Nubiart Diary - Food Security and Us

By Kubara Zamani | Mon 5 November 2012

A different perspective on the Afrikan world

We are grateful to Kenyasue for sending us the following article giving a wider view on food security.

"A Community Without The Control of Its Own Food Growing Initiatives & Without Their Own Food Distribution Rights is A Community Oppressed"

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These questions are for you to pursue at government level any thing you need to examine further please let me know, food law document that was sent previously lays out the requirements which Councils and others boroughs are probably in breach of ....fact. Given that the documents have already been distributed expectations are that work should now be in operation to create a Southwark Food Policy Document/Strategy for the future these to be built into the proposals for regeneration: All traders therefore wanting to trade in raw foods fish meat and vegetables would needs to complete the courses to REACH the standard to acquire the document which qualifies trading of food according to quality standards: The link here gives you access to Global & Local Food Security Conference 2012 looking at public engagement methodologies into the issues and also good practises @ The Science museum which I cannot attend but you may want to on behalf of the group iletocpn let me know

W.T.F Is Food Security (lol)
Where the trend is to think outside of the UK abroad as such however, locally we are faced with fundamental issues to do with insecurity around source of food, authenticity about its origins and importantly the quality of food from source to our plates. Recently articles have been reported that food specifically targeted at the African community forgoes any food safety hygiene legislation so mechanisms for safety and measures to ensure fit for human consumption may not be in place:
The sale of rodents and the sale of visibly decomposing rotting foods on display, the stench of rotting meat and fish are the indicators of contamination these are common factors in local markets which have the majority consumers of African heritage: It has been reported that Market managers turn a blind eye to these breaches including the sale of topical poisons skin bleaching products, where goods are confiscated and not reported............

The broader questions of equal opportunities in trade employment in areas where Africans are the majority the results of economic deprivation and unequal distribution of wealth...needs serious consideration investigation........................

Regarding health requirements under food security maybe comparative too What is sold in supermarkets, quality, appearance and legal food requirements, etc should also be the standards in local markets included specialist cultural food suppliers: Butchers, halal suppliers, meat and fish, vegetables imported into our localities should be at minimum the same quality or more like supermarket standards: which can be found below under

Or is it that food for Africans does not need safety standards after all Historically the use of so called "Soul Food" and consumption of parts of the animal that oppressors did not want to consume were coveted by our Ances-stars; Kidneys, cheeks entrails, stomach, tongues, eyes, animal feet ,skin and others such items purely for survival does not need the standards for other foods, this would indicate racist thought & mindset on the side of the monitoring agencies which effects behaviour and inability to (lack of will to addresses inequalities based on subjective views of the consumer) do their job effectively . Moreover we do have a serious health concern internally regarding pandemics such as diabetes in our community reported at 2 million (majority of cases unreported). Our diet is a factor in these health inequalities.

Who gets diabetes - health inequalities - The National Archives

The link below then will provide the platform for necessary questions into the immediate and broader contexts that will inform the community council debate and hopefully the outcomes of improved food security processes, transparent processes of accountability and where appropriate breach prevention or penalisation of offenders. The council Trading standards ultimately have the duty of care role and responsibility of public protection regarding Trading practises including Traders whom rent their premises, ensuring accordance to relevant laws, operate equal opportunities regarding employment practises the suppliers should be effectively monitored staff have relevant certification food being sold be of standards in accordance with the food law document that sent previously found here issues .....there is no public confidence that COUNCILS are rendering protective food safety measures so we need to remind them about their responsibilities by law. Which can be found on my blog or below do please respond to your priority about this. Thanks from Sister kenyasue

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Food security and me
Why food and drink manufacture matters to every person in the UK, and beyond.
Food production is the UK’s biggest industry and plays a major part in the health of the economy. And with the rising cost of food, the environmental impact of agriculture and other food-related issues such as the rising prevalence of obesity, awareness of food-related issues is almost certainly higher than it has been for decades.

Indeed, ‘food security’ appears to be an esoteric, even politically-correct term, but it is now according to reports commonly used in academia and the media to describe a wealth of problems, issues and positions.

Hence, food security affects everyone in the UK. That’s because food production, trade, the environmental impact of agriculture in the face of climate change, and the factors that affect food prices are all largely global problems – there is no single solution that any one country can enact to ensure access to cheap, affordable, safe and nutritious food.

