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Lebialem Prince Campaigns Against Sickle Cell, HIV/AIDS 

The people of Abenue, Menji, in Lebialem Division, Southwest Region, have saluted the efforts of their prince in community service, youth leadership and development.

Doctors carrying out the screening exercisePrince Chris Ajong Fotabong received public acknowledgement recently while launching sports activities and a health campaign on sickle cell and HIV/AIDS. He said the two diseases are passed down through blood.

“We can only know if the blood is affected after a laboratory test conducted by a competent health personnel,” said Prince Fotabong.

In order to realise this goal, he invited health personnels from Buea to help carry out the exercise, something many described as the real example of a philanthropist.

According to Fotabong, the purpose of the programme is to foster the development of the communities of Njoagwi and Essoh-Attah in particular, Menji Council Area and Lebialem Division at large.

The Prince said like all community development projects, the programme requires the members of the said community, administration and other stakeholders to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems faced by the communities.

The programme all started with the Prince’s football tournament with a cash prize of FCFA 500.000.
Prince Fotabong told The Post that he started with football because it is a peculiar sport that displays the very foundation of community development.

“It is a game in which victory is only achieved if there is collective action,” Fotabong said, adding that “the talent of an individual is sometimes remarkable, but without the other players and coaches, the team can never win.

Similarly, in community development, one person cannot succeed. We all; traditional rulers, the administration, the church, the community members – young, old, and the civil society must work hand in hand. Even politics is like a game of football.”

In addition to the football competition, Prince Fotabong offered exercise books, printers, photocopiers and scanners to some schools and a scholarship of FCFA 50.000 and FCFA 30.000 to the best candidate of the GCE Advanced Level and Ordinary Level, respectively.

In response, the DO for Fontem Subdivision, Joseph Djounda, thanked the young prince for his kind and intelligent initiative in what he described as “a good example of a good philanthropist.”
Prince Fotabong believes that the youth have to work their way into adult-dominated domains and contribute in nation building.

The young prince argues that it is difficult for some adults to accept the reality that they have to work with younger people or “create space for others to contribute in the development of our area.”
He said he believes that time can be a wonderful agent of change.

“There is no way I will participate in a meeting and decisions are taken without me giving my opinion and considerations from the youth’s perspective,” Fotabong said, “a good thing can also come from the youth and from a minority group too.”

By Sylvester Atemnkeng

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