It was on the 17th of February , a cool weather on the seaside resort town of Limbe as inhabitants welcome dignitaries across the country to its oil rich city to once again celebrate outstanding professional Cameroonians who have made the difference
The Guardian post Newspaper Annual awards is fast becoming a house hold name, the prestigious awards which has as former laureates President Biya, Chantal Biya and much more this time was convening at the Musango Beach Resort in Limbe as guest were welcomed with smile and offered a seat at the foot of the Atlantic ocean as sea breeze keeps reminding them that hard work truly pays
But ever since the awards was launched, many still had doubts as to the criteria used to pick up laureates, the paper insists the laureates are voted by their readers while critics decry the platform used to do the voting and condemn the lack of transparency in giving out the awards by the country’s lone English speaking daily newspaper.
But as the winners of the 2018 edition of the awards were rolled out, two names stood out and firm and gave credence to the decision of the awards juries, giving its mission the much needed credibility it deserves, even its critics could have found it difficult to disagree
CRTV’s Njeck Sylvanus from Mount Cameroon FM took the best radio animator awards and Humphrey Monono from the GCE Board took man of the year.
Let’s begin with the former
It’s no doubt that Njeck Sykvanus pose rare animating skills in the world of animating. It is safe to say that he is arguably the finest radio animator the country has ever known and he l still to reach his apex, still plenty of room to improve. Ever since his rise to fame at the popular Mount Cameroon radio six years back, he has been a house hold name in South West region and beyond as fans have become used to wake up every morning and being entertained with what was fast known as the biggest and best breakfast show on radio anchored by”sweet Njeck” as he is fondly called
His speed, mastery of English and choice of words has left his competitors struggling for recognition and hoping to fit in the second place.
Working alongside France trained Daouala based Leonard Chartalain, Cameroon’s finest animating brains, the Native from Batibo, Nort h west region and married father of three says his strength comes from God and his inspiration from his colleaques
His has not failed to praised his former colleagues for their role they pllayed in developing his talents as he writes his name in gold in the field of radio animating.
Njeck’s choice confirms the professionalism, accuracy and objectivity GP annual awards pay to its Laureates. Taking his awards alongside co radio host Rev Fr Nougi Alender Sob, former Laureates of the awards as he once won educationist of the year, the sweet wonder boys as they are fondly called thanks to their famous breakfast show “sweet wonder version of starter” looked visibly happy as the crowd cheered on
As Njeck Sylvanus was pronounced in the open space, well ventilated esplanade of the Musnago Beach resort, one invited guests said, “if it is Sweet Njeck, then I believe in the objectivity of this award, he is the perfect person” as huge stamp of approval by one of the skeptics.
Another winner who stood tall was the Registrar of the GCE Board, Dr. Humphrey Monono. The Board boss is credited to have organized a successful GCE across the country free from any activities which could jeopardize the boards standards despite the turbulent crisis endured in the two main regions of the board.
Humphrey Monono took man of the year awards at a time when very few Cameroonians could have been more successful
Other laureates includes; Easther Kima from CRTV as best TV presenter, Ibrahim Talba as best DG from SONARA, AZIRI credit union as best credit union in the country for the year, Zentih got best insurance and many more
Barister Agbor Balla, Ntumfor Nico, member of multicultural and Bilingualism committee were amongst the other one hundred guests who grazed the occasion
The guests were treated with a buffet as the ceremony finished around 8:00 PM.
CHAN 2020 draws: Host Cameroon in a tough group
Hosts Cameroon will open their Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020 campaign against Zimbabwe after the draw was conducted on Monday evening in an intriguing and elaborate ceremony at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé in the capital, Yaounde.
The Indomitable Lions are taking part in the CHAN tournament for the fourth time and will look to improve their best performances that saw them reach the quarter finals on two occasions, Sudan 2011 and Rwanda 2016.
The other teams to be drawn in Group A are Burkina Faso, playing in the tournament for the third time and Mali who lost the 2016 final to DR Congo.
Meanwhile, defending champions Morocco were seeded in Pool C and will square out with debutants Togo in their opening match. Togo qualified for their first ever CHAN after beating 2018 finalists Nigeria in the final qualification round.
They will also have Eastern Africa representatives Uganda who have qualified for every edition as well as another CECAFA region team, Rwanda.
In Group D, Zambia, Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania will square out.The tournament’s most successful team DR Congo who have won the tournament two times will headline Pool B where they compete against neighbors Congo Brazaville, 2014 champions Libya and Niger.
Two former Cameroon national team players, Stephen Tataw and Salomon Olembe assisted CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu to conduct the draw.
The two former internationals who are now serving Cameroonian football added glamour to the event that was also attended by the Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Ngute, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi , CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, members of Local Organising Committee amongst others.
The tournament will be held in Cameroon for the first time ever from April 4-25. The cities of Douala, Limbe and the capital Yaounde will host the matches in the three week bonanza.
Total CHAN 2020 final draw
Group A: Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe
Group B: Libya, DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Niger
Group C: Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo
Group D: Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania
Diamond Platinum and Eto’o to build a sport academy in Tanzania
Tanzania celebrated musician Nasib Abdul a.k.a Diamond Platnumz has said that he is in talks with International football star, Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto’o to build a football academy in Tanzania.
According to the report by Daily News the megastar recently performed at the CAF awards gala that got Fifa boss Gianni Infatino on the dance floor among football stars.
Diamond said he has been in talks with Eto’o for a long time now, interested in establishing a lucrative football club since the east African nation has potential football players.
Diamond is quoted to say “In the past, I though that venturing in sports business was not profitable but now I see that it is beneficial.. In the near future? I will have my own team which already is trading in the Mainland Premier League because I do not want to start from the scratch.”
The musician didn’t not give a time frame to the project but hwta is clear is that he will be buying an existing club or established player.
Never-ready Cameroon on edge as shifting Ahmad comes visiting
CAF’s Ahmad is Leading a huge delegation to Cameroon
The President of CAF, Ahmad is leading a huge delegation of experts and football icons including son of the soil Samuel Eto’o Fils to Cameroon for a three days official inspection visit
The visit by the CAF boss is related to the country’s hosting of CHAN 2020 and CAN 2021.
The laters future is in doubt following a change of date from June to January 2021 to avoid the raining seasons in the west AFRICAN nation
According to a communique from sports minister, an important decision will be made after the visit
The visit of the CAF boss and a group of experts has sparked fears that the country might lose the AFCON 2021 hosting rights again as construction works are still ongoing in some hosting cities despite being just 12 months away from the tournament.
Cameroon lost the AFCON 2019 hosting rights to Egypt at the 11th hour after the continents footbal body decided the country was not ready to host the tournament. At the time, the CAF boss even said the country might not be ready even in the next five years.
The decision came barely weeks after Ahmad had flown to Cameroon in a private jet with Eto’o ahead of October 2018 Presidential polls to assure Cameroonians that AFCON 2019 was theirs to lose.
Cameroon however avoided being punished by CAF for failing to host the tournament as the internal rules of the organization states, they were rather handed the 2021 hosting rights which was originally given to Ivory Coast to the shagrin of the Drogba’s homeland.
Authorities in Yaounde and many other Cameroonians will be hoping this visit by CAF delegation brings good tidings and ensures the country host the two biggest football tournaments in the continent.
The biennial showpiece has been the center piece of President Biya’s legacy.
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