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July
9

NexDim caught up with this flawless beauty for an up-close and personal interview. What actually swept me off my feet was her eloquence and aura. She was talking in real ”pimped” language. She is called Joyce Thellma Mbassa, Miss Littoral 2010 and more to her credit.

Hello, Joyce.

Hello

How are you?

Am doing good.Thank you.

Can you briefly introduce yourself .

Yeah, My names are Mbassa Joyce Thellma Amah.  I’m 23, a student at the university of Buea in my final year studying Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Management. My hobbies-swimming, dancing and Modelling of course!

[smartads]

Like Jamaicans say ; What part a Cameroon yuh come from?

Well, I have a kind of mixed culture. My dad is from the Littoral region and my mum from North-west region but since it’s custom to take daddy’s side, I’ll say am from the Littoral region of Cameroon… Perfectly Bilingual from Birth!!

Can you describe your journey to become a model?

My journey to become a model…Well,when I was a kid, I used to be very calm and quiet but I loved attention, I always made sure people look at me at significant moments. I always used to cry not all the time like most kids do but just when I was hungry or willing to ease my self or sick…growing up, I was always very careful when I walked through the house to make sure nothing drops or stains my dress… a teenager, I used to be the smallest of the group but the one with the loudest voice…after teen, I am the listening ear, the shoulder to lean on and the helping hand to all my friends. Of course I got my own limitations like being authoritative, a lil shy, quick tempered and others…Back in primary and secondary school, on the 11th February  and 20th May match passes, I was always given either the flag or the school board to hold…I always did playbacks, commonly called “staging” on cultural weeks either alone or as a group of which I was always the lead dancer n singer…academically, I was very competitive and always strove for one of the best positions in class…You realize I was a MODEL at each stage. Now as becoming a model like runway and Billboard adverts, it all began with Miss competitions.

What was your drive , what actually inspired you?

My drive and inspiration, I cant really tell. All I know is, I have always loved watching modeling programs over TV, had many fashion magazines and I always dreamt of becoming like one of those bling girls. But, Eva Longoria Parker inspires me big time! She’s just so ”oofff”  in all she does!

Is this something you want to do for life ?

Yes! Absolutely… I will like to do this for life but alongside pursuing my studies and working in a good biz firm coz you know Modeling is not really encouraged in our Cameroon society. You cant depend solely on it here to make a living unless u travel out and me, i’ll like to live in my country so it may just remain alongside…but life reserves alot of surprises,if i happen to “fallbush”, the story might change.

What have you achieved so far as a model?

Hey… I’m still growing in the modeling world. hmm!  So far, Miss BINAM 2008, 1st runner up Miss Dynasty 2009, A Western Union Advert Bill Board contract for a year in 2009, Miss Littoral Lux 2010, Miss Beach 2010, and some pending contracts like Forever Living Products and Seme Beach Hotel Adverts…But my greatest achievement in all, is the acquisition of self confidence, respect of self and of others, alot of social maturity.

Tell us about Fredash Modeling Agency of which we know you are part.

Yep! Freddash Modeling Agency. It’s a young agency,with a bright future made up of great models both boys and girls! I have the honour to be among the 1st models in this great agency.We carry on our activities in a friendly and respectful environment.The CEO (Mr.Nemfor Alfred) and his team give us the necessary guides and advice on the field, photo-shoot  sessions are organized when necessary to keep us awake! The agency presents its models every month to varrying industries for advert propositions…I’ts good in there! Together,we all stand and we win!

What is your definition of beauty?

My definition  of Beauty…”Its the manifestation of the inner qualities of a person presented in a pleasing and attractive physical body”. Haha. Hope it’s clear!

Models are always known as ”people who give what they have to earn what they desire” . Are you a victim?

Oh! Yeah! Absolutely! “Models give what they have to earn what they desire”…They give a chance to the public to be aware of designers dresses and accessories,they guide people in their choice of shopping,they help promote business and present employment opportunities by advertising companies,they offer entertainment when they are on the runway…They desire to see people happy in the choices they make while they earn their living in a respectful way…So, am I Victim? NO! I am a Model.

That was a witty effort to escape the connotation of my question. Lol.

What do you think about the modeling industry in Cameroon.

It’s so low, the modeling industry in Cameroon. I’m just praying that one day, modeling will take a higher dimension in Cameroon because it pains me when I see foreigners on Billboards advertising Cameroon based Products when we are out here!!! Well,with agencies like Freddash Modeling Agency and others,it is promising!

Tell us about your first audition.Were you nervous?

Oh yeah… I am always nervous in all my auditions you know… It’s a feeling I cant take away but I try as much to hide it, I keep calm, drink some water and I keep on murmuring to myself “Joyce, all will be fine”…and it works!

Like magic I guess. Lol.

I learned you are a student , how do you cope with your modeling career and academics?

The Bible says “There is time for everything” I just try as much to give modeling its time and school its own…When there is a clash, I decide which is more important and urgent at that time and I carry on. One good thing is modeling sessions are nearly always on weekends and holidays! so it’s good for me!

Do you often watch America’s Next Top model? What’s your appraisal?

