Reviews

Hey, join me on Snapchat!

If you are on Snapchat, don’t bother reading, just add me.

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If you are NOT on Snapchat, I totally understand…how can you not be??!

 Here is why I use Snapchat. And why you should too.

First, I’m not an expert. I could be wrong and you probably should stop reading this ( please don’t stop reading this).

But you can read about the evolution of snapchat as well as how to use it for your personal branding and marketing.
The articles are on Gary Vaynerchuk’s website.

If you know that name, you know you should head there. If you don’t…well…head there.

Second, I just started using 👻 seriously a couple of weeks ago.
So, again, I’m no expert. Don’t listen to me. Just add me on Snapchat.

Now, let me tell you why I love Snapchat.

1. It’s virgin territory with a lot of potential. I think companies, right here in Cameroon, will start using it as a marketing tool in a few months. I can comfortably predict that MTN will be the first.

2. Video messages! Are you kidding me?? If you’re a WhatsApp voice note person, imagine seeing the person! Plus you can choose to send your 10 second video either to individuals or to your story. And you can save them if they are awesome enough.

3. I use it to talk directly to my readers and followers. It’s more personal and less scripted. Plus it’s 10 seconds. Perfect for a fast pitch. Hit me up whenever you are online. I would love to show you ( and see your ) goofy awesomeness.

4. If I’m wrong, at least I tried.
5. If I’m right…

Do you have any difficulties using Snapchat, I strongly suggest you visit Gary Vee’s website and do a search there.  He has totally covered the topic and a lot more. Especially on his #ASKGaryVee Show on Youtube.

A list of suggested people to follow on Snapchat:

  1. Gary Vaynerchuk ( The Legend of the Hustle)
  2. DJ Khaled ( You’ve never seen a DJ like this guy. He is KEY).
  3. Anyi Tabe ( My classmate. Her Snaps are hilarious.)
  4. Kevin Hart ( No comment)
  5. Casey Neistat ( AMAZING filmmaker)
  6. Me. (duh)

But if you still want to ask me anything, just leave your question in the comments.

Or, better, ask me in a Snap.

*wink*

 

P.S: How was your day?

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho #Book #Review

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The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is the most beautiful piece of storytelling meshed with spiritual insight I have ever read. When  finished reading it , I wanted to restart.

I have had to hold myself from copying and pasting every bit of the book into my favourite quotes section in Evernote.

For anyone who wants to listen to his or her heart and achieve (in Alchemists’ speak) his or her Personal Legend, you need, nay, MUST read this piece of heaven. It’s a short read. Took me under 12 hours.

The book is solemn, funny, tension filled, cloaked with anticipation, foreboding, frustration, and a story of true love , self-mastery and the discovery of God. Paolo has masterfully expressed his path to personal enlightenment is this literary jewel. Here are three of my favourite quotes (spoiler alert!):

1. “I make my living forecasting the future for people,” he said. “I know the science of the twigs, and I know how to use them to penetrate to the place where all is written. There, I can read the past, discover what has already been forgotten, and understand the omens that are here in the present. 

“When people consult me, it’s not that I’m reading the future; I am guessing at the future. The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances. How do I guess at the future? Based on the omens of the present. The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity”.

2. They ate in silence. The alchemist opened a bottle and poured a red liquid into the boy’s cup. It was the most delicious wine he had ever tasted. 

“Isn’t wine prohibited here?” the boy asked

“It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil,” said the alchemist. “It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.” 

3. Two nights later, as he was getting ready to bed down, the boy looked for the star they followed every night. He thought that the horizon was a bit lower than it had been, because he seemed to see stars on the desert itself.

“It’s the oasis,” said the camel driver.
“Well, why don’t we go there right now?” the boy asked.
“Because we have to sleep.”

Man…I could copy and paste the whole book here just out of excitement. But, not only would that be illegal, but I would be preventing you from knowing your heart.

You can find the book on amazon.

Read, enjoy and share your experience. As for me, I am going back to page one.

