So it finally happened…..

Event: The SONNAH Awards
Date: December 29th 2013
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Yaounde

On December 29th, Yaounde was buzzing and around the world people watched the live streamed event as the inaugural Sonnah Awards kicked off. Social media sites were buzzing and “Sonnah” definitely had its trend on!

Why Why Why???

About the Sonnah Awards

Established in 2013, The Cameroon Academy Awards under the SONNAH foundation is dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in the Cameroon film, music,fashion, sports, television and digital media…

Read More About the SONNAH Awards Here



Best Model : Valery Ayena
Best Designer : Kibonen NY.
Best supporting actress : Evelyne Kelly
Besr female Artist : Charlotte Dipanda
Best Supporting Actor : Alenne Menget
Best TV Presenter :Thiery Ngonga
Best screen play : Proxy Mbuh in the movie DECODED
Best gospel artist : Elisabeth Tekeh
Best male urban artist : Stanley Enow
Live Achievement Award for Culture : Anna Tutu Muna, Minister of Arts and culture 
Lifetime Achievement Award in radio and broadcasting : Peter Essoka
Lifetime Achievement Award for music : Ben Decca
Best Actress : Mbufung Seikeh 
Best female urban artist: Debra Debs
Best Pan African Actor/Actress (In Camer Movies): Van Vicker in  DECODED
Best Music video: Museba – Bom Bom Bom
Best Director: Victor Vinyo 
Best Footballer: Yukuda Kada
Best movie editor: Achile Brice
Best International football player:  Charles-Hubert Itandje


And more….

Totally loving actress, Solange Yijika’s whole look. Dress check, clutch check, Hair check

The Powerhouse – Penjo Baba of Penjo Entertainment & Julia Gham of JBLu. Outfits on point. Stay tuned for their new reality music show currently hitting the streets in Camer. “SingIt Cameroon”
 Mrs. A.A. totally rocking the red carpet in her multi print number. Anrette Ngafor Akinyele, Founder & Designer, Liiber London

This has to my  pick for best dressed guy of Sonnah 2013..Yellow suit with black trims and geeky glasses..on point!!

Give it up for Debra Debs…

Thank You Thank You
Drum Rolls for this boss lady right here. Eurykah Fon Ndumu. Joined the team late in the game and made a lasting impact. It is not easy organizing an event in pays so thumbs up..Feeling the CEO Event Planner, Asheri Event Planning & Design Services. 
Alene Menget & Agbor Gilbert
Miss Cameroon 2013, Valerie Ayena…Lovely!

OK Starboy, Stanley

Yayy…That’s whats up…We did it

 OK Ladies..Okawa, Joan….
Looking the part in the traditional toghu attire…
 erhh erhh…Thank You, Thank You…

Decoded TV leading lady, Joan Ngomba looking elegant. Dressed by EB Creations 
 Akim Macauley & Stanley Enow…”Yeahh…Congrats”
 Steven’s Records Singer, Gasha & Penjo
It’s Ben Decca

Debra Debs & mum

My take on the SONNAH Awards. 

First Off. A big CONGRATULATIONS to Akim Macauley  for his vision and to everyone who participated in making it a reality. It is a GREAT first step. For the first time in Cameroon (I dare say?) people were recognized and celebrated and witnessed by soo many people around the globe.

R & R (Review & Rant)

We have to build our own “Celebrity Culture”. If you want to get known and recognized, you need to put yourself out there! The Sonnah Awards is a great start! 

Excellent initiative but execution…hmmm. It is not easy to start something and not an award show for that matter. I applaud everyone involved. With team work and more collaboration it can only get better.

It seems there is a “Dichotomy” in the entertainment industry ’cause it felt more like watching the Cameroon “Anglophone” entertainment awards..Sorry may be I just feel bad that artists that I expected to be nominated weren’t but I am sure you get the drift.

There is a need for more private sponsorship in Cameroonian Entertainment industry as a whole. It can only make things better.

On Fashion…Some of the attendants were very much on point!Our celebrities need to focus on building their brand…Styling & public speaking are key. Get a stylist already. We have so many designers. Support our Camer designers.. I will leave it at that or else I can go on and on!

Mix Up on Awards?? Only in Camer!

Presenters, Presenters, Presenters…Please please and please.We need people who are eloquent, can rock the red carpet and ignite a crowd. This one was one my pet peeves about this event. Better female presenters and MC please. I can already think of a couple…

Do we need more award categories..I would say Yes and No…No because it’s a start. and Yes to recognize more people..It’s up to the academy oh!

Pre-award party – Social/Networking events??  Next time..Oh Yes. this is an excellent opportunity for private sponsors to create buzz

Location & Venue
I am not sure if that was the ideal venue for the event. An event planner can only work with what they have. A more flexible space will be better …To another city may be? Anyone say Limbe? TOL (Thinking out Loud)

PPP and more P: Pictures, PR, People, Packaging, Presentation….
It’s almost 3 weeks since the said event and still no official pictures?? There is a great need to have PR for an event of this magnitude..Their role cannot be overemphasized..Having the right people, proper packaging & presentation are what make an event. 

OK people, that’s my take on the SONNAH Awards..I hope more celebrities attend subsequent editions to be recognized. Thumbs up to Akim Macauley & team!

Pictures Courtesy of Facebookers!

Long Live the SONNAH Awards!!


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  1. I second your opinions. I did cringe! "Anglophone"??? " na back it back?"

  2. LOL @ back it back!!Unfortunately there is a dichotomy!It depends on who is in charge(Anglo or Franco) and it could go either way!

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