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Site Last Update: 30 Oct, 2014

Welcome Message



Dear Friends interested in African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories,

Welcome! Karibuni!

For those of you who are visiting this website for the first time, www.afriprov.org is your window to African Oral Literature and African culture in general. In 1998, through the help of the Urban Ministries Serving God (UMSG) Office based in Nairobi, Kenya, we started this Internet Website and Email Mailing List. Over the last 15 years we have continued to develop our base of information including the collection of proverbs from 45 different African nations. 105 African Languages are represented in the "African Proverb 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 Weekly African Proverbs, the African Proverbs Calendar, the African Proverbs Poll, the African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Facebook Page and several 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 585 stories are presently in the database) including folk tales, historical fiction pieces, myths, parables, poems, prayers, riddles, song-proverbs and true stories.

This updated, revised, "New Look" version of our website uses an open source (free) CMS (Content Management System) software program Joomla.  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." With the marvels of the new information technology we can use this Internet Website to:

  1. Share our own work (collections, research, writings, applications experiences) and enthusiasm for "African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories" with other people with similar interests.
  2. Ask questions of, and obtain materials from, other people with similar interests.
  3. Compile an ongoing collection of a wide variety of resources (in the form of an Annotated Bibliography, Book Reviews, and News Archives) related to "African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories".
  4. Support and encourage different people involved in this wonderful world of "African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories".
  5. Develop and expand a worldwide network of people interested in "African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories".


Our African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Website Team is international, ecumenical and multi-ethnic and composed of men and women.I am the Moderator based in Nairobi, Kenya at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Assistant Moderator is Cephas Agbemenu based in Nairobi, Kenya at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Administrator of the website is Charles Gikera based in Nairobi, Kenya at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Assistant Administrators are Jennifer Ehrentraut based in Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Peter Kyalo based in Nairobi, Kenya at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Allan Babunga based in Nairobi, Kenya at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Anyone is welcome to subscribe to our Email Mailing List (Delivered by Mailman Version 2.1.11.cp3) and thus automatically receive our e-mail announcement messages. You are also welcome to register on our Facebook Page and participate in a variety of forums.

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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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 and Email Mailing List can lead 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.
Nairobi, Kenya
Moderator
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