ForeverMissed
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The Django! Our Baobab! Our Icon, Our Mentor, Our Hero, Our Adviser, Teacher, Brother, Father, Grand Father ... Has rested. It is well ...

It is well with Pa's soul.

Many called him Pa for his fatherly demeanor and generosity to everyone. Some called him “old fox” because of his political genius and the ability to navigate even the most treacherous political waters with tact, calm and wisdom. He coined the now famous political philosophy of “Politics na Njangi '“ Scratch ma back, I scratch your back ”.

Pa Simon Achidi Achu was born Nov 5th, 1934 to Pa Achu Gustav and Abu Susanna Neh, A big brother to many siblings.

He completed primary education in Santa and then continued to Cameroon Protestant College, where he obtained his GCE Ordinary Level. Pa Achu later continued to the University of Yaoundé, where he participated in the creation of the Student Association, which still exists. He also served as the association's first president. He continued his studies in the National school of Magistracy in Yaoundé and the world-renowned university of Besancon in France where he finetuned his knowledge and skills as a public servant and avid politician.

Pa Achidi Achu was a state magistrate from October 1965 to October 1966. He was later appointed Minister Delegate at the State Federal Inspectorate in late October 1971. He was subsequently appointed Minister of Justice by Cameroon President in July 1972 serving in that position until 1975. Pa Simon then returned to Santa and started the Rock Farm Ranch as a farmer which became a centerpiece of his life until death.

Pa then took a hiatus from the national political stage for several years. During this time, he setup and ran multiple businesses in the Agro, Ship Chandling, Real Estate and car rental industries in Cameroon. Pa also took advantage of this “political Sabbatical” to painstakingly hone his craft as a politician, building a solid constituency one convert at a time and serving as leader in local organizations like the Santa Area cooperative and the Northwest cooperative.

Pa Achu made a comeback to national political scene through the parliamentary elections of 1988 as the victorious candidate on the CPDM ticket. Following President Biya's victory in the 1992 election, Pa Achidi Achu was appointed as the maiden Anglophone Prime Minister in April 1992 where he served the nation until September of 1996. His "peace broker" role in the political upheavals of the early nineties won him much reputed. He came to the helm of the star building at a time when the nation was at a crossroads of national chaos. Pa employed his years of experience as a grassroot politician combined with his special gift for connecting with human beings from all works of life to initiate and tirelessly drive a national crusade for peace and harmony.

In the April 2013 Senate election, Pa Achidi Achu was elected to the Senate as the top candidate on the CPDM's list for Northwest region and went on to occupy the role of Vice-President of the Senate.

Pa Achu has spent the last few years before his death primarily as a farmer while continuing his lifelong mission of preaching the gospel of peace, love, reconciliation and unity.

Pa`s life was an open book, he touched so many people through his kindness, generosity and deep love for everybody. Pa leaves behind a big immediate family and an even larger global family. We encourage everyone to continue to celebrate Pa`s life through his legacy and by sharing stories, testimonies and personal encounters you have of Pa Achu.

Like he will always end every conversation “You do good, you put for your bag, you do bad you put for your bag”. Join us as a family to continue tossing the words of Pa`s favorite hymn. “Count your blessings name them one by one ……


We understand Pa was a Father, Friend and Brother to many. Please feel free to share tributes by lighting a candle, Laying a flower or leave a note to Pa's memory in the "Leave a Tribute" section directly below.
You can also share pictures and videos of your memories of and with Pa in the "Stories" section, Or Add a picture or video in the "Add Photos" to the right.

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English Version Above / Version anglaise ci-dessus
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« Comptez vos bénédictions ... Nommez-les une par une ... Et vous serez étonné des merveilles que Dieu a faites ! »
Né le 5 novembre 1934 à Santa, Région du Nord-Ouest, Cameroun
Décédé le 4 mai 2021 à Charlotte, Caroline du Nord, États-Unis

Le Django ! Notre Baobab ! Notre icône, notre mentor, notre héros, notre conseiller, enseignant, frère, père, grand-père ... s'en est allé. C'est bien...C'est bien avec l'âme de Papa.


