By Ni Gahlia Gwangwa'a
Tsu Nnanna Bo a ba To'ti
(Idiomatic Expressions and Meanings)
Yi a ka la mu (Previous)
Mu du yo to˝
Le bo nga: Du yi i yo
to˝ a, ni ˝go mfu˝ fad bi bo to
mbi tso wu' le ˝˝o' i.
I am the bee that discovers a hive.
I (the bee) am killed when the rest of the
bees come to occupy the new abode or hive.
Yi a bo ndio a (Present)
Mo-nkan ni ntad ntsum ni lu' yi na i
Le bo nga ko e? Mun ˝in˝i fa to' ti
ni tsu Mu˝gaka.
What is the interpretation? Provide your
answer next week.
Mu to fa ya
ngan to' ti ni ngab.
My answer next week!
Baltimore Convention Pictures
It has been just over a month since we came
back from the convention in Baltimore. I hope everyone has fully recovered. I
wish to thank the general assembly on behalf of the newly elected executive, for
entrusting us with the leadership of this association for the next couple of
years. We are truly humbled by the confidence you've
placed in us and we promise to do our very best to move the
A lot has already been said about the
success of the convention and the great job the various Ndahkums of the Eastern
Chapter did. I wish to thank all members of the Eastern
Chapter as well as every member who worked hard to organize a convention that
as attendees have testified, took BCA to another level. Our sincere thanks to our partner associations the Bali Cultural and Development Association (BCDA) - UK and Nkumu Fed Fed Cameroon for their participation at this year's convention and their continuous support. We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with each of these organizations as we collectively work to address the development challenges of our community.
Before I continue, let me pause and address
something that goes to the core of who we are as an Association: References to BCA-USA as a "Bali Nyonga Group" during the ConventionClick to continue reading...
|BCA-USA Website gets a new look Redesigned website features a blog, members only
section and more content.
BCA-USA's newly redesigned website which went live last month aims to give
visitors and users more content which is easy to navigate. The site is
organized to provide quick and direct access to information about BCA
and Bali Chamba. The site features expanded content and incorporates
fresh colors and graphics as well as new navigational tools. Learn more about the new features of the redesigned website.
|From the Secretariat: Convention Recap
The guest speaker at Friday's Night of Glamour was Dr. Gahlia Gwangwa'a. His talk focused on the importance of preserving indigenous languages such as Mungaka. Read his presentation here.
The 2010 Annual General Assembly meeting took place on Saturday May 29thRead the full convention minutes here.
Dr. Jude Fokwang was the keynote speaker at Saturday's General Assembly. His presentation highlighted the need to both celebrate our diverse cultural heritage and to constantly examine the relevance of practices that do not serve our collective good. Read his presentation here.
Several members of the association were honoured with awards for their distiguished services to BCA and the promotion of the ideals of the association. View list of award recipients.
BCA's Life Insurance Program is changing to a Member's Trouble Bank Benefit Scheme that will cover all members. Read more about the new scheme here.
BCA-USA 2010 Elections: Results
President - Ni Julius Ndangam (Acclamation)
Vice President - Ni Jella Kaspa (Acclamation)
Secretary General - Ni Charles Tamon (Acclamation)
Treasurer - Ni Banyuga Pefok (Acclamation)
- Ma Maggi Galega Yongho - 55 votes
- Ni Blaise Azangue - 50 votes
- Ni Alfred Sibedwo - 52 votes
- Ma Lora Fogam (Acclamation)
- Ni Samuel Dinga Fokum (Not present so constitutionally impaired)
Chief Whip - Ma Bisona Ntungwen (Acclamation)
|BCA Youths at Baltimore 2010
|Looking Back at Baltimore 2010
By Ma Lilian Fokwang
Baltimore has come and gone. But the memories stay long our minds. Time
will come for comments, evaluation and some tweaking but I'd say this:
convention packages worked. It was a week of non-stop fun, celebrations, reflections and all round
enjoyment that only a BCA-USA convention can pull. The organization and coordination took this associaiton to a new level. Click here to continue reading.
Convention 2010: Quotes and Quips
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts/questions the organizing
power of Washington-DC, the 2010 National Festival is your answer" -Ni Gabby Njinimbot
"I cannot even put it in words what happened in Baltimore because it was
too much. The ambiance was great and the atmosphere very welcoming." - Ni Emmanuel Babila
"The show down of games
turned out to be a different story. I
go show that big belly them Njakiri talk
reduced man go die ooohfrom the Mamon's or
became my banja di hurt , make this game finish quick quick..
it turned out that the game of soccer is now much appreciated and will
better come next time" -Ni Goddy Fofang
"True, Washington DC raised the bar and you dared us to do better! ..nothing spurs us more than a good challenge....You will be in
for a treat!!!" - Ma Patience Fielding, 2011
Convention Committee Chair
" It was a wonderful convention from the beginning to the end" - Ma Beatrice Tangeh
"I did not know that I will live long enough to see the day that I will
publicly praise our DC brothers & sisters as simply THE BEST
for those who know our rocky relationship from 1996 to 2000 and beyond. What our DC folks put together is what is called "lock mop". This
23rd convention in Baltimore, Maryland is the best that we have ever
had. I take my hat off to the DC ndakums for uniting and putting up a
show that has now set the bar way too high. It will be very hard to
beat the high standards that has been set in Baltimore, Maryland. Thanks to ALL of you who made this 23rd meeting a HUGE SUCCESS." - Ni Ben Fokum
"I came back from the DC without my voice, having lost it in the estacy
of the events and in particular with the responsorial chorus of Ndanga,
Baghlem, Nchibi-Ngwei, Mandeit, Khumom, Lela, Voma, Makongi and you name
the rest. Since then I am lost for words to express the feelings I
brought back with me and which will stay on to next year." - Ni Fidelis Kaspa
Female Soccer Takes Route!
