Nubiart Diary - Afrikan Heritage Month

By Kubara Zamani | Thu 18 October 2012

‘A different perspective on the Afrikan world’

Please find below details of follow-up workshop, by popular request, and full report on the What Does It Mean To Be A Global African? presentation & workshop.

This workshop is by popular request and is a follow up to the ‘What Does It Mean To Be A Global African? presentation & workshop. History consultant and TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) co-ordinator Kwaku facilitates a workshop aimed at highlighting strategies to regain our African identity and self-confidence. It’s a participants-driven workshop, and your contribution is welcome.

Global African workshop feedback indicates more opportunities needed for self-examination. Follow up workshop, ‘How To Regain Our African Identity And Self-Confidence’, convened for October 24 2012

October 10 2012 - At the ‘What Does It Mean To Be A Global African?’ presentation and workshop, which recently took place at the WEB Du Bois Centre in Accra, one of the presenters, Addai Sebo, charged the present generation in the land where lies the remains of three giants of pan-Africanism – the African-American WEB Du Bois, the African-Caribbean George Padmore, and African’s son Kwame Nkrumah, with failing to take forward the fruits of Nkrumahism and pan-Africanism, which were sown in Ghana over forty years ago.

He decried the fact that none of Nkrumah’s books can be found in the school curriculum. Sebo, who is credited with introducing African History Month (formerly Black History Month) in Britain 25 years ago, paid tribute to the elders of previous generations who had made him the man he is today through the free education he received in Ghana before going on to further his education in the United States, where he widened his knowledge of African history and pan-Africanism.

The term “global African” is beginning to gain currency within pan-African discourse, said workshop facilitator Kwaku. The global African realises that he’s African wherever he happens to be located on the globe. It’s a more “fluid” alternative to “pan-African”, he said, in that it encompasses the way one lives, in addition to the political context.

The other guest speakers were former teacher, veteran diplomat and social commentator KB Asante, and the distinguished composer and musicologist Prof JH Kwabena Nketia.

The latter highlighted two opportunities that helped him learn more about Ghanaian and African music. The first was the support he received in the 1950s from Nkrumah, then Leader of Government Business, who brought him in to help with work on culture and national development. The second was Dr Kofi Busia, who as head of sociology (and leader of the opposition), created a research fellowship in African studies within his department.

Prof. Nketia has been able to share his knowledge of African music with diverse peoples around the world. He is the author of the 1974 published ‘Music Of Africa’, which has been translated into numerous languages, including Chinese and Japanese.

Asante highlighted the “colonial mentality” as one of the results of the ravages of colonialism, which the likes of Nkrumah tried to “correct” by promoting the “African personality”, “African confidence”, and the unity of the African continent. The task right now, he said, is to go further, by bringing all peoples of African heritage into the global African family.

The event, which was attended by a cross-section of Africans from the continent and the diaspora, was organised by UK-based voluntary organisation BTWSC and the TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) campaign, in association with the WEB Du Bois Centre. In his welcome address, Centre executive director Ato Keelson re-iterated the Centre’s mission, which is to promote the continued pursuit of self-definition for Africa and the diaspora.

Participants were then tasked with deliberating upon four workshop topics:

- What is the African mindset/Point of view/Personality? What is influence of Marcus Garvey and Kwame Nkrumah?
- Ways in which the global African can articulate his concerns about welfare of Africans on the globe
- What are the different forms of neo-colonialism?
- How do we ensure that foreign cultures don’t dominate, and that education inculcates knowledge and appreciation of African history and culture?

Participants were encouraged to make a personal commitment regarding what they would do to demonstrate their global African mindset.

At the plenary session, it was agreed that the global African should:

- have a mindset which radiates self-confidence and promotes the African personality. This will be facilitated by an educational system that teaches African history from primary school to university and highlights African heroes
- be concerned about the welfare of Africans on the globe. Once the African understands that he is an African, regardless of where he is located on the globe, he will be concerned about the treatment of his fellow Africans wherever they reside
- be aware of influence of neo-colonialism and actively resist it
appreciate and know his culture, and not allow other cultures to dominate his expression and values

Positive feedback has led the organisers to convene a follow up workshop to enable participants to focus on two of the most important themes. ‘How To Regain Our African Identity And Self-Confidence’, a free workshop, takes place on Wednesday October 24, 5-7pm at the International Press Centre on Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue, Accra.

