Sikôlô a ne mbamba jôm

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Sikôlô a ne mbamba jôm \ˈsikō-lō a nə mbam-ba jōm\ literally means School is a good thing, but could also be translated as Education is a treasure. It is in fact the very first sentence presented in most beginner's level Bulu books[1].

Although kept alive by 174,000 natives and 800,000 second language speakers, Bulu is one of the 260 Cameroonian dialects[2]. Needless to say, very few native speakers can read and/or write Bulu. Furthermore, one of the issues faced by Bulu descendants born/raised in the city - or in a different country for that matter - is that very little Bulu literature is made available to them.

The main intent of the "Sikôlô a ne mbamba jôm" (aka Hello Bulu World or Bulu for Dummies) project is to create a pragmatic library for anyone interested in discovering more about the Bulu folklore. Keep in mind this site is not for those who want to learn to speak, read, or write Bulu (a few helpful links are listed below for that purpose); in other words, the focus here is the cultural aspect of Bulu.

Please contact me if you have any non-copyrighted documents that you would like to share through this site and stay tuned for exciting Bulu tales which used to be told around the camp fire centuries ago...

Songs

Bia ya kañe Zambe

Tales

Blah blah blah[3]

Blah blah blah[4]

Art

???

Other Useful Links

The Handbook of Bulu[5] explores the Bulu vocabulary and grammar quite well, whereas the N'ye'an Kobô Bulu \ˈnɪə-an kȯ-ˈbō bü-lü\ website assists French and English speakers in learning Bulu[6]. In fact, N'ye'an Kobô Bulu could be translated as either Love to Speak Bulu, or Enjoy Speaking Bulu.

References

  1. "Bulu (language)". In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulu_language
  2. "Bulu (people)". In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beti-Pahuin#Bulu
  3. George Schwab, "Bulu Tales", Journal of American Folklore, (1920).
  4. Ondua Engutu, "Dulu Bon be Afrikara", Librairie de la Mission Prebytérienne à Ebolowa, (1948).
  5. Georges L. Bates, "Handbook of Bulu", Richard Clay & Sons, (1904).
  6. "N'ye'an Kobô Bulu". Retrieved May 9, 2011, from http://www.culturevive.com/boulou/index.htm
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