VIRI; THE RECAP

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It’s about that time in their movie cycle where they themselves get to seat back and watch the show unfold. After all the hard work is done, the buzz is created and all the attention gotten, the cast and crew of the revolutionary movie VIRI are warming up for the première.

Sometime in October we were approached with the idea of a potential collaboration between MMPR and a new project we saw had the desire to create a difference and be different. It was jam packed with uniqueness and a promise to portray outstanding unconventionalities. Though conflicted on the acceptance of this unlikely project to our market, we went ahead and took a risk as the project was not yet at a phase where we could see to make a judgement for ourselves as is customary to our work procedure. Today we are being celebrated for celebrating this work of art.

Let’s go through some spectacular moments we shared on VIRI shall we?

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Our online promo kicked off with an intro of the project and we did our very first profiling with the producer and actor Nkanya Nkwai. Here is a link for recap.

As we went on we spoke to other cast and crew members, we had one spectacular chat with one of the cast members, find out who that is on this link.

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As we progressed we had the pages of VIRI, MMPR and personal accounts flooded with VIRI pictures and articles. Here are pages you can catch on Facebook to bring you up to speed for the première… go here and here.

We had some fabulous bloggers share in the VIRI spirit; they took out their time to blog on and promote VIRI so a big S/O goes to Muke Alison, Yefon Mainsah, Tina Monique & Partner, TipTop Stars. Check out a few links here and here

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When we celebrated the life and experiences of Tata Nelson Mandela and found out the similarities he shared with the characters in VIRI, it was such an honour for us. Rest in perfect peace our Tata.

Then we got what seemed like a feasible existence of VIRI for the first time, the teaser poster and the teaser to the trailer. Then it became so real even in the eyes of you all.

The day we felt most lucky came as we unveiled the first ever VIRI movie poster. What was going to be its CD jackets and we had online reach of over 400.000 views and support.

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Since then support has continuously been amazing. We even got mentioned on GMC Cameroon as the trending thing online, we couldn’t be more blessed.

In under a few days leading to the première, the producer with a German engine Nkanya Nkwai has been able to tour almost every relevant radio and TV stations around the Littoral; South West and Centre provinces for promo talks – from STV, Canal2 Internationale to CRTV. Radio includes likes of FM 105, Sweet FM just to name a few.

The runners are almost at the finished line, the race is almost won, and we must not despair or doubt our dreams. Nkanya said “My goal is to reach 500people at least for the première night, it could still be more but I won’t be happy with less.”  Well, well Nkanya seems you are going to beat that after all. It’s been amazing growing this baby of yours together and come March 22nd we will all celebrate a victory like no other.

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Let’s all keep the VIRI dream alive and be there at Hotel La Falaise on Saturday March 22nd  at 7.00pm prompt. For more information about ticket sale, please call: 71674948 or 70615687.

Kudos to DreamsAlive Productions, the cast and crew of VIRI for a spectacular job. Catch the teaser trailer which received a huge cheer from our MMPR One guests below…

Follow Nkanya on Twitter: @NkanyaNkwai

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WE CELEBRATED OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE, CHECK OUT OUR MMPR ONE SOIREE!

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Tuesday 18th February was a buzzing day at the MMPR camp as preparations were ongoing for our soiree which was to kick off at 8.30pm.

The celebratory mood was activated as we celebrated our first year with tea and champagne at the glamorous well interiored LYNK Lounge in Bonapriso.

The “MMPR One” soiree gathered a host of representatives from the urban showbiz scene – TV presenters Fidjil & Bonas Duvalier, Kristelle from STV, Jumper from Boom TV, music artists Sophy Aiida, Vanessa Payge, Steveslil, small business owners such as Etonde Martin from SIPEC Cameroon, as well as the chief IT officer of MTN Cameroon also in attendance to provide his support to the initiative.

Assorted teas – English Breakfast, Peppermint, Green Tea, Earl Grey were served with scones, buttercream cupcakes topped with Mambo chocolate, biscuits and assorted pates, cakes as well as hot canapés washed down with champagne.

