North America Masaba Cultural Association
Before NAMCA was formerly conceived, BaMasaaba from various parts in the North America diaspora had always been in discussion and proposed various ideas for the formation of an institution that would organize members of the diaspora under a single umbrella to address issues of Masaaba welfare both at home and abroad. This culminated into a process to formalize ,which began on April 13 2001 when agroup of BaMasaaba gathered at the Uganda community center in Toronto Canada , with the aim of forming an organization that would be the engine of preserving Masaba culture in the diaspora , and also act as catalyst for social and economic development in Uganda particularly in Masaabaland. They emphasized that the organization would be a non-partisan and non-political , whose most important focus was to foster unity with the aim of coalescing BaMasaaba towards common development goals, particularly in the areas of health , education and economic development .They pointed some fundamental guiding principles to foster Unity which were commitment , respect, communication, and discipline. The members deliberated and brainstormed on several other area’s of concern to the community like marriage and family stability, cultural education of Children, Tourism, International trade and leadership among others. They also lamented onthe state of poverty and underdevelopment in the homeland and resolved to revive the pursuit of self-sufficiency that BaMasaaba have always had throughout their history. What was unanimously recognized was that the Masaaba diaspora had the people and the resources , it was now time to deliver leadership in addressing the welfare of its people. The next day on April 14, 2001 also in Toronto Canada the formation of NAMCA was initiated with the declaration of these resolutions: We the BaMasaaba assembled here in Toronto Canada on the 13th & 14th of April 2001 hereby resolve that: 1. We form an association to be known as North America Masaba Cultural Association or (NAMCA) 2. That the association pays respect to the past and present leadership in Bugisu and promote recognition to those who have made positive contributions to the cause of the BaMasaaba 3. That we work to economically empower Bagisu as a people through a disciplined scheme that would enhance their well being 4. That we shall establish forums to educate our people on their rights, health, economics and political world around them. 5. That we shall encourage, help, educate Bagisu farmers businessmen-women, students to achieve their dreams 6. That we shall work to bring together all BaMasaaba and restore a sense of self-fulfillment to a people once imbued in plenty 7. That there shall be annual conferences conducted at alternative venues to discuss among others the way forward with the association. A volunteer board was then established to run the affairs of the association until the time when elections were held later in September, 2001 in New York. The members of this board were: 1. Franco Wantsala - coordinator U.S.A. 2. Florence Wakoko - coordinator for U.S.A. women affairs 3. Professor Simbi - coordinator U.S.A.
4. Bob Mushikori - coordinator Canada 5. Sabastine Wanzama-Piro - coordinator Canada 6. Mr.Makawa - coordinator U.S.A. 7. Masaba Mwambu - coordinator Canada youth 8. Margaret Khaitsa - Treasurer assisted by John Maberi-Mudonyi both coordinators for U.S.A. & Canada respectively 9. Mr.John Wanda - coordinator U.S.A. 10. The following were asked to volunteer on women's committee :Florence Wakoko,Mary Khaukha, Daphne Wantsala 11.Davis B. Malayi - secretary coordinator Canada On 1st and 2nd September 2001 at Uganda house in New York the resolutions made in Toronto, Canada were ratified and formalized. This was to be the first official annual general meeting. The first NAMCA board was elected with the following board members: Rev Joel Nafuma -board chair Bob Mushikori- deputy chair Franco Wantsala - executive chair James Nabitawo -executive board member Nicholas Wakou -executive board member Edward Wanda -executive board member late Dr Buyinza -executive board member Daamali Kaamuli -executive board member Joyce Mafabi -executive board member George Musundi -executive board member Late Prof Nangalaama -executive board member Since then NAMCA’s mission has consistently been to promote Masaba culture ,language, and welfare of BaMasaaba in the diaspora and Uganda . To promote education and economic empowerment , foster research, stimulate innovation and unite BaMasaaba in the pursuit of common objectives. NAMCA deeply believes that the Diaspora is going to be one of the most important catalysts for development in Masaabaland.The association has since then spearheaded several development projects and it remains its principle focus to continually identify partners, and support member initiatives that will have a positive permanent impact on our communities.