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EVENTS
The youths had spiritual excursion to the Bambili Lake on the 15th of March 1989. The parish celebrated her first feast day with holy mass, civic reception and feasting according to BCC, groups. On the 28th December a youth Christian camp was held in Shisong Nso in which many of the youths from Futru featured prominently.
The year 1990 started with a number of developmental projects. On the 27th of March, the parish priest Rev. Fr. Juan Yzuel, laid the foundation stone of a new school building at Mbelem. On the 22nd of April the foundation stone of the Parish house (father house) was laid by Dr. John Ngu Foncha in a ceremony in which nearly one million Francs CFA was raised for the continuation of the work.


The Tabor hermitage at Alongze Nkwen (Mt Calvary) built by the Calasanzian Fathers and the Little Brothers of Jesus was inaugurated on the 9th of June. The hermitage referred to above is a place for spiritual meditation for priests, religious and Laity. The first parish youth Camp called the Centenary youth camp was organised at Menteh in December that same year and was attended by youths from the Parishes of Shishong Nso and Futru led by their Chaplains. The 4th calazanzian priest Fr. Domingo Saez arrived Futru and was given a hilarious welcome in the parish hall.


As part of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the centenary of the Catholic Church in Cameroon, the Renew process was started by planting of "Alung Tree" in the imposing round about in front of the church. This tree fades out during the dry season and refreshes during the rainy season signifying the fall and rise of every Christian.
In the year 1991, in order to provide drinking water to school children, the Christians and the population around, the mission installed a fountain near the parish hall with the Bamenda Municipal Council responsible for the bills. The fountains was blessed and inaugurated on January 20th.


On the 25th of August, feast Day of St. Joseph Calasanz, the Calasanzian People's Cultural and Pastoral Centre (C.P.C.P.C) was inaugurated.  The center houses the following: Bookshop, library, typewriting facilities, sewing, local crafts and language studies. Most of these activities take place during the long holiday classes conducted with the help of the SETEM volunteers from Spain. On the 10th of November, the Christians went on a pilgrimage to Njama praying the station of the cross and ended up with the celebration of the Eucharist.
On the first day of the first Month of 1992, the parish was honoured by the visit of the calasanzian superior General, Fr. Jose Maria Barcells and some fathers meeting in Yaoundé. To increase their spiritual life, the Christians went on pilgrimage to mount Calvary at Alongse where they erected a six metre metal cross which symbolises the Lordship of Jesus in our village. This has been a yearly routine for Christian as they go there on Ascension Thursday for Mass. On Easter Sunday during mass, the Bobe Nka or children of the light, made their basic promise to serve the Lord faithfully as the light in the society.


On the 11 of May, a new committee "Justice and Peace" held their first meeting which they vowed to work in the fostering of Justice and Peace amongst Christians and the society. The 31 of May, 1992, saw the opening of the Menteh Bridge in a ceremony attended by the Christians of the Parish, delegates of Menteh elites from all over Cameroon and some representatives of the Municipal Council who also supported the project. They thanked the Catholic Mission for the marvelous gift which open the gate way for further development in Menteh. To show their appreciation they handed an envelope to the parish priest which they termed their "Widows" mite.


Two calasanzian volunteers Brother Fernando Torres from Puerto Rico and Mr Santiago Barcelona from Spain started the first holiday programme of the calasanz centre On 13 of October; the parishioners join Rev Fr Angel in the celebration of his silver jubilee.
At the beginning of the year 1993 serious preparation and campaigns were made for the installation of the sound system and bell in the church. On the 30th  of May, Pentecost Sunday, the dream of the Christians came true as the bell and the loud speaker were heard for the first time in the history of the village. The calasanz centre organized a holiday programme and the courses were elaborated upon by the SETEM volunteers who came from spain for the purpose.
On the 10th of August, the first calasanzian postulant in Cameroon from Futru parish Edwin Zama left for Senegal to start his novitiate.
The year ended on sad note, following the death of Cyprian Ndifor younger brother to Rev Br Mark Ngwa Ndifor in the Gendarmerie brigade on Sunday 18th December, after being detained on no well defined charges. He was, until his death the president of the parish youth council and secretary of the calazanzian people cultural and pastoral centre (C.P.C.P.C). Until today, the circumstances surrounding his tragic death remain unclear.


