By Boris Esono Nwenfor (Cameroon)
Cameroonian Music artist and Stephen’s Music’s finest, Daphne Njie has won the Best Female Musician at Canal D’or beating a strong field of contenders such as Nabila, Ewube, Mel B, Gasha and Blanche Bailly. Daphne, creator of the popular hit song “Calée, swooped four awards at the Golden Channel 2019 Awards that took place in Yaounde. In addition to the Best Female Urban Music Award, she won the Best Digital Performance with over 54 million views, Best Popular song, and Best Female artist.
Canal D’or award is an initiative of Canal 2 Television Cameroon which aims at encouraging talents in the entertainment industry. This year was the 12 edition of its kind since being instituted in 2008.
In response to Cameroonians on her outstanding performance, she said that she never expected an English speaker to win a prize in the country, a statement that sparked controversy among fans, with some thinking she portrayed in the English-speaking community of low self-esteemed. However, some of the artists have barely won an award.
She said: “if they had told her an Anglophone would one day win that category she would not have believed”. She ended her comments by shouting “Anglophone oyeah” hoping to get a response from the Anglophone community at the event.
As reported by Solowayne.com, Daphne risk being arrested for what they called a divisive comment about marginalization of Anglophones in front of the first lady of Cameroon, Chantal Biya who was in attendance.
Mr. Leo on the other hand won the award for the best Urban Male Musician beating Krotal, X Maleya, Tenor, Jovi and a host of others. Meantime, talented Music Director Dr. Nkeng Stephen “OK, we take another shot”, won the award for Best Video Director. Nabila was named Musical revelation of the year.
Another well merited award. Njie Efundem Daphne popularly known simple as “Daphne” was bron on 20th September 1989 in Buea, South West Region of Cameroon, where she studied Psychology and Law in the University of Buea. Since as a child, she has always love singing and grew up singing in her church choir.
She sprung to the limelight in 2013 with the release of her fist record and can today boast of popular hit songs like Promise Me, My Lover, until the station and Calée, which brought her Gold. She sings in the genres of Afro beat, Reggae, Makossa and Hip Hop.