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Another UB Lecturer Dies In Car Accident 

By Nester Asonganyi

Dr Yanou Mike

Professor Micheal Yanou, a legal practitioner and lecturer at the Universities of Buea and Yaounde, died on Tuesday, January 27, in a car accident along the Edea-Yaounde road. Barrister Anthony Tchana Yanou, Prof Yanou’s cousin, told The Post that he (Tchana), received a call that January 27 afternoon, informing him of his cousin’s involvement in an accident in Edea. “I received a call from a colleague who was also driving to Yaounde and saw that Yanou‘s car was involved in an accident. I immediately rang Prof. Yanou’s phone and was told, by one of the police officers who was at the scene of the accident, to immediately hit the road, which I did, with the intension of meeting him, perhaps at the hospital, maybe in need of blood or some other thing. But as I was descending Mutengene hill, I got another call from a Commandant de Brigade Routiere who told me Prof Yanou had given up the ghost,” Tchana narrated. Tchana said Prof Yanou was involved in another accident, earlier on Friday, January 23, in Edea, when he was coming to Buea. The car was damaged but he came out safe. He managed to get it to Douala where he left it for repairs and continued his journey to Buea by public transport. 

Yanou’s driver, Joseph Ediaga, who sustained injuries and is currently receiving treatment at the Buea Regional Hospital, stated that he has been Yanou’s driver for a long time. He said he could not really explain the cause of the accident. Hear him: “I succeeded in giving passage to a truck that appeared abruptly in front of me and actually swerved back to my lane. It was like a dream, when I realised that the car was somersaulting in the bush.” It is alleged that Yanou died a few minutes after he was removed from the car.

Reacting to Yanou’s death, Dr. Shu Fontem, his colleague at the University of Buea and comrade in the Higher Education Teachers Trade Union, SYNES, asserted: “It is a great loss to the academic community and to the University Teachers Union and even to the judiciary where he played several roles.” According to Tchana, many people are going to miss Yanou’s great academic and inspirational ideas, especially the students to whom he was a mentor, lecturer and a supervisor. “He was one of the finest brains in Cameroon and as Lawyers; we will miss his experienced thoughts,” Tchana lamented. One of Prof. Yanou’s students at UB observed he was one of the most committed lecturers and, even though he was now based in Yaounde, he always came to give lectures. “He was in class on Saturday and Monday, where he taught effectively,” the student said. Before his death, Prof. Yanou was a Legal Practitioner, Lecturer and Director at the Ministry of Higher Education.

Barrister Prof Yanou’s remains were brought in and preserved at the Buea Regional Hospital mortuary, pending burial arrangements. Yanou has left behind his wife and three sons a as well as colleagues and friends to mourn him. 

    One Response to Another UB Lecturer Dies In Car Accident

    1. Don Fobe

      Sad sad sad.
      In a car accident that does not involve a collision, and with the driver surviving, one wonders if something as simple as the lack of use of a seat belt may have had a hand in this.


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