35 IN PRINT: LONDON; THE OPENING PARTY

Last Saturday at the Strand Gallery in Covent Garden, a few art lovers and friends of Cameroon gathered together under one roof to appreciate and support the artist Shiri Achu on her second solo exhibition journey in London.

Shiri Achu’s art comes from everyday, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects. She seeks to capture the spirit of her subjects and make them come alive through form, colour, texture and tone. She draws insight from her travels but in general her inspiration is very broad; from natural moments captured in Africa to still objects, from the human form to the human in action.

Ever increasingly so, one of the aims of Shiri Achu’s art is to showcase the African cultures worldwide. It’s also to bring back the fond memories to those in the diaspora. She finds beauty in the African prints, she finds beauty, envy even, in the young girl climbing the tree!! So she paints these images. For her they are beautiful moments and for that moment, whilst she works on that piece she buries herself in the story and in the culture.

It’s been 5 years since Shiri Achu’s first solo exhibition held at St Augustine’s tower in Hackney. Since then she has been given the award of ‘The best Artist in Brent’ by the Brent Council. London and has been fortunate to have exhibited in various exciting places/events/ cities. These include; The Commonwealth Secretariat, The houses of Parliament and The Olympic African Village. Cities include; Adelaide, Lisbon, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Las Vegas and Chiang Mai to name a few.

So on Saturday 19th April, she carefully selected her venue, carefully laid out her paintings and also carefully planned how the evening would pan out. The compere helped to bring the evening alive. The little helpers made sure the guests were at ease. Amaka the music artist who had flown in all the way from Germany gave the guests a wonderful rendition of her songs backed by a live band.There were 35 In Print cupcakes, wines and non alcoholic concoctions, caramelised peanuts, sweets and more cakes…the opening party was a blast! The turn out was unexpected and large with guests made up too of friends and family who were eager to view, to network and to have fun!

Our PR girl was there to witness it all…A few images below…!

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

 Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

And that was it! We had fun fun fun!!!

Follow Shiri Achu on Twitter: @ShiriAchuArt

Facebook: Shiri Achu Art

Follow us on Twitter: @ModeMaisonPR

Advertisements

CHALLENGES WITH RUNNING A BUSINESS IN CAMEROON? SIPEC 2 GOT YOUR BACK!

We are a few days away to the second edition of SIPEC. Behind the scenes, everything is being put in place so the event is as informative yet as light hearted and fun as ever.

The SIPEC initiative was launched last January with an aim to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in Cameroon through identifying entrepreneurs and small businesses and creating a platform whereby their services can be marketed in an informal way.

A brainchild of Etonde Martin and hosted by her events management company Sheraiz DelightzSIPEC an acronym for “Sherai’s Initiative for Promoting Entrepreneurs in Cameroon” was inspired by her stay and consequent revisit to the blossoming city of Nairobi in Kenya. This is what Etonde had to say “I was blown away by how much Kenya had changed when I visited in 2013. The economic activity had given the country a face-lift. I also discovered my school friends had moved up too, some working and most running their own businesses.

Through this blazing new wave and also through an inspiration from a classmate’s business, Etonde returned to Cameroon with a vision to empower budding entrepreneurs and their businesses.

SIPEC 2 will be held at the elegant Star Land Hotel in Bonapriso on April 29th backed by an array of businesses from different fields such as Rainbow Sports Investments, Teks Design, Graffi, SmartTrack, CRTV, FabAfriq Magazine, STV, Leading Industrial Supplier/Loire Industrie Sud (LIS), Ecobank, Thonbs, AVT Media, AJC Graphic, White House Restaurant among others. The event will focus specifically on the topic of overcoming barriers for doing business in Africa and Cameroon in particular, led by a guest speaker.

We urge you not to miss this event at all. What to know more about what you will gain? Read this “Through SIPEC, our partners will gain exposure, new clients, and new suppliers, finance, mentoring and coaching. We have customised solutions for our partners.

So there you have it! If you are in Douala, turn up at the Star Land Hotel. All info on flyer below…

The sponsors…

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

The flyer…

Image

Miss it, Miss out!!

