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Nubiart Diary - G8 Aid Drops / Dr Sebi (Pt 1)

By Kubara Zamani, Nubiart Producer / Presenter | Sun 10 June 2007

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NUBIART EDITORIAL:
Editorial Pt 1
On midweek Nubiart, at the start of the G8 Summit, we looked at their unmet promises for Afrikan development from the AfricaFocus Bulletin, Jun 5, 2007 ‘Africa: "Aid" Promises Unmet’. Note that most of the growth in aid related to the costs of destruction and western money laundering in Iraq while Nigeria is prevalent for having ‘paid off its international debts’, incurred by previous kleptocratic governments at the expense of development in the Niger Delta. The articles use the term ‘Sub-Saharan Africa’ - we have kept this in as it appears in the original press releases but prefer the term ‘hyper-’ or ‘super-exploited Afrika’. We recommend readers watch ‘Damned By Debt Relief’ [Chew On It Productions & WORLDwrite]. A timely riposte to the pity-fest and shot in Ghana, which challenges the Live8-G8 debt relief jamboree. Ghanaians cut through the spin and explain how debt relief provided no new money but yet draconian economic conditions were applied. Part of a series of five documentaries looking at the economic realities of life in Ghana as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence. Here are the press releases.

- G-8 COMMITMENTS TO AFRICA ARE BEHIND SCHEDULE
WORLD BANK FINDS DONOR NATIONS LAG ON PROMISES ON GREATER AID, FREER TRADE
World Bank Press Release No:2007/419/AFR
Contacts in Washington: Tim Carrington – Tel: (202) 473 8133 E-mail: tcarrington@worldbank.org;
Ana Elisa Luna – Tel: (202) 473 2907. E-mail: alunabarros@worldbank.org
For more info visit: http://www.worldbank.org/africa and http://www.worldbank.org/gmr2007

Washington, June 3, 2007 - Two years after pledging a doubling of aid for Africa and new opportunities for African exports, donor nations are falling behind in fulfilling their promises, according to the World Bank. The assessment comes ahead of a meeting of the G8 in Heiligendamm, Germany, from June 6-8.

With Africa's economic prospects high on the G8 agenda, the World Bank noted that despite the 2005 Gleneagles Summit, resulting in pledges to increase Africa's development aid to $50bn by 2010, foreign assistance for development programs in many African countries remains essentially flat.

Meanwhile, the faltering trade talks under the World Trade Organization's Doha Round have been another disappointment.

"The record so far indicates that apart from debt reduction, African countries haven't realized the benefits promised at the G-8 Summit two years ago, during the Year of Africa," said John Page, the World Bank's chief economist for the Africa Region.

"Many donor countries have increased support for special humanitarian assistance and debt reduction over four decades, but, unfortunately this does not translate into additional resources for African countries to rebuild their infrastructure, train teachers and combat HIV / AIDS and malaria."

Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank Vice President, Africa Region, noted that for their part, African countries are increasingly taking the lead in pushing improved governance, and in many cases have established
significantly more attractive environments for investment. "The question is less about whether the African partners are delivering on their promises, than whether the wealthy industrial nations are honoring the commitments they all boldly made in Gleneagles," she said.

While donor aid is lagging, the World Bank said that progress in lowering debt burdens for Sub-Saharan Africa has moved ahead somewhat faster. Multilateral debt relief undertaken by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank will bring about the full cancellation of $50bn of debt over 40 years. Beginning in July, 2006, when the initiative took effect, 16 African countries have benefited. Another 17 will become eligible once the reach the completion of debt reduction programs under the World Bank's Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.

Overall the lagging resource flows come on top of an earlier decline in African assistance: excluding debt relief and emergency food aid, assistance to sub-Saharan African fell by 2.1 % in real terms from 2004 to 2005. According to estimates in the World Bank's 2007 Global Development Finance, net official flows of aid and debt to African countries dropped to $35.1bn in 2006 from $35.8bn the previous year.

African countries that have posted solid record of economic growth, and have established macro-economic stability through years of reform, have seen little or no increases in donor resources for financing development. Many of these countries - despite the recent history of growth - need external help to rehabilitate roads, extend access to electricity, and improve education and health systems.

"Our biggest concern right now is that we help Africa extend the gains that we have seen in the past five years," said Ms. Ezekwesili. "Only visible impact of growth in the standard of living of citizens can strengthen and guarantee their sustained support for reforming governments and this requires massive financial resources which the continent lacks."

