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Greetings Family,

Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter. We've published it a little early to give you notice of our African Remembrance Day event taking place in exactly a months' time (See events below).

Sadly despite the good weather, July has been dominated by news of many injustices and memorials. For many the Notting Hill Carnival will provide an opportunity for relief, whilst for others, we hope some of the many events taking place in August provide an empowering space for remembrance, healing, love and preparedness for the long fight ahead.

Peace, Love and Justice 

LGLI Editor


Grenfell MediaWatch

Most of us are all still in shock at the scale of moral and financial corruption leading to the horrific inferno which claimed over a hundred lives on 14 June 2017 at Grenfell Tower. Ligali is working with a team of volunteers to produce a monthly MediaWatch report to assist the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower massacre and their supporters.

Our latest update is available here

Click here to watch the launch video and read the June 2017 report.

The Pan African Drum



"Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped"
- African proverb, Somalian


"#Justice4..." - How many times have you seen this hashtag linked to a tragic incident over the past few months? This morning it was #justice4rashman after I was informed of a harrowing video showing a police officer killing a young man with a headlock in Hackney. Last month it was #justice4grenfell when I awoke to footage of over eighty people burning alive in a tower block made unsafe by corrupt officials seeking to build upon their budget surplus.

If we go back over the past few months, we can see Afriphobia is once again on the rise from politicians and in racist school lessons despite decades of activism against racism in the UK. I see it as an insult to many of those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today who started on their journey with the objective of creating a better world not just for themselves but also the next generation. Many pessimists like to downplay their achievements but I am always aware that it is their sacrifices that give me the freedom to sit here writing to you now.

It is an undeniable truth that things have changed, our representation in public spaces have seen a huge transformation since the days of our parents, grandparents and Ancestors. In the media, we are now investigating the news alongside reading it, we are also teaching in schools and universities instead of just cleaning them.

But whilst things have slowly improved, that is not to suggest we don't still have a long way to go. Terms like "multiculturalism" have become unpopular and its replacement, the buzz word "diversity" is now thoroughly entrenched as a mainstream word normalised into official corporate-speak.

Despite all the fancy talk, whilst there are zillions of "anti-racist" movements there are very few if any - "anti-white supremacist" movements. There are plenty "anti-political correctness" supporters but not enough awareness and support of essential "decolonising" movements. In reality we are living in an era dominated by illusions of inclusion. One where despite the glossy sheen of diverse faces on posters and in traditionally elitist audiences across a myriad of sectors, the spectre of both racism and sexism have found new ways to survive, and indeed thrive.

By putting lipstick on their public faces, ‘hideously white' institutions (blame/praise Greg Dyke - not me)have continued to restrict any key jobs which determine the long term management and strategic vision of an organisation to the same faces that have always held them. So in Kensington & Chelsea, the richest Borough in the UK, despite a recent election vote demanding an end to ‘business as usual', the borough has seen one council leader replaced with a female variant of the same and the deputy with a virtual clone.

When the publicly funded BBC, published its top earners list it revealed what we already knew. That its ‘hideously white' men earned more than their female counterparts and those from minority ethnic communities, but not based on merit or ‘talent', but primarily due to their ethnicity (and ‘boys own' networks). All across the UK from the factory floor to Parliament this pattern is repeated, only with a splattering of inclusion illusions. Unless we want to create an industry of "justice4 [insert name here]" t-shirts, we desperately need to devise and embrace new methods to address these old injustices because marching and petitions are just not cutting it.

The Gathering

Several centuries ago a small group of Africans residing in the Caribbean gathered in a forest to discuss how to realise their dream of freedom. At the time, and perhaps still now, Europeans believed that the ‘creole Negro' was more docile than those of the enslaved born in Africa. Some also believed the close proximity of ‘whiteness' rubbed off onto ‘blacks' and thus suggested they were also more intelligent than ‘backward' Africans.