If you are in Cameroon, here are 10 Ways to convert your contacts from 8 to 9 digits

Telephone Numbers In Cameroon move from 8 to 9 digits!

Telephone Numbers In Cameroon move from 8 to 9 digits!

Today, the dialing plan  in Cameroon moves from 8 to 9 digits.  You may have wondered on the implications of this switch but before I unleash my chaos theories, I scoured the web for  a list of 10 applications you could use to perform the switch.

For ORANGE, MTN and NEXTTEL Cameroon phone numbers you’ll need to add a ‘6’ e.g
+237 74231654 ————} +237 674231654.
For CAMTEL well…let me try to explain. The numbers change according to your region. There is a ‘2’ to be added in front of all the numbers BUT depending on your region ‘something’ changes. The developers I spoke to said building the app could be  cumbersome because :”the pattern from fixed phone to Citiphone is not ‘fixed’ “.
Or maybe the code is just well protected.
Let’s see who fixes this.
From what I have noticed on @MTNCameroon’s Twitter timeline…
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Well, I already switched mine…so…I get to modify my numbers when I want to make calls.
Interestingly, my text messages  go with no problem.
Weird.
I gladly accepted for my old Blackberry 8520 to be used as test subject by my buddies at Wasamundi. The app is called #Wasafix. It took about 20 minutes to convert my 1048 contacts.
Looking at the news online today, I noticed there were a couple of apps produced for that particular purpose.
 I haven’t guinea pigged them all but I suggest you try them out and send me your reviews.
What’s the worse that could happen?
You lose all your contacts and have to explain yourself whenever someone calls you.
Especially your better half who would never understand.
You argue, fight, breakup and then you live an utterly miserable life because you did not identify who called.
Not that bad…right?
😀
JK. Take your time and read reviews. Let the early adopters test the apps first. Don’t be a victim.
I would recommend #Wasafix. Used it. I don’t have many Camtel contacts so I wasn’t bothered by the fact that  I could not convert Camtel numbers. #Wasafix is the only app as at the moment this article is being posted that supports: Blackberry, Android, J2Me and iOS.
I repeat USE #WASAFIX. I used it and it works.
Or, if you can add a digit in front of your 500+ contacts that’s fine too.
Just don’t die of blisters…
Here are the apps:
#Wasafix

#Wasafix

 2. NumberUpdater Works on Android and has a web interface according to an article I read today on  237Online.
Number Updater

Number Updater

Orange 8 to 9
contact converter cmr
8to9 Renumbering cmr
Oh…did I say 10? Yeah…sorry I meant 5. I think I have issues with math.
🙂
In the meantime, you can read a better article concerning the switch and the ramifications on the total number of subscribers plus the TRA ( Telecommunications Regulation Agency)  here.
Have great evening and happy conversion!

But…wait….IS THAT NOT #HEINPERE by @StanleyEnow??

‘But Na Bad tin For Copy?’ That is what my roommate said when he heard @StanleyEnow’s song playing over the stereo. I should not judge. So I won’t. I’ll just give my…hum…opinion. Do you know Stanley “Bayangi Boy” Enow?  Cameroonian. Artiste. Musician. Won Best New Act at AMMA 2014 . Has a Wikipedia page ( really cool by the way). Has been proclaiming the Cameroonian music scene globally.

Screen Shot from Stanley Enow's wikipedia page.

Screen Shot from Stanley Enow’s Wikipedia page.

