About Dr. Omer Weyi Yembe
Dr. Yembe was born in Mbot, Cameroon on the 29th of January 1939. In 1953 he was admitted into St Joseph’s College Sasse and then went on to the University of Ibadan in Nigeria from which he graduated in 1965 with a B.A (Hons) in History Geography and Political Science. Also in 1965 he married his wife Mrs. Faustina Yembe.
A family man and a budding community icon, Dr Yembe served in multiple Cameroon government posts.
In 1976, he earned a Ford Foundation grant into the Columbia University in the City of New York, where he graduated with a masters and a PhD in record time - within the space of four years.
He was a strong and calm man, who will always be revered. He was like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, and a sheltering rock in the storm. His words of wisdom, mentorship and commitment to his five children, his wife, other family members and friends have left a lasting impression on many.
He was a Christian man with a strong sense of duty. He believed in hard work and discipline. He was a tall towering personality with a booming voice yet very patient and jovial. He instilled in his children the importance of hard work and discipline. He was also a teacher, an administrator, and unforgettable Pillar of the Cameroonian Educational System and a very prolific entrepreneur.
Dr Omer Weyi Yembe died on February 22nd, 2012 from complications from prostate cancer. The Mbot village and the whole of the Wimbum clan will remember him for his invaluable contributions and his quest to make a difference in the lives of his people. One of his dying wishes was that there be a health facility in Mbot to serve the people.