But darker skinned or lighter skinned, Continental or Caribbean born, these divide and rule tricks did not deter those who attended the gathering. Initially, many of the Africans taking part were frightened of where such talk would lead them but collectively they agreed that to restore the liberty and dignity of woman, man and child they had to become freedom fighters. CLR James tells us they frequently gathered at midnight in a traditional spiritual ritual to sing, dance and chant;

"Eh! Eh! Bomba ! Heu! Heu! Canga, bafio te! Canga, moune de le! Canga, do ki la! Canga, li!"

Their call for the end of Maafa and the racist capitalist system that enslaved many millions inspired them to achieve what many had thought impossible.


Today we enjoy a level of liberty due to their efforts but we are still not free. To understand why and how to change this, the Ligali organisation (and Insaka MFA) hosted several African Remembrance Day's (ARD) drawing hundreds of people throughout the twenty years we have been running, the last one being in 2008.

We were not alone in organising this important annual gathering (the day is similar to a political but far more spiritual "state of the nation" meeting). The ARD committee led by esteemed elders like Onyekachi Wambu and Chidiwere Wambu are amongst others that existed before us leading the way. As a reminder of its importance, in 2011, revered elders Eric and the late Jessica Huntley were present at a commemorative event hosted at Westminster City hall and organised by community group BTWSC and WSDG. Bro Kwaku from BMC led the event marking the 23 August as the "International Day of Remembrance of African Resistance against Enslavement".

Because remembering how to do African resistance is important on all levels.

This year as I turned fifty and became an elder I noted that some of our next generation are working hard to pick up the baton and run with it. By taking our own history serious others are following suit.

The reparations march and rally continue to take place on the 1st August. On the same day the ARD committee is hosting an African Remembrance Day event at the Museum of Docklands. Last year Sis Shezal instituted the Slavery Memorial day event at Trafalgar square and is doing the same again on Sunday 20th August and Liverpool's Slavery Museum now hosts an annual event using the ‘Slavery Remembrance day' moniker designated by UNESCO on 23rd August.

So this year, within the International decade for people of African descent (IDPAD), I have decided to return back to the traditional ways. True to my Ogun spirit I'll be journeying into the forest on 23 August 2017, between 7 -10pm and calling for others to join me by the tree, near the lake with some food, fruit or drink so we can pour libation, drum, heal and reason.

It will be a Ligali styled African Remembrance Day gathering taking place outside under the stars near Hollow Ponds lake in Epping Forest. I am calling for a small, intimate, spiritual gathering of no more than 20 - 30 people (children welcome) with no international speakers, lecturers and speeches by so called ‘community leaders'.

If I can get hold of a portable, battery powered projector we may watch a film on Toussaint. But what I'd really like to do is ditch the technology for one evening, sit in a circle with some kindred spirits and just talk, sing, dance, laugh, cry and recite words of freedom.

Please don't laugh, I know it may sound crazy to some of you but Franz Fanon once said;

"Each generation must discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it".

It is my mission to honour those that we lost and continue to lose to Maafa by remembering their struggles and inviting some of you to come and explore our shared purpose.

Wishing you all a blessed African Remembrance month.

May the Ancestors continue to guide and protect us.


Toyin Agbetu is a community educator and artist-activist anthropologist. He is an independent filmmaker and founder of Ligali, the Pan African human rights based organisation.



PhD Update: Ok, I'll admit it. I've been struggling with my research commitments due to my recent activity in community affairs. My three year study into activism (not linked to my work through Ligali) has led to me becoming more embroiled with serious issues to the detriment of my own health and wellbeing. Whoever said that doing a PhD stretches you to every physical and emotional limit was not lying. However I have no regrets, I have to follow spirit and be who true to myself whilst being mindful that my current mode of working with minimal rest and play is unsustainable. Fortunately the payoff is great and I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people who are working in amazing ways to change the world, some old, some new, some tacky whilst some undoubtedly cool. Thanks to an amazing network of family and friends (including Bro Kolade my Yoruba tutor – because you're never too old to learn new tricks) who are assisting me in a myriad of ways, I am also slowly learning how to say "no" to new requests and distracting demands on my time and energy. So in closing, I want to thank all of you for your continued messages of love and support, I also want to thank those of you that sent applications to my call for a research assistant. Anyway, I really dont know why youre bothering to read this little bit at the end of a huge article written in such a tiny font, its really not good for your eyes, I bet you're the type that stays to the very end of superhero films to see if there is a teaser too! Stop being a nerd, I can do that for the both of us, go out and enjoy the day.

