Welcome to May & Happy New Month!
Our Youth of the Month is Nyugah Innocent Fomusoh! Nyugah Innocent Fomusoh is a certified accountant and a volunteer promoter with a passionate commitment to volunteering for peaceful social and environmental change.
When he graduated high school, Nyugah decided to train as an accountant, figuring that would be useful to help in the family business and good preparation for a professional career. But shortly after he received his Professional Level certificate, he began volunteering in his spare time. When he was asked to act as the online volunteer coordinator for the Cameroon Association of Active Youths (CAMAAY), a new world opened up to him. He connected with other volunteers across the globe, becoming lifelong friends with some. He became involved in projects that he quickly saw had the potential to dramatically change lives and improve the environment. But he saw much of the time, energy, and money committed to these projects squandered due to poor management.
He continued to develop his accounting experience — as a lecturer at the Accounting Breakthrough Center, an accountant at Gazaah Laboratory, and as a Financial Management Intern for the Victoria Customs Cooperative Credit Union Ltd — and integrated this experience with some of his volunteer activities — as CAMAAY’s accountant and as an accounting consultant for The Center for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa. But he also began to develop his leadership and project management skills through coursework –Harambe Cameroon’s Social Entrepreneurship Program; all courses offered by the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI); conferences; Delegate at the Youth Connekt Africa 2017 in Rwanda themed “From Potential to Success” and volunteer activity; Online Volunteer Manager at Love and Care for People.
When, in 2016, he was hired as a Social Case Assistant and Inventory Control Clerk at the St. Elizabeth Catholic General Hospital and Cardiac Center Shisong, he finally had a job where his accounting and interpersonal skills could be harnessed to help others. He doubled down by getting the hospital’s charity arm, the Archbishop Paul Verdzerkov Memorial Heart Foundation (APAVMEHEF), listed on Global Giving and through his tireless volunteer efforts raising almost $8,000 to sponsor surgeries for children whose families couldn’t afford it.
Although he had to flee his home and job as a result of increasing violence from the Anglophone Crisis in Northwest and Southwest of Cameroon, he has continued his volunteer efforts for APAVMEF, as well as for the UNDP Ocean Action Hub. He is proud to have had his unflagging dedication to making the world around him a better place and his emerging leadership abilities recognized by a number of the NGOs whose work he has participated.
On Awards and Recognition
- TheirWorld: Nominated as a Global Youth Ambassador (GYA) of the Year 2018 and celebrated as GYA of the Month in February 2019 (https://theirworld.org/pages/gya-of-the-month) . His post on International Women’s Day 2019 was selected as post of the week on GYA’s Facebook page;
- UNDP Ocean Action Hub: Recognized for his dedication in the face of hardship with a website feature at https://www.oceanactionhub.org/rise-out-challenge-commitment-future-nyugah-innocent-cameroons-story-will-melt-your-heart ;
- Youth Empowerment Karen Advocacy Movement (YEKAM): Voted “Best Volunteer” for the YEKAM Awards 2018;
- YALI 2018: As a leader for Team Bamenda, he was one of 24 participants to receive a special prize for going above and beyond requirements and exhibiting exemplary leadership;
- Love and Care for People: Celebrated as the Volunteer of the Week just two months after being recruited and appointed Team Leader for Online Volunteer Managers and invited to join the International Board one month later;
- Young Francophone Leaders International Network (RIJLF): Appointed Coordinator for the Center Region, Cameroon
- Cameroon National Youth Council (CNYC): Placed with the team in charge of Cooperation and Public Relations on an ad-hoc committee to support the Executive Board of the Council.
His Advice to the Youths
Living in Cameroon can be hard, but I have made life easier for myself, and I hope for others, by working relentlessly as a volunteer to reduce poverty, promote peace, and protect the environment. In many of the more than 20 organizations and campaigns I’ve been involved with, I have taken a leadership role in recruiting and managing more volunteers and promoting volunteerism as a way to both improve social and environmental conditions and to avoid idleness, boost self esteem, and develop important job skills.
I urge all the youths going through this difficult moment to not give up, find the time to volunteer and appreciate and reward yourself for the little changes you are able to make in your daily life. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
I leave you with my favorite quote which I reflect and act on daily;
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”. – Mother Teresa.
NEVER UNDERMINE THE POWER OF SMALL THINGS!!!
You can connect with Nyugah Innocent Fomusoh on Facebook!
Who will be the Next Youth of the Month?
You can be the next O4C Youth of the Month! All you have to do is get someone to nominate you or nominate yourself by filling out the nomination form here. We want to use our platform to recognize and celebrate the efforts of amazing Young Change-makers in Cameroon.