The entertainment on the night was also in celebration of the urban music scene in Cameroon with performances from crooner Mr Leo, rasped voice ModeMaison PR client Daddyblack, rap queen in the making Ciana as well as starboy Stanley Enow who brought the night to a close with a thrilling rendition of his well aired debut song Hein Pere.

With our tagline of “WeBuzz, WeBrand, WeBuild” we are a public relations, marketing, branding and styling/rental agency run by Cynthia Tabe and Karen Ayungwa primarily serving the showbiz industry with a commitment to changing perceptions, building a reputation and improving the overall image of the industry through a one at a time brand collaboration.

We are very thankful to be celebrating our first year. The best is yet to come!” states Cynthia.

The journey continues as  we also celebrate growing from 2 to 3 members with an additional PR girl joining our team!

Check some images below…

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The full album is available to view here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.793117157383890.1073741840.600500499978891&type=3

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GET 2014 READY WITH OUR THINK TOP TIPS!!

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As 2014 is drawing ever so close in Cameroon, we have 5 simple key tips for you the budding music artist, fashion designer, small business owner to use as you plan your strategy for the coming year. Remember the competition will be fierce so #Get2014Ready with our top #MMPRTips!

T. H. I. N. K. is the way forward this 2014.

T = Team. The made up definition of Together Everyone Achieves More in the acronym T.E.A.M. is no lie. There is so much 1 person can do and is capable to do so to go that extra mile further we recommend that you find a good support system with a common goal to back you up! Get yourself a TEAM!

H = Hardwork. There is no short cut to success than through the highway of hardwork. So, we recommend that you talk less and work more. Focus only on the matters that concern you and your brand and less on what another or the competition is doing or not doing.

I = Improve. Always strive to improve yourself and your product. We recommend that you put out 1 great product than several not so good ones. This is directed more at the Cameroon music artists. 1 or 2 great tracks a year is better than 5 or 10 not so good tracks. So, be better, do better, achieve better.

N = Never forget to appreciate. A humble and appreciative heart never goes unnoticed. The more you appreciate even the slightest of gestures, the more others will want to do for you. Simple but effective!

K = Knowledge is POWER, so get to know yourself as an individual, know your brand and how you want to be represented, know your audience and how to approach them, know your market and position yourself, know your product and target the right audience, know your craft by always learning…

Will you be 2014 ready?

If you would like us to join your team, kindly contact us on Twitter: @ModeMaisonPR. Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ModeMaisonPR or email us at: mmprcamer@gmail.com

A very joyful and fulfilled 2014 to you our readers/visitors. See you in the new year!!

VIRI – MEET THE CAST & CREW

So we have introduced you to the producer of the film, you have also met one of the lead male characters and now…well our #VIRIDiaries series continues as we introduce you to a lead female character.

VIRI is one of the first films within our newly created Cameroon Film Industry that truly believes in its potential to go viral and touch a much wider audience than its predecessors. Enlisting us as their PR partner was quite a leap by the producer Nkanya as the promotion side of our Cameroon made films has never been considered important.

Today we meet a charming, elegant beauty…her name is…

MMPR: TELL US WHO YOU ARE AS WELL AS WHAT MOTIVATES AND INSPIRE YOU.

SF: My name is Stephanie Fonachi. I am an administrator by day and an actress, a model and a blogger by night! I have always loved acting and it is one of my biggest passion. I have always known I was born to be a star ever since I was a kid as I love the camera, so acting was just something natural for me to do. Stars like Genevieve Nnaji and Sanaa Lathan inspire me a lot and I just love these ladies.

MMPR: TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE.

SF: I play the lead female character Liza, a young beautiful lawyer who finds herself in a complicated relationship with another lawyer. She is scared to fully commit to the relationship and to take it to the next level because of the deceptions in her past relationships. They go through struggles in their relationship but the end seems to be promising with a spectacular event at the end. You will have to watch it to find out! She’s just an exceptional strong character with a soft side!