Beaucoup l'appelaient « Pa » pour son attitude paternelle et sa générosité envers tout le monde. Certains l'appelaient « vieux renard » en raison de son génie politique et de sa capacité à naviguer même dans les eaux politiques les plus perfides avec tact, calme et sagesse. 
Il a inventé la désormais célèbre philosophie politique de « La politique est une collecte et chacun apporte sa part » ……« Vous prenez soin de moi et je vous fais la même chose…vous grattez mon dos et je gratte le vôtre ». Scratch ma back, I scratch your back.
Pa Simon Achidi Achu est né le 5 novembre 1934 de Pa Achu Gustav et Abu Susanna Neh. Il était un grand frère pour de nombreux frères et sœurs.
Il a terminé ses études primaires à Santa, puis a continué au Cameroon Protestant College (CPC), où il a obtenu son BEPC/Probatoire (GCE). Pa Achu a ensuite continué à l'Université de Yaoundé, où il a participé à la création de l'Association étudiante, qui existe toujours. Il a également été le premier président de l'association. Il a poursuivi ses études à l'École nationale de l’administration et de la magistrature de Yaoundé (ENAM) et à l'université de renommée mondiale de Besançon en France où il a affiné ses connaissances et ses compétences en tant que fonctionnaire et homme politique passionné.
Pa Achidi Achu a été magistrat d'État d'octobre 1965 à octobre 1966. Il a ensuite été nommé ministre délégué à l'Inspection fédérale de l'État à la fin d'octobre 1971. Il a ensuite été nommé ministre de la Justice par le président du Cameroun en juillet 1972, occupant ce poste jusqu'en 1975. Pa Achidi Achu est ensuite retourné à Santa et a commencé le Rock Farm Ranch en tant que fermier et lequel est devenu une pièce maîtresse de sa vie jusqu'à sa mort.
Pa Achidi Achu a ensuite pris une pause de la scène politique nationale pendant plusieurs années. Pendant ce temps, il a créé et dirigé plusieurs entreprises dans les secteurs de l'Agro-alimentaire, de la manutention des navires, de l'immobilier et de la location de voitures au Cameroun. Pa Achidi Achu a également profité de cette « période sabbatique politique » pour perfectionner minutieusement son métier d'homme politique, en construisant une solide circonscription, un converti à la fois et en servant de chef de file dans des organisations locales comme la coopérative de la région de Santa et la coopérative du Nord-Ouest.

Pa Achu a fait un retour sur la scène politique nationale lors des élections législatives de 1988 en tant que candidat victorieux sur le ticket du RDPC. Après la victoire du président Biya aux élections de 1992, Pa Achidi Achu a été nommé premier ministre en avril 1992 où il a servi la nation jusqu'en septembre 1996. Son rôle de « médiateur de la paix » dans les bouleversements politiques du début des années 90 lui a valu une grande renommée.

Il est devenu PM à un moment où la nation était à la croisée des chemins du chaos national. Pa Achidi Achu a utilisé ses années d'expérience en tant que politicien de base, combiné à son don spécial pour se connecter avec tout le monde de n’importe quel espace de la vie, pour initier et conduire sans relâche une croisade nationale pour la paix et l'harmonie. Il a ensuite été nommé président du conseil d'administration de la Société nationale des investissements (SNI) le 3 mars 2003 où il a siégé jusqu'en 2019.

Lors des élections sénatoriales d'avril 2013, Pa Achidi Achu a été élu au Sénat en tant que premier candidat sur la liste du RDPC pour la région du Nord-Ouest et a ensuite occupé le poste de vice-président du Sénat.

Pa Achidi Achu a passé les dernières années avant sa mort principalement comme agriculteur tout en poursuivant sa mission de toute une vie de prêcher l'évangile de paix, d'amour, de réconciliation et d'unité.

