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Introducing a new and long overdue Fon language book
Fongbe Primer: Functional Fongbe for our Everyday World is our first production of a book on an Afrikan language, and the first book written by an "African American" on the Fon langauge spoken primarily in Southern Benin Republic, but also in as wide a range extending from Southwest Nigeria to Ghana; also used as a ritual language in Brazilian Candomble, and the basis for the creole language of Aiyti along with its ritual language. Fongbe Primer is an excellent work for those in the beginner to intermediary stages of the Fon language of Southern Benin Republic. Fongbe Primer is unique in that it is a Fon language book that contains a plethora of very valuable West Afrikan Danxome (Dahomey) Vodun terminology. Fòngbè Primer is the latest addition to the wealth of extant publications and contributions making Afrikan languages accessible to Afrikan descendants. For the first time we have an intelligible, easy to study and read Fon-English resource for English speaking Afrikans seeking to learn the Fon language. With over 9,300 entries, Fongbe Primer is a major contribution to the active movement of Re-Afrikanization via tools assisting in living Afrikan culture. One does not have a culture without a living language. Therefore, this Fon language book presents the reader with functional Fongbe (Fon language) to be used in everyday situations. To Re-Afrikanize is an arduous process that must include, as one of its most vital components, the resurrection and implementation of Afrikan languages in one's daily life. Fongbe Primer is a great source for those who have embraced Fon culture, especially those that are returning practitioners of the powerful and most ancient spiritual tradition of Vodun - a powerful tradition deeply embedded within Fon culture and people.
Special care has been taken to include all proper tonations (low, mid, high) with appropriate visual accent marks. A very special addition to this book is the added QR codes in selected sections the book that, when clicked, takes the reader to an audio links to hear the proper pronunciation of certain words and phrasesof in that. This book is a must have for serious students of Afrikan languages and cultures. This book is being introduced to the world with the special discounted price of $39.99.
Fongbe Primer has now been expanded. We have added a section of Useful Vodun Terminology that deals with Vodun "theological" concepts. A total of 800 entries were added.
This book has 526 5.5" x 8.5" pages with over 8,500 entries. To show the extensiveness of this long awaited language book we have added the table of contents below. This is a soft cover book.
* Cover design by the author His Royal Majesty Axosu - Agelogbagan Agbovi I
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Table of Contents
About this Book
Path and Purpose
The Alphabet in Fɔ̀ngbè
Expressing Time and Numbers
Months and Days of the Week
Personal Pronouns and Usage
Word Addendums that
Kpè Máwú: Praising the Creator
Useful Sentences and Their Structure
Proverbial and Oracular Wisdom
8 Basic Benin Food Recipes
List of Dànxomɛ Queen Mothers and
About the Author
Posted by Jarrod on 6th May 2015
Excellent and does what it is described to do. The only thing is that I would like to see a revised model that teaches us sentence structure. However, this is a masterpiece otherwise.
Posted by Marissa Cunningham on 22nd Apr 2015
The author could have easily taken an easier route and given us a book without tones. However, he has used every tone possible and properly placed. This is what gets me about this work. Its professionalism is unquestionable. One minus, and why I give it only 4 stars (actually I give it a 4.7), is that it does not teach sentence structure (but the description of the book does not say it does either so there was no false advertisement).
Posted by Khenumun Sifu (Stephson Gray) on 6th Feb 2015
I was eager to get this book for a few reasons. Number one was that the author is always coming with something new and good for me who is trying to practice this tradition with not many people around. Secondly, was that the author seems to speak directly to people even when using deep concepts.
But what got me is the fact that in 500 or more pages he uses the correct verifiable tones. I have been working with a prince from Benin who knows English, French and Fon and he was shocked to see someone using the correct tones and be from America. I had to "argue" the prince down that the author is from America and, to my knowledge, has never lived in Benin.
My word of advice to Axosu Agbovi: PLEASE continue to do this for us. Nobody else can or is willing. Thank you so much.
Posted by tmbuk2dapoet on 20th Oct 2014
The Qr codes,,,,are just what a young student needs. The history ,the photos and the recipes,,,,was very much appreciated,,
This book is a lot more than a African language translation,,this book is the first of its kind...and H.R.M AXOSU AGELO AGBOVI I is definite the truth and divine in shareing such ancient knowledge....
