Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Archbishop emeritus of Douala (Cameroon), was born on 15 October 1930 in Kikaikelaki, Cameroon. Created and proclaimed Cardinal by St. John Paul II in the Consistory of 28 June 1988, of the Title of Ss. Martiri dell’Uganda a Poggio Ameno (Martyrs of Uganda at Poggio Ameno). He held several leadership posts of great responsibilities including being: president of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon; President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), 1990 – 1994; President delegate to the 8th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (1990); President delegate to the Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops (1994). He also participated in the 6th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (1983) and in the extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops of 1985; and the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops (October 2009). His Eminence Cardinal Christian Tumi was the initiator of the Anglophone General Conference (AGC) and the leader of the “college of conveners” made up of most prominent religious authorities in Cameroon with major interest to address a meaningful dialogue for the Anglophone crisis, and seek peace. He became of late on the 2nd of April 2021.
In a determined quest to seek most appropriate peaceful solutions to the armed conflict going on in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, a bond of moral brains and power was created on a fate mission of peace for the people of Anglophone Cameroon. At one end, there is His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi, incarnated with moral power beyond all that there was around him, at the other, there is Dr. Kelly NGYAH, incarnated with incredible fate brains power beyond all that there is in front of him. The two came together and nothing else mattered. The stalling mission of the Cardinal became rapidly invigorate with factual materialisation onfield actions. While others waited for consent from opposing belligerent sides, the two had their own working agenda and were unmoved towards achieving their goal. What they planned to do, they did it, though many remain blind to such materialisations. When the belligerents and their entourage tried to delay them physically, they moved spiritually, when they tried stalling them institutionally, they moved technically, and when they tried blocking them materially and financially, they moved intellectually.
Their combined efforts saw the dawn of an inclusive research 400page document for solutions to the conflict, a carefully drawn plan for holding the AGC meeting, and propositions that influenced national level policies and thoughts on the economic and political situation of the conflict-ridden North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
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