Star Profile: 237Xclusive meets Model and Designer, Jason Saïd(Jasaïd)

237Xclusive meets Model and Designer, Jason Saïd

237xclusive : ​Welcome to another exclusive interview with Model and designer extraordinaire,  Jason Saïd.
Jason Saïd is a high profiled Cameroon fashion designer and model and owner of
urban clothing brand Jasaïd ; A brand which has dressed Cameroon celebrities like
Locko, Tenor , Fluri Boyz, RenissDj Cyrius Black, Dj Labastille 1er and many more. Jason was also 2nd dauphin at Mr World Cameroon 2016 and 3rd Dauphin Man at The World Dubai contests.

WhatsApp Image 2017-04-28 at 3.11.57 PMWelcome Jason it’s a pleasure to have you here today.
Jason: ​The pleasure is all mine. I must say you guys do great work so I’m honored to be here.

237xclusive : ​To begin with, the name Jason Saïdu Diakite doesn’t sound Cameroonian and we guess many have been wondering if  you are truly a Cameroonian. So tell us what origins are you?

Jason: ​The surname Jason is just my artist name . Well Saïdu is Muslim because I am
Muslim and Diakite is Senegalese. I am originally from Senegal because my father is a
Senegalese. My mum on the other hand, is a Cameroonian and I was born and have lived all my life in Cameroon. So by virtue of birth and culture, I am a Cameroonian and I am very happy to be one.

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237xclusive :​ As as fashion designer what are those skills you have acquired that have enabled or are enabling you to succeed?
Jason: ​Creativity Creativity Creativity! The main skill is creativity. You need to be creative in your work because that is how you make a difference and to be creative you need to be calm. Once you’re calm and focused you can always get inspired to do good work.

237xclusive : ​What is your designing technique? That is, Do your create fashion trends or
do you design according to what is trending at the moment?

Jason: ​It’s a combination of both because what is trending inspires me to design beautiful clothes. But also, you need to be genuine and original because that’s what makes the difference. That is why my motto is “Details make difference”.

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237xclusive : ​Also we would like to know what made you choose fashion and designing over pursuing a career in Accounting which is what you studied while schooling in the Catholic University of Yaounde. 
Jason: ​Hahaha…wow! Well before being an Accountant I am a fashion Designer . I chose
fashion designing long before I  took a course in accounting. I only did accounting to be able to manage my career in fashion and designing properly because to every craft there is business. If you miss the business part of it you will not hit the billion.

237xclusive : ​ Wow nice quote I’ll make sure to keep that in mind. How do you keep your customers coming? How do you handle customers services?
Jason: ​There actually is no definite method. You just have to always be up to date, original, creative and interesting. Interesting means your product should always call for attention. Also in the game of business the customer is king so treat them with all the respect they deserve because you will learn from them and without them you’re nothing.

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237xclusive : ​You are 2nd Dauphin Mr World Cameroon and also 3rd Dauphin Man of The
World Dubai. I must say that’s quite impressive. To whom or to what do you owe all these successes?
Jason : ​I owe it all to God almighty because only him gives. I thank him most
especially for my appearance( height, size, etc) It has helped me very much in this part of my career. Also to my friends and the people who surround me because they are the ones who believed in me and trusted me when no one else did. Also, my God given talent.

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237xclusive : ​There are a lot of young people looking up to you as their mentor and model.
What advice can you give to them?
Jason : ​This is a very good question. What I have always wanted to tell people, even those
who do not know me is that , you should not live a life without a plan. Live with an objective and an goal. Do not just do things because everyone does them, only animals live like that. Do things you love and because you want to change something in that aspect positively. No matter how much time it takes or how difficult the task is, remain consistent. You will succeed!

237Xclusive: Thanks Jason for taking out time to talk with us Jason. Thanks to our faithful readers for reading through and if you loved the interview kindly drop a comment below. 