Workshop groups
BTWSC is a UK based voluntary organisation that raises aspirations and promotes social cohesion

TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) is a UK based campaign aimed at encouraging people of African heritage in Britain to engage with their African identity.,,!/taobq

Personal Commitments:
- Patronise African products
- Plan to read more about Africans in other parts. A book a month to start off
- Make national politics my businness too, and not leave it to the narrow-minded, micro-ethnic ruling elite
- Create an awareness on the social media
- To read books on Kwame Nkrumah and send out his ideas
- To be more conscious of the ways cultural imperialism can affect my actions
- My core duty is to reach out to my children or the young generation about what has been. I’ll discourage people from speaking foreign languages in their households

Workshop notes:
Workshop 1: What is the African mindset / Point of view / Personality? What is influence of Marcus Garvey and Kwame Nkrumah?
- Cultural, religious imperatives that impinge on our assessment of who we are in relation to the encounter with slavery, enslavement, and colonialism
- Multiplicity of European languages and influences affecting our norms and values in conflict with local languages
- The problem of recognition and acceptance by fellow Africans because of the degree of pigmentation (i.e. lighter skinned)
- The African/pan-African consciousness is lost in the mindset of majority of Ghanaians who see themselves first by their ethnic origins

Workshop 2: Ways in which the global African can articulate his concerns about welfare of Africans on the globe
- Knowledge first, then comprehension: Understand what’s happening – we take Western propaganda e.g. “Gaddafi was a dictator…”
- Why were Africans murdered in Libya?
- Writing to the media, contacts that are influential
- Social media /networking should be used
- Formerly GNA (Ghana News Agency) provided the international news, but now most of the Ghanaian media houses just copy information almost verbatim from foreign media such as the BBC, etc. Africans should use the media we own
- Interests, not friends - Must remember that our relationship with the West is based on their national interest and not friendship. All countries (ought to) pursue their national interests

Workshop 3: What are the different forms of neo-colonialism?
- Foreign Music
- Foreign Religion
- Foreign Media
- Foreign language(s)
- Changing taste in preference for Western foods or food preparations
- Disregarding our traditions in preference for Western traditions/styles
- Family systems “Europeanised”, including nuclear in place of the extended family
- European names also mistakenly termed “Christian names” precedence over African names

Workshop 4: How do we ensure that foreign cultures don’t dominate, and that education inculcates knowledge and appreciation of African history and culture?
- Culture – a way of life of a particular people
- Areas of focus - music, language, arts, movies, beliefs, knowledge, morals
- We must identify cultural imperialism through the media
- The way forward is to start with the family unit; the educational and cultural institutions must engage the mindsets of the people for a behavioural and attitudinal change
- Check media content
- Also self-reliance by ensuring quality packaging of cultural products; presenting local information through our culture, such as drama, theatre, music
- Government should buy into African values – reflected within the education curriculum, civic education
- Be nationalistic

Contact Awula Serwah. Tel: 0302 774344. E-mail:, Web:

Segments of ‘The African Or Black Question’ documentary, as used in the Henry Bonsu-helmed Shoot The Messenger Vox African programme, can be seen at:

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I take great pleasure in inviting you to a very historic occasion - the UK’s very first Reparations Sunday Service – that will be taking place on Sunday 21st October 2012 from 11am-1pm, at: Clapham Methodist Church, Clapham High Street, Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR. Please arrive for a prompt start at 11.00am.

