Cameroon: Biography of Late Ekema Patrick Esunge, former Mayor of Buea.

The late mayor of the Buea Council was laid to rest yesterday Saturday 14 December 2019. He was termed “the great warrior” by some of

his Fako elites.


Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge was born on the 26th of September, 1976 to Esunge John Matute (who is of blessed memory) and of Mojoko

Wotany from Small Soppo Woteke and Vasingi-Buea Town respectively.


Ekema Patrick Esunge obtained his First School Leaving Certificate(FSLC) from the Government Primary School Buea Town where he did

his primary education. He later moved to Bilingual Grammar School Molyko- Buea where he obtained the GCE Ordinary Level and

Mayor of Buea on graduation day

Advanced Level Certificates. He then gained admission to the University of Buea, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in History, a

Master’s Degree in Political Science. At the time of his death, he was a Ph.D. student at the University of Yaounde 1.


Ekema Patrick was a self-made person. He started his journey by supplying sand and firewood. Later, he gained employment in the

University of Buea and would later climb the ladder of success, by occupying the position of Faculty Officer in the Faculty of Education, a

position he occupied till his brilliant election as Mayor of Buea in 2013.  He was Board Chairman of the Buea Regional Hospital Regional

Management Committee, Board Member of CAMWATER, and member of the National Decentralization Council, amongst others.


The streams of awards conferred on Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge nationwide after taking over the command baton of the Buea Council in

2013, were enormous. Traditional authorities of the South Region of Cameroon recognized the Mayor of Buea, Ekema Patrick Esunge on

July 27th, 2019, not only as a son of the land but a notable of high honor of the South Chiefs Conference, which earned him the title

“Nyamoto Kpwatolo”, translated as “The Great Warrior”.

Before then, on October 11th, 2016, the Manyu Youth Cultural and Development Association led by its National President, Ako Julius Ndip,

gave the young and dynamic Mayor the title: “The Light, the Honour of Manyu Youth.” The award according to the cultural group was

motivated by the far-reaching development strides and empathy Mayor Ekema Patrick exhibited towards humanity.

The development-driven Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge, again sometime in 2015 during the Guardian Post Newspaper awards in Azam

Hotel Bamenda, alongside wife Catherine Mosoke epse  Ekema, was admitted into the Northwest notables. The Northwest Fons

performed scary rituals to admit Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge into the class of notables of the North West region, cladding him and his

wife in the famous regalia of the region.

Charity they say begins at home, reasons why in his home village, Wonjoku, in Buea Subdivision, Mayor Ekema Patrick was awarded the

the title “Janea”, meaning “one who brings good things for his people”, for his best leadership skills and the goodies he  brought to his kindred

and environs.


Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge, in the course of his leadership, received groundbreaking awards in recognition of his hard work and

contribution towards the development and stability of Cameroon. Mayor Ekema emerged as best Southwest Mayor for 2018 during the

maiden edition of the “Afrik Inform Awards” show on Saturday, June 29th, 2019, at MONT Febe Hotel, Yaoundé.

He was equally awarded a Special award named “Architect of Peace and Social Stability in Cameroon”.

The award, according to the jury panel, was in recognition of his development strides in the Buea Municipality; providing assistance to

educational, health, social and economic plights of the population.

Buea mayor received medal

His role in pushing for a solution in the ongoing sociopolitical crisis in the Northwest and South West regions in general and Buea, in

particular, catapulted the Mayor to bag home the award of “Architect of Peace and Social Stability in Cameroon”.

In addition, on the 18th of April 2019, during the “New Year Wishes” ceremony organized by Buea Council’s staff, the Hercules Of Our

Time, Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge, was significantly awarded as The Guardian Post Newspaper 2018 Man of the Year, for single-

handedly staging a fearless fight against Non-State Armed Groups in the Southwest Regional Capital Buea.

The ceremony which brought together Council staff, clergy, members of the administration, Honorable Councilors, security officials,

Transporters’ syndicates, economic operators, stakeholders, and friends of the Council, also witnessed the Award of Excellence to Mayor

Ekema Patrick by staff representatives.

The late emblematic Mayor of Buea through his hard work in ensuring peace and stability reigns in Cameroon and Buea in particular

continued to attract recognition from local, national as well as international organizations.

Mayor Ekema Patrick was on July 17th, 2019 on the occasion of the 2018 Administrative, Management and Stores Management Account

Session of the Buea Council handed an Honorary Award (Fleche Press Award) by the Pan-African Press with headquarters in Brazzaville,


The award as explained by Mr. Harve’ Villaro Kibong, is as a result of the mayor’s persistent fight in alleviating poverty and unemployment

not leaving out his unmatched spirit of patriotism.

For the remarkable service, he rendered to reduce human suffering in various domains, Mayor Ekema Patrick amongst other personalities

was awarded by the President of the Cameroon Red Cross, William Eteki Mboma in Kumba.

The late Mayor was also a laureate for the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 as the Most Peformant Mayor.

Other most outstanding awards granted to Buea’s pride include:

-The Guardian Post Newspaper Best Mayor of the Year 2014 award

-The Scoop Newspaper Best Mayor Award

– The Mosaiques International award in Yaoundé

-The Most Persecuted Politician of the Year Award 2015 by the Guardian Post Newspaper.


From a very tender age, Mayor Ekema Patrick engaged in politics, where he militated in the ruling party, the CPDM.

He started as Disputes Officer of the then Vasingi Branch of the YCPDM Sub-Section, Secretary, Vice President of the YCPDM Fako III

Section, Assistant Secretary CPDM Fako III and the Section Secretary Fako III CPDM.

He contested for the presidency of the CPDM Fako III section in 2015, unfortunately; it ended in a fiasco.

As a CPDM militant, he became a Councillor and First Deputy Mayor of Buea in 2007.

In June 2013, Mayor Ekema Patrick replaced Senator Mbella Moki Charles as Mayor of Buea, due to the latter’s election into the senate.

Later in the same year, Mayor Ekema was head of the CPDM list that won the Municipal Elections and later elected as Mayor of the Chief

Town of the South West Region, Buea, a position he held till his demise on the 27th of October 2019.


Mayor Ekema Patrick was the brain behind the coming into the light of many socio-cultural groups, such as “MOVAYA” which is today

“Ewongowe”, “Liyenge Li Panya”.

He was the founder of the Fako Sustainable Network (FASUNET). He also belonged and was a patron to several such groups in and out of

Buea. He was a member of the “Nganya” and “Marley” societies. He died as Vice President of the Marley society.

He also belonged to the Obasinjom and Efokwe, a society where he has conferred the title “Sessekou”. He was grand notable of the

Sawas of Littoral and South Regions of Cameroon.


Mayor Ekema was married to Catherine Etombi Mosoke with whom they have five children namely Paola, Brandon, Limunga, Joel and


He lives behind his mother, his wife, five children, his brothers and sisters, relatives, friends, and the entire Buea population of Buea in

particular and Cameroon as a whole to mourn him.

May his soul find rest in God’s bosom.

Source: Journal du Cameroon.