SOUTHERN CAMEROON IS BEREAVED.
The youngest serving Minister in West Cameroon state dies at 89...
Pa Joseph Che Kangkolo was born in Bu’u Village, Lower Fungom, Menchum Division, in the North West Province of Cameroon. Pa was the 5th of five children born to Pa Che Kangkolo and Mami Mbongboh Lam. At the tender age of 5, Pa JC left his parents to attend school in Weh, thanks to the generous sponsorship by Basel missionaries who had arrived Lower Fungom and established their base in Weh. Upon the completion of his primary education, he proceeded to the Basel Mission Secondary School, today known as the Cameroon Protestant College Bali. He and his mates were the third batch of this prestigious college. Upon the completion of his secondary education, Pa enrolled at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria where he studied Veterinary Medicine. He then proceeded to Cambridge University, Great Britain where he undertook further studies in Veterinary Medicine. Pa returned to Cameroon and worked at the Wum Veterinary for a couple of years before he was transferred to the Jakiri Veterinary Centre in Banso. Having demonstrated remarkable expertise in his professional life, Pa was granted a scholarship to study Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh University in Scotland. He returned to Cameroon and was appointed, Secretary of State for Natural Resources at age 34 (making him the youngest minister) in the West Cameroon government. He subsequently held the position of Minister of Interior in West Cameroon and after the dissolution of the Federated States, he returned to Wum where he built an illustrious legacy in the civil service and the political life of that region.
Timeline of Pa JC Kangkolo’s Life Since 1972:
1972 - Pa returned to Wum following the “peaceful revolution” that brought about Cameroon’s unitary state in 1972.
1973 - appointed to the National Assembly where he represented the Menchum constituency from 1973-1978.
1979-1984 Pa served as a senior Veterinarian at the Bamenda Veterinary Delegation.
1985-1988 Pa served as a senior Veterinarian at the WADA Veterinary Department until the agency was closed in 1988.
1989-1993 Pa served as the CPDM Section President for Menchum.
1994-1998 Pa was appointed head of the Menchum Council.
1998, Pa finally retired from public service and stayed at his residence in Wum until his departure.
Pa JC is survived by 15 kids and 33 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his dad, mom, 3 sisters, a daughter and 4 sons.
Rest In Peace Sir!
The Struggle continues...