First ever Cameroon Academy Awards (SONNAH Award)

Cameroon made history on the 29th of December 2013 at the Hilton hotel, by hosting its first ever Cameroon Academy Awards, prestigiously called, the SONNAH awards . Attended by many Cameroonian celebrities and having English Cameroon fully represented, the ceremony celebrated Cameroon’s talents and cultural diversity in about 23 categories, including other special awards such as lifetime achievement awards.
The night presenter on live CRTV and I

Exceeding all expectations, this was an award event to reckon with, from the red carpet moments to the awards show itself, not to forget this was live on Cameroon’s national television CRTV .

Stanley Enow performing live at the SONNAH awards 
So who went home with arms full of awards and the most smile on the face? The new artist Stanley Enow with his new hit single “hein pere” was well acknowledged by the Cameroon entertainment industry; sweeping the board with two awards: one for best urban artist and the other for artist with the most impact. Also scoring the most awards was the movie Ninah’s dowry: best actress, best director, and best film categories all came from it.
Cameroon did not forget Africa as a whole, as the best African actor award went to the Ghanaian  most popular and achieved father of three: Van Vicker.

A big thumbs-up to Akim Macauley; CEO of the SONNAH awards for this amazing initiative and to the SONNAH team in general. From now on, Cameroon talents have a platform and benchmark on which to compete and set their targets for. It is now not only a vision, but a mission to set higher goals for the Cameroon Entertainment Industry; both in the diaspora and domestically. More pictures and winners list  after the cut….

The SONNAH Awards team  (The brains behind it all)

Here are the winners of the night  SONNAH Awards 2013:

Best Model awad : Valery Ayena

Best TV show award : Jambo Jambo of Canal 2

Best Designer category went to : Kybone

Best supporting actress :Evelyne Kelly

Besr female artist : Charlotte Depanda with Track tittled COUCOU

Best supporting actor : Alennet Menget in the movie FAR

Best TV presenter :Thiery Ngonga

Best screen play : Proxy Mbuh in the movie DECODED

Best gospel artist : Elisbeth Tekeh

Best male urban artist : Stanley Enow(hein pere)

Live Achievement Award : Ministry of art and culture ; award was recieved by Dr Kilo Asheri

Lifetime Achievement Award in radio and broadcasting : Peter Esoka

Lifetime Achievement Award for music : Ben Deca

Best Actress : Mbufung Seikeh on ninah’s dowry

Best female urban artist: Debra Debs

Best african artist who colaborates the most in cameroon films: Van Vicker in  DECODED

Best music video:Meceba with the track boom boom

Best director: Victor Vinyo with Ninah’s dowry

Best footballer: Yukuda Kada

Best movie editor: Brice Albin

Best cenematographer:Yeban Emile for the Ancestors

Best international football player:  Charles-Hubert Itandje

Best TV show category: Edwin Muki Kingzeka

Best film: Ninah’s dowry

Best artist with the most impact: Stanley Enow

Best TV presenter: Charles Ebune on CRTV

Solange YIJIKA

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

 Actress Okawa Shaznay: Nominee for best supporting actress n the lead role
Photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Peter Jodzeka (Penjo Baba) CEO of Penjo Entertainment Production house

Photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Julia L Gham CEO of J BLU record label

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

TV presenter Foly Dirane

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Manka Nadine: a nominee for the best model category

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Valery: Miss Cameroon goes home with the best model award

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Alenne and Valery: both winners pose together 

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Best actress winner in the middle. 

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

The beautiful Gasha: author of the song “Kaki Mbere”

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Producer Agbor Gilbert

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)


All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Winner  of best supporting actor category: Alenne Menget Ats  and I; He is a journalist by proffession, and an actor by passion

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Winner  of best supporting actor category: Alenne Menget Ats  ans I; He is a journalist by proffession, and an actor by passion

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Foly Dirane; Legend TV presenter for CRTV

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Showing off her beautiful tatoo is Solange YIJIKA

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

The beautful actresses Ruth Nkweti and  Okawa Shaznay

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit  Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)
All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)


All photo credit goes to Nadine M. Tonguem of Empower Success in Africa (ESIA)

Pbrodaz – Kokoriko ft. Petit Pays Rabba Rabbi Effatta (Behind the Scenes)

when you think of the name PBRODAZ , what comes in mind is their ever first song, and a massive hit “DO IT YOUR WAY” a song with message that relates to most africans. This track was followed by the release of other hits like pam pam 2 pam pam, my number one, and many others. 

Pbrodaz, Hottest and Fast Rising Cameroon AFRO HIPHOP DUO are about to drop yet again the Hottest single from their new album: KOKORIKO featuring the father of Cameroon Music PETIT PAYS RABBA RABBI EFFATTA. This Hot Jam is coming with a new dance style called “Kokoriko Dance”,  this is no doubt a hot hit guys, but I would just leave you with the mouth watering behind the scenes and looking forward to the dayit will be dropped. You can enjoy other PBRODAZ video and get uptodate info on their lives by visiting their website: pbrodazmusic !!!!!! 


