[14:34, 19/02/2023] Mr Ismael 2: A famous Cameroonian musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and social activist, Ndifonka popularly known as Wax Dey, has cautioned Cameroonian artists and their Nigerian counterparts from fighting over amount of content from Nigeria being aired in Cameroon and vice versa, even though he is a staunch supporter of the promotion of local content (80/20).
Wax Dey, who always says Nigeria is a brother nation to Cameroon, made the statement while fielding questions by the Nigerian Diaspora Magazine on his opinion about the 80/20 campaign some Cameroonian entertainers have been heralding as best means to improve the industry.
“I started pushing for 80-20 back in 2016 after spending Easter with President Olusegun of Nigeria: he explained to us how a policy prioritizing local content helped to spur the music industry. That has been a key point of interaction in my meetings with Cameroonian leaders and lawmakers since. Other local platforms like Bimstr support this campaign actively on social media.”
He adds however that this does not need to be a cause for divisive outbursts or hatred.
According to the proposed regime, 80%of content played at clubs, receptions, Television station and radio and likes should be Cameroonian while 20 is foreign (including Nigeria).
Cameroon entertainers felt more value is given to Nigerians in their country while the same is not reciprocated by Nigerians in the clubs spaces. As a means to promote the Cameroon culture and revampe its values, the 80/20 campaign was adopted by humorist and socialist « Old Pancho ».
Measuring from that time of inception, Cameroonian musicians sort of won the 80/20 debate ; making a case why there is a need for the government to institute a quota of local music that must be played by local media houses and entertainment businesses.
The main argument put forward was that of other countries that had instituted similar laws to positive outcomes. This has been a heated debate on social media platforms.
Wax Dey, being the National Coordinator of the Cameroon Music Art pole, has worked over the years to not just put Cameroon but African music on the world map.
He was recently named the Central African Director for All Africa Music Awards ( AFRIMA). Wax Dey’s opinion to the fued which is seemingly fueling a sepration margin between Cameroon and Nigerian entertertainners, is that « Cameroon needs to collaborate more with Nigeria to grow ».
“What we are seeing is that people are increasingly calling for Nigerians to be boycotted” affirms Wax Dey. “This is a wrong interpretation of 80-20. By prioritizing local content, our artists will have more airtime, more shows, more income and will be able to both compete and collaborate better with Nigerians. At the end of the day, we have a lot to learn from Nigeria as an industry, and that will only happen through more collaboration. Cameroonian artists also perform a lot in smaller industries, so unity is a must.”
He sees « a possibility to market the uniqueness of Cameroonian arts on the global scene through fruitful collaboration with Nigeria », noting that many countries have done that and it has worked out well for them.
However, though Cameroon ‘s Afro Pop music is not where it used to be, Nde believes and it’s putting the work to make his country a name on the global stage. But for that to happen, he believes 80-20, applied the right way, is a must.
Wax Dey is known in Cameroon to have fought a lot of silent battles for the industry.His role in the Ministry of Art and culture has much to do with this; he has been instrumental in making some great Central African and Cameroonian artists infiltrate AFRIMA , MTV Awards etc.
Wax Dey has learnt from the greatest culture promoters, and he says he owes his country the due to to ensure the growth of the Industry.
Going by Nde, the ancient Makossa , Bikutsi, Asiko, Njang genre, have remained the country’s cultural heritage; he enjoined millennials and up coming artists to revive it by creating a fusion of afro pop with these genres to create a unique blend because in any case, « we are proud of who we are ».
[14:36, 19/02/2023] Mr Ismael 2: Fans of Nigerian Afrobeats singer, Kizz Daniel in Cameroon, are yet to recover from spillover effects of the artist’s thrilling performance, at the concert organised by Cameroon’s giant brewery industry, Union Camerounaise de Brasseries (UCB).
