The 3rd edition of the now famous Cameroon’s international Film Festival has come and gone but the reverberations of the 6 days event are still making headlines around Buea and beyond.
But beyond the sex scandal and mountainous logistical difficulties, the event was overall a massive success and once again shows that the industry is growing and rapidly and organizers learning from errors of the past.
There was plenty of publicity and the town of Buea was gripped with CAMIFF fever like never before.
They came from all over the world, Nigeria, Ghana, London, Qatar, South Africa, US and other countries to rally at the historic town of Buea.
Agbor Gilbert, CEO of CAMIFF has rallied the who-is-who in the country’s baby film industry to market Cameroon’s own.
From Nigerian Zack Oji to Ghanaian super star Nadia Bhuari to a team from Canon, the 6 days event involved party, high level training in everything movies, master class and finally awards for the best in the industry.
The festival had all the characteristics of an international festival of its stature and the Buea refurbished Mountain hotel host the festival proudly and boldly.
The event has significantly grew from the previous years and the organizers were promising better days ahead despite the challenges in putting together such a masterpiece in itself.
The CEO of CAMIFF says he was inspired by the need to tell Cameroon stories and market their movies which were constantly being produced but without exposure. An adorable goal for a man who has contributed so much to the country’s entertainment industry this far and continues to do so despite the challenges.
But amidst the ambiance, red carpets moments, party and fun, there lie this sad and heart breaking reality. Organizers are languishing in pain and frustration and the problem is -Finance.
Cameroonian government has failed to support the initiatives which ordinary sense would have made everybody believe they will quickly jump at the moment for a thousand and one reasons. But it wasn’t just the government, so too did the business guys and organizations.
In its closing ceremony on Saturday April 27th 2018, the organizers made tear dropping declaration to the embarrassment of many and leaving participants to hide their faces in shame, for the very first time I personally felt ashamed to be called a Cameroonian
The opportunity-pregnant project surprisingly got no financial support from anybody in the country. The list of partners were endless and the names as big as you could get, but there was a problem, the money never ever came and the organizers had to do it all on their own
No senior government official attended the event, not even the mayor of the town hosting a rare international event nor its senator or MPs. The DO f Buea did attend the ending ceremony but more as a guest than an official government figure and the minister of Arts and Culture was represented by one of his directors who came with an empty hand too.
And so when the MC took the bold, desperate but necessary step to make these staggering revelations, calling for people to support Agbor Gilbert with what they can in an embarrassing offering style donations and pledges, the population sandwiched with international stars whose net worth from the same industry but different country can sponsor the country’s film industry for decades, looked embarrassed, Cameroon which was exposed and disgraced and rightly so has failed its people in front of their august guests
People donated what they could from 1000 frs to 50000 frs and others did make pledges to support the initiative.
But it was indeed insulting and shameful to the country. The industry promising and the least government can do is support it to keep its increasingly swelling unemployed graduate who cannot find work there, and be busy.
The industry has made neighboring Nigeria to be the envy of the continent today and Ghana is fast catching up too, so if they can do it, why not we.
Truth us Cameroonians don’t give and supporting initiatives especially one born out of Anglophone Cameroon and by an Anglophone. This is once again another glorious opportunity to project our country, market our culture and take this country to another level.
Naija’s AY shares “Broken” poster…and then kamer industry goes up in flames
It was one share which probably was too much. Popular Nigerian comedian and entrepreneur fondly called AY took to his Instagram page and Facebook to share a posters of himself as host of the Cameroonian movie premier of the blockbuster movie titled “Broken” today November 8th 2019 and the entire kamer showbiz industry lights up in flames
AY’s choice as one of the hosts for the premier was already being questioned at home as fans wanted to know why a local wasn’t chosen for the star studded movie produced by Syndy Emade.
AY further fueled the criticism ignorantly when he failed to share the poster of the premier on any of his social media handles which was closely being watched by Cameroonians and critics of the movie.
The Nigerian comedy kingpin had focused his marketing to woe his close to 4 million Facebook fans and over 7 million followers on Instagram to his much publicized movie “Merry Men” scheduled for release in December 2019.
Critics roasted the team behind the Cameroonian movie project “Broken” and says AY was only interested in money as Host rather than selling the movie to be premiered on November 22nd 2019 as should customary be the case within the entertainment circle.
Syndy and her supppoeters were on the defensive.
When the Nigerian-based super star and father of one finally decided to feed his huge online followers with a poster of himself titled “Come join me for the premiere of the movie BROKEN this 22nd at Douala Bercy in Cameroon 🇨🇲 Let’s experience history…” team Broken went into a state of ecstasy .
Images and screenshots of the posts went viral on social media and it was major talking point within the entertainment industry social media groups.
Supporters of what is now known as Team Syndy took to social media to rubbish their critics, saying they should be hiding in shame as AY has finally shared the poster of himself.
One social media user writes on Facebook “… those who say he has paid to host and not to advertise the movie , I hope you have realize your stupidity” as the unnecessary social media inferno rages on.
Many are however wondering why the beef, celebrations and condemnation surrounding the post by AY, regretting the divisive spirit in the industry.
The movie Broken has been at the center of multiple controversies ever since its premier date was announced weeks ago.
