Looking at how far we have come in terms of entertainment in general,I can’t help but give a round of applause to all those who worked tirelessly to get the industry to this point. However we just ain’t there yet and might not get there in long time if we don’t fix all that’s holding us back. As always, this is my opinion! (This week the focus is on the Fashion Industry. Movie and Music industry will follow consequently!)
The Fashion Industry is a fast growing sector in Cameroon. Designers, models and runway shows are on the increase. However there is a lack of talent and originality that plaques this industry. I mean what makes you a designer? The fact that you have a smart phone that screenshots designs from Instagram and you remake them later? Where is the originality in that? Test your creativity. Believe in your talent. Be inspired to create your own trademark designs. Enough of the copycat attitude, Biko. Bet many of you don’t know how a sewing machine works! Get to it. Take time to learn what you might not know and become the best at what you do. Everybody wants to make a name for himself but only few want to put in the work.
We can’t all be designers, I mean common!! I watched the CAMIFF red carpet show and when asked who you’re wearing, 70% of those of the red carpet responded with “I’m a designer. I designed this myself”. Just because you maybe put your attire together doesn’t make you a designer as such, you know that right? We have to learn to not throw the word around and put some professionalism in it as well.
Modeling has become more of a show off than a career in its right! So your boyfriend told you “babe you’re cute, you should be on a billboard” and next thing you do is sign up with any modeling agency. You need to have the drive and put in the work to be a model. Looks make up for the half of what modeling is about. You know the public negativity towards modeling in our country is thanks to those girls who got in with no drive and so ended up exchanging what they have for jobs or runway shows! Honey, if you were great at what you did, offers will come to you not you going to fetch them! Being part of the Diaspora Award nominated Best Model in Cameroon, Afor Tumbans’ management team, I know that much!
Dear organizers of runway shows and designers, please pay your models unless you indicate it’s pro bono from the start! If not, please pay up! I mean most of these models are students with a dream and you take advantage of them like that? You guys either pay tiny amounts of money or say you will pay up after the show but when the lights go out, you go into the dark. I know a handful of shows that mismanage funds and feel the models have to take the hit and go empty-handed. Really??! That show was made possible because those models walked the runway! They are the heart of the show! Fix it else you discourage these models and kill the industry!
You guys gotta push pride aside. Soon as anyone makes a “name” they start feeling all high and mighty rather than focus on helping others grow.(If some of you were half as big as the stars in Holly or Nollywood, man no for drink water🙄🙄🙄) If we have to get to the standards we hope to achieve, we have to get there together. All this “praising particular persons and putting them upfront at every thing fashion is giving room for others to get lost in their shadow. Be an inspiration and then show the way! That’s how it works people!!!!🙄🙄
Just keeping it Real,