Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Who Is Joshua Nambangi Osih - Cameroon Politician Profile

Joshua Nambangi Osih was born on a Monday morning on the 9th of December 1968 in Kumba, South West region of Cameroon to a Reverend pastor from Madie Ngolo in Ndian Division and a mother of Swiss origin.

This double heritage allowed me to develop an early understanding and openness to difference, tolerance and global realities.

My early years were spent in Nyasoso in today’s Kupe Muanenguba division, Kumba and Ngoa-Ekele, a very interesting neighbourhood in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital. I went to school in Kumba, France, Yaoundé and Bali where I was privileged to attend Cameroon Protestant College, a boarding school.

These early years were challenging - walking for two days during vacations to the village in the heart of Ndian to be moulded into the culture, traditions, pride and way of life of the Ngolo-Batanga (part of the Oroko), braving the odds of the Bakassi peninsula waters to get to Ndian town on Pamol’s Rio boat, endless travels on dust or mud roads and the Mbam ferry that took us a day to get to school from Yaoundé to Bali, surviving the odds, violence and hardships of a rough but life moulding neighbourhood in Yaoundé, working in the family cocoa farm rainy season, having the opportunity from time to time to visit Europe, learning the Sawa culture in the village, the Beti culture at home and the Graffi culture at school..

Growing up with numerous trips to the East, the deep South, the North and the Far North that established the basis of my multiculturalism and bilingualism amongst others.

These challenges and opportunities during the foundation years of my life allowed me to realize my purpose in life.
Who Is Joshua Nambangi Osih - Cameroon Politician Profile
Passionate about aviation, I orientated my further studies in that direction and at the age of 20, I was offered the opportunity to be trained with duty for a management career with a renowned international airline. After a couple of years of professional training abroad and duty time in Douala, I had to leave Cameroon due to my strong political convictions, in the aftermath of the 1992.

Had a successful international career with renowned major airlines in strategic positions for a couple of years before I answered the call of homecoming in 2000, when I returned to Cameroon. I established two companies in the aviation services and ecotourism sectors from which many more were born and took back my place in my party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF).

My passion for Cameroon and ecotourism has taken me deep into my country to explore, understand and share our impressive landscapes, ecosystems and the fascinating culture of my people – from the Ba’Aka pygmies deep in the Tri-National Park of the Sangha where we operate a lodge to the Koma people of the Alantika Mountains – we simply call Cameroon home. The opportunity to have been able to learn and share the cultural heritage of Cameroonians in all the parts of our country is probably my proudest and most fulfilling achievement.

My party, The SDF ,in which I have done all my political classes has allowed me to understand what it means to serve the people and work for the improvement of their living conditions. It is also within the party that I fully engage in making social justice and equal opportunities – key progressive ideals to which I strongly adhere – the heart of my political philosophy which must be transformed into reality.

In the party, I have gone from militant and ward executive after I joined in 1991 to Regional Chairperson in the then South West Province and later to be elected as 2nd Vice National Chairman at the 2006 convention and 1st Vice National Chairman in the 2012 and 2018 conventions. In 2013, the population of Wouri Centre ( Douala 1 and Douala 6 districts) elected me as their representative in the National Assembly of Cameroon.

On the international political scene, I am the coordinator of the Central African Progressive Alliance, an alliance of progressive political parties from eight Central African nations. I am as well a member of the board of the Progressive Alliance – a worldwide alliance of progressive parties with numerous parties in power. I have as well actively been representing the SDF at the Socialist International meetings and congresses

In Parliament, I was elected as Vice President of the Finance and Budget Committee, Special Rapporteur in charge of the Finance and Administration sectors of government and Deputy General Rapporteur in charge of revenue.
On the 24th of February 2018 , at the party’s extraordinary convention in Bamenda, I was elected as the Presidential candidate for the Social Democratic Front for the 2018 Presidential Election.

At 49 years old, I have an MBA, I speak fluently English and French (the two official languages of Cameroon), and I have a strong multicultural background. I wish to ensure national reconciliation, the necessary generational transition, stimulate economic transformation and install social justice in my country, Cameroon.

I have what it takes! Experience, knowledge, energy, ideas, youth and most important, I believe in my country and in the ability of cameroonians to overcome obstacles and excel. I grew up hearing fervently that impossible is not Cameroonian.It is also important to note that I have never directly or indirectly and in any way been associated either in business or elsewhere, with the corrupt elite who ruined our nation and led us to the brink.

It is now time to push for transformational change in our country, to put in place a different leadership, a leadership that restores confidence and inclusiveness for all. We need to put in place a social contract based on social justice and equal opportunities. I firmly believe that we all have the right to dream and aspire to a decent life.

Cameroon should not be a place where children are born to suffer, it should be that place again, where when I made my first footsteps in Nyasoso, my parents had a legitimate dream of seeing me live a fulfilled life in my country. No child should be left behind. 

The aspiration of each Cameroonian parent that your children will have a better life than yours must be restored.

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