By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA – Wednesday December 18, 2019.
A Cameroonian Journalist who specialised in the environment and investigation of poaching has died in the country’s West Region.
Anu Paul Nkeze, Publisher of Green Echoes, an environmental tabloid in the Central African country died, early Wednesday, December 18, 2019, while traveling by road for treatment, local Journalists have told National Telegraph.
Jude Njinjuh, Station Manager of Alou Community Radio in Cameroon’s Lebialem Division, South West of the country said, Anu left Kumba in the country’s South West Region for Dschang in the West but died before he could arrive at his destination.
His colleagues have been lamenting, describing his death as a shock and great loss to Journalism in Cameroon. Jude Viban, Journalist at L’Action Newspaper and President of the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists – CAMASEJ, described Anu’s death as sad.
“Indeed it is a sad day for the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists. (CAMASEJ). I knew Anu Paul as a jovial and focused man. A go-getter. He was our Financial Secretary; a committed member of the Yaounde Chapter, where I was President before my election as National President,” Viban said.
The CAMASEJ President furthered that; “As an active member, his absence from a meeting or activity was quickly noticed. He dies at the turning point of his career, which is regrettable. Our condolences to the family.”
Mua Patrick, a local journalist and Desk Editor of The Guardian Post, Cameroon’s most-read English Language daily who spoke to National Telegraph from the country’s capital city of Yaounde said Anu’s death is shocking.
Mua lamented Anu’s demise is a great loss to the media family in general and Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists – CAMASEJ, Yaounde Chapter.
Another colleague, Ojong Steven, Publisher of The Median Newspaper lamented; “Shocking indeed. A very hardworking person; always on the move. All this labour only to die now! Why so soon? May his rest in peace.”
Eric Deng, Desk Editor in charge of Sports at the Guardian Post who had worked with Anu as Editor of Green Echoes before joining The Guardian Post said that; “Go well Paul, you played your role well. May you find rest in the Lord”
Anu had lost memory and was traveling from Kumba before he met his demise. Anu lived assisted for more than a month before his death, a source said in pains.
The corpse is presently at a morgue in Dschang, sources say, adding, Anu had been sick and was battling with an ailment whose cause remains unknown till his death.
Anu worked for several Cameroon English newspapers including; The Eden, The Star until 2010 when he traveled to South Africa for further studies.
He took interest in Development Journalism especially reporting on areas like climate change, forest exploitation and environmental conversation.
Anu Paul investigated and published stories on poaching. Anu leaves behind his wife, son and daughter and family and friends to mourn him.