CHIEF EPATA EMMANUEL M. KULU 67, Chief of Buea, Cameroon was born February 28, 1952 in Bamenda, Cameroon to Mr. Peter Stephen Ikome Kulu and Mrs. Hannah Kwedi Ngonde Wacka Mofa in which both have preceded him in death. He was the eldest of ten children. Emmanuel was preceded in death by his siblings Ekale and Wase. He is survived by his beloved siblings George Mokosso Burnley, Diboto Divine Mofa, Efeti Regina Kulu-Mofa Ojongtambia, Yemi Jacobine Mofa Truman, Jemea Faith Mofa, Dialle Ethel Mofa Takang, Yoti Hannah Mofa Obenge, Lucy Nanyongo Kulu and Stepmother Anatasia Enanga Kulu.
Emmanuel received his primary and secondary education in Cameroon. In 1973, he moved to the United States of America to attend the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York where he studied electrical engineering. He went on to work at General Electric before moving on to Bureau Veritas where he retired early due to a stroke in 2008.
Emmanuel made a name for himself as a great soccer player. As a young man in Cameroon, he played for CDC Tiko and St. Joseph College Sasse Buea where he was the lead scorer and was nicknamed "Epata" for his great soccer skills. Before leaving Cameroon, Emmanuel had the great honor of playing for his country on the Cameroonian National Soccer Team. While in the United States, he played for the UB Bulls Soccer Team where he holds the record of more goals scored by a player in a season. He also played for the Buffalo Blazers and Rochester Lancers in the National American Soccer League. Emmanuel continued his soccer legacy within the Buffalo Soccer Club. He was one of the founders of a local amateur soccer team named Buffalo Black Stars where he was nicknamed "Kicker King Kulu."
Emmanuel was married to the late Betty Kulu, to this marriage he leaves to cherish his memories his four children, Ekeni Livingston (Michael), Stephen Kulu (Jerika) Karl Kulu, Emmanuel Kulu and two step children Danielle Baker (Dana), and Desiree Baker.
After the marriage dissolved, he married Margaret Agnello-Kulu who preceded him in death. From this marriage he leaves to cherish his memories one child Samantha Kulu and two step-children Kwame Griffith (Patricia) and Katrina Griffith. Emmanuel was blessed with twenty-seven grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Family will receive friends 11:00 am Saturday at St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St., Buffalo, New York, 14204.
Burial Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York.
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