The last time Cameroonian rapper Jovi was guest on a program and interviewed was in the year 2014. He was guest on the program Urbaniz hosted by Fidjil.
Jovi’s second interview in 7 years premiered on December 18th 2021 on YouTube, he was guest on the program “INBOX” hosted by the same Fidjil. He spoke about The Media, Anglophone Crisis, Mboko and The Entertainment Industry.
The interview started with Jovi talking about the media structure in Cameroon. Here the rapper emphasized that there is a need for a dedicated media for entertainment (Music Only) that will focus on the artistes and their craft. He added that the media in Cameroon is focused more on the buzz, and once the buzz dies down, the focus switches to another buzz.
Jovi was asked if he thinks he is well recognized in Cameroon as an artiste. The rapper had both a Yes/No answer for this question.
“Yes” as he’s recognized by his fans, supporters and people who believe in his music and level of work he has done to uplift the Cameroonian sound.
“No” because on a national level, taking into his level of work, he needed to have gotten himself a bigger studio, his own concert and a project to help educate young music enthusiasts. Jovi added that he is in a position whereby he will be tempted to leave Cameroon if these opportunities came knocking from another country.
Fidjil spoke about Mboko and asked Jovi if he felt close to the streets while representing the Mboko brand. Jovi responded saying “Mboko is a mindset “. You can be in the USA and still rep the mboko lifestyle. He added that he represents the people who don’t have equal opportunities in society. Those who can’t attend some schools or treated in some particular hospitals or work in a certain environment.
On the issue of the Anglophone Crisis and why people feel like he doesn’t talk like fellow artiste Valsero despite his level of influence, Jovi replied saying at first, he had respect for Valsero because he thought Valsero knew what he was doing but now he sees him like someone who just wants to be politically correct. He added that the two times he crossed paths with Valsero, the latter was drunk. Jovi ended by saying Valsero is a wack artiste who uses politics to get a position in society and doesn’t have the experience to talk music because he is more of a bad politician than a wack artiste.