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June
4
 

The fourth edition of the Golden Movie Awards Africa(GMAA) took place on Sunday 3rd at the  Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra.

The event was highly patronized by  filmmakers from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon and Ivory Coast for the 2018 Golden Movie Awards Africa.

This year’s edition was hosted by popular Nigerian comedian AY and Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas.

The star-studded event saw celebs such as Nikki Samonas, Nana Ama McBrown, Veteran actor Fred Amugi, Nigerian actress Lilian Esoro, Lydia Forson, Vicky Zugah, Salma Mumin, Fiifi Coleman, Jackie Appiah, Cameroon’s Allene Menget, Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Ekow Smith-Asante, Gloria Sarfo, Peter Ritchie, just to mention a few

Cameroon’s flag was well brandished at the event with 6 awards to bring home . The blockbuster movie “A good time to divorce” won best drama story and Overall Golden Movie , Alenne Menget won Best actor , Nkanya Nkwai won Best director and writer and Anurin Nwunembong won Best art director. 

A compilation of the full list of winners of the 2018 Golden Movie Awards below:

Golden Makeup Artiste

Nodryn Evanci (Forbidden)

Golden Costume

Awenseba Ali-Akpajiak (Baabani)

Golden Short Film

Iterum (Again)

Golden Editor

Bernard Makosa (10 Day in Suncity)

Golden Soundtrack (Original)

O.C. Ukeje (Potato Potahto)

Golden Art Director

Anurin Nwunembom (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Promising Actor

Eman Sinare (Baabani)

Golden Supporting Actor (Comedy)

Richard Mofe Damijo (10 Days in Suncity)

Golden Supporting Actress (Comedy)

Joke Silva (Potato Potahto)

Golden Indigenous Movie (Twi/Swahili/Hausa)

Baabani

Golden Cinematography

Stanlee Ohikhuare (Idahosa’s Trail)

Golden Editor (Video)

Yaw Karkon-Ampomah (Before the Vows)

Golden Story Drama (Movie)

Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Supporting Actress

Ebele Okaro (What’s Within)

Golden Discovery Actor

Lilian Echelon (Black Rose)

Golden Appreciation Award (Male)

Peter Richie

Golden Appreciation Award (Female)

Gloria Sarfo

Golden Writer Comedy (Movie)

Peter Sedufia (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Writer Drama (Movie)

Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Actor (Comedy)

John Dumelo (Before the Vows)

Golden Actress (Comedy)

Nana Ama McBrown, Sika Osei & Lydia Forson (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Actor (Drama)

Allene Menget (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Actress (Drama)

Lilian Echileon (Black Rose)

Golden Movie (Comedy-Story)

Rachel Adiku (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Documentary

GH One (Tramadol Documentary)

Golden Director

Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Overall Golden Movie

A Good Time to Divorce (Nkanya Nkwai)


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June
4

Cameroonian actress Stephanie Tum is hurling accusations on fellow colleague veteran actor Alenne Menget for being a gossip and promising him hell if ever he mentions her name again .
The exasperated actress took to Facebook to throw jabs at her one-time trusted confidant for slandering, tarnishing her image after making futile sexual advances towards her and for being so childish at his 40’s to expose issues about her past financial problems and marital life. She’s warned him never to call her name again and stay off her lane.


This heated outburst has triggered UK based blogger Bandy Kiki to add more salt to the injury. According to the owner of kinnaka blog, Alenne is a cantankerous gossip , a perv and ill mannered for requesting sex as a bait for movie roles . She further says
“Before I came out as a lesbian, Mr Alenne found out and tried to use it to silence me. when it didn’t work he badmouthed me and prevented me from getting sponsorship during the launch of kinnaka TV.
She has also called on victims to break the silence . Ni , Alenne Menget is yet to react to this toxic accusations.


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February
18

1. Nkeng Stephens

The deft award-winning video director has been making remarkable strides churning impeccable visuals with stunning creativity and  cinematographic savvy. He has directed videos for top class artists in the industry like Daphne “Calee”, Mr Leo “Jamais Jamais” , Magasco “Sokoto”, Locko “boo boo” , Etc.
Did you know Nkeng Stephens was a singer and rapper called “Flames” , member of the Afro-pop group Rythmz?
The former trio composed Flames (Nkeng Stephens) , Dianee (Phillbill) and Kezzy (K Master Kmix) .
Nkeng Stephen featured on a myriad of debut records with Rythmz including their hit song “Honey moon” released in 2012.