Posted by Denise Peston on 7th Oct 2014
I am quite impressed with this book. The author was able to provide all of the unusual tone marks found in Fon words which was amazing. This book has a lot of history, proverbs, sayings, sentences and definitions. One thing I woud suggest that it provide a small section on how to do sentence structure. Other than that this book is platinum
Posted by Unknown on 7th Oct 2014
I love the primer not only because it is replete with a plethora of real Fon terminology, containing the proper tonality and structure, but it even gets more into actual Vodun culture than I was expecting. This is a jewel that I recommend to serious students of African culture and language. I have even recently started using this book with my students in a history class. Thank you so much for your professionalism and dedicated work.
Dr. Ferrel Thomas (Kofi Agyei)
Posted by Shelly Drutes on 30th Dec 2013
I think this book will now set the trend and cause our complacent scholars to get on the move with liberation books. Language liberates.
Posted by Daniel Cosman on 30th Dec 2013
I normally never give a book a perfect rating but this being a first I had to. I went through the whole 405 pages and it is very professional with just the write amount of illustrations. I enjoyed listening to the pronunciations also.
Posted by Thelma Worshing on 30th Dec 2013
This book is awesome from its very professional look to the last page. There is much knowledge here. More than a dictionary this book educates a lot on history. I like that Vodun is represented here which I had no clue it would be so much Vodun knowledge here. The only thing is I wish there was a CD along with this, At the same time the reader is provided with qr codes throughout the book whereas you can listen to some audio. Kudos for this
Posted by Stacey Belles on 4th Dec 2013
I truly recommend this for those of us trying to re Africanize ourselves like the author mentions. Nice touch!
Posted by T.P. on 4th Dec 2013
This book is exactly what the community needs. I give 4 instead of 5 because on a personal note I wanted to see a bit more word definitions. But the book has plenty. I highly recommend.
Posted by Chermain Ridge-Coffey on 4th Dec 2013
The author is obviously a take charge person filling in a major gap that has been existing. There is a big interest in Vodun especially after the more popular system of Ifa (Yoruba tradition) seems to not be fulfilling people in the way it should.But that being said I had no clue how Vodun focused this language book would be! I am very impressed. The initiative and leadership evident in this work causes me to want to support the author and his kingdom even more. Support our king and brother Agelo Agbovi I who has proven the opposition wrong every time.
Posted by Malukila Mbanza on 4th Dec 2013
As a race woman, I must say that I was brought to tears after going through this book to see how profound it is and how much the author put into making sure it has the proper tones and structure. I took screen shots of some of the pages and sent to by friends in Benin who speak Fon and they are highly impressed! So I can attest right here to everyone that this book is 100% authentic.
I honestly believe that the ancestors sent the author to us to restore our lost minds. He states in the book that language is a key part of ReAfrikanization. Though I do not fluently know any Afrakan languages yet I have been saying this. Many of my nationalists friends have downplayed this but the author expounds on this briefly in his introduction. What I love about just that is that most Afrakan language books speak abour preserving the language (as do many Yoruba language books). That is good but I have never seen one before Fongbe Primer state that one main reason they put the book out was to help RE Afrakanize our people! This is deep and that alone gets 100 stars from me.
This book is rich with info...not just definitions. And it is definitely for someone serious about learning Fongbe. I am more serious than ever now.
Posted by Azziza on 4th Dec 2013
I have looked and looked for a Fon language book that was comprehensible for the longest. My kids would laugh at me every time they would look on the computer and see where I had been constantly searching for Fon language books in English. My oldest said I would not find it and wala!!!
This book is incredible and I am so glad that it was not released by some white anthropologist spying on our culture. I am happy to say I was able to support 100% Black and a 100% excellent product. The book is in excellent condition. The information in here is astounding.And I must give my apologies for not expecting the product to be on this level of professionalism and beauty.
Posted by Elaine Barbers on 4th Dec 2013
I do not know where to start with how wonderful this book is. It is totally different from most books on Afrikan languages I have come across. I meticulously went through this book and can honestly say that the book appears to be complete with tonation marks to show the correct pronunciations.
There is so much to the book I did not expect. There is some history that is in this book that I had no idea of and from the looks of it only a person immersed in the Fon/BEnin/Vodun culture would know and be able to expound on. So this book is part dictionary, part vocabulary, part history book, and even has recipes from benin.
My next wish is for the author or someone from their organization to start a small Fon language course. I would be first in line for such. This book looks excellent as the other person stated and came to me much faster than what I thought it would. Much much respect. I will be ordering more books from Axosu Agelo Agbovi I. Thanks to your ancestors for allowing us to have you.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Dec 2013
The book looks great! I am really impressed with the packaging and how fast the book arrived.
Overall, the book informs the reader not only the language of Fòngbè but the culture and its rich history. Oh, I can't forget to mention the food recipes as well. Yummy!