Renowned Southern Cameroons lawyer dies aged 76 0

A prominent Limbe-based lawyer, Barrister Helen Ebai, has died aged 76. The circumstances surrounding her death were sketchy at press time. However some sources said that the late barrister was preparing to travel to the United Kingdom for her regular health checks when she suddenly developed a certain medical challenge in her residence in Limbe.

Incorruptible and fearless career legal practitioner, Barrister Helen Ebai was among the few Southern Cameroons women to read law in England. She was married to the late Barrister Edward Ebai and was blessed with six children.

Tributes from all over the world have been pouring in ever since information of her sudden departure was made public. Reacting to the news, Chief Charles A Taku of the International Criminal Court observed that:

“The passing into the eternal glory of the Lord of the great legal luminary Barrister Helen Ebai has deprived us of a commanding voice at the service of justice and the truth. I did my first case as a lawyer before her at the Victoria Magistrate Court with the distinguished legal luminary Fon Gorgi Dinka in the case of C. J Woleta v Imoh. Several years later, she briefed me as counsel in the Besongabang Chieftaincy cases against Barrister Enonchong.

She was a passionate tireless and fearless crusader for justice, and a ferocious outspoken defender of the oppressed, the poor and the weak.”

Her last public appearance was during a town hall meeting with Prime Minister Dion Ngute. A QRC and Queens College product, she qualified as a lawyer in the UK. Went back home into ENAM and onto the magistracy profession . Helen Ebai later resigned and joined her husband in the family legal practice. She was subsequently appointed liquidator of the National Produce Marketing Board.

A devoted Catholic and an exemplary leader. She leaves behind 6 children, 8 grand children and family to mourn her.

By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai

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