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The Journey This Far: Exclusive With Arrey Bate, Cameroon’s Leading Internet Entrepreneur & Journalist

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In the past six years, entrepreneurship and internet activities in Cameroon have been on the rise with leading entrepreneurs taking to social media to create more space and market for themselves-and the rise of a breed of entrepreneurs who are building on the coming of the internet and making a name for themselves

Somewhere in the conversation, anyone active on the internet space in Cameroon for the last 5 years would be familiar with a new wave of names including Arrey Bate who has been building a solid niche and a name for himself

Today we would like to bring to you an exclusive interview with Arrey Bate, host of Dear ARREYB [The Podcast] and founder of ARREYB Media

Arrey Bate is a Cameroonian internet entrepreneur, journalist and author who over the past 5 years, has built a following of thousands of entrepreneurs and has been featured on the BBC, British Council, Fox, NBC and CBS. He grew famous for his work on social media and for building a community for entrepreneurs and career starters across Africa

Among several accolades, Arrey has been listed among the British Council’s top 100 young journalists worldwide in 2019, listed among GLC2021 top 100 young leaders from 30 countries, winner of the 2021 Global Leadership Challenge by Oxford University and St Gallen Symposium, and was Cameroon’s first blogger to tour the country in a series of events called the ARREYB Media National Tour. He has also authored several writings including his Cameroon’s bestselling internet book “How To Make Money, Build Right Relationships With Social Media”

It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get started?

The journey started in 2017 while I was in my second year of University.

At the time I had an $18/pm feeding allowance and I decided to move from it to start a company from my student laptop and a phone which my elder brother gifted me. That was when I launched a new company called ARREYB Media. As a non-techy naive student with no skills in social media, I wasn’t able to make any money from it in the first year

All my life I grew up in Cameroon and when a heavy political crisis began in 2017, 1 remember fighting tooth and nail to survive amidst the heavy gunshots, random shootings, arrests and toture

Every of those days I stayed alive, I needed to feed, to make ends meet and make sure I survived the crisis. Sometimes the shootings will pause for some hours, and we had to rush out to stock the house with food or basic house groceries

I couldn’t rely on my parents because they lived about 228 kilometers away from me, and when my allowance came, I usually had around $18 (10,000FCFA) a month That’s how I started to brainstorm. Social media seemed like my only hope at the time

I wanted to learn how to fish for myself and find a way to pay rents, foot my bills and survive in all these troubles

But the big question for me was “how do I start?”

That year I dropped out from school and during that time, I almost lost almost my brain. I started a blogging business, but it was very hard to get people to advertise on our website or even take a space for a banner ads. I tested many things, and if someone said this will make me money online, I remember jumping on it desperately without a second thought

Most of the things I tried didn’t work but a few of the real secrets that did work, started to compound on each other over time. Each new trial kinda helped me to discover another thing which led to another and another…

That was how I started to find my voice. What seemed completely impossible before (living off my social media), was slowly a reality

Because of the social media secrets I have learnt and practiced in my three years online, I have now set up my business with a small team making a living from social media.

My company ARREYB Media runs a news website and a marketing agency called

ARREYB Is Marketing. ARREYB Is Marketing is currently helping entrepreneurs and small business owners from different countries to generate consistent clients online through Facebook Ads, Instagram ads, Sales Funnels and email marketing.

Being invited and interviewed live from the BBC headquarters in London, listed among British Council’s top 100 young journalists worldwide in 2019 and writing one of Cameroon’s best selling social media books has been one of my successes as an Internet entrepreneur the last 4 years

This equals several conferences and workshops me and my team have organized, training more than 2,000 young entrepreneurs and youths and starting a community for African entrepreneurs called the AB Afrikpreneur Community

Let’s talk about Dear ARREYB [The Podcast], what’s it all about?

That’s a great question! A few years ago I dropped out of university and started a digital business which eventually became my livelihood during the shootings & crisis in Cameroon.

Years later, I featured on the BBC, British Council’s top 100, won Oxford University’s GLC, authored a best-selling book & generated 50m+ in business. As I grow, my fulfillment comes from sharing my journey & building friends. Dear ARREYB [The Podcast] shares my experiences & unfiltered conversations with thought leaders in business, enteriOment, politics & media. My mission is to inspire friends to keep chasing the better versions of themselves.

