Ndansi Elvis Nukam is one of the 12 emerging trailblazers selected across the globe to partake this year, in the inaugural cohort of President Obama’s flagship programme to mobilize and train promising civic leaders across the world. The one-year programme (at the Columbia University of New York) is expected to equip participants with real-world skills, tools, and experiences that will enable them expand their impact, when they eventually return to their home communities to reinvest their newly acquired know-how.
The news of Ndansi’s accession to such a global pedestal might have been a surprise to some, but looking at the leadership trajectory that this dynamic gentleman of diverse repute has waded-through this far, many a person, if not all, would affirm that this humble, yet assertive change-maker is endowed with innate potentials of courageously leading positive change in whichever community he finds himself. To this end, let’s take a cursory look at some of Ndansi’s leadership travails and exploits.
Ndansi Elvis’ leadership debut:
The nascent steps of Ndansi Elvis’ leadership journey are traceable back to his humble beginnings in primary school. From a primary school head boy (in G.S. Dumbo), he later became senior prefect of his secondary school (PSS Nkambe) and choir president of his high school (PCHS Kumbo). Likewise, in his university days he was: chairperson of the College of Presidents, president of Cameroon Solidarity Students Association (CAMSSA), and president of University of Buea Choir.
Yet, his leadership drive didn’t fluster and has never declined!!!
Ndansi Elvis, the political leader:
After his varsity studies, Ndansi joined the National Union for Democracy and Progress (NUDP) party in 2006 at age 23. One year later, he was chosen by the party to run for Cameroon’s twin elections as list leader.
‘…My contribution on the political space is far from just rhetorical, but I look more into those things that I do, which can contribute to make the world a better place,’ Ndansi asserts.
He was later made Divisional President of the party in Donga Mantung Division and in 2012, was elected during the party’s congress as National Youth President of the Party.
Ndansi is presently member of the Central Committee of NUDP party.
Ndansi’s leadership prowess hasn’t been without challenges, but he enjoys it that way. After the 2007 twin elections, he ran for parliamentary elections in 2013. And though he didn’t win in any of these elections, he brought-in remarkable results for the party in both North West and South West Regions.
Ndansi Elvis belongs to the political school-of-thought which believes that, politics and development are bed-mates. Thus, his unflinching strides towards alleviating poverty and miseries in rural areas cannot be over-emphasized. He does so by constructing common-frontiers for all segments of society, to bridge the gap between the rich and poor.
Ndansi has also been at the source of mind-blowing schemes like: the denunciation of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa; organization of a tour to border villages in Misaje Sub-Division to talk to youths, traditional rulers, and community leaders on peace-building; a solidarity march-past to sympathize with indigenes of the Northern Regions victimized by Boko Haram terrorist attacks, etc.
Ndansi Elvis, the public health expert:
For over a decade, Ndansi has been working to provide basic health care to underserved communities in Cameroon. He is founder and president of the local NGO, Unite for Health Foundation, which assists Cameroonians to access health care through the opening of micro-clinics: with focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Ndansi holds master’s degrees in both Nursing and Public Health, and is presently a PhD candidate in Health Economic Policy and Management.
Ndansi Elvis, the diplomat:
In 2016, Ndansi was one of 24 youths selected by US government to represent Cameroon at the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders (YALI) – a brainchild initiative of President Obama to groom young Africans who have voluntarily led positive change in their communities. He was hosted by Wagner College of New York during that period.
Ndansi Elvis, the traditional leader:
Owing to his path-finding moves and achievements this far, Ndansi has two traditional titles to his credit, viz: the title of ‘Tamfu’ i.e. warrior (in Wimbum); and that of ‘Tah Shey’ (in Misaje).
Ndansi Elvis, the media personality:
Ndansi has answered present in both local and international journals and media platforms to discuss on a wide range of issues like: health, politics, social change, business, sports, etc.
Ndansi Elvis, the author:
Ndansi has his political philosophy documented in, ‘Gateway to politics – how to make it’, a book in which he reveals the ABCs of how youths can successfully start and actively engage in politics.
Ndansi Elvis, the sports man:
Ndansi is founder and president of Misaje Sports Academy, an up-and-coming sports complex aimed at identifying and nurturing Cameroon’s finest young athletes and giving them hope for a brighter future in sports.
Ndansi Elvis, the family man:
Ndansi is married to Kah Christabel Tamufor, and they’ve been blessed with 3 children: Ndansi Reyan Bengyela, Ndansi Ange Jason Bongyaweh, and Ndansi Angel Merkel Zwenwi.
Ndansi Elvis, the Christian:
Ndansi is a seasoned communicant of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, and worships in Nsimeyong Parish, Yaoundé. Ascribing all his triumphs this far to God’s richest blessings, Ndansi’s family recently gave a thanksgiving to God in the same church, during which they also did a presentation of their new-born.
Ndansi loves music, especially when it comes to playing the guitar.
Other pictures portraying Ndansi’s mosaic leadership life.
- News Watch Nation Builders’ Award as exemplary youth leader of the year 2018.
- Elected President of Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, Cameroon in 2017.
- Ranked 23rd most-influential young Cameroonian in 2016, by Avance Media/COSDEF Group.
- The Eye Newspaper Award as Donga Mantung Man of the Year 2015.
- CRTV Youth Promoter Award for Excellence as the most exemplary young Cameroonian from North West in 2013/2014.
- Chronicles best political party youth leader 2014.
- The Eye Newspaper National Award of Excellence as the most dynamic Youth Leader of the Year 2014
- The Eye Newspaper National Award of Excellence as Ndonga Mantung Man of the Year 2013
- The Guardian Post 2013 most dynamic Youth Leader of the Year.
Photo credits: Ndansi Elvis