For more information on their events, please visit: www.sipec.co.uk

Twitter: @sipeccameroon

Facebook: sipecetonde

Follow us on Twitter: @ModeMaisonPR

 

DESIGNS OUT OF INSPIRATION – MEET TEKS DESIGN

In a few day’s time, #SIPEC2 takes place. SIPEC is a business networking event launched by Etonde Martin of Sheraiz Delight. The aim of the event is to connect businesses with what they need to develop and grow gracefully in their respective fields.

#SIPEC2 is on April 29th and we took some time to chat to one of their sponsors – Teks Design. Catch it all below.

Image

MMPR: How did Teks Design come about and how long have you been in business? (What inspired it).

Teks: Mmmm! First came the idea, then the title to the idea.I love art, as a kid I drew a lot. Then came the computers; then I discovered graphic designs! This just gave my idea, I had all along an ‘expression’. Teks Design was born off passion and has Inspiration as a key driving force. So! In a brief description, “Passion inspired it”. My slogan is “Designs out of Inspiration”. My designing skills sprang out of my love for drawing graphic images and matching colors during the art. Slowly, I shifted from pencil graphics arts to computer graphic designing, that is having to do there same thing, but this time on the computer. If I should mention that graphic designing is more of a talent I have developed during the past years and with very little or no professional influence, like schooling or working.

In the past years I did graphic designing for pleasure and personal interest. But since 2 years now, I have been doing it for both business and pleasure. So I have been in business for about 2 years.

MMPR: Is this your main source of income in Cameroon?

Teks: No.

MMPR: What else do you do?

Teks: I also offer home training on computer fundamentals (IT Basics) and graphic design, which fall under Teks Design services.

MMPR: How do you source potential clients/business?

Teks: Yeah! In my little experience in this field of business, I have noticed most clients and businesses are just tired of the ordinary way of doing designs or publications. So Teks Design just hits on this weakness by doing better and out of the ordinary concept designs, and proposes to both potential and existing clients.

Truth is, when you have a taste of something good, the tendency is to tell a close friend about it. That is exactly what happens between the existing and potential clients.

Also, being a part of bodies like Sheraiz’s Entrepreneurial Initiative, has been one of the most resourceful platforms for sourcing my potential clients/businesses.

MMPR: As a business person, how did you raise your capital?

Teks: In business, we can always classify! Sole proprietorship, private and public limited. And in the same manner, capital can be raised depending on the type of business one intends to have. Teks Design falls under freelance, which is a category of sole proprietorship. That said, Teks Design’ capital was made up of my personal savings, which were little but served the purpose of getting business cards, brochures and prints of my very own sample designs for showcase.

Also, some first business deals did help me raise some money too. Asset wise, I’ve always had computers and gadgets around, I grew up loving them. So it was just good enough to tickle some uncles or aunts left and right to get stuff like that.They will always support my efforts.

MMPR: If you were to give a short business talk to students at a University, what 5 things would you tell/advise them to look out for or prepare for?

Teks: They would be:-

–          I know we all have different goals and dreams in life, some have the American dream, others the Cameroon dream, U.K dream, and so on (laughing).But I know what we all want is to succeed in whatever field we choose. Remember that there is no easy way out especially not in business. It is a long way but it is possible. So in all, you have to know what you want, make sure there is a need in the society so that your product or service you are going to put out there has a market. Be determined to succeed and don’t let difficult times put you down. You have to defineyourself from the very start!Bet you, I’m still working on some of these aspects.

–          DO WHAT YOU LOVE. This is hyper important, you have to do what you love. This is will help you     get thru those difficult times. In business you need to have passion about what you are offering because your passion will be seen in the way you put out your products/services and that is making the difference we are talking about.

–          Be radical. Business is about selling and selling more everyday. No risks no returns. Don’t be afraid to try something no one’s ever done, create an off-the-wall product or shake up an existing market by changing factors (such as a service or delivery model) that established companies take for granted. Being a student means you have lots of friends, course mates and lecturers thus potential clients, you know how it is in the University news is by word of mouth, there goes advertisement for you!  With advertisement you can push your innovation through to the right market. Make sure it is different and of top quality you will succeed in it.