Oh yeah! America’s Next Top Model…I like it! It’s fun,it’s full of suspense, it reveals the girls’ real characters and their urge to win. It’s interesting and inspiring!!! It defines a model…though sometimes, my favorite is not theirs!

What african dish is your secret passion?

Miam miam…I like food! U are asking me to reveal my secret passion…It wount be secret anymore…Ok, I got 3…Ekwang,Ndole with miondo and water fufu with eru… Please don’t ask me to choose!

You may definitely like  Koki Corn or  Kwankalang. Lol. You surely have all Cameroonian dishes as your best.

What is your favourite genre of music?

I like music… all types but my favorite is particularly Old French Blues…It’s so relaxing.

What is your advice to Cameroonians who are passionate about modeling?

Bros’ and sis’ of Camer…If you are passionate about modeling, it’s good.We have some few agencies around now so get yourself into one and carry on your dream…It’s not easy though,just make sure you work hard and keep your dignity intact.It’s important.

Thanks for your time and Nexdim wishes you the best in your career.

Thank you Nexdim…It was my pleasure.I had a great time.

Do you have any last word to nexdimempire.com users?

One last word to nexdimempire.com users ? ” If you fail to check this website in any week, you must have missed some good things for that week…so you know what to do…Stay Blessed.

Joyce Thellma.


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May
29

NexDim takes you into the world of this fascinating Cameroonian beauty with a stunning profile. She tells us about her career, experiences and challenges.

Brief introduction

”I am Audrey Beyala , the African Pearl, born under the Equatorial sun of Cameroon.  1m 80 in  height and 60kg, weight.”

About  her journey to becoming a model.

”I entered the world of glitz and glitter, while in Abidjan, West Africa,the  capital of African fashion. My aunt, an intern with PATHEO introduced me to his friend, a  promoter of cultural events. This enabled me to participate in my first parade,which was my first wonderful experience.Back in Cameroon a few years later, after my Baccalaureate, I first participated in the election of   “MISS CAMEROON.” The attempt was a success. Indeed, out of sixty applicants, fourteen were initially elected, 4 for the finals and at the end  I am elected  ”3ieme Dauphine”,  of  “Miss CAMEROON . Then began a series of  interviews TV, radio, press, educational Talks in schools, Social talks for the poor,  HIV / Aids positive patients, giving Gifts, distributing condoms, and educational materials. Highly publicized, after my term, I was solicited by modeling agencies. I decided to venture into Freelance. Fortunately, in my career, I have met wonderful people who have assisted me  in my work: A lawyer named Nwame Belinga Jacques, the technical team of  magazine Networks  and an Adviser / Consultant / Agent by name Menthong Gerard.

Since then more  parades came:

-Afric Collection 4th, 5th, 6th edition
-Fashion Designers parade
PATYRAJ (A Collection of Rajesh and Patricia) A fusion between India and Africa
JOHN Black and White Collection (Cameroon)
MODELA‘s Collection (Nigeria)
KWESI-NTI‘s Collection (Ghana)
Annette‘s Collection  (Cameroon)
CHRYSTALIX Collection (Cameroon)
Terranga Couture (Guinea Conakry)
Collection IMANE AYISSI ( Tribute to Katoucha, Cameroon)
Collection JOSE ESSAM (DRC)
Alphadi and  Sahel Clothing (from the Niger)
Young Designers contests and exhibitions;
-A participation in the Contest for Young Designers:
-Ecole ESDM  (Ecole supérieure du design de mode), Cameroon
-Ecole JEMAN (Cameroon)
-Alex WAMBA (Cameroon)
-JOELLE Choupa (Cameroon)
-GUY ENANGA (Cameroon)
-STELLA ATAL(Uganda)

* Artists’ props:
-Papa Gueye (Senegal)
Some hair dressers’ Show
-A participation in  ”Spectacle de coiffure”;
-Maitre AYI, the owner of  DIMENSION ART which aims to revolutionize the art of hairdressing in Cameroon.
– A participation in  Hairdressing contest, ”Concour de coiffure”
– I also worked with El Jackson.
– The promotion of perfumes and women’s T-shirt , “FIMA 2009 ” by the fashion designer “Alphadi”
– Participation in International Exhibition  “PROMOTE” 2008 ” under the colors of  MTN and the association ” FAMOUS ART based in Orleans, France. I am a member and representative in Yaounde.
“COULEURS ET TOILES” by Nicolas Bissek
– The promotion of the new mobile option in Cameroon: MTN-TRACE MOBILE
-Participation in the inauguration of the Palais Omnisport Oyem (Gabon) by the former Interim President by Gabon.
– Participation in a charitable fashion show ”EFFOFES D’AFRIQUE” organized by “Famous ART” , Gabon.
-Participation in the contest under the leadership of hairdresser and  barber,  El Jackson, held in N’Djamena in Chad.
These experiences  on the National and International scene, rich in  human relations have  kept me close to my passion , fashion.
It  helped me develop more confidence in the catwalk , showing  more professionalism while enriching my contacts: Professional contacts  (promoters, managers, media men …) and Friends (models, Men of the media, some developers).
”As a rising star in modeling, I put forward the beauty of African women.As Black4u Beauty, I am encouraged and welcomed in my journey through the media that show interest in the values that I advocate.
Media