The aims and objectives of Reparations Sunday (UK) are:
 To initiate a local dialogue (with national implications) on the Methodist Churches response to the movement for reparations.
 To remember, reflect and renew the focus on African Reparations for Slavery, colonialism and its modern day legacies.
 To encourage Christians to focus their thoughts and prayers, upon the righteous cause of African reparations.
 To highlight the role of theology in validating and supporting the cause of African Reparations; and
 To highlight the role of Methodist and other Christian social change agents in promoting the cause of
African Reparations.

Reparations Sunday was first commemorated in the USA on the initiative of Reparationist Queen Mother Dorothy Benton Lewis (Yaa Asantewaa) of N’COBRA (The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America) who made her transition earlier this year. Queen Mother was a lifelong fighter for reparations and freedom for African people whose lifetime work succeeded in taking the cause of African reparations for slavery, colonialism and its contemporary legacies to every possible audience including working amongst faith communities.

In honour of this initiative already popular in the USA, and in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the historic African and African Descendants World Conference Against Racism in Barbados in 2002; and the forthcoming United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2013-2023) focusing on the theme of recognition, justice and development, we at Clapham Methodist Church have taken this bold step to champion Reparations Sunday in the UK. We anticipate that the date may change in the future but felt it was important to start building the momentum for such a commemoration.

African Reparations is one of the most misunderstood issues of our times, it is hoped that Reparations Sunday (UK) will go some way towards dispelling the myths and raising awareness of the question of Reparations amongst church congregations but also all peoples who are seekers of truth and justice.
Please join us in inaugurating this historic occasion.

Yours Faithfully in Service
Revd. Hewie Andrew

NUBIART: Focus on arts, business, education, health, political developments and the media.

~ ‘Is the Afrikan Man Afraid of Himself?’


~ ‘THE NIGHT WATCHMAN’ - Alexander D Great [Lion Valley Records – Out Now] Alexander D Great’s ‘The Night Watchman’ was released in August to coincide with his defence of the calypso crown.
Most of the album is made up of updated versions of original songs he has recorded since 1985 alongside a few new tracks and ‘Millennium Calypsonian’ which was recorded live at Canterbury Global Picnic in 1999. The album kicks off with ‘Fifty Years (Living Independently)’ which celebrates Trinidad & Tobago’s fiftieth anniversary of independence. Last year’s winning title, ‘Pan Woman On Trial (aka Trials Of A Pan Woman)’, has received a new mix. ‘Haiti’, the winning title of 2010, is still topical more than two years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, a UN-originated cholera outbreak, aid fails to materialise and Haiti is still paying off unjust historical debts. ‘Since Kelso Cochrane Died’ is a tribute to a victim of racist attack who’s murder triggered what became known as the Notting Hill Riots in 1958 but was also the catalyst for the Notting Hill Carnival. ‘Heart Of Africa’ is another powerful political track. The title track ‘The Night Watchman’ rounds off an album full of humour and biting social criticism.

~ ‘VUMANI BO RED LION’ – Africa Entsha [Pollen8 Productions – Out Now] We managed to catch Africa Entsha during their summer residency at London’s South Bank when they joined Sipho Mabuse on stage for a high-octane input into what was already a rousing set. They also performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Africa Entsha update the acapella and gospel singing style with doo-wop, r’n’b and beatbox stylings. The close four-part harmonies indicate a bright future for these South African youths. If you were to invent a new name to describe their style it would probably be Mbube swagger.

We will only review books we have read and DVDs we have seen and that are available at reasonable prices online or in shops or libraries. However, given the nature and current state of Afrikan publishing and production there may be books and films on this list that are worth the extra effort to track down.

~ ‘CARRY-BEYOND REFLECTIONS: AN AUDIOGRAPHY BY LEZLEE LYRIX’ [Nu-Beyond Ltd: Learning By Choice! ISBN: 978-0-9554-0942-4]

‘You can call me anything you like, / but don’t call me no blasted stereo type / cos I’m sick and tired, fed up to my back teeth, / of so many of our people causing us grief, / enhancing the belief of so many white people, / that blacks will never be their equal, / just another sequel to a continuing saga, / when I open my mouth they want to hear “yes, massa”, / what a disaster I just can’t believe it, / 1990s and we’re still falling for it, / the same old shegry loud and clear, / it makes me despair like a recurring nightmare.” - ‘Legacy of the Colonial Mind’ (p25)

“because denial is easy, commitment is harder, / it takes a lifetime to become a good father, / who is there 24/7 to see his children living, / as the work of a dad is all about giving, / your time, your love whilst doing your best, / until your children are grown and flown the nest, / that’s when you can rest cos you understood, / you guided your children in the best way you could.” - ‘Being A Father’ (p170).

