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Global Humanitarian Award

Dr. Mathias Fobi is the Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation’s recipient of the 2015 Global Humanitarian award.

Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, is an internationally recognized bariatric (obesity) surgeon, also known as “The Surgeon to the Stars”, who changed the lives of Hollywood heavyweights such as Roseanne Barr, Etta James, Jennifer Holiday and American Idol’s Randy Jackson.

Mathias Fobi, born in Cameroon, West Africa, is a naturalized US citizen who received his Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fobi completed a General Surgical Residency at the King Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles where he later served as the Chief of the General Surgery Division. He is a Board Certified General Surgeon.

In 1981, he opened the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity in Los Angeles with a multiple disciplinary approach where more than 12,000 patients were treated. Dr. Fobi is a senior staff surgeon (retired) at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He served as the Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach California where he developed an ASMBS accredited Center of Excellence. He also served as the Medical Director of Tri-City Regional Medical Center Bariatric Program in Hawaiian Gardens, CA also an ASMBS accredited Center of Excellence

Dr. Fobi was one of the founding members of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) in 1983. He has served as the President of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation (ASMBS Foundation) the President of the California Chapter of the ASMBS (CCASMBS) the President of the International Federation for Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) and was the Chairman of the IFSO Board of Trustee 2013-2015. Dr. Fobi is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the International College of Surgeons and the American College of Nutrition. He is a member of many medical associations, including Los Angeles County Medical Association, Charles Drew Los Angeles Medical Society, the California Medical association, the American College of Nutrition, Los Angeles Surgical Society, Southwestern Surgical Association, National Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, the US Section of the International College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association. He is an honorary member of many International Bariatric Surgery Societies.

Dr. Fobi lectures worldwide, is on several editorial boards, has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has written chapters in books on obesity and Bariatric surgery. Dr. Fobi’s modification of the gastric bypass surgery, the banded gastric bypass, called “The Fobi Pouch”, is one of his major contributions to the field of Bariatric Surgery

He is the founding President of Bariatec Corporation, a medical device company that produces the GaBP Autolock SystemTM that is used in bariatric operations to enhance the restriction mechanism of the operations.

Dr. Fobi’s community involvement dates back to 1967 with his involvement in the Head Start program in Ann Arbor Michigan working with kids. He was President of the sickle cell awareness group in Cincinnati from 1972-74. In the last forty one years in Los Angeles Dr. Fobi has been a very active member in the greater los Angeles community through programs with the Los Angeles Medical association, The Charles Drew medical Society, the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, the 100 Black Men, the NAACP, the African community, the Cameroon Community, the Nkwen Community, the Bafut Community and various Churches. Dr. Fobi and his wife, through a foundation have been involved in work in Cameroon and particularly his village Nkwen. They sponsored more than 150 students in Cameroon and in America. Dr. Fobi was a big contributor to the birth of multiparty politics in Cameroon. Dr. Fobi’s work has been recognized with coverage in the local, national and international media. He was one of the first African-American profiled on “African Voices” on CNN in 2011. He was featured in Ebony magazine as “Surgeon to the Stars”. Dr. Fobi has received numerous awards including lifetime achievement awards from the Beacon of Hope Foundation, the World Bank, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the International Federation for Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic disorders.

Dr. Fobi currently resides in The City of Rolling Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsular with his wife, Helen Jean Newton Fobi. They have four daughters—a medical doctor, two lawyers and a business executive. They have two grandchildren.

Dr Robert Gallo is the V.K.Nyambi Foundation Global Humanitarian Award Recipient of 2014

DR. ROBERT C. GALLO is the Director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine Co-founder & Scientific Director, Global Virus Network.

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) was co-founded and is directed by Robert C. Gallo, MD, the eminent scientist who became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS. Little was known then of the mysterious disease that was fast becoming the deadliest in medical history. Since, Dr. Gallo has spent much of his career trying to put an end to this raging epidemic and other viral, chronic illnesses.

