Pa John Ngeh Jato: 1946 – October 31, 2017
Donga Mantung Bids Farewell to a Fallen Hero – Pa John Ngeh Jato a.k.a Pa Holy War or Pa John Chemist – Our Latest Inductee into the Donga Mantung Hall of Fame.
Pa John N. Jato was a very successful businessman, philanthropist, teacher and father to all. He was a torchbearer and a champion for development in the Donga Mantung Division and beyond. Through his so many successful projects, businesses and hard work, he contributed enormously to the economic and social development of our division in ways that made him stand out as a leader who had the development of his people at heart. His contributions to the Economic, Social and Cultural development of our Great Donga Mantung Division has earned him an everlasting place on the Donga Mantung Division’s WALL OF FAME. The WALL OF FAME is a project that seeks to identify and celebrate exemplary leaders, Heroes and champions who hail from the Donga mantung Division in order to show gratitude to them and to inspire the next generation of leaders from among the people of Donga Mantung.He will be sorely missed and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his entire family
Pa John Ngeh Jato was born in Luh Village – Ndu Subdivision in 1946 to Pa Mabuh and Mami Bari all of blessed memory. He attended CBM (Cameroon Baptist Mission) Primary School in Taku from 1957 to 1964 where he obtained a standard six certificate.
As ambitious as he was, he did not find solace staying in the village doing nothing, so he moved to Sanata where he was employed with the coffee estate and later returned to Luh village in 1965 where he established his own coffee farm. Later on, he went to Nkambe and served as a sales person to his late brother-in-law, Fai Mathew Kort. Haven noticed traits of enterprising spirit in him, his in-law sponsored him to undergo a pharmaceutical training at Premier Pharmacy in Kumba for a period of two years.
He graduated and obtained a license to operate a pharmacy. He came back nd served his master and helped him obtain to train other sales boys.
In 1972, his master settled him to start his own business in Misaje. He later moved to Nkambe where he progressed tremendously extending his businesses to Ako, Abongshie, Ndu, Misaje and Yaounde. He trained and settled many sales boys some of whom are successful businessmen today.In some of these places, he continued with his most cherished hobby, Agriculture.
He was an ardent Baptist Christian and was baptized in 1958 by Pastor N.M Ngeh. He supported the church in spreading the gospel to unreached areas and some cases, he singlehandedly sponsored evangelists to different areas. Pa John believed in virtues of love, unity, discipline, hard work, and above all, knowing and accepting Christ. He made these virtues his focal point and thought that these will be the best legacies to his family and loved ones. He left behind 4 wives, 22 children, 10 grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, in-laws and the entire NGAKI family to morn him.