Biography

Me

Me

I am Fr. Herbert Niba, a priest of the Diocese of Buea, Cameroon ordained by Mgr. Immanuel Bushu on 22nd April 2014. I am the last child of Mr. & Mrs. Niba Fineboy. I have 7 lovely siblings and 10 little ones who call me “uncle”.

Educational and Professional Background


After my secondary education at the Bishop Rogan Minor Seminary, Buea (1997-2004), I was admitted for priestly formation by Bishop Pius Suh Awa. I was trained at St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui, and obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy (2008), and Divinity Degree (2014) from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. I also hold a Master’s in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Central Africa (2010). After my ordination I served as Director of the John Paul II Institute of Theology, Molyko–Buea (2014-2016). Here I oversaw the formation of the laity, and organized pilgrimages and field work at the radio, prison or hospital inspired by the teachings of Pope John Paul II. Since 2016, I am a lecturer and member of the permanent formation team at the St. John Paul II Major Seminary, Bachuo Ntai, Mamfe. Here, I lecture Philosophy, and also coordinate an annual Symposium on Pope John Paul’s writings. The latest (2019) was: “The Body as Gift: Phenomenological Ethics in Karol’s Wojtyla’s Love and Responsibility”.

What Spices my life?


For hobbies, I like learning new languages, attending musical concerts, travelling and conducting interviews, and also watching (and analyzing) films with youths. I am a strong believer in the New Evangelization: this means, I treasure using new ways in presenting afresh the same timeless message of the Gospel. Think of it as changing the envelope (i.e. the presentation, so as to make it more appealing), while maintaining the letter! Thus, since 1st Jan 2016, I run an online meditation forum (My Daily Song), where I share 5minutes daily reflections based on Christian hymns. My repertoire will be hitting a thousand audios soon!

Who/What inspires me?


(Since I love fruit salad) my mentors are many... In the realm of Philosophy, Peter Kreeft is my icon, first, because he points away from himself to the real masters – Socrates, Augustine, Aquinas and Blaise Pascal. Besides, Kreeft combines profound thinking with clear language which is a scarce commodity nowadays. I will be indebted to him forever! In the field of the New Evangelization, I admire The Bible Project Inc. and the St Paul Centre for Biblical Theology founded by Dr. Scott Hahn. If wishes were horses, I would… The most unfortunate thing to happen to a Christian is to miss being a saint. That is why I whisper to my patron saint often, and recently wrote a work in his honour: The Way of the Cross in the Footsteps of St. John Paul II. I am also committed to telling the African Story from the inside, and would soon love to make known the hidden African heroes.

Publications


Amare et Servire: The Life and Work of Henri Peeters, MHM, Arise Press, Bamenda 2014. Aquinas Hymnal: Jubilee Edition (Ed), Arise Press, Bamenda 2013. The Way of the Cross in the Footsteps of St. John Paul II (Coming up soon!)


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