Though best known for his co-discovery of HIV, Gallo and his team pioneered the development of the HIV blood test, which enabled health care workers for the first time to screen for the AIDS virus – leading to a more rapid diagnosis while simultaneously protecting patients receiving blood transfusions. His research also helped physicians develop HIV THERAPIES to prolong the lives of those infected with the virus. In 1996, his discovery that a natural compound known as chemokines can block HIV and halt the progression of AIDS was hailed by Science magazine as one of that year’s most important scientific breakthroughs.

Prior to the AIDS epidemic, Gallo was the first to identify a human retrovirus and the only known human leukemia virus – HTLV – one of few known viruses shown to cause a human cancer. In 1976, he and his colleagues discovered Interleukin-2, a growth regulating substance now used as therapy in some cancers and sometimes AIDS. And in 1986, he and his group discovered the first new human HERPES VIRUS in more than 25 years (HHV-6), which was later shown to cause an infantile disease known as Roseola and currently is hypothesized as a strong suspect in the origin of multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Gallo reflects his achievements on the 25th anniversary of his co-discovery of the AIDS VIRUS.

Today, Dr. Gallo’s work continues at the IHV, a first-of-its-kind virology center that combines the disciplines of research, patient care and prevention programs in a concerted effort to speed the pace of medical breakthroughs. IHV was co-founded in 1996 by Dr. Gallo who in addition to his position as director of the IHV is co-director of IHV’s Division of Basic Science and Vaccine Development, William Blattner, MD, associate director of the IHV and director of IHV’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention and Robert Redfield, MD, associate director of the IHV and director of IHV’s Division of CLINICAL CARE and Research. The Institute is a part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical Center. IHV treats more than 500,000 HIV positive individuals in 7 African and 2 Caribbean nations in addition to more than 5,000 HIV positive Baltimoreans. In particular, IHV is internationally renowned for its basic science research, which includes the launch of clinical trials in 2014 on a promising preventive HIV vaccine candidate funded largely by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Additionally, in 2011 Dr. Gallo co-founded the Global VIRUS Network (GVN) to position the world to rapidly respond to new or re-emerging viruses that threaten mankind, to bring together and achieve collaboration amongst the world’s leading virologists, and to support TRAINING of the next generation of medical virologists.

Prior to becoming director of the Institute in 1996, Dr. Gallo spent 30 years at the National Institutes of Health’s National CANCER Institute, where he was head of its Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology. A Connecticut native, his interest in science and medicine was first stirred by the loss of his 6-year-old sister to leukemia when he was just 12 years old. The physicians who cared for her made a lasting impression and Gallo would later make scientific research – and the opportunity to help put an end to deadly diseases – his life’s work.

Lifetime achievements in Dr. Gallo’s legendary career include discoveries that have led to both diagnostic and therapeutic advances in cancer, AIDS and other viral disorders while his vision remains unprecedented in the field of virology.

Dr. Gallo’s research has brought him international recognition as well as election into the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has been awarded honors for his contribution to science from countries around the world and holds 32 honorary doctorates. Dr. Gallo was the most referenced scientist in the world in the 1980s and 1990s, during which he had the unique distinction of twice winning America’s most prestigious scientific award – the Albert Lasker Award in Medicine – in 1982 and again in 1986. Dr. Gallo is the author of more than 1,200 scientific publications and the BOOK “Virus Hunting – AIDS, Cancer & the Human Retrovirus: A Story

Dr Robert Gallo Academic Award For Science

Director, Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine The Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine Co-founder & Scientific Director, Global Virus Network

Part of the objective of the Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation is to support and encourage the next generation of scientists in Cameroon. The Dr. Robert Gallo Award for Academic Excellence in Science for high schools was established to achieve that objective. 
The Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation will work with the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (G.C.E) Board, and the Francophone equivalent of GCE A-Levels The “Baccalaureate” to identify 6 students who scored the maximum points in all science subjects in this high school examination and as a result will be the recipient of this prestigious Award. 
The criteria of selection is purely based on academic merit. They will be awarded a Trophy and monetary scholarship award of $250.00 each to assist in their academic pursuits towards science.

