The young Cameroonian is the founder of the media group dubbed Arreyb Media; a marketing agency and journalism platform which works at providing build-up capacities and train youths in blogging and entrepreneurship.
He could have been Cameroon’s Micheal Phelps. At the age of six he participated in an athletic race organised by the Seme Beach Hotel and won his first athletic medal, emerging 5th out of 343 runners.
But his love for dressing diverted things. It started as a joke. One evening while Arrey was still a child, he was watching a TV program with his dad when the latter said, “some journalists had dressing allowance to make them appear good on TV”.
A declaration which did not leave his son indifferent. It rather had a lifelong impact on him, as this would inspire him to become a journalist. While in secondary school, he joined the Journalism club of Government High School Bonjongo.
Thanks to his zeal, he gained quick appreciation and was known as a prominent active member, which made him to win the club’s presidential election; becoming the youngest president of the club ever had at 13 years.
The teenager, overwhelmed with passion for journalism, was just seeking an opportunity to practice. In 2013, he saw the doors of the radio station dubbed the Voice of Many opened for him as a volunteering journalist.
This adventure did not last for long as in 2014, Arrey moved to Buea continuing his studies at the Journalism and Mass Communication department, but his studies never hindered him from exercising his childhood dream.
Both gazettes and radio stations like the Cameroon Herald, The Recorder Newspaper, Chariot radio and chariot for Ocean city radio respectively enjoyed the journalism student’s participation in news production.
With the outbreak of the Anglophone crisis in 2016, Arrey Bate halted his studies and began producing reports for the newspaper termed Legideon Magazine. His work and dynamism made him two years later to be promoted Senior content producer controlling the team of writers across Cameroon.
With this crisis rocking the North west and South west regions, Arrey used his keyboard to share reports about the socio-political environment with the world online. With this developing habit, his love for blogging grew and five months later, he decided to go in for full time blogging.
He then launched the www.arreyb.com where he continued to publish hot news, human rights, press freedom and political rivalry stories including the heated wars of the Anglophone crisis. Though being a freelancer and having lots of difficulties like purchasing data, he never got discouraged. This was also thanks to his friend Gabriel’s support, to whom he is so grateful for his moral and financial support.
An activity which made him earn some income and also made him to be known worldwide. It also made him to launch his business ARREYB Media. This paved his way to grab the chance of leading the online campaign of Barrister Akere Muna during the 2018 presidential elections. In 2019, he was able to meet the media guru Bony Dashaco with whom he had constructive discussions.
As a CEO, he was the first blogger to ever take on a national tour in Cameroon. The ARREYB Media National tour was a series of conferences to train youths, entrepreneurs and young media influencers on blogging, digital entrepreneurship and building a brand or career via social media. They toured 6 conferences in 6 cities of Cameroon.
With his blog, he was nominated Cameroon’s Best English Blogger, BDMA 2017. Two years later, nominated again but this time as Best Blogger Airtime Awards 2019. The same year, in November he went in for the Infinity Blog awards USA among 200 top blogs worldwide selected from a submission of 3,000 entries.
From glory to glory, he was made brand ambassador of the Institute of Commercial Management London- Cameroon. Moreso, Arrey was awarded amidst the 100 young journalists worldwide of the British Council and partook in the 2019 Future News worldwide conference as one of the delegates.
In August of the same year, he participated at the BBC’s Focus where he produced a report on the arrest and life sentence of jailed Ambazonia leader Sisiku Ayuk Tabe.
If you ask Arrey about his secret, he would speak about God’s grace. The guy is strongly clung to Christianity and believes that his spiritual connection with God is also behind his success. Something normal knowing that he is born of a reverend father.
Having a Christian education, he underwent a theological training and was later posted to begin a branch of his local church in Mutengene. Besides, he gets his strength from his self-awareness which makes him to always work at improving himself.
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