The Musinga Drama Group International (MDGI) in what many have described as a mighty stay-on come back, recently hosted a two day Drama and Film Festival. Holding in the prestigious tourist destination- Mountain Hotel Buea, Cameroons pioneer theatre troupe kept the audience in tight suspense and dramatic flair as they watched the 90mins “The Challenge of Fende” play.
The Challenge of Fende (Synopsis)
Fende, affianced to Dr. Mapito, successfully convinces her parents not to collect bride price on her. Viewing this as some kind-of double dealing by Fend’s family members as well as a challenge to the custom of paying bride-price in Kokobuma village, the greedy relatives of Fende grant her wish but secretly vow to bring sorrow in her matrimonial home.
Nevertheless, the survival of a male child to the Mapitos after a long drawn battle between tradition and modernity, shows how tradition can give way to modernity through careful and respectful intervention of all those involved.
The high point of this Festival came in the group’s announcement and acted-upon intentions to not only do traditional stage play, but also incorporate film – Musinga Explosive Pictures.
Worthy of the new era, meeting up timely with the new shifts in entertainment, the Musinga Drama Group International in Musinga Explosive Pictures thrilled the audience with breathe taking excepts of their first complete film – The Incorruptible Climate Change.
The Incorruptible Climate Change (Insight)
Komboh and Mbomo, twin villages bordering the sea, all the years flourish in the fish business as well as cash and food crops. Then suddenly discover the fishes in the sea disappear at an alarming rate. The crops also dry up under an unexplained scorching heat of the sun.
Joint traditional rites are performed by the twin villages to arrest the situation; instead it grows worse. Hunger invades the villages and gradually extends to the city.
Meanwhile, a business magnate in installing trawlers in the sea, scoops the sea of fishes of all sizes. His immoral action coincides with this unexplained phenomenon and which motivates the youths to hold a demonstration march to the Administrative Authorities.
Investigation reveals an act of God which cannot be diverted or controlled by neither man nor ancestors, and cannot be corrupted.
The Authorities, however, suggest ways to keep up with this situation. For the business magnate, he takes refuge abroad.
The two day Festival (4th and 5th , June 2014) also presented an opportunity for the audience and fans of MDGI to celebrate the Eko Prize for Literature 2012, awarded to the founder-producer-director of the group: Victor Elame Musinga, by Eko Foundation: An Educational Foundation incorporated in the State of IOWA City-USA and Anglopone Cameroon Writers Association.
The Musinga Drama Group International- MDGI also known as Musinga Explosive Pictures; undoubtedly a renowned Drama Group has been existing for close to fifty (50) years; since 1965, with focus on Cameroon and African play setting. It is also presently into TV Film production.
This pioneer English-speaking Drama Group develops themes focused on Cameroon socio-cultural and political life as a way of educating and entertaining. Seven (7) times Cameroon’s National champion in Drama; it also has an international reputation, having performed severally in International cultural events such as (FESTAC 77) in Lagos-Nigeria, 4th National Black Festival in Atlanta-USA, 1994.
The Founder-Producer-Director of the group has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the growth of drama in Cameroon, nay Africa, and has also received two (2) international Awards (2008 and 2012) from USA.