Union Camerounaise de Brasseries (UCB) is one of the oldest and reliable company in Cameroon. Created in 1972 by its founder Fu’a Toula Kadji Defosso, UCB has been able to preserve its know-how and originality by preferring quality to quantity. A national socially responsible organization which, since its creation, has always known how to put ahead its patriotic side.
For its fiftieth anniversary, the 100% Cameroonian brewing company started its celebrations at the beginning of the year with the African Cup of Nation…
[15:23, 19/02/2023] Mr Ismael 2: Cameroon is sweet home for Nigerians-Consul General Bappah
Enamoured by the beneficial co-existence between Nigerians resident in Cameroun and their hosts, Nigeria Consul-General for the North West and South West regions of the Republic of Cameroon, Hon. Lawal Bappah has declared Cameroun as a sweet home to Nigerians.
Bappah made the declaration at the presentation of the official letter of Exequatur by the Cameroon Governor of the South West region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, in office of the governor, Buea recently.
It was the ceremony designated for the handing of the « Exequatur » to the newly appointed Nigerian Consul General, CG for the South West and Northwest regions, Bappah during which Governor Bilai hailed the excellent diplomatic, economic, social relationship Cameroon and Nigeria share which spans through history.
Before handing the documents which recognizes the consul’s mission to Nigerians residing in the aforementioned regions, Bilai, acknowledged the attendance of Cameroonian authorities as well as the Nigerian foreign envoys to Cameroon at the ceremony.
« The Republic of Cameroon has remained a strong ally and strategic partner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the African continent. » By choosing to ally with Cameroon, Nigerian Head of States have shown the world the kind of influence Cameroon has in trade and political relationship. However,it has not been without challenges of security but the nations continue to fight together » he said
He quoted example of the Anglophone crisis where Nigeria stood by Cameroon in their fight against separatist terrorists, Boko Haram and COVID 19. Both governments have continued to show resilience through the Transborder Security committee “This expresses the zeal to maintain confraternity as people who have coexisted even before the establishment of both modern states,“ he added.
Upon handing the Exequatur, the governor enjoined Consul Bappah to promote and conserve the economic dynamism of Nigeria in Cameroon and ensure the preservation of its interest as stipulated in the exequatur, and coordinate the activities of the Nigerian community in his area of jurisdiction.
He also called on Nigerians to always collaborate with the CG in the excise duty which is to be executed in strict compliance with the laws and regulations.
It was a very bright event that brought scores of regional administrative and traditional authorities together, such as the Nigeria High Commissioner to Cameroon, Amb. Abayomi Olonisakin, Consul General of Nigeria in Douala, Queen Efe Alexandra Clark-Omeru, Defense Adviser, Captain (NN) Bimbo Agunbiade, Members of the Consular and Diplomatic Corps, Members of the Nigerian community, Collaborators of the governor, Religious and traditional leaders, Executive directors of companies and international organisations, Bappah’s wife, children and relatives among others.
In his remarks, Bappah counted it a great honour and privilege to have been graced by the presence of the Governor of the South West Region, he expressed appreciation to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama for finding him worthy of appointment as the Consul General of Nigeria to the North West and South West Regions of the Republic of Cameroon. Also, His Excellency Paul Biya, for graciously signing and transmitting his Exequatur through the Ministry of External Relations to the Governor of the South West Region.
« This benevolent act of the President of the Republic of Cameroon is a clear and undeniable expression of the excellent and unique bilateral relations that exist between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon, » he noted.
Consul Bappai did not leave out the contributions of the Nigerian foreign envoys to Cameroon to the success of his ceremony.
« I thank His Excellency Gabriel Abayomi Olanisakin, the High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon, HRM (Hon.) Queen Efe Alexandra Clark-Omeru, the Consul General of Nigeria to Littoral and West Regions of the Republic of Cameroon and all distinguished guests, both from within and outside Cameroon, who spared their precious time to attend today’s ceremony.