2015 Recipients

Ashley Shikei Tangang

From Our Lady of Lourdes College Mankon 2015 recipient of the Dr. Robert Gallo Academic Award For Science.

Mboh Helbert Shayeh

from Sacred Heart College Mankon 2015 recipient of the Dr. Robert Gallo Academic Award For Science.

Nnane Ekungwekang

from Bilingual Grammar School Molyko 2015 recipient of the Dr. Robert Gallo Academic Award For Science.

Mboke Salle Ruheyin

from Saker Baptist College Limbe 2015 recipient of the Dr. Robert Gallo Academic Award For Science.

Volunteer Award

Ms. Aya-Marie Hewlett Volunteer and Appreciation Award recipient 2015

Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation is proud to present an Appreciation Award to Ms. Aya-Marie Hewlett, she is an American Peace Cop who worked in Bamenda Cameroon and volunteered her services to the Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation by training our office staff and led the field work in identifying newly added 18 orphans.

Ms. Aya-Marie Hewlett was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Tortola, British Virgin Islands with her mother, father, grandmother and younger brother.

After completing Primary School in the Caribbean, she went to Rumsey Hall School in Washington Depot CT at nine years old and has traveling ever since. After attending The Lawrenceville School in NJ, she graduated from Goizueta Business School of Emory University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She then spent two years working in the Caribbean and New York before joining the Peace Corps, where she worked at a Community Development Volunteer in Bamenda, Cameroon. She has started many groups aimed at providing need for communities where opportunities are lacking. Throughout her life she has worked mostly with children and young adults through various programs but is specifically interested in educational programs for youth and programs for emerging artists in developing regions. Aya-Marie hopes to get her Masters in Art & Cultural Management to be able to continue to organize programs dedicated to providing the support necessary for valuable educational assistance and the encouragement, promotion and preservation of creativity within developing communities

2014 Recipients

Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation is proud to present a Volunteer Award from left to right to Mr. Demola Quadri (CEO Abuja Country Club), Tracy Ateh, Thelma Ateh and Mrs. Ernestine Manga in appreciation for their time and efforts volunteered.

Community Award

Ms. Shenetta Malkia a Community Leadership Award recipient 2015

The Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation is proud to present to Ms. Shenetta Malkia a Community Leadership Award. Ms. Shenetta Malkia is the Founding President & Executive Director Empowerment Essence Inc.She is a spokes person and advocate for suicide prevention and anti-bullying programs sitting on the MD-SPIN advisory board and MD Governor’s Commission for Suicide Prevention.

The founder and executive director of Empowerment Essence, an organization dedicated to eradicating bullying and suicide beginning in Maryland & DC communities. As a sought after speaker, Malkia’s voice continues to sound the trumpet for systematic change within schools and social service systems, which often ignores the signs of bullying and suicide. Malkia has been featured on radio, TV, and at community events. She was the key note Speaker for Maryland’s 26th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, 2014.To date, Malkia has touched and empowered thousands of lives. As a survivor of bullying and suicide her passion and purpose in life is a direct result of life experiences, While she survived her personal suicide attempt, her good friend, reality show actress Gia Allemand of the Bachelor didn’t. Malkia was devastated by Gia’s suicide in 2013. While grieving and hurting she was empowered to speak out on the importance of life. Her vision for Empowerment Essence is a direct result of resilience and regained strength. “One Life Saved Is One Life Given.”A native of Queens, N.Y., she attended AIU in Atlanta where she studied T.V & film production. She later matriculated to Bowie State University majoring in Business Administration. Malkia has developed I Matter – Life Matters Film Productions which is dedicated to helping others tell their story and bring stories to life to further public awareness in the area of suicide and bullying.Empowerment Essence was developed during Malkia’s reign as Ms. Maryland United States 2014. This was a must after the death of her beloved friend Gia Allemad and the memories that resurfaced of her own personal attempt. She lives a life of equality, resilience, and strength, reminding all that no matter what you face You Still Matter and Life Still Matters. Don’t Give Up and Reach Out For Help, You’re Not Alone.