Among those with whom I had to work  with ( television interviews included), I would cite:
Tina Blanche, President of the association, “FAMOUS ART” and promoter of cultural events
Ayden, presenter of the show “Planete Mode” on 3A Telesud
Sasha- BBC News
Nobody Tony -presenter of the show, “MBOA” on Canal 2 International
Bobby of  Ariane-TV
Valery TITO presenter on STV 2
Prince Kestam, Samba TV
My publications in national magazines: Nyanga, Le Messager, Mutation,  Cameroon-Plus. International magazines: Amina, Brune, Miss Ebene, Just Class, Femme d’Afrique
Internet media: cameroon-plus.com ,Black4u.netnexdimempire.com to name but a few. They have always encouraged me in my work and my passion.
Challenges

Modeling is still a taboo and stigmatized; Regarded as a medium for beautiful girls with empty heads. This is mostly because some take advantage of the naivety of  girls who have a passion for fashion and modeling. They drag them into a point where they can no longer cope. I received proposals from these unscrupulous people in my career where I have nearly entered into contracts that would have cost me damage. Fortunately, being more informed and guided by a great team, those are the obstacles I managed to avoid and which can be avoided.
The most important thing is to keep in mind the objectives set from the  unset; to believe in your passion and dreams. Dare not say things are going wrong or it does not suits you; Know how to earn respect as an African woman and keep your dignity in all circumstances.
Upcoming Events

The adventure continues. Dates of  cultural events have been programmed for  Europe, and America: Fashion Weeks, ”Egerie de grandes marques” , advertising, spots and posters, magazine covers, I will go as far as fashion will take me!.
NEXDIM WISHES YOU THE BEST IN YOUR CAREER !!

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May
13

PROFILE: OKAWA SHAZNAY

Posted In: Movie, Profile by The Administrator

Okawa Shaznay is a young woman from Cameroon. She is a rising actress and commercial print model based in Houston, Texas. She started her acting career in Cameroon with movies like the ”Eigth Commandment” by Sarabi Pictures, her acting credits can be seen in movies such as “CAGED” featuring Desmond Elliott (in stores now-U.S and Nigeria), “Governor’s Gift” featuring JJbunny, Jim Iyke, Pascal Atumah and Tonto Dike (in stores June 2010), “Monogamy/Polygamy” featuring Van Vicker, her other upcoming movie projects include “The Other side of love” featuring Ramsey Nouah, JJ Bunny and Pascal Atumah, ”This is Houston”, “Binta” and many more. She equally participated in a stage play adaptation of  “Things Fall Apart” by Professor Chinua Achebe, performed by All Africa Theatre in Houston.

Ms. Shaznay is currently representing Cameroon in the upcoming 2010 Miss Africa USA pageant as a Miss Cameroon USA finalist. Her platform is to raise awareness by focusing on providing help for disadvantaged children in Cameroon and possibly in other parts of Africa. By doing so, she supports the Keep a Child Alive foundation who supports HIV/Aids victims: – mostly children, and the Shaping Destiny Organization, an orphanage located in Batibo, in the North West province of Cameroon.

Shaping Destiny provides health and educational services to orphaned children. She plans on establishing her book drive micro project, which will provide books to benefit the children’s library at shaping destiny. To learn more about this project click this link: http://www.missafricaunitedstates.com/charities_detail.php?id=22

Enjoy this trailer:

GOVERNOR’S GIFT

CONTACT: http://www.facebook.com/okawa.shaznay


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May
7

Cameroon is fully represented at the Miss Africa USA 2010.We are so proud to know that  some of our beauties are at the level of the finals.Please visit http://www.missafricaunitedstates.com/finalists to vote for your favourite Cameroonian contestant.

Keep brandishing our flag high!!

Miracle Edison


Okawa Shaznay



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May
5
Marie Barbara Matagnigni is the winner of LUX sponsored Miss Cameroon 2010. She is 19 old and a Law student in the University of Yaounde II, Soa. She is eloquent, intelligent, soft-spoken and humble. She is bilingual and would speak French and English with much ease.
Matgnigni was declared Miss Cameroon on the 10th of April in the presence of the first lady’s mother , Mme Rosette Mboutchouang .The event that took place at the Yaounde Conference Centre was a crowd puller with hundreds of lovers of beauty attending.
As part of her mission as Miss Cameroon, the 1.75 m-tall beauty queen hopes to ensure that garbage is properly disposed of, to avoid environmental mishaps. “I’ll make sure lithering is discouraged as much as possible,” she promised.
Matagnigni who hails from the West region will be flown to Paris and back as part of the fallouts of her victory, after bagging One million FCFA.
Her first runner-up, 22-year-old Fariya Oummoul from the Far region went home with 500.000FCFA, while the second runner-up, Esther Atcham, 20, from the Centre was made 250.000 FCFA richer.
Joyce Mbassa’ s race ended as Miss Littoral 2010.
some captions courtesy of tiptopstars.com

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