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Money Matters: The Work - Life Balance

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This weekend you can either attend the London Schools and the Black Child Conference organised with the support of Mayor of London Boris Johnson which Diane Abbott states will be featuring the comedians “Little Miss Jocelyn the star of BBC TV’s “Three Non-Blondes” and the award winning comedian Stephen K Amos.”


book your tickets to attend the preview screening of Maisha Solutions with workshops on Independent Education taking place during African History Month on Saturday 7th February 2009 at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT. Pre booking is essential and can be done by sending an email to with the subject line "Solutions Preview".

At Ligali we don’t think raising the educational attainment of our children is a joke business.

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9pm - 10pm
Pan African News (International and Local)

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10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
Must we work for money or make money work for us? This week’s programme will focus on practical ways of saving money and adopting traditional African principles to live a more balanced lifestyle where making money is not the focus. Listen, interact and call in with tips, advice and questions.

11:30 - 12:00am
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Organic cook up flavoured discussion on recent media, films, books and cultural arts.


Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

Money Matters: The Work - Life Balance

“Manage good better dan big wage” – African proverb, Jamaican

Greetings, Last week France’s largest labour union announced over two million workers had come out on strike against job losses and wage cuts. Ironically the British media has called the day the workers stood up ‘black Thursday’. Today the UK is experiencing its heaviest snow storms in eighteen years, perhaps today will go down in history as ‘white’ Monday.

On the same day as the pan-european strikes took place last week, the London Underground network announced it would be shedding over a thousand jobs whilst “hundreds of energy industry contractors have walked out at sites in northern England and Scotland in an escalating protest over the use of foreign labour”. I suppose if you asked one of the contractors if they meant African people already residing in the UK they would answer “no you’re ok, it’s the ones that come over here, take our jobs and don’t speak English that we’re upset about – my best mate is black”. Nonetheless with mass support for this kind of xenophobic rhetoric, Britain’s racist nationalist political parties are exploiting and capitalising on the ugly mood of the nation. Today, the government openly claims to back the rights of foreign workers there have been more strikes and walkouts across the country. How long before they turn against the ‘visible’ minorities that the media consistently portrays as bad, lazy and responsible for violent crime as well as bringing drugs and diseases into the UK?

Today’s falling snow has also caused havoc across the UK. Not only were schools closed and public transport services suspended, Britain’s non-striking workforce were also stranded in major traffic jams whilst in London, buses collided, cars crashed, planes were cancelled and the congestion (tax) charge had to be suspended. News reports state that an estimated £1.2 billion was lost to the economy. It is said tomorrow is likely to be the same. 

So how does this relate to Pan Africanism I hear you ask. Well with this simple mischievous act, mother nature has shown a little of what chaos would happen if African people led (with other impoverished people) a unified mass strike against the British government and its exploitative economic policies. If the organised withdrawal of labour from corporate businesses was sustained, many would collapse or at least be forced to increase wages and improve terms of employment. I don’t expect it to happen yet, the wolves are not yet quite at the door but they are coming.

You see, economically this year is going to be rough on our community, many of us got complacent and thought we had arrived failing to take heed of the ideological message contained within Gil Scott Herons prophetic ‘Whitey on the Moon’ tune. 

However, if we are honest about the situation most of us are not new to relative poverty management. The majority of African people across the world have for the longest time been living an environmentally friendly, cost efficient lifestyle if not due to lack of resources then because of spiritual and traditional cultural beliefs. Pardner (susu) , recycling, energy conservation, these practices were always a way of life. Going ‘green’ has never been a trendy fad to ‘save the planet’. It has always been a holistic choice of lifestyle to respect and preserve the Earth. Forget the western nation biased nonsense spouted in the poor remake of the brilliant film The Day the Earth Stood Still. Even the current lifestyles of many of the Amerindians and Aboriginal people of Australia make a mockery of those living anti-African, anti-natural lifestyles.

Living in the UK many of us have lost touch of this way of life and in adopting an urbanised approach to life, some will find the cost of learning how to separate their wants from their needs quite difficult. Those who only aspire to make profit without regard to their community and environment will be the first to lose their homes and extravagant luxuries. The west has finally overtly mal-developed itself in a similar way it has been forcibly doing to Africa through the IMF, World Bank and UN.