NDI visits Abijan and offers its assistance to the IEC in the evaluation of the presidential election of 2015

© news.abidjan: Credit to Autre presse par DR 

Dr Christopher Fomunyoh , Senior Associate for Africa  and other members of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), paid a recent visit to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivore . 

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had a brainstorming session on the premises of Deux-Plateaux. At the invitation of the Ivorian government, the delegation assessed the organization and preparations of the general elections in 2015. The Delegation of NdI was led by former Canadian Prime Minister, Joe Clark who took till the end a series of meetings with stakeholders and institutions involved in the organization of the elections. Here are the positives   Mr. Joe Clark noted and had to say; 

“We talked a lot with the IEC. And we heard from the President Youssouf Bakayoko experience and lessons learned from past elections. But at the same time, we discussed the possibility of assistance which may improve the organization of the 2015 elections so that they are peaceful and credible. A very positive thing that we also heard is that there will be a general population census and the census will allow the collection of data that will be subsequently exploited for the establishment of a new electoral list. And we think this is a positive development of the electoral process “

MR. IBU PROMO FOR SONNAH AWARDS (Cameroon’s Academy Awards)

Thank you to Mr IBU for promoting Cameroon in this manner, not to forget his emphasy on the progress Cameroon’s ever motivated citizens are making in their entertainment indudtry. Yes ooo we multiple steps towards international recognition. Thank you again Mr IBUwith love.

America’s first gay Imam goes public with his reasons why…

Is this really possible? A gay Imam in USA? whos is even allowed to boast openly about it…! Com’on, it is no doubt to everyone that the United State of America is the land of all possibilities, but there is a big BUT here. To the best of my knowledge, the Quran forbids homosexuality. Infact, the traditional belief in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is that God forbids homosexuality, and this translates itself into the same-sex marriages as well. 

According to Linda Ikeji’s blog, Imam Daayiee Abdulah originally was born and raised in Detroit as a  Christian of the Baptist faith.  But somehow while in China for further studies, he got himself converted to Islam .

So what motivated the new Islamic Daayiee Abdulah to become an Iman? the spiritual gap that existed in the Islamic faith for the lesbians, gays & transsexuals was the drive, all in the hope of providing an ideal channel of Islamic support for them, he says. More after the cut…

“Being an openly gay imam and having been identified as such, I do get a lot of feedback and also kickback, but that’s OK,” he said. “I think that when people are unfamiliar with things, they tend to have an emotional knee-jerk reaction to it. Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. And because of the necessity in our community, that’s why I came into this particular role.”

He continue saying…

“They had contacted a number of imams, and no one would go and provide him his janazah services. This pained me. I believe every person, no matter if I disagree with you or not, you have the right as a Muslim to have the proper spiritual rites and rituals provided for you. And whoever judges you, that will be Allah’s decision, not me. The beautiful thing about God is that when you change your attitude, and say, ‘God, I need some help,’ and mean it sincerely, God is always there for you,”

Abdullah is an imam and educational director of the Light of Reform Mosque in Washington, D.C, and reffers to the place as a rare safe space for Muslim LGBT

Well lets recall the Bible and Quran, The International Community of Submitters / Masjid Tucson makes reference to the Old Testament, saying in Genesis 19, we see the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, where Lot implores the people of his town not to act wickedly and to leave his male guests alone. The story goes on to describe the persistence of the townsfolk in wishing to indulge in homosexuality and the subsequent annihilation of the two communities. Other verses in the Old Testament also prohibit homosexuality, e.g. Leviticus 18:22, 20:13. In the New Testament, we see similar proscriptions in I Corinthians 6:9, I Timothy 1:8-10, Romans 1:26-27 (the translation used is the New American Standard Bible).

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. [Leviticus 18:22] 
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. [1 Corinthians 6:9-10]
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. [Romans 1:26-27]
In the Quran, we see reference to homosexuality in the story of Lot (the translation used is Quran: The Final Testament, translated by Dr. Rashad Khalifa).
Lot: Homosexuality Condemned 
Lot said to his people, “You commit such an abomination; no one in the world has done it before! You practice sex with the men, instead of the women. Indeed, you are a transgressing people.” His people responded by saying, “Evict them from your town. They are people who wish to be pure.” [7:80-82]
Lot said to his people, “How could you commit such an abomination, publicly, while you see? You practice sex with the men, lustfully, instead of the women. Indeed, you are ignorant people.” The only response from his people was their saying, “Banish Lot’s family from your town; they are people who wish to be pure.” [27:54-56] 

I no doubt believe Abdulah has all these words at hand anyway…