Crowdfunder for the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive

June Givanni's Pan African Cinema Archive has launched an online crowdfunder to try to raise £10,000 to secure the future of the archive and to begin work on making the catalogue of materials easily available online. The June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA) is a unique independent archive in the United Kingdom focusing on audio-visual work and the history of film from Africa and the African Diaspora. The archive is an extraordinary collection encompassing more than 10,000 items compiled over a 35 year period. The material in the collection spans the globe and ties together many of creative and political links that Pan-Africanism has created. June's archive has been based on the third floor at MayDay Rooms since last September, and we would like all of our friends to support her fundraising effort. If you have a few pounds spare, please consider donating. There's loads more information about the archive there too: – and even if you don't have any money spare we'd really appreciate it if you could share the link to your networks and on social media.


Wanted: African War Stories

We are looking for stories, memories and any artifacts from members of the community from family members who took part in WW1.
We are also planning to recruit volunteers within the African community who might be interested in learning how to research, and translate information for an exhibition. The exhibition is planned for the 3rd of October. We will support volunteers with training in research and oral history.

IWA Chess Tournament
When: 23 August 2017, 1 – 5pm
Where: Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7DB

African Caribbean Ancestry: Who Do You Think You Are?
When: 25 July 2017, 18:30 – 20:00
Where: Camberwell Library, 48 Camberwell Green, Camberwell, SE5 8TR

In 1977, the miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. Haringey Libraries Service will mark the 40th Anniversary Of ROOTS Miniseries with an interview with Paul Crooks.
Paul is a trailblazing genealogist and author of acclaimed novel Ancestors. Paul traced his family back 6 generations to Ami Djaba who was living in the Krobo Mountain, Ghana. Paul's appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? (Moira Stuart) inspired a generation to start exploring their Black and British ancestry.

Paul will be asked about the inspiration behind his acclaimed novel Ancestors, including his ancestral links to Jamaican slaves who - in 1832 - brought forward the timetable for the abolition of slavery in the British dominions.
An enjoyable, interactive family-friendly talk that will appeal to anyone interested in untold histories and genealogy regardless of cultural background.

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history. Book before to get the link to download your free family tree chart. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to explore your Ancestry and write your own intriguing family history.
Light refreshments available.

Nne Agwu Afrakan Storytelling Festival
When: 28 July - 31 July 2017
Where: Chiltern Retreats Parmoor Farm RG9 6PS

Greetings highly favoured Nne Agwu family. Shanti-Chi presents the 6th Afrakan Storytelling festival 4 day camp. We honour the Godfather of storytelling literature Chinua Achebe. In this time we will choose self first as African African/Caribbean people and we will share love, celebrate culture, reclaim identity and reconnect with Mother earth.

We have early morning yoga, healthy sumptuous food prepared specially to feed the soul, night walks for adventure, well being practitioners for consultation and, the Afrakan arts and crafts market to find those unique treasures.

Under a star filled sky, as the crackling fire tingles we sit listening to a feast of words from the best storytellers and workshop facilitators. We have a fun programme timetabled for your delight.

And when we fall into a slumber and give way to dream land, there we lay until the dawn chorus sings our great uprising. Come and join us as we inspire visions with the ancient oral tradition of storytelling.

Eat To Live Not to Die Workshop

When: July 28 2017, 6 - 9PM
Where: Myatt's Field Community Centre, 24 Crawshay Road, Brixton, London SW9 6FZ
Adm: �15

We will be shiowing you how to prepare mouthwatering alkaline food to share with friends & family. We will also be revealing why the root cause of all disease is mucus based on the teachings of the messenger Dr Sebi. Towards the end of the evening we make time for questions for those seeking answers. Expect enlightenment, good vibes and delicious everything.

