By Lyombe Eko* (Iowa City, Iowa, 2008).
Life is series of stock-takings. No matter our lot, we all sit back once in a while, relax and indulge in the bitter-sweet activity of chewing the cud, so to speak. For me, personal stock-taking helps me to get my spiritual, political, social and cultural bearings. It gives me the pleasure of looking back at the path I have trodden, an opportunity to take stock of my present circumstances and decide the paths to follow next.
Humphrey Mosenge, greeting Ahmadou Ahidjo, Cameroon's first President, during a match between the Southwest province and Littoral in the 1970s.
I recently passed a major milestone in my life: attainment of tenure or a lifetime appointment as an academic at one of America’s finest universities, the University of Iowa. This is an excellent time to take-stock. As an African who was born in Buea (Gbea), Cameroon, I grew up in a communitarian environment where many friends and relatives encouraged me and supported me over the years. However, one person who is neither a family member nor a friend of mine, inspired me and gave me the drive to overcome obstacles that I was to face in life. This person is Humphrey Mosenge, mid-field player for Prisons Social Club of Buea in the 1970s and early 1980s.