A few weeks back, news broke that the Mayor of Buea, Ekema Patrick Esunge was reported to have entered the University of Buea without a pass at the GCE Advanced Level, a compulsory requirement for admission. Not only had he succeeded in gaining admission without the required qualification, he had proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts degree in History and is currently a PhD student in History in the University of Buea.
Following these reports, the National Commission of Human rights and freedoms, South West Region petitioned the Cameroon GCE Board and obtained records of the Mayor’s several attempts at the GCE Advanced Level; attempts which all ended in futility. The Mayor is not known to have passed the GCE advanced level in a single instance. Questions therefore arose as to how he was able to obtain admission into the University of Buea and serve as a contract officer in the University, culminating in his appointment as Faculty Officer of Faculty of Education while he was Deputy Mayor.
While investigations continue to ascertain how Mayor Ekema was able to maneuver the system so well, other questions arose regarding an honorary doctorate he supposedly obtained from Azusa Pacific University in the U.S.A. In fact, some of his followers had been calling him Doctor ever since he supposedly obtained the Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration in 2014. The title even appears on his complimentary card.
Our findings took us back to Sunday, November, 23, 2014 when the said Honorary Degree was awarded to Mayor Ekema in Limbe by a certain Charismatic Theological College affiliated to Azusa Pacific University owned by a certain (Bishop Professor) Lawrence Luba Njoh who doubles as its Chancellor. A simple google search shows no links between the fake Charismatic Theological College and Azusa Pacific University which is found in California, USA Charismatic Theological College is actually not even an accredited institution in Cameroon. The Information about the awards were obtained from this news article in which fake honorary doctorates were issued to 4 persons including the Member of Parliament for Fako East, in charge of Tiko/Muyuka, Hon. Fritz Etoke, the Mayor of Buea, Ekema Patrick Esunge, and 2 others; Rev. Memnih Ndola Francis and Rev. Oben Ernest Mbikang in the presence of former University of Buea Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cornelius Mbifung Lambi. Mayor Ekema is quoted as saying “I have been acting long before now as a Doctorate but today God has ordained me to have a document to back up my actions”.
However, the garbage doesn’t end here. This was not the first time (Bishop Professor) Lawrence Luba Njoh was deceiving respected Cameroonians into receiving fake Honorary degrees. Flashback to November 21st 2010 when the Post Newspaper published this article online praising their Publisher, veteran journalist Charly Ndichia for having received an honorary doctorate from the Same Charismatic Theological College owned by (Bishop Professor) Lawrence Luba Njoh, only this time affiliated to a certain St Thomas-a-Becket University of Canterbury, London. A google search of the said University yields its first result which is this website stating “This provider does not award recognized UK degrees”. Others awarded the same fake Doctorate degrees according to the article include the Publisher of The Star Group of Newspapers, HRH Chief Osari Maribo Nkemayang Paul Foanyi, the Southwest Regional Communication Delegate, Eno Chris Oben, Hon Victoria Tomedi Ndando, Hon. Gwendoline Burnley, Hon. Rachel Lyonga, Mr Moses Kem Fongang, Sylvester Vefonge, Zaacs Nnoko Ngaaje and Chief Donatus Odirichukwu, Daniel Matute Lyonga, Architect, Ewane Nnoko Ngaaje, Mrs Jane Lawrence, Ms Esther-Love Afy Ayuk.
The article also reports former Prime Minister Chief Ephraim Inoni was awarded his own fake Doctorate in Political Science.
If you thought the garbage ends here, we apologize. Behind the story is the shadow of the man (Bishop Professor) Lawrence Luba Njoh. The much we could learn about him comes from his fake WordPress website here which among other outrageous things claims “He is an academic legend with two Academic PhD in Education (Kent, Canterbury) and in Biblical Theology (Ohio, USA), and Professorship in Homiletics and Theology (Kent, Canterbury). He is currently pursuing his second professorship in Entrepreneurship Education”. However, we found out the man is a probably a wannabe Pastor in Limbe who has probably never travelled out of the country. We were able to trace his Facebook page and found it here. However, our attempts to corroborate our story through the phone numbers listed on the profile proved futile as neither of the numbers happened to be working phone numbers.
While hoping to get a statement from (Bishop Professor) Lawrence Luba Njoh, we will reach out to the officials of Azusa Pacific University to get their statement on the issue. However, all evidence points to a false Pastor skilled in impersonation and deception including the ability to deceive people of repute into believing without verifying that they are being awarded honorary degrees from institutions which either do not exist or are not aware, by someone with his own pile of fake degrees and titles obtained from institutions he never attended.