The Proprietor, Mr./Mrs. Buban Ngu,
The Principal, Sister Fonju Constance,
The Vice Principal, Fr. Gordon Atsolekeh,
Our Dear and lovely Teachers,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It has been 7 years of good, bad, and ugly. My classmates and I stepped into this school as children. Many left but happily, some like Sonia Woks, Dale Macpaul, Lackmata, Asong Macaloy, Tony Nsang, Ebot Jr, Asah che, Dion Ngute Jay, Ediage Luciano, Che Darlington, Bekolo, and Yann Thede, have completed the seven years. The other students joined us on the way.
When I entered here in Form 1, I saw my seniors in upper sixth at the time and wondered how long it would take me to be in their place, and here I am 7 years later giving the valedictory speech.
There are some events that we can throw back at when I came in Form 1. At that time, we had just one pump in school, just behind the refectory. Whenever there was a water crisis, we would wake up even at 4 am and still not be able to get water because of hierarchy. Sometimes as kids we would even decide not to carry water and start playing football on the lawn until the seniors leave. Thanks, today we have 3 pumps. I equally remember when Mr. Mabo, our first discipline master would come and look for us in the bushes around the dormitory because we did not want to go for preps not knowing it was for our good.
I won’t be able to recount all our experiences but on a personal note, I would love to immensely thank Dr. Julia Buban Ngu, our College mother for the talk she gave me in Form 3 when I slapped a junior student. She spoke to me about brutality and it really got into my system and transformed me. That is why as a senior, I am happy with the present school government led by Honorable ASONGANYI Dominic, for taking the batten to eradicate any form of brutality in our school milieu. I equally want to thank Mr. Nodai Felix for his countless effort in keeping the flag of HCIC high and Sr. Fonju Constance for her care and advice. I equally want to thank the security guards who were always there to ensure our safety. I cannot go without rendering sincere gratitude to our cooks, Mr. Evina as the head of them. A hungry man is not only an angry man, but a student with an empty stomach has no patience to even talk of getting ready for classes. I equally thank the gardener Mr. Felix Fanka who has taught us what cleanliness means. May God reward you all for your commitment.
To my Form 1 and 2 angels, there is no joy like completing the 7 years journey with your classmates. To my Form 3 and 4 juniors, I want to tell you that it is in this class that you begin to get mature and so we encourage you to remain calm since we have all understood that it pays to be good. To my fellow Form 5s, ‘It is not over until it is over’. So, just sit and prepare for the battle ahead. To our lower sixths, despite our differences, the sibling love was always there and as a senior brother, I want to tell you to be yourself and not follow the wrongs of the crowd. Even if we gather in one class, we all came here alone and so too shall we return alone.
Lastly, as a batch, we feel bad leaving our home, our family, our community but we promise that as we go out to the new world, we shall defend the flag of our school as it is always said: “there are only 2 schools in Cameroon, Holy Cross and the rest”.
Long live Holy Cross International College,
Long live the Republic of Cameroon.