La vie de Papa était un livre ouvert et il a touché tant de gens par sa gentillesse, sa générosité et son amour profond pour tout le monde. Papa laisse derrière lui une grande famille immédiate et une famille mondiale encore plus grande. Nous encourageons tout le monde à continuer à célébrer la vie de Pa Achidi Achu à travers son héritage et en partageant des histoires, des témoignages et des rencontres personnelles que vous avez de lui.
Comme il mettra toujours fin à chaque conversation « tu fais du bien, tu mets dans ton sac ; tu fais du mal tu mets toujours dans ton sac ».

Rejoignez-nous en famille pour continuer à chanter son hymne préféré « Comptez vos bénédictions, nommez-les une par une...».

Nous comprenons que Papa était un père, un ami et un frère pour beaucoup. N'hésitez pas à partager des hommages en allumant une bougie, en posant une fleur ou en laissant une note à la mémoire de Papa dans la section « Laisser un hommage » ci-dessous.

Vous pouvez également partager des photos et des vidéos de vos souvenirs de et avec Pa Achidi Achu dans la section "Histoires", Ou Ajouter une photo ou une vidéo dans la section "Ajouter des photos" à droite.

Posted by Lynda Ako on May 11, 2021
Promoter of Education.
Our dear father loved promoting and encouraged any one who was interested in going to school being you a part of the family or not . I remember in 1995 when I was to write the GCE Odinary level Exams My Late Dad Ni Philip Achu Atasem couldn’t afford to pay for my registration and I was lost !I woke up one morning and went up to the farm and told Pa ,He gave me all the money !Am forever grateful and thanking God for blessing us with such a good soul!You will forever be missed Daddy!you are gone but your memories lives on !We love you.RIP❤️❤️
Posted by Beryl Akwen on May 9, 2021
Continue to Rest In Peace papa. The lord is our strength we will forever miss you. Continue to look after your own
Posted by Mambo Akuma on May 9, 2021
May your legacy live on PA Achu as God gives your family and loved ones the strength to mourn you. Rest in peace
Posted by Neville Shelley on May 8, 2021
RIP. Let your light shine down and your love guide everyone through this time
Posted by Alfred Atanga on May 8, 2021
Papa Achu, you did your best within the prevailing times and available means. Fare thee well. May the Angels return you to God your creator.
Posted by Elvis Tabukum on May 8, 2021
RIP Pa Achu. You left behind you giant footsteps during your brief stay on each and a void that will take ages to fill. Your fun memories will be cherished forever.

Adieu Daddy.
Posted by Eveline Sofi on May 8, 2021
Pa, May your soul RIP . You were a true hero, and we will all truly miss you!
Posted by Terrence Kongnyuy on May 8, 2021
Go well father to generations. We don't mourn...we celebrate your legacy! Till we meet again.
Posted by Jude Tabah on May 8, 2021
An illustrious son of abakwa who inspired generations upon generations. Your legacy is incredible. Rest in peace.
Posted by Abs Ateh on May 7, 2021
A grateful heart I have .....a life lived to the full. So many lessons learnt.
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Posted by Serri Bonwi on June 12, 2021
Rest in peace Pa. You fought a good fight and impacted many lives. Your legacy will never die.