‘Carry-Beyond Reflections: An Audiography By Lezlee Lyrix’ is an autobiography told through the 60 lyrics Dr Lez Henry has recorded or DJed on sound systems under his Lezlee Lyrix moniker over three decades from his early days on Saxon in south east London. With lyrics in English / Patwa and his South London hybrid the book follows a thematic more than a chronological trajectory that allows Dr Lez to explore the wide range of issues that interest and affect Afrikan men away from the one-dimensional, sterile, stereotypes people project onto ‘the Afrikan man’. The range of his personal inspirations and issues include: Blackness; Parenthood; Femininity, Fatherhood; Media portrayal. Miseducation; Anti-intelligence; Anti-apartheid; Relations with Afrika; Afrikan Economics; Afrikan attitudes to homosexuality; Authenticity, fakeness and ‘Jafaicans’; Dress sense; Steven Lawrence’s murder, other racist attacks and police racism; God and religion; Rasta and white Jesus. Royalty and Monarchy, Big-small island; All-inclusive hotels and private beaches; Fragile egos; Violence in the dance; low recognition for UK DJ’s, Sound clashes and pirate lyrics; Crack cocaine; Child kidnap and abuse; and road rage.

Afrikans are always being told to forget about their history’ yet Dr Lez points out no-one dares to tell the Jews, Europeans, etc, to forget their history. Look at how many books, films and plays there are about the First and Second Imperialist / World Wars. The significant lead-up events – the Battle of Adowa, the genocide of the Herero in Namibia and Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia – were all based in Afrika. There are clear condemnations of the bleachers, “If you dangerously believe that the Creator made you in ‘his’ image, yet you literally cannot reflect that image I would humbly suggest that you will forever be confused.” (p53)

Dr Lez highlights that humans have an ego problem that makes them believe the earth and universe is there for their sole consumption and destruction “I think the sooner we collectively realise the planet does not require human beings for its existence, is the sooner we will stop destroying the source of our continued existence.” (p154)

There is a need for a global perspective on life and as would be expected from one of the pioneers of British DJing his view is encapsulated in his promotion of “Reggae music, which is the truly universal voice for all humanity.” (p144)

Dr Lez agrees with us though that his best lyrics and delivery has to be ‘Time To Make A Change’ which starts, “The future of the black man in the next millennium, is centred on ah education about the African.”

The book adequately counters people who spout cliches such as Afrikan men only have one thing on their mind. With powerful lyrics such as ‘What A Ting’ and ‘African Body White Man Mind’. Being into Afrikan roots and culture doesn’t mean you are always serious and miserable. You can have nuff joke it just has to be conscious as can be seen in ‘Clare and Present Danger!’

Nubiart Diary


- ‘The Manuscripts of Timbuktu’. On Tues 16 Oct.
Deep in the vast desert region of Mali in West Afrika lies the historical city of Timbuktu. For centuries it was a centre for trade, where merchants came to buy and sell goods such as salt and gold. Timbuktu also emerged as a centre for religion and learning: prior to the colonisation of much of Afrika, the city was a fountain of knowledge in the fields of physics, astrology, and technology, and almost the entire population could read and write. In ‘The Manuscripts of Timbuktu’, historians, imams and experts on the centuries-old Timbuktu manuscripts tell the fascinating tale of this Afrikan city, each from the perspective of their respective specialist field.