Ms Justine Mbianda Community Leadership Award Recipient 2015.

The Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation is proud to present to Ms Justine Mbianda a Community Leadership Award. Ms. Justine Mbianda is a vibrant, energetic, lively and loving Community Leader from Cameroon, West Africa.

She relocated to the United States in 1981 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and subsequently, a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Systems Technology. Ms. Mbianda is also a Licensed Nurse in good standing.Ms. Mbianda has worked over the years as an IT contractor for several U.S. Government Agencies, including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and currently, the U.S. Department of Labor.Ms. Mbianda has been the Chairman of the Umbrella Community Organization, the All Cameroonian Cultural and Development Foundation (ACCDF) until recently and Vice Chair of the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA). Ms.Mbianda is the proud parent of two handsome young men the Primary Caregiver for her 89 year old mother.

Sir Bernard Fonlon Jr. Community Leadership Award recipient 2015.

he Vincent Kewala Nyambi Foundation is proud to present to Sir Bernard Fonlon Jr a Community Leadership Award. Sir Bernard Fonlon Jr., or “Gwei” as he is affectionately known (based on the title bestowed on him by HRM the paramount Fon of Nso), is an entrepreneur, community leader, public speaker, fundraiser and radio personality.

Born and raised in Cameroon, he has been an active member of the Cameroonian community in the Washington D.C. area for over twenty-years as president of BFU, founding member and the (Ntumfon) spokesman for the USNW FONS Council. Member ACCDF/Pan African Festival and black history month. He also serves as the Cameroonian community volunteer public relations officer and liason to the Cameroon Embassy and has been instrumental in helping improve the relations between the community and the embassy. Over the years, Gwei has also dedicated time to the greater African community by serving as the host first for the Cameroonian National day and the Cameroonian youth day celebrations and MC of several Miss Africa USA, Miss Cameroon pageants and the recent African Day Diplomatic Celebrations. However, his greatest impact has been in helping non-profit organizations in their fund raising efforts. As the primary fundraiser for most of these foundations, he has been able to help raise over Two and a half million dollars in the last several years to fuster philanthropic and rural development projects in the sectors of education, renewable energy and portable water in Cameroon. Gwei is a passionate patriotic and culturalist who has helped in promoting the rich cultures of Cameroon, as a ranking cultural titleholder, he has worked tirelessly in helping the Fons and the Ambassador in the the naming ceremonies of Afrcan Americans who have traced their DNA to Cameroon. 
Gwei is also the CEO of SBK Logistics LLC, with an IT and telecom background. President of Dreamline Ventures LLC and Board member of GAFED International Inc and Cameroon Vibes Radio/Tv personality. Currently serves as foreign representative of friends of Cameroon University Institute of the Diocese of Buea. (Entrepreneurial Catholic college) working with a solid team under the Vicar of the Diocese of Buea, seeking partnership opportunities to enhance and fund CIUDB with American Universities.

Mr. Jean Claude Monayong, Empowerment Award recipient during The V.K. Nyambi Foundation Fundraising Gala and Award Recognition 0ct 2nd 2010 @ The Hampton Conference Center.

Jean Claude (JC) Monayong was born and raised in the southern province of Cameroon. Popularly called JC by his friends, he migrated to the United States at the age of 25 after a brief stint as the principal IT Engineer of INTELCAM Cameroon. What is amazingly distinctive about his professional background is that JC is self-taught IT expert.

This proactive attitude has seen him successfully and successively work as a Programmer, System Administrator, Technical Lead DBA, Senior DBA Architect, Senior Solutions Architect, Senior System Analyst, Senior System Architect, Director of Information Systems and Director of Production Services. He has been employed by such great companies as the Franklin Mint, the State Department, MCI, Verizon, AOL, Nortel, Sprint, and IBM, to name a few which have resulted in over 25 years of IT experience. A selfless individual by nature, JC was ready to give back as much as he could to the community.

