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Minutes Of The Meeting Of The African Proverbs Working Group On Saturday, 27 May, 2017 At The Maryknoll House, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Joseph Healey – The Moderator of www.afriprov.org website,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text61845 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 723 362 993 -- Directing the meeting.
  • 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.
  • Margaret W. Ireri -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 722 537 774 – Secretary
  • 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
  • Peter Kyalo - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 724 802 220 -- Assistant Administrator
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    1. Alimas Kaluta Adrien – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 715 576 517
    2. Angelique Chelo –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 707 367 671
    3. Cikuru Bishangi Devotha –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 718 227 541
    4. Francis Njuguna –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 720 434 819
    5. Gabriel Odhiambo -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 726 369 593
    6. Hondi Muhimanyi Placide –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 701 408 731
    7. John Mbiti Mbuvi –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 721 124 661
    8. Kevin Namatsi Okubo –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 715 307 874
    9. Ricardo Benon Benjamin –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 701 606 346
    10. Roger Akouete Adjomayi –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 725 932 201
    11. Etoka Malisawa Peter –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 714 695 659
    12. Joseph Kai Kariuki –   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 700 446 884
    13. Kaskile Mtembwa – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +254 710 242 157
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    16. Birindwa Bahizire – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - +254 727 111 121

    Apologies

    1. Sikitoka Mboni –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 721 925 624
    2. Annastasi Oisebe –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 705 600 979
    3. Sr. Grace Njau –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 722 260 078
    4. Laur Mwepu Luiza –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 725 806 611
    5. Angela Riziki –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +254 716 101 971

    Opening

    The meeting started with a prayer by Angelique Chelo. The chairperson then welcomed all the members to the meeting.

    Introductions

    Three visitors introduced themselves. They had been invited by existing members and hope to become members of the group.

    Submission of booklets for completed projects

    Only one copy of the booklets was presented at the meeting for each completed project. Other booklets would be presented to Fr. Healey in the following few days.

    The chair explained that unlike in the past, the members had not been given their final project to print in order to ensure that only the approved soft copies were used. After the general meeting, each member would receive it on their email to enable them to print the balance of nine booklets.

    The Editorial Committee briefly highlighted to the members the challenges experienced during the editing period.

    The members were congratulated for their achievements.

    Uploading of E-books

    Peter Kyalo, the Assistant Administrator was present at the meeting to facilitate this activity. E-books completed in the years 2016 and 2017 were uploaded onto the afriprov.org website.

    These were:

    Ethnic Language Language No. Member

    1. Duruma (Mijikenda) 31 Margaret Wambere
    2. Turkana 32 Gabriel Odhiambo
    3. Teso 33 Gabriel Odhiambo
    4. Makonde 34 Margaret Wambere
    5. Bwisha 35 Cikuru Devotha Bishangi
    6. Hemba 36 Atemu Ishiabwe
    7. Kwele 37 Elias Bushiri
    8. Tugen 38 Kevin Namatsi
    9. Tachoni 39 Anastasi Oisebe
    10. Nandi 40 Joseph Kai Kariuki
    11. Nande 41 Alimas Kaluta
    12. Rendille 42 Ricardo Benon Benjamin
    13. Taabwa 43 Etoka Malisawa Peter
    14. Chiga 44 Kevin Namatsi
    15. Runyoro 45 Angelique Chelo
    16. Saamia 46 Gabriel Odhiambo
    17. Kele 47 Hondi Muhimanyi Placide
    18. Sango 48 Laur Mwepu Luiza

     

    This was the highest number of projects successfully done all at once.

    Proverbs of the Month

    The Moderator confirmed that the Proverbs of the Month had been delivered to him by the members. These would be posted for the next 15 months (June, 2017 to October, 2018).

    Two Proverbs of the Month had not been approved yet, and therefore, their second half grant would be held temporarily. These were:

    1. Runyoro Angelique Chelo
    2. Sango Laur Mwepu

     

    Four members had not yet presented their Proverb of the Month, although they had completed their collection of 100 proverbs. These were:

    1. Joba/Zoba Angela Riziki
    2. Kabwari Sikitoka Mboni
    3. Hemba Atemu Ishiabwe
    4. Kipsigis Sr. Grace Njau

     

    Confirmation of Grants Payments

    The second half grants would be given to the members who had met all the requirements.

    A total of 11 Second Half Grants would be availed immediately.

    10 Second Half Grants for the 2017 projects, and 1 for 2016 were confirmed by the Moderator as follows:

    1. Makonde Margaret Wambere
    2. Bwisha Cikuru Devotha Bishangi
    3. Kwele Elias Bushiri
    4. Tugen Kevin Namatsi
    5. Tachoni Anastasi Oisebe
    6. Nandi Joseph Kai Kariuki
    7. Nande Alimas Kaluta
    8. Rendille Ricardo Benon Benjamin
    9. Taabwa Etoka Malisawa Peter
    10. Saamia Gabriel Odhiambo

    2016 Project

    1. Kele Hondi Muhimanyi Placide

    Funding for the following projects would be paid later after they their Proverbs of the Months had been approved.

    1. Runyoro Angelique Chelo
    2. Hemba Atemu Ishiabwe

    Reading the minutes of the previous meeting held on Saturday, 21 May 2016

    The minutes had already been circulated on the website and, therefore, they were not read at the meeting. The members were encourage to read online and frequently remind themselves of the guidelines stipulated in the minutes.

    Matters arising from the previous minutes

    There were no matters arising from the previous minutes.

    Report on 2017 Membership contributions

    The Secretary confirmed that all members had paid their membership fees for 2017.

    1. Fr Joe Healey 1,000
    2. Cephas Agbemenu 1,000
    3. Fr Don Sybertz 1,000
    4. Eti Dayan 1,000

    All the 16 members who had projects in 2017 had been charged directly from their Grant amount the Ksh.1,000.

    Those receiving their 2016 second half grant will be charged before the grant is paid to them.

    1. Hondi Muhimanyi (Kele Proverbs)

    Others not paid yet:

    1. John Mbiti Mbuvi
    2. Rogers Adjomayi
    3. And new members

    New Research Proposals

    The chairman reminded the members that all new proposals for collection of proverbs should be targeting ethnic languages from outside the East African region and DR Congo. Members would be required to venture into other regions of Africa.
    Specialized proverbs on specific topics would also be approved.
    The members were requested to send their choice of ethnic language and region of origin to the Secretary by 10 June 2017. Once approved, the proposals would be presented during a full members meeting as required by the Guidelines.

    Any Other Business

    1. Certificates
      The members proposed that a Certificate of Completion of African Proverbs writing be issued to members each time they complete a specific collection. This would be discussed in detail during the next meeting.

    2. Fundraising Sub-Committee Report
      The Chair informed the members that they had made contact with the Bank of Africa seeking financial assistance from its Cultural Section to support the APWG work. Since Sr. Grace was away, he requested that Cephas and Margaret accompany them discuss the matter with the Manager of the bank.

      The outcome of the meeting would be communicated to the members afterwards.

    3. 2018 APWG Calendar
      The theme for the 2018 calendar would be Proverbs on “Youth/Young People.”

    4. Proverb Polls
      The July, August and September 2017 Proverb Poll on the website would be based on the “Youth/Young People.” Members were encouraged to continue voting

    5. Date of next meeting
      The next full members’ meeting would be held at the Mazzoldi House (Apostles of Jesus Generalate) Karen, Nairobi, Kenya. The date of the meeting would be communicated once the list of proposals had been received.
    Closure

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

     

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