Nubiart Diary - Emperor Jones

By Kubara Zamani, Nubiart Producer / Presenter | Mon 8 October 2007


October is the British version of Afrikan History Month and the Nubiart theme for this year is ‘Leadership and Mis-Leadership’. ‘Emperor Jones’ is the story by Eugene O’Neill of an escaped convict who becomes a despotic leader of a majority Afrikan country in the Americas. The leader eventually loses the support of his subjects who abandon his palace. He then descends into madness after the ghosts of people he has killed and his conscience resurfaces. The Emperor Jones character is based on a composite of Henri Christophe, a leader in 1820’s independent Haiti considered a tyrant and the Rt Hon Marcus Mosiah Garvey - a prophet, astute political activist and President-Elect of a United Afrika - who many European commentators considered a buffoon and conman.

The play is running in London at the National Theatre to a 97% European audience who are supportive of its themes and portrayal of Afrikan leadership. We found the play to be less than representative of the skills and knowledge of Afrikans both on the continent and in the diaspora. The play raises the issue of following leaders who are bullies and who rely on American (western) life experience and contacts to prop up their despotic rule. Throughout the play there is an overuse of the ‘n-word’ out of proportion for what we need to hear to get the point of Jones’ contempt for his subject as if the director was reveling in the ‘Tarantino-esque’ levels of the use of such a provocative word. The ending does not satisfactorily address the European complicity in chaos, corruption, murder and enslavement in across the Afrikan world. My colleague fell asleep during the play and said it was the most boring thing she had seen in a long time. She couldn’t see the point of staging a play from the 1920’s which has dated badly in such a prestigious venue.

We were impressed by the use of scenery which highlights the need for a theatre that can accommodate the scale of direction and sound quality that will express our visions. We have not yet been to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in north London but hopefully the opening of that centre will see a resurgence in quality Afrikan-owned spaces.

“No Afrikan should be the leader of anything if they have adopted an American worldview and no ‘Afrikan-American’ should be the leader of anything if they do not have an Afrikan worldview.” – Kubara Zamani.

It is now 25 years since the Boycott America Campaign in the run-up to the1984 Los Angeles Olympics. It was a political, economic, sporting and cultural boycott of all non-progressive American people, products and entertainment. The immediate reasons for the boycott included America’s ongoing support for apartheid south Afrika and destabilisation of the Frontline states, Nicaragua and Cuba. There was also domestic policy murder and discrimination which was under the control of the gung-ho TV cowboy Ronald Reagan, Alexander Haig and the mass murderer and arch-destabiliser of independent nations and struggles, Henry Kissinger.

Given America’s ongoing history of racism in prisons, incarceration rates, death row, lynchings, rapes, Hurricane Katrina, Jena 6, Amadu Diallo, Rodney King, Abner Louima, the Hollywood film structure, negative rap, ‘bling’ culture, gun warfare, hard drugs, gangs, pornography, consumerism, fraudulent elections, sub-standard education, bad housing, the sub-prime housing loans scandal which disproportionately affected Afrikans, unemployment, poor healthcare and social provision the memories of that boycott came back to us.

In the interests of anti-corruption, good governance and international human rights has the time come to renew the Boycott America movement as we have not seen any improvement in the treatment of Afrikans in the US or outside?

America styles itself as ‘Leader of the Free World’, the fount of modern democracy and the home of the UN. It has decided to put its tentacles, values and worldview into every corner of the world and nobody is allowed to trade or have a political or cultural system that is not serving American interests. However, these interests and values are not those of the original inhabitants of the continent. The First Peoples whether as Olmecs, Aztecs, Incas, Tainos, the Iroquois Confederacy or the Hopi were believers in living in harmony with nature and only consuming what you were able to replace or had a pressing need for on the grounds of survival. This is a common belief among all early inhabitants of planet earth. This was overturned by the Calvinist and Judaeo-Christian belief that everything on earth is for the sole benefit of a small proportion of humans to consume to the exclusion of all other humans and life-forms.

