Archbishop Nkea Takes Over Leadership Of Cameroon’s Episcopal Conference

Bishop Andrew Nkea [photo: Kamer connect]

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

The Archbishop of Bamenda has been voted as the new President of the Cameroon’s Episcopal Conference. Mgr. Andrew Nkea was voted on April 30 during the 47th plenary of the assembly of Bishops in Cameroon.

His Lordship Bishop Nkea, now 54 years old, is taking over form Bishop Abraham Boualo Kome of the Diocese of Bafang. Bishop Kome was elected in 2019 after Bishop Samuel Kleda’s mandate ended. At that time, Mgr. Andrew Nkea, then Bishop of Mamfe, was elected Vice President in replacement of Bishop George Nkuo of Kumbo Diocese.

Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya was born in 1965 in Widikum, Northwest Region of Cameroon. In September 1985, he joined Saint Thomas of Aquinas Major Seminary, STAMS in Bambui. In 1992, he was ordained priest at the age of 26 by Bishop Emeritus Mgr. Pius Suh Awa in Mbonge, Southwest Region of Cameroon.

In 2003, he obtained a Doctorate in Canon Laws at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. In 2013, he was appointed as Coadjutor Bishop and ordained Bishop of Mamfe. After serving for five years as Bishop of Mamfe, he was appointed Archbishop of Bamenda in 2019, replacing Bishop Cornelius Fontem Esua who went on retirement. Andrew Nkea Fuanya has been priest for 30 years and has served eight years as a Bishop.

He has served on several pastoral, administrative and academic roles. These include Curate in St. John Bosco Parish Mbonge; Parish Priest at St. Luke’s Parish Nyandong; Chancellor at Buea Diocese from 1995 to 1999 and from 2003 to 2007.

He was lecturer at John Paul II Institute of Theology, JOPASIT, in Buea from 2007 to 2010. In 2008, he left for STAMS where he was Dean of studies until 2010. In 2011, he became Judicial Vicar of Tribunal of First Instance for the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda as well as voted pioneer President of the Central African Association of Canon Law in Yaounde.

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