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Nfor Dairo Bungansa: Cameroonian Making Waves In Nigeria



Nfor Dairo Bungansa, a name synonymous with culinary excellence, has carved his niche as an award-winning Cameroonian celebrity chef, revolutionizing the art of barbecue and grilling in Nigeria. As the driving force behind Bright Grillz, based in the sophisticated city of Abuja, Nfor has elevated the simple act of cooking over an open flame into a compelling culinary spectacle.

Specializing in high-profile events, Nfor’s exceptional barbecue and grilling services have earned him a place in the hearts and taste buds of notable personalities, with testimonials from influencers such as Obi Cubana, Davido and Teni, among others. His ingenious approach to the craft has elevated traditional barbecue into an art form, transcending flavors and enticing palates.

At the heart of Nfor’s culinary prowess lies his custom-made charcoal drum grill, a centerpiece that transforms raw ingredients into mouthwatering masterpieces. Whether it’s succulent fish, tender beef or delicate prawns, his skillful hands infuse each piece with a symphony of flavors that have left clients in awe.

The unmatchable taste of Nfor’s creations has become a hallmark of his work. With every sizzle and waft of fragrant smoke, he weaves a narrative of tasty delight.

Nfor Dairo Bungansa recently granted an exclusive interview to Naija in Diaspora Magazine, where he shared insights into his culinary journey, revealing his experiences so far and discussing the profound influence of his cultural heritage on his unique cooking style. In the interview, Nfor Dairo Bungansa passionately expressed his commitment to preserving and elevating traditional recipes, while fearlessly experimenting with modern trends, resulting in a harmonious blend of old and new that has captivated taste buds around the world.

Could you kindly introduce yourself?

I am Nfor Dairo Bungansa from Ndu Fons’s palace, Donga Mantung division, the north west province of Cameroon.

What motivated your decision to initiate a food business in Nigeria, transitioning from Cameroon?

I come from a family with exceptional culinary skills, sharing a profound passion for cooking. I had not realized the potential of earning from cooking until a person from Douala ignited the idea. He enlightened me about offering cooking and grilling services at events for payment, rather than free. This sparked the establishment of my fish business in Douala, Cameroon. My clientele largely comprised Nigerians. Observing their fervent enjoyment while dining, I inquired whether grilled dishes were less common in Nigeria. They encouraged me, affirming Nigeria’s potential for remarkable profit. One day, I got a call from Obi Cubana, leading to my Nigerian venture. We collaborated to establish Ibiza, later pursuing my own path while maintaining our connection.

Do you infuse Cameroonian essence into your Nigerian culinary dishes?

I primarily prepare authentic Cameroonian dishes. For grilling, some Nigerians familiar with Cameroonian cuisine request it, but to cater to diverse tastes, I created the « Sentimental Sauce » and an alternative grilling style for Nigerians. We offer both strict Cameroonian cuisine and the Nigerian standard. My signature remains the Cameroonian standard, although.

Dealing with local suppliers and vendors in Nigeria can be challenging; how do you manage these relationships as a Cameroonian?

In life, creating a distinct impact is crucial. By doing so, you won’t have to seek people; they’ll seek you. This is my approach.

As a Cameroonian, what has been the profitability of your Nigerian venture, and how do you relate with the locals?

I express my gratitude to Nigeria and its people. They embraced me wholeheartedly, treating me as one of their own. In fact, if I didn’t disclose my nationality, it would go unnoticed. My fondness for Nigeria is profound. Their unyielding support, both financially and for my business, has been exceptional. The camaraderie is profound, and I pray for Nigerians daily.

What guidance would you provide to fellow Cameroonians considering business endeavors in Nigeria?

My counsel is to approach new countries, including Nigeria, with humility. Not implying my compatriots lack this trait, I believe humility paves the way for others to seek you out, guiding you to your rightful place. Had I not embraced humility, Nigerians might not have embraced me and extended their association

As he shared anecdotes from his culinary journey, it is evident that his love for food extends beyond the mere act of cooking, encompassing a deep-seated desire to bridge cultural gaps and foster a greater appreciation for the diversity of flavors that unite us all.



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Gallery: Diaspora Excellence Award 2023



At the occasion organized in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Naija Diaspora Magazine, several individuals, companies, governors, traditional rulers, business owners, government agencies and parastatals as well as politicians were honored for their outstanding performances in 2023. 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.



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Inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament Triumphs Amidst Adversity



On the 6th of August 2023, a monumental event took place at St Michel, Terminus, Douala, marking the commencement of the First Edition of the Anambra State Union Football Tournament. Under the stewardship of Sir Emeka Uzoka, Chairman of the Anambra State Union, this tournament emerged as a testament to unity, sportsmanship, and the indomitable spirit of the Anambra community.