- Congo Week Special! ‘Apocalypse Africa: Made in America’. On Wed 17 Oct.
Journalist Del Walters explores secret recordings, classified films and other archival evidence that suggests the United States’ involvement in the downfall of Africa, including genocidal wars in Darfur, Uganda and Rwanda. Through top-secret data, hidden documents and other sources obtained from government archives, the film reveals links between the destruction of Afrika and those who influence American foreign policy.

- ‘Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai’. On Wed 24 Oct.
Taking Root tells the dramatic story of the late Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy. A movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. ‘Taking Root’ is the most comprehensive, in-depth film about Wangari Maathai available. It was made in close collaboration with her during the last decade of her life.

All events at 7-9pm at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 2LN. Adm: £5. Tel / Fax: 020 8881 0660. Mobile: 07951 234 233. E-mail:

~ AFRICAN DIASPORA IN ASIA: CULTURAL SURVIVALS, CODES & SIGNIFIERS. This event explores a small part of the diaspora, in order to understand the diversity of South Asians of African descent. The presentations on India and Sri Lanka are based on field work by scholars. The oral histories and contemporary status of Afro-Asians is articulated by those of African descent themselves known by various names in the region. Speakers: Dr Amrita Shodhan (School of Oriental & African Studies), ‘The Tribal Muslim Sidi Badashah’s of Western India - the Politics of Naming’; Beheroze Shroff (University of California, Irvine, USA), ‘“We’re Indian and African”: Voices of the Sidis’ (film); Dr Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies), ‘Afro-Sri Lankan Music and Dance: Codes & Signifiers’; Natasha Senanayake (King’s College London), “Ceylonese Lancers on Kaffrinha Airs: A Piano Recital”. Chaired by Dr Michael Kandiah (King’s College London). On Thurs 18 October at 5.30-7.30pm at Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, Room G22/24, Ground Floor, South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU. Adm: Free. RSVP:

~ NUBIAN JAK HERITAGE PLAQUE FOR JAMAICAN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST OF 1948. Arthur Wint went to Canada to train as an RAF pilot in World War 2. After the war Arthur became a medical student at London’s St Bartholomew’s hospital. Then at the 1948 London Olympic Games he achieved global fame by becoming the first Jamaican athlete to win an Olympic gold medal (400m). He returned home as a Doctor and was later awarded the Jamaican honour of the Order of Distinction in 1973, and in 1974 became the country’s High Commissioner to Great Britain. He passed away on 19 Oct 1992. Arthur Wint’s daughter, Valerie, has just written a book about him, ‘The Longest Run’. Plaque unveiling on Fri 19 Oct at 1pm at 22 Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court, London. Plaque Event and Marketing: Chinara Enterprises Ltd, 07501 497 920. E-mail: General Enquiries: Nubian Jak Community Trust Ltd. Tel: 0800 093 0400.

~ ‘UNIA BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING’ SCREENING. Showcasing the UNIA Blue Plaque unveiling and tribute that took place on Marcus Garvey’s earthday - 17 Aug 2011. DVD copies of this landmark event will be on sale for £7.99. On Sat 20 Oct at The Bernie Grant Art Centre, Town Hall Approach, Tottenham, London N15 4RX. Adm: £6.

~ FINDYOURVOICE & CENTERPRISE PRESENTS: A NATURAL LOOK AT PROSTATE CANCER & FIBROIDS. What do we know about them? What can we do about them? Presented by Dr Llaila O Afrika, a doctor of Naturopathy, lecturer and author, including the bestselling ‘African Holistic Health’, as well as a pioneer in African Science. And Dr Melanie Stevenson, a Naturopath with over 10 years’ experience as a holistic practitioner. On Sat 20 Oct at 1100am– 3pm at Stamford Hill Library, Portland Avenue, London, N16 6SB. Tel: 020 8356 1964. Adm: £5 / £7 on door. Tel: Douglas Williams on 07882 403 871 / 07960 239 493.

