The funeral ceremony at the Buea Independence Square was chaired on behalf of the Head of State by Territorial administration Minister Atanga Nji Paul who posthumously raised late Ekema to the rank of Commander of the National Order of Valour.
It was a thick crowd of mourners that turned out at the Buea ceremonial ground to bid farewell to the man who ran the Buea Council for over six years until his demise last October 27, 2019.
Family members, friends, political pals, civil administrators, elite and cabinet ministers all reserved saintly eulogies for Ekema.
The Interim Mayor of Buea, Dr. Lyonga John Efande said memories of Ekema are engraved in the hearts of all who came in contact with him. He saluted the never-seen managerial prowess of the fallen mayor before listing Ekema’s innovations and achievements at the Buea Council.
“Real eulogies are engraved on hearts, not on paper,” said Efande, Interim Mayor of Buea.
On behalf of the elite, Prof. Nalova Lyonga, Minister of Secondary Education said Ekema did his best to save Cameroon from disintegration.
Hear her: “…he saved Cameroon from disintegration. That is how history will see him. Let’s give him the credit… Those who don’t like Ekema, that is actually your business. He was extremely controversial and corrosive. His words were corrosive!
“We have lost a most dedicated person...a man with an exceptional destiny. He’ll forever remain an example for patriotic commitment in Cameroon. Let us leave nature's chaotic lack of knowledge to nature itself....Ekema was so good... He did things we could not do… He was not perfect. He did not need to be perfect. We all have the chance to establish legacies… Ekema believed the elite hated him and some do. But they are the ones who have put their foot down to ensure he got a befitting burial...we're so proud of the Head of State.”
The representative of the Head of State, Minister Atanga Nji praised the courage of Mayor Ekema.
“There is no righteous person on earth. We should avoid judging too much... Accept people as they are… Take the good part. It is no crime to be a courageous man… President Biya has recognized a hardworking Cameroonian,” said Minister Atanga Nji.
Ekema was later buried in strict family privacy.