The second press release was:
- DEVELOPMENT AID FROM OECD COUNTRIES FELL 5.1% IN 2006
Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – Web: http://www.oecd.org/dac

April 3, 2007 - The 22 member countries of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, the world's major donors, provided USD 103.9bn in aid in 2006, down by 5.1% from 2005, in constant 2005 dollars. This figure includes USD 19.2bn of debt relief, notably exceptional relief to Iraq and Nigeria. Excluding debt relief, other forms of aid fell by 1.8%.

Sixteen of the DAC's 22 member countries met the 2006 targets for ODA that they set at the 2002 Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development. However, aid to sub-Saharan Africa, excluding debt relief, was static in 2006, leaving a challenge to meet the Gleneagles G8 summit commitment to
double aid to Africa by 2010.

Total official development assistance (ODA) from members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) fell by 5.1% in 2006 to USD 103.9bn. This represents 0.30% of members' combined Gross National Income. In real terms this is the first fall in ODA since 1997, though the level is still the highest recorded with the exception of 2005.

The fall was predicted. ODA was exceptionally high in 2005 due to large Paris Club debt relief operations (notably for Iraq and Nigeria) which boosted ODA to its highest level ever at USD 106.8bn. In 2006, net debt relief grants still represented a substantial share of net ODA, as members implemented further phases of the Paris Club agreements, providing a little over USD 3bn for Iraq and nearly USD 11bn for Nigeria. Excluding debt relief, ODA fell by 1.8%.

Preliminary data show that bilateral net ODA to sub-Saharan Africa rose by 23% in real terms, to about USD 28bn. However most of the increase was due to debt relief grants. Excluding debt relief for Nigeria, aid to sub-Saharan Africa increased by only 2%.

The only countries to reach or exceed the United Nations target of 0.7% of GNI were Sweden, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark. The largest donor in 2006 was the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Japan, France and Germany. The combined ODA of the fifteen members of the DAC that are EU members accounted for 57% of total net ODA.

In 2006, net ODA by the United States was USD 22.7bn, a fall of 20% in real terms. Its ODA / GNI ratio also fell to 0.17%. The fall was mostly due to debt relief which was exceptionally high in 2005 as the United States forgave all its outstanding debt with Iraq in 2005 rather than spreading it over several years. US disbursements to Sub-Saharan Africa (USD 5.6bn) reached a record high mainly due to
debt relief (USD 1.4bn, of which Nigeria was USD 0.6bn) and increased disbursements for education, HIV / AIDS and malaria programmes. Net ODA flows to Iraq remained substantial (USD 4.8bn), to Afghanistan increased (USD 1.6bn) and to the least developed countries were at their highest level ever (USD 5.5bn).

Japan's net ODA was USD 11.6bn, representing 0.25% of its GNI. The 9.6% fall in real terms since 2005 was partly due to exceptionally large expenditures in 2005, including humanitarian relief for the Indian Ocean tsunami and debt relief grants to Iraq. Japan's net ODA has been on a downward trend since 2000, except for an increase in 2005 due to debt relief. The 2006 ODA total includes an increase in Japan's contributions to the International Financial Institutions.

The combined ODA of the fifteen DAC-EU members rose slightly by 2.7% in real terms, from USD 55.7bn in 2005 to USD 58.9bn in 2006. This represented 0.43% of their combined GNI, surpassing the EU collective ODA / GNI target of 0.39%. The increase in 2006 was mainly due to debt relief grants.

Aid rose in ten DAC EU member countries as follows: Ireland (33.7%), reflecting increasing bilateral aid as well as large multilateral contributions; Spain (20.3%), due to a large increase in contributions to the UN and other multilateral, organisations, as well as an increase in disbursements by AECI, the Spanish Co-operation Agency; Sweden (15%), due to general scaling up of its aid and debt relief; United Kingdom (13.1%), due to a substantial increase in contributions to international organisations; Aid also rose in Denmark (2.9%), France (1.4%), Germany (0.9%), Luxembourg (4.9%); Netherlands (4.2%) and Portugal (0.6%).

Falls were noted in Austria (-6.0%), Belgium (-2.7%), Finland (-9.9%), Greece (-4.1%) and Italy (-30%, mainly due to the timing of its contributions to international organisations).

Aid provided by the European Commission rose by 5.7% to USD 10.2bn reflecting increased budget support and improved disbursement capacity from the higher level of commitments made in recent years.