On July 26 1994, Rev Sister Justina Ndifor celebrated her final profession in the Order of Sis of Theresa in Kumba. The occasion was attended by a large number of Christians from Futru. It should be noted that she is the first native of Nkwen to be finally and successfully professed in the religious life.
On the 13 October, the Menteh church, dedicated to St. Joseph Calasanz was inaugurated. Present at the ceremony were Rev Fr Mariana Blass, the Provincial Superior of the Calazanzian Fathers and Fr Antonio Meseguer of blessed memory, the Parish Priest of Zaragoza in Spain. Three days later the new school building in Futru was inaugurated.
The year 1994 marked 75years of Christianity in Nkwen. To celebrate the anniversary the Christians organized a number of activities under the theme "75 years on the way". In 1995, the youths made an ecumenical visit to the Emmanuel Sisters convent in Bafut the only Presbyterian convent in Cameroon in preparation for a pilgrimage to Shishong. The religious adventure, which included some adult, took six days trek to and from Shishong, just as the early Christians did. On the 18th  of August two postulants from Futru parish, Andreas Ngangmi-Nkwen and Hilary Ngome, Bakossi, left for their novitiate in Spain. The first Nkwen language text book, called "Primia" written with the help of Fr. Fernando Negro and Dr. Elizabeth Awambeng was launched.


During the year 1996, the Parish completed the jubilee projects putting the ceiling of the parish church and painting the internal walls. Rev. Sr. Dolores Gomez Roman, a missionary sister of Jesus Christ from Spain beautifully painted the alter wall with the scenes of the annunciation, nativity, death and resurrection of Christ Pentecost and Emaus. The back wall shows the history of the Christian community of Nkwen while the side walls show the fourteen station of the cross. This year also saw an increase in the number of priest in the community with the arrival of Fr. Hose Antonio Gimeno. Rev, Fr. Juan Yzuel who had been parish priest since its inauguration in 1989 had another appointment which took him back to Spain and was replaced by Rev. Fr. Domingo Suez on 1st April, 1996 as Parish Priest.


On the 31st of October 1997, the Parish was once more in festive mood as they received three Rev. Sisters, Sr. Immaculada Alongso, Sr. Gusti and Sr. Mari Carmen whose presence greatly enriched the spiritual life of the people as they will now be responsible for the bringing up of our interested young girls in this vocation.
The year 1998 was dedicated to the Holy Spirit. The Christian community was fully involved in the activities that were prescribed by the Archdiocesan community for this purpose. At local level, the parish rejoiced with the arrival of the 5th Calasazan father, Rev. Mariano Grassa in the community of Futru.


In the year 1999, work on the Agro pastoral centre at Menteh was intensified and some of the buildings were actually completed. The new building of our lady of Africa Formation centre in Futru was completed; a shrine dedicated to our lady of Nkwen was inaugurated at Ntelah on Sunday 7th February which coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the parish. A new school building was also constructed at Mbelem to accommodate the increasing number of children in the area. The first ever indigenous Nkwen son Mark Ngwa Ndifor was ordained into the sacred priest hood by His Grace Archbishop Paul Verdzekov, on Wednesday, 7th April, 1999. He, the ordained, belongs to the congregation of the Capuchin community in Cameroon. The Christians of Nkwen thanked God immensely for this marvellous gift which they regard as the climax of the evangelisation process in Nkwen


On the 8th of April, barely 24 hours after ordination, Rev. Fr. Mark Ngwa Ndifor celebrated his thanksgiving mass in the premises of St. Michaels's mission, Futru-Nkwen, his parish of origin. The occasion which pulled the heaviest crowd ever experienced in the history of eighty year old catholic mission in Nkwen, ended with a civic reception and feasting.