another year for Daphne Njie’s place as one of the hottest property in the
urban music landcape in Cameroon. After wowing her audience in 2017 with her
hit track « Calé », she thrilled her fans right up to the finish line
with « Jusqu’à la gare » which earned her rave reviews as well as
topping the music charts both at home and around the continent. Daphne stayed
on top of her game throughout the year and that earned her the prize of the
Best Female Artist, Central African sub region at the Africa Music Magazine
Awards AFFRIMA held in Texas, USA on October 7 – She was the only Nominated
Cameroonian who left the stage with an award. Another award followed in
November in a similar category at the Africa Music Awards held in Accra, Ghana.
Olivette became the first black female professsor of history in the United
Kingdom at the Bath Spa University.
Sounds strange for a country with a vast pre and post-colonial history
not to have had a black female history professor but Dr. Otele has now traced
the path for others to follow.
Her area of
focus is colonial and post-colonial history and she has been awarded a personal
Chair position in the history department, in recognition of her high levels of
achievement within the field.
this (professorship and chair in history) open the door to many hard working women… specifically black women,
in academia in general & in History in particular, » she said.
who has authored several articles as well as contributed to several books is a
recipient of UK and EU research grants for her work on the history and memory
of people of African descent.
inspiration from three women ; writer and teacher Suzanne Césaire, Anna
Julia Cooper (one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctoral degree),
and Anna Nzinga, a 17th-century Angolan queen.
trajectories also taught me that when one rises, one should always support
those who helped so that they too can achieve their dreams, «she says.
no woman in contention at the October 7 Presidential election but Michèle Ndoki
proved women are ready to be key political and civil society actors when given
the chance. Already an active member of the Cameroon Renaissance movement where
she is vice President of the Women’s wing, she was one of the outfits key
lawyers who defended the party’s interest at the Constitutional Council. Though all petitions were finally thrown out,
Cameroonians had come to discover an eloquent lawyer on top of her game. She
did not end there. Michèle Ndoki braved the odds to lead a post-election
protest in Douala where she was arrested and released hours later. Even the
charges that were brought before her in court were all later dropped. All these
have only given her strength to forge ahead as she has since joined the battery
of lawyers defending detained Anglophone activists. Her ever growing reputation
could see her throw her hat into the ring at the next municipal and Legislative
chapter of the Anglophone crisis would not be told without her name popping up.
Mimi Mefo was one of the few (female) journalists to have reported extensively
on the conflict in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. Despite constant threats from both parties
involved in the conflict, she remained calm, cool and collected, leaving her
reporting to speak for herself. It is this undiluted show of professionalism that
rallied Cameroonians in one voice to clamour for her release when she was
detained for three days at the Douala Central Prison. Mimi Mefo, symbol of the
6pm prime time news cast on Douala-based Equinoxe Television has slotted seamlessly back into her seat and
continues to be one of the shinning lights in a society finding its path to
Judith Yah Sunday Achidi
chapter was opened at the Cameroon Telecommunications on December 14 with the
appointment of the company’s first ever female Director.
Sunday has been handed the herculean task of revamping a company that has been
begging for new lease of life.
as the right woman at the right place, Judith Yah Sunday is an astute
administrator with twenty five years’ experience in governance and development
of public enterprises. She has served the company as Commercial Director and
Regional Manager for the South West region.
She has not
disappointed in her first days in office, putting the company under thorough
auditing before any strategic decision can be taken.
She was one
of the star performers as the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon finished third
at the Women’s Africa Cup of nations in Ghana and booked their ticket for the
World Cup billed for June 2019 in France. She was on the score sheet twice for
Cameroon at the eight-nation tournament in Ghana, opening scores in the three
nil victory over Algeria, scooping the Woman of the Match award. Her second
goal of the tournament came in the 4-2 victory over Mali in the third place playoff
match. Her scintillating performances earned her a place in the Team of the
Tournament while she was also amongst the fifteen nominated for the African
Player of the Year award. She finished runner up in 2016 and 2017 to Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala.
eulogies that poured during her funeral could hardly tell the story of a woman
confined to herself to fight depression for years. The death of singer Clarisse
Valerie aka Wopso in July 2018 from mental depression showed how much mental-related
illnesses are still neglected by Cameroonians. Her depression-induced social
media outings rather drew laughter than sympathy from many Cameroonians .She
had lived with depression since the death 2010 and she even opened up in 2017.
Her condition worsened with the passing away of her mother in January 2018.
Though a few sisters and artists like Chantal Ayissi and Nadia Ewane worked
tirelessly to give her the necessary psyco social support, Clarisse’s case
mirrors the numerous persons in society suffering from mental related diseases
without a shoulder to lean on.
Miss Cameroon 2018
supposed to be the beauty and pride of Cameroon but it has turned out to be
school for scandals. The crown never settled on the head of the winner of the
2018 Miss Cameroon pageant following the
numerous legal battles against the organizing committee. Organisational lapses,
accusations and counter accusations tarnished the image and reputation of the
show. By the end of 2018, the Ministry of Arts and Culture was forced to
withdraw the organising rights from the Comica and placed the pageant under the
supervision of the government. The decision has rather fanned the legal flames
with the Comica claiming 2 billion FCFA damages from the state-* a battle that
is set to rage into 2019.
the « unsung heroes » since the crisis in the North West and South
West regions of Cameroon broke out. It is common to read stories of persons
killed on a daily basis but nobody takes the pains to know how they are buried.
Until recently considered a taboo, Anglophone mothers are the ones burying
their sons and husbands dying on a daily basis from the conflict. They have
equally organized mourning exercises across the two regions to call for a
ceasefire from both parties and initiate dialogue as the only way out of the
17-year old girl raped in Bamenda
Anglophone mothers, stories of crimes and human rights violation especially
against young girls have most often been swept under the carpet on grounds of
insufficient evidence. Some have even gone as far as denying the existence of
such crimes as the perpetrators move around freely. However on July 24 2018,
when the video of a 17-year old alleged to have been raped by a soldier went
viral, there was no denying this time around. The soldier, has since been
arrested and is standing trial at the Bamenda military tribunal.
Dr. Susan Enjema AWEH
always made headlines with her service to the community. Susan Enjema Aweh aka
Dr. SEA was famous for her inspirational and life-saving videos with a huge online
community that relied on her for health tips. Empowering individuals and
communities to attain quality of life through health education was her lifetime
dream. But that was cut short at the tail end of 2018 with news of her death. She
bridged a medical gap by using the internet to meducate and reach out to
persons in developing countries, her legacy will lives on.
Edith Kah Walla
She is one
who will never shy away from the spotlight. She was an active player throughout
the year as she set about holding consultations to seek a lasting solution to
the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. She was one of
the first persons to lead a delegation in the troubled regions to visit
internally displaced persons and offer her assistance to them. Edith Kah Walla
refused to take part at the October 7 Presidential election until the crisis in
the Anglophone regions is solved.