By Ma Diane Daiga and Ma Dora Fomunung
One of this year's most anticipated sporting event at the convention is the female soccer. The soccer encounter pitching the DC Metrolettes against the Out of Town Conquerers took place on Sunday May 30th. The Out of Townners led by Ma Ma Dora Fomunung won the match and received their medals during Sunday's Cultural Evening.
Hatches, Matches and Dispatches
Baby Cory Defeau, born to Ma
Lesline and Ni Romeo Defeau of Dallas, TX. Congratulations and best wishes to Ma Lesline and Ni Romeo.
Ni Stanley Gwaabe and Ma Tatih Denise are happy to
annouce the birth of their son Gwaabe Kingsly. Mother
and child are doing fine.
Philip Mbotiji Takapa, father of Ni Julius Mbotiji passed away during the convention in Baltimore.
Ba Tita Peter Todmia Fonyonga, father of Ni Gabby Todmia passed away on June 16.
News from the Bali Diaspora Around the World
BCA Canada Takes Flight
By Gawa Bidla Titanji, Montreal, Canada
Descendants of the Bali Chamba in Quebec recently came together to form an umbrella association. Created in January 2010, the Bali Cultural Association brings together people from Bali Gham, Bali Kumbat, Bali Nyonga, Bali Gangsin, Bali Gashu and Bali Muti.
The association aims to promote the socio-cultural values and economic development of the Balis. With a rapidly growing membership, its current executive include Jibuin Nforcho (President), Clara Kuna Fogam - Titanji (Treasurer), Richard Nwantoli (Financial Secretary) and Brian Gangbobga Wandum (Secretary). Meetings are held monthly in Quebec on a rotating basis.
BCA Canada currently plans to organize a public launch event and to assist with the creation of local BCA chapters in different regions in Canada such as the Greater Toronto Area, Edmonton and Calgary.
Germany Makes Donation to Nkumu Fed Fed
Report courtesy of Ni Eric Akam in Bali
BCA Germany recently donated 1.3 million frs CFA to NKumu Fed Fed in Cameroon. The donation presented by BCA Germany Vice president Ma Marie Claire Fomba and Publicity Secretary Ni Augustine Wabang respectively, is aimed at supporting Nkumu Fed Fed's ongoing work to end child labour and trafficking and assist the vulnerable in society.
Welcoming the donation, the president of NKUMU FED FED Bamenda Branch Ma Helen Ndangam expressed gratitude to BCA Germany on behalf of its National President Justice Prudence Galega for their timely assistance which will go towards Nkumu Fed Fed's recreation centre. She commended BCA Germany and its leadership for leading the initiative. Ma Marie said BCA Germany's decision to assist Nkumu Fed Fed was informed by their knowledge and admiration of the amazing work that the women of Nkumu Fed Fed were doing in Bali. Ma Ndangam indicated that with what has been recieved, it will help Nkumu Fed Fed to kick start another phase of their major project which is to introduction information and communication technologies to primary schools in the NorthWest Region.Visit the website of BCA Germany
Around the Country: Chapter Updates and Events
Hosts: Ni Dan & Ma Wakuna Gwanfogbe
Date: July 10th 2010
Venue:27882 Manon Ave #45,Hayward 94544
Northern California News
BCA-San Jose recently donated 2400 books and other didactic materials to four government primary school in Bali worth some 522.000frs.
According to Project Co-coordinator Ni Gilbert Gwandiku who presented the materials to the schools, the objective of the donation is to help pupils and parents who cannot afford to support their children with basic writing materials at G.S Koppin Fulani, GS Koppin Native, GS Mbeluh and GS. Banja Koblap. On behalf of the San Jose chapter president Mrs. Evangeline Fogam he promised that the chapter willl continue to assist other schools in the subdivision if they show proof of good governance.
GREATER KANSAS CITY
Next Host: Ma Ekei and Ni Larry Ndango
Address: Greenwood, MO
Date: July 10th 2010
BOSTON Next Meeting: Saturday July 10 2010Host: The Fokums, 228 Winn Street, Woburn.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SOUTHERNATLANTANext Host: The AanifirsDate: July 31st 2010Address: TBD~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Next Host: Ni Nyema Tita
Date: July 17th 2010
Address: Charlotte, NC
Nda Ndanga Oklahoma ( former BCA-Oklahoma)
Next Meeting - Saturday 10th July 2010
Host: Ma Dora Fomunung, Ni Jacob Fokum and Ni Babila Kajih
Address: 2425 N. Moulton Drive, OKC, OK 73127
Time: 8 P.M Prompt
Next Meeting - Saturday 17th of July 2010
Host: Ma Edith Fogam
Address:5400 N.W 23rd St , OKC, OK 73127
Time: 4 P.M Prompt
Ni Stanley Gwaabe and Ma Tatih Denise are happy to annouce the birth of their son Gwaabe Kingsly to their family. Mother and child are doing fine.