See Brenda Biya’s touching message to her best friend on #Bestfriendday

See Brenda Biya’s touching message to her best friend on #Bestfriendday

See Brenda Biya’s touching message to her best friend on #Bestfriendday

Screenshot_2017-06-09-08-23-32-1.pngIf you’ve been keeping up with Cameroon’s first daughter, Brenda Biya you would know Mina Eyango daughter of music legend, Ndedi Eyango, and herself are like finger and nail.  They are practically inseperable. On #best friend day, Mina and Brenda went all out on instagram expressing their heart felt feelings for each other. See their captions below…

Brenda Biya and Mina Eyango

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Brenda Biya and Mina Eyango

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Star Profile: 237Xclusive meets, Kamer’s fastest rapper, KO-C

237Xclusive meets, Kamer’s fastest rapper, KO-C

237xclusive :​ ​Once more we are pleased to have another talented Cameroonian around. This time it’s the latest Big Dreams team member, Ko-C. Ko-C Welcome on board! It’s a great pleasure to have you here and hope this interview will enable your fans know more about you and inspire younger artists.

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Ko-C : ​Thanks very much 237xclusive. It’s always a pleasure to be on your platform.
237xclusive: To begin with…when did you conceive the idea of being a rapper and how did you work towards it?
Ko-C : ​I started 2013 and was listening to fast rappers like sarkodie, technine, Busta rhymes and Twister. I had to start by learning their lines, style and trying to rap like them too until I got my own lyrics.

237xclusive : In your opinion given that the Cameroon industry is still budding, what are the principal problems faced by Cameroon artists? Do you think it’s lack of funds or the audience isn’t supportive enough?

Ko-C : ​I think the aspect of promotion is the main problem that we face here in Cameroon. Producers don’t take the promotion of their artist seriously as in getting their songs to the audience in an intense manner. In a nutshell, negligence by producers and fear of investing. The joy of every artist is to see his art out there and relate with his fans properly. All this boils down to promo

Ko-C
237xclusive : That’s very true! So as an artist, how do you manage your career and an other aspects of life?

Ko-C: ​Well am done with school had my degree last year am focusing just on my music now. But wen I was still in school I use to preserve two hours of my time every day to write a verse or chorus.
237xclusive : Considering your rapid growth in the music industry. How do you manage your relationships with old friends and those who will want to hook up?
Ko-C : ​It all depends on how you were supportive to the artist wen he was still struggling. Normally u can not really have everyone close to you but I try as much as possible to relate with friends and fans out there to the fullest.

Ko-C
237xclusive : Already your song “I love you” is a wonderful piece of art and ur cover of “if” by Davido was everything. With that alot of pple are expecting some more of that good music, So do you have any up coming projects you think your fans should know about?
Ko-C : ​They should always expect stuffs from me anytime anyday. I love surprising them.

Ko-C

237xclusive: The name Ko-c is rather unique I must say. How did you come up with it and what are your real names? 

Ko-c: Ko-c means Knock out Christian and my real names are Njang Collins.

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237xclusive: Finally what message do you have for fellow artist and your fans as well?

Ko-c : ok to my fellow up rising artists, stay focused and be prayerful. As for my amazing fans thanks for always supporting, Ko-c will never let you down. Finally thanks to 237xclusive for granting me this interview, keep the fire burning.

237xclusive: Once again thank you and keep up with the good work!

Ko-c: Thank you too

“Don’t feel too comfortable; always try to evolve” says our MCM Amah Betrand

Amah Fashion house is a fashion brand owned by the incredible Afro designer Amah Bertrand. It produces both make and female oufit exclusively african. In the recent year he’s has had the opportunity to dress high profile Cameroonians for several events especially weddings and anniversaries.

Today we have a very special person on our hot seat. Am very happy to be doing this today and before we start, Amah Bertrand, I must say am very proud of who you’ve become and all that you’ve set up for yourself. I saw this start from scratch and it has been an amazing journey so far. Now let’s get down to business.

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Amah Fashion house is a fashion brand owned by the incredible Afro designer Amah Bertrand. At Amah Fashion house exclusively African outfits are made for both male and female. In the recent years, he has had the opportunity to dress high profile Cameroonians for several events especially weddings and anniversaries. We had the privilege to have him on our platform for a brief interview and below was the outcome; so grab a glass of juice and enjoy the ride.

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237xclusive: Welcome on board Mr Amah Bertrand. It’s a pleasure to have you here.

Amah B : Thanks alot .. I’m all red from your intro…the pleasure is all mine.

237xclusive: To begin with, What does Amah Fashion house stand for and why did u choose that name?

