At the Bloggers Forum Douala where I was a panelist. Douala, October 2015
Hello and welcome to my blog. I am Kamga- the person you see in picture on the left. My full name: Hugues Leandre Tchassa Kamga. But I prefer “Kamga”. It’s easy to remember isn’t it? I graduated from the department of Journalism and Mass Communication in December 2015. I currently live in Douala, dabbling between blogging, podcasting, and job hunting. I have many, many interests as you would come to notice on this blog. My write-ups range from poetry to reviews, fiction to very confidential self exposure As well as satire and plain useful information.
Next month, on the 8th of February 2016, I will be 26 years old. In my relatively “short” life, I have dropped out twice from degree programmes: Biochemistry ( 2009) and Medical Laboratory Sciences (2011). Both instances were pivotal in my life. And oh, I sort of blame boarding schools for it.
As a child, my dream was to become a medical doctor. However, after I met literature and fell in love with words, I wanted to become a translator. In Cameroon, my nation, the choice to study arts or science at highschool determines which career path you’d have to heed to. I wanted Arts. But because I had great grades, I was counselled into studying the sciences. 7 years later and two incomplete degrees. I returned to my family without a purpose.
Then I chose myself , decided to do Journalism and Mass Communication. My three years were memorable.
Reception of My “Hansel Media Award for Online Participation for Change” and Best Social Media Student. Buea, June 2015
Being the first born and first son of a Bamileke family has both its privileges and thorns. I’ve had to be the “good” boy. The one who leads by example. The respectable elder brother. For me, this is a path I cannot avoid but that I do not particularly enjoy. So, I might as well get used to it. I never do. Fortunately for me, I have been able to meet many people in my life who’ve given me the strength needed to pursue my dreams. The one who stands out, almost obviously, is my father.
They say I look exactly like him. He says I look exactly like his father. Bafoussam, December 2014
A retired agricultural engineer, he has never stopped believing in me. Even though we are always arguing over the “how” we are both settled on the “what” which is I can’t work for anyone ( for too long). I will need to start and run my company. He believes in rigorous learning at the feet of a teacher . That is, gaining working experience and learning the skills and techniques from another already in action. Summary: he wants me to get a “real” job first.
I believe in winging it. Until December 2015, I was bent on doing the Ramen life and building from scratch. But after lengthy and emotion filled negotiations, I chose to compromise and get a job. Which is the reason why I am in Douala now job hunting.
My life is not a boring one. I may not be a nice person,I may yet find “the one“, but I am having a blast as a human. Seriously. I have a mother who loves me, a brother who looks up to me and two sisters, beautiful and loyal.
L-R Leila, Dad, Me, Mom, Raissa, Steve, Buea, 19th December, 2015. Graduation
Chrstmas 2014, Bafoussam Me , Mom and Raissa
L-R Steve, Raissa, Leila ( with my mortar) and me. Buea, December 2015
My graduation was a big deal. I took seven years where most people take three to get a Bachelor’s degree. Simply because I had restarted. Twice.
For a long time, and even now, I felt like a failure. My classmates have Phds- I just had a BSc. A few are married- I can’t even keep a stable relationship for more than three months. I am job hunting. I am a self-proclaimed feminist with dreams of a media startup. As you read this page, I haven’t posted on this blog for months. Mostly because of a mentor: Enstine Muki, who is a prolific blogger. Even though I haven’t posted, I have still been able to make a brand somewhat of my writing.
At the 3rd #cmrbloggershangout Front Mr. N, a cool dude with an able pen as well as a beautiful voice. Back, me. November,2014.
L-R; Me, Jean Pierre Boep ( Digital Media Enthusiast) , Frank William Batchou ( Award winning Blogger)- 1st Panel, Bloggers Forum Douala, Starland Hotel, Douala, October 2015.
My buddy Bine did this for me. He also did the logo for my blog and has done a lot from more. Way more than design. I am proud to call this awesome person ( and designer) my friend.
Teaching a few of my classmates how to create a blog for our Online Journalism course. I learn better when I teach. 🙂 University of Buea, Buea, May 2015
I have been blogging for three years now. I don’t make money directly from my blog(s) and when I found out what I needed to do in order to make money, I got disgusted with myself. I had to take a break. Hence the looong hiatus.
However, because of my blog, I have met awesome peeps and learned so much more about social media, programmers and, incidentally, about myself.
