By Akere-Maimo on Assignment in Kumbo
Fired with the zeal to build and achieve, Lawrence Loweh Tasha, 50 years old, dived into business with fast wings. His 10-year experience working with the Americans in the 80s as a Senior Officer in Chase Bank Cameroon was quite inspiring. Though with a solid background in Mathematics – preparing BAC students for the Science series, the fire-driven and flexible bank manager easily switched to Business School. After his studies, he worked briefly with the National Investment Corporation (SNI) and later on joined the Chase Bank in 1978.
His managerial prowess albeit unusual excesses, extends into the realms of sports and politics. As a sports promoter, he managed Kumbo Strikers F.C. for 6 years and for the first time brought the Cameroon Cup West of the Mungo. As the present President of the CPDM section of the Bui I for 4 years running, he is bent on implanting the ideas of the ruling party in the politically resistant Nso people.
“So far, the political landscape of Bui reveals a geometric progression of 4% to 44% for CPDM in just four years. It is just logical that next elections, CPDM is going to win in Bui,” Tasha averred with confidence. And he thinks what makes a complete businessman is politics.
Once General Manager of Amity Bank, Tasha’s life-long dream was to attract and defend Human Resource (HR). He has achieved this by sending at least two university graduates to study Risk Management in New York. What happened to Chase Bank Cameroon? “Unfortunately, when the bank began flourishing, a few greedy shareholders began fighting…you best know the story,” he told The Entrepreneur.
He strongly believes in business one must learn to respect the rules of the game, be honest and self-disciplined. He worries about brain drain in Cameroon, urging youths not to be derailed by the prevailing crises for “crises in themselves have opportunities”.
“If there is disorder in a place, do not think that the disorder will merely work against you. It can always work for you. It is how you think, live and analyse the environment in which you find yourself. You should never be discouraged,” he opined.
To distract himself from the usual routine of his job, he enjoys playing tennis, swimming, reading and listening to music. He strongly believes The Entrepreneur is an initiative in the right direction and that the future of Cameroonians very much depends on entrepreneurship.