The  eagerly-awaited maiden edition of Cameroon Academy Awards (SONNAH) took place at the glamorous Hilton Hotel Yaounde on Sunday 29th under the auspices of the Minister of Culture honourably respresented by her technical adviser Asheri Kilo , the General manager of CRTV Amadou Valmouke and other dignatories.

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The winners brandish their prizes beaming with smile

Ruth Nkwenti, Shaznay, and Joan Ngomba

The eye-catching Red carpet moment that kicked-off the ceremony spotlighted Cameroonian celebrities in all spheres of entertainment clad in sparkles. Ground-breaking performances  that night by the traditional dance group ‘Tic Akam’, Govinal Essomba, Stanley Enow, Leadsman, Espo 2 Benz electrified the ceremony. Finally, it was a breath-taking night on national television.

Elung Brenda , Stanley Enow and Emade Syndy (Left to Right)

An appraisal of what the normal eyes could not see

1. About 30 minutes to the official start of the Award ceremony, a meticulously selected playlist of Nigerian and American videos were shown on  screen to entertain the audience.

2. Frequent technical hitches of image display (Screen black-outs) when categories of nominees were announced .

3. The omission of the category for Best Male Actor went unnoticed by the organisers. Nominees in that category who stormed the ceremony expensively and elegantly-clad had a wave of shock run through their nerves as the ceremony ended without a winner announced.

4. The Award for Best TV presenter was handed to Thierry Ngongang of ‘Carte Sur Table’ on STV on set and later changed in favour of  Charles Ebune of ‘Global Watch’ on CRTV.

5. Otia Vitalis was nominated in the category for Best supporting Actor of the year and was appointed by the organisers to present the same award to the winner Alenne Menget.

6. It was evident that most nominees were not informed about their nomination for the award . This explains why majority of the winners were not present. 

Highly emotional moments 

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1. A large standing ovation was given to Ben Decca when he clinched the award for Best Artist of All time and emotionally stated that he was immensely elated to be recognized for the very first time in his country.

2. Govinal Essomba hasn’t lost his steam yet.The Bikutsi powerhouse thrilled the audience with energetic dance moves  during an ebullient rendition of his classic  tune ”Naya Naya ”.

3. The man of the year was ‘Hein pere’ hit-maker Stanley Enow who bagged  two awards. He paid tribute to the other nominees in Artist of the year category for being bigger and better , considering himself just a beginner. 

Photo: One small shout wey I shout for our actresses dem for  for Calabar, Cameroon FILM Industry - C.F.I actress , Solange Yijika  turn her self into a real diva at the  Sonnah Awards. Akim Macauley, we need more Sonnah's ,so our actresses will come out of the disgraceful comfort zones...... Looking good sis. You scored %100 from African Fashion poilce.com

Actress Solange Yijika graces the Red Carpet

Winners of SONNAH Awards 2013

BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR

NINAH’S DOWRY

BEST ACTOR OF THE YEAR…………………….. BEST ACTRESS OF THE YEAR IN LEAD ROLE

MBUFUNG SEIKEH

 
BEST SUPORTING ACTOR

ALENNE MENGET

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

KELLY EVENYE

BEST DIRECTOR

VICTOR VIYUOH

 

 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

YIBAIN EMILE

BEST EDITOR

ACHILLE BRICE ETEKI

BEST PANAFRICAN ACTOR/ACTRESS

VAN VICKER

”DECODED”

 

 
BEST PANAFRICA MOVIE

DECODED

BEST SCREEN PLAY

NINAH’S DOWRY

 

MUSIC 

BEST ARTIST MALE

STANLEY ENOW

BEST ARTIST FEMALE

CHARLOTTE DIPANDA

BEST URBAN ARTIST MALE

STANLEY ENOW

 
BEST FEMALE URBAN ARTIST

DEBRA DEBS

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

MUSEBA ”BOM BOM BOM”

BEST GOSPEL ARTIST

ELIZABETH TEKEH

 
 BEST MUSICAL ACHIEVEMENTBEN DECCA
FASHION
BEST FASHION DESIGNER

KIBONEN NFI

 

BEST FEMALE MODEL

AYENA DENISE VALERIE

   

 

TELEVISION/RADIO 

BEST TV PRESENTER

CHARLES EBUNE

”GLOBAL WATCH”

BEST TV SHOW

 ‘JAMBO’ ON CANAL 2 INTERNATIONAL

 

 
BEST TV REPORTER

MUKI EDWIN KEDZEKA

RADIO PRESENTER OF ALL TIME

PETER ESSOKA

 

SPORTS 

BEST NATIONAL PLAYER

CHARLES ITANDJE

BEST UP COMING PLAYER

YOUKOUDA KADA

COTON SPORT OF GAROUA

 

Photo Credits :

Penjo Entertainment

Akim Macauley


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