L-R Amazing personalities Me, Yefon Mainsah of irepkamer.blogspotcom and Valery Atia of kamerkongossa.com. Buea, 28th September 2015
Betterbreed Web Empowerment workshops. Posing with participants after day one. The lady at the centre, Monique Kwachou, has a great heart and a relentless spirit. She’s the founder and coordinator of Betterbreed Cameroon. Buea, December 2015
I love the internet and computers. The knowledge. The possibilities… Chariot Newsroom, University of Buea, Buea, 2013
L-R: Bine Moukouri ( the most visually creative person I know), Me, Kenneth Nzonda ( #theEntrepreneurialMindset) , At http://www.njorku.com’s offices. Buea, 2015
Trying to capture the A in ACTIVspaces, Fakoship Plaza, Buea
In the my journey I have met incredible mentors, passionate and inspirational people. As well as friends I can count on whenever my moods take me down the depression path. I am proud of the support system I have with people I know who really care about me and would give their honest feedback without fear of hurting my feelings.
Goofy face time! With my best buddies ever: L-R Me, Tsi Nkwe , Konglim Banye, 19th December 2015
L-R: Nyumia Rodrigue a.k.a Nyumies, me, Folefack Francis a.k.a Peter Crouch. I had the best time with these two when Nyumies spent a week with us from Ohio. We felt like kings. Bamenda, 29th December 2015.
Oben Carl ( Red T-shirt) wants to write my biography. And I want to write his. I just don’t know who is ready to die just yet. He’s my friend and business partner. Sometimes, he’s just too patient it kills me. Buea, 26th November, 2015.
The two men at the table with me are the best mentors I have ever had. L-R: Nara Laurence, Clifford Ako, me. Mr. Nara and Mr. Cliff run a start-up http://www.wasamundi.com, that is actually solving a problem.- being able to find anything, anywhere in Cameroon. Like Yelp but for us Cameroonians. Nara co-founded the company after he graduated from the University of Buea and Cliff joined later as the CMO. The company has managed to stand the test of time. Cliff has his own apparel line going on now- http://www.chopnukles.com. These are the kinds of people you’ll be hearing on my podcast. Buea, Wasamundi lunch out session, 4th April, 2015.
L-R: Me, Sone Trevor, Audrey Zatsa- my buddies from the department of Journalism and Mass Communication. This was taken during the re-sit period. Malingo, Buea, 16th September, 2015
Me and Tsi Nkwe. Tsi is a medical doctor. He is my best friend. He’s the smartest and funniest guy I know. Every moment I spend with him is precious. He’s my brother from another mother. At the Reunification Monument, 2014. ( T ysak
Mafor Glory has a good heart, a beautiful voice and is probably one the nicest persons I have met in my life. I only wish her the courage and strength to fulfill her dreams. P.S: She actually speaks Chinese.
During my stay in the department of Journalism and Mass Communication, I gained a lot of experience in radio programme productions and presentation. I helped created the first every technology centered radio programme. There was, of course, school drama. But all in all, it was a great experience and one which I would always look back fondly.
With Paola Nyunai at Etta Palace. During the Miss P show, I won an internship at a media company in Douala. I spent a week here and barely made it. I had to run. It was a great experience though. Paola is great at Radio presentation. The best young presenter I have heard so far. She was born to do this. I hope to co-host a show with her someday. 18th April, 2015.
The last ASJUB trip was a great one. Lots of great moments and fun pictures. It is one of those singular moments I will cherish forever.
At Chariot Radio, University of Buea. Wearing a Wasamundi.com company T-shirt and, as usual, either texting or tweeting. My father says I am glued to my device. What can I say? The world is online. 😀
L-R JMC Class of 2015 members Mbu Paola, Me, Tapuka Ransome and Isifu Wirfengla, infront of The Chariot Radio. This was taken moments after seeing the graduation list. I didn’t want to miss a shot with the first student with a First Class honors in a long time ( Isifu Wirfengla). 29th Buea, September, 2015
R-L: Ransome Budzi, me, Mercy? ( I don’t remember her name. 😦 )This was taken after an edition of the Radio Programme ” Digital Age”- a tech centered radio programme Budzi and I created. I love radio. Or maybe I just love the sound of my voice…2013
At “The Open Commons”. This location serves as a parlor for Journalism and Mass Communication students. At the extreme left is Mr. Funge Diffang a.ka. Diff. He’s one of the most interesting lecturers I have met in my life. You don’t want to cross him.