« Undoubtedly, the Republic of Cameroon is home away from home. It is in that light that I see it as a unique privilege for me to have been called to serve in the South West and North West Regions of the Republic of Cameroon to complement the efforts of our indefatigable High Commissioner with a view to strengthening and deepening bilateral relations with Republic of Cameroon; especially by addressing the consular needs of Nigerian nationals in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963.
« As we continue to work and collaborate together in moving our two friendly countries forward, I wish to testify, without any reservation, that Buea is indeed a City of Legendary Hospitality and the entire Republic of Cameroon is Home away from Home, » he concluded.
Bappah, was born on July, 2, 1962 in Bauchi State. Before coming to Cameroon, he had served with the Nigerian foreign service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the then secretary of the consular and immigration department from 1988 to 1991; he was appointed as second secretary at consular officer at the Consulate of Nigeria in Kuwait, 1992-1995, from then he was appointed as first secretary and counselor at the directorate to the ministry of foreign affairs.
Between 2003 and 2007, he was appointed Minister High Commissioner at the Nigerian Consul in Accra Ghana; other similar appointments and recognitions followed until his appointment as Nigerian Consul General for the South West and Northwest regions in 2021 following the departure of former Consul-General Ibrahim Bashir.
Gov Zulum, Abike-Dabiri, Onyema Receive Prestigious Awards As Naija Diaspora Magazine Holds First Summit in Cameroon
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has bagged the Exemplary Leadership 2023 award for improving the lives of indigenes and revitalizing the state from insurgency.
Ambassador Lawal Bappah received the award on behalf of the governor at event, held at Best Western Hotel in Douala, Cameroon.
At the occasion organised in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Naija Diaspora magazine, Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, OON, Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), was presented with the esteemed “Woman of the Year 2023” award in recognition of her remarkable contributions to the diaspora community.
Her significant achievements in this field have been widely acknowledged, and this award is a testament to her unwavering dedication and hard work. We congratulate Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa on this outstanding achievement and look forward to her continued success in the future.
Air Peace CEO, Allen Ifechukwu Onyema, was decorated with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2023 for his unwavering commitment to rescuing Nigerians in need of humanitarian assistance abroad.
The publication celebrated its 10th anniversary with a two-day event that included the Symposium and Annual Diaspora Excellence Award. This platform provided a unique opportunity for collective learning, networking, and gaining insights into government policies that relate to communities. Attendees were empowered to navigate pathways of positive change. The Symposium lecture was titled: ‘Building a Nation’, with several dignitaries as speakers.
In attendance was the Inspector General, Regional Services of the Littoral, Mr Kengni Erve Simplice, representing the Governor of the Littoral Region, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua, who received an Exemplary Leadership 2023 award at the event.
In a rousing speech, Ismaila Adegbola, the Editor-in-chief of the publication, underscored the significance of the magazine’s decade-long journey of impactful storytelling in the diaspora.
Adegbola’s speech was a stirring call to action, highlighting the magazine’s dedication to excellence in journalism and its unwavering commitment to promoting cultural awareness.
He highlighted the critical role of impactful storytelling in shaping perceptions and inspiring change. Adegbola’s speech was a reminder of the power of journalism to make a difference, and the magazine’s decade-long journey is a testimony to its unwavering dedication to providing insightful and thought-provoking content that inspires and challenges readers to make a difference.
“Today, we’re not just marking a milestone; we are recognizing a vision that has shaped narratives, bridged continents, and celebrated the positive work and impact of Nigerians and Africans globally,” said Adegbola.
He continued: “I started the magazine admist so many uncertainties and difficulties with the sole purpose of celebrating Nigerians and Africans making impact and changing lives globally, in the last 10 years, the magazine has been a beacon of inspiration, navigating challenges with resilience and conquering obstacles in the pursuit of excellence.”
“I extend our deepest appreciation to the Cameroonian government for their hospitality towards foreigners, creating an enabling environment where diverse voices can harmonize to create a tapestry of unity and progress. The symbiotic relationship between Nigeria and Cameron has fostered collaboration and become a blueprint for mutual growth and understanding.