MMPR: HOW HARD WAS IT FOR YOU TO PLAY THIS ROLE?

SF: Oh wow, the forest scenes where so challenging. It was really hard shooting in the forest however the role itself was enough to handle.

MMPR: WHAT OTHER PROJECTS HAVE YOU WORKED ON?

SF: VIRI is actually my 3rd project. I did The Giant Broom where I had a small role some years back and I also did Pink Poison by Agbor Gilbert playing one of the lead female characters.

MMPR: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING ROLE YET?

SF: VIRI has been my most challenging role yet.

MMPR: WE HAVE TALKED TO THE OTHERS INVOLVED IN VIRI WHO MADE US KNOW THAT THIS WAS NO ORDINARY SET, IN YOUR OPINION WHAT WAS NOT ORDINARY ABOUT IT?

SF: The crew /casts were so amazing. I enjoyed every moment spent working with these people. It just made shooting so much easier.

MMPR: USUALLY MOST ACTOR’S PERFORMANCES STEM FROM THE SCRIPT, THE PRODUCER TO THE DIRECTOR. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH THESE RESPECTIVE STIMULATORS FOR VIRI?

SF: Johnscott was an amazing director. He just made me feel so comfortable and confident due to his ever large patience. The script was excellent, the writer Delphine did an absolutely great job and the producer Nkanya, he was so cool and easy to work with. The other actors were just amazing and easy to work with as well. I had a great time working with Desmond, Alenne and the others. It was really an amazing experience working with everyone involved in the project.

MMPR: AN ACTOR’S MOST FULFILLING MOMENT IS TO PORTRAY CHARACTERS PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO AND IDENTIFY WITH. WHAT IS IT ABOUT LIZA THAT WOMEN CAN IDENTIFY WITH?

SF: Liza is a beautiful smart career woman but she still has this soft warm side that makes her accessible and she also has struggles in her relationship which most women have. She is just easygoing with a fun kind of bad girl side.

MMPR: WHO IN TERMS OF PERFORMANCE MADE YOUR JOB MOST EASY?

SF: Working with Desmond was just amazing.  It was my first time meeting him and working with him but it just felt so easy as we instantly had a great connection on set. He is a cute guy too that helped (she laughs) and Alenne just made me laugh throughout. It was so hard keeping a straight face when shooting with him. He is an amazing actor. I can`t wait to work with him again.

MMPR: WHERE IN YOUR OPINION IS OUR FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT AT TODAY?

SF: We are still building it and we need Cameroonians to believe in it. We have it all in Cameroon and we will definitely make a difference in the nearest future I believe in the Cameroon Entertainment Industry. We are UNIQUE!!

MMPR: VIRI LAST WORD?

SF: VIRI is setting the standards high and I find it wonderful that young people are working so hard to bring the Cameroon Film Industry to the light and show the world that we have talented people in Cameroon too from great actors to DOPs to makeup artists to producers and musicians etc. We have it all in Cameroon but the sad part is we do not have investors because Cameroonians do not believe in their talents. So, we therefore urge you Cameroonians to believe in us, to encourage us and to help us change the face of our entertainment industry because we have that UNIQUE diversity in Africa.  Nevertheless, watch out for Liza and Seal in VIRI. You will just love this couple!!

Check out some images of Liza aka Stephanie onset and off!

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Keep up the VIRI lifestyle by liking their page here: http://www.facebook.com/VIRI-movie

Follow the producer: @NkanyaNkwai

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VIRI – MEET THE CAST & CREW

The #VIRIDiaries series continues here on the MMPR blog and today we bring you our little chat with one of the main characters. Read below to find out more about him…

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Alenne Menget, is a Cameroonian Investigative journalist, actor, writer, singer, comedian and CEO of ATS Productions. His greatest inspiration as an actor and a person as a whole was his late father who was also a writer and an actor so growing in his footsteps has been a rewarding process to Alenne.