To all the others who work hard to live within their means I say wrap up warm and ‘keep on keeping on’. Yes your job security is at risk but your wisdom to live humble whilst capitalism ran rampant now makes you today’s money experts. To the others I can only advice you get used to the cold, there is a serious storm approaching on all fronts and unless you are prepared to follow the way led by the most impoverished yet environmentally sensitive and creative people around you then you may not make it. Afluenza has had its day, at least for now. May the Ancestors guide and Protect us. Ase.

Toyin Agbetu is a writer, film director, poet, and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.

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Nyansapo Update

Due to increased listeners we have almost doubled our internet bandwidth to cope with demand.

We also now have two extra phone lines for interaction although we are still receiving reports that it is difficult for callers to hear us despite their own voice being transmitted loud and clear. This occurs in part due to extra

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Community News


Proposal submitted by By National Federation of Self-Help Partnerships:

To All Members, Associates, Friends and Colleagues

RE: The State of Black Britain and Our Response to Current Challenges (From the Black Communities’ Perspective)

Given current global economic downturn and associated uncertainties and, if there were ever a time for community cohesion, this is probably it.

We need to be alert, organise and be prepared for any significant changes likely to be brought about by current situation. Recognising always that “A People without direction is a People vulnerable at the mercy of predators, exploiters, wickedness, injustices and inequalities, groping in the dark.”

The Vince Hines Foundation and the National Federation of Self-Help Partnerships have proposed a National Conference for 2009 in London for 11, 12, 13 September 2009, to examine the state of Black Britain and current challenges from a grassroots perspectives. There is a targeted audience of 800-1200 delegates. A skeleton outline of the proposals is listed below for your information and comments.

The purpose of this Letter/E-mail, which is being sent to groups and individual across the UK and interested Associates abroad, is to ask you:

1.      Is there a need for such a Conference?
2.      Are the proposed thematic areas appropriate?
3.      Are there any other thematic areas you would like to be included in the draft?
4.      Is the location appropriate?
5.      Would you participate in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating of the conference on behalf of your group, if an invitation by the organising committee were sent to you?

Those who proposed the Conference are of the view that “It is time that Britain and others to hear again the individual and collective non-partisan voices of the grassroots.” We would appreciate your comments before or within ten days of the date of this e-mail.

Please forward this e-mail to others who might have an interest in order that they can also send us their comments within the stated time frame.

We are likely to advance our development far more when we work together.


Chairperson of The National Federation of Self-Help Partnerships

c/o The Vince Hines Foundation
Community Education and Training Services
Priory Community Centre, Acton Lane, London W3 8NY

Tel: 0303 0402690 Fax: 0870 9748524
E-mail: Website:

UK Registered Education and Training Provider.

Department of Education and Skills (DfES) Registration Number 10006844.
Charity Registration No.: 269681. Established 1975

Community Events

Maisha Solution

Screening: Maisha Solutions
This film is suitable for all ages

The premiere screening of the final part of the Maafa Series of films will be taking place during African History Month on 7th February 2009 at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT. A community donation will be requested on entrance. Pre booking is essential and can be done by sending an email to with the subject line Solutions Preview.

Please spread the word and reserve this date in your diaries. The event will start at 12 midday prompt. After the screening there will be cultural refreshments, vendors and workshops for those seeking to become actively involved in specific community empowerment projects. The workshops will be focused for those who want to become actively involved in supporting an existing home education network or join a project to build a village school in the heart of London or Africa.

The 7th February is the anniversary of the passing of Dr Cheikh Anta Diop. We will be holding a tribute to him and those of our Ancestors who dedicated their lives to the work of liberation.


Brixton Conference on Mental Health

Date: Saturday 7th February
Time: 3 pm - 6 pm, (doors open: 2.30 pm)
: 1-5 Hinton Road, Brixton, London SE24 0HJ
Adm: £10 (£6 limited concession tickets available for children and persons aged under 18), ticket with New Mind School donation, £20
Contact: 020 7501 9800/

This conference will be presented by The Nation Of Islam. Although primarily aimed at mental health practitioners, parents, and those working with young and vulnerable people, the conference will tackle issues relevant to us all, including advice on the maintenance of good mental health during this time of economic crisis, and navigating the UK mental health system.