“This award stands as a testament to the individuals and groups who have not just treaded the path of excellence but have carved a lasting legacy. As we recognize the outstanding efforts in leadership, mentorship, corporate social responsibility, government, public policy, and community improvement, we embark on a journey to celebrate those remarkable souls who have left an indelible mark on the diaspora narrative.
Also speaking at the event was Minister of Communication and Spokesperson of the Government of Cameroon, represented by Madam Moukoko, Delegate Regional of Communication of Littoral.
Others awarded at the event are Consul General of Nigeria Buea, Amb. Lawal bappah mni, Consul General of Nigeria Douala, Amb. Queen Efe A. Clark-omeru, Douala City Mayor, Dr. Roger Mbassa Ndine; Nigeria Ambassador to Chad, Amb. Lami Sauda Remawa-Ahmed; Immediate past Nigeria High Commissioner to Cameroon, Ambassador Abayomi Olonisakin; Governor Littoral Region Cameroon, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua ; Minister of Communication Cameroon, Sadi Rene Emmanuel; CEO Achuka, James Kamaha Chona; King of Yoruba Community, HRH Bashiru Aweda; Senior Managing Partner, Nico Halle & Co Law Firm, Barr. Nico Halle; Paramount Ruler of Bafaw People, South West Region / Honorary Consul of Turkey, HRM Nfon Mukete Iv Ekoko; Nigeria Ambassador to Sudan / Former Consul General Of Nigeria, Douala, Amb. Safiu Olukayode Olaniyan; Chairman Air Peace Airline, Barr. Allen I. Onyema, CON; Former Nigeria Ambassador to Cameroon, Amb. Hadiza Mustapha fwc; Founder and Chairman M2b Conseils Plc, Rollin Foko; Vice president Nigerian Community Douala, Sir Lovinus Eze; CEO Synco Ltd, Chief Ozo Syvelster N.C. Ogbuanu; High Chief Fidelis Nwudo; CEO /MD, UBA Cameroon, Jude Anele, Dangote Cement Cameroon, Air Peace Cameroon, UBA Cameroon; Patron Nigeria Community Littoral, Dr. Azeez Mustapha; Patron Nigeria Community Littoral, Hon. Uche Obiekwe; Chairman of Anambra State Douala, Sir Emeka Uzoka; President of Nigeria Community Douala, Hon. Bic okwujiaku; Nigerian Union Women’s wing, Center region; CEO Dozass Auto Douala, Anselm Dozie Ofoezie; HRH Jonathan Thomas Onyengubor, Eze Gburu Gburu of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Cameroon; International Friends Club; Imo State Union Douala; Nigerian Union Littoral Region
How Nigeria’s Ambassador Remawa-Ahmed celebrated in grand style with humanitarian service award.
The last decade in Cameroon has witnessed a media organisation, publisher of the ND Magazine, changing the landscape of the industry, in terms of content, colour and credibility.
One of its creeds aside news dissemination is to appreciate worthy individuals and groups. The company has never been caught promoting vulgarity and dregs of the society.
Hence, its special focus on anyone or group is greeted with applause which naturally adds to integrity of beneficiaries of its honour.
The Nigeria-Cameroun based magazine’s close observation of the newly appointed Nigeria Ambassador to the Republic of Chad, Ambassador Sauda Remawa-Ahmed has resulted in an award, which the company pegged on her humanitarian service over the years.
While serving as Deputy Nigeria High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, Remawa-Ahmed was an outstanding diplomat whose career trajectory, spanning 24 years, remains a reference point to teachers and students of International Relations.
Her appointment to head Nigeria Embassy in Chad is regarded as a pointer to confidence which the Federal Government of Nigeria reposed in her capacity to breathe a new life to the mission in that country and advance national interest of Nigeria.
Her profile speaks volume of her elevation, especially her stint as head of the Economic/Commercial Desk at the Embassy of Nigeria in Madrid Spain (2010 – 2013).
