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Ba Sa' Ko e?
A Monthly Newsletter from BCA-USA SODJA (January 2010)

In This Issue
Leadership Summit in Atlanta
BCA-USA Offers Assistance at home and abroad
Membership Spotlight
Launching of BCA-Scandinavia
Poem by Dr. Jerry K. Domatob
Mungaka Corner
Chapter Updates and News

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2008 - 2009
BCA-USA End of Year Report

Click HERE to view report
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Fun Facts about Atlanta, GA
Atlanta was host of the 2007 BCA USA annual convention
Atlanta is the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Atlanta was briefly named Marthasville from 1843 - 1844. 

Atlanta has more shopping center space per capita than any other city except Chicago.
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BCA Calendar
The BCA calendars are ready. Orders are being processed by the publications committee. Calendar orders have been procesed for:
The Carolinas
Oklahoma City
Washington DC

You don't want to miss this opportunity!! Contact your chapter presidents to get your copy today!!
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LELA 2009

BCA-USA member Ni Ernest Walah traveled to Cameron for the holidays and brought back these lovely pictures from the annual Lela Festival.

Lela Day 1

Lela Day 2

Last Day of Lela
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Days of the week in Mungaka
Ntan ( Ntan Bani )

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Airport code for Atlanta:  ATL
Meeting Venue:               HYATT Place Hotel 
                                        5600 Peachtree Parkway Northwest
                                        Norcross, GA 30092
                                        (770) 416-7655  (770) 416-7655 
Fundraising Gala Venue: JC Event Hall
                                         5775 Jimmy Carter Blvd # 250
                                         Norcross, GA 30071
Schedule:                        Friday, 2/5/2010
                                        Welcome Dinner at Ni Peter & Ma Grace Fomunung's
 ( 3206 Thimble Berry Trail Dacula GA 30019)
                                        Time: 7:30-10:30pm 
                                        Saturday 2/6/2010 
                                        Leadership Summit 9:00 am
                                        Fundraising Gala  10:00 pm
                                        Sunday 2/7/2010:

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BCA-USA Offers Assistance at home and abroad
 From the Secretariat

To the victims in Haiti

In a salutary show of goodwill to the needy, BCA USA has joined numerous organizations around the world in contributing to the relief efforts underway in Haiti after the earth quake that stroke the poverty stricken Caribbean country. According to the president of BCA USA, Ni Julius Ndangam, it is difficult to watch the heart wrenching pictures from Haiti and remain indifferent to the wrath of mother earth toward a people who (even before the natural calamity) were already at the brink of collapse. After careful deliberations with the National Executive Committee (NEC), the leadership of BCA USA endorsed the donation of $1,000 towards the relief efforts in Haiti.

To the 2009 Lela Celebrations

After careful analysis on how Lela is sponsored and managed, the NEC unanimously agreed that BCA-USA needs to assist in financing the Lela as well as encourage the setting of appropriate structures to handle the entire celebrations. The NEC then approved the sum of CFA 1,000,000 to support the sponsoring of Lela 2009.

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Membership Spotlight - Ni Clarence Ndangam
 From the Awards Committee
This month, the Awards Committee will like to recognize Ni Clarence Ndangam for his stewardship and dedication in BCA-USA with high distinction, his commitment to set  pace, his enthusiasm and indefatigable drive to produce results, and for his unwavering support and dedication to the BCA-USA goals and vision.

Ni Clarence relocated to the USA in September of 2008 after working in Nigeria for 3 years. Prior to that, he lived and worked in the UK. He studied in Germany where he was one of the founding members of the Bali Nyonga Cultural Union (BANCU)-Germany. Upon arrival to the US, he immediately got on board with BCA-USA, actively participating in two committees - The Process Improvementn (PIC) and The Bali Multipurpose Center Committees (MPC).