The current US President Bush continues America’s display of contempt for the rest of the world extending the 20th century’s ‘war on civilians’ by invading Iraq under false pretences and a slogan of ‘you’re either with us or against us’ reducing it to rubble after 16 years of sanctions. This behaviour gave the green light to mass murderers like President al-Bashir in Sudan to slaughter more Afrikans in Darfur. All over the world dictators declared they were supporting the Hollywood invention of the ‘war on terror’ and the number of innocent civilians killed, injured, raped, displaced and exploited has rapidly grown.

The four corners of earth are considered to be north, east, west and south. This gives us the word ‘news’ and the common greeting in many cultures and languages of ‘what is new?’ or ‘what is the news?’

The universe is based on four kinds of knowledge:
- Opinion can be anything you think of it or say. It can be based as much on your thoughts after drinking two bottles of red wine as anything else.

- Fiction / Fantasy is whatever you can think of which you don’t have to be able to achieve and does not have to be related to any moral code or relevant knowledge.

- Mythology tells of the cosmology of a people, how they came to be where they are, who was their first ancestor, etc. Not everything in mythology has a definite chronological time and space but it is used to transmit knowledge and cultural values.

- Facts / Reality. What is.

These four cornerstones can be linked to each other but they are not the same as each other. An opinion is not always a fact. Opinions and fiction / fantasy are NOT core leaderships attributes. Leadership should be in the hands of those who have a serious understanding of their mythology and based on facts on the ground. ‘The American Dream’ is based on fiction and fantasy. Those who uphold it cannot tell or acknowledge the mythology of The First Peoples of the Americas. [Read Dee Brown’s ‘Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee’]. This means that in world leadership stakes no-one upholding the American worldview has the integrity and vision to dominate the world. As Junior Murvin sang during the time of a previous cowboy president.


Son, stay away from the wrong possee
Please stay away - don’t go there, son

You have the Bad Man possee
You have the Good Man possee
You have the Rasta Man possee
You have the Roots Man possee

Which one you want to be in son?
Pick your choice

So many men lost their lives innocently
Because of the wrong, wrong possee
Son, there’s a right, there’s a wrong
Please don’t let your mum and daddy down

This is a lesson to all youth man
Keep a cool head
And stay away from the wrong possee
Son, stay away
Stay away from the wrong possee

– Junior Murvin [DATC, 1982]

To all the Afrikans in the streets, garrisons, ghettoes, gullies, tenements, slums, villages, estates, settlements, tabernacles, cribs and mansions:

Is the Pan-Afrikan movement Afrikan-centred or becoming increasingly American-centred?

Will Afrikan youths switch from living out their lifestyles as American-based Italian and Jewish gangsters to becoming true Afrikan spiritual warriors?

Will the BBC World Service reduce the number of top stories about President Bush or Condoleezza Rice or their responses to international issues from 90% given that Americans are only 4% of the world’s population?

*Thanks to Nia, Steffney, Junior, Mikey, GI, Dee Brown and the Insurgents for help with the editorial. Part two on the theme of ‘Leadership and Misleadership’ will be an interview with Onyekachi Wambu, Editor of ‘Under the Tree of Talking: Leadership for Change in Africa’.

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~ Onyekachi Wambu, Editor, ‘Under the Tree of Talking: Leadership for Change in Africa’.

~ ‘Take One (1974-79)’ – Hallelujah Chicken Run Band [Analog Africa – Out Now] One of the seminal acts from Zimbabwe. Recorded in the period leading up to independence and featuring in the line-up Thomas Mapfumo as a drummer / singer / songwriter. The companion album to the Green Arrows’ released earlier this year by the same label.

~ Mvula Kitombo / Pluie Orageuse (Rainstorm) – Orchestra Yamba Yamba Beto Ba [DJC Records - Out Now] Traditional music from Tandu musicians from Bas-Congo in the Democratic Republic of Congo who started out in the early 1970’s and still going strong.

