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Minutes of the Meeting of the African Proverbs Working Group on Saturday, 30 January, 2016 at Kenyatta University, Fine Art Department – Nairobi, Kenya

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Present

  • Joseph Healey – The Moderator of www.Afriprov.org website, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 723 362 993 – Moderating the meeting.
  • Cephas Agbemenu– This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 723 307 992 – Assistant Moderator
  • Elias Bushiri Elie - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 701 391 149 – Assistant Secretary
  • Margaret W. Ireri - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 722537 774 – Secretary and chairing the meeting

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  • Alimas Kaluta Adrien - +254 706 360 250
  • Angelique Chelo – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 707 367 671
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Apologies

  • Evans Nyakundi -- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it + 254 722-566 445
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Opening
The Assistant Moderator who was the host welcomed the members to the meeting. The Moderator led group in a word of prayer using a Gusii Proverb on the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Introduction
The members introduced themselves to the APWG stating their full names, their country of origin and ethnic group.

Reading the minutes of the previous meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on Saturday 1, August 2015 were read John Mbiti Mbuvi.
They were proposed by Gabriel Odhiambo and seconded by Rogers Adjomayi.

Some corrections were made on the contact list on the minutes.

Matters arising from the previous minutes

  • Sikitoka Mboni had paid his 2015 membership fee at that meeting and not just pledged it.
  • The collection of Tetela Proverbs was to be done by Elysee Meta and not Kevin Okubo and Laur Mwepu.
  • Annual membership fee can be paid using Safaricom Mpesa telephone number:

0723 307 992 (Assistant Moderator).

  • 2015 projects: The Executive Committee confirmed to the APWG members who had successfully completed and presented them.

Presentations of recent research proposals

The members were required to present their proposals verbally to the meeting, so that the members would study their work, critique it and accept/reject.

The following proposals were presented:

  • Holoholo (DRC) - Elias Bushiri
    Proposed by: Sudi Wamukota
    Seconded by: John Mbuvi
  • Digo (Kenya) - Margaret Wambere
    Proposed by: Elysee Meta
    Seconded by: Sr. Grace Njau
  • Eton (Cameroon, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome) - Laur Mwepu
    Proposed by: Sikitoka Mboni
    Seconded by: Ricardo Benon
  • Tetela (DRC) - Elysee Meta
    Proposed by: Justus M. Omae
    Seconded by: Rogers Adjomayi
  • Nyala (Kenya) - Kevin Okubo
    Proposed by: Elysee Meta
    Seconded by: Gabriel Odhiambo
  • Nyaturu (Tanzania) - Cikuru Devotha
    Proposed by: Laur Mwepu
    Seconded by: Sikitoka Mboni
  • Turkana (Kenya) - Gabriel Odhiambo
    Proposed by: Sr. Grace Njau
    Seconded by: Cikuru Devotha
  • Fon (Benin, South West Nigeria) - Rogers A. Adjomayi
    Proposed by: John Mbiti
    Seconded by: Ricardo Benon

All these proposals were approved by the members.

Submission of completed projects

The following completed booklets were presented to the Moderator during the meeting.

  • Holoholo (DRC) - Elias Bushiri
  • Nyala (Kenya) - Kevin Okubo
  • Tembo (DRC) - Sikitoka Mboni
  • Nyaturu (Tanzania) - Cikuru Devotha

 

The second half of the grant was paid out to Sikitoka Mboni for his Tembo (DRC) project. The Holoholo (DRC), Nyala (Kenya) and Nyaturu (Tanzania) project writers would receive their second half of the grant after the minutes of this meeting are posted on the internet.
Booklets for other completed projects will be presented to the moderator as soon as possible.

Presentation of New Guidelines for the APWG Grants

The executive committee members explained the new guidelines which will direct the membership on their writing and publication of the proverbs. Emphasis was put on:

  • Payment of the annual membership fee of one thousand Kenya shillings (Ksh.1,000).
  • Attendance of meetings and participation at meetings. New members are required to attend two general meetings before presenting any research proposals.
  • Grants will only be paid out after the Minutes have been posted on the www.afriprov.org website. This method informs the benefactors about approved and completed projects, and others being undertaken.
  • Members to be internet compliant: be able to actively participate and access the afriprov.org website, Facebook Page and vote in the Poll.
  • All research proposals are to be presented to, and approved by, the full APWG meeting before members undertake the proverbs collections.
  • Production of a “African Proverb of the Month” by every member, picked from their current collection, before the second half of a grant is paid out.
  • Include names and contacts of their collaborators if the research is about an ethnic group to which a member did not belong. This would be for verification of the content.
  • Part of the payment goes to the collaborators (covering research and production).
  • Inclusion of the research proposal at the end of the collection booklet. It would be placed as an appendix.

