What you didn’t see at the Bonteh Digital Media Awards 2017

The Bonteh Digital Awards (BDMA) took place at the lovely Eta Palace Hotel in Buea on December 22, 2017 and there’s so much that went down besides 100 nominees battling for 21 trophies.  Dcodedtv was in the house and has your full report on the highs and lows of Cameroon’s first ever digital award show.

Many of the most prominent names in tech and entertainment came together in Buea on Friday for a night full of explosive performances, tech and social commentary, and mind blowing display of Cameroon’s finest designs on the red carpet.

Hosted by Canal2 English TV host, Steve Bernard Fonkam and Miss Staceythe four-hour show (we will get back to that), celebrated the best in our digital sphere. “It’s time we celebrated those working so hard to put and push our creative content in the digital space,” says Bonteh Engelbert (Founder, BDMA).

It was a full house!

It was a full house inside the small event hall at Eta Palace Hotel in Buea, Friday night, as celebrities as well as average Cameroonians came out to support Bonteh and his team to promote an incredible initiative which recognizes and celebrates those in our digital world. Best part? No VIP treatment No tables were required in the tiny hall else some nominees and their entourages would be standing on their feet through out the show. Almost all those concerned respected their invitation and many bought tickets to attend the first ever digital awards which made it the most attended event in Buea in 2017!

BDMA 2017 was sponsored by Orange Cameroon S.A

Not all events especially in the South West Region, have been backed by major sponsorship this year but the BDMA 2017 was lucky to have telecommunications giant, Orange Cameroun S.A as a sponsor. Orange did not only help in the pre-event organization but was right there to give the show value and a better branded venue. “We’re happy to be part of this event this year.. We saw a young man who is still a student at the university come up with a bold, brilliant and powerful initiative to recognize people behind the scene who carry our image, content and intellect to the rest of the world.. something no one has done in this country… and we are proud to be of help to his vision,” Eselem Edwin (Brand manager, Orange Cameroon).

Wide array of crowd-pleasing performances

Music almost took center stage on Friday with a diverse collection of performances. Having the not-so-envious job of backing up her participation at The Voice Central Africa 2016, Lesline dished her first performance to a Cameroonian audience in a grand style. The young singer got a standing ovation for an explosive and fun rendition of Asa‘s “Jailer.” Big names like Ambe, Wams, Flyboy Gomez and Boy Cheez also took the mic and got the crowd taping their feet, nodding their heads or dabbing on their seats.

The Prince Enobi Mikel and Dianee Phillbeatz beef took a new twist

Prince Enobi went all the way up to the stage as the “Best PR Agency” winner but in the middle of his acceptance speech, the famous event organizer gave a big shout out to his former employee, Dianee Phillbeatz from the music group Rythmz. “Many people have contributed to me being what I am today and one of those people is … Mr. Shabba (Dianee),” Enobi began as Dianee smiled and nodded to him. Rythmz were a surprised absentee at the Cliq Urban Music Festival in Buea; an music event Enobi organized to celebrate the fast growing urban music in Cameroon. Rumours have it that both parties were not on speaking terms since their split earlier this year. Well, it was good to see some reconciliation in that hall.

Wax Dey, Montess and their Military friends

With everything going on the English-speaking part of Cameroon including police brutality and the closure of snack bars, lounges and well-attended events, why won’t people shake in fear when two men in uniform strolled into the BDMA? Fortunately for us all, they weren’t there to send everyone home like they did to Ngoh Dalida‘s Rate Your Playlist event few months back. They only came in to escort UN’s LukuLuku Ambassador Wax Dey and AFRIMA 2017 winner, Montess to their seats and make sure they were safe through out the show. We wonder if they were actually in any danger whatsoever.

Edi LaDrae’s bruhaha with the DJ

Lights, Camera, Hosts and audience were all set except for the DJ whom perhaps didn’t do the finishing touches to his equipment before showing up for the event. While presenting an award, producer Edy LaDrae took few seconds to blast the DJ. “Before I go on, I just want to say the DJ sucks… Stop ruining artists performances with your wack equipment.  Equipment in my studio are way better than yours,” he said.  Need we say more?

No applause for Francophone nominees

Except your name is Brice Albin or Bonas, the BDMA crowd felt no need to put their hands together for the French-speaking nominees. Worse case scenario was the category for “Best French Blogger”. As the nominees were been called out, it was as if no one was in the room. No one cared. No one was interested to know who they were. Instead, they screamed as names like Joan Ngomba, Kiki Bandy, Bate, J. Martins, Gina Efeti etc were called out for the “Best English Blogger” category. Does this have anything to do with the crisis that reigns between the government, military and the people of Southern Cameroons?