Oh…and the ladies  just can’t get enough of  him. I think. DISCLAIMER: This is in no way an attempt to dis the artiste mentioned within this post! I write no gossip column and I would not wish to attract fan hate. Also, the only award I have so far is my mother’s love( and I’m truly satisfied…for now…) plus I don’t think I will be able to sing. I tried and almost killed my neighbours. The doctor cautioned me to discontinue…for their own good. The Cameroonian music scene has experienced a massive change. The gridlock that seemed to exist has been solved and everyday on social media and the web new artistes pop( not unlike mushrooms :)) and the sheer talent is amazing.  There are numerous young men and women who work hard each day to express their talent and love for music. Stanley Enow, Gasha, Magasco, Ciana, BJ, FluriBoyz, Jovi….there is a music revolution. A #muvolution.( TM patent pending!!) Awards…music videos…fame…money…I don’t know what the urge to make music is (see explanation above) but what is clear is that music speaks to the soul. Everybody loves music. Music soothes, it solves, it can be timeless, it can be priceless and it can be motivational. Sometimes, when you begin your day, just the right tune could make it shine. Music is indispensable and good music is irreplaceable. That said, I must admit  I am a sucker for  opinions and by the end of this … ‘discovery’, you should draw your own conclusion. If you are a fan of Stanley Enow you might not want to read this. I repeat: do not read this if you like/love/adore Stanley Enow. This is for your own good. At least I tried. Now, for those who understand copyright and the other legally binding aspects of intellectual property, I would really love to understand how this works. Please do explain to me in the comments or send me an email (if you don’t want to be…involved. I understand). Because I have nothing to say(literally),I will be extremely brief. Remember Zangalewa Vs Shakira ?  Or how about Manu Dibango Vs The King Of Pop? This post by ace blogger Dibussi Tande will refresh your memory. What if I gave you: Chris Brown VS Stanley Enow? Just click on the Youtube links below and find out for yourself.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-lBqIP7KfU   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcc2dAkaOcY   I am still confused…so I’d be glad if you told me what to make of this. My friend asked me whether it was a bad thing to ‘copy’. Is this copying? If is it  not, then  what is this? If it is then what…so many questions…my so little brain.

#Kankwe Volume 1 by @JoviLeMonstre – An amateur’s review

Let me get this out of the way first: I stand by my views -always.

That is why I have always been explicit about my stance on  Jovi’s music– I don’t like his language. He is crude and raw.

But here is the other truth: He is true to himself. He sings about his life and his society. He says what he believes in. He is proud of his music AND his roots.
I greatly respect that.
I have never given a review for a music album,let alone an EP, but #Kankwe Volume 1 by ace Cameroonian musician and record producer ;@JoviLeMonstre, deserves it.
I will (of course) give my opinion on each track. The album is free.

If this album was sold, it would definitely have been worth every CFA.

I downloaded and listened to the whole album on repeat the whole afternoon for some time.

Each song is 3mins on average  and there are four new tracks excluding the hit ‘B.A.S.T.A.R.D’ with his protégé, Reni$$. By track order, here they are:

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1. Fufu with Njap Ft. Andre-Marie Talla

The blend is incredible. I would have expected to get more of the great Andre-Marie’s voice but Jovi was all over the place with ‘Fufu Witi Njap’. When was the last time you saw the word ‘Fufu’ in a song title? IKR? Sweet!

“ Shidon di kongossa while my music di circulate…”
“Bip no be na call…”
From all indications, Jovi writes his songs from excruciating reflection. It is as though every sentence could seep into pop culture. The only thing left to do is to memorize the whole song. The rap beat…man…
Normally, only a real ‘Don For Kwat’ will understand the jargon. He speaks in the language he knows and understands- that is why the majority can relate with him.
2. Mboko
Mboko starts like a default fruity loops beat ( until the real deal hits 5secs later). He talks of himself, his origin and childhood. But also his worries:

Eto’o tu pars ou nor? You want say make who remain score?”
A plea…maybe? I suppose it is a national one. But I find this song much more…jovial. He is happy here. He is proud of…everything.

“I want chop me na nyamangoro!’.
“If Batibo Coco no be fine coco then why the thing di still sell?”– My best quote in this album.

Can you answer the question? It’s almost talking to me. Here is my angle: if you keep complaining about the government, then why is it still there? OR if you keep saying Jovi’s music is not good, why does everyone listen to/enjoy it?
I get a slight Kendrick Lamar feel here…what about you?

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3. Kamer Coke Ft. Daddy Black
This is a club banger. I was shaking all through (and …just so you know …I have been medically diagnosed as: unable to coordinate body movement effectively-meaning I can’t dance.)
The music video will be huge. The beat is awesome. Wicked moves with a proper director and full throttled crew will be memorable.
I think it is short though but then again, good things don’t last.

