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.
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
0723 307 992 (Assistant Moderator).
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:
All these proposals were approved by the members.
Submission of completed projects
The following completed booklets were presented to the Moderator during the meeting.
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:
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, 2017: Gusii (Kenya) Proverb – Evans Nyakundi.
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
Total 9,000 1,000
Paid Saturday 30 January 2016
GRAND TOTAL 26,000
Any Other Business
Member Ethnic Group & Country
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.
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.