1. Stan Nussbaum
2. Gerald Wanjohi
Cephas welcomed the members to the meeting and introduced the members of the Executive Committee and Fr. Healey introduced the guests.
The Founders’ Prayer
The opening prayer was said in a special way by Fr. Healey, who remembered the Founders of the African Proverbs Project, the starting of the African Proverbs Working Group (APWG) and the history of the Website (https://www.afriprov.org).
Celebrating 20 Years of the African Endangered Proverbs Project
Stan Nusbaum: He recounted the efforts that were made on proverbs research and writing that led to the proposal to start the specific project on the African Endangered Proverbs Collection. He also appreciated the Founders of the project and the website.
Fr. Healey: He stated that the meeting coincided with the 20 years celebration of the foundation of African Proverbs Project Website (1998-2018). He used a saying We create the path by walking in how the group had started and lasted this long. The project currently needed to “grow new wings” in order to continue performing their activities in the future.
Gerald Wanjohi: He shared his experiences on African Philosophy and Proverbs. He cited the challenges he had experienced and was happy that he had pursued the subject in order to teach the world that Africa had a philosophy, despite being doubted by others.
Sr. Grace: She appreciated the presence of the Founders at the meeting and their input and their continued support of the APWG.
Future Stability of the Project
How can these African social/cultural programs survive?
Stan Nussbaum used some expressions to answer the above question.
Stan commented on how the APWG is looking for an American institutional partner – some school or center that can carry on the vision of the African Proverbs Project. He suggested Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, USA. Dr. Jay Moon is the dean and has a strong interest in the proverbs field. His recent book, Intercultural Discipleship (Chapter 8 is called "Proverbs Are Worth a Thousand Words”) makes a strong case for the use of proverbs and related tools. Stan said he would be happy to be present for dialogue in whatever direction the APWG wants to go.
The Future on the Website
Various ideas were shared:
Some African proverbs about women expressed negative views about them. In modern times these opinions about women have changed. These proverbs need to be changed to express more positive opinions.
A special collection of African Proverbs and Wise Sayings used on the African Khanga cloth is being edited and improved as a Ebook that would be published through Amazon publishers.
Marketing of this published work would be done through Book Reviews on Amazon, or through Writers’ Central or by writing review online. A blog could also be created to market the book.
Tokens of appreciation were presented to the guests.
The meeting ended at 3 p.m. Lunch was provided by the Maryknoll House courtesy of Father Joseph Healey.