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Mpongwe

 

a people inhabiting the region of the middle and lower courses of the Ogooué River in Gabon. The Mpongwe and related tribes (the Orungu, Galoa, Adjumba, Nkomi, and others) number more than 10,000 (1970, estimate). A small number of the Mpongwe also live in the People’s Republic of the Congo. The language of the Mpongwe belongs to the northwestern group of the Bantu family. The people retain their traditional religious beliefs (worship of the forces of nature, ancestor worship). Agriculture (manioc, millet, and yams) is the principal occupation. Fishing is important along the coast.

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I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the history of the coastal Mpongwe of Gabon, using archives from Protestant and Roman Catholic missionaries and commercial agents, mostly from France and Britain.
Noble Sata has used these suspected proceeds from a crime to acquire several luxury vehicles for himself and others, as well as to fund the building of a large housing complex in Mpongwe.
Pretorious Nkhata, a farmer from Mpongwe district in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, explains what happened to him and his community (quoted by Nebert Mulenga in "Foreign farmers undermine food security in Zambia," http://farmlandgrab.
The collection contains Bibles written in a variety of African languages, including Igbo, Hausa, Twi, Yoruba, Mpongwe, Dikele, Ga, Sechuane (Setlapi dialect), Amharic and Bulu.
His regular entourage was made up of a small number of Senegalese veterans of the French colonial army, some Omyene-speaking Mpongwe people from Libreville, and a manservant from the Kru coast of Liberia.
62) The canoe crew stranded Lenz on a rocky island with only his small entourage of Senegalese, Mpongwe, and Kru workers.
So, too, his sweeping pronouncements on the "character" of the Mpongwe people, for instance, are uttered with the assurance that only class prejudice joined to racism can account for: "The men are deficient in courage, as the women are in chastity, and neither sex has a tincture of what we call morality" (Gorilla Land I: 105-6).
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The Corporation has also been awarded two additional licenses, Mpongwe (2,150 square kilometers) and Chipepo (1,51O square kilometers) immediately to the west and south of the Kadola license, respectively.
The project involves the acquisition of Mpongwe Milling (2009) Ltd.