By Tatah Mentan, Saturday, June 10 2017
Dear friends and family gathered here on our Cameroon Politics listserv. This moment is a hard one for us all, a very hard one for me. It is so much easier to mourn in silence; it takes away the worry of not being able to get your words out, or even just simply getting the right words out. But silence or not, one thing which I am sure we all appreciate now, is being on this network here all together, sharing in each other’s silence, sharing in each other’s moments of thought for Brother Zach(ary Nkwo), who we all loved, as a friend, a loved one, a husband, a brother, our Zach.
We will all have our own personal and special memories of the mark Zach left in our hearts, in our lives and it is very hard for me now to be here, hearing my own thoughts out loud, trying my best to focus on the happiest times Zach brought us, rather than the fact that he is no longer here with us today as a living being. I am sure of two things though.
Zach would have wanted us all to be here now with our happiest thoughts of our times spent together and secondly, he is still here with us, very strongly in spirit. Zach was such a strong person through and through, from character, personality and presence. We are all reading my note because somewhere, somehow, we have all been touched by Zach in life.
For me, Zach will always be with me. What I will remember will always be his devotion to the profession of journalism in any aspect, sports reporting, news editing and casting, selflessness, and name it. This is what makes Zach remain with me personally and I am sure that you all have your very own, special and private moments that you will cherish and keep close to your hearts.
I am very lucky to have had Zach in my life and as much as he will be missed by us all, Zach will remain treasured with me for the rest of the days, weeks, months or years, I mean every day, as long as I am still alive. I love and miss Zach, past, present and future. And, I can only say: Farewell Zach till we meet again.