Dear ARREYB [The Podcast] is distributed across the world on Spotify, Google podcasts, Apple podcasts, Youtube and wherever you listen to your podcast.

What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?

A lot of friends ask me “Arrey what’s the best advice you’ll give to anyone just starting out?”. I’ve spoken to hundreds of friends and I honestly think there’s never a ‘best advice’ for everyone because we’re always going to be at different stages of our lives.There are 3 secrets I always share with them about finding their paths and building their lives.

The first secret is about finding one thing you want to be known for (or one business you’re passionate about) and stick to it for a while. A lot of people think trying a hand in several things gives you a safety net if one of them fails but I think for a starter, it divides your energy. Focus is important when you’re starting out.

The second is what I call the 1,000 Rule System. In July 2017 when I started out with political blogging, it was one small promise to myself that made all the difference for me and brought me here. I remember setting a challenge for myself that I was going to consistently write and publish 1,000 articles on my news website ARREYB.COM. That year I was writing and publishing one article a day which means I was challenging myself to write one article every day for the next one thousand days of my life. It was a process I later called THE 1,000 RULE (The 1k Rule) .

Do you know what happened? Some days I published one article, other days I did two articles a day. I failed some days but on the days when I missed the routine, I tried to catch up during the week. Around my 400th article, I remember my thoughts began to open to many of the opportunities around the Internet.

So imagine working on your dream for the next 1,000 days of your life NON-STOP (beginning from TODAY) or devoting 1,000 hours of focus to your dream

Do you think you’ll be at this same level?

My third and last advice to anyone starting out will be to FIND A MENTOR. We live in an era where there’s nothing you’re trying to do right now which someone somewhere has not done before (or something similar to what you’re doing) When I just started, I didn’t have anyone to hold my hand through so I tried to figure out everything all by myself. I’d say I made some success but it was different around 2019 when I started to meet mentors. Many things changed for me.That’s because things you’re going to succeed alone but it’ll take you many more years of your life to figure it out alone through a continuous try and error process.

Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?

Growing up, my fulfillment and purpose has always come from serving and supporting people on their journeys. This is now demonstrated in my entrepreneurial and journalism work now serving an audience of 66,000 online. On September 20, I remember I emailed my community of 21,000 emails about a lesson I learnt from my mom on ‘finding purpose in serving people”. ‘John’, one of those who replied shared his situation and secretly revealed he was on his way to suicide.

I remember that I quickly asked him for a call. We jumped on call and after some talks I led him to a therapist who is currently helping him on his journey.

This is just one of several stories that are defining moments of my purpose and this right here is what I personally consider success – that my work not only makes me earn a living but that I share my journey, my struggles and my successes, and it relates to people and they feel supported enough.

What’s next for you?

So much! I have a couple of projects which I’m excited to release which me and my small team have been on. But the main thing right now is The Smart Club, my private mentorship group Cameroonian internet entrepreneur and journalist Arrey Bate has announced the launch of the second badge of his private mentorship club for anyone who wants to build a personal brand, become a freelancer or get a digital marketing job

Currently, The Smart Club runs for 6 months and actually comes with weekly LIVE Coachings on 15+ high-income Digital Marketing Skills, 27+ Modules, Checklists, Templates & Tools + FREE Bonuses

It’ll include lessons from Copywriting, Graphic Design, Content Creation, Sales Funnels, Email Marketing Automation, Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, Sales & Closing, Communication, Storytelling, Social Media Management, Public Speaking/Presentation, Asset Creation,ChatGPT, Selling With Videos, Much More…

Join The Smart Club:

https://arreybate.com/sc/

Yongka Micheal Mbidzenyuy
Yongka Micheal Mbidzenyuyhttps://zamanisblog.com
A Young Cameroonian Blogger,PR and Writer. Focus on promoting and educating Cameroonian entertainers, AFRICA and the world at large. Also passionate about education and youth empowerment, has written a blogger's guide titled "Key To A Successful Blogging Career".

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