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Congratulations to the 2013 OCA-USA President-Elect.

    Prince Ferdinand Mediko

Acceptance Speech


Ba Tata na ba Iya, OROKO ni yeah! Welcome!

Welcome to the Oroko Cultural Association - USA Web site.

 

Several years ago in the Oroko regions, messages were transmitted from one village to another by the beating of wooden drums, - the "Elimbi". The neighboring villages interpreted the rhythms from these drums to obtain the messages and responded accordingly. Later on, a messenger was dispatched carrying a "Desungu", - ( a special stick tied like a bundle with special leaves ) to the next village. From the look at the special bundle, the village elders interpreted and understood the messages and responded accordingly.  Specifically, when a chief had a message for his villagers, this messenger would run around the village ringing a bell and relating the message to the villagers. This person was called the "Town Crier".

 

 This web site is the Town Crier for every reader, and particularly for all OROKOS. It will provide the public with special events in both the association and the Oroko Culture.  We will be a vehicle to announce cultural and community events across the USA and worldwide as the need arises. We would like to promote businesses owned by OROKO indigenes at home and in the diaspora. After browsing our web site,  please use the feedback form to let us know how you feel about the Oroko Culture.  Above all, please take a moment to sign our Guest Book. 


Time in Orokoland





 

 

In most of the villages within the Orokoland, women and children bear the burden of supplying their families with water from streams and ponds.  They do this by walking for miles with heavy water containers on their heads. In spite of the effort by these children and women, the water is drawn from very contaminated sources thereby predisposing them and their families to several water-borne diseases.


Statistics show that over 40 children die every day from a deadly combination of water-borne diseases like typhoid and cholera, and severe cases of malaria. Our goal of providing drinkable sources of water to the several strongly affected communities requires enormous financial input that may take more than a decade to reach the goal of good portable water for all in Orokoland.


This is why, we need your help.    Read More. . . .



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Oroko Cultural Association USA wishes to thank all of our Sponsors and Donors who partnered with us to solve some of our health problems by shipping medical supplies to Orokoland, in Cameroon.

  

We are so grateful and indebted to all of you !!


Please kindly review a synopsis of our - 2009-13 National Projects

 


 Clean Water Project 2014


 Medical Supplies Project


 Books Project


 Maternity Project




 "WELCOME" in hindsight, is an Oroko contradiction  ( By Louis Etongwe)


OCA-USA Donates two 40ft Medical Supplies containers to Orokoland.  ( By Edimo Andrew)


OCA-USA Opens Libraries in depraved Oroko areas in Cameroon ( By Edimo Andrew )


 Address by OCA-USA National President  2012 ( Dr. Mercy Mabian)


 

 

Thanks to our Sponsor MedWish International , Oroko Usa ships a 40ft container of medical Supplies to Orokoland. (Febrauary 2012) 


 

 



Thanks to all our Sponsors, Oroko Usa finally distributes Books, Pencils and Raincoats to Schools in Orokoland. 


 

Acknowledgement.

 

The authors of this report wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to the traditional chiefs, traditional council members, government, church and groups officials as well as the people in the different villages for their collaboration with the field team in the course of this study. Special thanks to Wilson Elangwe and Joyce Mote who understood the importance of the study and engulfed all odds (bad roads, trekking long distances, boating on open sea waters, limited finances, etc.) in implementing this study.

 

Our thanks also go to Mr. Sam Esale and Jackson Nanje, executive management representatives of the Dikome Balue Development Corporation (DEDICO) in USA for participating in joint planning meetings with Georgia Oroko Cultural Association’s Project Committee and for helping to coordinate activities of DEDICO field volunteers in Cameroon.

Indeed, our sincere thanks go to all members of Georgia Oroko Cultural Association for conceiving this great project and for allocating funds to ensure the study is carried out from start to finish. Thanks to Mr. Ati Adolphus for the pool of information he brought from his private trips to Cameroon. Those information have been included in the document.

 

We hope this study serves its purpose. It is also expected that this report will serve as a reference document for policy makers, students, government and non-governmental organizations as well as research institutions in fully understanding the concerns and needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Oroko land.

 

  Read more on this project, and get your own copy here. 

 

In this podcast, Dr. Mathew Esona of the Division of Viral Diseases at CDC describes the discovery of a unique Group A rotavirus, isolated from fruit bats in Kenya.