IRIE! Drummers are a collective of five talented drummers from Africa, the Caribbean and the UK. The musicians work with IRIE! dance theatre using the idiom of traditional African and traditional Caribbean drum rhythms as a basis upon which to create, perform, educate and entertain. The Power of the Drum celebrates both traditional and contemporary vibrations of Cameroon, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone; through call and response, counter-rhythms, polyrhythms and improvisation. On Sat 20 Sep at 7pm at Moonshot Centre, Fordham Park, Angus Street, New Cross, London, SE14 6LU. Adm: £7 / £5 / (MOTD). Tel: 020 8691 6099. E-mail: or

~ AFRIKAN REPARATIONS SUNDAY SERVICE. On Sun 21 Oct at 11am-1pm at Clapham Methodist Church, Clapham High Street, Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR.


- Jamaica 50. On Tues 23 Oct at Jamaican High Commission, 1-2 Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BZ. Adm: Free. Tel: 020 7808 8041 / 8003. E-mail:

- Bass culture: the influence of reggae on British music. On Fri 26 Oct at 7pm to 10pm at The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15. Adm: Free. Info: Ben Ryan, Director, Blue Lotus Music Group. Tel: 44 (0) 7973 384 213. E-mail: Web:

- ‘Carry-Beyond Reflections’ Southwark Black History Month event. On Sat 27 October at 12- 6pm
(Dr Lez speaks @ 4.20pm) at Thomas Calton Centre, Alpha Street, Peckham, London, SE15. Adm: Free

- ‘From poetry to rap & back: we bettah than Shakespeare!’ On Tues 30 Oct at 6-9pm at Myplace Centre, 343 Dagnham Park Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 9NE. Adm: Free. Tel: 01708 376 004. E-mail:

- ‘Carry-Beyond Reflections’ On Wed 31 Oct at 7-10pm at Unit 9, Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, London, SW2 1BZ, Adm: £5.


- The Importance of Black History? Dir: Nosa Igbinedion. On Tues 23 Oct
In this riveting and engaging new documentary, award-winning filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion teams up with young people from Islington, and experts in the field to explore the importance of Black History and whether it is under-represented in mainstream education and the impact of that in a multicultural Britain.

Nosa Igbinedion notes Black History comprises the history of multiple nations, people and ethnicities so how can it be comprised into one month and under the umbrella Black? So is Black History really World History? And if so should school curriculums be more inclusive to reflect the globalised world and multicultural society we live in today? Featuring Hakim Adi, Tony Warner and many more, this film seeks to break down barriers, evoke meaningful discussion, and be used as an educational resource and discussion tool for schools and the wider community. Plus live debate.

- ‘Hoodwinked’. Dir: Janks Morton. On Tues 30 Oct.
In 2007 Janks Morton’s independent documentary ‘What Black Men Think’, took the US by storm with one simple question...”Are there more Black Men in jail or college?” In the sequel ‘Hoodwinked’, Morton, armed with current research systematically dismembers multiple cultural falsehoods about Black male Identity. Screening will be followed by a Q&A and discussion.

Both events at 7pm at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Adm: £6.50 or £4.50 for online bookings. Tel: 020 7520 1490. Web:

~ ‘HOW TO REGAIN OUR AFRICAN IDENTITY AND SELF-CONFIDENCE’. On Wed 24 Oct at 5-7pm International Press Centre on Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue, Accra. Adm: Free. Contact Awula Serwah. Tel: 0302 774344. E-mail:, Web:

~ WORD POWER 2012. 6th Annual International Black Literature and Book Fair incorporating Dr Llaila Afrika 2012 UK national tour. Presenting: Azaniagem Greenidge, Rosanna Lewis, Nefer and Lenea Herew, El Crisis, Akala, Anthony Anaxogorou, Jaja Soze, Poetic Pilgrimage, Robin Walker, Dr Afrika, Dr Stevenson, Lillian Allen, Cezanne, Empress J, Tiana ‘Icious’ Scott, Everard, M. Phillips, De Alberto, Tobago Crusoe and Mosi Conde. Until: 31 Oct at Centerprise, 136-138 Kingsland High Street, London. E8 2NS. Adm: Various. Tel: 020 7254 9632. E-mail:

