Sunday, 15 July 2018

Celebrating, Promoting and Consuming Our Own: Meet Cameroonian Actress Laura Onyama

Laura Onyama  is a Cameroonian actress, born of parents from the two English speaking regions of the country.

Born in South West Regional capital of Buea, Laura grew up in the famous Buea Great Suppo neighbourhood, where she did her Nusery, Primary and Secondary Education.

She moved to the political capital city of Yaounde, where she enrolled at EHS, and got her Advance Level Certificate.

In 2009, she moved back to Buea and got admission into the Prestigious University of Buea, where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Linguistics, with a Minor in Political Science and Public Administration.
She timidly joined the movie industry in 2009 and made her very first appearance of set in 2011, in a short movie entitled 'Heavy Rain'.

In 2012, she was blessed with a corporate job with Orange Cameroun, and took a break from the big screens.

With acting being her passion, Laura Onyama resigned from her job with Orange Cameroun in 2015, and went back infront of the cameras full time.

She joined the National Actors Guild of Cameroon(NAGCAM) in 2014, and in 2015, was elected President of the Limbe chapter, making her the first and only female Pesident of NAGCAM.

The actress who is her mid twenties has starred in movies like: 'HeavyRains',  'Alma',  'Rebel Pilgrim', 'Rumble', 'Kiss of death', 'Leçon St. Valentine' 'Elle ou Lui' and 'Ward Zee'.

When Behind The Cameras
"Acting is my passion and I feel so alive when the camera is rolling. My happiest moment is when am on set".
Awards
In 2016, the delectable talented Laura Onyama grabbed the Award of 'Best Cameroonian Actress' in the movie 'Kiss of Death' directed by MUSING Derick, at the Ecrans Noirs Film Festival. 

In 2017the Cameroon International Film Festival (CAMIFF) equally crowned her as the 'Best Actress of the year'. 

In April 2018, she equally won 'Best Female Actress in a Lead Role', at the Cameroon Academy African Film Award ( CAAFA ) in London.

Proud of the acknowledgement of the fruits of her hard work both by the National ad International Community, Laura said: 'It's always so amazing when you work for something and it's being recognised in the end'.
Other Occupations
"Apart from being an actress, I am the Female Ambassador of Red feather Awards. I am equally the Corporate Brand Ambassador of BGC(Barthsons Global Communications). It is a Talent management company who's headquarters is in the US"

Advice To The Youths Who Seem To Have Missed It
"No one is in charge of your live or your happiness but you. If things are not working out for others as the case now in our country because of the on going crisis(where are people are being killed like chickens and the government is actually behind this), take the lead and do something for yourself, start a small business, learn a trade, follow your passion and do it the right way. Just do something. And most especially, trust in God. Pray pray pray. It's because of him that I am where I am today".
Laura Onyama was host at the just ended 'Ecran Noir' film festival, where she unapologetically displayed her talents, to the appreciation of the audience and her colleagues.

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