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BCA Launched in Scandinavia
 By Ni Pascal Doh, Finnland
Over one hundred sons and daughters of Bali Nyonga resident in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finnland turned out the weekend of December 18th and 19th 2009 to launch the Bali Cultural Association (BCA) - Scandinavia in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
The occasion marked the birth of the association which aims to bring sons and daughters of Bali together to network, support each other and other community efforts
A committee was set up to draft a constitution for the association. A  steering committee comprised of the following persons was set up to coordinate the affairs of the association before the constitution and conduct of the first election.
President: Ni Victor Feh (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Vice-President: Pascal Doh (Finnland)
Secretary General: Ma Rosemary Kahnah (Finnland)
Organising Secretary: Ni Bambot Guildas (Sweden)
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Special Salute to Carolinas, Massachusetts, and Scandinavia
By Dr. Jerry Komia Domatob

Joyous celebrations, greet new BCA-USA chapters

Like victory songs that charm winners

Welcoming members and leaders

From novel and blossoming chapters


Yesterday it was Massachusetts

Today it's Carolinas and Scandinavia

Bonding in unity and solidarity

Pledging loyalty to BCA

Click here to read the full poem

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By Ni Gahlia Gwangwa'a

Tsu Nnanna Boa ba To'ti (Idiomatic Expressions and Meanings)

Yi a ka la mu a (Previous): Mbin ka ni ngo konni, nkonni bo dza yi ntam ma mu'.

Literary interpretation: The (coc)roach went to take care of an unclean mortar yet it was caught and thrown into the fire, 

To'ti ni (tsu) Muñgaka: Le bo ñga: Mun lin ma bud nu mboñkad a ti' nu mbukad.

                   Good deeds can very easily be construed as problematic or otherwise.


Yi a bo ndio a (Present): Yu ñna bo mbo ka ntun, wu ni ndzu mbo kusu' e?

Literary interpretation: When your mother is living, do you beg for food before eating? 

To'ti ni Muñgaka: Le bo ñga : Mon ni ntod bo ndib yi nna ntun a, i bo ñku yu nu mi.

A child is proud when the mother is alive. At her passing (death) the child becomes desolate or solitary.


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Congratulations to Ni Emmanuel Babila and Ma Ruth of Oklahoma City Chapter who welcomed a baby girl to the family. Baby Kendra was born December 4th  2009

Congratulations to BCA USA President Ni Julius Ndangam and Ma Magdalene who welcomed a baby boy to the family. Baby Gana was born January 14th 2010. 


Our condolence to Ma Smiles Galega whose mother Mami Azah FOUNDJING passed away in Santa on January 21, 2010.

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Around the Country: Chapter Updates and News

BCA - Atlanta
Next Meeting:    February 27th 2010
Host:                 TBD
Contact:             Ni Babila Tata, President 
                         Phone: 678.849.1174
BCA - The Carolinas

Next meeting:    February 13th 2010
Host:                Ni Nyema and Ma Rochelle Tita
Date:                February 13th 2010
Address:           4019 Barclay Commons Dr. Charlotte, NC
Contact:            Ni Joseph Njinimbam, President
                        Phone: 864.297.4779
Greater Kansas City
Next Meeting:     February 13th 2010 
Host:                 Ni Julius and Ma Magdalene Ndangam
Address:            2113 SE 7th Stree, Lees Summit, MO 64082
Contact:             Ni Sama Formusoh, President
                         Tel: 913.522.2334

BCA Oklahoma City
Next Meeting:    February 13th 2010
Host:                Ni Musa Fogam and Ma Loveline Feh
Address:           5900 Yale Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73162.

BCA Oklahoma News:
BCA-OKlahoma has changed their meeting date from the 3rd Saturday of every month to the 2nd Saturday of every month

NDAHNTOD Washington DC
Next Meeting:   February 5th 2010

Ba Gwei Tateh Langmia Kehbuma

Ni Anderson Kehbuma

Ma Helen Trukang (Vice President)

Ma Doh Grace

Ni Mathias Fotachwi

Address:  Park Riche Building, 7600 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912         
NDAHNTOD Washington DC Announcements

Ndahntod Washington Metro Area is now having a new location for their monthly meetings. It is at: Park Riche Building , 7600 Maple Ave,Takoma Park, MD 20912

The meeting holds every First Friday of the month and starts at 8.00p.m. prompt.

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The Next Edition
The next issue of the newsletter will be published on February 28th 2010. Please send all announcements, news and event listings to the Publications Committee by February 20th 010.
Thank you for supporting BCA-USA.
Publications Committee 

Contact Info
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