The Man Francis Kongnyuy Wache

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Francis Kongnyuy Wache was born on December 31, 1955, in Nkor-Noni, Bui Division of today’s Northwest Region of Cameroon. He was the first child in a family of five children, born to Max Wache, and Martha Kumila.

After completing primary education, he enrolled in Bishop Rogan College, Soppo, Buea in 1968, where he obtained his G.C.E. ‘O’ Level in 1971. After obtaining his GCE ‘O’ Level, he moved to Cameroon College of Arts Science and Technology, CCAST Bambili in 1971, and in1973, he graduated with a G.C.E. Advanced Level Certificate.

The young Wache proceeded to the Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences, in the University of Yaounde in 1974. His outstanding academic performances earned him a scholarship to study in France. He then moved to Universite d’Avignon, in France, in 1975 from where he obtained his Language Proficiency Diploma in 1976.

Wache will later return to Cameroon to complete his studies in the University of Yaounde in 1978, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours.

The quest for knowledge pushed Wache to enrol into the Pan African Institute for Development (PAID-WA) in 2018, where he obtained a Diploma.

In his professional career, Francis Wache served as a trainer at the Local Government Training Centre, (CEFAM), Buea. He was at CEFAM from 1978 to 2015 when he retired.

His passion for journalism and writing also played a vital part in his life. From 1990 to 1991, Wache served as a Senior Writer, for Cameroon Life Magazine. His strides as a senior writer catapulted him to the position of Editor-in-Chief of Cameroon Life Magazine.

From 1992 to 1994, Francis Wache also served as the Editor-in-Chief, Cameroon Today Newspaper. He would later move to Cameroon Post as Editor-in-Chief.

With the crumbling of Cameroon Post, The Post Newspaper rose from its ashes, and Francis Wache became The Post’s pioneer Executive Editor and Publisher. He served in that capacity from 1997 till his demise on December 20, 2019.

In 2001, he became Co-host of CRTV Club, a prime-time one hour National Television Programme. From 2006 to 2009, he was the President of the Cameroon Association of English-speaking Journalists, CAMASEJ.

He joint active politics in 2013, when he became Mayor of Nkor Council, in Bui Division, Northwest Region of Cameroon. Death snatched him when he was still serving as Mayor of Nkor Council.

As a trainer and consultant, he was a member of the FEICOM International Jury for Best Practices in Local Authorities in Cameroon, 2010. Still, in 2010, he was a trainer on Communication and Council Marketing in Bertoua. He was also the trainer of Eyumojock Councillors on: Facing the Challenges of Decentralisation: September 2010.

He also served as a trainer, during the National Seminar on the 1st Generation of Devolved Powers and Resources to Councils, 2010 (Garoua, Yaounde, Buea, and Bafoussam. As a very bilingual trainer, he also gave English language summaries of Conferences delivered in French). 

He also trained a Cadre of Journalism Trainers, at the British High Commission, 2009, Limbe, Cameroon. He was a team member for the Adaptation of UN-Habitat Manuals on Participatory Planning and Conflict Management, CEFAM, Kribi, August, 2006. As an outstanding writer and communicator, he served as Country Facilitator (Cameroon), for World Bank-organised Workshops on Investigative Journalism for Africa, from 2000 to 2004, in Yaounde. In October 2002, he acted as the facilitator in workshops for newly elected Councillors in Fako Division. For English-speaking Journalists in Cameroon, he trained them on The Principles of Good Writing.

Francis Wache’s works took him around the world to countries like France, Nigeria, Ghana, Japan, and Canada. The man widely acclaimed for his incisive reading and writing also attended dozens of training in and out of Cameroon.

He leaves behind a wife, four children, and seven grandchildren to mourn him.

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