Posted by Ama Mundi on June 11, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO THE HONORABLE FORMER PRIME MINISTER SIMON ACHIDI ACHU.
It is often said that we should not judge a book by its cover, but politicians often get ratings by the size of their media flares. Pa Simon Achidi Achu was a very handsome, humble man, and a talented multicultural intellectual and wise man. His hardworking nature was down to earth, treating everyone with respect and dignity, even if they were only harvesting on his coffee estates in the Santa region, his hometown, that has the UNITED NATIONS pillars separating the British Southern Cameroon (West Cameroon) from the French East Cameroon (La République du Cameroon). Pa Simon Achidi Achu owned rolling beautiful savannah hills of farming land, on which he raised cattle, grew coffee, and other organic vegetables to feed Cameroonians and even supply to neighboring African Countries, especially Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. As Minister of Justice and keeper of the Seals he promoted ideas of Justice that encouraged a positive system of continuous collaboration and integration among Cameroonians of the English and French colonial experiences, to live as one country peacefully and build Cameroon together in mutually beneficial relationships. He valued African traditions and wisdom in socioeconomic problems, often including useful perspectives from English and French Law. He was well liked and loved as a Prime Minister and did a lot to promote Unity, Peaceful Development and Progress in Cameroon, the people and doing the best his office could do to facilitate needed solutions. As Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals, he valued peaceful coexistence of the two unified Cameroons, encouraging unity among Cameroonians by himself modeling the acceptance of African moral traditional values, French and British legal thoughts and making the most out of Cameroon’s diversity to benefit the people on both sides of the Mungo bridge. Cameroonians took pride in the Federal Republic of Cameroon and somehow kept up their zeal in the United Republic of Cameroon. 
The Former Prime Minister of Cameroon, His Excellency Achidi Achu is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented constructive politicians in the ongoing unification challenges between the former United Nations Trust Territory called the British Southern Cameroon which obtained independence in 1961, and the former UN Trust Territory called French East Cameroon which obtained its own independence in 1960. Both entities forming the Federal Republic of Cameroon created a Union which could have been the jewel of African democracy and prosperity except for misguided practices over which he had no control. He was a young strategic politician working alongside and supporting one of the founding pillars of Cameroon unification, the Honourable Sam Mofor of Santa village, the powerful parliamentarian, together with the Honourable Solomon Tandeng Muna, Honourable Dr. John Ngu Foncha and others.


He approved the government expansion of the University system to include one in Buea and Bamenda, and his, was the signature that approved the GCE Board. He was never given credit for the many decisions he took to improve the country for everybody and every region, but historians will right his deep love for his Country, its people and its progress. He worked so hard and even woke up in pajamas sometimes to listen to burning issues and take immediate action to de-escalate brewing tensions anywhere. His dining table was so long it could accommodate 50 persons representing every age, gender, party, religion, and region of Cameroon. A smiling gentleman who has always cared and valued unity and peaceful progress for all Cameroonians. May his own real legacy and sincere great contributions to Cameroon enlighten the future of the struggling moments. He has worked well. May his Soul rest in perfect peace. May the Freedom, Independence, and Unity and Peaceful Development which Pa Simon believed in, return to all Cameroonians.
Ama Agnes Mundi
Former Director in Higher Education
Cameroon


Posted by Awasah Innocentia on June 9, 2021
Daddy... Father of all! Though you are a million miles away there in heaven,I vividly reminiscent your love for God through our early morning prayer devotions in the house in Yaounde. You will invite everyone for prayers and urge all to seek God's face in every situation.When Ma Dora and myself brought the priest to pray for you before your evacuation you were so grateful and welcoming to the priest.So because of God's love for you he has called you to now rest by his side.As Patron of the Chantal Biya's youth association abbreviated - CBY,you guided the institution which was created in Honour of the First lady Mrs Chantal Biya with fatherly love. You bothered so much about the well-being of everyone who came around you without discrimination as you will ask and I quote" what can I do for you?"You said I will be the daughter ,who will bring you the man through marriage, who will give you much money.Now that you are gone ,when this man comes,who will he hand the much money to? With tears I bid you farewell for is had for me to take it,but as a Christian I believe Gods will is the best for us all.Adieu Paa! Adieu Daddy! I will miss you forever.
        Innocentia tamasang A.
         President - chantal biya's youths
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A Special Tribute from The Kangkolos

Shared by Helen Ndangam on June 6, 2021

Ba, we still can’t believe we are writing a tribute because of your passing. Words can not describe this difficult moment, but if this is the last time we get to say goodbye, then we know we will do so with the knowledge that we considered ourselves blessed to have had you in our lives. You touched so many lives with your selflessness and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting any favors in return. Your dedication to a cause was what set you apart. For every institution you worked for, you laid the path for others to succeed. The benefits of your hard work are a living testimony for so many young men and women you took under your wings at a personal and professional level.

