Sunday 4th, June 2017 came with very sad news for Cameroonians in General and the nation’s sports lovers in particular. The airwaves were laden with the news of the death of the legendary newscaster Mr. Zachary Nkwo. The veteran sports reporter left this world at the age of 72 at the Mount Mary Hospital in Buea.
Zachary Nkwo would be fondly remembered for his outstanding sports commentaries with the then Cameroon radio which is today Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV). This was a man greatly respected by the entire nation for his vivid description of football matches for over a decade.
One of such matches was the final phase of the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast that was won by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
So passionate about sports, he officially retired from state media in 2003 but did not drop the mic.
Fifteen years later, his grace and style of presentation were still in high demand that he was occasionally called to report on events such as the Mount Cameroon race.
In 2012, Zachary Nkwo was voted Sports Personality of the Year by sports journalists nationwide and awarded for his exceptional prowess in sports reporting spanning over a decade. He was also presented with the Special Grand Prize by the jury on Sunday, November 25, during the maiden edition of ‘Sports Media Awards 2012’ in Douala. This was organized by Littoral chapter of the Cameroon Association of Sports Journalists, CASJ.
Zachary Nkwo was the inspiration of sports reporter Fon Echikiye who has written a book titled “Zachary Nkwo’s ultimate commentary.”
Cameroon Info reports that according to his younger brother Professor Julius Ngoh, in an exclusive interview with Cameroon News Agency, Zachary Nkwo was more like an uncle to him and his death is devastating to the family.
May his gentle soul rest in peace!