep close to my heart the memories as well as your wise words

Rest Well, Pa

Ozeh Nnoh noh!!

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Pa Baiye

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The Father:
Pa Baiye loved his children unconditionally. I cannot count the number of times he cried because a child was ill or had an issue. The same emotion was shared when each child attended a milestone. If you doubted his love for his children, you should assess how much his children drooled about him. I know he definitely loved all of them unreservedly because I was blessed that his love radiated to me.

The Police:
a. Traffic – After he retired, all transport drivers still continued to like him. He was absolutely considerate and worked well with all of them because to him, all of them were his children. Being loved by drivers who fondly called him “Pa For All Man” is a rare honor given the turbulent relationship between law enforcement officers and drivers in Cameroon.
b. Immigration – My first actual encounter with Pa Baiye was during my maiden trip to Nigeria in 1991. I walked up to him and said, “I am going to Nigeria for my first time what should I do?” He said I should follow a specific drive and told the driver that “help this young man cross.” That was all he did; help anyone who came his way during his service as a frontier police.

The Friend:
I am really in awe with the number of friends he has. Kids, the very young, the young and the old alike. His principle was to be friends with everyone regardless. For instance, he took 15 minutes to bond with my closest friend and joined me almost instantly to start calling him “Ngia” just like I call my friend. If the world develops only 10% of his friendship attitude, we will have no hatred in the world.

The In-law:
Several years after this man helped me cross into Nigeria, I met a girl traveling to Bamenda on my way back from school. As God would have it, the girl turned out to be the daughter to that same policeman. To return in goodness, I married his daughter. Over the years, his acceptance of me was more than just that of an in law. “You know you are in your in law’s good book when instead of demanding things from you, he lets you manage his estate when you visit him.” He literary took me as his own and treated me as he would any of his children. This acceptance and love had no boundaries and spread to all my siblings who have unquestionably expressed their admiration of Pa Baiye. I know for sure he would expect this relationship to grow from strength to strength; I hope so too.

The Grandfather:
There was no day that he did not count the number of grand children he had. He would call them by name and dance every time he heard that any of his kids has had an offspring. There is no way to capture his love for not only his children but his grand children as well.

The Man:
Pa Baiye was a Builder not only of houses but of people and relationships. There is no way he would leave you without a kind and good word of encouragement. The way he valued an opportunity to transform an idea into a building, is the same way he wanted to see people grow exponentially. Success, growth, and development of the human being irrespective of blood meant the world to him. As one of his sons aptly put it, “he was not just a good man; he was a very good man.”

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From Constable to Brigadier - Success breeds envy

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It is in 1976 that Baiye Joseph was promoted from Constable to Brigadier. This did not come as a stroke of luck or the intervention of a godfather. This was the outcome of his usual intellectual acumen. Following the merger of the West and East Cameroon Police Forces, the National Police launched a competitive examination for promotion to higher ranks. Young Baiye registered as well as other constables and senior constables in the Tombel Police Station. The examination was rather tough and of those who sat for it from Tombel, Baiye was the only one who passed. In fact only two or three of them passed from the then Meme Division. Though happy and proud for this extraordinary achievement, the youngster found himself in a very uncomfortable situation. He was now the highest-ranking policeman in Tombel though a subordinate.

Success breeds envy. 

This promotion caused "Chi-Ako", to be ostracised by quite a good number of the policemen in Tombel including his own very good friends and mates. The envy was stretched beyond certain limits when his colleagues plotted for a detainee to escape during his watch period. But when God is on your side, no evil against you can prosper. Mister Joe put his police knowledge and investigative talent and intellect into play. He was given two days to arraign the fugitive or a report was to be sent to Buea and he could be sanctioned with the stripping off of the new rank. 

Agility, brain and physical charm was put into play to get the culprit. Brigadier diligently made his investigations by gathering information about the fugitive and he concluded that the man could only seek refuge with a brother of his in the CDC camp. He trailed the man to the house he was supposed to be hiding in. The brother who owned the house claimed that his brother was not there and a search of the house was unfruitful. So Brigadier Baiye pretended as if he was going away. In fact he left then came back but this time entered but the neighbour's house. He engaged the lady who was living there in an investigative conversation. The lady said to Joe Baiye that he was a very handsome young man and she will help him because of his looks and the seemingly trouble waters he will find himself in if he didn't get hold of the renegade detainee. She kept him in her house until the fall of night when the culprit crept back to the brother's house from his hiding place in the nearby bushes. Brigadier Baiye pounced on the main door of the house where the fugitive was about starting to get his supper. Tall, hefty and energetic Baiye whisked the fool off the ground gave him a sound pounding that disfigured his face before dragging out of the house and straight to the police cell. In less than 24 hours Brigadier Baiye had found the culprit and brought him back to cell. It was the talk of the day at the Police Station and news of this exploit spread like wild fire in communities around town. 

Brigadier Baiye's brilliance, fame and reputation further inflamed the jealousy, envy and even hatred for young Batuogo Joseph. However, as God is always by the side of the innocent, in 1978 he was transfered to Muyuka where he started a more gratifying police life with new colleagues and a new boss who trusted him and entrusted most of the difficult assignments to him because of his diligence and masterly way of going about police matters.