Bah!, you were and will always be an inspiration to our entire family and anyone who worked with you. You have left a void in the family that will never be filled. We know that if wishes were horses, you would have loved to still be here holding our hands & reassuring us that it will be fine just like you did back in March 2017 when your best friend and brother Bah Hon JC Kangkolo left us. But, God saw that you were getting tired and that there was no cure. So, he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come with Me”. With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer And saw you fade away. Even though we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. Your golden heart stopped beating and your hard-working hands rested. God breaks our hearts to prove to us that he takes only the best. While we mourn today, we also take comfort in the fact that your mission on earth has been fulfilled. We thank the Lord for your life and bid you farewell until we meet again. You shall be greatly missed. 


A tribute by Julius Fondong.

Shared by Abs Ateh on June 6, 2021
*The Rt Honorable Simon Achidi Achu: A Personal Tribute* by Julius Fondong.

As I write this, the Rt Hon Simon Achidi’s mortal remains are lying in a morgue in the US. I have been struck by the paucity of tributes from Anglophone Cameroonians in general and from North-Westerners in particular, in honor of someone I consider to be one of the most influential and iconic politicians in Cameroon, post 1990. Rt Hon Achidi Achu soared into the national limelight in April 1992, when he was appointed the Prime Minister and Head of Government, pursuant to the legislative elections of March 1992 – the first after the return to multi-party politics. The first three years of Pa Achu’s tenure as PM (1992 to 1995) was very restive, marked by deep-rooted political cleavages and socio-political instability. After the acrimonious presidential elections of October 1992, the nation was thrown into virtual turmoil, especially in the opposition strongholds. In the NW, a state of emergency was in force; civil servants grouped under the Cameroon Public Servants Union (CAPSU) were on strike; the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) and the federalist movement were in ascendancy; the country was going through economic difficulties marked by the devaluation of the CFA, reduction of civil service salaries and downsizing of the public workforce. In addition a coalition of students, teachers and parents association (under the leadership of the Teachers Association of Cameroon – TAC) were on the streets demanding the creation of an examinations board for the Anglophone Sub-system of education. By all accounts, Cameroon in 1992 to 1995 was a battered, divided, hopeless nation. And the task of bringing normalcy and healing to it fell on the shoulders of PM Achidi Achu. They say “Cometh the Moment, Cometh the Man”. Pa Achidi Achu was the man of the moment. He was exactly the kind of Prime Minister needed at that time: his understanding of grassroots politics, his ability and willingness to listen patiently to a wide range interlocutors, his love for consensual politics, his strong belief in peace as the condition sine quo non for development. And above all else his affable, simple and humble personae. As a seasoned politician PM Achidi Achu mastered the politics-development double nexus. He understood, perhaps more than anyone else, the politics of development. And he explained it in very simple terms. “Politics na njangi” he would say. Or “you scratch my back, I scratch your own”. What Pa Achidi was actually saying here is that politics is a game of give and take and to gain something (like a development project) you must be able to give something in return (like political support). This give-and-take approach to politics is what American politicians have developed into an art of governance. They call it pork barrel politics. The combination of limited resources and multiple but competing demands, within the context of multi-party politics, creates a political dynamic in which it becomes imperative to trade political support in favor of development projects. That is what Pa Achidi Achu was trying to get his people, especially the North- Westerners, to understand. The political playing field had changed with the advent of multi-party politics. Henceforth they would learn to give something in order to get something. Given the fact that the NW in general and Santa Subdivision in particularly (Pa’s home constituency) had come under the domination of the opposition SDF party, Rt Hon Achidi Achu was acutely aware of the fact that his political leverage in Yaoundé was somewhat limited. But he never gave up. A good example is his behind-the-scenes support for the creation of the GCE Board. Many people may not remember that initially the trio of Azong Wara, Joseph Fodje and Arrey Mbi ( TAC frontline leaders) had set out to create a Cameroon Examinations Board (CEB). But Pa Achidi Achu advised against it. He knew that it would be difficult for him to sell the idea of a Cameroon Examinations Board (a purely Anglophone initiative) to the President and the Francophone ruling elite in Yaoundé. So he found a compromise: Create a GCE Board for the Anglophone Sub-system of education and a Baccalaureate Board for the Francophone Sub-system of education. Yes. That was vintage Pa Achidi Achu. He knew that to get Francophone support for the GCE