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By Walter Wilson Nana

Ace sports commentator, Kevin Njomo, Friday, February 25, feted his retirement with hundreds of old-timers and fans of his famous CRTV radio programme, Yesterday. The fans, lovers of music played in the 50s, 60s, 70s and early 80s, and some Cameroonian football stars joined Njomo at the Hotel Residence Carlos in the Muea neighbourhood, Buea, to celebrate with him as he began another journey of his life.

From L-R, Milla Roger, Njomo Kevin, Tricia Oben and Patience Essoka

The colourful and action-packed ceremony was emceed by two veteran journalists; Muemba Muombo and Zachary Tokoto Nkwo, aided by your reporter. Their single message was the need to prepare for and embrace retirement when the time comes.

Hence, Njomo and his organising committee christened the occasion Nite of Stars. Some of the stars in their own right and contributions they have made in their respective professional lives, who answered present at the occasion included; Cameroon’s Roving Ambassador and African soccer legend, Albert Roger Milla, Confiance Mukoko, Charles Lea Eyoum, Ephraim Mbom, Joseph Ewunkem, Michael Wacka, Dr. Fabian Ekue, Joseph Akwo, Nangoh, Humphrey Mosenge, Tonga Nganda, Sarah Etonge, Robert Abunaw, Zachary Nkwo and Peter Essoka.
Njomo and the Old Timers Band thrilled the audience with their down-memory-lane tunes, with a retiree from the British Army, Dick Scott, now settled in Limbe, sharing with the crowd a short discourse on how to make retirement a joyful moment.

After Scott, the Old Timers Band put up a rapturous performance with songs such as Joromi, Sawale, Baby Pancake, Hold Me Closer, Sweet Mother, Sex Machine, Baby Come Back, Cameroon Airlines, François, Mussoloki, Elongi, Mr. Big Stuff, Beautiful Woman and Love Is Coming On Strong. Zachary Nkwo, icon of sports commentary, graphically presented the aforementioned stars in their respective time of glory, each with their story, action and image that will stay with them forever.

When the Old Timers Band reconnected with the audience, they searched in their repertoire of highlife music, makossa and Soul. Some memorable tracks they strummed out included; Guitar Boy, Atabala Woman, Tamuno Ibro, Nairobi, Lady Miminor, No Woman No Cry, Let It Be, Hey Joe, Fuel For Love, Snatching It Back, Just Plain Beautiful, Mota Benama, Thomas Nkono, Juventus, Mbemba Mot’a Sawa, Be Sombe, Love Rock, What I Say, Malabar, Let It Be Me, Take A Message To Mary, Hotel California, Woman and Malea. In the heart of the show, Roger Milla made his entry into the hall to deafening applause.

H.E Roger Milla hands gift to Njomo kevin

The soccer legend chatted with people, took pictures and signed autographs. The highpoint came when Milla joined the Old Timers Band to sing his (Milla) top single-track; Sandy. The musical side of the retired football maestro came to the fore in the most alluring style. Then came a household name in the Cameroonian showbiz arena; François Misse Ngoh. The night became longer as Misse Ngoh added more colour into the show.

His music reminded a large portion of the audience that they have spent a good time already on earth, while letting the younger generation have a feeling of what obtained in the years gone by. Misse Ngoh’s performance put the lid on a memorable evening, organised to usher Njomo Kevin into blissful retirement, while thanking God for the services he rendered so far to mankind, via journalism.  

Njomo’s Biodata

Kevin Njomo was born in Three-Corners-Kumba, Southwest Region. He is married to Josepha and blessed with four children. He is a graduate from the then University of Yaounde, with a bachelor degree in English Language. He moved on to do another bachelor degree and subsequently post graduate diploma in Journalis, another diploma on Audience Research and FM Broadcasting respectively.

Professional Experience

Stints at Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria(Lagos) and Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, Calabar.
1977 – 1980 worked with Cross River Calabar, Nigeria as Sports Reporter/Producer & News Editor

1981 – 1986 Chief of Programmes Provincial Radio Station Buea, Cameroon
1986 – 1989 Chief of Programmes National Station Yaounde, Cameroon
1989 – 1992 Assistant Station Manager FM 94 Yaounde, Cameroon
1992 – 1995 Assistant Station Manager FM 105 Douala, Cameroon
1995 – 1996 went in for a course on FM Broadcasting

1996 – 1997 Professional stint with some foreign FM Stations in USA
1998 – 2000 Senior Reporter Cameroon Radio & Television, CRTV Bertoua
March 2000 – 2002 Assistant Station Manager FM Mount Cameroon, Buea
April 2001 participated in a workshop on Audience Research in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2002 – 2005 Station Manager CRTV Poala FM in Bafoussam
2005 – March 2011 Station Manager Mount Cameroon FM, Buea

Additional Experience  

Consultancy services to community radio projects, services on communication projects for peace and justice commission of the catholic church and other health foundations and rural development schemes. Covered 14 continental football matches, 20 African club competitions, 8 matches involving Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions, 1 African Cup of Nations in 1984 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

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