“The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the
wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”
Psalm 103: 15 -16




Biography of Etia Marie Sikoty Efange

Mme Efange aka Elder Etia, was born SIKOTY Etia Marie Chantal Ladouce on September 18, 1975 to Sango Jean Mouanjo Sikoty of the Bona Mikano clan (of Douala) and Nyango Molisa mo Ngunde (who later became Mrs Molisa Kange) of Great Soppo. She was the firstborn of her father and the third child of her mother. Ladouce grew up in Buea and attended the Roman Catholic Mission Primary School, Soppo until 1986. She subsequently attended Government Bilingual Grammar School, Molyko, Buea from 1986-1991, and Government Practicing School, Yaoundé from 1991-1992, when she obtained the GCE “O” Level Certificate. Thereafter, she attended Kulu Memorial Evening School, Limbe, and obtained the GCE Advanced Level Certificate. Following a brief stint at the University of Douala, she finally enrolled in the University of Buea (UB) in 1999 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (with a minor in Management) in 2005. After acquiring some working experience in the microfinance sector, she returned to the University of Buea in 2010 to continue her education and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Sociology in 2014.

Professional Life

During her formative years, Ladouce gained working experience by engaging in a number of activities. For example, between 1993 and 2004, she worked in the CAMNAFAW summer program on the education of parents on infant health care and feeding practices; took a summer job as a front desk attendant at BICEC, Akwa-Liberte and later worked as a part-time Project Manager/Accountant for a 5-year internationally funded research project.

Upon graduation from UB in 2005, she was offered employment by the Fako Transport and Shipping Company Limited (FAKOSHIP). After two years as a Management Trainee in FAKOSHIP, she was appointed to the position of Internal Controller in Security Finance Corporation, the erstwhile microfinance subsidiary of FAKOSHIP. Following her departure from SEFFACORP in 2013, she joined the University of Buea as an Administrative Assistant. During her tenure at UB, she served in the Faculty of Arts and later in the Faculty of Health Sciences where she held the position of Administrative Assistant to the Dean until her death on May 04, 2023. She was passionate about her work, frequently bringing work home so as to remain on top of things, and enjoyed learning new skills.

Plucked in Full Bloom

In January 1999, she met Professor Mbua Ngale Efange. They were married in April of that year and later settled in Small Soppo Wonganga where they lived till her death. Their union produced six children, here listed in order of seniority: Noella Molisa, Mbua Ndumbe, Ephenge Namondo, Ngale Njuma, Molua Nammeh and Luma Kwaongo.

Walk with Christ

Etia was baptized into the Presbyterian Church and she remained a committed Christian of the PCC until her death. She joined the Ndol’a Kristo choir in 2015 following the death of her mother, and became an active member at the Small Soppo. Parish level and at the zonal level. In 2019, she was elected to the position of Elder in PC Small Soppo. She served assiduously in this position until she became too ill to serve. During her tenure of office she served as the Youth Elder and constantly doted on the children that she loved so much.

Community Life

In characteristic fashion Etia lived an active life within the community as seen by her membership and /or support of several social/economic self-empowerment/alumni groups such Mbando, Elong’a Bomi, Neighbour Neighbour and BigSea to name a few. She is remembered for her enthusiastic support of and participation in Blow di Blow, the popular Women’s Community Marathon. She was also an ardent farmer who was skilled in the traditional Bakweri farming methods.

Early Chidhood and Family life

During her early years, Etia spent time not only with her mother and father but a cross section of her maternal family, beginning with her maternal grandmother Loko l’Ikundi. Consequently, Etia grew up to become a very active member of the Ikundi family, who could interact effortlessly with most family members and was liked by many members of this large family. She was known to participate in almost every activity of this family, from merriment to grieving. While she was a strict disciplinarian, she was also forgiving and readily welcomed children and adults alike into her home. Little wonder then that when she fell ill the entire family flockedaround her and came to the rescue. Sadly, she lost her battle with breast cancer and passed away on May 04, 2023; however, we are all comforted by the knowledge that during those final days she was surrounded with the love and care that she needed to weather the storm. She leaves behind a grieving throng including the husband, six children, several siblings, family members and friends, who in spite of their grief, wish her well on her journey to the Great Beyond. Farewell, Ladouce.