Board he also needed to give them something, even if the Francophones did not know what in God’s name an examination board was or what purpose it served. That was “politics na njangi” in action. Rt Hon Achidi Achu moved from there to spearhead the effective implementation of some development projects in the Anglophone regions that had stalled for decades. Under his tenure, the construction of the first phase of the Bamenda-Ekok road (part of the Trans-Africa Highway) was begun with the construction of the Bamenda-Bali-Batibo stretch of 45km. The tarring of the dangerous parts of the Bamenda Ring Road was also begun. So too was the tarring of the Kumba-Mamfe road. He sought an expanded role for the National Shipping Yard Company to include the construction of the Limbe sea port (looks like that project was killed with the jailing of Zach Forjindam). Pa Achidi Achu was a strong believer in the merits of education of the youth. In that regard he approved the creation of hundreds of primary and secondary schools all over the national territory, but particularly in the NW. Many people have spoken at length about Pa’s legendary simplicity and humility. I often say the measure of man’s humility and simplicity can be judged by his eating habits. Anyone who knew Pa Achidi Achu knew he never ate alone. He took pride in sharing his meals with people. Whether it was in his home at Bali Park or Rock Farms or in the PM’s official residence in Yaoundé or at Mami Ambahe’s house in Old Town or at his sister’s place at T-Junction, Pa would share his meal time with at least 20 people, drawn from all walks of life. I remember during an official visit to Njikwa in the mid-90s, we went to Fon Anyangwe’s Palace in Oshie for refreshments. As I was trying to work out the protocol arrangements, Pa stood up, yanked off his “toghu”, sat down in his undershirt and shorts, called for water to wash in hands, and immediately started digging into his nang tare. Sitting with him in that room and sharing the meal were the government ministers who had accompanied him, Governor Bell Luc Rene and his top security and military brass, farmers, cattle herders, students, ordinary village men and women etc. Seeing the look of surprise on my face Pa Achu turned to me, smiled and said “D.O, gorment work don finish eee. Now na moyo palava”. And with that he pulled a chunk of goat meat from his plate and passed it over to me. It was later I got to know that one of his brothers was married to an Anyangwe and so it was truly a “moyo” affair. I have never seen a politician as free-handed with money as the Rt. Hon Achidi Achu. Whatever financial entitlements he earned as PM he gave it all away. I know for a fact that he paid school fees for hundreds of kids and medical bills for hundreds of ordinary people. And he did so just out of his human kindness and never as a means of coercing political support. In fact most of those he helped never supported him politically but that never stopped him from helping others. If you gave Pa Achidi Achu ten million francs at 9 am you can sure it would be finished by 12 noon because he would in turn give all if it away. I remember in 2000, while I was serving as D.O Oku, Pa had come to Elak on some party business. When he was about to leave he called me aside and said he had ran out of money and he needed to top up his fuel to get back to Bamenda. I scavenged around and found 30,000 FRS gave him. As he was about to get into his car, he suddenly remembered he had not seen one of his friends. “Where is Mechas?” he asked me. I told him his friend Mr Mechas (who I think was his Vice President at the North West Cooperative Association) was sick and in bed. “Take me to him” he ordered. So we drove the 10 km to Mbam village to see Pa Mechas. The former PM was so happy to see his old friend again. And as we were about to leave he dug into the pockets of his agbada, took out the envelope containing the 30,000 frs I had just given him, and gave it to Pa Mechas’ wife! That again was vintage Pa Achidi Achu, a man to whom money meant very little; a man who always put the welfare of others above his own. At no point in the history of this nation, since 1990, has a politician been able to do so much with so little support like the Rt Hon Achidi Achu was able to. But somehow, Anglophone Cameroonians have always focused on the man’s political choices, failing to see for that they are worth, his immense contributions to the life of this nation at a very precarious time in its history. You can say anything about Pa Achidi Achu but the one thing you can’t say is that he was a corrupt politician. He never went into politics for money or for self-aggrandizement. He never amassed any fortunes from politics. A few weeks after Pa left the Prime Minister’s Office he was dead broke because he had given away all his financial entitlements to people he believed needed them more than himself. He lived and died as a man of modest means. That is why I believe the Rt Hon Simon Achidi Achu is one of Anglophone Cameroon’s most unappreciated and most underrated political leader. Nonetheless, history shall remember Pa Achidi Achu as a crusader for peace and a promoter of development. At a time when this nation was dangling nervously on a dangerous precipice, the Rt Hon Simon Achidi Achu stepped in to provide some much needed hope and healing. And nothing can take that from his legacy. Adieu Pa. Rest in Peace in the Bosom of your Maker.