ODA from other DAC countries rose, or fell, from 2005 to 2006 as follows: Australia (22.8%), primarily due to debt relief, notably to Iraq and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative; Canada (-9.2%), due to the decline in debt relief and lower levels of humanitarian aid compared to the extraordinary response to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005; New Zealand saw no change (0.0%); Norway (-2.2%); Switzerland (-7%), due to the lower volume of debt relief grants provided.

Net ODA data reported by seven non-DAC economies rose, or fell, from 2005-06, as follows: Chinese Taipei (3.6%); Czech Republic (6.4%), due to increased contributions to the EC; Iceland (55.3%), due to a general scaling up of Iceland's contribution to development cooperation; Korea (-44.6%), due to lower contributions to the World Bank and regional development banks; Latvia (-1.0%); Lithuania (15.2%), as it increased its contributions to the EC; Slovak Republic (-9.1%), as bilateral aid fell.

Gross ODA in 2006
On a gross basis, ODA represented about USD 116bn. The largest donors were the United States (USD 24bn), Japan (USD 18bn), the United Kingdom (USD 13bn), Germany and France (USD 12bn each), the Netherlands (nearly USD 6bn), Spain and Italy (just over USD 4bn each) representing 80% of the total.

Did members meet their 2006 targets?
In 2002, DAC members made various announcements before or during the Monterrey International Conference on Financing for Development to increase their aid in 2006 from the levels in 2000.

In Barcelona, the then fifteen EU members committed to collectively reach an ODA level of 0.39% of their combined GNI, with a minimum country target of 0.33% by 2006. Most members reached the country target, except for Greece, Italy and Portugal. Spain just missed on these provisional data due to
recent changes in its national accounting system. The combined result in 2006 was 0.43%, well above the target of 0.39% set in 2002, mainly due to debt relief grants.

Since 2002, some EU members have set, and reached, even higher goals for 2006. Belgium set an ODA target of 0.5% of GNI; Sweden has surpassed its target of 1%; Denmark committed to maintain a minimum ODA / GNI ratio of 0.8%; and Ireland to attain a level of expenditure of EUR 734m in 2006 (and to reach an ODA / GNI ratio of 0.5% in 2007 and 0.7% in 2012).

Net ODA from the United States in 2006 reached higher levels than expected due to large debt relief programmes and increased aid to sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. Due to severe budget restrictions, Japan did not make any announcement of a target for its ODA in 2006. Norway's strong growth in GNI in recent years made it impossible to meet its target of 1% ODA / GNI by 2005.

Future Prospects
ODA is expected to fall back slightly again in 2007 as debt relief for Nigeria and Iraq tapers off. It is expected that other types of aid should then increase as donors fulfil their more recent pledges.

The EU agreed in 2005 to scale up its aid further to provide 0.56% of its members' combined GNI by 2010, or a minimum target of 0.51% for DAC EU members. The overall EU target takes into account commitments of some DAC EU members to increase or maintain aid levels beyond the minimum country
target, as well as pledges by the non-DAC EU countries to participate in the scaling up of aid by moving to specified minimum aid levels.

Australia has announced that it will double its ODA to about 4 billion Australian dollars by 2010. Japan has indicated it will increase its ODA volume by USD 10 billion in aggregate over 2005-2009, compared to its ODA levels in 2004. Switzerland is to determine a new goal for 2009 and thereafter.

AfricaFocus Bulletin can be reached at africafocus@igc.org. For a full archive and other resources, see http://www.africafocus.org

