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At retirement gala: Students, former students describes Prof Enoh Tanjong as a fatherly man

Renowned university Professor and academic don, Prof. Enoh Tanjong has been described as a fatherly man by his present and former students. They were speaking during a farewell/retirement event in his honour which held in Buea on Saturday, November 21, 2020, bringing together lecturers especially those of the JMC department, ex-JMC students, friends, admirers and many others who came to celebrate with “The pope” as he is fondly called and academic guru.

Watch how the farewell/retirement gala unfolded by clicking the link below:

What  colleagues, ex JMC students had to say about Prof. Enoh Tanjong

These views by colleagues and ex JMC students were conducted by

According to Prof. Henry Muluh, Prof. Enoh Tanjong is not only a mentor but like a father to him.
I actually got into JMC and the University of Buea thanks to Enoh Tanjong. He has been my mentor and everything to me. When I got back from further studies in the UK, I never knew I was going to be a lecturer in the University. My intention was to work probably in TV production but I was shocked to find out that Enoh saw potentials in me when I filed my application. He then decided to take me first as a part-time lecturer and later as a full-time lecturer and he believed in me. He empowered his colleagues because if I know some sort of administration today, it’s thanks to Enoh Tanjong. Personally he has empowered me a lot and I’ll forever remain grateful to him. I know he’s retiring but he still has a lot to do for us. It has been a wonderful working relationship. He’s not only a mentor but he is like a father to me”, Prof Muluh said.

To Moki Charles Linonge, Prof. Enoh Tanjong is that man who could transform a little spark into a big fire, and he is that fire now because of him.
“Enoh Tanjong is that man who added the extra into the ordinary in my life. We went to JMC with dreams, aspirations, hopes etc and EnohTanjong tailored them to be what we are today. We want to thank him so much for that. He was hard at sometimes, we did not understand why but by the time we got to the final year, we started understanding why he was that way to some of us. Personally we had a very close encounter and he made me his class delegate forever. He is a wonderful guy, he’s a transformer. He transformed something in me. He gave me another vision of what I was going in for. He is that man who could transform a little spark into a big fire, I’m that big fire.”

To CRTV's Fonka Mutta Beau Bernard, knowing Enoh was a life changing encounter, meeting him and learning from him has shaped his life in a particular way.
“My very first contact with Enoh was not pleasant. That was when I walked late into class and he used me to set an example. He embarrassed me and all of that so it was really harsh. I almost hated him and hated the class but with time I got to understand that was him. When he had to correct someone or send out a message, he would use anything that was necessary to make the rest of the class understand. I eventually understood that this was not something against me but rather to help me. He was one of our most amazing lecturers. It was a life changing encounter, meeting him and learning from him has shaped us”, Fonka Muta Beau Bernard said.

Prof. Enoh Tanjong being celebrated to retirement by all those he touched

Ace journalist and publisher of The Rambler Newspaper, Charlie Ndi Chia, Enoh Tanjong has touched so many hearts including his.
Enoh Tanjong has touched so many hearts. He taught people how to believe in themselves, how to share with one another. Euphemistically speaking, we are mourning Enoh Tanjong in his presence, because he is retired, not because he has died and making him to understand that this is how the hearts he has touched see him and will continue to see him and that those he formed in fire like gold and who decided to bite him will be mourned on dry cheeks not on wet sweet tears like we are “mourning” him today. That is how I know Enoh Tanjong. He is a completely de-tribalised man.”

The testimonies from these former students and colleagues proves the wealth of impact that the retired Professor has been able to do in the lives of many.

Enoh Tanjong officially retired from duty on October 10, 2020, when he clocked 65 as required by the text in place. The erudite Professor, who has endeared so many of his students, some of who became colleagues, narrates how his career path took him around the world and he later returned to Cameroon to train generations of communication experts in diverse fields.

In an interview focused on his career path, and his achievements, the ace communication Professor, journalism trainer, researcher and author, said he is retiring as a happy man, after working for decades in his passion-filled career, adding that his services have paid off as his vision has been fulfilled.

Click on the link below to get the full interview:

Prof. Enoh Tanjong talking to the press

Born in 1955 in Fotabe, a village in Manyu Division, South West region of Cameroon, Enoh Tanjong spent his early childhood years in the village attending primary school. In 1967, his elder brother, Hon. Enow Tanjong took the young Enoh out of the village and gave him the opportunity to pursue his secondary education in the Saint Joseph’s College SASSE. Enow Tanjong went on to become a celebrated academician with a very rich educational background from the United States where he acquired knowledge in journalism. He is behind the establishment of UB’s Journalism and Mass Communication department and also chaired the committee that came up with the program of the Communication and Development Studies department of The University of Bamenda, which has trained and is training fine minds in the field of journalism and communication over the years in Cameroon. Enoh Tanjong is married and has four children and four grandchildren.

By Nji Nelson Chefor

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