The founder of the Cameroon International Film Festival (CAMIFF) took to the podium at the 2018 Urban Jamz Awards, Saturday night in Buea to send out a powerful message to nominees who have made it a habit to not show up at award ceremonies.
“It is very primitive for a nominee to not show up at an event… It means you do not regard the event and the award as anything,” Agbor Gilbert told the crowd.
“I think it is only fair for you to be present and show your fans who vote for you and the event organiser that you actually care. These events help in building our industry in one way or the other and it will be great to be part of such an initiative which builds urban music,” he added.
Agbor Gilbert went further to acknowledge the organiser, Valery Atia and his team for a job well done “despite not having major sponsors”. Before praising film makers in the Cameroon Film Industry for coming out and showing support to Atia.
“I look around the room and I see so many actors here tonight and that is a great thing because music and film making need each other. I hope when it comes to movie events, musicians will also show their support,” Gilbert said.
He also took the opportunity to announce that his upcoming event, CAMIFF 2018 is on the way this April and he will appreciate Cameroonians coming out to support and build the film making industry in Cameroon.