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Employee of The Month; Celebrating Mr. Fotabe Elvis (May 2024)

In a ceremony held yesterday 30th of May 2024 at the Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB), Mr. Fotabe Elvis, a dedicated cashier, was honored with the Employee of the Month award for May. The award was presented by the Vice Chancellor in the presence of the entire BUIB staff, marking a significant moment of recognition for outstanding service and commitment within the institution.

The selection process for the Employee of the Month was both thorough and democratic, ensuring that the most deserving candidate was recognized. The nomination process spanned three days, allowing ample time for BUIB staff to put forward names of colleagues who exemplified dedication, professionalism, and a strong work ethic. Following the nominations, voting took place yesterday, culminating in a clear decision that saw Mr. Fotabe Elvis emerge as the winner, with Mr. Ngalle Thomas being the runner-up.

Mr. Fotabe Elvis’s recognition as Employee of the Month is a testament to his hard work and the positive impact he has on his colleagues and the institution as a whole. His role as a cashier at BUIB goes beyond handling financial transactions; he has consistently demonstrated reliability, a cheerful disposition, and a willingness to go above and beyond in his duties.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Fotabe expressed his gratitude to his colleagues and the administration, stating, “I am deeply honored to receive this award. It means a lot to me to be recognized by my peers and the leadership of BUIB. I will continue to strive for excellence and contribute positively to our community”. The Vice Chancellor, while handing over the award, praised Mr. Fotabe’s dedication and highlighted the importance of such recognitions in fostering a motivated and cohesive workforce. “Mr. Fotabe’s commitment to his work and his exemplary attitude set a high standard for all of us. This award is a small token of our appreciation for his significant contributions to BUIB,” the Vice Chancellor remarked.

The Vice Chancellor commended both Mr. Fotabe and Mr. Ngalle Thomas, the runner-up, for their exemplary service, noting that such recognition is vital for fostering a motivated and dedicated workforce. The ceremony concluded with a round of applause for Mr. Fotabe, celebrating not only his achievements but also the spirit of excellence that drives BUIB forward.

Biaka University Agriculture Students Conclude Tractor Driving Practical

Today marked the successful conclusion of a two-day practical lesson on tractor driving for the students of the School of Agriculture at Biaka University. The hands-on training, deemed essential for farm machinery practice, commenced yesterday at 9 am with an introductory session led by the Director of the School of Agriculture, Mr. Tanyi Clovis Bessong. He opened the program with a comprehensive rundown of the day’s activities, emphasizing the importance of practical skills in modern agricultural practices. He highlighted the necessity of understanding and operating farm machinery like tractors, which play a pivotal role in enhancing productivity and efficiency on the farm.

The practical lessons were conducted by Mr. Nsiela Hilary Nkoh and Mr. Agbor David, the Chauffeur of Biaka University, who have extensive experience in operating and maintaining motors. They began with basic driving instructions, ensuring that all students grasped the fundamental principles of operating a tractor safely and effectively. They emphasized that Safety is top priority and that the students should respect the machine, follow the guidelines, and they will gain the skills needed to revolutionize your farming practices.”

After the comprehensive briefing, students were then divided into groups of five, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Each group took turns practicing how to drive the tractor, under the watchful eye of Mr. David. He alongside Mr. Hilary provided detailed explanations on the various controls and mechanisms of the tractor, ensuring that each student gained hands-on experience.

Throughout the practical sessions, students were not only taught how to drive the tractor but also how to use it for different agricultural tasks. This included plowing, harrowing, and transporting goods, among other essential farming operations. The hands-on experience was invaluable, transforming theoretical lessons into practical skills. The students were not just learning to drive; they were understanding the integral role of machinery in efficient and sustainable farming.

The program, which began yesterday, wrapped up today with students expressing satisfaction and confidence in their newly acquired skills. The practical lessons have equipped them with essential knowledge that will significantly benefit their future careers in agriculture. The Director of the School of Agricultural Sciences; Mr. Tanyi, Mr. Nsiela Hilary and the Chauffeur; Mr. Agbor David were commended for their dedication and effective teaching methods, which ensured that the students received comprehensive training in tractor operation. The School of Agriculture at Biaka University continues to prioritize practical learning, preparing its students for the demands of modern farming.

Investing in Empowerment and Accelerating Progress: a tale of Biaka Women’s Day Celebration


On the 2nd of March, under the radiant sun, the Biaka women commenced their Women’s Day celebration at the Limbe Amusement Park. Joined by women from diverse backgrounds, the air buzzed with excitement and camaraderie. Laughter intertwined with the melodies of traditional games – Hopscotch, Seven-Seven, Dodge-ball – played with zest and enthusiasm. The refreshing pool became a hub of joyous splashes and synchronized swimming, creating a mosaic of shared moments and celebration. As the sun dipped behind the horizon, the memory of Limbe’s amusement echoed in the hearts of the Biaka women.


