Chief John Njie Mokosa III of Gbwitingi Village in Buea is Dead.
By Moki S. Mokondo in Buea for Fako UK/Fako News Centre
The death of HRH Chief Njie John Njie Mokosa III of Gbwitingi village cum Principal of Government Secondary School (GSS) Womaka(Bomaka) has been described as a big loss to his community and family. Chief Mokosa who many at his funeral on Saturday May 9, 2015, described as a hardworking, jovial, ambitious, caring and loving person and a mentor was snatched by the cold hands of death on April 8, 2015.
While paying tribute to the fallen traditional leader, mourners said his death has created a vacuum that would take time to be filled in his family, chiefdom, and community. Chief Mokosa who was a peacemaker has many times headed reconciliation committees that have helped to resolve disputes in his community.
His junior brother, George Mokosa, in a few words described his late brother as a man with exceptional leadership qualities and wonders if anybody can fit into the “shoes” he leaves behind.
Chief Mokosa was born on the 15th of February, 1969, in Tiko, to Chief William Njie Mokosa and Mrs. Hannah Loko Mokosa, all of blessed memory. He attended Government School Muea from 1974 to 1981 where he obtained his F.S.L.C. From 1981 to 1989 he attended St. Joseph’s College Sasse in Buea where he obtained GCE “O” and “A” Levels. He did his university education in the University of Yaounde from 1990-1993 and graduated with a first degree in modern letters. In 1995, he attended the Higher Teacher Training College (ENS) Yaounde were he obtained a Diploma in Modern Letters (LMA).
He was then posted to C.E.S de Mengang in the Centre Province, now Centre Region. He taught there for three years before being transferred to Government Bilingual High School (GBHS) Tiko where he taught for another three years before being transferred to Government High School (GHS) Wokwaongo (Bokwaongo), Buea.
He was then later appointed Senior Discipline Master in (GHS) Wokwaongo, Buea in 2004. In 2007, he was appointed pioneer principal of Government Secondary School Womaka (Bomaka) where he served until his death.
Coming from a royal family, he was enthroned and crowned traditional leader of Gbwitingi village where he looked over the chieftaincy stool his forefathers left behind.
In addition to being a traditional leader and an administrator, the deceased was also an actor. He played major roles in many Cameroon produced films. His former theatre arts teacher in St. Joseph’s College Sasse, now senior lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Buea, Cameroon, Funge Diffang, weeps for losing one of his talents so soon.
The late chief leaves behind five children and a wife.