Alenne started early hosting events and radio shows and then enrolling on a Journalism course at the University of Buea which led him to work as a journalist almost all his life while doing acting on the side. Today he owns a production house that produces socially conscious documentaries, awards, and events.

MMPR: IF YOU WERE NOT AN ACTOR WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

AM: I think my introductory line already answered that question ha-ha. Acting is my passion it is not my career. So I am a journalist by profession and every other thing is a passion of mine.

MMPR: WHAT PROJECTS HAVE YOU WORKED ON SO FAR?

AM: My very first film was SACRAMENT by a Nigerian director Emeka Igwegbu in cooperation with the Joe Walkie foundation starring Emmanuel Franz of Nigeria. Then I produced and starred in VIRAL SQUAD, and the first English Comedy THE RETURN TO BATIBO.

I also did JUNGLE OF HEIRS with Jim Iyke and Quinta Eyong. FAR produced By Agbor Gilbert Ebot, MY GALLERY directed by Johnscott Enah and then VIRI produced by Nkanya Nkwai and just to name a few.

MMPR: HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH VIRI?

AM: I got involved with VIRI through the producer Nkanya who is a good friend of mine and with whom I share mutual appreciation of work. I read the script and I knew I had to do the film.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT VIRI THAT MOTIVATED YOU?

AM: It is a film about a jungle, frogs, mis-communication and love, Perfect combination. I have rarely done movies with such endearing nature and I have been taking roles that are challenging with extreme characters. The character I play Mr. Ebena is one of those roles, like I speak no English at all and I don’t dress fancy, I am a hunter, it is exciting.

MMPR: HOW WAS IT ON SET WITH YOUR CO-STARS, AND THE CREW OF VIRI?

AM: A remarkable thing about VIRI is that it required different personas from the characters so the set was always hilarious. A lot of the characters don’t speak English and can’t understand each other so it was hard to keep a straight face. The crew was professional, make up on point. The D.O.P; ANCESTOR is one hell of a guy who worked on the award winning NINAH’S DOWRY.

MMPR: WHO WAS THE ONE PERSON THAT FACILITATED YOUR WORK, WHOM YOU FOUND IT MOST EASY WORKING WITH?

AM: Ha-ha, this is a tricky one but I will say the director JOHNSCOTT ENAH. I would work with him any time any day anywhere. He is patient, tolerant, composed, in fact he is just a delight. I would cheat on this one by also mentioning some great actors that facilitated the work like DESMOND WYTE and FONACHI STEPHANIE.

MMPR: WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS STORY IN CAMEROON TODAY? WHAT LESSONS CAN BE DRAWN FROM IT?

AM: This story is significant in Cameroon today in its originality. It is not the typical glamour movie with a recycled story. It is fresh, it exposes our languages, blends our culture and indigenous life. I believe viewers will learn the value of communication, love, family and togetherness.

MMPR: IN FAIR COMPARISON WHAT WAS PARTICULAR TO THE VIRI SET AS TO OTHER SETS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?

AM: The set of VIRI was full of life and laughter that’s it in summary. Most times the vibe on set is so serious and tensed because the script is a serious one but this was an exact opposite.

MMPR: WHERE DO YOU SEE CAMEROON ENTERTAINMENT IN FUTURE YEARS?

AM: Our entertainment is growing and expanding. We see lots of collaborations more often with international and national artists; gradually we are using our bilingual advantages. I see the next years promising in Cameroon entertainment.

MMPR: LAST VIRI WORD…

AM: Mr. and Mrs. Ebena will crack up your ribs. So do watch VIRI when it is out.

Below are some images of Alenne from the VIRI set and off set.

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Based on this our chat with Alenne, we are even more excited to see VIRI the movie when it is released. Hope you the public will love it like we do! See you soon here on the #VIRIDiaries series.

Follow the producer on Twitter: @NkanyaNkwai

Like the page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VIRI-movie

Follow us on Twitter: @ModeMaisonPR