Dear CamDocUK Members,
We got to the Embassy at midday and H.E Mr. Nkwelle Ekaney (High Commissioner for the Republic of Cameroon to the UK) gave us an exceptionally warm welcome.
We then had informal discussions with H.E. and Dr. Guy Sandjon.
We felt very much at home and they both impressed us by their understanding of the challenges involved in supporting health improvement in Cameroon whilst based in the diaspora.
We were then taken to the conference room for the official installation. The Chief of Protocol at the Embassy and H.E arranged for us to be seated appropriately – with the CMC Office at one end of the table, close to Dr. Sandjon and the rest of CamDocUK executive/members close to the high commissioner. We were joined by other officials from the embassy such as Mr. Nyuydzewira, the Deputy High Commissioner.
Dr. Montio Morgan set the scene with an eloquent welcome speech and thanked the high commissioner and Dr Sandjon for all they had done to make the event possible. Dr. Sandjon then took the floor and gave an memorable speech in English.
We were mesmerized by the clarity of his English and bilingualism. His speech was informative and inspirational whilst highlighting the responsibilities of the UK CMC office he was about to install. He made it clear that the office would represent all Cameroonian doctors in the UK and not just members of CamDocUK.
The High Commissioner then gave a clear and passionate speech. He highlighted the achievements of CamDocUK and the respect that CamDocUK had earned both in the UK and in Cameroon. He urged us to continue to work we are doing to improve the health of our community in the UK and Cameroon. He also pledged to do all he could to support us and asked us to consider the embassy as our home.
This was followed by installation of the four nominated UK CMC officials by Dr. Sandjon – Dr. Aloysius Mbako (Chair), Dr. Effi Eyong, Dr. Theodore Ngatchu and Dr. Emmanuel Nsutebu. The CMC officials then took individual and group photos with HE and Dr Sandjon. A group photo of all who attended was also taken beside the Cameroon flag.
We were then offered a sumptuous Cameroonian buffet accompanied by drinks – wine included! The rest of the afternoon was spent networking with officials from the Embassy. The event concluded at about 3 pm when we were accompanied by H.E to the entrance of the embassy and given a truly Cameroonian and fatherly farewell. A number of our members accompanied Dr. Sandjon to St. Pancras train station.
Please have a look at this album for photos which tell the story better than words. Thanks to Kojo Ndenecho for capturing and immortalizing this memorable event!