Cameroon: Fire-Eating PCC Moderator Emeritus, Nyansako Ni-Nku Has Transitioned in Douala
The Office of the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, has announced the death of Moderator Emeritus, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Nyansako Ni-Nku in Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala.
According to information released to Timescape Magazine, Rev. Dr. Nyansako died Tuesday April 27 at a hospital in Douala after an illness. The exact cause of his death has not been released, but the PCC says the late Pastor of the Word had struggled with his health lately.
Rev. Dr. Nyansako served in several capacities at the PCC before his election to the office of Moderator in 1999. He won re-elected for a second five-year term as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, at the 41st Synod of “Growth” meeting, held at Presbyterian Church Centre, Kumba, Meme in the Once Independent State of Southern Cameroons, from November 7 – 9, 2004.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Nyansako Ni-Nku, Moderator Emeritus of the PCC in Cameroon
Prior to his election first, as Synod Clerk and then as Moderator, Rev. Dr. Nyansako served as head of the PCC Communication Department. He received communication training at the AACC's communications training center in 1971 and began his career as a broadcaster and journalist. He also studied journalism in England (Sheffield) and earned a double masters in Sacred Theology and Communications in the United States of America. He also took coursework at the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland.
On Thursday, November 27, 2003, Rev. Dr. Nyansako was elected President of the All-African Conference of Churches. The Man of God took to the rostrum Friday, November 28 at a press conference to deliver what became known as his most emblematic assertion regarding the role of the Christian Church across Africa.
He said “There is such a paralyzing fear for people to criticize their governments because of the consequences…The only salvation for the people is to listen to the Church. The Church has to have high morals and to raise strong ethical issues”.
He also noted that “The churches have a responsibility to raise concerns of justice
and of equitable sharing of resources. It means the Church must conduct itself with such integrity that its words carry weight. We must set our own house in order”.
In what sounded like a rebuke to those in power across the Black Continent, Rev Nyansako said “Greed is one of the greatest poisons of our time. Why build many houses and own many cars when you can only sleep on one bed at a time?”
Turning his attention to his fellow Shepherds of the Word, the venerated Man of God warned “We must proclaim the Gospel with a willingness to resist the threats to
our lives,” adding that “I belong to the theology that you have to identify the demons and name them by name. That is very risky. We who are called to Ministry must realize the call to discipleship has its costs”.
Rev. Dr. Nyansako, who crowned his educational career with a doctorate degree in theology was married to Grace Mbong, a secondary school teacher of history, with whom they had four children: two girls and two boys.