By Julius Fondong.

My Father, Grand Uncle, Friend and Hero

Shared by Serge Atchu Yudom on May 23, 2021
Most things people fear in this world are easy. Some of us were/are lucky to have had privileged seats in this world simply because you loved us Pa Achidi! I have lived, operated and been in situations where I am not known as Pa Achidi’s son. This gave me the opportunity to know what most people think of Pa. Pa Achidi is thought of fondly by his comrades and adversaries. He was the ultimate Servant / Leader who inspired respect by his actions! A book about him could be titled leadership made easy.

As Prime Minister he is remembered for his open door policy at the prime ministerial residence! The people’s house really became the people’s house. Everyone could go in, be fed and if you were patient enough meet the Cameroonian Prime Minister known by all as Pa Achidi! 

If Pa had not seen me for a long time, I would end up on the Prime Ministers dinners table as a teenager. Seating with Ministers and neighbours or friends from abroad or the village! You see, Pa shared a meal with his loved ones to welcome them back from their temporal separation.

As a kid, Pa will pick me up from Bafoussm and take me to Bali Park. He will come and drop me back. As a teenager, while he was the Prime Minister, if he saw me at the Residency then I had to eat with him, which meant I will end up on a table with older people I revered for their age, their village status or their National Status. As an adult, I will be his hand bag. He will just tell to get in the car.

As an Adult, Pa would spontaneously broach many topics and teach me his life philosophy with questions. Questions I will squirm but answer, as answers were expected. These moments I loved and dreaded, including the last time we had one. No one wanted to disappoint Pa. No topic was sacred, we had time with me sitting next to him or behind him during his multiple trips we would take when I visit. Pa knew what was important and what was noise about life. He spent his time on this earth with the people he loved, that is what was important to him. Pa taught me that empathy was the foundation of everything.

If Pa expressly asked to see me, I will go in panic mode as most times it meant I was in trouble. Most times My Mum (Ma Elie) would have intentionally or inadvertently told on me. If it wasn’t her then it was any one of my other mothers. 

Pa Achidi, the selfless, empathetic, gracious and loving father to all who crossed his path. Pa, in his simplicity was larger than life. He sowed so many seeds and he will live in us and our kids as we transmit his teachings of approaching life with simplicity and treating everyone we meet with empathy!

Pa, you are with your sister Ndia Nangah and your daughter Awahsuh (Ma Eli). You worked every waking hour of your life for others. Rest in Perfect Peace, my father and Grand Uncle who saw my mother, my sister and I just like children he needed to care for.

Love you Pa