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An Interview With Walters Ngalle The Professional and Philanthropist Barber

Ramses Wato: Walters Ngalle, thanks once more for taking part in this interview.

Walters Ngalle: Thank you for giving me the opportunity

Ramses Wato: First off, who is Walters Ngalle?

Walters Ngalle: He is a young barber Cameroonian Barber presently based in Buea but initially from Limbe.

Ramses Wato: Why did you become a barber?

Walters Ngalle: After I dreamed of becoming a computer engineer was put to a halt due to financial difficulties, I had moved into the street to hustle, and so I was a watermelon seller. I sliced a watermelon, put it in a tray and walked around the town until I met a barber(who was my favourite client) . He introduced me in the barbering business and from there I have dedicated all my attention and hard work to the barbering business.

Ramses Wato: Who inspires you in the barber industry?

Walters Ngalle: My main inspiration in the barbering Industry is my favourite watermelon client. Louis Mario, I give him all the thanks and praise for who I am today. He is the main man behind all my success. He is a Professional barber based in the USA for now, but before he travelled he was my main teacher. I have coaching from Pro Barbers in Canada (Chris The Barber), USA (Herbert De Barber), USA(Jeremiah Tipp), USA(Yesenia Perez) etc. Not to leave out my superwoman, my one and only sweet mother Thecla Etonde Fonderson, they have been guiding me in the barbering industry.

Ramses Wato: What are your favourite types of hairstyle to cut?

Walters Ngalle: Taper Fade and High top fade

Ramses Wato: If you could cut one person’s hair, who would it be?

Walters Ngalle: One of my favourite clients is my mum, cutting her hair is always fun because after every cut she is very happy.

Ramses Wato: If you weren’t a barber, what would you be doing?

Walters Ngalle: I would have probably been a Computer engineer or a footballer.

Ramses Wato: Tell us more about your NGO #Let’s Clean The Less Privileged?

Walters Ngalle: My #LetsCleanTheLessPrivilege is a movement (campaign ) I brought up so that I can use my skills to reach out to the less privileged. Reason being that every time I look at these kids(people) the first thing you can identify if they are the needy is their physical appearance. As a barber, I don’t have money or any other stuff to bless them with so I decided to bless them with what I have by barbering them for absolutely free. I have been travelling around the country for about 4 months now doing this same activity

Ramses Wato: Do you have sponsors who support your activity? 

Walters Ngalle: I don’t have a sponsor or sponsors I do this with my money and my time.

Ramses Wato: What other plans do you have concerning your NGO and the various activities you carry out in the coming years?

Walters Ngalle: Well Ramses this is not an NGO (I don’t have money to start one) this is just a campaign to clean the less privilege, my plans in the upcoming years is not just to cut their hairs but to also teach them how to cut hairs, set up barbering stations to at least 150 fewer privilege homes around the country and to also empower them. That is I want to teach them how to fish I don’t want to give them fishes. 

Ramses Wato: Would you ever like to have your barbershop? That’s if you do not own one already. If yes, what would it look like?

Walters Ngalle: I don’t have a barbershop and yes I would like to have my barbershop and my barbershop will be more like a barbering school for the fewer privileged people. That is my plan, I want to help them in any way.

Ramses Wato: What is your best piece of advice for fellow barbers?

Walters Ngalle: I want to tell my fellow barbers that barbering is not a side job, it is a career and a full-time job, so I will beg them to put in their effort, time and also show love and respect to the job. If they don’t do this, then they are not helping the barbering industry. Also, I want them to come together so we can be one family because there is no love between us barbers.

Ramses Wato: If you could go back and talk to yourself as a kid, what would you say?

Walters Ngalle: I would have said "Walcutz you will bless and change lives with your haircuts"

Ramses Wato: What keeps you awake at night?

Walters Ngalle: I watch a lot of barbering videos at night and also like playing video games, I listen to motivational speakers, and I pray.

Ramses Wato: Finally, tell us something we don’t know about you.

Walters Ngalle: I lost my father 18 years ago, so I can say I am also an orphan.

Ramses Wato: So sorry to hear that Walters. This was a great interview and we applaud the work you have been doing so far. Thank you for your opportunity and time.

Walters Ngalle: Thank you Ramses

 

 

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