What food security means for UK shoppers
People feel the impact of food security issues most immediately in their pockets when they buy food. This is the same in the UK as it is across the world. However, individuals in developed countries are better able to ride out food price fluctuations because they spend a significantly smaller amount of their income on food than people in developing countries.

Price is the most important issue for most people when people buy their food. Consumers may be aware of environmental concerns such as pesticide and fertiliser use, or prefer organic brands for some food types, and count ‘air miles’ and make other energy-centric considerations, but ultimately the power of the pound (and likely any local currency) prevails.
It’s not difficult to see why: between June 2007-11 the price of food has increased by just over a quarter (more than 12% in real terms). Looking back further, to before the recent food price spikes, from 1998-2009, food prices rose by 33% while the mean income of low-income households rose by 22% (before housing costs) over the same period. So people are spending much more on food that they did only a few years ago, and food and non-alcoholic drink prices have risen by considerably more in the UK since June 2007 than in the rest of the EU (see graph below).

However, balanced against these recent rises, the average UK household now devotes around 9% of its expenditure on food, down from 16% in 1984 (and much, much more before that). Food prices followed a steady decline between 1975 and 2007; a real terms fall of 32%, so historically at least the price of food is still much less than it was decades ago.

Your country needs food
The food and drink production and supply chain is a major part of the UK economy, accounting for 7% of GDP, employing 3.7M people, and generating £80Bn per year. Food and drink expenditure reached £182Bn in 2010.

But the UK is not self-sufficient in food production. In 2010, the UK produced 73% of ‘indigenous-type foods’, and is about 60% self-sufficient when exports and local consumption are set against production. This means that the world’s food production and supply problems are shared problems, because the UK relies on trading partners to fill productions gaps. The issue of whether the UK should, or can, grow more food has been tackled by Chris Pollock in this blog post.

Despite the fact that the UK is not self-sufficient in food production, it is a food-exporting country, particularly for cereals and dairy products. Drinks are the UK’s largest export category with a total export value of £4.9Bn in 2009 – much of this is made up of the extremely successful Scottish whisky industry.

Your food and your health
Food affects our health in many ways: besides raw calories, food contains vitamins, nutrients and other beneficial constituents such as fibre.

A key component of the food security challenge is to provide nutritious food, not just calories. But with millions undernourished in the developing world while the developed world is being rolled over by an obesity epidemic, it could be argued that the role of food in making us and keeping us healthy is failing in many areas.

For example, in England 61% of people aged 16 or over and 30% of children were overweight or obese in 2009 – but there is evidence that the rate in adults is levelling off.

Again, much of this is down to price. As food inflation has bitten, fruit and vegetable consumption has fallen in the UK since 2006 (the year before the 2007-08 crisis), according to both the Health Survey for England and the Family Food Survey report.

The UK diets needs more starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, more fruit and vegetables, about the same amount of meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein, less milk and dairy and other starchy foods, and much, much less food and drink high in fat and / or sugar.

And obesity is not just a problem for developed countries. In many developing countries, an overreliance on certain food groups, typically carbohydrates, to meet calorific requirements means that health issues related to being overweight are on the rise, such as type II diabetes.

Less waste please, we’re British
Around the world, a significant amount of food is wasted, soiled or eaten by pests before it even reaches a dinner plate. This waste is further exacerbated by food that is thrown away in the home: In 2009, UK consumers spent an average of £480 per household on food each year that was then throw away – 4.1M tonnes of food nationally (ref 11, ref 13, ref 14) – or about 15% of edible food and drink purchases.

Meeting the food security challenge means reducing this waste. It is bad enough that pests and pathogens destroy food in the field, and that some is also lost in storage and during distribution, for perfectly healthy food and the energy spent making in (and therein) to not be used.

The good news is that waste is avoidable and there are trends moving in the right direction for UK business and industry. For instance, levels of food and drink waste have been halved by UK commercial and industrial businesses between 2003 and 2009. Furthermore, half of food waste generated by businesses in the food and drink sector is either recycled, composted or reused; the amount sent to landfill is about 8%.

On the domestic side, it is estimated that reviewing ‘best before’ labelling could save around 370,000 tonnes per year (ref 15).