Today, on the 8th of March, they converged at the heart of their academic sanctuary, the Biaka University Institute of Buea Campus. Dr. Mrs. Francisca Biaka, the esteemed Vice Chancellor, stood tall, welcoming the assembly with grace and warmth. Her words carried the essence of unity, empowerment, and the celebration of womanhood.

Following the Vice Chancellor’s address, the spotlight shifted to Mme. Nyah Celestine, the Female Staff Representative. With passion and eloquence, she shared insights into the collective journey of Biaka women, emphasizing resilience, achievements, and the unyielding spirit that defined them. The audience absorbed the words like nectar, their hearts swelling with pride for the community they belonged to.

The culmination of speeches gave way to an explosion of merriment and liveliness. The campus transformed into a canvas of celebration – vibrant colors, infectious laughter, and rhythmic beats resonating through the air. Traditional Biaka dances blended seamlessly with contemporary tunes, bridging generations and creating a tapestry of cultural richness.

Notably, the celebration wasn’t limited to the women alone; the men, as allies and supporters, were present to cheer them on. Their encouraging presence added an extra layer of support and solidarity to the event, emphasizing the importance of collaboration in celebrating the achievements of Biaka women.

Amidst the festivities, the spirit of sisterhood flourished. Women from all walks of life, bound by a shared heritage, celebrated their uniqueness and strength. The echoes of Limbe’s amusement park were revitalized on this academic ground, creating memories that would linger in the hearts of the Biaka women.

As the celebration drew to a close, the Biaka women dispersed, their spirits lifted, and a newfound sense of solidarity embraced. The Women’s Day celebration became more than a commemoration; it became a testament to the resilience, unity, and vivacity of the Biaka women, leaving an indelible mark on the tapestry of their shared history, with the supportive cheers of the men still echoing in their ears.

Honoring Legacy: BUIB’s Gracious Gesture to the Oldest Athlete at the 29th Mount Cameroon Race of Hope

Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB) eagerly anticipated the opening day of the 29th edition of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, a prestigious event that brought together athletes from across the nation. The Molyko Omnisport Stadium buzzed with excitement as participants, spectators, and dignitaries gathered for the grand occasion.

Presiding over the event was the esteemed Minister of Sports and Physical Education; Chief Professor Narcisse M. Kombi whose presence added an air of officialdom to the proceedings. The Minister’s passionate opening remarks set the tone for the day, emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and unity in such competitions.

The welcome address was gracefully delivered by the Mayor of Buea, whose municipality had always been the proud host of this iconic race. Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to host the event once again, the Mayor highlighted the significance of the race in promoting health, unity, and the spirit of competition within the community.

The President of the National Bureau of the Athletic Federation took the stage, extending heartfelt thanks to the organizing members, partners, and sponsors who made the event possible. With conviction in his voice, he declared that the 29th edition would be the best in the history of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope. His words resonated through the stadium, instilling a sense of anticipation and excitement among the crowd.

In a touching moment, the President recognized the oldest athlete on the course, a testament to the enduring spirit of the race. The elderly participant, having defied the passage of time, stood as a symbol of determination and resilience. As the crowd applauded, the President invited the Vice Chancellor of BUIB to join him on the stage.

The Vice Chancellor; Dr. Mrs Francisca Hongla Biaka representing the St. Veronica medical centre (SVMC) especially the Biaka University Institute of Buea, stepped forward with pride. In a gracious gesture, she reminded the the crowd at the national event of SVMC’s newest born; Dr. BIAKA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION (DBMF) and officially gifted and decorated the oldest athlete, expressing admiration for the athlete’s commitment to the sporting discipline and the inspiration provided to the younger generation. She ended up by publicly announcing to the public that Mr. Jackai George will hence be the responsibility of the centre and officially benefit from the health care arm of the foundation. The crowd erupted in cheers, creating an infectious energy that reverberated throughout Buea.

The atmosphere in the stadium was electric as the opening ceremony reached its climax with many traditional displays. Athletes from various institutions, regions and Nations eagerly awaited the next day’s signal to begin the challenging ascent up Mount Cameroon. The mountain, standing tall and majestic in the backdrop, seemed to beckon the runners to embark on a journey of endurance and achievement.

As the Minister of Sports and Physical Education will officially signal the start of the race on the 24th of February 2024, the participants will surg forward, fueled by a blend of excitement and determination.

Biaka University Institute of Buea’s participation at the opening day of the 29th edition of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope was marked by a sense of community, respect for tradition, and a celebration of the indomitable human spirit. The race not only showcased athletic prowess but also fostered a spirit of unity and camaraderie that transcended the competition itself.


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