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Emmanuel 'Manu' N'Djoké Dibango (born 12 December 1933) is a Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. He is a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, though his mother was a Duala. He is best known for his 1972 afrobeat single "Soul Makossa".
Dibango was born in Douala, Cameroon. His father, Michel Manfred N'Djoké Dibango was a civil servant. The son of a farmer, he met his wife travelling by pirogue to her residence, Douala. A literate woman, she was a fashion designer, running her own small business. Both her ethnicity, the Duala, and his, the Yabassi, viewed this union of different ethnic groups with some disdain. Emmanuel had no siblings, although he had a stepbrother from his father's previous marriage who was four years older than he was. In Cameroon, one's ethnicity is dictated by their fathers, though he wrote in his autobiography, Three Kilos of Coffee, that he has "never been able to identify completely with either of [his] parents."
Dibango's uncle was the leader of his extended family. Upon his death, Dibango's father refused to take over, as he never fully initiated his son into the
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua (French pronunciation: [ʁamo tjɛʁi sɔkudʒu]; born April 18, 1984), sometimes billed simply as Sokoudjou, is a Cameroonian mixed martial artist and judoka, and the former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion, who came to prominence in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships. He has since had mixed success with stints in the UFC, WEC, Affliction, Strikeforce, and DREAM. He holds notable wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Dave Herman, Bob Sapp and Ricardo Arona and reached the final of the DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix in 2009.
Born in Cameroon, Sokoudjou began to practice judo at the age of around 5. He moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his career in judo.
Sokoudjou was the 2001 US Open judo champion as a member of Judo America San Diego, and currently trains with Team Quest where he is acting as a kickboxing and MMA instructor. In his PRIDE debut at PRIDE 33, Sokoudjou defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via KO in 23 seconds. This fight stands out amongst fans because Sokoudjou was a 16 to 1 underdog. After a brief but successful stint in Pride, Sokoudjou signed with the UFC. He lost in his UFC debut to Lyoto Machida at UFC 79 via Arm Triangle Choke
Emile Abossolo M'Bo (born 29 August 1958) is a French television, theatre and film actor who has played in French, African and American productions.
Abossolo was born in Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon. His father took him to the movies theatre when he was six years old. Since that day acting has been his passion. Abossolo has been living in France for over twenty years now. He has a son named Akeva.
Abossolo is a multi-lingual actor. He speaks five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and his native language Beti). His career started on stage, where he played Hamlet, Titus Andronicus and La Tragédie du Roi Christophe. He starred in several French television shows such as La Brigade des Mineurs and Plus Belle la Vie. Internationally he is mostly known for his appearances in the television show Highlander: The Series, Queen of Swords, or The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. More recently, Emil has been playing in African productions. He played in Ezra the movie that received the 2007 Stallion of Yennenga at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Alphonse Beni is a Cameroonian actor and movie director, sometimes credited as Alfons Beny or Chris Kelly. He made several author movies in Cameroon, acted in French erotic comedies and even played a ninja in Godfrey Ho's "ninja" flicks Black Ninja.
Dieudonné M'bala M'bala (born 11 February 1966), generally known simply as Dieudonné French pronunciation: [djø.dɔ.ne], is a French comedian, actor and political activist.
Dieudonné was born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine, the son of a sociologist from Brittany who exhibits as a painter under the name Josiane Grué, and of an accountant from Ekoudendi, Cameroon, who lives there now. Dieudonné lives with Noémie Montagne who works as his producer and has five children with her, Bonnie, Merlin, Plume, Noé and Judas.
In the 1990s, Dieudonné appeared on stage and on television together with the Jewish comedian and actor Élie Semoun. From the mid-1990s he appeared mostly in supporting roles in several French film comedies. His most successful screen appearance to date was in Alain Chabat's box-office hit Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra in 2002. His last screen appearance to date was in Maurice Barthélémy's box office bomb Casablanca Driver in 2004. In 1997, the scenic duo "Élie et Dieudonné" split and each went on a solo theater career. In 1998, they reunited in a screen comedy, Le Clone, which was a failure critically and financially.
Dieudonné's successful one-man shows
Eriq Ebouaney is a French film actor. He is best known for his portrayal as the Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in the 2000 film Lumumba, as "Blacktie" in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale and as "Ice" in the 2008 action film Transporter 3 in which he starred opposite Jason Statham.
Ebouaney was born in Angers, France the son of Cameroonian immigrants. As a child he never showed an interest in acting and was set on becoming a businessman. However, at the age of 30, he joined a theater company and then quit his job as a sales manager to become a professional actor.
He made his film debut in 1996 in the Cédric Klapisch directed film Chacun cherche son chat. He landed a leading role in the 2000 film Lumumba in which he portrayed Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba. The film was shot in Beira, Mozambique.
In 2002, he starred in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale alongside Antonio Banderas. In 2004, he played the character of Jean Claude in Mark Bamford's debut feature Cape of Good Hope. In 2005 he starred in the award winning Ridley Scott picture, Kingdom of Heaven, in which he starred alongside Michael Sheen, Liam Neeson, Orlando Bloom, David Thewlis, Martin Hancock and Nathalie Cox.