 

Created: 12/2/2010 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.  

 

Mathew .D. Esona, M.Sc, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

Gastroenteritis and Respiratory Virus Laboratory Branch

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop G-04,

Atlanta, GA 30333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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His Royal Highness, Chief Isoh Itoh of Ekondo-titi. 

During his maiden visit to the USA, on the ocasion of the OCA-USA National Convention Sept.2009.

  

"It took me a visit to the United States of America, to once again eat plantains the way our fore-fathers used to prepare them, (with the skin), while my host unaware of this delicacy, continued to apologize to me. "





  Do you want to listen to OROKO Bible Stories in OROKO dialect?  Turn up your speakers and Listen Up  to the real "Contri talk".



Tata Edimo's Proffer for an Oroko World Conference.  Read More . . .


 

Ba Iya na ba Tata,


As Oroko people, we have suffered a lot. Oroko clan has a total of 227 villages scattered in two divisions (Meme and Ndian) with a population of Ndian division well over 130,000 people based on the 1975 censors. Probably estimated today at about 200,000 people. The book drive is not something gotten out of the blue; it is as a result of the history of our people that the sons and daughters in the United States have always considered educating the Oroko child their primary purpose. Let me reflect with you on the plight of our people in the year 1975.

 

As said above, the population of Ndian division was 130,000 inhabitants in 1975 and in this same year, the entire Ndian division had two secondary schools: GSS Mundemba and SAR Mundemba. Nowhere else in Ndian division did you find any other secondary schools to educate the Oroko child. So you can imagine the number of Oroko children who were unable to receive any form of formal education as a result of absence of schools. The next school that the government created was I believe in 1980 (GSS Ekondo Titi). We have truly suffered as a people.

 

Even though there has been an influx of colleges and high schools and even Teachers' Training Colleges (three in total), in the division, the learning conditions are sub-standards. Inadequate learning materials and outdated form of classrooms across the division. Are we making progress as Oroko people? Absolutely yes.


It is for this reason as the one pointed above that we, the Oroko people, must design our own destiny. Remember what the legend Bob Marley said, that "we should emancipate ourselves from mental slavery and none but ourselves will free our minds". This translated to the Oroko simply tells us that if we the Oroko people don't carve out our own destiny, those who do not have our interest shall do it for us. And we do know the consequences.

 

With the above said, we the Oroko people belong to one family; and therefore, we cannot engage in any form of rhetoric to destroy the loafty plans that we have for our people. No Oroko man or woman should engage in fights that will remind us of our miserable past. Instead, let us continuously engage in capacity building--how we are going to plan well and get the books to our people and how our people back home shall be each other's keeper in making sure that the books shall not be converted into private use. These are some of the discussions we need to have as we prepare ourselves for the OCA-USA convention slated for the first week of September.

 

Do we want to go to the convention fighting? or we want to go to the convention with brotherly and sisterly love; embracing each other for what we have collectively achieved in just a short time? or we shall prefer to keep on fighting and thereby discourage those who intended to attend the convention to stay away?

 

Jackson Nanje

Oroko USA Pro (2009)


Sometime ago, it was Toka Moh. Today, the number one music in our Oroko land is Mr. Betondi James Mukete. Watch the video below.  The videos are available for sale. Contact Jacksonnanje@yahoo.com for copies.









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Translators working on the Oroko Bible Translation share the impact of their Work

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The Kumba - Ekondo-titi Road.  The Road to Nowhere !!

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"ITOE" by Cletus Molimi - Sunrise Productions


This Film has already won the Best Make-Up Artist Award.

Now In Print !!

The Little Crying Hearts: A Play

Dr. Mercy Mabian                                                                

The Little Crying Hearts is a fictional play depicting Oroko people’s struggles to educate their children and exposing the culture and conditions of Oroko people. It shares light on Oroko culture by revealing its struggles, stamina, and survival strategies of its people. Generally, society is confronted with series of problems, but only when the issues are exposed can assistance be provided. Sharing light on these problems will render total awareness and support to these areas. Given the economic crisis in the world today, this book reveals the struggles of a tribe to educate its children. By questioning the necessity of education to a culture dominated by farmers, fishermen, and hunters, this play stresses on the significance of education as a tool necessary to participate in a technological world.


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After Half a Century, "The Road That Time forgot"