Kimathi Donkor, When shall we 3?
(Scenes from the life of Njinga Mbandi),
2010, oil on linen, 160 x 105 cm.
~ INIVA PRESENTS ‘QUEENS OF THE UNDEAD’. A solo exhibition by Kimathi Donkor. which includes newly commissioned paintings that celebrate heroic women from Afrikan diasporic history, along with earlier contemporary portraits. The free exhibition brochure with texts by David Dibosa and Carol Tulloch is a collector’s item and we would urge all our readers to contact the gallery to get a copy if they are unable to make it to the venue themselves. Until 24 Nov at Institute of International Visual Arts), Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. Tel: 020 7729 9616. Web:

~ WHEATMIST AND AKOBEN AWARDS present ‘ 25 Years On…The Black History Month event of 2012! Panel: Ansel Wong (London Strategic Policy Unit officer who helped introduce BHM); Marc Wadsworth and Roger McKenzie (Black Sections executives who helped with the election of the first 3 African British MPs). Chair: Kwaku (Akoben Awards & TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) co-ordinator). On Tues 30 October 30 at 6-9pm at Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Raod, Harrow, HA1 2XY. E-mail: Web:

~ REMEMBERING SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR. An African British musical genius & pan-Africanist. SamuelColeridge-Taylor was born on 15th August 1875 in Holborn to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father who was a doctor. He moved to Croydon as an infant. Best known for his choral composition, ‘Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’, Coleridge-Taylor was also a pan-Africanist who introduced African sensibilities into classical music.

- Wed 31 Oct 31 at 2.30-4pm at Streatham Library for Lambeth schools.

- Wed 31 Oct 31 at, 6.30-8.30pm at Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road, London, SW15 2DR. Tel: 020 8871 7090

- Thurs 1 Nov 1 at 2.30-4pm at Brixton Library for Lambeth schools

Contact: Awula Serwah. E-mail: Web:

~ SHADES OF NOIR ‘HAPPENING TO BE’ EXHIBITION. Some of the most accomplished alumni from University of the Arts London (UAL), are being honoured in an exhibition of their work called ‘Happening To Be’. The artists are: Professor Ablade Glover, OBE, who is still painting in his late seventies after a distinguished career as an international exhibiting artist and leading educator and was the Dean of the College Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; Ngozi Onwurah whose films, TV dramas and documentaries have won numerous international film festival awards; Yinka Shonibare, MBE, was a 2004 Turner Prize nominee and his ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ occupied the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square from May 2010 until Jan 2012; Professor Andrew M. Ramroop, OBE, CM, is a respected master tailor and the managing director of Maurice Sedwell Ltd in London’s Saville Row; and Trevor Robinson, CBE won plaudits for the ‘You’ve been Tangoed’ soft drinks ads. The curator for the exhibition is another UAL alumnus the painter Kimathi Donkor. Until 27 Oct (Mon–Fri 10am–6 pm; Sat 10am–4 pm) at Lethaby Gallery, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AA. Contact: Deborah Gabriel, PR Specialist and Researcher, Shades of Noir Team. Tel: 07758 789 816. E-mail: Twitter: @deborahgabriel Web:

~ AARP AND BLACK HISTORY WALKS PRESENT A WALTER RODNEY SYMPOSIUM.Film on his life plus presentations by Dr Ama Biney, Dr Kimani Nehusi and Professor Clem Seecharan. Chaired by Dr Michelle Asantewa of London Met. The symposium will provide an overview of the analysis by Dr Walter Rodney in his book How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, (1972). The aim is to acknowledge the contribution made by Dr Rodney in contextualising the deliberate strategies of underdevelopment of Africa by Europe during the colonial and post-colonial period. It will revisit his work in relation to Africa’s social and economic position today and consider the implications of neo-colonialism in the struggle for self-determination and economic independence. On Sat 3 Nov at 10.30am-5pm at London Metropolitan University, 166 Holloway Road N7 8DB. Adm: £5.