Clarisse Ndinge owns the night

Let’s recap Clarisse Ndinge‘s messiah-like evening: She practically saved Syndy Emade from getting the loudest boos in the hall for snubbing the award show. Not only did the actress/film producer not show up at the award show but reportedly didn’t assign anyone to receive her award should she win in her absence. After the long awkward silence and head turns that trailed the moment after Syndy was pronounced “Best Media Personality” winner, Clarisse of Beta Tinz brilliantly and spontaneously took the initiative to match on stage to collect the trophy. From her speech, ” “I don’t know what Syndy would have said if she was here… Syndy is a nice person who has done a lot for our entertainment industry…” one could tell that she wasn’t asked to do this for Syndy. But she had to save the actress from the ready-to-criticize crowd.

See the full winner’s list below.

Check out the Complete list of Winners for #BDMA2107;

  1. Best Blogger English – Joan  Ngomba (Dcodedtv.com)
  2. Best  Blogger French – Atome (Viola-Moi)
  3. Best Fashion Blogger – Hilda Ngelo (Mammypi.com)
  4. Best Public Relations Agency – Prince Enobi Michael (Cliq Empire)
  5. Best Video Director – Mista Adrenaline
  6. Best Photographer – Njinkeng Asonganyi
  7. Best TV Show/Host – President Tchop Tchop
  8. Best Online Magazine – Tonda Magazine
  9. Best App Developer – Life Share
  10. Best Content Creator – Tino Foy
  11. Best Digital Marketer – Hi Tech
  12. Best Mobile Application – Life Share
  13. Best Showbiz Promoter – Emmanuel Mfon (237 Showbiz)
  14. Best YouTube Channel – Dr. Sea
  15. Best News Website – Cameroon News Agency (CNA) 
  16. Best Radio Presenter – Nabil Fongod
  17. Best Artist Manager – Pearl Louma
  18. Best Graphic Designer – Bine Moukouri
  19. Innovation of the Year –  Muzikol
  20. Media Personality of the Year – Syndy Emade
  21. Best Woman in Tech – Sophy Ngassa

Check out photos from the #BDMA2017 below :

Writing and producing content is my life! I mean...10 years of working experience can do that, right!? Follow me @joanngomba

17 Comments

  1. William

    December 25, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Fantastic article. Dcodedtv.com deserves another award. This is the only blog which has broken down the BDMA in this manner. Wow! I am impressed.

  2. Frida

    December 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Clarrise definitely took the shine. Nice one. Next time she should win the award fir Best PR. But why did Wax and Montess come in with military men?

  3. Yannis

    December 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Great article!

  4. Bitchbox

    December 25, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    So Syndy Emade snubbed this award? Hmmmm

  5. Liz

    December 25, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Nice article! Joan you are the best!

  6. Coco

    December 25, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Great work from dcodedtv.com. You deserved that award and even more

  7. T-Lover

    December 25, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Congratulations Joan Ngomba… Saw here that you won Best English Blogger… Nice one dear. God bless you. Keep up with the good work.

  8. Palava Man

    December 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Sorry oh… abeg who is Wax Dey?

  9. Don For Kwata

    December 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Wait, Wax came with the police? Hahahahahahahahahahahha. Who wants to kill him? Hahahahahahahahahahaha

  10. Mbeng

    December 25, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Congrats Joan. My best blogger. Period!

  11. Orock

    December 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I heard Joan Ngomba’s dress was…erm..erm…erm.. *clearing throat

  12. Vivian

    December 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Very impressive write up. Now i dont regret not attending the award show. This blog just fed me with all the info. Congrats Joan. Keep it up!

  13. Its Me

    December 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Great article. Bonteh will be happy to read this. But why was the military involved and why was Syndy even nominated for Media Personality? Isnt she an actress?

  14. Sally

    December 25, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    No body clapped for the Francophone blogger category? Hahahahahaha … weh Cameroon. why na?

  15. Jake

    December 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Congrats Joan Ngomba. Well deserved. Proud of the work you put in. Keep it up and may God see you through

  16. Yvonne Wole

    December 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Awesome article. This shows how dynamic the cameroonian entertainment industry is… this just goes to show that we need to have one another’s back.
    Congrats to all the winners once again!

  17. DBA

    December 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Very detailed write up. Thank You!

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