Her Life


Wendy Layir Tangiri was born on July 27, 1995 in Nkambe. She was the first and had 4 siblings who all shared one mother - Florence “Awa” Tangiri. Florence was the last of the seven Tangiri siblings from Pa Denis Bangnda and Ma Tecla Layir Tangiri. Wendy, therefore, had a whole “village” of her mom, grandma, grandpa, uncles, and aunts who contributed to her upbringing. There was also no shortage of cousins for Wendy in their very large family.

From her early years Wendy, fondly referred to as “Wen” in the family, demonstrated a lot of potential in academics and was self-motivated. After going through her elementary education at Catholic School Nkambe in a breeze, she headed to St. Augustin College, Kumbo (SAC) in 2006.  At SAC she completed her secondary school education, obtaining 9 papers at her Ordinary Level certificate in 2011.  She continued with her High School studies at same institution where she obtained 4 papers at the Advanced level certificate in 2013.

Wendy initially enrolled at the University of Buea to study Political Science. That lasted for one year  after which she passed the selection test that enabled her to move to University of Bamenda to study Management and Entrepreneurship, graduating with a BBA (GPA 3.20) in 2017. Wendy then set her sights on the MBA, an undertaking that would take her from 2017 to 2020 where she graduated top of her class with a GPA of 3.75.

Wendy’s next academic stop was going to be her PhD and she was going to do that in USA. She was fortunate enough to be pr-selected for the Diversity Visa lottery and was just waiting for her visa interview date when God decided it was time for her to get her wings. She was 25.

During her very short life, Wendy derived lots of satisfaction from simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family, spending time with her cousins and she had an innate ability to connect with and keep in touch with everyone in her family.   

Wendy is preceded in death by her immediate younger sister (Gisella), her Grand Pa, Grand Ma, Two uncles (Pius and Jernarous).  She is survived by her mom, siblings (Bertila, Edwig, Damian) uncles and aunts ( Hermina, Edith, Wilfred, Oliver), Cousins (Enid, Mirabel, Ivo, Frankline, Nelly, Clifford, Cerdric , Serge , Leslie , Brian , Leonarda , Leonard, Belham, Clyde, Perez, Zirah, Naomi, Bradley, Emerald, Loreter, Dimira) and many extended relatives.

May her soul rest in peace.