The opening ceremony set the stage for what would become an unforgettable showcase of camaraderie and competitive fervor. A true celebration of tradition and athleticism, the tournament kicked off with a Veteran Match at 2:00 pm. The clash between Aguata Local Government Union and Nnewi Local Government Union resulted in a gripping encounter, with Aguata securing victory with a 2-0 score line.

Distinguished figures graced the event with their presence, adding prestige to the occasion. Among them was Mr. Oliva Ochi, Consul 1 at the Consulate General Douala, representing the esteemed Consul General, H.E. Amb. (Mrs.) Efe A. Clark-Omeru.

The honorable gathering was further enriched by the participation of key personalities, including: Hon. BIC Okwujiaku, President of the Nigerian Community Douala, HRH Eze Jonathan T. Onyenagubor, Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Cameroon, Sir, Lovinus Ezeh, Vice President, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Alex Nwoye, Vice President 2, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Uche Obiekwe, Patron of the Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Innocent Obiorah Odoh, Patron Anambra State Union, Chairmen of Imo and Enugu States Union, Esteemed members of the Anambra State Union.

The event also extended its reach to include esteemed guests from Douala and beyond.
In recognition of the paramount importance of safety and well-being, the organizers ensured the presence of dedicated medical health and security personnel, assuring attendees a secure environment throughout the event.

Despite the inclement weather characterized by heavy rain, the unyielding spirit of the Anambra community remained unshaken. A testament to their passion for football and unity, a remarkable number of attendees braved the elements, converging to witness the unfolding of history on the lush fields of St Michel, Terminus.

The final was held on Sunday 12th of November 2023 @ Bonamousadi Stadium Douala. Oyi Local Government lifted the trophy while Aguta Local Government took the bronze and Idemili Local Government took silver.

The inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament stands as an embodiment of shared values, intercommunity collaboration, and the timeless appeal of sport. This event not only etched a significant mark on the sporting calendar but also served as a reminder of the resilience and unity that define the Anambra community.

As the tournament concluded its first chapter, it left in its wake a legacy of camaraderie, sporting excellence, and the promise of more remarkable editions to come.

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CAMEROON: Miniature Africa



Cameroon, nestled in the heart of Central Africa, is a country with a captivating blend of rich cultural diversity, stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. Often referred to as « Miniature Africa, » Cameroon offers travelers a unique and multifaceted experience, showcasing the continent’s essence in a single destination.

With more than 250 ethnic groups and languages, Cameroon is a melting pot of diverse cultures, traditions and customs. The capital city, Yaoundé, and the economic hub, Douala, provide excellent starting points to dive into Cameroon’s cultural wealth.

Cameroon’s diverse geography offers a plethora of breathtaking landscapes, each with its unique charm.
In the West, the mist-covered peaks of Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in West Africa, beckon adventurous hikers to climb and witness awe-inspiring views of the surrounding scenery.
Towards the North, the Sahelian region boasts vast savannas and semi-arid landscapes, offering visitors an opportunity to spot magnificent wildlife, and in the East, the dense rainforests of the Congo Basin teem with a rich variety of flora and fauna, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and exotic bird species.

Tourism Spots on a Budget
Here are a selection of the most distinguished and captivating tourist destinations in Cameroon. These remarkable locales boast accessibility without undue strain on one’s financial resources, making them irresistible choices for tourists.

Mefou National Park:
Mefou National Park houses the Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue center managed by Ape Action Africa. With over 300 rare and endangered primates, it’s a significant conservation project in Africa, providing lifelong care and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trades.

Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is a port city with a diverse flora and fauna influenced by its colonial past. The Limbe Wildlife Centre/Botanical Centre offers a close-to-nature experience, rescuing and caring for ill-treated and endangered animals.

Mount Cameroon:
Mount Cameroon, also called the « Chariot of the Gods, » is West Africa’s highest mountain and an active volcano. A popular destination for adventurers and hikers, the trek offers stunning views, diverse landscapes and encounters with wildlife like monkeys and birds.

Kribi Beach:
Kribi Beach, in the southwestern region, boasts long white sand beaches and clear waters. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing and water sports. Visitors can also enjoy the Chutes de la Lobé waterfall, where they can swim under the falls. Local cuisine and seafood delicacies await at various restaurants.

Korup National Park:
Korup National Park, renowned for its bird species, offers pristine tropical wilderness. Visitors can enjoy lodging infrastructure and spot unique primates like the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee and Perseus’s red colobus. Located near the ocean, Mundemba serves as a starting point for tours to the park, where guides often speak the local Cameroonian language.

Cameroon stands tall as a remarkable destination for audacious travelers seeking a blend of cultural diversity, awe-inspiring landscapes and thrilling adventures. From the depths of the rainforests to the heights of its mountains, and from the bustling cities to the serene beaches, the land beckons with open arms, ready to share its enchanting beauty and warm hospitality with all who venture to explore its wonders. As tourism in Cameroon continues to grow sustainably, the country’s potential as a captivating and memorable destination will undoubtedly flourish.


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