By Andrew Nsoseka
Educationist and Secretary General of the Southwest Elite Association, SWELA, Joseph Moki Etukeni, has passed on, after a brief illness.
The wife of the deceased Joseph Moki, Patricia Moki, narrated that her husband got up from bed one morning and, after taking a few steps to take his shirt from the wardrobe, cried of a sharp piecing pain in his ankle, saying that it was like something had pieced him.
“We looked around to see whether there was a snake or whatsoever, but there was nothing, no cut, no blood, and, within one hour, the leg was swollen and in another hour, the pain had extended to his waist, and by the next day, the pain extended to his chest. He went to the hospital and was diagnosed with sephilitis and was given a three-day treatment,” she said, adding that the situation only got worse until her husband died in hospital.
Mrs. Moki lamented that the passing on of her husband has dealt a serious blow to the family he is leaving behind.
“It is a very big blow, because, he is like the pillar of the family, even to his Division, Ndian, and as the secretary general of SWELA, I think many people will receive news of his death with a lot of consternation. The family is devastated, actually. He is leaving five children behind; three sons and two daughters.
Reacting to Moki’s passing, one of his childhood and lifetime friends, Mathias Kimbeng, said: “Mr. Moki was a true friend, a brother, indeed. We knew ourselves as youths at Bai. While he lived with his parents at Bai Kuke, I lived with my elder brother in Pamol Plantations Ltd, Bai Estate. As students, we shared our holidays together organising social activities and football competitions.
”While he went to study Chemistry at University of Lagos, Nigeria, I enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Yaounde I. Thereafter by divine intervention, we came together again, this time as teachers of Bilingual Grammar School, Molyko, in the 80’s.
“Our friendship and brotherhood continued. Even after our retirement from the civil service, we remained knitted to one another. From December 12, I realised that my friend was no longer responding to my numerous chat messages. I was confused and troubled. I didn’t know what was going on. I later found out he was very sick and was admitted at Mount Mary Hospital. I visited him on Wednesday, December 19. On Friday, December 28, I was profoundly shocked, traumatised and petrified with the sad, painful and distressful news of his death.
“He was a true friend and a brother, indeed. His death is fatal and devastating for all the wonderful and amazing love we shared. Moki was self-confident, courageous and daring, stern and principled, yet he was sociable and outward reaching, sensitive, accommodating and open-minded; a good person to those who were close to him.”
Agbor Robertson Agbor, Vice Principal, Saker Baptist College, Limbe, says of Moki: “Joseph Moki’s death comes at a time his services as Secretary General of SWELA are needed to bring peace in a Region where others don’t give a damn to the fact that their families are homeless and cannot afford a decent meal for months to come.”
Joseph Moki, born on November in 1953, leaves behind a wife, five children and two grandchildren, other family members, friends and well wishers to mourn him.