Five months ago, on Saturday 14th June, 2014 Fabafriq Magazine organized a bloggers’ meet up, dubbed #cmrbloggershangout in Douala. The event, first of its kind was sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines. It took place in the Bonapriso neighborhood in White House Restaurant.
This Saturday 15th November, 2014, the 2nd Edition of the hangout took place still in the economic capital of our nation. This time, it was was co-sponsored by Fabafriq, Ethiopian Airlines, DHL,Wasamundi and by our host Vivindi Consulting SARL.
It took place besides the beautiful pool of Hotel Le Meridien in the classy Akwa environ. Mme Adeline Sede K. is the publisher of FabAfriq Magazine and she is the driving force behind this soon-to-be-traditional meetup of bloggers, online reporters, media personalities, designers, photojournalists,media sympathizers, investors and business owners.
” Traditional media doesn’t advertise as it used to. What business owners need to understand is that bloggers are these passionate individuals with an online clout. They are the current best bet for effective product and service promotion. This forum is to let the investors see the opportunities they have in ‘using’ these bloggers and for the bloggers to get a chance to be paid so as keep doing what they are good at“- Publisher of FabAfriq.
This hangout saw a slight lower attendance than the previous mostly because of the short notice. But the benefit was that the quality of engagement was significantly better than the previous.
We had the the C.E.O -Mme Mangoua- and the Managing Director of Vivindi Consulting Sarl– Miss Marie Cecile Nguekam.
As for the ‘floor members’ we had(for those attending for the second time):
Our chair person-Mme Irene Azong-Wara of Febmart,
The pictures are courtesy of her professional eye.
Simo Jandie C.E.O of Jandie Multimedia Concepts(JMC),
Gilbert ‘Gilly’ Zamani- Web and graphics designer,
The relatively new faces included Miss Marion ( she made a very special…Miss’s day),
Herbert Budi- Aviation student and entertainment adept and Njeukwa Bounkeu-a Vlogger and guitar virtuoso,
Roy from Ernst & Young( Roy and I had a short ‘discussion’ on Photography. He’s very passionate about photos and prefers them natural and unaltered. He abhors Photoshop).
Because my brain loves playing tricks on me, I would plead with the attendees to please draw my attention to anyone I INADVERTENTLY missed or whose name I could have spelt poorly.
We started with an introductory note from Mme Sede K. and Mme Azong-wara later took us through our purpose for the afternoon which was to engage the Vivindi staff thoroughly. We all introduced ourselves individually with yours truly doing the translation when necessary. At the end of the exchange, we had achieved a preliminary consultancy for Vivindi bundled with suggestions and clarifications. Especially on how we were supposed to assist in the Business Forum International of the 3rd of next month.
Vivindi Consluting is Local Network for a Global business and in my next blog post, I will go deeply into the mission of the company and the activities of the 3rd.
Hotel Le Meridien is a beautiful and well built location. I did not pay attention to the number of storeys but two things struck me:
- The aesthetics: The ‘out-house’ design – beautiful sky blue water filled pool surrounded by well made wooden tables all in an airy environment under either large stylish umbrellas or a cozy shaded large veranda.
- The toilets: I love clean toilets. I hope this is not too weird but…when I flushed the scent was sweet. I was tempted to press the button again. I resisted.
We had a table to ourselves and the afternoon sped away. When all the main points had been trashed, we were treated to king’s quality meat and seafood fest-all with mustard and pepper. Crowned with natural…I repeat NATURAL guava and pineapple( or was it orange?) juice.
And good wine.
This gave us the opportunity to relax and talk informally at length. We exchanged addresses during this time.
This is the best part of hangouts. The chitchat. The laughs and the jokes. The real bonds are made in this way. Especially the lasting ones.
It is during this period that smart bloggers pitch to business owners in a very private way.
And those who know they game usually earn great deals.
You know yourselves.
As the evening drew close,I was genuinely satisfied with the assembly.
I had tasted sea food for the first time and had met new,vibrant and enthusiastic individuals. But guess what? The universe decided that this was not enough.
That Kamga will meet with a celebrity. That his childhood dream( which he never had) would come true and that he would touch …a Miss.
Goodnight and thanks for reading.
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Spoilers for next two posts:
- Vivindi Consulting Sarl intends express the impact Ebola plays in the Cameroonian economy.
- Up-close (but not very personal) with Miss Cameroon 2014. The interview proper. I would be glad to hear your thoughts.Miss FabAfriq and Miss Cameroon 2014.