Dear Friends interested in African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories,
For those of you who are visiting this website for the first time, www.afriprov.org is your window into African Oral Literature and African culture in general from a Christian perspective. In 1998 through the help of the Urban Ministries Serving God (UMSG) Office based in Nairobi, Kenya, we started our Internet Website, then later our Facebook Page and now other social media such as WhatsApp (including “Afriprov Working Group”). Over the last 22 years we have continued to develop our database including our collection of proverbs from 48 different African nations. 147 African Languages are represented in the 253 “African Proverbs of the Month”.
With the continued interest in African Oral Literature, we have expanded our website by adding features such as the African Proverb of the Month (with the current month featured on the Main Page), the African Proverbs Calendar, the African Proverbs Poll, the African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Facebook Page and other resources for those interested in African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories. We encourage you to browse through these many featured resources and come back to visit often.
The online African Stories Database uses the MySQL (Structured Query Language) online database management software that has been created to provide searchable, user-friendly, online access to a collection of over 1,000 African stories (of which 586 stories are presently in the database) including folk tales, historical fiction pieces, myths, parables, poems, prayers, riddles, song-proverbs and true stories.
A new feature is the Sukuma Legacy Project https://sukumalegacy.org
The Sukuma Legacy Project promotes the history, culture, Oral Literature — Stories, Proverbs, Sayings, Riddles and Songs — and visual representations of the Sukuma People in Tanzania in East Africa. There are various examples of SCCs and community values.
This updated, revised, version of our website uses an open source (free) CMS (Content Management System) software program WordPress and various advanced add-on. We continue to upgrade the website to ensure a high level of security.
What is unique is that the origin and starting point is Africa itself. With the renewed interest in African Oral Literature and African culture in general, we try to provide a forum for people like you to share your interest and experiences in researching, collecting, writing about and using “African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories.” A key part are our regular meetings of the African Proverbs Working Group in Nairobi, Kenya. Members outside Nairobi can connect through email, Skype, Facebook and WhatApp.
With the marvels of the new information technology we can use this Internet Website to:
Our African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Website Team is international, ecumenical, multi-ethnic and composed of men and women. We have a Christian focus with emphasis on the Biblical Parallels and the religious application of the proverbs and stories.
Our sister website is the Small Christian Communities Global Collaborative Website at https://www.smallchristiancommunities.org There is a link on the Front Page to books and articles on Academia.edu.
I am the Moderator based in Nairobi, Kenya at JGHealey@aol.com. The Assistant Moderator is Cephas Agbemenu based in Nairobi, Kenya at email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Administrator of the website is Charles Gikera based in Nairobi, Kenya at email@example.com. The Assistant Administrator is Peter Kyalo based in Nairobi, Kenya at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are welcome to vote in our Poll, join our Facebook Page, join WhatsApp through a smartphone and participate in a variety of forums on our website.
Good luck. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing our mutual experiences. Please send your ideas, information, examples and messages to our website at Moderator@afriprov.org. It is appropriate to conclude this “Welcome Message” with two African proverbs. The commitment to spread the importance and usefulness of proverbs and other African oral literature is expressed in the Ganda (Uganda) proverb: One who sees something good must narrate it. This African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Website leads to further research, new collections, and fresh applications as expressed in the Sukuma (Tanzania) proverb: That which is good is never finished.
Rev. Joseph G. Healey, M.M.
26 February 2020