She was also head of the Multilateral Desk at the Embassy of Nigeria in Paris, France (2017- 2020), afterwhich she was appointed ambassador and subsequently posted to Yaounde-Cameroon as the Deputy High Commissioner, a post she assumed on 27th April, 2021.
While presenting the award during the send forth organized by the High Commission in Yaounde, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the ND Group of Company, Mr Ismaila Adegbola expressed delight in his team work relationship with the woman.
In an emotional-ladden tone, Adegbola declared: Your Excellency, you have always led with respect. We are proud to have worked with such an ambitious person like you. Thank you for guiding us both professionally and personally. Thank you for your support. Your confidence in us is our biggest motivator. Best wishes and success in your new position. »
For the sake of emphasis, the CEO said, « the ND Group is a Nigerian-Cameroon based media firm that runs activities of Nigerians, public personalities and businesses in Cameroon and other parts of the world on a TV Show. It is also the publisher of the Naija Diaspora (ND) Magazine which specializes in media for corporate and distinguished personalities. The ND magazine has a broad-based readership which includes Nigerian Diplomatic and Consular Missions all over the world. The Naija Magazine bid to have its 10th anniversary next year. »
In his remark, Nigeria High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, Ambassador Olonisakin also commended Ambassador Remawa-Ahmed for the harmonious relationship between him and her, being his deputy.
“She is very hardworking, dedicated and reliable. I wish Her Excellency a very successful tenure of duty in Chad,” said Olonisakin.
The event had in attendance, Cameroonian authorities, members of Diplomatic Corps, members of business communities, home based officers, locally recruited staff of the Nigeria High Commission, members of the Nigerian Community and other invited guests.
Qatar 2022 A review of ground-breaking World Cup with a fairy tale ending
According to FIFA, this was always going to be a World Cup like no other. Lionel Messi was the hero of the highest-scoring World Cup in history.
The first to be hosted in the Middle East, the first to be played in November and December, and the first of its size to be held in such a small geographical area, Qatar 2022 offered a fresh twist on this old and much-loved festival of football.
But while the treading of so much new ground came with opportunities – the novel prospect of attending multiple World Cup matches in a single day, for example – the risks were clear and undeniable.
Gianni Infantino admitted as much earlier this week, when he confessed to pre-tournament concerns “about having so many fans from so many countries, at the same time, in the same place”.
“In a normal World Cup, you have in one city fans of two countries, not more,” added the FIFA President. “Here, you have 32 countries plus all [the] other fans from the world who come to enjoy the World Cup together in the same place.”
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Given that the place in question has a population of less than 2.9 million and its stadiums are all within a 35-mile radius, questions naturally arose about how Qatar and its infrastructure would cope with a such a mass invasion. Others wondered how the on-field fare would be impacted by the tournament taking place in the middle of most players’ domestic seasons, with reduced preparation time an inevitable consequence.
One by one, of course, those doubts were swept away by a tidal wave of fantastic football, flawless organisation and friendly, passionate atmospheres on the streets and in the stadiums.
Jurgen Klinsmann described it as “a World Cup organised to perfection”, while Infantino has been far from alone in declaring Qatar 2022 to be, quite simply, “the best ever”.
Messi becomes the first player to score in every round of the FIFA World Cup
With a goal in the Final, Lionel Messi becomes the first player to ever score in the group stage, the Round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and the Final itself in FIFA World Cup history.
The same description is, of course, being applied increasingly widely to the tournament’s star man. Lionel Messi was already a leading contender for ‘GOAT’ status but his claims to that title have been further fortified by a truly magnificent month in Qatar.
In the highest-scoring World Cup of all time, it was goals from Argentina’s captain that did most to determine the direction of the title. And not even La Albiceleste’s fiercest rivals could begrudge this wonderful player his well-deserved moment with the prize he has so long coveted.