~ ‘Algerian Rai’ – Cheb Nacim – [ARC Music – Out Now] Cheb Nacim presents an album of passionate Rai songs. Style and instrumentation range from traditional ‘desert feel’ to hot rumba and pulsating dance grooves.

We will try to recommend books we have read and DVD / videos we have seen and that are available in shops or libraries. However, given the nature and current state of Afrikan publishing and production there may be books, games and films on this list that are worth the extra effort to track down.

~ Under the Tree of Talking: Leadership for Change in Africa’ – Ed. Onyekachi Wambu [Counterpoint. ISBN: 0-86355-586-1]. Effective and inspiring leadership at all levels is increasingly recognised to be the key to positive social and political change. This book of essays by 18 thinkers and leaders (including Chinua Achebe, Chinweizu, Wangui wa Goro, William Gumede, Ali A Mazrui and Marianna Ofuso) testifies to hope on the horizon for Afrikan societies. It starts with Chinweizu analysing the most successful and long-lasting period of continuous government anywhere in the world which occurred in Afrika - the 4000-plus years of the Kamitian dynasties of the Nile Valley.

~ ‘Contro Verso’ – Kardo Bestilo [Europress. ISBN: 972-559-274-3] An anthology of poems on life and love, mainly in Portuguese, from Kardo Bestilo, one of the cornerstones of the Angolan spoken word movement.

~ ‘The Rough Guide to Cuban Music’ – Philip Sweeney [Rough Guides Ltd. ISBN: 1-85828-761-8] Some of the world’s most vibrant music comes from Cuba, the home of salsa, rumba, son and chachacha. Reading this book on our trip to the plantation was a revelation. The connections and influences between the Cubans and the rest of the Afrikan world have been so strong this book reads like a who’s who of music in the 20th century – if you’re involved in music and your name isn’t in it you should be seriously questioning your contribution to human existence.

October marks the 20th anniversary of UK Black History Month / Afrikan Heritage Month. We want to thank Akyaaba Addai Sebo and all the people promoting Afrikan culture, economics and development.

*EDITORIAL POLICY: Nubiart is a factually-based Africentric arts and current affairs radio programme. We do not accept that the ‘slave trade’ or Afrikan chattel enslavement was abolished by Britain in 1807 in Afrika, the Americas, Caribbean or anywhere else. We therefore request everybody sending info to us publicising events, articles, TV or radio programmes relating to the 200th anniversary of 1807 to make this clear when submitting info. We will amend items submitted to reflect this historical fact.

~ Autograph presents ‘From Emperor to Military Dictator: Shemelis Desta’s Ethiopian Archive 1963-1982’ an exhibition of images from the archive of the Ethiopian court photographer, Shemelis Desta. These works document the period of Ethiopian political history that included both rule of Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia (1930–74) and the military-led government of the 70s and 80s. As Desta’s first major exhibition in a gallery space, this archive offers a unique insight into a secretive and tumultuous period in recent Ethiopian political history. Exhibition dates: Until 11 Nov 2007. Open: Mon–Sat 11am–6pm, Thurs 11am–8pm & Sun 12–6pm at the Photographers Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7HY. Tel: 020 7831 1772. E-mail: Web:

~ ‘Ourstory’ an art exhibition by artist Horace Donovan commemorating the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The exhibition runs until 3 Nov at The Gallery, Willesden Library Centre, 95 High Road, London, NW10.

~ Hackney's Sam Uriah Morris Society (SUMS). SUMS kicks off this season's Black History Month with a series of lectures on the slave trade and slavery, the resistance movements and rebellions, abolition and the organisation of labour post abolition, colonialism and contemporary black struggles. You can also see the Permanent Exhibition of the Contribution of Black People to Civilization. At At 6.30-9pm. Harriet Tubman House,136a-142a Lower Clapton Road, London, E5. Contact: Jacqui McKenzie on 07961 148 568 or Jean Straker on 07949 205 712.