During the nineties, Mr. Monayong started teaching and training ethnic minorities in Information System (IT) within the Washington Metropolitan area. He did not only offer pro bono teaching services to hundreds of Africans, he also inspired thousands more to follow their dreams and believe in their own strength. He is the reason, inspiration, and force behind myriads of success stories in our community.

There are hundreds of Database administrators, network engineers and system analyst in our community today because Mr. Jean Claude Monayong made time on weekends and after working hours to teach those who could not afford the required tuition. Selfless with his time, self and money, JC would rent auditoriums to accommodate the crowd that followed him.

Late Dr. Moses Asanji

Dr. Moses Fon Asanji was born on January 10th, 1940. After his primary school education he enrolled in Cameroon Protestant College (CPC) Bali. Upon completion of high school he attended Cuttington University College in Liberia where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences. He later moved to Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone where he earned a PhD. In Parasitology. Upon his return to Cameroon, he taught at CPC Bali and became Vice Principal. Thereafter he joined the staff of Ecole Normale Superieur Annexe, Bambili, as Lectureer and was later appointed Director Delegate. After he retired from the civil service, he became the Vice Chancellor of Bamenda University of Science and Technology (BUST).

Positions Held
In addition to the post mention above, he held (15) other posts in local Organizations, a few of which were:

  • Bali old Boys association (BOBA)
  • President General Chomba Development and Cultural Association (CHODECA)
  • Municipal Councilor for Bamenda Urban Council and member of scholarship committee
  • Founding Chairperson V. K. Nyambi Foundation

Academic Societies

  • American society of Parasitologists
  • Helmintholigal Society of Washington
  • New York Academy of Science
  • North West Science Teachers Association

Scientific Accomplishments
He discovered a new paramphistome from the rumen of young cow in 1975 in Freetown, Sierra Leon and after many years of morphological studies by histochemical techniques, he named this parasite “Diglyptopharynx demales”.

He published 23 articles in national and international journals.

Honorable Jack B. Johnson, recipient of the Humanitarian Award during The V.K. Nyambi Foundation Fundraising Gala and Award Recognition 0ct 2nd 2010 at The Hampton Conference Center.

Jack B. Johnson is the sixth County Executive of Prince George’s County, now the second wealthiest county in the state of Maryland. Since taking office in 2002, County Executive Jack B. Johnson has made history in Prince George’s County- increasing the county’s budget by more than $1 billion; fully funding the public schools for the first time in 20 years, rebuilding the crime-fighting infrastructure of police department; and stabilizing the management and operations of the Prince George’s hospital Center.

Under the Johnson administration, the county received an improved bond rating from Wall Street for three consecutive years, giving the county its highest bond rating ever. County Executive Jack B. Johnson rejuvenated the stalled National Harbor Project, a $2 billion, 300 acre mixed-use development project that creates more than 3,000 jobs in the County- a project that will make Prince George’s County the gateway to Maryland.

Mr. Johnson has 19years of professional experience in public service, having served as County Executive, State’s Attorney and Deputy State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was a former professor of taxation at North Carolina Central University School of Law and a former Attorney in the office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service.

A native of North Carolina, Mr. Johnson earned a degree in Business Administration from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina and a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C. An accomplished and dedicated leader in the community, he has received numerous honors and awards, in the NAACP’s “Presidential Award” and the Amy’s “Patriot Award.’ Most recently, he was named “Man of the Year for Community Service” by the Washington Annual Conference of the second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been a strong advocate for the voiceless especially children. Before assuming the leadership role as chief executive for almighty Prices George’s county, Americans of African descent were seen, respected but not heard. After a year in power, Africans were not only heard but were voices of influence in the corridors of power in Prices George’s County. Prices George’s County is the first and only county in the United State with an African Trade Office. Mr. Johnson during his term has visited more than four African countries with his most recent being Cameroon. He led a delegation of business men from Prices George’s county to the countries visited. He is also an unofficial counselor of the V.K. Nyambi Foundation.

Mr. Johnson resides in Mitchellville with his wife Leslie. They are proud parents of three successful adult children.