 

2. Prince Mykel Enobi

Prince Enobi is a multi-talented event organiser, talent manager and media personality. A holder of a Bachelors degree in Journalism and mass communication from University of Buea, he has carved a niche in the industry making a huge name for himself as an established event organiser. Prince Enobi managed the duo Rythmz from 2012 – 2015 under the label No Hitz No Records which was equally home to now-superstar Daphne.  After parting ways with the duo Rythmz, Prince embarked on organising events which has been thriving massively .  He has successfully organized concerts for household names in Africa like Davido & X Maleya,  bringing over 40 reputable artists on one stage at the Cliq Urban Music Festival in Buea. Prince Enobi has initiated YOLO , a platform to showcase Cameroonian artists and currently organising the trade fair in Buea. Wow ! Huge achievements for the young entertainment entrepreneur .
Did You know Prince Mykel Enobi had ventured into music as a rapper? Yes. He recorded several songs before delving on artist and event management.

3. Achille Brice Eteki

The well-travelled filmmaker and movie director has received accolades for his dexterity. He even inspired me to write this article after watching his work  “Life Point” on CRTV. The movie was nominated at L’Etalon D’Or de Yennenga – Pan African Film festival Ouagadougou , Burkina Faso in 2017 .
Did you know Achille Brice did music for five years as a recording and solo artist with an album titled “Hood Classics”. He used the pseudonym Biniray Jr.

4. Kelly Blaise Achu

Kelly B is a renown photographer based in Buea. His professionalism  , creative imagination and dynamism has set him on the pedestal of 5 top notch photographers  as rated by Journal Du Cameroun in 2017.
Did you know Kelly B was a recording artist under the label Chillen Music. Yes ! He released “Still be mine” ft Biniray (Achille Brice Eteki)  and later released a project with Paps Jayfar and Rythmz dubbed “Langa” in 2014.

5. Taphis

He is the manager of one Cameroon’s hottest artists Tenor. He had managed Numerica as well. Taphis is making great success as a talent manager .

Did you know Taphis had ventured into music before switching his lane ? . He was a dope rapper and released a couple of singles .

6. Adah Akenji

Multi-talented Adah Akenji has become a household name in the industry as a video director. He has directed videos for top Cameroonian artists like Tenor “Bad Things” , Dynastie Le Tigre “Jour moi me mendjang” , Nami Nami Cyrus “Tres Belle” etc .
Adah is also a highly acclaimed vocalist and music producer . He made an indelible impression when he released an Afro love ballad “Nyango” in 2011 . He later released “Yokoko” , “Far away” , Alima” “Saka” , Wan O bi” and “Na na na”.

7. Master Chill


Nkwain Ettiene (Master Chill)  is the CEO of one of the biggest multimedia houses in Cameroon Chillen Entertainment. He is an adept music video director and media content producer. Master Chill is owner of Buea-based channel CM TV .
Did you know Master Chill was a rapper? . The former rapper used the stage pseudonym Master Chill and used “For Dons in the house ” as his introduction signature phrase on his songs. He recorded several songs between 2005 – 2009

8. Alenne Menget


In 2016, he told Precious Core “I’m a jack of the arts”. And yeah… He truly is. ” Ni” the filmmaker , actor , comedian and impresario has made a great name in the entertainment industry. The CEO of ATS production has starred on numerous Cameroonian films and his comedy skits keep going viral on the internet.
Did you know Alenne Menget was an artist? He had ventured into music. He is skillful at singing jazz classics as well as his own compositions.

9. Shabatam Maestro


Shabatam now owns a successful photography company called 44 Pictures. He equally directed Lucy Brand’s video “Your love” in 2017.
Did you know Shabatam is a recording artist who hails from Manyu Division ?

10. Guiffo Stephane

The TV personality is best known for Deditude on STV. His charming voice, verve and unmatched showmanship lures his audience to stay glued on their TV screens . He is a successful TV host today .
Did you know Stephane was runner-up at a singing competition organised by Dora Decca  and aired on STV? He is a powerful vocalist who changed his lane.


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August
7

The North West Region shall vibrate to an explosive concert at the Congres Hall, Bamenda on the 17 th of August with the official unveil of  Prince Perkos’ new LP ”Aleg Ndagala”. Cameroonian mega star Petit Pays shall be thrilling Bamenda with a good doze of tuneful music from his repertoire alongside Prince Perkos from Mexico, Njoreuh  and Abakwa funk crooner Wax Dey (SA) from 7 pm . The event shall be hosted by the versatile artist Alenne Menget and powered by Prince Perkos Production.

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July
17

Alenne Menget

NexDim caught up with outstanding singer, journalist and film producer , Alenne Menget for an up and close interview about his career exploits, projects and his impression about the Cameroon Entertainment Industry. He divulges some untold realities about the game. Follow !

