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rexon

Your Daddy was a great Man. All of us Southern Cameroonians do have MUCH respect for him. He died defending the truth and NEVER dined with bootlickers. He was a great man, great Man Indeed and we are very proud of him. Wherever he is, his legacy remains with Southern Cameroonians. He was a principled man and we all will follow in his footsteps. He lived and honest life and died and honest man.

katakata

BB..MY MENTOR..MY INSPIRATION

Bate Besong,
Our hearts bleed
Not because you are dead
Since death is the path for all.

Our hearts bleed
Not because you shouldnt die
Everybody dies, in his own day
And that we all accept .

Our hearts bleed
Because you died in full blossom
Just when you were about to dish out
All that made you what you are

Look at the grim faces
Of students at your Funeral
Hungry faces, hopeless faces
In dire need for that inspiration
Which you re-awakened in them
They believed that with your mentoring
They too would become like you someday


But that premature exit
From the literary world
whose drums beat at the pace you set
Shall now drown out and die


BB, our hearts bleed
They bleed so much
Because just like Okigbo
You didnt deserve to exit so early

Anglophone literature needs you
And now you are gone
As the tears roll down my cheeks
There are some questions I must ask:


BB WITH WHOM DID YOU ENTRUST YOUR BRAIN?
WHO SHALL INHERIT YOUR VOICE TO CHANT THESE VAULTED TRUTHS?

WITH WHOM DID YOU LEAVE YOUR VISIONARY GLASSES?
AND YOUR TIGER LAUGH? WHO GETS IT?

DID YOU HAVE A MOMENT TO WILL ALL THESE OUT BEFORE THAT TRUCK CRUSHED YOU?

BB, our hearts bleed
they bleed because we loved you
we loved your obscurity
we loved your daring nature
we loved your outspoken nature
we loved your search for knowledge

Who shall inspire us further?

Farewell BB
Farewell Dear Friend, Father and mentor
Farewell my Inspiration
I shall remain true to your philosophy

Lets continue doing the things BB loved most, because he loved us...

KATAKATA----In Tears

G. Akom

One afternoon, seven years ago, as I sat watching TV, there was a knock on the door. As I went to the door there stood a little boy (I could guess he was about 8 years old). He said, "Uncle good afternoon". I asked him what I could do for him. He asked if he could get some of the fruits from the tree behind the house. I wondered why this boy would come to ask when all the other children in the neigbourhood would just go for the fruits without asking. What struck me most was the English this child spoke: impeccable. I became curious and asked his name. He said, "Mandela". My next thought was to question who had given such a name to a child. Then I asked who his father was and behold he said Dr. Bate Besong. I was not surprised. The puzzle had came together. This reminded me of the old saying, "Pussy no di born dog". The next day I talked to BB, at Gaston, about Mandela and he said, "you can't deceive him. He knows what he does."

The children knew their father and their father knew them. This is just what they are telling us here.

Neba Fuh

My hearty condolences to the Besong's family, especially the little Eldridge Charles Besong, who is still to understand what happened to his Daddy.BB was an exemplary African family man.

Hearty condolences also to Dr Ambe, Gwangwa'a and Awoh's families.

mk the southerner

My condolence to the family of BB.
The whole of Southern Cameroons is in tears for we have lost our focal point,our center of attraction and are central bank of wisdom to t the hands of the no return. Only God knows why this have to happen only too close to the re-birth of the Southern Cameroons nation.God's ways are not man's.
To me he is very much alive as any Southern Cameroonian who will be enjoying the new state will always carry him and others in mine.Weep not for your father/husband lives.
MK the southerner.

mk the southerner

My condolence to the family of BB.
The whole of Southern Cameroons is in tears for we have lost our focal point,our center of attraction and are central bank of wisdom to the hands of the no return. Only God knows why this have to happen only too close to the re-birth of the Southern Cameroons nation.God's ways are not man's.
To me he is very much alive as any Southern Cameroonian who will be enjoying the new state will always carry him and others in mine.Weep not for your father/husband lives.
MK the southerner.

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