Editorial Pt 2
On weekend Nubiart the stories that we covered in the Afrikan Worldview News Service were: ‘Violent Racist Mob Jailed For Terrorising Afrikan Family In Leeds’; ‘Suspects Being Denied Lawyer Access’; ‘Canada Denies Winnie Mandela Visa Without Reason’; ‘Spike Lee To Make Second Katrina Film’; ‘Spain Targets American Treasure Ships As Pan-Afrikanists Claim Reparations’; ‘G8 Trumpets Afrika Aid Deal As Activists Condemn Drop In Aid’; ‘Four Afrikans Charged In Alleged Plot To Blow Up New York Airport’; ‘Jihadists Killed In Puntland, Suspected Al-Qaeda Courier Arrested’; ‘Bomb Attack On Somali Prime Minister, Ethiopian Prime Minister Visits’; ‘First President Of Somalia, Aden Abdulle Osman, Passes Away Aged 99’; ‘Pirates Kill Hostage In Somalia’; ‘Kenyan Police In Week Of Deadly Shoot-Outs With Mungiki’; ‘Sierra Leona Air Crash Kills Togolese, Aviation Minister Suspended’; ‘Charles Taylor War Crimes Trial Opens Without Him’; ‘Vital West African Bridge Opens’; ‘Britain Advises Nationals To Leave Nigerian Delta’; ‘Six Russians Kidnapped In Nigeria As Calls Grow To Release Militant’; ‘EFCC Deadline Passes For Nigerian Ex-Governors’; ‘Nigeria Sues Drugs Giant Pfizer For Failed Malaria Tests’; ‘Darfur Peace Force Command Agreed’; ‘Chiluba's Assets Frozen'; ‘Court Orders Kenneth Kaunda Ordered To Pay Legal Bill’; ‘South Afrika To Bring In Mass Male Circumcision To Fight Aids’; ‘Sierra Leone Bans Child Brides But Not Female Genital Mutilation’; ‘Ethiopia Seeks Return Of Prince's Remains For Millennium’; and ‘Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins Orange Fiction Prize’.

We then moved on to the first half of an interview with healer and nutritionist, Dr Sebi, called ‘Electric Food The Only Food’. Dr Sebi starts by pointing out the importance of carbon and not melanin as the main source of life on earth. He stressed the need for more Afrikan-owned laboratories to undertake research on chemicals and the diseases affecting Afrikans. Afrikans need to look at their intake of starch as this contributes to many of the diseases we face. We focus on ‘protein’ mainly coming from meat but historically many cultures have survived in a healthier state with little or no meat in their diet (and it was not force-fed, factory-reared). “To heal it isn’t necessary to understand the scientific aspect of it but you must understand the herb that correspond with the disease that is manifesting…And what we found that there is nothing on the planet that assimilates and could be of usefulness save that substance is electrical and the only electric substance on the planet is a natural plant.!”

Dr Sebi gives people iron strengthened with carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) for nerve and energy problems. The ‘C.H.O.’ chain is thus the chain of life. “The higher the concentration of carbon the greater the colour black would express.”

There are 142 minerals on the planet which each express themselves in a different way. Electricity is only produced by the resonance of the friction of copper and carbon. In humans the brain is the source of electricity. “The nervous system is the conduit that carries the electricity to various points of the body to cause motion…The pineal gland is carbon and the cerebral cortex is copper. We not only find that in the human being we find that in the eel in Brazil that produces electricity to kill his prey and when you open the eel all you find is copper and carbon. No melanin!”

Every race has a pineal gland but not every race has a thymus gland which regulates sex, maintains energy and ‘keeps you child-like, non-aggressive.’ It can disappear at 8-years-old leading children to become violent. Carbon allows people to retain their thymus gland. Dr Sebi questioned why western physicians are considered the authorities on health when they don’t address points like this. “No cure for common cold, no cure for diabetes, no cure for cancer, leukaemia, sickle cell anaemia, AIDS, blindness, and no other disease. Well, if the physician clearly shows us that there is no cure for any disease what do they understand?...How old is the medicine that they are practicing today? It is 265-years-old!...If Mr Hippocrates used herbs to cure every disease known to man then 2000 years later why aren’t we doing so? Because the healer has been ‘educated’ and the substance he uses is artificial and he is totally unaware of that, why? Because he learned his craft from an armchair position…not field research.”

Dr Sebi pointed out that without knowing the plants and minerals in their original form there is no way of knowing what is really beneficial and if you are even being offered the right thing. Researchers are also mixing plants that do not have the same chemical affinity leading to hybrids which can be ineffectual or deadly. He claims that much of the food now considered native to Arabia came from hybrids grown in Germany. Dr Sebi praised Elijah Muhammad from the Nation of Islam for stressing the need to stay away from pork but even Elijah Muhammad was not able to lay out his dietary beliefs in full for fear that people would desert the NoI in droves or never join in the first place. “Which Afrikan in America eats food which is consistent with their Afrikan ancestry? Don’t even go there because none!”

In Honduras Dr Sebi asked a guide on one of the Mayan tours what the Maya ate. The guide didn’t know. Dr Sebi pointed out that their core meal was not based on corn as widely believed but on greens that grew in the forest whose seeds were non-starch. They did not have rice, beans, chicken, eggs, pork or cows in their diet before Europeans came. White rice is a poison containing cyanide that causes curvature of the spine. Marco Polo bringing wheat into south-east Asia allowed them to vary their diet with noodles. One Chinese man who knew about this was Dr Lee Chen Foo who refused to eat anything that grew underground. He reputedly lived for over 125 years. “That’s why there isn’t one Afrikan leader that I respect. I can’t respect any Afrikan leaders because I know his head is confounded, why? Because look at what he eats!”

