For the past few days, Cameroonian bikutsi diva Lady Ponce has been trending on social media after Cameroon’s telecommunications company, Camtel announced Fally Ipupa’s invitation to Cameroon as the main artist for the end-of-year mega concert it is planning to organise on December 30 at the Omnisport stadium of Douala.
Lady Ponce, in her revendication, made it clear that she has no issues with Fally Ipupa, but her outing was to call out Camtel for neglecting local artists over a “stranger”.
“Are you not tired of this smear campaign against artists of Africa in miniature”? She questioned
“Enough is enough! Petit Pays couldn’t be the headliner of this event? Isn’t he an icon of African and world music? Damn, what excessive contempt!” she added
“Camtel, what shame, what contempt! Our societies have no respect for the Cameroonian artist”.
According to reports, Camtel is choosing Fally Ipupa for the concert, firstly because he is one of the most listened-to African artist in Cameroon and secondly, because they have their Blue services to launch. Lady Ponce says Camtel should have chosen a Cameroonian artist for the launch of their products because the money they make is from Cameroonians and Camtel should be giving back to them.
“Cameroon Telecommunications, you are launching a product consumed by Cameroonians, yet you are a taxpayer’s company, but you take Fally as the headliner and it is he that you put at the headliner.”
Thousands of Cameroonians are already mobilising for this concert. Worth noting is that Fally is not the only artist invited to this concert. Other Cameroonian artists will be performing too, like Ben Decca, Indira Baboke, Kameni, and others still to be revealed.
“Now you put some four local artists to confuse Cameroonians, while we know the misery you pay them. You could take a good number of local artists and make this product launch a national event for the Cameroonian people,” Lady Ponce continued.
“If we don’t have jobs today, it’s simply because you’re taking that right away from us because you like to see us suffer and beg in your offices. Is handing over what is rightfully ours becoming a problem in this country? Shame on you”. She added.
Camtel the Problem! Not Fally
Lady Ponce has been insisting on the fact that Camtel has the obligation to invite Cameroonian artists for any project they have because every cash they make comes from Cameroonians.
“Camtel, We created you with our taxes, we Cameroonians, and you owe billions of our royalties; you don’t pay them. But you’re throwing a party for free with our money, and you think I’m going to leave you? It’s my money and my right to claim”.
Is Lady Ponce fighting alone?
After her outburst, Lady Ponce has faced criticism from other Cameroonian celebrities who disagree with her claims. To Maahlox, Camtel has the right to invite whoever they want for their project if it will please her customers.
“CAMTEL has noticed that its subscribers love FALLY; they went for him to please their subscribers, whether it pleases people or not.”
Cameroonian comedian Moustik Le Karismatik has also taken to Facebook to condemn Lady Ponce’s outings, which, according to him, are full of hypocrisy.
“When you received the money from the PRC and spent it, life seemed wonderful. However, things have taken a turn for the worse since they stopped providing the funds. Tap, because of the disorder we know, you’ve become superwoman, girl! Please begin by ensuring that you pay your dancers fair wages, considering the substantial fees you charge”.
Mani Bella on her part without condoning any of them, has called on both Lady Ponce, Maahlox, and Moustik to call off the ranting and make peace. Lady Ponce has refused and insists she has the right to air her mind.
It is worth noting that in 2020, Lady Ponce was invited by Camtel to attend one of their concerts. The concert was organised with French rapper Me Gims as the guest artist. Many are questioning her now for calling out Camtel if she has once been called by them for a project.
This comes at a time when there has been a strong call for Cameroonians to consume their homemade content with the “80/20” concept which calls for the consumption of 20 percent foreign music and eighty percent Cameroonian.
- Why Fally Ipupa and not others?
It is worth noting that Fally has been invited to Cameroon for a concert before, and he is not the first artist to come as a main guest for a concert in Cameroon.
A Nigerian artist last year (2022) was invited as the main artist for UCB’s 50th anniversary. Burna has also been brought into Cameroon as the main artist for a concert. Wizkid was invited to the presidency in 2020 for Brenda Biya’s birthday, and it did not pose a problem to anyone. Why Fally now?
Lady Ponce’s recent outing has caused the managers of the Fally Ipupa Foundation to invite her to a concert in Congo Kinshasa, and it is now left to see if Lady Ponce will honour the invitation.
Canada Boosts Cameroon’s Health Information Management with Equipment Donation
The Canadian government has provided a valuable consignment of medical equipment in a move aimed at enhancing health information management in Cameroon. The Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon, Her Excellency Lorraine Anderson, delivered the equipment on November 22 during an audience with the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Manaouda Malachie.
