Sahndra Fon Dufe is a Cameroonian-born author, actress, and youth activist. She is also the founder of The YEFON Youth Foundation and brand ambassador for Alissi Bronte Africa.
The NAFCA nominated actress has been featured in several international feature films like 'The Forgiven', 'One Night in Vegas', 'Black November', 'Unconditional Love', 'Refugees' and 'Rejected'. She has been in several commercials including a National Commercial for American Cancer Society, Old Navy, and the Vow Foundation in Nigeria. Sahndra also appeared on GSN's Mind of A Man Show, and a Dove Skin Campaign in Times Square. In 2004, The Commonwealth of Nations recognized her for ‘Dear momma’ a poem, she wrote at the age of 13.
Sahndra became the youngest published female author from Central Africa, when her debut novel Yefon: The Red Necklace was published in May 2014, with a multi state US book tour. It later on became an Amazon Bestseller, and was featured in several prestigious author pavilions, including the NAACP and The Congressional Black Caucus. The book was later adapted and republished by Sopecam Cameroon, and is currently being used in some schools in Cameroon.
Sahndra helps young women brand themselves as a solution to challenging stereotypes that young women find themselves faced with. She does this through several mediums including public speaking, video blogging and several written and spoken addresses to young women all over the continent, and in the diaspora.
Her video blog Afrikan Girl Answers satirizes problems that young African women under 35 face. It also provides answers, tips and inspirational messages for young African women who need a mentor to look up to. This youthful forum is fast becoming one of Cameroon’s most watched video blogs.
The New York Film Academy Graduate also talks to families, organizations, companies and schools who by virtue of hiring or working with young women, must learn better ways to allow them discover their authenticity, hence their goals and visions.
Fon Dufe equally works at exposing the history, culture, and truth about Africa, women and the spirit within, and has partnered with several organizations like the American Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon to conduct "Know Your Craft" workshops, which attract artists from all over Africa. Fon Dufe’s work has been mentioned on CNN ireport, Indiewire, Pulse.com, Irep Camair, Iroko Heritage, Examiner.com, Diversity News Magazine, and many more.
Cameroonian singer Said Barah has referred to her as "Young Oprah" in one of his songs called Sahndra Fon Dufe, in admiration for her creative ingenuity and inspirational influence for young women all over Africa.
Fon Dufe's first film roles were in local Cameroonian films like Standing the Rain (2009) and Two Princes (2010). She subsequently appeared in the Nollywood independent film Lost in Abroad (2012) and performed with Wyclef Jean,Akon, and Hakeem Kae-Kazim in Black November (2012).
At age 23, Fon Dufe's performance in the award-winning romantic comedy One Night in Vegas (2013) directed by John Ikem Uche and starring Jimmy Jean Louis,Sarodj Bertin, and Michael Blackson earned her a lot of attention for her portrayal of Van Vicker's wife, Mildred, a cancer patient trying to secure guardianship for her children before her death.
Other film roles include Yurika in Frank Rajah’s Refugees (2013) starring Yvonne Nelson, Kwuni in Unconditional Love (2013) with John Dumelo, Patience in the short film The Successor of Katunga.(2013) and Mirabel in 'Refugees' (2014).
In addition to acting, Fon Dufe is also known for being the brainchild behind the Yefon trilogy. The trilogy, set in 1940 West Africa, portrays a young African village girl who goes against the discriminatory laws of her tribe, which subjugate women, and becomes the spark for a literary revolution.
The debut novel in that series Yefon: The Red Necklace was released in 2014 is set to travel to the silver screen in the future, and Sahndra herself will step into the lead role. Other attached cast members include: Isaiah Washington, Adriana Barraza, Jimmy Jean Louis, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Leleti Khumalo, Uti Nwachukwu and many others with a soundtrack by 7 time Grammy nominated singer Kelly Price.
In 2012, she partnered with the United States Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon, to organize training for young actors through a jointly owned International Workshop called Know Your Craft International. Sahndra also actively supports young female entertainers through an annual scholarship program in Lourdes College,Cameroon. She is also a voice for Project New Bamenda, a project launched to support young Cameroonian entrepreneurs from the North West Region of Cameroon.
She has since released the Yefon Books, and is presently touring in Cameroon with the books.
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Sahndra is the author of Yefon: The Red Necklace, the first book in a haunting trilogy, about a young African woman in the 1940s, who defies the customs of her tribe to pursue an education.
She has also written two published Children's Books: Yefon Children's Book ( How One Person Can Change The World) and an Activity Book (Get to The Palace with Yefon). She is currently writing the sequel for Yefon: The Red Necklace.
Sahndra has acted in several international movies like 'One Night in Vegas', 'Black November', 'Unconditional Love', 'Refugees' and 'Rejected'.
She has been in several commercials including a National Commercial for American Cancer Society, Old Navy, and the Vow Foundation in Nigeria.
Sahndra also appeared on GSN's Mind of A Man Show, and a Dove Skin Campaign in Times Square, among others
Sahndra is a huge activist for youth and female empowerment. Since publishing parts of the YEFON Series, she has embarked on a mission to help young (minority) youths find their inner Yefon, through the Yefon Youth Foundation, which she founded.
She organized a peace walk that was attended by 350+ youths in Cameroon, in support of the troops fighting in the North to defeat insurgent terrorists.
She also toured over 80 schools all over Cameroon, helping students find purpose in their lives.
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Who is Sahndra Fon Dufe?
A Young Cameroonian-born author, actress and youth activist living and working in between Los Angeles California, and Yaounde, Cameroon.
She became the youngest published female author from Cameroon in 2014
when her Historical Fiction novel Yefon: The Red Necklace was published.
It later on became an Amazon Bestseller in May 2014, under the Historical Fiction Section. Her novel Yefon, has been adapted and republished by SOPECAM Cameroon, and is currently being used in some schools in Cameroon.
Sahndra is also a NAFCA nominated actress who has acted in several International movies, [ One Night In Vegas, Refugees, Rejected, The Forgiven etc] National Commercials [American Cancer Society] , and print [Dove].
She is the brand ambassador for Alissi Bronte Africa, a highly scientific cosmetic brand, and she empowers students and youth groups around the country and abroad, via her foundation : Yefon Foundation. In 2016, Sahndra led over 350+ youths in Cameroon in a non-political youth walk for Peace; supporting troops fighting in the North of Cameroon against the terrorist insurgent group Boko Haram, which has killed several Cameroonians, including young people.
Sahndra also visited 80+ schools and orphanages in the Cameroonian cities of Douala, Yaounde, Kumbo, Kumba, Buea, Mbengwi and Bamenda speaking with young students, helping them rediscover and pursue their life purpose.
Sahndra speaks life into young women in schools, sororites and youth groups all over the country and abroad. Her topics are all aimed at helping the young African woman develop a sense of identity, and a drive to succeed through self-confidence and resilience.
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Sahndra is 26 years old.