Mr. Eric Chinje recipient of the Goodwill Ambassador for V.K. Nyambi foundation during his sendoff party sponsor by the World Bank Staff, the V. K. Nyambi foundation and the Hampton Conference Center December 11th 2011.

Mr. Eric Chinje is currently the Director for Strategic Communications at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a position he took up at the start of 2012. Prior to that he led the Global Media Program at the World Bank Institute (WBI) and, in that capacity, launched the IMAGE (Independent Media for Accountability, Governance and Empowerment) capacity building program and Network to create a corps of development journalists in the Bank’s client countries (see: www.image-network.org).

He moved to the WBI from his position as External Affairs and Communications Manager in the Bank’s Africa Region and the institution’s spokesperson on Africa. He returned to the World Bank in 2008 after four years at the African Development Bank in Tunis where he was head of that institution’s External Affairs and Communications Unit. He is on the Board of the African Media Initiative (AMI) which he was instrumental in establishing, and is a Founding Co-Convenor of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF). He is Vice President of the African Advisory Board of the National Museum of African Art of the prestigious Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

Mr. Chinje is fluent in English and French, He studied in the universities of Yaounde (Cameroon), Syracuse (New York) and Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts). He lectured in the Yaounde University School of Mass Communication in Cameroon during the 1984/85 academic year. He served as Vice Chair of the World Bank/IMF Africa Club from 1996 – 2002. He was Editor in Chief of Cameroon Television and, at various times from 1984 – 1991, a contributing correspondent for CNN World Report, and a stringer for the BBC World Service, Voice of America, and Deutschewelle Radio.

Mr. Chinje is an Officer of the Cameroon Order of Merit and an Officer of the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau. He is a founding member of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Network (WEEN), a non-governmental organization in Cameroon, and Chair of the Zambia Orphans AID (ZOA) organization. He serves on the board of FORCE (the Forsachi Resource Center) in Cameroon, and the “ARK Jammers Connection” – a not-for-profit musical organization in the US that engages in Acts of Random Kindness (ARK). In this capacity, he co-conveived and oversaw the implementation of the |Ancestry Reconnection Program (ARP) – a journey back to the land of their ancestors by DNA-certified African Americans. Mr. Chinje has written and lectured extensively on Communication and Development in Africa.

Dr. Georges Awah, , recipient of the Philanthropic Award during The V.K. Nyambi Foundation Fundraising Gala and Award Recognition 0ct 2nd 2010 at The Hampton Conference Center

Dr. George Awah migrated from the Republic of Cameroon to the United States in 1981. Before becoming a medical doctor from the University of South Dakota, Dr. George Awah already help a PhD in Pharmacology from the same university. Dr. George Awah has used his profession and abilities to exemplify the meaning of a Good Samaritan. In this era where health care has become commercialized, Dr. Awah still presents a true sense of a typical community doctor.

Dr. Awah has been known for conducting house calls especially to African immigrant parents. He performs free consultations, diagnoses and provides treatments for free to hundreds of individuals in our community without medical insurance. Furthermore he has also been a mentor to several young medical doctors.

His generosity extends even outside his profession. He has been known to undertake the financial hardhips of children who are unable to pay their school fees. He has adopted his sister’s Alma Mata Our Lady of Lourdes College, Mankon, in financially supporting their water projects. He is also a patron of the Cameroon Catholic Congregation in the Washington Metro area. Dr. George Awah believes we all have to develop a sense of local community participation. The recent health care debate has generated in him the need for brain gain; that is why he is constructing a medical center in Bamenda. He has made it a commitment to travel regularly to his beloved Cameroon in order to offer free consultations to the people. No wonder he has been adopted and crown with a “Red feather” by His Royal Highness the Fon Agwafor of Mankon Bamenda.

Dr. George Awah is considered one of the most generous people within our community and surrounding communities. He has supported countless nonprofit and charitable organizations within and out of the United States. He aspires to work with other African communities. He also serves as a role model to many of our youths and young adults within our community and as a result has received many awards from several other organizations.