The Five Year Question

We’ve all been asked the dreaded “where do you see yourself in five years” question, with the honest answer usually being either “I have no idea” or a lofty list of goals we hope to accomplish, but have little to no clue how to achieve them. The future is rarely as we project it to be. It is more rare that we have the opportunity to reflect in the other direction; to take time to be proud of our accomplishments.

When someone asked me right around this time five years ago, at IUB graduation, where I saw myself in five years, my one sure goal was to publish a grammar of Bangime. The path to accomplishing this goal was far more difficult and unexpected than I ever would have imagined, and yet, as today I have received this fulfillment of a dream, I wanted to share the great news with you in hopes that you also find satisfaction from this shared achievement.

This cover could have been filled with names that have contributed to this description of Bangime, especially those of the speakers themselves, but first among them, the book is dedicated to Stefan Elders and his family. Although I never had the opportunity to meet him, I felt as though I lived a part of his life there among the cliffs in Bounou. If not for his six tough months of living in Bounou, recording the complexities of Bangime, this book would never had been possible. Please encourage your libraries to purchase a copy. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go back to the Bangime-speaking community.




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