Documenting the journey of a Cameroonian filmmaker
It was a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun was shining through the bitter winter winds as if to brighten my day. I woke up from a fitful slumber with an urgent need to talk to my ‘papa.’ 7:30 a.m no store opened. 2 hours later I called ‘mami’ and she reassured me that papa was feeling much better and resting. I asked ‘mam’i to call me as soon as he woke up so I could talk to him. See, I had not spoken to papa in 3 days because he was always resting. So I went on with my day’s activities but with a nagging feeling of dread. So I entrusted my fears unto the Lord. 1 hour later my phone rang and my sister asked to speak to my husband, I thought that was strange given that she barely said two words to me. Still I trusted the Lord. Another hour passed and we got back home and I quickly got on with the chores of a housewife. Some minutes later, my husband called me into our bedroom. As I walked in, he left and came back with my brother-in-law. Immediately I saw them, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and the feeling of dread was overwhelming. “is my father dead?,” I immediately asked. My husband nodded and said “i’m sorry babe,” I went numb! My world shatterred into a million pieces… I was fatherless.
If you knew my papa, you would love him too.
My papa loved the Lord with all his heart and served him faithfully to the end.
My papa took the time to get to know me as his child and to tell me his life stories.
my papa never ended a conversation without saying “God bless you ma pikin.”
My papa is the only man I know who was proud to call me his grandmother
My papa will selflessly go hungry so that I could eat.
My papa is the most noble man i have ever known.
My papa he loved the little children, he talked to flowers, he laughed like a child.
My papa’s smile is the most beautiful smile to behold.
Oh God I miss my papa. I miss him every single day and I have never felt pain like this.
Sunday JAN 28th 2007, I remember so well.
Rest in peace Nkemchap George Folefa,beloved husband of Florence Ekokobe Folefa and beloved ‘papa’ of Elisabeth Ngwa, Rosemary Folefa, Rita Folefa, Goretti Folefa, Kisito Folefa and Hilary Folefa. You taught us well!