By George Muam
Until that faithful night of April 12, 2022, when he breathed his last in his home at Akak, a locality on the outskirts of Yaounde, Atangana Vincent de Paul, fondly called AVP, was an already established voice over CRTV Radio.
He was reputed, apart from serving as the Editor-in-chief of the Radio Newsroom, for being the voice behind the reading of important texts, especially decrees signed by the President of the Republic.
It is this dedicated servant of the public whom the State corporation has decided to immortalise by renaming the hitherto Director’s Award to “AVP Award”, which is meant to gratify employees that demonstrate a strong sense of professionalism, humility and commitment in the same manner as the deceased.
This rebaptism, whose reflection started on Labour Day 2022, was officially announced by the Director-General of CRTV, Charles Ndongo, during a ceremony organised at the Radio Broadcasting House to give professional honours to the late Editor-in-Chief. The very first of such awards, destined for the deceased, was handed over to his mother.
During the event, the Deputy Director-General of CRTV, Emmanuel Wongibe, described the late AVP as a collaborator who could easily fit into any shoes, an all-around team player who executed every task meticulously. He recounted memories of instances they had worked together, citing the 2010 edition of the World Cup that was organised in South Africa and the recent Africa Cup of Nations, which was staged right here in Cameroon.
Speaking at the burial ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the deceased’s native Akak, the Director-General of CRTV lamented that the vacuum he has created will be near impossible to fill.
“I have never imagined a day like this would come, a day when I will speak about AVP in the past, but God is indeed the Almighty and His decisions are final and radical. The pain and sorrow are indeed high, but when I look back I have countless beautiful memories to take back home.
“[Memories] of a collaborator who had never failed to fulfil his duties, one that had never disappointed his bosses. As an Editor-in-Chief he had a heavyweight on his shoulders, but he happened to be a reliable person with a big sense of responsibility,” Charles Ndongo recounted.
The Director-General also hailed AVP for the maturity he demonstrated in the handling of his duties for over five years as Editor-in-Chief of the Radio Newsroom and the serenity with which he handled strategic and delicate situations of national import.
Aside from serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Radio Newsroom, Atangana Vincent de Paul, who was of the 28th batch of Advanced School of Mass Communication, also served as the Head of Sports Service at CRTV Television and team press officer of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. He was recruited into CRTV in 2003 and quits the stage at the age of 46.
A man whom his colleagues and many others described as humble, friendly and highly professional, he was the presenter of CRTV Radio’s Sunday flagship programme, Dimanche Midi, and moderated a good number of press conferences involving top members of Government.
His burial last Saturday was attended by a cream of colleagues, clergymen, well-wishers and top members of Government among whom were the Minister of Basic Education, Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa; the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng; the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.