ISBN 9781942876731
Pages 68
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2021
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

My Night in Captivity

A Memoir

by Christian Cardinal Wiyghan Tumi

In this gripping, lucid and succinct account, Cardinal Tumi, the retired Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Douala, Cameroon, invites readers into the dreary night of his captivity by "Amba Boys" - so-called liberation fighters seeking the restoration of the erstwhile British Southern Cameroons. Tumi recounts the circumstances, actors and intrigues leading up to his capture along with Fon Sehm Mbinglo I, the paramount traditional ruler of the Nso people. Find out how the Cardinal regained his freedom and his proposals on how to resolve the five-year conflict that has decimated the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon.

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"A lucid and vivid snapshot of events, circumstances, delicate negotiations and intrigues leading up to the kidnap and release of Christian Cardinal Tumi and the Fon of Nso, His Royal Highness Sehm Mbinglo I, by the "Amba boys" of Ndop."

Canute Tangwa, Senior Translator and Writer

About the Author

Christian Cardinal Wiyghan Tumi

Christian Cardinal Wiyghan Tumi was born on 15 October 1930 in Kikaikelaki, a small village in Nsoland in the Northwest Region of English-speaking Cameroon. He did his seminary studies in Nigeria, then went on to earn a licentiate in theology in Lyon, France, and a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Ordained a priest on 17 April 1966, he served in many capacities in the Diocese of Buea before being appointed the first Rector of the sole Major Seminary in Bambui in the English-speaking part of Cameroon.

Pope John Paul II appointed him the first bishop of the Diocese of Yagoua in 1979. In 1984, he was appointed the Archbishop of Garoua and was created a Cardinal-Priest in 1988. He was named the Archbishop of Douala on 31 August 1991 where he served until his retirement. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday anniversary a few months before being abducted, and held overnight, by secessionist forces in the restive English-speaking Northwest Region of Cameroon. That abduction is the subject of this publication.