 

Promoting the African Proverbs, Saying and Stories Website, Poll and Facebook Page

The moderator explained the importance of using the website to source for information, updating members on various issues, participating in the poll for a proverb choice, posting statements on the Facebook Page and the importance of using the smartphone.

The resources on the website such as Minutes of the meetings and the Proverbs of the Month would help the members to update themselves with details of all meetings, and provide guidance on the layout and contents of the Proverb of the Month.

Ricardo Benon trained the members on how to use their smartphone to link to the website, vote in the poll, post messages on Facebook as well as accessing other resources provided on the website. This was a very successful exercise.

A schedule of proposed African Proverbs of the Month for 2016

Month Ethnic Group Writer

  • January Tetela Elysee Meta
  • February Samburu Margaret Wambere
  • March Holoholo Elias Bushiri
  • April Nyala Kevin Okubo
  • May Digo Margaret Wambere
  • June Tembo Sikitoka Mboni
  • July Nyaturu Cikuru Devotha
  • August Turkana Gabriel Odhiambo
  • September Nyanga Sikitoka Mboni
  • October Chiga Kevin Okubo
  • November Kele Hondi Muhimanyi Placide
  • December Mashi Tyty Mukendi wa Mulumba

 

January, 2017: Gusii (Kenya) Proverb – Evans Nyakundi.

2016 Calendar

Elias Bushiri reported that the draft calendar was ready and would be printed once the illustrations and photographs had been included.

2016 Annual Membership Contributions

Previously paid between 1 and 29 Jan
Ksh.

  • J. Healey 1,000
  • Cephas Agbemenu 1,000
  • Don Sybertz 1,000
  • Margaret Wambere 1,000
  • Elias Bushiri 1,000
  • Hondi Placide 1,000
  • Kevin Okubo 1,000
  • Laur Mwepu 1,000
  • Eti Dyan 1,000 Eti Dyan 1,000 (contribution 2015)

Total 9,000 1,000

Paid Saturday 30 January 2016

  • Cikuru B. Devotha 1,000
  • John Mbiti 1,000
  • Rogers Adjomayi 1,000
  • Sikitoka Mboni 1,000
  • Joseph Kai 1,000
  • Angelique Chelo 1,000
  • Patricia Nderito 1,000
  • Justus M. Omae 1,000
  • Francis Njuguna 1,000
  • Grace Njau 1,000

Total 10,000

  • Eti Dyan 2,000 (extra contribution 2016)
  • Don Sybertz 5,000 (extra contribution 2016)

GRAND TOTAL 26,000

Any Other Business

  • Presentation of New Research Proposals
    Some of the members had completed their previous projects and wished to present their future proposals. Following the new guidelines requiring that the proposals be presented at a full APWG meeting, they were allowed to present. These were:
  • Kevin Namatsi Okubo - CHIGA (Uganda)
    Proposed by: Cikuru Devotha
    Seconded by: Francis Njuguna
  • Hondi Muhimanyi - KELE (DRC)
    Proposed by: Sudi Wamukota
    Seconded by: John Mbiti Mbuvi
  • Sikitoka Mboni - NYANGA (DRC)
    This had typographical errors which required correction. It would be presented again during the next full APWG meeting.
  • New Proposals for 2016

 

Member Ethnic Group & Country

  • Alimas Kaluta Runyankore - Uganda
  • Angelique Chelo Chonyi - Kenya
  • Annastasi Oisebe Nuer - South Sudan and Sudan
  • Cikuru Devotha Teso - Kenya
  • Elias Bushiri Bangubangu - DRC
  • Elysee Meta Embu - Kenya
  • Gabriel Odhiambo Marachi (Luhya) - Kenya
  • Joseph Kai Nandi - Kenya
  • Justus Omae Gusii - Kenya
  • Laur Mwepu Bafou - Cameroon
  • Margaret Wambere Makonde - Kenya
  • Patricia Nderito Maasai - Kenya
  • Roger Adjomayi Adja - Benin
  • Sudi Wamukota Tachoni (Luhya) - Kenya

Facebook messages

Tyty Mukendi wa Mulumba communicated to the meeting through Facebook.

Date of the next meeting

The date of the next full APWG meeting will be communicated later after the Executive Committee have had their meeting.

Closure

There being no other business the meeting ended at 4 p.m. with a closing prayer by Rev. Justus Mbae. Lunch was provided through the membership contributions. Thanks to Angelo Chelo and her team for preparing the sumptuous meal, Cephas and the Executive Committee for planning the meeting and all those who came to the meeting. Special thanks to the technical crew of Benon and Elias for guiding the Internet Workshop.

 

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