“I don’t know why they no want lef me….Go away if you came to tempt me…I dey this business na seeka Ngeme.”
Honesty seems to be his trademark. He is not scared of you and you know it.
But if you listen closely, you can also get the innuendo in the:
“ Give chop for massa…” segment.
Maybe it is real food…was I there when he wrote the song? I beg…wouna leave me…

“Check the price on the shopping list, you will find that true love is still expensive”.

4. BWAM!
If you know any other Cameroonian artiste who has this uncanny ability to utilize jargon effectively, PLEASE let me know. As at now, Jovi’s the King.
“I don’t know you, you don’t know me either…my name no fit remain for your mop …the truth is bitter”.
How smart is that!? See the pun?
I can’t help but picture the music video on Mount Fako. When I listen to the song I think of heights. I see wind, nature and a lot of hope
Resolve too. Like nothing can stop the D4K.
The song is…BWAM!

5. B.A.S.T.A.R.D Ft Reni$$:

bastard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8c3ifLePcQ
Everybody (except yours truly ) loved this song when Jovi released some months back. There are many takes on this: watch for yourself and gauge.
Jovi is good.
Make man no lie…I di jealous me yah….

 

P.S: I don’t understand half  the jargon used in his music. Someone should do an encyclopedia of Cameroonian jargon…seriously….but then again…I am not a true  D4k 🙂

Picture credits: http://www.newbellmusic.com.

Gravity.

After I finished watching “Gravity”. I still had tears in my eyes. One hour thirty minutes.
Just that.
Barely 90 minutes.
Alfonso Cuaron is an artist.
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Two actors, just two and only ONE (1) for more than half of the movie PLUS only the few minutes to the end involving the earth.
I was (and still am) in tears. THAT is what I call communication.
Sandra Bullock…I love you. Not in an ‘I want to marry you’ way but in the words of a fan. If I had ever been jealous of you acting in ‘The Proposal’ with the world’s best actor- Ryan Reynolds-then, please, forgive me.
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Gravity.
A single word. A single actress. A single theme: the will to live.
I don’t think anyone has ever put it better.
Please…let’s not even get into the score. I NEEED to get that score.
I am blown away. I am so relieved she survived. It’s been a while since I watched a movie and kept saying to myself:
“Please don’t die, please …please don’t die”.
Clooney was so confident, so easily sacrificed -it’s almost not humanly possible to give one’s life that easily to let another person live.
Is it even still fathomable?
It’s not just a movie, it is lesson: Never Give up, Never back down.
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Gravity.
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Social site- Yopisode- Launches in Buea.

We all have cult TV series that we run to as soon as it’s time to watch. For me it’s How I Met Your Mother. I am often amazed how at 9pm all the ladies in my neighborhood are glued to their TV sets watching some ‘Margo’ or ‘Eduardo’ or ‘ Marimar’ or (insert popular Filipino series).
How often would you want to finally settle the argument: ‘Eduardo and his twin brother…who is more handsome?’ The other thing too is that, since some of these series are on a national AND global stage, the audience is EVERYWHERE! Well, Otto Paul might just have built the perfect site for loyal fans of The Big Bang Theory or ‘Mintoumba’ or The Vampire Diaries.

A screenshot of the landing page.

A screenshot of the landing page.


Yopisode (from Your Episode) is a social site and had its alpha version launched early this February . It was announced on the Technology Radio Programme : Digital Age on the University of Buea teaching radio. The beta version is being developed and could be launching sometime around April this year.
I noticed that people usually spent the whole day talking about the series they had watched the night before,” says founder Otto Paul Akama. ” I decided to make a platform where they could talk with others in and around the country on these series that mattered to them” .
It’s simple and straight to the point, sign-up, create a group (usually your favourite TV series with its name of course) and get the conversation going! He promises to add more functions to the beta version. Let’s watch this unfold. I’ve already created “The Newsroom” …care to join me?

Source: http://237tech.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-social-site-yopisode-lauches-in-buea.html