Hello. How are you doing?

I am fine.Thank you.

Can you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Alenne Ndifor  – Mbum Menget.I am the owner of the ATS Production of Ancien Immeuble ELF in Akwa Douala. I am a journalist by training , an audio visual producer by learning ,a singer by talent with plenty gift of the gab.

You have enormously achieved success in the entertainment industry after creating a niche. How did it all start?

Well ,it all started when I discovered pretty young that I was not like the other kids’ who could score a goal in the football field but no one will sing or rap like me.I think I was better than Tupac Shakur. .My late Papa John, came from England once with a piano gift for me. That was the beginning. I almost stopped school to become Michael Jackson. Then I created the ATS band. (Alenne Too Strong Band).I did my first concert at 15 with a live band at the cultural center now British Council library in Bamenda.It was sponsored by John , my late papi. I remember the songs I sang with Chegang  (Daddy Cool) who is now a famous actor in Nigeria now called Bari Luke.We sang my songs like (Give your mami and get some moni), I no bi know say, I no got no place to go, and many others. That was the only concert  by our age in that hall at the time. Early 90s. When the Sienis moved to Bamenda from Limbe, they were good and so we formed the Alensien band with a certain Miss Bright who left for the USA soon after. AlenSein simply meant, Alenne and the Sienis.The Seinis were brothers; Taboh and Tiencho Sieni.We did songs like  ‘Please let me what to do, boom,boom,boom, hussy woman and many others which were big hits.We didn’t do an album though but we had records and sang across B town (Bamenda town).The Sienis too left for the USA. I did another band, an acapella band this time in my boarding school, PHS Batibo.”The Sound Drops” was a pure gospel band. As I grew, I had developed animation skills while I practiced to talk preparing for future interviews when I would become the musical star.I finally became the best animator of the time. I think am still the best. I had wanted to drop from school to be that singer and animator I had become. Before 18, I was talking on CRTV Bamenda. Not to long I ran the most important animation programme of that station when Divine Nchamokong moved to the USA. ”The North West Family Show” was in my hands. My mother insisted I wouldn’t drop school and that’s how I found myself in the University of Buea. I didn’t read journalisism, I read history.I am the person who started most of the private Radio stations in the English speaking Cameroon ,even before I left the university.I did  Afrique Nouvelle and the Abakwa Fm in Bamenda. I wrote the project and gave birth to the Ocean City Radio of Limbe that hit the charts in the country at the time. When I was in the university ,I was the manager of the one and only band in the South West; the Black and White Night club band. I moved to Bamenda and pushed Charley Dallars in doing the biggest band there till date;  The Dallars band.It was the first in town too. I actually drove with him to Dschang to bring the first musician we played together. So, I went to Kumba and did the Lake Site Radio for Dr Dewah, put on the Mbonge Community Radio as a project and the DBS TV. I am one of the brains and the first Editor in chief there. Today, I run all these in the ATS productions. 

A Stella Damasus make-up

My inspiration has practically been God’s gift. It’s talent but society has influenced me alot . I have picked up inspiration from wrong things that happen in our society ; Discrimination, poverty, suffering, excitement, jealousy and many more. My main human inspiration was John, my father who had graduated and thought drama before I was even born. He died as the oldest Cameroonian actor November 2011. Missing him and trying to think of the thinks I would have done if he didn’t die is the biggest inspiration of my life now. One of the reasons am doing the things I can do now . So, I don’t regret when dying.

Can you divulge your secrets of being a refined journalist and impresario?

It’s not a secret.I am creative and I see and learn the positive things in other people.My strongest secret is that I have  never been jealous of anybody. I let the young grow. May be because am gifted in a lot of things. I am also hard-working, prompt, I read and watch alot and most importantly I like doing what I create than imitating some one else.So my secret is just being unique too and no one knows what Alenne will do next.

What’s your technique in sustaining pure and strong vocals?

Vocals ! hahaha. I have worked that since I was young. From the rap of those day, through the R&B of the hind days and the era of jazz, I have worked my vocals. In the toilet , down at the farm I have sang and talked alone. God gave me the talent.

We have watched you play several roles in movies. Which projects have you been involved in so far?

I have been involved in quite a few movie projects but I was the protagonist of the first ever Nigeria-Cameroon joined venture, (The sacrament). Am not too proud about the other I have done but for the recent one , I took a Cameroonian role with Stella Damascus and another with Jim Iyke. I don’t know the names of the movies. The one I wrote, produced and directed myself is the only Cameroonian English comedy film, ‘The Return to Batibo”. I am almost losing rights over it because someone in the United States wants it all. Everybody who has watched it wants another person to watch it. Thank God the people I want to watch are watching it.