–          MANAGE YOUR TIME AND USE YOUR PRESENT SITUATION WISELY. Doing your own business and going to school at the same time can be hectic and as such your objectives on both can be mixed up. To succeed in both of these you need to know what is required of you in these separate roles as a student and as a business owner. Planning is vital, you need a well kept appointment book, sticker pads, among other planning tools and make sure your set goals are time bound. Being in the University means you have access to free computers and Internet connectivity, a host of potential employees and/or volunteers and the expertise of professors who would be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. Literally speaking you’re surrounded by people and resources, so make the most of your situation.

–          Relax! Regardless of how organized and enthusiastic you are, difficult days will come. Don’t be afraid to step back from work and do whatever relaxes you. Whether it is sports, the lively company of good friends or a quiet day of meditation on the beach, take advantage of opportunities to invigorate yourself and balance your responsibilities with relaxation. Set ideas straight and do things one step at a time

IN BRIEF:

–          Identify a need and know what you want

–          Do what you love

–          Be radical- take risks and try new things and advertise

–          Manage time, this is especially for students. Who have to manage work and school they have to balance time so as to succeed on both.

–          Relax! When there is too much going on just sit back and think again. Set ideas straight and do things one step at a time.

That’s it with Emmanuel Takow of Teks Design. We hope to see you all at the event at Star Land Hotel on April 29th. All details on flyer. Ciao!!

Image

Follow SIPEC on Twitter: @sipeccameroon

Follow us: @ModeMaisonPR

OUR STARBOY STANLEY ENOW HAS AN MTV NOMINATION!

OUR STARBOY STANLEY ENOW HAS AN MTV NOMINATION!

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for the Bayangi Boy aka Stanley Enow since his release of his debut song Hein Pere. With over 430,000 views on the acclaimed video, countless shows within and outside Cameroon, a partnership with Samsung Cameroon; the Bayangi Boy has bagged himself a high class nomination on the “Best New Act” category with the likes of Burnaboy and Phyno at the nomination party for MTV Base Music Awards 2014 which took place this evening in Durban, South Africa.

This is such a great step for Stanley Enow and for Cameroon at large as he is the first ever Cameroonian artist to be on list.

We raise our glasses and say cheers Starboy Stan…many more to come!!

Have you seen the video of his follow up track Tumbuboss Deluxe yet? Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAHaQxj2PsQ

Follow him on Twitter: @StanleyEnow
Facebook: Stanley Enow Official

SNOOP STYLE SERIES: IN MY BAG (POST FIVE)

Today, we continue with another snooping session as we have done for the past 4 weeks! So what is this about? “In My Bag Snoop Style Series” is a fun session where we go snooping in the handbag of our friends. They give us access and we see exactly what they carry around in their bags daily. You know women love their bags so this is a perfect opportunity to see what a group of them really carry around. So c’mon and lets go!

Why does she carry what she carries in this bag? See below…

Image

She is an engineer by day with a passion that lies in the creative field. Yefon is a blogger by night, blogging on all things entertainment, tech and business from Cameroon. This is what and she carries and why!

In my bag, I carry:-

> A hand lotion to use when hands are dry.

> My work ID – my bag side pocket is the safest place for it so that I don’t have to keep looking and need it for access.

> My portable phone charger which is a life saver in times of low phone battery!

> My charger plugs to connect whatever gadget to charge anywhere possible – innovation at its best!

> My cheque book which I started carrying since I came to the US for those eventuality cases.

> My umbrella for the light rainy days, one has to be prepared.

> My case with sunshades for my commute when the sun is out.

> My lens cleaner to clean my glasses and shades.

> My little case contains a few days supply of allergy medicine and vitamins. Staying healthy and fit is important non?!

> Nail polish, I have ended up with 2 in my bag since as I had planned to do my nails at a saloon during the week and I usually carry mine along.

> A lip balm, this is a must have against chapped lips.

> My head phones, she is my best friend because I am a music junkie. I need to relax and blank out the noise in order to focus.

> My wrist bands which I carry for a cause.

> The blue dotted case carries my smaller loose items in an attempt to keep my bag organised.

So there you have it!! Women will be women…see you next time!

Follow us on Twitter: @ModeMaisonPR

Our Facebook here.