Thursday, January 8, 2015

Daphne and Wax Nde tear down the roof of the BBCL event at Le Meridien Hotel, Douala



I arrived at Le Meridien Hotel in Bonanjo, Douala on December 30th, 2014 just in time for the highly anticipated “Bold and Beautiful Camer Ladies”, BBCL event. This event was the brain child of some bold and beautiful Camer ladies pictured below.

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It started as an idea, an opportunity and a necessity for a fusion between Cameroon bloggers at home and those in the diaspora. They wanted to connect in real life and exchange ideas. However, the event they decided to put together is more than just a meet and greet event. It is a networking event that has attracted many businesses as they know this is an opportunity to brand their products and be visible to the thousands of followers following these bloggers.
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The Bold & Beautiful Camer Ladies (BBCL) group was established with the intention of bringing together young and dynamic Cameroonian ladies who are very active worldwide in promoting their business activities, mainly on social media. The group currently has over 400 members located around the world with a potential reach of over 600,000.

FabAfriq Magazine is pleased to be amongst the founding members of this amazing event and would like to invite all it fans to join us as we unveil what 2015 has in store for us. Here below, is a little bit of information about the heads behind this event and where they blog.

Chantal Edie is a photographer and the Owner of Chantal Edie Photography

Anrette Ngafor is a Fashion Designer and Creator of the Liiber London, a Fashion clothing line

Delly Vibang is the genius behind multiple websites like Ferdelle.com and several others

Hilda Awambeng is a Fashion blogger, Stylist and Creator of Mammypi, a Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Adeline Sede is the Publisher/Founder of FabAfriq Magazine, a Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine

Antonia Mundi is the Publisher/Founder of Maischna Magazine,  a Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine

Reneta Ndisang is a Fashion Designer and Creator of  Mareta West, a Fashion clothing line

Yefon Mainsah is a Blogger and the Creator of IRepCamer, a Lifestyle & Entertainment Blog

Mbole Ekaney is a Fashion Blogger and the Creator of The Hotjem, a Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

These bold and beautiful ladies organised the event and also racked up sponsors such as Baileys and Madiba Consultants. It was the third such meeting in our inaugural bloggers meet year, 2014. After dining and wining, (NGO damay) we all made our way to the hall for the main event. There were close to a hundred participants. Compare that to the fifteen who attended the first one at White House in Bonapriso and you’ll guess we’re forging ahead.

I admired the hotel’s exquisite architectural layout and Christmas illumination as I made my way to the pool side where bloggers, fashion designers, models, entrepreneurs etc were being treated to a fabulous buffé (manna from heavenly blogosphere) and shack. (You want know whetti bi shack? Shack mean say jong. Lingua K-mer). Non K-mer google up. Lol. 


The master of ceremonies for the night was Hilda Awambeng, who introduced the panel; Mbole Ekaney, Yefon Mainsah, Anrette Ngafor and music lover Takor. Techies Churchill and Clifford Ako of Wasamundi were also available for technical support. Last but not least, Chantal Edie was the photographer.
MC HIlda

Panel



Each of the panel members gave a talk on various blogging issues and from their angles of fashion, music, work and advice on how to blog better and build a wider audience, so as to attract companies who can come up with publicity deals. There were many questions and contributions from the attendees. There were complaints and counter complaints from some and advice, technical advice and more advice from the tireless panel. I learnt loads of new things from the panel’s advice and I got a little irritated from some of the attendee complaints.

And among all that serious blogging-talking, questioning, advising and technical advising, the organizers managed to spice our blogosphere with fabulous rainbows; the rainbows being the fashion costumes adorning the bodies of the tall beautiful models, who paraded our hall’s runway like they were all Naomi Campbells.

Finally, there was acoustic sunshine in the blogosphere dazzling as beautiful music from three brilliant, young Cameroonian artists. The first artist to perform (whose name I missed) made us gyrate to his strong Cameroonian rhythms. Next, came the contemporary makossa artiste, Wax Nde who tore down the roof with his performance singing a song that he worked on with…oh hoo, hear the name well oh, Koko master, D’Banj. Ooooshea! Wax Nde’s new album “Makossa” is out now. Get your copy oh! With collabos by Femi Kuti, D’Banj and other household names in African music. The boy is good. 

Wax Nde and Adeline Sede kamga of Fabafriq magazine

The third and final artiste of the evening was our young, magnificent Reggae star girl, Daphne who performed a gospel song before blowing our hearts away with her hit track, “Rastafari” which is topping the music charts on Trace Africa right now. She’s even been on the number one spot there y’all. She’s put a beautiful soulful twist on her reggae music and it’s something you’ll not want to miss in your music repertoire. 

Daphne performing "Rastafari"

After her performance she went to the open air section to deliver an interview to the Urban TV crew who were also filming the occasion. (Hey, but Daphne is not “smoke high as a Marley oh!” She nodi “fume le gae like Jovi oh” Meme si elle fume le gae, “Et p8 koi?” Uh? The talk and performances ended but the professional hook ups took off then. The BBCL event was one successful one. And we know it’s going to be even bigger in 2015. Happy new year y’all.

moi


Popular blogger Yefon Mainsah and I

*Two pictures and part of my article, courtesy of Yefon Mainsah's blog "I Rep Camer."