“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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Unlimited Copies of FabAfriq Magazine’s Lifestyle issue now Available

The magazine which covers a wide range of lifestyle factors across Africa and the world is now available on stands in Cameroon.

Fabafriq magazine which covers a wide range of lifestyle factors across Africa and the world is now available on stands in Cameroon.

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Valerie Ayena, Cameroonian Super model and Miss Cameroon 2013 graces the cover and shares her story to glory on runway and cover page at a time.

Indulge yourself in the first article which highlights the lifestyle things people cannot do without like phones, cars, clothes, alcohol and many other factors that have become a huge part of daily life for different people of all social classes.

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Africa is an amazing continent and cruising has become a guilty pleasure for many tourists as well as residents in recent times. The Tourism piece features the sights and wonders you can experience on an African cruise. This edition does not leave out parents. We know having “the puberty talk” can be hard but worry not! We will walk you through it.

In its usual Fab style, this FabAfriq edition also features articles on relationship, Cuisine which features the recipes of some African cocktail, Events, Charity and Career life. (It is a very special edition considering that it is the first magazine to be published in the shortest time frame from the time of conception.)

Grab your copy and live the FabAfriq experience.

 

Technovation: MEET Ukoma Michael; 13-year-old Nigerian student who invented a standing fan that lasts up to 19 hours without electricity.

MEET Ukoma Michael; 13-year-old Nigerian student who invented a standing fan that lasts up to 19 hours without electricity.

Nigerians have in the long run proven to be a very tech forward people given the many innovations emerging from them for a while now. This 13 year old lad by name Ukoma Michael being only a student had a great initiative to come up with such an innovative idea.

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He makes a standing fan which can run without electricity for 19 hours. Given that Nigeria has frequent electricity crisis this would definitely be a plus one to their community. One word for this kid…