Brent Black Music History Quiz
When: Fri, July 28, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30
Where: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ

BBMM2017 marking JA@55

Brent is not only the reggae capital of Britain, it's also the capital of the British black music universe! And we have the documents to prove it - BTWSC's Heritage Lottery Funded 'Brent Black Music History Project' (BBMHP) book and DVD, which are available in Brent libraries, and selected public libraries.

Come and find out some of north-west London borough of Brent's claim to musical fame!

Join us for a fun, family-friendly, multi-media event to improve your knowledge of Brent's and indeed Britain's black music history. Audience participation is a must, and there will be prizes for those with the right answers!!

Also, you are welcome to challenge or add to the knowledge base of BBMHP consultant, BBM/BMC founder and quiz master Kwaku! So if you've got some info on Brent's black music history that you think Kwaku doesn't know, or should know, you need to be there! Expect some Brent VIPs and people who've been around the local music scene,? etc.

Join the quizmaster and host, Cllr James Allie, in celebrating British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2017 with the Brent Black Music History Quiz @ the new Brent Civic Centre (Wembley Park) on Friday July 21 2017, 6.30-8.30pm for a free, fun, family-friendly session that aims to raise awareness of Brent's contribution to British music history - the artists, producers, the studios, labels, shops, radio stations, and the hits!

The Black Market & Film Festival

When: Saturday 29th July 2017, 12pm - 9pm
Wwherre: West Green Learning Centre @ Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London, N15 3QR

Interrogating London's Nighttime Economy & Highlighting Conscious Hip-Hop Acts

When: Sat 29 July 2017, 13:00 - 21:00
Where: Flash Musicals Theatre, Methuen Road, Edgware, HA8 6EZ

A half-day session, with the first half inInterrogating London's nightime economy, with promoters and artists, and other stakeholders discussing the challenges of presenting black music within London, such as Form 696, etc and solutions towards making headway within the capital's live music sector. Facilitated by RE:IMI - expect to see a number of RE:IMI-supporting acts in the house!

With rap often getting a bad rep, BTWSC/Akoben Awards and its Music4Causes strand, will use the second half to highlight conscious hip-hop acts on, or bubbling above, the underground scene through talks, presentations, videos, performances, wrapped up with a pre-clubbing disco session highlighting tough, head-nodding hip-hop tracks saying sometime positive and empowering!

Family-friendly, no swearing, racist, or misogynistic Parental Advisory material! Check out the Music4Causes playlist of socio-conscious tracks.

Stall of independently released CDs, vinyl, and related merchandise on sale. Support your favourite conscious independent artist by buying their merchandise!

Food on sale. Pre-booking advised. Early bird price is £5, standard price is £8. £10 any time at the door, provided space is available.

You can ask to be kept informed, as full programme and booking opens erarly June 2017.

Afrikan & Vintage Market Fayre **GBANJO GBANJO**
When: Sun 30 July 2017, 13:00 - 22:00
Where: Hackney Showroom, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
Adm: Free

O.N.E Movement Events presents our Afrikan & Vintage Market Fayre
**GBANJO GBANJO** meaning DISCOUNTS in Yoruba
O.N.E Movement has created a market fayre to showcase brands & businesses, entrepreneurs, performing artists and amazing causes as well as circulating funds and goods within the community.
GbANJO GBANJO is where both first and second hand goods are traded, bought and sold; including Afrikan and vintage inspired products, goods, clothing, jewellery, beauty brands, health and holistic brands, beverages, foods, juices, natural products and services, hair care and more.
All this, plus live performances and food in a great atmosphere, from Brixton, we have now decided to bring it to HACKNEY!!
STALLS AND PERFORMANCE SLOT BOOKINGS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!!! For booking information just reply us and ask

Love In Motion: Second Coming & Shorts
When: 30 July 2017, 5:30 – 8:30
Where: The institute of Light, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

Be Manzini of Caramel Film Club presents: 'Love In Motion' - an evening of films and discussion on the theme of love.

