By Christopher Ambe Shu
Professor David Soltz, President of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA, Professor Ekema Agbor and twenty two students from the same varsity were on Saturday, May 21, accorded a hectic reception at Capitol Hotel Residence in Buea,by Charles Mbella Moki,the town’s mayor.
The Bloomsburg University officials and students are in Cameroon in line with a partnership the American university signed with University of Buea, Cameroon‘s lone Anglo-Saxon varsity.
And Mayor Moki thought that treating the American visitors to hectic reception was the right thing to do.
“It is our duty as a council to receive those who visit our municipality in a manner that is typical of our spirit of legendary hospitality
“The president of a university as large as Bloomsburg ought to receive the kind of attention we have given him and his entourage”, Mayor Moki told reporters at the party, hoping that the partnership between the people of Buea and Bloomsburg would grow from strength to strength.
Professor Soltz said, “My University has developed a partnership which is very productive with the
. We have hosted the UB Vice-chancellor Professor Titanji.” University of Buea
He noted that in addition to sending students to
University of Buea for learning and teaching practices, “we are going to receive faculties and students at and have collaboration in instructional technology”. Bloomsburg University
Professor soltz said as President of Bloomsburg university he came to Cameroon to sign the agreements with University of Buea, adding that it was his first visit to Cameroon, which he described as a beautiful country.
Initiator of the partnership Professor Ekema Agbor,a Cameroonian, who teaches at Bloomsburg university, reiterated that the “partnership will not just be students-to students, but we will be introducing programs to
,which it does not have” University of Buea
Tamika Austin, one of the visiting students told The Recorder, “
is more developed than we had thought. I will go back with a better impression about this country. Cameroon
“The experience of having a different teaching style and environment is amazing. We appreciate the professors of
for making the experience realistic and one to remember” University of Buea
For her part, KeAire Nelson, who spoke on behalf of all the visiting American students, at the party, was positive about
. “We appreciate the opportunity to experience a different culture and we thank the people of Cameroon for being so welcoming to us” Cameroon
Also speaking at the party,
University of Buea Vice-Chancellor, Professor Titanji expressed happiness that the American students were here to learn from ’s experiences. Cameroon
An elated Mayor Moki got the visiting professors attired in dresses sewn with Buea council fabric. Professor Soltz was given the Bakweri indigenous name of Mola Moki-so he now becomes Professor, Mola Moki David Soltz.
A cheerful Professor Soltz promised to consider visiting
Other speakers at the party included: Barrister Ekontang Elad, Board Chairman of Cameroon OIC, an affiliate of the US-based OIC international; Ngale kinge,Senor Cameroonian citizen and Magdalene Agbor,a noted civil society leader
The visiting students will make two weeks in
Cameroon before returning to the US, and for some to serve as ’s ambassadors there as they promised in discussions with journalists. Cameroon