Conference contributors include: Malcolm Phillips (Psychologist and Manager of the Oremi Centre), Polymin Muhammad (Nation of Islam Ministry of Health), Matilda MacAttram (Director of Black Mental Health UK), Rameri Moukam (Pattigift African-Centred Mental Health Centre)


African Odysseys - From Archive Roots to African British shoots

Course: Black Britain
Explore the contribution of African and Caribbean community to the history of film and TV in the UK, Tutor Jim Pines will present an extraordinary range of rare footage, cutting edge documentary, cinema and television drama for your enjoyment and discussion in our digital studio cinema. There will be guest speakers and also the opportunity to learn how to access materials at our free public archive, the Mediatheque.

Ten weeks from Thu 22 Jan 2009, 18:30-20:30
Fees £86, Conc £43

Archive Africa
A monthly Saturday matinee series of feature films, documentary and world cinema.
Featured films are Night of Truth (21 Feb), White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (21 Mar), Africa Addio (25 Apr) .
Please book tickets in advance, special screening price of £5 for each matinee screening.

Box Office: 0207 928 3232

For more details go to;


New play on David Oluwale - 31 January 2009

A new play based on Kester Aspden's award winning book The Hounding of David Oluwale telling the story of one of the earliest recorded African deaths in police custody.

  • 31 January-21 February 2009, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
  • 25-28 February 2009, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
  • 3-7 March 2009, Liverpool Playhouse, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BH
  • 11-14 March 2009, New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS
  • 16-21 March 2009, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB
  • 24-28 March 2009, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ
  • 31 March-4 April 2009, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF

New National Curriculum and the Possibilities for Real Black History in Secondary Schools

Date: Monday 9th February 2009
Time: 6.45pm to 9.30pm.
Venue: PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 170, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1)
Adm: There will be an admission charge of £4 per person.

This highly important presentation highlights how the National Curriculum really has changed. The new programme which is now in effect stresses the need to teach parallel developments in world history, calls for the teaching of pre-colonial African civilisations and mentions the need to teach the resistance to the slave trade. The result is that there is bigger opportunity than ever to get real Black history into schools.

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY. Refreshments will be provided. For further information and other enquiries about the event, you can call or text us on 07951 234 233.

In order for us to manage seating and room layout, we would be grateful if all who are attending this event could confirm their attendance in advance. Please confirm via email how many of you will be attending this event. Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation


NCV Trust in association with Mellow, East London NHS Foundation Trust and NVSC invites you to

A Minds Eye (Learning Event): Young African Men and Mental Health

Date: 11th February 2009
Time: 9.30 am to 3.30pm
Venue: West Ham Football Club Conference Centre, London E13
Contact: To register email: / 0208 519 9500

Several speakers will be talking about transforming practice to secure emotional well-being. They are Victor Adebowale, Paul Obinna, Barry Mussenden, Simon Letchford and Norma Johnson

Young African and Caribbean men over represented in mental health statistics. They are;

Far more likely to be forcibly detained
Far more likely to be diagnosed as schizophrenic
More likely to be given invasive treatments
Less likely to be offered talking therapies

To reverse these statistics require earnest, focused and earlier action from schools, health and social care providers, third sector organisations, the criminal justice system local authorities and the community.

This Event, which has been shaped by young black men will:
 - Be facilitated by the Mind’s Eye Steering Group of young black men.
- Draw upon the experience of national experts and local best practice to identify what works
- Assist delegates to shape an improved personal and organisational responses
- Facilitate the delivery of services that better match the needs and aspirations of young black men
- Enable earlier intervention to support the building of individual resilience
- Enable delegates to foster a focused and multi-agency response

This event is FREE and will benefit all practitioners who work with or are training to work wit or are training to work with young black men. Attendance by young black men is actively encouraged.

  Ancient Future & Muatta Books present…
The Science of Music, Drumming & Dance: A Day of Readings, Ritual & Divination

Date: Sunday 15th February 2009
Venue: Happy People Restaurant - 160 Page Green Terrace, High Rd Tottenham, London, N15 4NU
Adm: 3pm – 9pm - £7 / £5 Concessions
Contact: Ancient Future - 07983442876 / 07956134370

Soul - Sound - Healing - Movement

  • ·        Guest Speakers
  • ·        Workshops
  • ·        Psychic Readers
  • ·        Astrology
  • ·        Healing
  • ·        Tarot
  • ·        Numerology
  • ·        Arts & Crafts
  • ·        Books, DVDs & Spiritual Supplies


Bro. Kimani Nehusi- Libation: An African Ritual of Heritage
Afro Groove & Bro. Nia- Jazz & Spirituality
Errol “Lonestar” Gibbons - Hip Hop History through Imagery
Sis. Omilani - Rituals of an Oshun Priestess
Ifa Leke - Healing Vibrations of the Drum
Bro. Derick - The Singing Bowl
Bro. Dennis - African Dance & Martial Arts


Chief Lloyd – Spiritual Medium
Osunwummi – Cowry Shell & Crystal Ball Readings
Bro. Clyde – Astrological Readings
Luis Fernandez – Tarot
Israel Ogun – Astrological Charts & Tarot

 Vendors Welcome


Open discussion: Do We Need Role Models?

