How do you know somebody?
You can know somebody from:
- What the person says;
- What the person does;
- What others say about the person;
- What others do not say about the person.
The Archdiocese of Bamenda has a new Archbishop. Because everybody around me is excited about this man, I decided to take a closer look at him to better know him.
- Who is he?
- What is he saying?
- What is he doing?
- What are people saying about him?
- What are people not saying about him?
In the series of posts, starting with this one, we shall let you meet this distinguished servant of God.
I could have gone in for an interview to let him reveal himself to you, but I have adopted an another approach of letting us hear what people think of him.
Our new Archbishop is a man of 55 bustling with energy. He is called His Grace Andrew Fuanya Nkea.
When he was taking possession of the Archdiocese canonically, a special magazine was published with lots of good will messages.
I have taken time and read all these messages word for word to get what people think and say about him. These are few of what I gathered.
People say he is:
A seasoned intellectual;
A seasoned man of God;
A dedicated servant;
A charismatic personality;
A no nonsense leader;
An eloquent speaker;
An experienced teacher;
A great orator;
Great inspirer and motivator;
Very couragrous pastor
A loyal and faithful servant of God;
A wise man;
“Known to speak plainly, you have always stood firmly for justice and fairness. You have always been ever ready to proclaim and defend the truth of the gospel and the Church’s faith…ready to die’ for the Church.” (Bishop Michael Bibi, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buea).
” We have keenly followed you in your avowed dedication to spread the Good News as far and as wide as possible – especially by your every word and deed – and we are convinced that you are a remarkable gift from God to the Church in the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province.” (Hyacinth Banseka)
“…you have been sufficiently prepared for this onerous task. You have always shown yourself a focused gentleman with nobility of character and graceful attitude. You will be an asset to the Church in the Archdiocese of Bamenda.” (Most Rev. Valerian Okeke. Archbishop of Onitsha)
Archbishop Emeritus of Bamenda: “you already distinguished yourself as a young, dynamic, intelligent, highly competent, zealous and dedicated teacher, administrator and Pastor, and indeed, as a Shepherd in the mind if Christ and the Church.” (Archbishop Emeritus, Cornelius Fontem Esua).
“I am aware of your well,- known prudence and clear vision for the Universal Church and your zeal to watch over and motivate each local church as a furrow where faith and vocations are born and .” (Sister Alfonsa)
He served in the Diocese of Mamfe “with great diligence through the preaching of the word of God, hard work, leadership, you have shown that you could collaborate well with the Priests, Religious and laity… You have the capacity and potential to take the Church forward in this challenging time.” (Mother Augustina Amadi , Mother Founder of Missionary Sisters of Divine Providence).
“…a very prayerful priest and great preacher.” (Mary Bi Suh Atanga)
“My amazement is beyond measure as I see and feel the unfathomable ways of the Holy Spirit which come to the fore in your unshakeable spiritual convictions, your thoroughness of approach to all that you set out for, the fervent flourish and finality with which you have stamped your every engagement wherein others would find rather bland processes.” Fr. George Ngalim
” have watched with rapt attention your growth in vocation…I have watched you develop the dimensions of a preacher a-fire with the Spirit of Pentecost, watched you mellow into a leader with Christocentric insights of Spirit-inspired surefootedness, and I have learnt to live with your strictures and respect for procedure, which to you is the condition par excellence for the validity of proposal from all and sundry. ” (Fr George Tomrila Ngalim)
“Your candour and eloquence in reaching out to your flock as you bring to them the Word of God is unique.” (Dr. Asheri Kilo Fofung)
“…one of the most awesome and selfless servants of God.” ( Alfred and Lilian Sibedwo)
“I have found you a real honourable servant of God who is humble and shares with all, who is loving and has a listening ear and especially who empathises…” ( Mrs. Abanda Grace)
“You have both the intellectual and spiritual capacities to do the things that should be done.” (The Dzekashu Family).
The Archbishop “brings with him a strong academic background. He has proven himself to be a man of intellect, prayer, fidelity, and pastoral zeal to the people he has ministered to in his time as priest and Bishop. He is an outstanding example of a modern Bishop. He is wonderfully engaged with youth and has a tremendous capacity to take the Church forward in challenging times… He will be a wise and pastoral shepherd to the people of the Bamenda Archdiocese and the wider Church in Cameroon.” (Armand and Yayu)
“…an extraordinary servant in the Lord’s vineyard, his love for humanity, kindness, forgiving heart, and steadfast guidance of his flock are but a few examples of his commitment to God’s work.” (Christine Achu-Anoma)
When the Archbishop was still a young priest: “As a young and vibrant priest, full of energy and pastoral zeal, he held us spellbound during his sermons…His Masses were always very full with Christians enjoying his very practical sermons and we always left the Church with lots of spiritual ‘food’ to feed us for the rest of the week and beyond.” (Paul T. Atang)
“I have followed with keen attention and admiration his rise within the hierarchy of the local Church – buoyed by his authoritative preaching, his strong convictions about family, traditional and community values and his emphasis on Catholic Education at all levels…a charismatic voice for the Church of the future…a mobiliser of people… an innovator..one with great love for the Gospel Message and for the Church and its growth.” (Tameh Valentine, Educationist).
I hope you enjoyed reading what people are saying about this brand new Archbishop.
Don’t forget to watch out for a continuation.