BY IKOME CHRISTIE-NOELLA EPOSI
Popularly known as “the pope of JMC”, Professor Enoh Tanjong has advised his students, admirers, and mentees to touch a life every day when they get up from bed. Such an act he said brings self-fulfillment and happiness. “It is this accumulated touching of lives that brings whatever we are having today. Touch a life in one form or the other and it will go a long way to help”, Prof. Enoh revealed
Enoh was speaking during a farewell/retirement event in his honour which held in Buea on Saturday, November 21, 2020, bringing together lecturers especially those of the JMC department, ex-JMC students, friends, admirers etc who came to celebrate with “The pope” and academic guru.
Talking to the press after the banquet, Professor Enoh Tanjong appreciated the show of love from everyone. “I am overwhelmed by such a show of love; this is the height of my life…(he sobs)…The kids you see celebrating me today are more intelligent than me. My friend George Ngwa and I put up a system to get the best students and that is why if one didn’t have from 8,9,10 points and above, we wouldn’t accept that person in the department of Journalism and Mass Communication. It was not for sale. George and I in our own fashion put benchmarks that the students of JMC must be extremely bright and this is the result manifesting today”, Prof. Enoh explained.
He added that the evidence of his works, relationship with colleagues and his students have been appreciated and this means more than a lot to him. “I am not a perfect human being; I’m an imperfect person but called to perfect missions. In that way, I hurt some people in one way or another but it was all meant to put them up. Some of them came back and told me they were wrong and I was right, such is life. I did my best and left the rest to God.”
Who is Enoh Tanjong?
Born in 1955 in Fotabe, a village in Manyu Division, South West region of Cameroon, Enoh Tanjong spent his early childhood years in the village attending primary school. In 1967, his elder brother, Hon. Enow Tanjong took the young Enoh out of the village and gave him the opportunity to pursue his secondary education in the Saint Joseph’s College SASSE. Enow Tanjong went on to become a celebrated academic with a very rich educational background from the United States where he acquired knowledge in journalism. He is behind the establishment of UB’s Journalism and Mass Communication department, which has trained fine minds in the field of journalism and communication over the years in Cameroon. Enoh Tanjong is married and has four children and four grandchildren.
What Colleagues/ex-JMC students had to say about Prof. Enoh Tanjong
He’s not only a mentor but like a father to me – Prof. Henry Muluh
“I actually got into JMC and the University of Buea thanks to Enoh Tanjong. He has been my mentor and everything to me. When I got back from further studies in the UK, I never knew I was going to be a lecturer in the University. My intention was to work probably in TV production but I was shocked to find out that Enoh saw potentials in me when I filed my application. He then decided to take me first as a part-time lecturer and later as a full-time lecturer and he believed in me. He empowered his colleagues because if I know some sort of administration today, it’s thanks to Enoh Tanjong. Personally he has empowered me a lot and I’ll forever remain grateful to him. I know he’s retiring but he still has a lot to do for us. It has been a wonderful working relationship. He’s not only a mentor but he is like a father to me”
He is that man who could transform a little spark into a big fire, I’m that big fire – Moki Charles Linonge
“Enoh Tanjong is that man who added the extra into the ordinary in my life. We went to JMC with dreams, aspirations, hopes etc and EnohTanjong tailored them to be what we are today. We want to thank him so much for that. He was hard at sometimes, we did not understand why but by the time we got to the final year, we started understanding why he was that way to some of us. Personally we had a very close encounter and he made me his class delegate forever. He is a wonderful guy, he’s a transformer. He transformed something in me. He gave me another vision of what I was going in for. He is that man who could transform a little spark into a big fire, I’m that big fire.”
Knowing Enoh was a life changing encounter, meeting him and learning from him has shaped us – Fonka Muta Beau Bernard
“My very first contact with Enoh was not pleasant. That was when I walked late into class and he used me to set an example. He embarrassed me and all of that so it was really harsh. I almost hated him and hated the class but with time I got to understand that was him. When he had to correct someone or send out a message, he would use anything that was necessary to make the rest of the class understand. I eventually understood that this was not something against me but rather to help me. He was one of our most amazing lecturers. It was a life changing encounter, meeting him and learning from him has shaped us.”
Enoh Tanjong has touched so many hearts including mine – Charlie Ndi Chia
“Enoh Tanjong has touched so many hearts. He taught people how to believe in themselves, how to share with one another. Euphemistically speaking, we are mourning Enoh Tanjong in his presence, because he is retired, not because he has died and making him to understand that this is how the hearts he has touched see him and will continue to see him and that those he formed in fire like gold and who decided to bite him will be mourned on dry cheeks not on wet sweet tears like we are “mourning” him today. That is how I know Enoh Tanjong. He is a completely de-tribalised man.”