By Nformi Sonde Kinsai
Death has once again snatched one of Cameroon’s seasoned journalists, Anne Nsang Nkwain.
The erstwhile CRTV anchor lady reportedly died on November 29, 2014, while on transit to the USA. Anne Nsang was in Cameroon to bury her father, late Senator Bochong Francis Nkwain, who passed away on October 19, 2014. Senator Nkwain was interred in his native Njinikom, Boyo Division of the Northwest Region on November 15, 2014.
Anne Nsang Nkwain, who took ill recently, was reportedly discovered dead on her seat in a plane that was transporting her back to the USA, after her stay in Cameroon to pay the last respects to her father. The Post was informed that when the plane stopped in Iceland, it was noticed that she had slumped in her chair.
Some unconfirmed sources talk of a cardiac arrest that led to her sudden passing.
After working very hard and becoming famous at CRTV due to flagship programmes she anchored such as “The World This Week,” and “Women and Development,” Anne Nsang joined the UN System in 2003. She was the Regional Information Officer at the UN Central Africa Information Centre based in Yaounde.
Anne Nsang was the initiator, in June 2003, of the UN Press Club that was launched in Yaounde, Bamenda, Douala and Buea. She had strongly expressed the belief that such a Press Club could serve as a forum in fostering the collaboration between the UN and the media.
As a gender crusader, she would be remembered for giving the women the opportunity to talk about their issues, through the radio and television programmes she anchored, as well as during the discharge of her duties at the UN.
The most recent public declarations Anne would be remembered for is contained in a conversational biographical tribute in memory of the late father, Senator, Bochong Francis Nkwain. Anne had written inter alia that “…Speaking and writing usually comes easy to me. Thanks, in part, to my training in journalism and mass communication. I often joked that my father, whose eloquence I wish I had, insisted for me to get into this field so I would have permission to take the floor when I wanted and as often as I wanted.”
Talking about a father she had loved so much and referring to his death, Anne had declared: “Lost in our grief and pain, my ink has run dry, my mouth has been silenced.” Stating that the father was a star in her world, Anne recalled when she found love outside her family – “when I met my husband, the wonderful father of our children, Henry Nsang. My father taught me a lesson that I have taken very seriously all my life, but which has taken on new and very significant meaning ever since I have had to deal with the reality that he has passed into glory. My father taught me how we must love hard enough to sometimes let go.”
She had narrated that after nodding in approval for her to marry Henry Nsang, her father told her and the in-laws that he would not be the one to walk Anne down the aisle to give her in holy matrimony.
“He told me that he had invited my other father, Dr. Olopade, with whom I lived in Nigeria, while in the university. Papa told me that it is he, Dr. Olopade, who was my father – the one who was, in his opinion, more qualified than him, Nkwain – to walk me up the aisle to the altar of God.
“And so it came to pass. That day, at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Njinikom, my father sat in a pew close to the altar, watching as my father, Dr. Olopade walked me up and gave my hand to my best friend and husband, Henry. He was willing to step away as the biological father to let my other father, Dr. Olopade to walk me into the life of marriage. My father never stopped praising God for such moments of love. His in-laws from Ndu had shown love so strong that they came to Njinikom for the wedding – and to the Catholic Church, where my father spent time most when he was not home or in public service…” Anne Nsang Nkwain wrote recently.