- On 8 Oct: Richard Hart, historian, former lawyer and the author of the ‘Slaves who Abolished Slavery’.
- On 15 Oct: Investigator, Andrew Mohammed, Andrew is a historian and lecturer and author of the award winning title, ‘Free your mind’.
- On 22 Oct: David Udo, chairperson of The First Martin Luther King Twelve. David was the Director of the Church of England Diocese of Southwark Race Relations Commission for 16 years

~ Blak Stok presents ‘Redemption Songs: Slaves Who Abolished Slavery’. A free exhibition about the true heroes and heroines of abolition: Nanny, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Paul Bogle, Sam Sharp, Cudjoe, and many others. Until 31 Oct 2007 at Hackney Central Library, Reading Lane, London, E8. Contact tel Nia on 07808 603 499 or e-mail: or

~ Muatta Books @ Word Power with Egyptologist Anthony Browder. Ever wondered the part played by people of African descent to the greatness of Uncle Sam? Catch Anthony Browder if you can. ‘Browder’s lesson, the one he’s been pushing for 18 years, is that Washington - a city of concealment, political and personal - has hidden its biggest secrets in plain sight. ‘Look around,’ he said, ‘and it’s clear to the trained observer that symbols and mythologies hatched thousands of years ago on the banks of the Nile River influenced the layout and design of this capital city.’ On Wed 10 Oct 2007 at 7pm at Ocean Music Centre, Mare Street, London, E8. Adm: £9/ £7 concs. Contact info. Tel: Muatta Books 07956 134 370

- On Sun 14 Oct at 4.30-6.30pm at The Emirates Arsenal Stadium, Conference Hall, London, N7. Contact: 07956 134 370 / 020 7254 9632

~ Mutabaruka Tour. On Sat 13 Oct at 6-8pm at The Emirates Arsenal Stadium Conference Hall, London, N7. Tel 020 7254 9632 Adm: £7.50

On Wed 17 Oct at 7.30pm at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, Tottenham Green, London, N15. Adm: £9/£7. Bookings & More Info: 020 7249 6572 - 0208 365 5450

On Thurs 18 Oct at 7.30pm at Yaa Asantewaa Community Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, London, W9 Adm: £9/£7. Tel: 020 72549632

~ ‘Moolaade’ Dir: Ousmane Sembene. In an African village this is the day when six 4-9 year old girls are to be circumcised. Two of the girls have drowned themselves in the well to escape the operation. The four other girls seek 'magical protection' (moolaade) by a woman (Colle) who seven years before refused to have her daughter circumcised. On Thurs 11 Oct 2007 at 7pm at West Green Learning Centre, Park View Academy, West Green Road, (next to Downhills Park), London, N15 3RB. Adm: £3 / £2 concs.

~ DESTIN public lecture, ‘Nigeria - Lifting the Resource Curse’. Dr Shamsuddeen Usman is Finance Minister of Nigeria, a position he has held since May 2007. Dr Usman was from 1999 to 2007 Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He received a masters and PhD in economics from LSE. Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge. On Thurs 11 Oct 2007 at 1-2pm at Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London, Scholl of Economics, London, WC2. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. For more info tel: 020 7955 6043 or e-mail:

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email or call 020 7955 7060.

~ ‘Stop Blaming the Children’, the NIEC (National Independent Educational Coalition) conference on12 Oct 2007 at 2-5pm at GLA City Hall, London, SE1. This is a free event but booking is essential as seating is limited. For further info visit:

~ Word Power Book Fair the only European Book Fair dedicated to writers, historians and authors of African descent. Browse the numerous bookstalls and enjoy a weekend of lectures, debates, discussions, readings, poetry and spoken word by local, national and international writers and historians of African descent plus information on book deals, publishing, and distribution rights. On Sat 13-Sun 14 Oct 2007 at 10am-8pm at The Emirates, Arsenal Stadium, Conference Rooms, Ashburton Grove, Islington, N7 7AF. Adm: Free (Workshops – £Various). Contact:

~ ‘War on Terror, Occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Proxy Wars in Africa’. As part of Black History Month, Stop the War Coalition and African Liberation Support Campaign Network (ALISC Network) are holding a day conference meeting on war in the Middle East and Africa. Speakers: Lindsey German (Convenor, StWC); Houdan Dualeh - SOAS Somali Students Society; Luwezi Kinshasa (International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement); Dr Mariam Suliman (Darfur Union); Deka Hassan (Somali Forum for Peace & Democracy); and Explo Nani-Kofi (Editor of Kilombo Pan African Journal). On Sat 13 Oct at 10am in Rm V111, Vernon Square Building of SOAS, Vernon Square, London, WC1. Contact : or phone 07984 405 307.

