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The Assistant Moderator welcomed the members to the meeting.
Internet user workshop
The training was done by Ricardo Benon to help the members to know how to use the African Proverbs Website more effectively. The members learned how to vote for their favorite proverb of the month, and also be able to access other services on it.
Ricardo introduced the members, and then every member introduced themselves. A prayer was said by Elysee Meta in Lingala.
History of the African Proverbs Work
The history of the APWG was given by the Moderator, Fr. Healey. It was noted that out of 21 participants 12 members had visited the “Welcome Message” on the website; 12 members had visited the African Stories Database; two had visited the Endangered African Proverbs.
The Moderator explained to the members that the www.afriprov.org is a window into African oral literature and African culture from a Christian perspective. It began in 1998 through the help of the Urban Ministries Serving God Office. The Assistant Moderator suggested that photographs of the responsible leaders on the site be posted. The members supported this suggestion. The names are as follows:
Joseph Healey is the Moderator based in Nairobi, Kenya at JGHealey@aol.com. The Assistant Moderator is Cephas Agbemenu based in Nairobi, Kenya at firstname.lastname@example.org The host of our website is CNETGlobal International that has a registered Internet Domain at www.cngs.com. The Website Host is Sam Wanyoike based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada at email@example.com. The Administrator of the website is Charles Gikera based in Nairobi, Kenya at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Assistant Administrator is Peter Kyalo based in Nairobi, Kenya at: email@example.com.
Reading the minutes of the previous meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on Saturday 30th January 2016 were read by Ricardo Benon because the secretary was not available then.
Some corrections were made on the contact list of the minutes.
Matters arising from the previous minutes
Emphasis was put on the need to use the correct ethnological name of a language. The corrections were made on: Tembo, Nyala, Nyaturu.
A review on the steps to follow to use the ethnologue was made.
Presentations completed research projects
The 10 Digo/Eton/Tetela project booklets were presented by the writers to the Moderator.
Presentations of recent research proposals
The members were required to present their proposals verbally to the meeting, so that the full board members would critique their work, then approve or reject. New guidelines required that the proposal be presented in writing and include 2 sample proverbs from the ethnic group.
Chonyi proverbs – Angela Chelo met the criteria required and was allowed to present the proposal on the Chonyi (Mijikenda) ethnic language.
Shona proverbs – Ricardo Benon intended to present a proposal on the Shona (Zimbabwe) ethnic group, but the Moderator clarified that it had been researched very widely already. Secondly, these people were located too far away, which would require him to travel there to do his research. He was advised to undertake a different project.
Ibo proverbs – Elysee Meta expressed the wish to research on the Ibo (Nigeria) proverbs. The Moderator indicated that they had been researched too much over the years and she needed to undertake a different project. She confirmed that she would research on Embu proverbs. Question: What is the theme/focus?
Duruma proverbs – Margaret Wambere informed the meeting that she changed her intended research on Makonde to the one on Duruma (Mijikenda), due to logistical issues.
Teso proverbs – Gabriel Odhiambo informed the meeting that he had changed the proposed project from Marachi (Luhya) to Teso.
New Guidelines for African Proverbs Working Group (APWG) Grants
These were revised and updated guidelines to direct the members on their writing and publication of the proverbs. Emphasis is put on:
Promoting the African Proverbs, Saying and Stories Website, Poll and Facebook Page and WhatsApp
The Moderator continued to emphasize 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.
Rogers Adjomayi explained to the members the importance of using the WhatsApp as a communication medium. He encouraged members to post messages and participate more in discussions featured daily. Its purpose was to have fun and learn at the same time. It also helped to communicate quickly to members when required.
Elias Bushiri presented the three draft calendars so that the members could make a choice of the one which would be printed. The members suggested that every month’s page should display an African proverb. The meeting agreed that it should be edited and be sent to each member. Rogers offered to assist.
Receiving of Grants
The following members received grants for their completed works.
Full grants given to:
Half grants given to:
Hopefully they all will receive the second half of their grant at the next full APWG Meeting.
2016 Annual Membership Contributions
Contributions were received from three members:
Etoka Malusise 1,000.00
Gabriel Odhiambo 1,000.00
Alimas Kaluta Adrien (mpesa) 1,000.00
Any Other Business
The members requested that photographs taken at the meeting be posted on the website and the WhatsApp.
Date of the next meeting
The date of the next APWG meeting will be communicated soon.
There being no other business the meeting ended with a prayer by Judy Maina, a new member.
The members appreciated the moderator for hosting the meeting and for the sumptuous lunch provided at the Maryknoll Society House.