‘Second Coming' is a family psychodrama directed and written by the much-lauded playwright debbie tucker green to critical acclaim and nominated for a BAFTA award. Starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall.

Also showcasing a number of short films including 'This Is Not A Thank You' & 'LOVE!'

This screening is followed by a discussion of the films and Q&A with directors Be Manzini, Ndumiso Sibanda and actor Leemore Jarret Jnr.

Doors 5.30pm
Films 5.45pm to 7.45pm
Discussion plus Q&A 7.45pm till 8.30pm

Annual Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March 2017
When: 1 August 2017
Where: Start at Windrush Square, SW2 1JQ

Let me begin by noting that reparations is not just about money: it is not even mostly about money;
In fact, money is not even one percent of what reparation is about. Reparations is mostly about making repairs. self-made repairs, on ourselves: mental repairs, psychological repairs, cultural repairs, organizational repairs, social repairs, institutional repairs, technological repairs, economic repairs, political repairs, educational repairs, repairs of every type that we need in order to recreate and sustainable black societies.

23rd African Remembrance Day Event
When: 1 August 2017, 1 – 5pm
Where: Museum of Docklands, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
Adm: Free

African Remembrance Day (ARD) 2017 celebrates 60 years of Ghana's Independence.Sixty years ago, Ghana became the first African country, south of the Sahara, to recover its independence after years at the centre of the trade in enslaved Africans, and under the British colonial yoke.

ARD was established to commemorate and remember the millions of African men, women and children who perished in the Middle Passage and plantations of the America's; those on the African continent; and those in the Middle and Far East.

African Diaspora Day
When: 5 August 2017
Where: Milton Keynes, Campbell Park

African Diaspora Day (ADD) will be launched from Campbell Park- Milton Keynes in celebration of MK 50TH. ADD was formed to build stronger African and wider community cohesion through ‘UBUNTU' concept, focusing on Identity, Critical Thinking, Heritage, Culture and Social integration.

A central part of the event will be speeches from different African elders, celebrities and sharing of African cultural richness through music, storytelling and visual arts, fashion shows, food and live bands etc. The intention is also to commission African Diaspora Day and activities that engage Africans through existing African community organisations with outcomes that can be showcased over the time.

Screening: Cry Freedom!
When: Saturday 05 August 2017 14:00
Where: NFT3 GA, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

A rebel leader and a British army captain continue their long-running feud on the battlefield.

Balogun's vision of a truly revolutionary ‘pan-African‘ film adapts Kenian author Meja Mwangi's novel Carcase for Hounds, to which, however, the final screenplay bears only a small resemblance. Kingsley, a captain of the British army, and the rebel leader Haraka, who have known each other a long time, continue their relentless confrontation during the uprising of Haraka's Guerrilla army.
+ Pana – A Voice for Africa...
Pana – Une voix pour l'Afrique...
1989. Dir Ola Balogun. 9min. EST
A tribute to the Pan-African News Agency, founded to consolidate African Unity and accelerate the liberation of Africa.
Tickets £6.50

Ola Balogun Documentary Programme
When: Sunday 06 August 2017 13:00
Where: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

Discover the non-fiction work of Ola Balogun, from one of the earliest surviving B&W documentaries of this Jean Rouch-trained director to later and more personal work employing a meandering, poetic narration and slow-paced editing.

Eastern Nigeria Revisited
Nigeria 1973. Dir Ola Balogun. 23min
One of the earliest surviving docs of Balogun's investigates Eastern Nigeria‘s condition shortly after the Biafran War.
+ River Niger, Black Mother
Nigeria-France 1989. Dir Ola Balogun. 45min
Balogun celebrates the cultures that blossomed along the River Niger.
+ The Magic of Nigeria
Nigeria-France 1993. Dir Ola Balogun. 29min
In his last work shot on 16mm, Balogun presents the heights of Nigerian art and culture.
Tickets £6.50

Screening: Alpha
When: Sunday 06 August 2017 15:30
Where: NFT2, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

