The children of Cameroon captured the heart of our founder, Fotemah Mba, during a homecoming trip he took after being away for 18 years. While on his trip, he noticed that the children who were fortunate enough to go to school, generally lacked the necessities that they needed to study. These children did not have access to books, writing utensils, and other simple things that a child should not have worry about. What he learned was that it was a struggle to obtain an education in an underdeveloped country like Cameroon, and that little was being done by the school system or government to subsidize the supplies that the children needed. Fotemah immediately began thinking of how he could make a difference.
The son of an educator and a diplomat, Fotemah Mba was born in Cameroon and became professionally known as the Director of A&R at Red Republic. He went on to build a successful career in the United States by managing top charting music collaborations with the industry’s top music executives and artists. Fotemah’s ear for music and love for making sure the elements of music are cohesive, has been the catalyst for the many of the relationships he has today.
Fotemah has now dedicated himself to Jump Africa, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a better opportunity for education and a brighter future to every child in under privileged areas in Africa. This mission is accomplished by taking containers of supplies, such as textbooks and medical supplies, to the places that lack theses resources. Not only does he raise money to support this effort, he physically retrieves the supply containers once they are shipped to Africa and hand delivers these thousands of books to the villages that need them. A true philanthropist, Fotemah is also part owner of a Cameroonian school, has helped to build two libraries and equipped the labs with computers. In the United States, Fotemah shows his commitment to community the helping children by routinely volunteering with Books for Africa Inc., mentoring youth, and influencing major entertainment ‘brand ambassadors’ to join the cause. Fotemah Mba, a cheerful giver, continues to make a difference by radiating his time and good will for the betterment of students and ,essentially, the entire country. He believes Africa is the future influence of the world.