Amah B: Amah Fashion house is a big brand. The name “Fashion House” is like a tree with many branches or a house with many rooms. I choose that name because my brand is intended to have several branches. Already, you know about clothing line but subsequently we will be coming up with a modeling agency, Luxury boutiques and an event planning agency to cover events from clothing to refreshments.

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237xclusive : That’s a great deal! So tell us…what are your goals, and what actually motivates you to keep working?

Amah B : Actually, it’s all about the passion. That’s what it’s always been about. Back in Nigeria when I was studying fashion and designing, I always loved to look good so I designed for myself, my friends and some high profiled people in their entertainment industry. They all appreciated my work and encouraged me. All of these have kept me going.

237xclusive : When did you discover your passion for designing ?

Amah B : I’ve always loved style. It all started when I was very young and it’s important for youths to know that you can actually make a living from your talent. The employment situation is not the best  yet if you have the courage to make a living from what you love, from your handy work and being unique by having your own signature that all your clients can relate to, then you will succeed.

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237xclusive : So what are the difficulties you’ve faced or are still facing , and how do you handle them?

Amah B :Like I tell everybody, before setting up a fashion business you have to make sure it’s a passion because it is very demanding. One of my major difficulties was to get the best team to work with because only the best team can produce the best results. Also, the product may not satisfy the client for example, it may either be too tight or to loose for their comfort and they get really mad and say bitter things to you which may make you question your work but with the grace of God all is well.

237xclusive : Where do you see the Cameroonian fashion and design industry 5 years from now?

Amah B : If I may say, Cameroon first of all has made a large progress in the past three years. Cameroonians have discovered the value of their culture and the ability to live from their talent . In the next 5 years it will be better. By the way, the fashion industry is a Billion dollar industry so any one can invest in it as long as your passionate about it.

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237xclusive : In your opinion, what is the best medium Cameroonians can use to promote their culture?

Amah B : The #1 medium the western world uses is the social media. I think the social media is the best way to promote anything you want to promote. The shut down of Internet connection in the NW and SW is the worst thing that could ever happen to the entertainment industry as a whole. The Bamenda Fashion week has been postponed because of that and many other thing have been brought to a halt because they wouldn’t have been effective if we don’t have Internet for people all over the world to participate live.

237xclusive : What advice can you give to young designers who intend on setting up a brand for themselves?

Amah B : The key words are…hard work, consistency and prayers. You have to work very hard to give your best each time you have the chance to, you have to remain consistent by learning everyday and staying at the top. Never be too comfortable; always try to evolve. Finally, prayer is the key because only God can bless your work and protect you because we are in a dangerous world.

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237xclusive : Mr Amah Bertrand we are so grateful for your time. We pray and wish you all the best in your work.

Amah B: Thanks alot too…It’s a wonderful blog you have; may God bless you too.

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“It’s not only drugs! Alcohol is becoming a very huge menace for the youths in Cameroon” says Willy Zogo

Good day Xclusive people and welcome to another edition of a moment with the stars. Today we have as guest, world famous Kamer actor, Willy Zogo. Willy is a 28 years old Cameroonian actor currently based in Thailand.

Good day Xclusive people and welcome to another edition of a moment with the stars. Today we have as guest, world famous Kamer actor, Willy Zogo. Willy is a 28 years old Cameroonian actor currently based in Thailand. Willy has starred in movies like The fifth execution (2014) alongside Hollywood actors like Micheal Madsen and Rutger Hauer. He also starred in The Mechanic alongside Jason Statham, Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones.  Good day to you Willy and thanks for letting us get in your hair for a few mins lol.

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· Firstly, tell us briefly who Willy is

I am just a young Cameroonian who left his country in 2007 to become a professional basketballer in Thailand and to finish his studies and am almost done with my MBA now.

· How did you get into acting?

In September 2007, just after 3 months after my arrival in Thailand, I accompanied a friend to a casting and when we got there an agent asked if he could take my pictures and hit me up when he had jobs I said yes. So few weeks later he called me for a casting for a French brand called Alice adsl very known at that time. I went to the casting and the director liked my smile and that’s how I got my first job and I was in that tvc who went all around the world and the rest is history.

· Apart from the movies listed above what other movie sets have you been on?