Qatar 2022 factfile
Goals: 172 (a new record)
Stadium attendances: 3.4 million spectators
Fan Festival attendances: 1.8 million visitors
Volunteers: 20,000 from 150 different nations (selected from a record 420,000 applications)
Third place: Croatia
adidas Golden Ball: Lionel Messi (ARG)
adidas Golden Boot: Kylian Mbappe (FRA)
adidas Golden Glove: Emiliano Martinez (ARG)
Best Young Player: Enzo Fernandez (ARG)
From the butt of the world’s jokes to the worthiest of champions, La Albiceleste enjoyed one hell of a ride. And just as no-one foresaw that opening-match defeat to Saudi Arabia, few could have imagined that they would recover to achieve their long-held dream in such impressive – and dramatic – circumstances.
As for their talisman, what more can be said? Messi is quite rightly a beloved figure far beyond Argentina’s borders, and neutrals across the world were both captivated and converted to his team’s cause by the little magician’s pursuit of World Cup glory.
It took 88 years of attempting for an Africa team to reach the World Cup semi-finals. Morocco were the continental trailblazers.
After sinking Belgium in the group stage, Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri and Co eliminated Spain in the last 16 and Portugal in the quarter-finals. The Atlas Lions also gave France a strict examination in the last four before losing an end-to-end encounter with Croatia 2-1 in the battle for bronze.
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Morocco is in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in the history of Arab and African teams, watch their journey at Qatar 2022™ so far!
It simply must rank as one of the greatest achievements in World Cup history – a nation inhabited by fewer than four million people finishing second and third at back-to-back editions.
Zlatko Dalic lost several key components of his 2018 side, such as Danijel Subasic, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic, but new stars emerged in the shape of Dominik Livakovic and Josko Gvardiol to complement the divine talent of Luka Modric. The Croatian highlight was a stunning elimination of tournament favourites Brazil en route to finishing third.
Would four-time champions Germany or 21st-century titans Spain win Group E? Japan made a mockery of the question the masses were assessing by slaying both those giants to finish top. The Samurai Blue also became only the third team in World Cup history, and the first since West Germany in 1970, to win two separate games in which they had been trailing at half-time.
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Kylian Mbappe: With eight goals in seven appearances, the France talisman produced the highest-scoring World Cup by any individual player since Ronaldo emerged with an identical haul from the 2002 edition. Mbappe also became just the fifth player in World Cup history to score in separate finals, the first to score a final hat-trick since Geoff Hurst in 1966 and, with four goals across 2018 and 2022, is now established as the highest-scoring player in the history of football’s showpiece fixture.
Lionel Scaloni: At 44 years old, the Argentinian became the youngest coach since fellow countryman Cesar Luis Menotti – who was 39 in 1978 – to win the World Cup.
Yassine Bounou: The Morocco hero became the first African goalkeeper to record three clean sheets in a single World Cup edition.
Olivier Giroud: The big Frenchman only started for France due to a late pre-tournament injury to Karim Benzema but certainly made the most of his opportunity, scoring four times to move on to 53 for his country – two clear of Thierry Henry’s previous record of 51.
Neymar: In a tournament that ended in tears for the Brazil No10, he nonetheless equalled Pele’s 77-goal haul to become A Seleção’s joint-record scorer.
Hugo Lloris: The France skipper surpassed Lilian Thuram (142) as his country’s all-time record caps holder and also became the first goalkeeper to reach the milestone of 20 World Cup appearances.
Harry Kane: With his 52nd and 53rd international goals, the England captain moved alongside Wayne Rooney as the Three Lions’ all-time record scorer.
Ivan Perisic: The Croatia wide man scored one and set up two for the Vatreni, meaning that he now has six goals and five assists across the last three World Cups. Only the great Messi (21) can claim more direct goal involvements during the same period.
Goncalo Ramos: The rising Portugal star became the first player to score a hat-trick on his maiden World Cup start since Miroslav Klose in 2002. He was also responsible for the first treble in the knockout stage since Tomas Skuhravy at Italia ‘90.