Balogun's first feature is one of the most insightful films about the spiritual condition of the African diaspora in Europe, almost entirely made up of speeches and strolling. The mysterious central character Alpha, a kind of wise man, carries his dissatisfaction through the streets of Paris and encourages his black brothers to return to Africa.
+ In the Beginning...
1972. Dir Ola Balogun. 11min
Balogun's only fictional short is inspired by the mythological Yoruba theatre plays, as poularised by Duro Ladipo.
Tickets £6.50

Screening: Black Goddess
When: Saturday 05 August 2017 16:20
Where: NFT3, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

Balogun assembled a fine array of Brazilian actors and crew members to create probably his most elaborate film – the story of a young Nigerian‘s journey to Brazil in search of his ancestral roots. Balogun's recurring thematic interest, the ‘cracks between the two worlds', the intertwining of reality and the world of myth and ritual, is represented here by the arcane Candomblé cult.
Tickets £6.50

Reasoning with Reason
When: 13 August 2017, 19:00 -22:00
Where: Project B, 1 Bell Hill, Croydon CR0 1FB

Nishati (meaning energy) Nights presents to you REASONING WITH REASON. This is a monthly event which will be full of vibes from start to finish. The evening will start with talented performances followed by a reasoning session of a different powerful yet thought provoking topic every month. Our aim is to tap into your consciousness leaving a feeling of empowerment, enlightenment, an awakening or simply just a platfrm of self expression.

Food and drink available.




Come and enjoy a night of niceness and entertainment!

Performances start @ 7pm sharp.

Tickets £5


Slavery Remembrance National Memorial 2017
When: 20 August 2017
Where: Trafalgar Square

On Sunday 21/0816 we made history by holding the first ever memorial for the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust in Trafalgar Square.

With the rise in racist attacks in the UK and globally, it is time to recognise the root cause of that racism and start to tackle it appropriately once and for all.

For too long the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust have been overlooked and their story buried. It is a painful history with a painful story for all of us, but it is a story which must be told and a history that must be acknowledged nevertheless.

So let's start by acknowledging and commemorating the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust.

Did you know that August 23rd is International Slavery Remembrance Day? No, well don't worry you are not alone. We think that everyone should know and commemorate this day and we hope, with your help, to make this happen.

The effects of slavery are arguably the single largest incident in reshaping and defining the world we see today and can no longer be overlooked.
International Slavery Remembrance Day - 23/08



A Celebration Of Fela Kuti
When: 21 August 2017
Where: Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PG

Fela Kuti

It is very difficult to put into words the significance and stature of an individual like Fela Kuti, and his contribution to music, politics and culture across the twentieth century.

A pioneer of Afrobeat - a genre of which he was at the forefront - Fela gifted the world with songs such as Beasts of No Nation and Water Get No Enemy - a "celebration" is perhaps fitting of a man who has given so much to us.

We're very lucky to have his former bandmate Bukky Leo and his Black Egypt collective retell many of the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist's hits at the Jazz Café.
020 7485 6834

Ligali: African Remembrance Day
When: 23 August 2017, 7-10pm
Where: Hollow Ponds Lake, Epping Forest, E11 1NP
Adm: Positive vibe

Igi (tree)

This year's African Remembrance Day event will be an intimate gathering taking place outside and under the stars near Hollow Ponds Lake in Epping Forest. We'll meet at the Igi (tree), and for one evening, sit in a circle and just talk, sing, dance, laugh, cry and recite words of freedom in honour of those that we lost to Maafa by remembering their struggles and exploring our shared purpose.

If you want to participate in creating a space of remembrance and healing then come along, bring a positive vibe and something to share. This can be food, fruit or drink, as well as a short story, a poem, a song, a drum, a drawing, an idea, a vision or an offering to our Ancestors.

Suggested dress code: Traditional, white, or in the colours of your Orisha.

African Remembrance Day
When: 23 August 2017
Where: International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Our annual celebrations include the walk of remembrance, a libation on the waterfront and the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture.