Interview by Innocent Chia for DUNIA Magazine (DM)
She is “my 11 years old going on 50”, Abong Fankam said jokingly of her daughter, Mongai Fankam as we prepared for the interview. The comment came as Mongai insisted that she needed no help with the answers because it would water down her professionalism! Whose dream is it not to have a child who recognizes at the age of eight (8) that they are so blessed it is important to reach out to the less fortunate and make a difference? This is the story of Mongai Fankam. But it also the story of her mother, is it not, breaking type from what is obtained in most third world communities and families, and cheerleading her child to do what she feels called to do in making the world a better place, irrespective of her age.
As a parent from an underdeveloped country (Cameroon) that has headlined news for close to two decades about the incurable corruption of public officials, the actions of Mongai give me more than hope; they give me joy. The cures for the ailments are far away from the public sector and may belong to another generation. Herewith my interview with Mongai Fankam: the little girl who has activated her community, and well beyond, into angels for kids across Africa who lack basic school supplies.