Afro Real Initiative’s Personality for the month of September 2018 is Bochum Samuel Bache, a prolific young Cameroonian with an insatiable prowess for peace-building.
Bochum, signing an MOU with Nexus, during a diplomatic mission abroad….
Who’s Bochum Samuel Bache?
The 23-year old, Bochum Samuel Bache (affectionately called by his friends as Bochman) was born in Banga, South West Region, in Cameroon. He currently lives and works in Buea, the seat of University Buea, from where he had his B.Sc. in Geography in 2016. His passions, daily interventions, and life mission hover around peace and environmental advocacy, consultancy on sustainable youth empowerment, community development, humanitarianism, and volunteerism.
Bochum with other youth delegates at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in 2018.
He is the founding CEO of the youth-owned and youth-led organisation, Youth Advocates for Peace and Community Empowerment Cameroon (YAPCEC), founded in 2015, with mission ‘to provide youths with relevant skills and knowledge that will empower them to access opportunities to improve their lives and communities.’
YAPCEC’s message of peace to youths.
Under YAPCEC, Bochum Samuel has engaged in several community-driven projects to dish-out his peace-building philosophy to over 10,000 youths both online and offline. Moreover, he has organized and/or attended several conferences, seminars, trainings, symposiums, and workshops on peace, leadership, community development, civic education, environment, democracy, and security. These have permitted him not only to meet with other like-minded young agents of change across the globe, but to hub-knob with influential national and international leaders of contemporary times. For instance, on 16th April, 2018, Bochum Samuel had an audience with the Commonwealth Secretary General, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland (who at the time was honouring the UK Prime Minister’s invitation at the Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers reception, at Sky Garden London). This was after they had earlier met in Buea on November 27th, 2017, during Scotland’s visit to Cameroon. Bochum has also held peace talks with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica, Prime Minister Philemon Yang of Cameroon, and Cameroon’s Commonwealth Minister Delegate, Felix Mbayu.
Bochum Samuel and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Bochum Samuel equally wears other caps. He is currently Cameroon’s Youth Delegate to Commonwealth, UK; National Youth Delegate to African Youth Networks Summit in Pretoria-South Africa; and Cameroon Youth Envoy for Peace and Democracy. Also, he is board member of the Multipurpose Youth Empowerment Center (MYEC), Buea. In 2017, he was selected among the 90 World Peace Activists by PEACEMAKERS360 in Columbia.
Bochum Samuel and Patricia Scotland.
Bochum and PM Yang of Cameroon.
Besides, Bochum’s name is boldly inscribed in the pages of both national and international professional networks through which he has also been of closer service to humanity and community, like Junior Chamber International (JCI) ––– where he is Executive Vice-President of JCI Buea Summit; Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN); Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA); and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network.
Bochum (standing 1st on 2nd line from R-L) after stakeholders’ workshop on, ‘building local capacity towards disaster risk reduction’, at University of Buea.
Likewise, he holds credit for having volunteered with the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature, and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED); International Center for Environmental Education and Community Development (ICENECDEV); and Sustainable Run for Development (SURUDEV) ––– all in Cameroon.
Bochum became the peace-crusader he is today thanks to his early child-hood experiences. Growing up in his native rural Banga Bakundu, he realized youth vandalism and violence. Coupled with the recurrent land conflicts (amongst subjects of the same area at the time) which led to loss of human lives and untold material damage ––– these amongst others, led to the frustration of some families as they, as a result, couldn’t foot their children’s school fees, some of whom later became street children. These happenings under the watchful eyes of Bochum, posed a veritable threat to community peace and security, and so he (Bochum) couldn’t afford to allow that go unbridled.
Bochum in one of his peace missions to secondary school youths in Buea.
‘The most important reason that push me into peace advocacy…was also the inspiration my late father bequeathed unto me. He was my peace model, from whom I learned the virtues of humility, peace, and love on amicably-resolving land conflicts with neighbours who encroached into our land ––– without going violent about the situation…’, Bochum confesses.
‘As such, my inspiration grew stronger towards building peace and preventing violent extremism…’, Bochum asserts.
His major setback was in 2014, with the unexpected and painful journey his father made to the Great Beyond, which move rendered him destitute. Further, the omission of his Continuous Assessment marks in 2015 by one of his geography lecturers, which later prolonged his stay at the university by one extra year, was another bitter pill to swallow. Howbeit, Bochum remains level-headed and upbeat in the face of any impending pitfall.
He envisions through YAPCEC, to be one of the leading youth networks in promoting peace and environmental education in Cameroon, Africa, and the world.
His advice to aspiring youths
Bochum’s vote of encouragement to youths is that in the face of difficulties, they shouldn’t give up, but should always believe in possibilities. He asserts that ‘when things become difficult in life, then that’s the best moment to think smart and fast on devising a solution to redress the situation, because problem-solvers and solution-providers are limited in supply.’
Bochum also encourages youths to dream big, have an innovative and inclusive dream, and to take challenges as motivation to work even harder.
In his opinion, ‘we [youths] should learn to identify and work with those doing similar things as the basis of trust,…be humble and ready to serve, learn, and lead….’
He goes further to adjure youths to shun negative comparison and jealousy.
‘You are you and the only real you’, he affirms.
‘Love brings peace. So love your family, love others around you, share your ideas with them, ask for their prayers and support…and note that prayer is the key to sustainable success’, he reveals.
He concludes by appealing that youths should trust God in all they do and/or intend….
Bochum cherishes traveling, tourism, listening to music, socializing, counseling, surfing/browsing the internet, reading, doing research, volunteering, and playing volleyball.
You can get to Bochum Samuel through the following:
Telephone: (+237) 674 83 96 83
Twitter: Check out YAPCEC (@YAPCEC): https://twitter.com/YAPCEC?s=08
Photo Credits: Bochum Samuel Bache and YAPCEC