Date: Thursday Feb. 19 2009
Time: 6.30-830pm
Venue: Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SF
Contact: (

Young people, parents, mentors and teachers are especially welcome.


African Victims of the Nazis

Date: Sunday 22 February
Time: 13:00-16.30
Place: Imperial War Museum
Adm: Free entry. First come, first served.

What we know today as the Holocaust was researched, rehearsed and refined in Africa with African people long before 1939. Although it is hardly mentioned, German people in their colony of Namibia stole land from African people and when they fought back, built railroads, labour camps and medical experiment labs in Namibia in order to work them to death or experiment on their bodies to see how they were able to cope with heat. This happened in 1906 and the German government even apologised in 2004. This underviewed documentary states the case with detailed testimony from Namibian and German people and evidence from German secret files.

There were also Black people in Germany before, during and after WW2 . Some even joined the army, some were entertainers, thousands were sterilised and a vast number were sent to the gas chambers. Curator Nia Reynolds, author of Black Victims of the Nazis, will give an illustrated talk about these issues.


Seminars/talks on African (Black) Britain

Venue: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS
Time: 6 to 7.30pm

February 19 - Julia Bush, Northants Black History Association and University of Northampton: Sharing the Past: community historians at work

March 18 - Miranda Kaufmann, Christ Church, Oxford: The African Presence in Britain 1500-1640

April 15 - Maghan Keita, Villanova University: The return of the Black Knight: the African in the construction medieval and renaissance European identity

May 13 - David Clover, Librarian, ICS: Dispersed or destroyed: archives, the West Indian Students’ Union and public memory

June 10 - Cliff Pereira Black and Asian Community voice and Local History - The Bexley example


Annual Huntley Conference

Date: Saturday 21st February, 2009
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue:  London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB


Alliance of Afrikan Women Invites the afrikan family to a...

African (Black) History Ball

Get out your finest clothes and come share the evening with one another
Date:  Saturday 28th February 2009
Time 7.00pm until late
Venue: Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, London, SW9 7HP
 Tickets: £20.00 - includes food and non-alcaholic drink, wine available for sale
Tube: Victoria Line to Brixton
Buses: 35, 45, 3, 196, 133, 333, 159, 109

Entrance will be by ticket only
Contacts: Nzingha – 07908203533 -, Valerie - 07507581517, Winona – 07985618771


African Market Day in May 2009

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Venue: Woolwich Town hall

As you may already know this is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to exhibit and sell goods, promote a service and network with like minded people and is a superb occasion for the community to engage with one another. The event is free to the public and will have a variety of activities through out the day and you will have the opportunity to participate in the “Business Spotlight”. The Business Spotlight gives businesses or organisations the opportunity to have a segment where you will be ‘interviewed’ live on stage and tell the public about your business or organisation. There is also a range of advertising packages in association with AMDNetworks to suit your business needs. There are limited spaces available so if you or your organisation is still interested in exhibiting, performing, “Business Spotlight”, advertising or partnership working please contact us using the details below.

0203 393 57 35 / 07908 144 311


Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum broadcasts live every Tuesday between 9pm - 12 pm. We discuss pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events. It is an interactive programme so please feel free to call and join in.

Thank you for your patience as we redevelop our internet communications infrastructure, we are currently working on solutions to address all issues of buffering and audio quality. We expect to resolve all our other issues, technical and otherwise soon.

As ever, your support and feedback, especially constructive criticism is welcome.

Ligali - in service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors

Ligali is a Pan African, human rights organisation founded by Toyin Agbetu in early 2000, it was named in remembrance of his beloved late father Ligali Ayinde Agbetu who taught him to take pride in his African heritage and challenge those opposed to universal human rights. The Ligali and African History Month websites were subsequently co-developed by former Ligali member emma pierre for our community, to be used by our community. It is maintained and funded entirely by the Ligali organisation but we do need your help to keep it running.

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