1. City University London – Rethinking Britain’s food security (external link, PDF)
2. Defra Food Statistics Pocketbook 2011 (external link, PDF)
3. Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century (external link)
4. WRAP – Household food and drink waste in the UK (external link)
5. DEFRA – The Future of our Farming (external link, PDF)

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~ DIABLOS DEL RITMO: THE COLOMBIA MELTING POT 1960-1985 – Various Artists [Analog Africa – Out 11 Nov] A double CD of Afrikan-influenced music by artists mainly from Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The first CD titled ‘Afrobeat, Palenque Sounds, Tropical Funk and Terapia’ has styles ranging from a version of Fela Kuti’s ‘Shakara’ by Wganda Kenya, Myriam Makerwa’s ‘Amampondo’, strongly influenced by ‘Mama Afrika’ Miriam Makeba, Congolese rumba and some raw funk grooves. Our favourite track was Fuentes All Stars’ ‘Pegale a La Nalga’. The second CD ‘Puya, Porro, Gaita, Cumbiamba, Mapale, Chande’ has much more of the accordion-based Vallenato style and salsa, son and more rumbas. Standout tracks here were Ramiro Beltran’s ‘Agoniza El Magdalena’ and ‘Crescendo Camacho’s ‘Santana en Salsa’. Analog Africa has kept up its standards with a very powerful selection and most of the tracks apart from J Alvear’s ‘Cumbia Sincelejana’ were new to us. The 60-page booklet gives an in-depth history of the development of Colombia’s Afrikan musical heritage and the founding of the main labels such as Discos Fuentes and Discos Tropical (who have many essential releases in their own right). It also explains the rules of a Colombian tipicos soundclash which is similar to the spirit and intensity of the most internecine and partisan of Jamaican soundclashes with the only difference being the Colombians can only play three styles – Colombian, Cuban son and Afrikan (whether highlife, Afrobeat, rumba, soukous, benga, mbaqanga or South Afrikan Township Jazz). Which sounds like the makings of a good fiesta or carnival to us!!!

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.

~ ‘THE POLITICAL CALYPSO: A SOCIOLINGUISTIC PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION’ – Everard M Phillips [ISBN: 978-976-8223-28-9] “...the singers of calypso, by their focused attention on the society and its problems, are in a most enviable and able position to not only comment on society’s problems and conflicts, but are in probably the best positions to solve and minimize them. In our quest to understand art forms, it must be noted that Jose Marti of Cuba in the late 19th century intoned that the artist must be the leader of the society, and that a people and their homeland ought to be defined in terms of their distinct culture.” (p2)

This book takes a scholarly look at the role that calypso plays in developing conflict resolution strategies and the cultivation of growth and maturity in both society and the individual. Everard Phillips gives examples through the calypsonians’ lyrics concerning political and social crises and other calypsonians’ response to the initial laying out of the issue. He proposes an Alternative Dispute Resolution system to counter perceived injustices in the original concept of dispute resolution. “This notion of transformation that I am advancing sees the idea of peace as being intrinsically connected with that of social justice, right relationships, and human rights, within a social structure. This is quite in opposition to what is customarily referred to as ‘conflict resolution’ wherein one party may feel co-opted to succumb, for the sake of either making or maintaining peace. In supporting the view that the term conflict resolution is an oxymoron, Wallenstein (1991) argues that solutions do not necessarily show up as resolution and contends that what could be seen as resolution of conflict can in many settings actually perpetuate the inequality or injustice that initially generated the dispute.” (p17)

Phillips points out there are three different styles of communication: The factual-inductive (scientific approach); the axiomatic-deductive (traditional); and the affective-intuitive (artistic approach). These can be expressed in many ways using what he calls frames and masks – metaphor, metonym, polysemy, irony, satire – whose often lightheartedness masks a serious purpose. One of the most widely used forms of expression is call and response: “The enormous potency of the call is the result of its spiritual guidance, mental conception, emotional charge and physical utterance, as manifest on this earthly plane of existence” (p91)

Phillips gives examples of the cultural logic of alternative or localised conflict resolution structures from China, Japan, India, the Eskimos, various Afrikan countries and retentions among Afrikan communities in the diaspora. There are also several charts that bolster his thesis including: a Typology of African American Music; A Paradigm of Call and Response: Audience Co-Authorship; Examples of Auditory Variety; Calypsos That Track Political Events; and a Matrix of Comparative Personal and Professional Attributes of the Models of Dispute Resolution.