The choice of date has been controversial too with some accusing the team of choosing same date with a popular concert in DOUALA to rival its organizers
Broken team hover insists they had chosen the date first and remains unapologetic about it
Wax Dey spits fire, schools overzealous entertainers on success tips
Cameroonian music super star wax Dey has reacted to a stormy debates on social media following the scheduled and much advertised movie premier “Broken” and Diamond Platinum’s Concert In Douala which happens to be on same date
The team behind the movie “broken” have been attacking organizers of the Diamond concert for choosing the same day as their movie premier and most recently for obliging upcoming artists to register with 10000frs for an opportunity to sing on same stage with Tanzanian super star Diamond and hip hop mogul Syanley Enow In DOUALA come November 22nd 2019.
In an open letter address to the organizing crew behind “Broken” Nde Ndifonka popularly known as Wax Dey regrets the unnecessary rivalry in the industry, warning its the Cameroon industry which suffers.
The singer and entrepreneur schools “Broken” crew on the need to support one another and brags about his established career which he says has secure him a brighter future
Read Full Letter below as Publish on Tonda Magazine
OPEN LETTER TO Fredash ,Nabil, Chi Chi and etc lol from Wax Dey
Fredash, Chi Chi, Nabil, etc I have been following some of your sacarsm and tirades with laughter. And a bit of sadness for the fate of our industry.
It is very normal for two events and even more to happen on the same day.
What I find even more amusing is that Broken (which I personally supported – Syndy and I have been supporting each other in the past, and if I went silent, it is to avoid unnecessary ego clashes ) is happening in the evening and NMF at past midnight – so the events don’t even clash.
That said, I advise you in future to plan and work differently – do U know that Diamond could attend Broken and you do your after party at his show? But then again, Cameroon is what it is.
If you are waiting for me to attack Broken, you will wait in vain. Successful people build. Jeff Bezos (Amazon) is a Supporter of Netflix because he knows their fates are intertwined. Man for the weekend was a great movie and I expect no less from Broken. But your strategies will only work against you.
At the end, you will ask yourself why I have and hold international relevance . It’s a Mindset that I encourage you to adopt. But it’s up to you, and I speak from the bottom of my heart.
For now I’m at the hospital in Bafoussam visiting Ngoache victims. This is a useless distraction. The biggest loser is our shallow industry that has created nothing impactful yet. Put your mind on something productive. Thee fights here are killing us, not me. Except that I have a company with intellectual property valued at close to a million dollars, so my future is assured and independent of Cameroon.
All the best for the Broken premiere.
King Wax Dey
Camair Diva Daphne shines at the biggest music award in Africa [Full list of winners]
The 2019 African Muzik Magazine Awards(AFRIMMA) took place over the weekend in Dallas, Texas and Cameroon’s music diva Daphne shines brightest as the singer won the best female musician in Central Africa.
The Calee singer was the only Cameroonian to back home an award in a night which saw famous names in the continents music industry smiling home with recognition and more money in the bank
The awards show hosted a lot of the biggest and brightest new African talent, with the likes of Fally Ipupa, 2Baba, Zlatan Rema, and many more in attendance.
The big winners at the 2019 AFRIMMAs include Nigeria’s Zlatan, who took home the Best Newcomer award and the Song of the Yearaward for “Killin Dem” alongside Burna Boy. Burna Boy also won the Artist of the Yearaward.
For the Best East African Male and Femaleawards, Tanzania’s Ommy Dimpoz and Kenya’s Akothee won big. In the Best Male Southern Africa categories, Master KG took home a trophy, while Fally Ipupa won for Best Male Central Africa.
Late Ivorian star DJ Arafat received a post-humous honor for Best Francophone, while Togo’s Toofan won Best African Group. Phynowon Best Rap Act and his fellow countryman Rema won Video of the Year.
Additionally, 2Baba was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
AFRIMMA is not to be confused with the Nigerian-based All Africa Music Awards(AFRIMA), which is a separate event.
See the full list of 2019 AFRIMMA winners below.
Best Female East Africa – Akothee
Best Collaboration – Burna Boy x Zlatan – Killing Dem
Afrimma Video of The Year – Rema – Dumebi
Best Lusophone – Nelson Freitas
Best New Act – Zlatan
Best Rap Act – Phyno
Best African Group – Toofan
Best Video Director – Sasha Vybz
Best Male Southern Africa – MasterKG
Best Francophone – DJ Arafat
Song of The Year – Burna Boy x Zlatan – Killin Dem
Best Male Central Africa – Fally Ipupa
Best Male East Africa – Ommy Dimpoz
Artist of The Year – Burna Boy
RADIO/TV PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – Willy Tuva
Transformational Leadership Award – Governor Hassan Ali Joho
AFRIMMA COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD – Rep. Helen Giddings
AFRIMMA COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD – Prince Ned Nwoko
Best Female West Africa – Aya Nakamura
Best Female Central Africa – Daphne
Best Female Southern Africa – Sho Madjozi
Crossing Boundaries with Music Award – Davido
Best Gospel Artist – Mercy Chinwo
Best Dj Africa – Dj Man Renas
Best African Dj USA – Dj Poison Ivy
Music Producer of The Year – Kel-P
Best African Dancer – Izzie Odigie
Best Live Act – Diamond Platnumz
Best Male West Africa – Burna Boy
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