The donation, part of the Canadian Global Initiative and Vaccine Equity (CanGive) project, includes 1,900 electronic blood pressure monitors, 1,900 glucometers, 150 boxes of 50 strips, 270 tablets, and 310 smartphones. The equipment, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of FCFA, is specifically aimed at strengthening health information management and improving decision-making in health districts.
Her Excellency Lorraine Anderson emphasised that the equipment would play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine services, particularly for at-risk groups in the East, Far North, North West, and South West regions of Cameroon. Canada is actively partnering to enhance routine immunisation, focusing on zero-dose and undervaccinated children and unreached communities.
“As part of the #CanGIVE project, Canada is proud to have contributed $3 million, and to deliver medical and monitoring equipment, in collaboration with #WHO, to Cameroon’s Minister of Health public,” a tweet from the High Commission read.
The donation also addresses the need to reinforce immunisation services’ quality in the targeted regions, along with enhanced screening for chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and hypertension.
Expressing gratitude, Minister Manaouda Malachie thanked the Canadian government and the World Health Organization (WHO) for their continuous support in Cameroon’s health challenges. The minister highlighted that the provided equipment, including vaccination monitoring and prevention tools, aligns with the country’s new epidemiological monitoring tool.
While acknowledging Cameroon’s satisfactory response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Dr. Manaouda stressed the ongoing need for vigilance. The collaborative efforts between Canada and Cameroon aim to fortify the healthcare system and contribute to the nation’s public health goals.
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Tubah Mayor Urges Calm Amidst Bambili-Nkwen Land Dispute
In the wake of heightened tension and street protests in Bambili, Mayor Tanjong Martin of Tubah Council has appealed for calm among the residents. The unrest stems from a longstanding land dispute between Bambili and Nkwen villages.
Speaking on Thursday, November 23, in Bambili, Mayor Tanjong addressed a crowd of agitated women and youth, urging restraint and emphasising the need to await the intervention of the state to address the complex land issue.
“I have called for calm. We cannot sacrifice life for land. In the 21st century, we are still fighting, killing, and destroying properties for land. I have called on my people to be calm. Let’s follow the law; we in Tubah believe in law and not aggression,” Mayor Tanjong stated.
Accompanied by the Divisional Officer (DO) of Tubah, Massango Metouge Narcisse, the Mayor stressed the importance of a final solution from the state to enable people to live peacefully. He appealed for swift action to bring an end to the conflict so that residents could resume their daily lives.
Mayor Tanjong also called for a halt to the burning of houses and the destruction of properties at the scene, addressing those involved in these activities. “If it is non-Bambili people burning these houses, we are calling for an immediate stop to this ill activity,” he asserted.
The recent unrest saw houses in Bambili reportedly set ablaze at the borderland with Nkwen on Thursday, November 23. In response, angered residents of Bambili mobilized, attributing the act to individuals hired to commit atrocities. Some accused the people of Nkwen of pushing them out to sell their lands.
The disputed land is situated around the Bamenda industrial zone, bordering Bambili, Bambui, and Nkwen. The conflict, with roots stretching back several years, has yet to receive comments from other authorities at the time of this report.
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Car crash leaves 8 dead, 11 injured in West Region
By Tata Mbunwe
Eight people have died and 11 others sustained injuries in a ghastly car accident that occurred 10am today along the Bafoussam-Foumbot road in the West Region.
The tragic collision involved a heavy-duty truck and a Hiace bus belonging to the Avenir du Noun travel agency.
According to a press release from the West Regional Governor, Awa Fonka Augustine, the accident unfolded around Banefo in Bafoussam I Subdivision.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the collision was the result of “a bad overtaking”.
The vehicles involved were identified as a truck transporting goods, registered SW 013 AA, traveling from Bafoussam to Foumbot, and a Hiace car from the Avenir du Noun travel agency, registered LT 768 LN, en route from Foumbot to Bafoussam.
The force of the impact left a trail of destruction, claiming the lives of eight individuals and causing injuries to 11 others.
“The Governor of the West Region extends his sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” Govenor Awa Fonka wrote in the release.
The aftermath of the accident saw emergency response teams rushing to the scene to provide assistance and transport the injured to the Kouékong Regional Hospital.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to traffic regulations and exercising caution on the roads to prevent such tragic accidents.
Mimi Mefo Info
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