The Mmuock Fossimondi people resident in Buea converged Sunday to celebrate one of their sons, Nervis Nzometiah Tetsop, the university student who recently produced a 3D printer.
The Mmuock Fossimondi community said they are not left behind in education, seeing one of their children win a Presidential Prize for best ICT project in 2020 amid the constraints posed on education in their locality by the Anglophone crisis.
Mmuock Fossimondi, a dominantly agricultural community, is one of the Fondoms that constitute Alou Subdivision in Lebialem Division of Cameroon’s Southwest region.
Speaking on behalf of the Mmuock Fossimondi development and cultural association, (MUDECA) Mrs Etuge, Buea branch President, said the 3D printer award winner has demonstrated to youths that they should not only consume, but develop technology.
She added her Mmuock community is blessed with an academic champion, with the community having produced one of Cameroon’s athletic champions, late Timothy Lekunze.
“It’s a rare occasion for us to have this kind of honour. We have had other awards but in mountain race and not an academic award of this nature.
So I was very elated when he won the award,” said Mrs Etuge.
The 3D innovator, Nervis Nzometiah, said his machine can be used to print out metal objects, including covers for flash drives, modems, telephones and many others.
The 3D print technology, he added, is the latest innovation in printing and when fully developed, it’s impact may be compared to that of the industrial revolution in the 19th century.
According to the traditional ruler of Mmuock Fossimondi, “the young man has found a need and he is filling it. The challenge is that let us find a need and fill it”.
He added that his community, though enclaved in a difficult topography, is being disenclaved through education of their children.
“The topography has challenged us to work harder and by doing that we are getting disenclaved… All of us should work hard and be disciplined; Talk slowly but carry a big stick,” he said.