L-R: Ngwa Emmanuel, Check ( Guest on the programme), Me, Joshua, Andrew . This was after an Edition of “Digital Age”- the tech radio proAt the L-Corner of the Open Commons, Buea, 2014.
L-R; Me and Clarisse Tewah . At the Chariot Radio Newsroom , Buea 2013
Inside the studio. When the space gets reduced , we find the studio and every available chair.
From the interesting lectures to weird friends and the great times spent living in the hostel, one thing remained constant for me…:)
My love for food!
I know. It sounds stupid. I know. But I just can’t help it. My brain relies on good food. All the time.
I have other loves too. Including writing, music ,chess and making fun of my troubles. This blog is my outlet. I just recently decided to get back to writing seriously here given that my career depends on it So, this page and the pictures herein, should give you a kaleidoscopic shot of who I am.
I may have forgotten to mention the goofy and fun part of me…
Me and Jackson Ndime. Buea, 7th Novmber 2015
This is not an album art Buea, 15th October, 2015.
Front to Back: Me, Nzonda Kenneth and my flat mate Reneta Ndisang ( Awesome Fashion Designer) In September I moved in with some awesome friends in Bomaka. I had never lived with anyone who was not a family member in such close quarters. Here’s a picture from our balcony after the grid was down the whole afternoon.November, 2015.
Victory, At Colorfluid 24th March, 2015.
I would like to start-up. I would like Bine ( my left) to be in the startup. And I would like Kenneth ( in red) to be my marketer. In the mean time, I write.
Please, tell me I look like a Ninja? I used this picture for a Powepoint presentation in school in a Communication Technology course. The class loved it. Bafoussam, 29th December, 2014.
L-R: Me, Nalova Tina aka My aquarius sister, and Yvone Wole ( when they say the calm ones are the smartest, Yvonne embodies it. You’ll never know what she’s made of until you ask her a question.) Nalo and I are pretty much the same type of people. So, I can related with her mood swings as well as she does with mine. That’s the stuff Aquarius born are made up of.
L-R: Me, Page, Pamela, and Bine. This was taken before a Saturday evening outing. I don’t go out often. But when I must, it has to be in the company of awesome peeps. Bomaka, Buea 17th October, 2015
L-R: Me, Ayuk Bessem, Steph, and their friend. Molyko, Buea, 28th November, 2015. Pretty ladies for a pretty boy. Ooh yeah. And no. None of them is my girlfriend. They are just awesome peeps I know.
Keep the faces of the two people you see at my left and right in mind. They are the present and the future of the Cameroon Movie industry. Buea, 2014.
This is my brother. Steve . He plays the bass and he’s more bad ass than I will every be. He loves me and I love him. But we’re humans. So.. the love “changes” sometimes. Buea, 30th November, 2015.
I love books. I read everywhere: on my computer, smartphone(s), hard copies, etc. If I had a tablet, that will probably be the sole purpose it will serve.
I don’t get into libraries anymore when I have money on my. I just can’t help it. I must buy a book.
And whenever I get the opportunity, I like to pretend that I am a professional photographer. If you’re on instagram, let’s connect 🙂
As I watched the sun filer through the umbrella, I couldn’t help noticing how soothing it was. 29th December, 2014.
With a Journalism degree in my pocket, a need to connect with passionate people and an unquenchable love for new media, I know my path will not be a bed of roses. As much as I would want it to be. But I am ready. I will make my life count.
My first bouquet ever. Graduation, Buea, 19th December, 2015.
I am about to launch my podcast where I would talk to people I find interesting. It’s pretty much based on my personality. I am not trying to save the world or anything.
I also just started writing for other media outlets as well. You might see some( many) of my articles posted here. I am on twitter. Be sure to connect and mention me for a follow back. As for facebook, until I get 5000 friends, I accept all invites. 😀
I am on Snapchat too! Add me!!
This, “short”, rambling of incongruous thoughts, memories and dreams pretty much sums up who I have been for the past 25 years of existence.
Concerning the future…I can only look backward to see how far I have come. You’re welcome to be a part of my story.
Oben Carl took this picture. He has an eye for beautiful things and a hand for great design. I love this picture of me.
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