Friday 22nd March 2019,

Chifor “Tito” Valery

Chifor “Tito” Valery

I am from a family of five, two sisters and me between both. I was born in Yaoundé, the political capital of Cameroon in January 1982. I enrolled in 1999 into Univ Buea, as law major, minoring in Political science. Hosted numerous entertainment events, law society  alumni parties, and cultural events. Art quickly became something I was attracted to and I took to poetry writing and spoken word.

In 2002 I left an internship at Muna & Muna law firm to take up my first job at RADIO EQUINOXE as radio intern, co-hosting the hip hop show “barracuda with herve k” and later hosted my own show of contemporary Afro-American music genres like jazz, rag time, blues RnB. One year later I joined the founding team of Radio Nostalgie as host of the first bilingual daily radio hip hop show called ‘’ red hot’’. I left one year later to become the first bilingual host on Cameroonian private TV (STV). I grew and wore dreadlocks (considering it was seen as anti-conformist) as a rebellious statement never seen on TV, but also when to pioneer the art media scene, hosting and directing the first urban art TV show ‘’the break’’ covering cultural events in Cameroon such as SUD, Ecrans Noirs, Biennale des arts, and around the continent.  After 8 years during which I wrote and hosted more than half a dozen TV shows, I left after having been one of the main architects behind Boom TV, ( STV’s entertainment TV), I would leave toco- found and manage IDEA ltd , a visual Production Company sponsored by Barrister MUNA. By August 2013 I’m off again to newer challenges, corresponding from Cameroon for BBC arts show, ‘’the Arts hour’’ hosed by Nikki Bedi. I also took up a freelance producer position at BBC’s partner radio KALAK FM yde, hosting a tri-weekly hip hop show called ‘’Beatz’’.
I’ve taken up to photo art inspired and mentored by the late Goddy Leye, and have exhibited five times since 2010. Last year I had two solo expos, one called @black and white are colors too’’ hosted by the British high commission and the other called ‘’un monde sans couleurs’’ at the IFC yde. 2014 will be kicked off with a solo expo at the IFC dla, running through the month of February.

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  1. Manuela H May 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Well done tito! Such an inspiration for this young generation.. Somehow art and media are not only for people with lack of ambitions ( african mentality)
    But for those who dare to dream and dare to make a living out of their God’s gift… Blessings