~ ABDF Ltd. London and South East Regional Meeting on Sat 13 Oct at North London venue and time TBC. The third regional meeting for shareholders based in the South East and for other interested Afrikans.

- ‘Understanding the Slave Trade in Afrikans, it’s Causes, Effects and Legacy’ seminar. The workshop will cover: What is slavery?; Before European enslavement of Afrikans there was Arab enslavement; A chronology of the European slave trade; Why the slave trade developed?; Who benefited?; Why and how the European slave trade ended; Sudan, Mauritania etc. The continuing Arab slave trade in Afrikans; and Slavery, colonialism, neo-colonialism – a continuum of exploitation. On Thurs 18 Oct 2007, at 6-8pm at Bethel Lighthouse Restaurant, Caldmore Road, Walsall, WS1 2QT

- 'Saving Our Sons' workshop for parents on Sat 20 Oct at 9.30am-1pm at The City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol

- Gammission 2007 ( on Fri Oct 26, 2007. It is still not too late to join hundreds of us in travelling to Gambia to reconnect, spiritually, culturally, recreationally and last but definitely not least; economically with our motherland. You can travel for 7, 10 or 14 days. For hundreds of Afrikans to collectively return home to Afrika during Afrikan History Month somehow seems just right?

~ Education Through Film present ‘Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters’. On Sun 14 Oct 2007 at 3-5.15pm at The Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 0HE. Contact details E-mail: Web:, and

~ ‘Gil Scott-Heron: the Revolution will not be Televised’. Dir. Don Letts, 2003; 60 mins. This BBC documentary from Grammy-winning director Don Letts looks at the godfather of rap's significance to music and civil rights, while charting his musical triumphs and increasingly tragic personal decline. On Mon 15 Oct 2007 at 7.30pm at Swiss Cottage Central Library, 88 Avenue Road, London, NW3. Places are limited. Please come early to avoid disappointment. Contact info. Tel: 020 7974 6522

~ ‘African Voices on Africa-Europe Relations’. Launch of BOND publication and panel debate. As the European Union (EU) and African governments prepare for the December 2007 Lisbon Summit where a new strategy on EU-African relations is to be adopted, African civil society organisations express their views on the state of the relationship now and what they would like to see changed. Come to this event to: Listen to African civil society organisations and African diaspora views on Africa-Europe relations; Put your questions and express your views directly to the negotiators of the joint strategy; and Network with others concerned about the future of Africa-Europe relations to make our voice louder

5-5.45pm - ‘The new joint EU-Africa strategy: what's new?’ Speakers Marie-Laure de Bergh, European Centre for Development Policy Management, leading the civil society consultation in the joint EU-Africa strategy process; and Helen O'Connell, One World Action and Chair of BOND European Policy Group

5.45-7pm - ‘Question time on Africa-Europe relations’ Panel: Gillian Ayong Ameck, trustee of ACTION for Conflict Transformation, from Cameroon, based in South Africa; Malcolm Damon, Director of Economic Justice Network, based in South Africa; Baroness Valerie Amos, UK candidate to the post of special EU Representative to the African Union; Alache Ode, VSO Diaspora Volunteering Initiative Partnership Manager; Klaus Rudischhauser, European Commission, DG Development, Director of Directorate C (Africa Caribbean and Pacific - General Affairs); HE Mahamat Annadif, African Union Representative to the European Union; UK Department for International Development, name tbc

