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    Welcome to my photography world. Here, I get a chance to share a few of some of my projects. My hope is to eventually become a visual therapy and appeal to all my fans' artistic cravings. I look forward to a mutual interaction with you all and it is my hope that this platform would serve as a place where you can also relax and enjoy the beauty that photography brings to the soul. My best regards and I hope you enjoy the experience.

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The Test Shots w/ Grace

Yeah, I know what you thinking! Test shots? What for? In this like every other business; sometimes equipment would out of nowhere just stop working. Just as I began getting my gear ready for a home session, realised my D4 won’t shutter smoothly. Ofcourse not what you’d want just hours away from taking pics of a heavily pregnant mother who is actually past due. Baby could come at any time and not shooting her pictures as scheduled wasn’t an option. Well I did a few trouble shoots and needed a guniea pig to test on. Guess who’s role is that? Ofcourse my family lol. Pulled my gorgeous inlaw who happens to also be the most-ready-to-shoot guinea pig of all lol. This smart woman, who will jump in front of my lens at a moment’s notice decided that this time, she will have to get her full makeup done. Huggggggggrrrr not today Gracieeeeee, am running late hun… Smh:(

Oh well, lets just say i had no choice. But looking at these shots, am glad she did take the time to actually get camera ready.

Once we hit it on, mmmm her attitude was spot on. Pls enjoy a few shots from our 10 minute shoot.

Thanks Gracie! Love you loads. Equipment checked to be working in good order. The Ayuks would be very happy once I release their files.

Happy New Week Folks!  

The Fobias – It’s a Girl

The shot below introduces my new concept

The  STUDIO / OUTDOOR hybrid

(@ BI we never stop pushing the envelop just to get that next edge on your dream portrait – and she rocked her #redbottom here too just to get that pinch of color and a lil dose of glam:))

Imagine that on a wall, framed!!!!

OUT IN FRONT: The Voice Of Cameroon’s Diaspora

What has Cameroon’s Diaspora done for Cameroon?

Over the years, this question has seemingly always cropped up every time there has been a heated debate about social issues in communities back in this West African nation of Cameroon. The most recent of which is the heated conversations surrounding the recent tragic death of Monique Koumate and her twin boys in the city of Douala. Though this question is profoundly justifiable in the minds and hearts of those living back in Cameroon, I also believe that it is equally fair to say that the misinformation or the lack thereof of information regarding what those in the Diaspora have done and are still doing to help solve some of the social issues back in their birth communities could be blamed on a very profound missing link – The Failure of the media; both print and television.

Haven said that, I am so excited and elated that this void, this missing link, that gap between Cameroon and the Diaspora has finally been closed by one of Cameroon’s seasoned journalist. Already making history with her authenticity in reporting and her quest for real stories about the lives of everyday Cameroonian’s on Hello, Elmer Nene Shadzeka Jimla launches yet a one of its kind program– OUT IN FRONT on the airwaves of Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV)

Debuting this Sunday, March 20th at 5pm on the CRTV network, OUT IN FRONT would be focused in answering the never ending question of “What has Cameroon’s Diaspora Done For Cameroon?” but will also provide an opportunity for us to tell our stories.

To start off with that answer, I present to you my photojournalist rnalistic journey to The Omer Yembe Foundation. Founded by the children of the Late Omer Yembe in honor of their father’s legacy to provide quality healthcare services for the inhabitants of the Mbot village, the OYF even before its official launch today March 19th 2016 in Dallas, TX has been helping the people of Mbot since June 2015. Just 9months after it officially began operations, the OYF has already offered full educational scholarship to 100 orphans this school year and currently provides FREE healthcare to the entire population of Mbot and its surrounding villages, an estimated 10,000 inhabitants. Curious enough to see such philantrophic gesture for myself, i decided to park my gear and fly out from Washington DC to the heart of Mbot village to see for myself. And i must tell you, its one of the most fulfilling experience I’ve ever had because i could see the raw need of these communities and the breath of their sincere gratitude for such a gesture.

For those living in Cameroon and who still wonder what cameroon’s Diaspora is doing for their communities back home, tune in to OUT IN FRONT as Nene brings to you more Diaspora stories and how they are making a difference back in Cameroon. There are so many philanthropic organizations in the Diaspora making a difference in many facets of the Cameroonian communities and my hope is to help bring them to the limelight through photojournalism.

Below is just a handful and I invite everyone to rally behind these vehicles of our society to make a difference in our communities.

ATANGA KIDNEY FOUNDATION

THE PATCHA FOUNDATION

VK NYAMBI FOUNDATION

AERIAL VIEW OF MBOT VILLAGE

THE OMER YEMBE FOUNDATION BUILDING – on the grounds are the woman, children and fathers who assembled when they heard we were coming to document the activities of the foundation.

HERE IS THE LONE NURSE OF THE FOUNDATION WHO SERVES A POPULATION OF ABOUT 100,000 INHABITANTS

AS IRENE (a US trained documentary cinematographer) HAD THE WOMEN TELL THEIR STORIES, I COULD NOTICE A FEVERISH EAGERNESS FROM ALL TO LISTEN TO THEMSELVES SPEAK. THIS WAS UNAVOIDABLY ONE OF MY CLIMAX MOMENT

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR A MESSAGE FROM THE KIDS

 

WE STOPPED AT THE FON’S PALACE – WHAT A MOMENT WE HAD

 

THE FON WAS VERY HOSPITABLE. DESPITE THE PASSING OF ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS THAT MORNING, HE STILL TOOK THE TIME TO RECEIVE US AND WAS VERY GRACIOUS

THE NURSE SPEAKS ABOUT THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF THE FOUNDATION. The foundation currently is in need of about $80,000 (about 40 million CFA) to continue its projects such as the completion of the building, dig a bore hole to guarantee clean water, solar panels to help solve electricity deficiency, a local doctor since there is none and more nurses.

Gear just after our return. The dust should give you all an idea the state of our more than 5hr journey.

If you are in Texas today, I invite you to consider attending the OYF’s first fundraise and help the people of Mbot.