Dr Sebi was also against fish which he said rots in the guts. He recommended avoiding eating anything that walks, crawls, swims, flies or has a head. Instead he advocated learning about forest herbs and plants. While many people promote soyabean it was used by George Washington Carver to produce plastics so he was unsure it would benefit a human body. The best potato is the Red Rose as that is only one generation down from the original found in Lake Titicaca in Peru all the others are hybrids created mainly by the Irish. Carrots are also hybrids created in Holland.

Spirolina and wheatgrass are also hybrids. Fendo, teff and amaranth are the natural alternatives. However while wheatgrass will sprout after 21 days amaranth will only sprout once a year in the springtime. “So I was angry because the amaranth did not sprout. Then the amaranth laugh at me and said ‘You want me to sprout along with something hybrid? Well, I’m very sorry I only sprout once a year but the product I produce is FOOD.’ And when the amaranth sprout, came, oh, I was eating amaranth sprout and I was high for about three months I was on this high, this energy because the molecular structure is complete and therefore it deems that stuff electrical.”

Dr Sebi questioned how laboratory produced vitamins and minerals could help a human biologically or physiologically? “If you could do that, and if you could really do that, then you are God. Only nature or God makes something electrical. No man could do that.” Minerals are expressed either as phosphates or oxides. They come in rock form but they have a corresponding plant that also represents that mineral. This comes about from the plant extracting the mineral from the soil and converting it into a liquid digestible substance. When this process is done in a lab the end result is non-electrical. This is why most supplements in health food stores are of little or no benefit. “The body is not made up of any alphabetical order it is made up of minerals and when those minerals have been depleted by the presence of disease, a disease ensues. So you replace them in a natural form – in the form of a rock or a plant because it is electrical. Why does it have to be electrical? Because the body is electrical. How could you feed an electric body dead food. You just can’t do that! That’s not consistency.”

Dr Sebi pointed out that although he has cured diseases including diabetes, sickle cell anaemia and leukaemia, he wouldn’t expect any other behaviour than continual rejection from the medical establishment and ‘Big Pharma' as their jobs, livelihoods and laboratories are based on telling people diseases cannot be cured and removed from the body but only treated and managed.

Dr Sebi took a hard line against Afrikans who abandon their culture. “The Afrikans have turned their back on their mother. In fact, the Afrikan has never regarded a Black woman as being equal to a male so when you abandon your position you need to pay the dire consequences. When you abandon your mother, and I’m not talking about only the biological mother, I’m talking about that greater mother, Afrika – they changed Afrika, they made an exchange for Europe in Afrika – they deserve to die…I would prefer to take a shoeshine boy from New York and put him in the presidency in Afrika in any country and he would do a better job than those that are there now ‘cos common sense just step out the window. The Afrikan doesn’t eat anything that came from their ancestors – what do they eat?...Have you ever tried to put a salad bowl beside an Afrikan before he eats and see if he’s gonna eat the salad?” [Laughs]

Dr Sebi was castigated in New York for saying that AIDS was not the result of a virus and at that time [1995] no other Afrikan healers or physicians in the city had publicly come out in support of his stance. Peter Duisberg who trained Dr Strecker agreed with him. Dr Strecker wrote the memorandum that confirmed that AIDS in Afrika began as a result of the United Nations World Heath Organisation’s polio and smallpox vaccine programme.

‘Electric Food – The Only Food’ – Dr Sebi. Recorded at Milford Plaza on 6 Nov 1995. Produced by Kamet Ascendants & Afrikan Information Communication. For more info: PO Box 399 Radio City, NYNY 10101. Tel: (212) 262 2784. For Foods: Bayanah – (718) 722 3386 / (718) 629 5587 / (305) 252 1800.

Full copies of the shows and track playlists are available from Afrikan Quest at the address below.


FORTHCOMING NUBIART SHOWS:
NUBIART 1: Every Wed at 5-7pm. Focus on arts, education, business, sport and health.

NUBIART 2: Every Sat at 7-9pm. Focus on political developments and the media. (Inc. Afrikan Worldview News Service, Nubiart’s weekly news round-up of stories affecting Afrikans worldwide.)