Jim and Alenne Menget

What has destroyed the entertainment industry in Cameroon is the first people who were trying to run  and manage it. They were very courageous to start it but extremely limited, untalented, foolish and even wicked if we take some cases. There is no vision or plan but excitement, back stabbing, witch hunting , greed and even corruption and theft. Cameroon has no name abroad because money for entertainers from abroad never got to entertainers through them. The embassies are going  mad with the entertainment industry ,especially Anglophones, because Visas taken for entertainers  by them was used to send non-entertainers abroad and most of them never came back. The Ministry of Culture doesn’t want to hear anything about entertainment because ,they have been there and lied many times ,taken money for issues and never went back to give a report. Producers get arrogant to actors, treat their stars like beggers, gossips , desperate actions ,immaturity , disorganisation , it’s just sham bus. There are so many talents in Cameroon . I went to Buea after along time two months ago,I saw alot of talents .I was in Bamenda, the same, but those of Buea don’t know those of Bamenda , Kumba ,Limbe and Yaounde. Everybody just wants to be noticed, even the man behind the camera.The driver too for a film project wants to act a role. Almost everybody in Buea is a star, talented or not talented.We need wise people at the head.People that can respond intellectually and responsibly.People with personality and talent.

With the infiltration of Nigerian music and movies in our Cameroonian markets, how can we convince Cameroonians to prefer consuming their products?

This is the most important question sir. How do you want Cameroonians to consume Cameroon movies or music when Cameroonian entertainers only do Nigerian sort of entertainment? Our songs are Nigerian beats and we sing in their ascent. We talk in movies like Ibos and Yorubas and call our chiefs Igwe. Nigerian film actors do the main roles in our movies and when they come we start disrespecting each other to entertain them. When even the editing of our films and music are done by them. You would be shocked with what happens when foreign starts come to get roles in our movies. Even Nigerian stars who can’t spell their name well are being rushed on like Micheal Jackon is back by Cameroonians that I consider more talented. Come and see the arrogance that these foreign stars use in treating our own very talented stars because of the chocolate treatment. Cameroonian stars work for foreign actors and producers for free and tire down local producers. And by night time, everyone is on Facebook with a brand new picture posing. Stars or entertainers don’t act cheap people. If on set you don’t go close to them and do your job well, they will look for means to come to you. But if you go desperately to them, they will minimise you and the stupid ones will even insult you.

What’s your impression about piracy?

Piracy, piracy, piracy…hahaha, it’s a whole lecture and it depends on the stage of the artist in our local context. Piracy does make entertainers popular but when they get popular, they should look for a solution against. Again it’s a long talk.

What are the personal projects you hope to initiate in the future?

I am at a very high Spirit at the moment. I am still working on documentaries. I have more than 100 documentaries in the market and customers home and abroad. You may visit the following YouTube channel to watch some. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Sldviy7gefXabyP4FKjZw?feature=guide.Am .Working on my first album. It’s gospel jazz. I have engaged with the talented M1 studio in Buea for recording .We are working with four awesome ,intelligent and beautiful girls for a major talk show that we will have a  first season on TV soon, A new movie is on its way ,The University  lecturers , a movie on the unification of Cameroon and a soap opera. I am also thinking of a TV and Radio station.

What do you plan to contribute in the growth of the entertainment industry in Cameroon?

My plans for the Cameroon entertainment industry are plans I have for the ATS Productions. Am not going out for any until proven matured, will go for other plans with people who share my dreams and are focused.

Your involvement in the ‘’Fix It Show’’ contributed to give it colour and grandeur. What’s the plan for the future?

Well, the ‘Fix It Show” was a good eye opener. I was actually called this morning by my childhood friend Sama Ndango for a meeting tomorrow. Remember ”Fix It” is his idea. He is someone that I respect alot. He does what he says he will do. So I am sure we will be meeting soon again to try to fix things.

How do you cope with hysteria from fans?

I am an extremely simple , so my fans have become my friends. That’s why it’s easy for me to do investigative journalism in my documentaries. I am also a very complicated person to those who are not simple. But I love fans who try to understand what I intend to bring out than those who just get excited  with the man they saw on TV. You know all stars are popular but I want to be the famous star and not the notorious star for my fans.

What do you do in your spare time?

There is no spare time at this level, man. All I do matter. I don’t go swimming, I don’t go clubbing. I had my time and I enjoyed my best. Today, I work. I can’t say singing or watching movies,because,all that to me is part of my work.

Are you married?

No, I am not married but i got a beautiful kid

What’s your favorite Cameroonian dish?

My favourite Cameroon dish varies with my appetite at that particular moment and I  go for it. I am not just simple in style . I don’t complicate my diet.

What’s your advice to upcoming entertainers?

Entertainers, you have got to work hard .Then, most importantly, learn to manage your talent. Try to distinguish between getting notorious and famous because a majority of you are notorious. Quit if you discover it’s not going and try something else. It is very difficult to put bread on your table in this business in our country.

Do you visit nexdimempire.com? What’s your appraisal?

I do visit you some of the times and like many say, you are good. Keep up but work harder.

It is a pleasure having on nexdimempire.com.

Thanks.


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April
24

Sama Ndango, Alenne Menget and Pride Achu (Left to Right)

The maiden and inaugural edition of the  ”Fix It Show” took place on Saturday 21st of April 2012 at Holiday Inn Resort, Seaside town of Limbe. The highly anticipated ”Fix It Show” thrived to build a well deserved grandeur , glamour and allure , uniting a plethora of fashion designers/stylists, models, artists, filmmakers, actors , comedians, media houses and stakeholders across Cameroon in one arena.  The event opened its curtain at 3Pm with a chic Red Carpet moment , embellished by a playlist of sizzling Cameroonian urban music.

Actress, Selambi Belinda on Red Carpet

We got impressed with what we saw on the Red Carpet as  some artists, models and film makers rocked it all , clad in pieces crafted by budding Cameroonian designers like Mesanga Clothing , Afroshic,Afriq Unique, Aablahsd and Motif by Moh . NexDim spotted celebrities ! Mr ”Fix It” himself Sama Ndango, Pride Achu, Agbor Gilbert, Neba Lawrence,  Bright Phase, Steveslil, Mrs Oben, Queenta Eyong Ashu, Dr Sley, Eka Christa, Tony Nobody, Ngwane Hansel, Melcube, Stanley E.N.O.W, West Don, Eric Ngomni, YA Squad , Selambi Belinda, Big Mami Agatha, Fredash Models, Mesanga models, Motif By Moh models and other entertainers  all evidently displaying a sterling and sassy taste of fashion on the Red Carpet . If you were n’t sophisticated and classy, then ”Fix It Show” was n’t the right arena for you.  Paparazzi went wild !

Mofor Clementine (MC Show by Springboard), Ntoko Media, Hi TV, TopNotch Mag and STV 1 caught a glimpse of every sequence of what went down at the Red Carpet with their cameras. Simply fabolous !

After rocking the Red Carpet with an avalanche of fashionable and decent outfits, attention was driven to the stage where the tempo augmented.

Steveslil performs ''Panjo''

The audience was thrilled by electrifying performances by Dr Sley (Ghetto Queen), Black LM, Steveslil (Panjo), Jerry (comedy), West Don (Ajebota), Stanley E.N.O.W (Bayangi juju), Magasco from Mumak and Bright Phase . The pomp , pageantry and fascination was quite impressive. Apart from music interludes, the run-way got busy with a massive exhibition of appealing clothing collections by Mesanga Clothing, Motif by Moh, Aablashd, Afriq Unique and Afroshic Clothing.

West Don performs ''Ajebota''

Ace journalist Nyoh Moses sensitized the audience with a talk on the role of the media in the promotion of entertainment, while MUMAK executive Jules Nya threw light on quality output in the industry, artist branding and professionnalism. The entertainment industry now seems to have had a  spontaneous stir and flair with such an initiative by Sama Ndango .

NexDim Empire cliched a ”Fix It” Award for Best Media Promoter, CUMA for Best Music Promoter, Fredash Modeling Agency for Best Fashion Promoter, Agbor Gilbert for Best Movie promoter and Da Cobra House for Best Comedy Promoter. Top notch music producer, Emil Ngumbah ‘s regal dignity and Agbor  Gilbert ‘s acumen in the entertainment industry was recognized as they were inducted into the ‘Fix It’ Hall of Fame. Colonel Dickson who has been making frantic efforts to promote entertainment grapped  an award for Best Entertainment promoter.

The event took place in the presence of dignitories like the Nigerian Consul General of South West and Littoral , President of Nigerian Cinematophers Guild  NG1 , CEO of Blaxity Tony Nobody and many more.

According to the organizers Sama Ndango and Pride Achu , the event shall be held quarterly. Brace yourselves for subsquent editions of the event.

”Fix it , Make it”

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