NexDim caught up with a young prolific choreographer and uprising singer, Mbu-Agbo Philemon a.k.a Phil Jackson. He tells us about his career exploits and challenges in a frantic struggle to breakthrough in the entertainment industry . Let’s see if he is an exact replica of MJ.
Hello Phil-Jackson. How are you?
”Am fine.Thank you.”
Briefly introduce yourself.
”I hail from Manyu Division. I was born and raised in Yaounde,Cameroon . I studied at Lycee Bilingue D’application (LBA) where I obtained my Advanced Level.I’m presently at the University of Buea where I study History as a major and minor in Political Sciences.”
When did you take the bold step to indulge into choreographing and singing?
”Legendary singer and dancer, Michael Jackson has always been my role model. I started learning his moves as a teen until Form 3 when I had my first public performance.In University, joining a Hip Hop dance group, I saw a glimmer of hope and my dreams gradually turning to reality. This paid off when I won Best Western Choreography at the Dynasty Awards 2009. I have also written a couple of songs pending studio production.”
What are your challenges in the industry?
Entertainment in Cameroon lacks the basic promotional and marketing infrastructure. We also do not have the support we deserve .People grow with skills and die with them without reaping anything. I believe if we get the support, we shall make it.
Does choreographing pay-off in Cameroon?
Well, without a well-established industry like in Nigeria, I can’t say we get any profit in choreographing. I actually do it for fun while waiting for a breakthrough.Cameroonians are blessed with talents , we should try to promote these talents.
Any future projects?
”Yea. I’ll be working on ”That is it” show , which is a Buea all-star tribute to the legend, Michael Jackson.”
How do you merge dancing and your university studies?
”I work with a time-table.I schedule about 4 hours for rehearsals each week and equally dedicate time for my studies. This does n’t disturb my academic performance.”
How do you deal with female fans?
”Artists are often very vulnerable and sometimes fall prey. Female fans will always be there. You need to be cautious and prudent. I always try to keep my dignity and status unsoiled”
What’s your genre of music do you have in your iPod?
”Pop and R&B”
What’s your favourite meal?
(Laughs).Do I have a favourite meal?…Fufu and Eru.
Your last words.
”If you have a talent, never give up no matter the ordeals you go through .Believe in yourself and talent and keep doing what you do best.”
‘Twas nice having you on nexdimempire.com
”The pleasure is all mine.”
”Michael Jackson’s legacy lives on”