Presidential couple attend funeral of Pastor Mba Nchama

On Wednesday 16th January, the Government of the nation paid posthumous homage to pastor Mba Nchama, Director General of Presidential Press, who passed away on 4th January in the Kingdom of Spain, where he was spending the traditional festivities of Christmas and New year with his wife and children. The State funeral was held at the Equatoguinean Cultural Centre in Malabo, in the presence of the head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang.

The first moments of this tragic ceremony consisted in the laying of wreaths on the coffin.

According to the biography read by a family member, pastor Mba Nchama, who died at the age of 41, first studied at the Spanish school and at the Carlos Lwanga Institute of Secondary Teaching in Bata, and later went to the People’s Republic of China, where he obtained a degree in journalism.

As a professional, he was appointed Director of TVGE in 2011, was appointed Deputy Director general of Presidential Press, and in 2015 was designated via Presidential Decree of the Republic as Director general of Presidential Press. He leaves a wife and two children.

Following words of gratitude from his father, in recognition of the support received from the Government during this time of anguish and pain, the programme continued with the presentation of condolences.

Among these were condolences from the District Commission of the Governing Party in Mongomo and the General Secretary of the PDGE, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, who described the deceased as a noble, friendly, sincere person.

The Minister for Information, Press and Radio, Eugenio Nze Obiang, in addition to recalling time spent with the deceased, being Director General of Presidential Press, and the achievements and innovations implemented in that General Directorate, said that Mba Nchama had been a profession gifted with great patience.

Death is similar to a thief who enters your home unexpectedly and seizes the precious treasure; death has seized a good colleague, Pastor Mba Nchama, excellent official, discreet and assiduous in his duties, obligations and responsibilities, always zealous and punctual.

The deceased was a young man who had barely reached the fullness of his professional and administrative career; he was an example of dynamism, fearlessness and commitment in the process of development of Equatorial Guinea in his journalistic function, and in the administrative organisation of State information”, declared H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, during the funeral.

In another part of his message, the President added that Mba Nchama was “a product of Government management of the training abroad of all professional profiles required by the country and, with character, he always responded positively to the demands of his profession and the needs of the nation; his dynamism and leadership to bond his colleagues in their professional duties was not only evident in State institutions, but serves as a model for all young professionals in the Nation.

Pastor Mba Nchama, Nono, to his family and friends, was an icon for Equatoguinean youth, and his death was untimely in so much as his aspirations were directed towards projecting a real, authentic and well-understood image for national and international public opinion. A young man who had barely reached the fullness of his professional and administrative career, and was an example of dynamism”.

For H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the loss of Pastor Mba Nchama has caused the Government indescribable pain and consternation, because it has cut short the aspirations of a young entrepreneur and stifled the hope placed in him by his parents.

The Equatoguinean President concluded his State message by expressing his condolences to the grieving family, to professionals in the media, and in particular, to the family of Presidential Press for such an irreparable loss.

Then, the funeral procession moved to Malabo Cathedral, where the Archbishop, Monsignor Juan Nsue Edjang said requiem mass.

At the end of the mass, the lifeless body of Pastor Mba Nchama was taken to the Continental Region, specifically to the city of Bata, where he will be entombed on 17th January in the family vault.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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