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Minutes of the Meeting of the African Proverbs Working Group on Saturday, 17 February 2018 at the Kenyatta University, Fine Arts Department, Nairobi at 10.00 am

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Present

  1. Joseph Healey – The Moderator of www.afriprov.org website, +254 723 362 993
  2. Cephas Agbemenu–   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 723 307 992 – Assistant Moderator. Chairing the meeting.
  3. Margaret W. Ireri -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 722 537 774 – Secretary
  4. Elias Bushiri Elie -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 792 556 909 – Assistant Secretary

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  1. Gabriel Odhiambo -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 726 369 593
  2. Joseph Kai Kariuki –    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 700 446 884
  3. Ricardo Benon Benjamin –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 701 606 346
  4. Kevin Namatsi Okubo –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 715 307 874
  5. Angelique Cyamanzi Chelo –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 707 367 671
  6. Francis Njuguna –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 720 434 819
  7. Roger Akouete Adjomayi –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 725 932 201
  8. Hondi Muhimanyi Placide –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 701 408 731
  9. Cikuru Bishangi Devotha –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 718 227 541
  10. Alimas Kaluta Adrien –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 715 576 517
  11. Kaskile Mtembwa –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 710 242 157
  12. Kevin Namatsi –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 791 479 401
  13. Birindwa Bahizire –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - +254 727 111 121
  14. Mukoko Christian - +254 720 569 723
  15. Tundwa Mwina Julien – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 717 744 702

Apologies

  1. Annastasi Oisebe –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 705 600 979
  2. Atemu Ishiabwe – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 723 129 409
  3. Laur Mwepu Luiza –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 725 806 611
  4. Etoka Malisawa Peter –    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 714 695 659

 

Absent

  1. Sr. Grace Njau –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 722 260 078
  2. John Mbiti Mbuvi –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 721 124 661
  3. Angela Riziki –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 716 101 971
  4. Sikitoka Mboni – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 721 925 624

Opening

The meeting started with a prayer by Gabriel Odhiambo in the Luo language. The chairperson then welcomed all the members to the meeting.

Proverb of the Month Polls

The Moderator encouraged the members to vote before the meeting started.
He confirmed that the Proverbs of the Month had been received from the members and were enough to cover the full year until February 2019. He reminded the members to be gender sensitive when writing their work.

The Secretary informed the members that the Proverb of the Month would be edited professionally in order to present a better image and improve quality. This was a request from the benefactors, and Fr. Healey would not be able to continue editing them. A professional editor had been interviewed and had edited some of the work.

Each member would be charged between $15 and $20 (Ksh.1,500 and Ksh.2,000) to facilitate this work.

2018 APWG Calendar

This had been produced and the members were encouraged to print copies for their use. It carried the theme of the year as “Youth/Young People”. He observed that many proverbs which were considered to be of importance in many African communities referred to family and children issues. Future themes may be chosen from these for the future calendars.

Presentation of Research Proposals for the Collection of 100 African Proverbs

A total of 14 proposals were received by the Executive Committee. 11 members presented a printed copy of their proposal for the new collection of proverbs, and also presented it verbally at the meeting. Three members (in bold below) presented to the Executive Committee outside the meeting. This allowed the members to ask questions related to each presentation as well as allow for corrections.

Ethnic Language Country Member

  1. Anuak Ethiopia Hondi Muhimanyi
  2. Asu (Pare) Tanzania Anastasi Oisebe
  3. Dinka South Sudan Gabriel Odhiambo
  4. Fumbira Uganda Angelique Chelo
  5. Gweno Tanzania Etoka Malisuse Peter
  6. Lopit South Sudan Ricardo Benon
  7. Lunda Angola Laur Mwepu
  8. Medumba Cameroon Cikuru Devotha
  9. Nuer South Sudan Margaret Wambere
  10. Nuba-Koalib Sudan Atemu Ishiabwe
  11. Soga Uganda Alimas Kaluta
  12. Toro Uganda Kevin Namatsi
  13. Yao Tanzania Elias Bushiri
  14. Zigula Tanzania Joseph Kai Kariuki

 

The chairman congratulated the members for targeting more ethnic languages from outside the East African region and DR Congo. He reminded the members that specialized proverbs on specific topics could also be approved if presented.

New members who met the requirements to begin writing would present their proposed languages to the committee in order for them to be guided and be given approval. The final decision on the proposals to be funded would be determined by the Committee as soon as would be possible.

 Confirmation of Grants Payments

All the projects for 2017 had been completed. The first half grants for the 2018 new projects would be paid out to the members who would meet all the requirements as stipulated on the APWG guidelines.

2018 Membership Contributions

A few members had made their payments in cash. These were:

1. Fr Joe Healey 1,000
2. Cephas Agbemenu 1,000
3. Fr Don Sybertz 1,000
4. Eti Dayan 1,000
5. Francis Njuguna 1,000
6. Kaskile Mtembwa 1,000
  6,000

It was resolved that members who had projects for 2018 would be charged directly from their first half grant, the amount of Ksh.1,000 ($10).

Some members still had arrears for 2017 and were requested to settle.

  1. John Mbiti Mbuvi
  2. Rogers Adjomayi

Any Other Business

  1. Fundraising Sub-Committee Report
    The Secretary gave a brief of the progress so far and encouraged members to give ideas on how to raise the matching grants, which would encourage other benefactors to support the research for the Endangered Languages. The sub-committee was required to engage more members and act quickly.

    Proposals would be sent to the Executive Committee.

  2. Date of next meeting
    The next full members’ meeting would be communicated at a later date.

 

Closure

There being no other business the meeting ended at 4.30 p.m.

 

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