While families mourn internally their beloved one, I really wished I was one of the sons or Daughters of Mr Tening Mongwa to enjoy of a feeling of some one who has watched the goodness of Mr Mongwa from a distance, in his childhood. You discover later that I am a childhood friend of Nkam Mongwa while we lived in Tsinga and at Colleage Bilingue d'application.
In our forties before his passing on to eternity, I have never failed to express myself as one of the admirers of Mr Tening Mongwa. The way I was growing up and saw him at Tsinga. For a few moments, he gave me the drop to school when I accompanied Nkam; Sometimes Professor Chia too will do because we lived same quarter (may his soul rest in peace.
Where did my admiration to Pa Mongwa come from? I kept on asking myself who was this father that engaged his children into practical and little professional activities; mechanics, scouting, guitar playing etc? Whereas these children (Mbuh, Kan, Nkam, Mugha and Asobo) spoke alot of good English like the father. Seeing these children, they looked elitist but when you went near, you say Pa had taught them to remain humble; my very humble friend Nkam.
When he taught part time at ASTI-UB where I worked, I always saw Pa and told him, "I am Nkam's friend, I remember you are a wonderful father, I saw how you trained your children. Sometimes he remembered by name, later not. Pa has kept this smile in the photo, even during my last meeting with him in Bali when he came for Professor Doh Anderson's funeral (BOBAN), I asked Pa do you still speak alot of English, I am Nkam's friend. He smiled and said "you again".
Pa I can imagine how much your children will miss you. We stand as testimony to say "You have made the best on earth". Imparted on many and May the Good Lord Bless your soul.
Dr. Pascal Doh Senior Researcher, University of Turku, Finland.