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Where are our Cameroon Film Industry ‘Movie Stars?’

The Cameroonian Film Industry has been going strong now for about 5 years… Yet we do not have a STAR! You know what I mean when I say STAR? Great acting, a good body structure (no pot bellies, we don’t wanna see the folds, come on now, – size, 10, 12, 14 is cool but it’s television, aesthetics matter, I’m sorry).  Fluent in English, French and Pidgin English, comfortable in their skin and humble. You have to be or feign humility to last in showbiz.

Truth is movies are make-believe, and often times we want to see fantasy land – ideals and not be reminded about everyday life. So if you consider taking your acting career to new heights, watch your diet, exercise, use good body lotions, spandex, learn English, read motivating books, practice, practice, practice different acting techniques. If you think loud make-up and nice clothes will make you a star.. Eh, think again my dear. #camercelebrites


Notice how Ms Yvonne Nelson sits…Notice her skin tone… Watch the interview, now you get my point?


Mercy Johnson picture courtesy of Nigeria Films. Ms Johnson is a full-figured woman and maintaining that body is no joke. This is not a studio picture… so you get my point?


Guys, you see what I’m talking about? Thank you.



15 comments on “Where are our Cameroon Film Industry ‘Movie Stars?’

  1. Eddy
    September 12, 2013

    I am really really embarrassed that a right thinking Cameroonian can spend his precious time and send such a nonsense on the net. are you asking for a model or a movie star? worst still you could not resist what you guys have finally settled on, comparing yourselves with Nigerian actors, come on guys try to be creative and make something good out of the beautiful dynamic cultures we have in Cameroon. Talents have nothing to do with size and shapes or texture. by the way stars are not born, they are made, so go out there and make stars for your industry. Wish you the best.

    • prgoretti
      September 12, 2013

      Why are you bothered when we compare ourselves to Nigerians? Aren’t we all Bantus? What’s wrong with comparing our young industry to the 3rd largest movie industry in the world? Are we refusing the fact that most of our young film makers were influenced by these same Nigerians? Why won’t we compare ourselves to Nigerian actors? Can’t you see that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, a Nigerian actress was just this past April honoured in the US at the famous TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world? I really hate it when we come with our preconceived views on Nigerians and refuse to see the greatness that they are and focus on the negatives. The added advantage we have is that they are our closest neighbours. Did you want me to compare them to Hollywood stars… I don’t think so.
      Talent may have nothing to do with size/shape or texture but take off your blinders for a minute and remember what ‘SHOWBIZ’ is about. That’s the reason why we are encouraging them through this medium to re-evaluate their goals and ambitions in this industry.

      • Eddy
        September 12, 2013

        my dear sister, my worry is bigger than you think. me complaining of you comparing with nigerian actors was not in anyway undermining that industry set up. My problem with you guys is that you should think African and protray Africa. Be sincere to me, what made her gained that respect by Time magazine, is it her village setting appearances or the westernized style of acting? the truth is , when it comes to acting, most of us Africans try to copy the whitemans culture, see the way we dress, speak and gesticulate, you know what i am saying, we should come out from this dream and try to be creative, we have a rich culture that can be exposed in the film industry which will make a renaissance for Africa. I am happy you said we are all bantus, so when is the next Bantu film festival taking place?

      • prgoretti
        September 12, 2013

        Do you know that omotola has had a team behind her for some years now? I’m talking managers, publicist, agents etc. why do you think that is? It’s not just innate talent- it takes a whole lot more to be a star. Just do a little research. She may have nurtured get talent in the nollywood industry, but to be where she is, takes a whole lot of non-film work.

    • flora aristide
      June 10, 2014

      your right its not all about the size but the talent……..why really compare with the nigerians………we are camerooonians and different from them in all ways,……….we have ideal and talented people………and with a positive mind there is success

  2. Roots Art
    September 13, 2013

    Miss Blogger, there is nothing wrong in your comparing Cameroon to Nigeria except that you are actually insinuating that we should copy their example. Good Idea but if we think art is supposed to be a creative thing, we should make our own standards. Good looks, yes. Good speech and articulation, yes. Great Acting , style, class and above everything humility, Yes. But not model it on the Nigeria experience even if we are all Bantus. Cameroon has a culture. If we want to copy we will get lost in the shadow of Nigeria.

    • prgoretti
      September 13, 2013

      Hey, thanks for stopping by. Let me articulate it better… We should copy Nigeria by telling our own stories and projecting our culture to the world – just like Nollywood has done. That’s what I am about. Please go back to my post titled ‘The Cameroon Film Industry has given birth and read what i wrote under Ninah’s Dowry. Thank you!

  3. Emmanuel
    September 13, 2013

    I would say you all have a point in your writing. We have to start somewher before we get to our destination. One big problem with Cameroon movie industrie, is the cameroonians themselves, a country with multicultural diversity with no iingredients for unity. Many have come together to set up a movie production studio, but end up failing because one or two persons are more focused on their personal interests than the colective growth of these production houses. We lack the bourgeois to sponsor our productions. There is yet to be a market because we cameroonians are better comsumers of Nigerian/Ghanians’ movies which we so much glorified and basterdized our home make product. People of diaspora your support: film knowledge, acting skill, financial, marketing strategies, and morals supports are needed back home to take this our movie industry to a higher heights. Thanks

  4. langa
    September 24, 2013


  5. Kiynga
    January 22, 2014

    I believe that our start is making an issue here. Everyone’s beginning does. Failure to understand that Nigerians hav their short comings is a sign that we are paranoid. Its not how fast but how far. Knowing that it is the end that matters I still see Cameroon flying when the time comes

  6. Douglas Achingale
    July 11, 2014

    Doesn’t Mr. Ibu have a potbelly? Is he not a star? Wuna leave dat ting!!

    • Gracias
      October 11, 2014

      Good question Douglas. In my opinion, size, height, accent, complexion etc don’t matter. What’s important is that one fits the character or the role he/she has to play. For example, can Yvonne Nelson with her fine toned skin and good accent use those attributes to play the role of an illiterate, poor, village girl?

  7. B
    March 1, 2015

    Hmmmm. Short of words

  8. Jade
    March 2, 2015

    Nigerians arent bantu speaking peoples.

  9. mick
    April 16, 2015

    Hi am in south africa and want to know how to register to be an actress in cameroun

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