On 15 Oct 2007 at 5-8pm at the Foreign Press Association, 11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AJ. RSVP by 9 Oct 2007 to tel: 020 7520 0252 or e-mail:

~ ‘Maafa: Truth 2007’ screenings. Told from an uncompromising African-centred perspective the film includes contributions from Dr Abiola Ogunsola, emma pierre, Bro Hakim, Dr Hakim Adi, Henry Bonsu, Ms Serwah, Bro Omowale, Kwaku Bonsu, Kubara Zamani, Dr Kimani Nehusi, Bro Ldr Mbandaka, Michael Eboda, Onyeka, shaka Marday, Stephen Henry, Teleica Kirkland and Dr Lez Henry. On Wed 17 Oct at 7.30-10pm at Leyton Library, High Road, London, E10 5QH. For more info contact: or check the

~ Abolition Truths is a panel-led Talks and Q&A session on the Abolition of the slave trade with special emphasis on the role of African freedom fighters and Abolitionists, the Haiti revolution and the revolts, campaigns, and the boycotts leading to the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807. The talk will highlight the fact that the 1807 Act did not seek to abolish slavery, and that the Abolition of Slavery Act was not passed until 1833. The distinction of chattel slavery, the issue of resilience and the need for people of African descent to re-engage with the African identity will be highlighted. Panellists include Ms Serwah (BTWSC / NewAfricanPerspective), Kwaku (Black Music Congress / NewAfricanPerspective), Dr Lez Henry (Nu-Beyond) and emma pierre (Ligali). A specially composed musical piece performed by Africanus Britanicus featuring HKB Finn & Co, will tell the story of slavery from Africa to the so-called New World and the legacy found across the African diaspora. The teenaged poet Stefan Testsola will perform a poem on the Abolition theme. A presentation will be made to the Prof Allotey Science Prize short-list of Harrow students of African descent. On Wed 24 Oct 2007 at 6.30-8.30pm at Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1. Adm: Free but pre-book via subject line: booking for Abolition Truths

~ Ghana 50 Music Exhibition. The African Image Alliance’s Ghana 50 festival & exhibition focuses on both the contemporary and historical aspects of Ghanaian culture. The exhibit features a collection of rare photographs, publications, videos and music documents chronicling Ghana’s musical history. Until Wed 31 Oct 2007 at Greenwich Heritage Centre, Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal Woolwich, London, SE18 4DX. Adm: Free. Contact: Jennifer Kumi on 020 7243 6611. Email: Web:

~ Nigeria Community Manchester is celebrating its 47th Independent Anniversary. ‘Nigeria Independent Art Exhibition’. Until 21 October 2007 at Nigeria Centre, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5NE. For info contact Joe on 07890 104 602 or e-mail: or web:

~ ‘Bombay Africans 1850-1910’. Discover the contribution made by formerly enslaved Africans to the exploration of Africa and the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century. The exhibition spans 60 years, charting the incredible journeys of several African men - Sidi Mubarak Mumbai, Wikitani, James Chuma, Jacob Wainright, William Benjamin, Benjamin Rutton and Abdullah Susi. From enslavement at a young age in Africa, these men were freed by British Royal Navy ships and left in India. They later returned to Africa with the likes of Burton, Speke and Livingstone to help plan and guide expeditions into Africa. At 10am-5pm until Thurs 29 Nov 2007 at The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. Adm: Free. More info about this event and the Bombay Africans Talk can be found here. Contact Tel: 020 7591 3052. Web:

~ ‘Visions of Consciousness’. The first ever retrospective of the Caribbean Artists Movement which operated in the UK in the 1960s and 70s, with Caribbean born painters, designers, writers and poets. On Thurs 18 Oct - Sun 11 Nov 2007 at 12-6pm (excl Mon) at Gallery: space at the McKenzie Pavillion, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2NQ. Adm: Free. Contact info: Tel: 07929 252 724.

