Bella Afong, born Bella Akwen is a Cameroonian Gospel Artist who hails from Kedjum Keku in the Northwest Region. She schooled at GBHS Mbatu, CCAST Bambili, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she studied Insurance and Risk Management.
Bella Afong got born again in 2012 in High school, she never really knew a lot about what a Spirit-filled life felt like, but she knew that she had a deep love for God, something she learned from her mother. She prayed as often as she knew how to.
She started writing songs after she joined the choir in 2015 in Buea. At the time the choir was called Love World Mass Choir. She continued singing as a passion, writing songs till she traveled out of the Country.
She always had a desire to publish her songs, perform and bless many lives, but the timing and circumstances were not right.
This year she had to release an album as one of her goals, and the Holy Spirit gave her July, and she worked hard towards it.
Bella Afong was introduced to music when she was having a discussion with her older brother in her early years (maybe 9 or 10) and he was telling her about how every one of their siblings had their craft/talents, and he wondered who the family star will be.
She just had the audacity to tell him that she will be the musician in the family. It really wasn’t a big deal to her then, but she believed that was a self-prophecy.
So, once she got the opportunity to join the choir, that desire was again rekindled, this time she was not going to relent her efforts.
She truly believed that the Holy Spirit taught her how to do this, she learned from her choir leaders, along the way, but one of them stood out who really sowed belief into her (Br. Philip, from CE Austin, TX)
Bella Afong currently looks up to Singers like Sinach, Ada Ehi, and Deborah Lukalu as mentors. Though not personally being mentored by them, she has learned so much about the art of worship, prayer, and praise.
For her, it’s more about allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you, than trying to be who you want to be (if that makes sense).
One of Bella’s greatest challenges was overcoming her fears of what people will say or think of her. She had to trust the Holy Spirit to use her as a vessel, so prayers, fasting, and studying the Word were of great essence.
She has not been signed to any record label yet, she is an indie artist, self-produced, self-managed, and self-marketed.
Bella Afong believes her art brings out pure unadulterated Holy Spirit and inspired worship. It makes all the difference there is.
She believes that when people listen to her songs, they hear the voice of the Spirit, not hers. She believes that everyone will be blessed by her work of art.
Bella Afong is happily married and for close to three years now her marriage has been a success, thanks to God Almighty.
She also affirms that her approach to music is different because she chooses to allow the Holy Spirit to lead her in every single detail of her projects, All the time, it’s His work, not hers. Also, for her, she wants to continue to be a vessel that pours out into others continually.
Bella Afong seeks to deliver the message of the Saving Power of Jesus Christ, His unfailing love for mankind, and the proclamation of His soon coming.
Voice Training, Fasting and Prayers, and Writing new songs with her husband, are some of Bella Afong’s key moments in her career as a gospel artist.
Since she started her career as a gospel artist, Bella Afong has not worked with any other artist or team apart from her producer and manager.
So far, she has written over 10 songs and recorded and produced one “Living Water” her first Single
On her view when it comes to Gospel Music in Cameroon, she believes that Cameroonian gospel music is still in the back of the room, and there is much ground to be covered.
However, she also sees that a lot of young singers, and musicians are being raised up. Lastly, Cameroonians need to do a better job by promoting their own Artists and Songs.
Bella Afong is on Boomplay, Itunes, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Kasham, TikTok, Pandora, IHeart Radio, Tidal,
Because of her art, Bella Afong has become bold and wise, and her voice is becoming better. Also, she is expanding her knowledge of Music, Songwriting, and performing.
She is currently working on her second song, which will be a part of her 1st Album titled “Satisfied”
By God’s grace, Bella Afong believes that as part of her long projects, she will be releasing her first album by the summer of 2022.
Bella Afong also loves cooking, traveling, and praying.
Connect With Bella Afong Afong
- Email: [email protected]
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008460371117
- iTunes : https://music.apple.com/us/album/living-water-single/1578410274
- Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3ytTczz
- Boom play: https://bit.ly/3xtB2gi
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHgx5a-tUKk
- Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/3s204l
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