JUNE PROMO:
~ ‘Jackie Mittoo in Africa’ – Jackie Mittoo [Quartz Records – Out now] Album of recordings from the late keyboard king’s journey to Ghana. Recorded in Ghanaian studios with local artists and musicians.


NUBIART LIBRARY – JUNE MEDIA:
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.

~ ‘Maafa: Truth 2007 (Pt 1)’ [Ligali / Truth 2007]. With the British government promoting an inaccurate revisionist version of the 1807 Abolition of the ‘Slave Trade’ Act many are determined to ensure that Truth prevails in 2007. With contributions from community activists, project workers, teachers, historians and the business community, this documentary confronts the myths about British slavery, presents the true history of the Maafa and Afrikan resistance and examines the politics of the government’s bi-centenary celebrations. Kubara, Nubiart’s Producer / Presenter, is featured on this DVD which is free and should be mandatory in every Afrikan household. Pt 2 is due in the autumn.

~ ‘Damned By Debt Relief’ [Chew On It Productions & WORLDwrite] A timely riposte to the pity-fest and shot in Ghana, ‘Damned by Debt Relief’ challenges the Live8-G8 debt relief jamboree. Eloquent and angry Ghanaians cut through the spin and explain how debt relief provided no new money but yet draconian economic conditions were applied. Part of a series of five documentaries looking at the economic realities of life in Ghana as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence.

~ ‘Electric Food The Only Food’ – Dr Sebi. DVD interview with one of the greatest healers in the world filmed while he was visiting the US. Dr Sebi runs a health clinic in Honduras using traditional remedies for all ailments. Recorded at Milford Plaza on 6 Nov 1995. Produced by Kamet Ascendants & Afrikan Information Communication. For more info: PO Box 399 Radio City, NYNY 10101. Tel: (212) 262 2784. For Foods: Bayanah – (718) 722 3386 / (718) 629 5587 / (305) 252 1800.


NUBIART DIARY:
*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.

~ ‘Tapping Into the Known’ exhibition of work by Obi Okigbo, inspired by conversations with her father, the poet and artist Christopher Okigbo, featuring his work. Until 23 Jun at the Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1. Adm: Free. For info tel: 020 7898 4046.
- ‘Hurrah For Thunder’ exhibition closing event with poetry readings, music & open mic. On Thurs 21 June at 6.30–8.30pm. RSVP - Tel: 020 7898 4915 E-mail: gallery@soas.ac.uk or Tel: 07790 228 416 E-mail: annabelle_muazu@yahoo.com Web: www.soas.ac.uk/gallery

~ ‘LIMBO’ Exhibition of photos of Eritrea by Admas Habteslasie. Until 13 July at 198 Gallery, 198 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24. Adm: Free. Tel: 020 7978 8309. Web: www.198gallery.co.uk

~ Artist's talk: “From Present to Past: Tragic Representations of Africa and the Role of the 'Invisible Photographer'” - Admas Habteslasie with Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP. On Tues 12 June at 7-8 pm at 198 Gallery, 198 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24. Adm: Free, booking advised. Tel: 020 7978 8309. Web: www.198gallery.co.uk

~ Commemoration of the Massacre in Soweto on 16 June 1976. A wreath laying ceremony organised by the West Indian Standing Conference, the 198 Gallery and the Confederation of Free Africans with the South African High Commissioner and Leader of Lambeth Council laying wreaths in memory of the youths killed in Soweto by South African Police. Procession route: Assemble at Windrush Square, into St. Matthew’s, Brixton Road ending with a rally at Max Roach Park, Brixton. at the Monument of the Soweto Massacre, corner of Brixton Road and St John's Crescent, London, SW9. Move off 11am. The vigil will take place at 10pm till after midnight. For info contact Althea Gordon-Davidson on 07961 055 467 or e-mail: altheagordon.davidson@gmail.com

~ 100 Black Men Of London – 6th annual Quality Time Fathers Day Event. Quality Time is a unique event encouraging Afrikan men to have fun and bond with their children. On Sat 16 June at The Score, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, E10. Adm: £10 per adult (with free entry for maximum of 3 children U-18). No unaccompanied children allowed. £15 on the day. Enquiries to: etf@100bmol.org.uk or 0870 121 4100.


Contact details

Contact: Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: afrikanquest@hotmail.com Web: www.southwark.tv/quest/aqhome.asp
NB: Nubiart Diary can also be read weekly at www.ligali.org and on the Afrikan Quest website.




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