~ ‘JOURNEYS AND KINSHIP’ EXHIBITION. Is the face not currency enough? This display of face casts responds to the irony that members of the African Diaspora must pay to visit sites from which their ancestors were transported into enslavement. ‘Journeys and Kinship’ explores further the themes of the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery at the Museum of London Docklands through a project between the visual artist Jean Joseph and a group of young Londoners working together with Calypsonian, Alexander D Great, and Yvonne Wilson from Equi-Vison. Until 4 Nov 2012 at Museum of London, Docklands 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL. Tel: 020 7001 9844. Adm: Free. Web:

~ HIDDEN ARTS PRESENTS ‘WORDS FROM THE SOUL’. A blend of poetic chants with African Rhythms.‏ On Nov 6 at 7.30pm at The Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS. Adm: £10. Box office 020 8807 6680 / 07779 003 792 (Mike) / 07956 191 694 (Gerard). Web: or

~ BLACK HISTORY ON THE STREETS OF LONDON. A virtual walk through 5 different parts of the city, bringing the past to your doorstep. This will be a sample of all the walks, from 1500 BCE to 2000 by Tony Warner, Founder of Black History Walks UK. On Tues 6 Nov at 6-7.30pm at Senate Room, first floor, Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1. E-mail:

~ MULATU ASTATKE ILLUSTRATED LECTURE. Mulatu Astatke will examine Ethiopia’s contribution to western classical music and a wide range of modern music. He was one of the leading musicians in Addis Ababa in the 1960’s and ‘70’s, during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie. His career was re-launched when his music was re-released on the Ethiopiques label. Before the talk guests can view the Society’s Ethiopia collection and an exhibition of photos taken by Lisa Bentinck on her recent visit to Ethiopia. The talk will be followed by a reception at the nearby Ethiopian Embassy, which will include Ethiopian food and drink, including its superlative beers. On Wed 7 Nov at Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. Tel: 020 7591 3000. Adm: £10 (Royal Geographical Society Lecture) / £20 (Lecture and Embassy reception). Gail Warden, Press Office, Embassy of Ethiopia, 17 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1PZ. Tel: 020 7838 3880. Fax: 020 7225 3513. Mobile: 07717 603163. Web:

~ ‘THE FIRST GRADER’ SCREENING & OPEN DISCUSSION. The film, directed by Justin Chadwick, chronicles the true story of 84 year old Kimani Maruge’s quest to take up the Kenyan government’s promise of free education for all, by enrolling in primary school. Actress Naomie Harris plays a sympathetic school teacher. On Fri 9 Nov at 6-8pm at Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP. Adm: Free. E-mail: Web:

~ 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY (5TH ICAT): TECHNOLOGY FAIR EXHIBITION. The 5th ICAT Organizing Committee is hosting an Appropriate Technology Fair on Fri Nov 23 2012 as part of the 5th ICAT activities. A call has gone out for 20 exhibitors who have been researching, developing or implementing appropriate and sustainable technologies. Appropriate technology (AT) is ‘technology to empower people’. Focusing on technologies that are human-centred promotes: better health, better education, improved access to clean water, necessary shelter and safe food, as well as transportation and energy solutions that do not cause ecological imbalance. There will be conference delegates from across Africa, as well as other developing countries like India and Guyana. Leaders from the business and NGO communities will also be attending. You will then have opportunities to talk to delegates about the technology your organisation is promoting. The conference will run from 20-24 Nov in Pretoria, South Africa. For full conference and exhibition details contact Ms Grace Kanakana. Tel: 076 499 0489. E-mail:

~ INDEPENDENCE: AN EXHIBITION & CELEBRATION 2012. Tracing the story of the Caribbean islands from the days of the Arawaks and the Caribs, through to enslavement and abolition and the ending of British rule this exhibition celebrates 50 years of independence for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. This is made personal by memories of local people who remember life before independence. The celebrations of August 1962 are made universal by a look at what independence means to all of us and how we need to value our freedoms. Until 12 Jan 2013 at Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ Adm: Free.

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

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