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~ HIDDEN ARTS PRESENTS ‘WORDS FROM THE SOUL’. A blend of poetic chants with African Rhythms.‏ On Tues 6 Nov 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:

~ GRIOT FOUNDATION TRUST & WOMEN IN DIALOGUE DISCUSSION FORUM: ‘SHIFTING CONTROL OF HUMANITARIAN AID SPENDING TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY DISASTER’ How can disaster funds collected from ordinary people be controlled by people affected by disaster and spent by them in their countries? In Haiti, hundreds of thousands still live under tarps and the $10bn donated to the earthquake disaster appeal in 2010 has been spent. Where did all the money go? What can ordinary people do to change this situation? What can we do to make a difference for people in disaster affected areas? We invite you to join our presentation and debate on how to take power here so that people can take power over there. On Wed 7 Nov at 7-9pm at Community Room, Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Rd, London, SE23 3HZ. E-mail: 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:


- Sat 10 Nov at 2-5pm. ‘Maami’. Dir: Tunde Kelani. Set over a two-day period leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, ‘Maami’ tells the story of Nigerian footballer Kashimawo's return to his homeland and his reminiscences of his childhood in Abeokuta, where his single mother struggled to raise him. Based on a well-known novel, ‘Maami’ sees veteran director Kelani fuse the energy of Nollywood with the seriousness of Yoruba cultural heritage. Plus Q and A with director.

- Sat 10 Nov at 5.30-8pm. ‘Phone Swap’. Kunle Afolayan. The director of the award-winning ‘The Figurine’ returns with a warm comedy in which two people from different walks of life accidentally exchange phones and have to tread in each other's paths. Afolayan combines strong production values with a warm and witty script. Q&A with actor Wale Ojo and director Kunle Afolayan. This screening is in partnership with New Nigeria Cinema.

Both events at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1. Web:


- ‘Sweet Crude’. Mon 12 Nov at 7-9pm. ‘Sweet Crude’ is the story of Nigeria's Niger Delta - the human and environmental consequences of 50 years of oil extraction and the members of a new insurgency who, in the three years after the filmmakers met them as college students, became the young men of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). The current crisis is a powder keg. Left unchecked, it will have worldwide implications - including for the US, which by 2015 is expected to get 25% of its oil imports from western Africa. Set against a stunning backdrop of Niger Delta footage, the film gives voice to the region's complex mix of stakeholders and invites the audience to learn the deeper story.

- ‘Quilombo Country’. Tues 20 Nov at 7-9pm. On Tues 20 Nov Brazil celebrates National Black Consciousness Day where they honour Zumbi as a hero, freedom fighter, and a symbol of resistance and freedom. Zumbi was the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares, in the present-day state of Alagoas, Brazil. ‘Quilombo Country’ is a documentary film that provides a portrait of rural communities in Brazil that were either founded by runaway enslaved Afrikans or begun from abandoned plantations. This type of community is known as a quilombo, from an Angolan word that means "encampment." As many as 2,000 quilombos exist today. Contrary to Brazil's national mythology, Brazil was a brutal and deadly place for enslaved Africans. But they didn't submit willingly. Thousands escaped, while others led political and militant movements that forced white farmers to leave. Largely unknown to the outside world, today these communities struggle to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.

The film includes examples of the material culture that allow the quilombolas to survive in relative isolation, including hunting, fishing, construction and agriculture; as well as rare footage of syncretic Umbanda and Pajelança ceremonies; Tambor de Crioula, Carimbó and Boi Bumba drum and dance celebrations and Festivals of the Mast. Quilombo Country" is narrated by Chuck D, the legendary poet, media commentator and leader of Public Enemy.

Both events at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 2LN. Adm: £5 / U-16 – Free. Tel / Fax: 020 8881 0660 / 07951 234 233 (Mob). E-mail: Web:

~ BEST KEPT SECRET PRESENT ‘SAVE CENTERPRISE SHOWCASE’. Centerprise books in Dalston is one of the longest standing Afrikan bookshops in the UK serving the community for over 40 years, with educational materials and programs for children, adults and elders alike. It is now under threat as Hackney council have taken them to court in order to reposes the building. As a result Centerprise are currently going through an appeal process in order to keep their premises. Best Kept Secret are holding this event in order to aid Centerprise in paying for their legal fees and other expenses. Hosted by ShakaRa. Featuring Best Kept Secret, Gallant, Nyarai, FLOetic Lara + more. On Sat 17 Nov at 7-10pm at Centerprise Books, 136-138 Kingsland High St. Dalston, London, E8 2NS. Adm: £10. Web:


- ‘Black Women Make Movies’. Sat 17 Nov at 2-4pm. ‘Ugandan Superladies’. Rose, Leila and Susan are three ordinary Ugandan women concerned with homes, families and jobs, but they also share the dream of becoming champion rally drivers. They face the double challenge of achieving sporting success while fighting prejudice and sexism in the male world of motor rallying. The film documents their journey take as they struggle to put together their cars for the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2009, the most coveted motor sports title in East Africa. Plus ‘The Window’. Moji dreams of being a window dresser but is held back by her husband Samson and things start to look even worse for her when Samson's second wife arrives from Nigeria to live in their one-bedroomed Peckham flat with them. However the two women, rather than being rivals, form a bond and, after a public show-down at Samson's chieftancy ceremony, attain their independence Q&A with Funke Oyebanjo, screenwriter.

- ‘Performing Black Bodies in White Spaces’. Sat 17 Nov at 5-8.30pm. Films and talk to explore how African descendants across the Diaspora use dance to celebrate their African beauty and heritage.

'Temporary Sanity: The Skerrit Boy Story' (PG13). A documentary produced by Dan Bruun in 2006 as part of his Visual Anthropology Masters at University of Manchester. The film explores the cultures, gendered performances and political expressions that form part of Jamaican Dancehall in New York. By following 'Skerrit Bwoy' a Bronx based performer and Dancehall promoter the film gives an insider's view into the dancing, history and social roles of clubs in the lives of the Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora in the US. NB there are some swear words used and examples of 'daggering' in this video hence the rating.

‘Ebony Goddess’ (U). This documentary follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Africentric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing Afrikan-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.

Nathalie Montlouis shares her doctoral research on Afrikan-Caribbean dances and their potential positive effects on the self esteem of people of Afrikan descent. She will demonstrate how mainstream medias are doing a symbolic violence to women and men of Afrikan descent and how this violence can be counteracted through dance and music. From short music videos, discussion on issues around ‘the Dancehall queen’, ‘the righteous woman’, what is ‘dirty dancing’; to live traditional Caribbean dance demonstration by Zil’Oka with an examination of similarities to African dances and culture. Madee Ngo is a performer, choreographer and teacher and founder of the Afrikan dance workout, Active Afro Training based in London. A native Congolese who grew up in France and graduated with a degree in choreographic art and show critic expertise. Madee has a huge understanding of the dances from the Afrikan diaspora as well as the issues linked to practicing these dances, the representation and the cultural aspects into each style.

Both events on Sat 17 Nov at Room B36, Birkbeck University of London, Malet St, London. Adm: Free, if booked via Web:
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~ BLACK HISTORY WALKS AND COTTONS CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT PRESENT ‘PLANET OF THE APES: THE BREAKDOWN! PARTS 1 AND 2’. The blockbusting 'Planet of the Apes' films and TV series have many elements which parallel human and civil rights struggles all over the world. Many viewers have consumed these movies and, like ‘The Matrix’ not been aware of the coded messages and specific Afrikan historical references in these films. Over these two sessions Andrew Muhammad: The Investigator, will analyse and demonstrate the double meaning in specific scenes, unveil the hidden agendas and show the black history references that are in plain sight...if you thought ‘The Matrix’ and Michael Jackson breakdowns were deep, you'll need scuba gear and a drilling machine this time. On Sun 11 & 25 Nov at 3-5.45pm at Cottons Caribbean Restaurant, 70 Exmouth Market, Islington, London, EC1. Adm: £8. Web:


- ‘Bamako’ (Mali, 2006). Sun 11 Nov at 2.30pm. Adm: Free / £3. ‘Bamako’, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, was first released at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple are on the verge of breaking up. In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court has been set up. Set amidst the daily life in Mali's capital Bamako, this trial sees two sides argue whether the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, or perhaps corruption, are guilty of the current financial state of many poverty-stricken African countries. Book here: Web: for more details

- ‘Yaaba’ (Burkina Faso, 1989). Sun 25 Nov at 2.30pm. Adm: Free / £3. Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo, the film is set in a small African village. Bila, a ten year old boy, makes friends with an old woman called Sana, who has been accused of witchcraft by her village, and has become a social outcast. Only Bila is respectful of her, and calls her Yaaba (Grandmother). When Bila's cousin, Nopoko, falls ill, a medicine man insists that Sana has stolen the girl's soul. Sana undergoes a long and grueling journey to find a medicine to save Nopoko's life. Sana manages to save Nopoko's life, but is still treated as a witch. After Sana dies, the real reason why she is hated in the village is uncovered, but her love and wisdom she invested in Bila and Nopoko lives on. Book here: Web: for more details.

