Pa Solomon and Mama Rebecca Angum Tanee
20th JUNE 1945
At some point in the history of humanity, Pa Solomon Fomum Tanee and Mama Rebecca Angum Tanee got married and out of that wedding, they had six (06) children.
On the 20th of June 1945, great joy filled their heart with the birth of the third child. Little boy Zacharias Tanee Fomum was born.
AT THE AGE OF FOUR
From the early age of four, Mama Rebecca Angum, Brother Zach’s mother was surprised by what looked like hallucinations but instead had to do with the gift of prophecy, the office of the prophet, and the Word of Knowledge.
AT THE AGE OF FIVE
At the age of five, he witnessed the birth of his younger Sister, Hodia Ngomwi Fon being born in 1950. This left a deep impression on him and he was never the same. He developed a deep relationship with her that lasted throughout his life
BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX & TEN
He used his pencil for four years, between the ages of six and ten. When it was so short that he could no more write with it, he gave it to his father who gave him a new pencil.
Waking up at 3.30 a.m.
From the age of six, he woke up at 3.30 every morning to heat water for his father to bathe.
A life of faithfulness in financial matters
Between the ages of six and fourteen, he sold groundnuts for his mother. He did not eat one grain while selling. He also sold “accra” (fritters)
That was the beginning of a life of faithfulness in financial matters. His promotion is therefore rooted in his faithfulness in the past.
Start of Primary School
At almost seven years of age and with four months’ delay because the school was closed, He enrolled at School. He was taken to Infants’ One at the Presbyterian Primary School, at Wumnembug. His teacher was called Mr. Asale.
At the end of that first term in primary school, he came out fifth, even though he had gone to school almost four months late. When he got back home, his father congratulated and encouraged him by giving him a school bag
At the end of that school year, he was the first.
Seeking for excellence
Mr. Essombe was his teacher in the second year of primary school. He loved him exceptionally and caused him to study unusually. He was soon called ZT by teachers and pupils alike.
Some disappointments at his tender age
- Once, he had three sums wrong in one arithmetical exercise while some of his classmates had it all. He was very humiliated by his classmates. He could not stand failure, defeat, and humiliation.
- Another disappointment came when he was asked not to come back to school because of his dirty clothes. This particular lesson taught him to be neat, orderly, and organized and he remained so for the rest of his life.
FRIENDSHIP AT CHILDHOOD
Still in 1952, Lambert Eteng Ebot became his friend in the second year in primary school. They used to share their lives and experiences.
Ndah and Fobang were other childhood friends of his, this time from the neighborhood.
Exceptional performances in school
Eventually, he had an exceptional performance at the end of the second year in primary school. He scored 598 out of a total of 600. The two marks were lost because he gave the names of ten of the disciples of the Lord Jesus instead of twelve. The confusion was due to the fact that there were two disciples bearing Simon, two bearing James, and two bearing Judas.
Another highlight of Infants’ Two was a price of three pence won for being able to answer arithmetic questions that some boys in the sixth year could not answer.
Move to Andek, Ngie
In 1955, the whole family moved from Nyasoso to Andek, Ngie, where his father was posted as a full Presbyterian pastor or minister, to oversee the prayer houses and churches all over that region.
HIS FATHER’s friend
At the age of eleven, he became his father’s friend. That was the biggest event in his life. It changed him in everything.
THE SELF-LIFE CRUSHED AT A TENDER AGE
The Lord started dealing with « self » in the life of Brother Zach. Having been acknowledged as the best goalkeeper of the team of “Andek”, his father, supported by mama Rebecca, refused to grant him permission to take part in an important match, in spite of all his arguments on how critical his presence was needed at that match.
Second bible reading
Brother Zach completed the second reading of the whole bible.
End of primary school
He wrote the 1st School Leaving Certificate Exam and passed with flying colors
He wrote the Entrance examination into Cameroon Protestant College (CPC), Bali, and passed.
Graduation from Primary School
With some some classmates
Having fun with some classmates.
Filling the gap
Mary Uko Mbafor, the elder Sister of Brother Zach got married and left the house. For Mama Rebecca, she had lost a great helper; Brother Zach reassured her that he would fill the gap.
By so doing, each time he was at home, he served his mother and father, and he did it from 1959 till 1979.
This period was a take-off for Brother Zach in the service to God and to men
Entrance in secondary school
On the 16th January 1960, he entered a secondary school classroom for the first time. It was in the Cameroon Protestant College, Bali, North West Cameroon.
Scholarship from the government
Election as junior Liberian
He was elected as the Junior Librarian of Cameroon Protestant College, Bali
He distinguished himself by his great interest in reading.
Election as Prefect
- of the Library at CPC, Bali,
- and evening studies and information in CPC, Bali
With his classmates in Andek
Entrance in Cameroon College of Arts, Science and Technology (CCAST) Bambili
He passed the entrance examination into Cameroon College of Arts, Science and Technology (CCAST) Bambili, North West Cameroon. He was the thirteenth, by order of merit of the nearly one hundred students who were admitted.
The miracle of God in it was that the first thirteen students were given Federal Government Scholarships of 30,000 Francs CFA per year plus other privileges. The year before, it was given to the first ten, and the year after, no Federal Government Scholarship was given.
That was the obvious Hand of God on his life.
First Encounter wirth Prisca Zei Fokam
On the 21st December 1964, Brother Zach had his first encounter with Prisca Zei Fokam. She, later on, became his wife.
Brother Zach was taking care of Pa Solomon who had a diabetic crisis, while Sister Prisca Zei Fokam was also there at the hospital, taking care of a sick relative. Her father, papa Fokam worked as an evangelist under Pa Solomon.
With his classmates in CCAST, Bambili
With his classmates in CCAST, Bambili.
From left to right:
- Brother Zach
- A classmate
- Brother Joseph Besong
- And two other classmates.
The first letter from Sister Prisca
His first ambition
Earlier that year, he had been selected to do sciences in Upper Sixth during the 1965/66 academic year.
His ambition was to become a medical doctor, in order to save lives, not through food as Joseph did in the Bible, but through medicine.
General Certificate of Education Advance
He wrote his General Certificate of Education Advance Level and passed.
Selection for Scholarship
In April 1966, Brother Zach was selected by the Cameroon Government for a Canadian Scholarship to study medicine in Canada. He did not go because the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level results for Cameroon came from London with one-week delay.
His medical career crashed to the ground never to raise again.
Admission into Fourah Bay College
In 1966, he was admitted into Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, to study for a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Leaving for Sierra Leone
He left for Sierra Leone on September 27, 1966 to study for a Bachelor of Sciences Degree.
It was not easy for him to be separated from his darling father and friend.
TRUE REPENTANCE AND CONSECRATION
Three days after arriving Fourah Bay, Brother Zach began to experience a deep sense of conviction of sin and worldliness. The Lord brought to him a panorama of his sinful and worldly life. The outcome was a stark revelation of the horror of the mixed life he lived since the 13th June 1956 when he had first received Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour to that day, 1st October 1966. He saw the rottenness of his heart and alone in his room, he was moved to tears and fell on his knees in repentance before God. He gave Him his heart and his life and promised to serve Him with all his spirit, soul and body.
He consecrated himself entirely to the Lord Jesus.
A reader on Christian faith
General Secretary of the Bible Study Union
At the end of 1966, he became the General Secretary of the “Bible Study Union” at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone.
Arrival of Sister Prisca in Sierra Leone
Prisca Zei Fokam came to Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone to study Biology
Brother Zach and Sister Prisca as students at Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone