Bongos are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open-bottomed hand drums of different sizes. They also refer to a herd of antelopes; see Appendix 1 below.
Since December 2021, Nickantony Quach (center), Alec Mustafayev (right), and Norman D. Baker (left) have used the term as a nickname for a wealth-building friend group (WBFG); its members are bongo builders. They are the first ones; together, the three friends are Bongo One. Nick also uses it to name the Thumoslang Bongo Program.
The mission of a bongo is to actualize its members’ personal ideals at the highest speed possible. Part of it is the purpose of ensuring a viable future for each member’s loved ones. Their ultimate vision is to become a collaborative team capable of helping each member reach the most meaningful milestones in life. The basic idea is to build wealth from empty hands with those who stick together much longer than their fade-away friends.
According to A New Kind of Friend Group, Chapter 1 of The First Steps to Personal Ideals, “the phrase, wealth-building friend group, is a mouthful. Its abbreviation (WBFG) barely helps as it trims off only a single syllable. Neither the phrase nor its abbreviation is good enough in a prolonged discussion that often brings up the concept. Nickantony Quach and Alec Mustafayev saw the issue in an extended discussion of theirs during the last days of 2021. That’s why they considered using the term bongo as an affectionate name for a wealth-building friend group.” Read more about WBFG.
As stated in Chapter 2 of Thumosdegu Part 3, bongo builders want to create a group of friends who will stick with us much longer than the friends we lost in the past. It takes time and other resources to build a friend group as our social capital. Along the way, they should be able to profit from such investment. The operator of Ri4CTV on YouTube and this website is the Thumoslang PVD Group, which is the first bongo, hence Bongo One. One of its bongo builders is Nickantony Quach (center), the unexpected philosopher who created Thumoslang. Read more about Bongo One.
Appendix 1 Bongo Herds
The Bantu languages are a large family of languages spoken by the Bantu peoples in the southern half of Africa. One of them is Lingala, spoken in Congo. In the language, an móngó means an antelope. An unknown English speaker borrowed that word and used its phonetic expression bongo to mean a particular type of antelope whose scientific name is Tragelaphus eurycerus. The video [Big Herd of Bongos! Amazing!](v=YnAgKGYpD-U) shows a herd of bongos. In the video, notice how they waggle their large ears. The ears’ largeness helps sharpen hearing, whereas their distinctive coloration may help bongos identify one another in their dark forest habitats.