Both events at Africa Centre, 38 King Street, London, WC2.


- Thurs 15 Nov at 6pm at Navarino Gardens, Dalston, London, E8. Adm: £8 / £5 (concs). Tel: 07956 134 370 / 07506 481 509.

- Fri 16 Nov at 7-9.30pm at Dooglebud’s Bistro Lounge Bar, 79 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CRO 2JJ
Adm: Free. Tel: Jacinth Martin at CSEP on 020 8686 7865 / E-mail Introduction by Robin Walker & Entertainment by Bass-Oratory.

- Sat 17 Nov at 7- 9.30pm at Centerprise, 136, Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS. Adm: Free. [Ed: Please confirm this venue.]

- Sun 18 Nov at 4.30-7pm at Learie Constantine Centre, 43-47, Dudden Hill Lane, London, NW10 2ET
Adm: Free. Text: 07508 903 634.

- Sat 17 Nov & Sun 18 Nov at 11am-1pm at British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG. British Museum Guided Tour by Dr. Runoko Rashidi. We will tour Room 4 (Ground Floor / Ancient Egypt /African Presence in the ancient Greek and Roman World) and (Room 65: Ancient Egypt, Sudan and Nubia). Tour Charge: £10 per person each day. E-mail:


- Fri 16 Nov: Dr Jack - Dangers of Dairy Products & Wheat

- Fri 23 Nov: Andrew Muhammed - Michael Jackson Pt3

- Fri 30 Nov: Brother Abeng - Astronomy & The Bible Pt1

- Fri 7 Dec: Brother Abeng - Astronomy & The Bible Pt2

- Fri 14 Dec: Brother Toyin Agbetu

At 8pm at DJED Enterprises, 10 Adelaide Grove, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 0JJ. Adm: £5. Tel: 020 8743 1985.

~ THE CREATIVE WORD, WORDS OF COLOUR AND SOUTHBANK CENTRE PRESENT ‘AFRICA IN SCIENCE FICTION’. A double bill looking at Afrikan sci-fi in literature and film. Firstly ‘Universal Mind Control’, looks at how literature and poetry addresses the Afrikan diaspora cosmology and futuristic worlds while ‘Parable of the Talents’ explores sci-fi movies and tries to unpick what is Afrikan sci-fi. Words of Colour’s Executive Director Joy Francis, novelist Courttia Newland and Ligali’sToyin Agbetu will chair events with leading artists in the field including playwright Oladipo Agboluaje, filmmaker Kibwe Tavares and authors Tosin Coker and Biram Mboob. On Tues 20 Nov at 6.30-9pm at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London, SE1. Adm: Free, ticket required. Box Office: 0844 847 9910.

~ YAA ASAANTEWA CENTRE AND THE ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH CALYPSONIANS ‘CALYPSO DREAMS’ SCREENING‏ IN CELEBRATION OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE. Dir: Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne, 85min 2004. ‘Calypso Dreams’ chronicles the art and artists of Kaiso or Calypso. In Trinidad and Tobago, Calypsonians are the voice of the people following in the griot tradition of West Africa and give a unique voice to the dispossessed. The struggles during slavery, colonialism, independence and beyond were given extra power by the observation, humour, biting satire and the song of the Calypso. Featuring Kaiso stars like the Lord Kitchener, Calypso Rose, Duke, Mighty Sparrow, Singing Sandra, Black Stalin, Sugar Aloes, David Rudder and more with narration from Chalkdust. Michael La Rose author, cultural and political activist will present a short talk.
Performances and contributions by Calypsonians Alexander D Great, Cleopatra, De Alberto and Tobago Crusoe with audience participation in the post-screening Q&A. On Sat 24 Nov at 6pm at The Yaa Asaantewa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, Paddington, London, W9 2AN. Tel : 020 7266 4375. Adm: £5.

~ 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:

~ 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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