~ ‘A Survey of The Igbo Nation’. Prof G E K Ofomata aids the understanding of what, to many, is still a mysterious part of an extensive country in his important lecture on Igbos and Igboland of Nigeria based on his book ‘A Survey of The Igbo Nation’. On Sat 20 Oct 2007 at 7-9pm at Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, London, E8. Adm: Free. Contact info Tel: 020 7254 9632. E-mail:

~ African History Speaks. The Somali Family Support Group invites you to their African History Month 2007 event to commemorate and reflect upon the Maafa and its legacy. ‘Slavery Abolition and its Legacy’. Tony Warner from the 100 Black Men of London will present a comprehensive, interactive, audio- visual exploration of the reality of slavery, abolition, and its legacy on economics, politics, immigration, society and war.

‘Understanding the Legacy of Chattel Enslavement’: In this talk Dr. William (Lez) Henry will consider the notions of enslavement by highlighting some of the differences between African chattel slavery and other forms of economic exploitation. On Sat 20 Oct 2007 at 2-6pm at Avenue House, East End Road, Finchley, London, N3 3QE. Adm: Free. Contact info tel: 020 8371 4125 / 07809 614 053.

~ Blak Stok presents ‘The Great Black History Month Quiz©’. A fascinating and lively quiz for all the family with major prizes to be won, including a silver trophy for junior and senior champions. Do you know Lewis Hamilton from Joe Louis? Or Martin Luther King from Queen Nefititi?There is a junior competition for ages up to 17, and a senior contest for adults. Entry forms will also be available in Hackney libraries. The junior competition will run from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, followed by the senior competition. Enter your team of three today! You can still enter if you are individual. At 5.30-8pm on 25 Oct 2007 at Hackney Museum, Reading Lane, London, E8. Contact tel: 07808 603 499. E-mail: for an application form.

~ ‘Bamako’. Dir: Abderrahmnane Sissako. Set against the backdrop of overwhelming economic strife, a couple - Melee (Aissa Maiga) and Chaka (Djeneba Kone) - struggle to keep the peace in their marriage, while their neighbours are hodling a mock trial in the town courtyard to hold the IMF and the World Bank accountable for creating such hardship in Africa. On Thurs 25 Oct 2007at 7pm at West Green Learning Centre, Park View Academy, West Green Road, London, N15 3RB. Web:

~ African History Film Day
14.00 ‘A Son of Africa’. Dir: Alrick Riley, UK, 1995, 25 mins
14.30 ‘4Real Kenya’. Dir: Sol Guy, UK, 2005, 24 mins
15.00 ‘Legacy’. Dir: Inge Blackman, UK / Caribbean, 2006, 17 mins
15.20 ‘Catch a Fire’. Dir: Menelik Shabazz, Jamaica/UK, 1995, 30 mins
16.10 ‘Black Slave Girl: Dance as Resistance’. Dir: Rodriguez King-Dorset, UK, 2007, 5 mins
16.20 ‘One plus One’. Dir: George Amponsah, UK, 1999, 19 mins

On Sat 27 Oct 2007 at 2-5pm at British Museum, Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG. Adm: Free - booking required. Contact info Tel: 020 7323 8181.

~ ‘Slavery’ (UK Premiere) Drawn from interviews with former enslaved Africans, this powerful drama combines personal testimony with beautiful African spirituals to create a remarkable insight into a dark period of history. On Mon 29 Oct 2007 at 7.30pm at Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9. Adm: £10. Contact info tel: 020 8253 1030. E-mail:

~ ‘Africa's Greatest Resource’. The documentary centres around Thomas Peters, who was sold into slavery at the age of 22, worked on a plantation in America, and then fought with the British in the American War of Independence. It traces his flight to Nova Scotia, and his subsequent repatriation to Freetown in Sierra Leone. On Tue 30 Oct 2007 at 7pm at Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Philip Lane, London, N15 4JA. Adm: Free. Contact info: Tel: 020 8489 5309.

~ Stop the Genocide in Northern Uganda (StGiNU) meet every Tues at 6pm in Room K417 / 418, Keyworth Building, Keyworth St, Elephant and Castle, South Bank University, London, SE1.

Contact Details

Contact: Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: Web:
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