I have been in many movies; Thai movies, Korean movies and even Indian movies like Rascal a Bollywood movie which registered a huge success. I can’t remember all the movies I have starred in. I have starred in Hollywood movies like the fifth execution in flight 777 with Eric Roberts, Whinch 2 with Sharon stone and Tommer Sizley. Also, a French Movie Largo and last year I had the honour to work with Daniel Auteuil and Laurent stocker in another big French movie called les Naufrages.

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· What inspires you to be good in what you do and who do you look up to?

Well first of all I will say acting is something that comes to you naturally. You need to have an inborn skill. I’ve never take any acting classes but I’ve always felt confident in front of a camera. I have also been lucky I had the chance to work with celebrities and superstars on several occasions. When u have scene with people like that, they are so professional and that helps to boost your skills. It’s like a connection! I remember once on the set of a movie, a director came to me and said wow that was impressive as I had a scene with Michael Madsen and he was supposed to grab me on the signal but he did it before. I really got surprised and it was so beautiful on the screen the director congratulated me. When I went to thank him he gave me few tricks that help me a lot. I look up to and I want to be like is Keanu Reeves. He is a very humble man who despite the fame still lives a simple life and does not look down on people.

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· How did you feel getting to act alongside big names in Hollywood like Tommy Lee Jones and Jason Statham?

Oh my God I can’t even describe the feeling I was so excited when I found out I will have to work with one of my favourite actors. It was like a dream to me the man I used to watch on TV was going to be in a same movie as me. I have learned a lot from Jason; the guy is a machine, a hard worker and he won’t mind going over a single scene 20 times as long as it’s not perfect in fact he is a perfectionist and a very friendly person. We had a lot of conversations and he also taught me a lot.

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· Many people have the impression that most Cameroonians or rather Africans go to Thailand to either prostitute, traffic drugs or scam. What do you have to say in regards to that?

Yeah I know that’s the image the news and the media has made people believe. When people hear of Thailand they always got this bad idea which is not true! There are many foreigners living here and have decent jobs. Some are teachers, others play football or basketball, some are students or business owners, DJs, rappers and what have you. Also a lot of Africans here are doing illegal stuff but not all.

· Do have any plans of giving back to your country or do you have any projects for Cameroon in the pipeline?

Oh sure I do I won’t be the person I am today if I wasn’t coming from there. I have been talking with some friends about that especially basketball. How to be helpful for the youths in this domain but I can’t tell more about it now coz we still in the research phase.

· A lot of youths these days think smoking weed makes you cool or you have to smoke weed to be good at what you do especially in the entertainment industry. In your opinion, does weed affect people positively or negatively? And should the government take stricter measures regarding the situation?

Well if I could say something I will say this young guys back home have been under the influence of the mass medias or movies. They believe that whatever they see on TV is real which is not.  Those videos wherein people do whatever they want are just music videos and not real. I think the Cameroon government should do something about it because many guys back home now have lost their mind because of drugs. They don’t think properly anymore and are becoming liabilities for their family and the society. Sure some rappers or actors take drugs saying it helps them to think or relax or sometimes when u tired after many days of shooting but for me I won’t fuck up myself just to be cool. If I have to work hard I do and when am done I really rest. Cameroonian kids should know those people they are copying have the money to go to the doctor later to do cleanse their systems and do checkups.  While guys back home are broke and they fucking up their kidneys, their lungs and livers. It’s not only drugs alcohol is becoming a very huge menace for the youths in Cameroon and no one is talking about it. It’s so unfair to see healthy people destroying their lives while I’ve seen my 3 years old son dying from a cancer after a long fight. He didn’t wanna die then but u have people in a good health but deciding to not care.

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· Is there anything you would like to tell your fans and the public at large?

Well I will say believe in your dream, be respectful to others no matter who u are it cost nothing to be nice. Stay humble, don’t look down on people either. Also the key of the success is confidence. Confidence come from practice. The more u try the better you become.  Believe in your capacities. In life people will try to stop you, some will make you think you can do what you like to do. Not necessarily because they hate you but because they care about you and are afraid to see you fail but nobody sees things the way you do. So you got to believe in yourself, you got to try again and again and finally you got to invest 100% of yourself in your dream. One more thing confidence is good and over confidence is bad.

Thanks a lot for taking out time to talk to us today. 237Xclusive team wishes you the best in your career… Keep making us proud.

The pleasure was mine thanks to you guys for giving me the opportunity to express myself