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Nyansapo - is an online community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues. Our next Pan African Drum programme on 5 May 2009 will address the issue of;

Migration and Stagnation : Is identity discrimination the new weapon of choice against African progression?


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Migration and Stagnation:
Is identity discrimination the new weapon of choice against African progression? Tonight we will be joined in the studio with Saynab Mahamud, a community activist and advisor to the UK Somali Students Association and Yomi Oloko of the Ipaja Community Link (ICL) in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Migration and Stagnation

“A tormentor is training his victims in harshness”, African Proverb, Nigeria


“if you don’t like it here then why don’t you go back to your own country”.  

How many times have you, a family member or friend heard this statement?  The problem we now have is that as Africans resident in the Diaspora, (many of us disconnected from our heritage) we are now facing this statement coming not only from europeans (more on that later) but also from officials in our Ancestral homelands. There are few African nations that would deny there is a need for their children abroad to contribute to the wellbeing and development of grass root community projects at home. The superb work of African led charities such as AFFORD include highlighting the importance of developing social business enterprises and making financial remittances to our economies whilst ADAP focuses on donating our time and labour to projects surrounding education and healthcare. From the Garvey Town project based in Ghana to the Per Ankh Collective in Senegal, from 3D in Jamaica to the Ipaja Community Link in Nigeria, there is little doubt that African people across the Diaspora have much to contribute to the health and wealth of mama Africa wherever her children are and yet the mention of that taunting but haunting phrase - “go back to your own country” by the belligerent still manages to irate.

In fact, sadly when so many of us attempt to do so, even if only to make a temporary spiritual retreat, we are often faced with insurmountable challenges. Take Nigeria for example, this week the cost of visas increased to £90. This is irrespective of whether you are an adult or child. For Ghana the fee is around £60. If you are going home as a family then this extra expense impacts directly on money available for food, fuel and transport expenses and even gifts to return home with for family. All of this visa processing fee business is a money raising scam that sadly many of our governments are now in on it. “If you don’t like it….”

Yet, its not a one way problem, as a friend recently said to me, it is funny how the perverse ‘commonwealth’ club means very little to the common wealth of African people. The practice of charging for visas from visitors coming from the UK largely started as an act of ‘reciprocity’ after for many years the corrupt officials at British embassies back home fleeced our people dry of their hard earned cash irrespective of whether they were an economic migrant, asylum seeker or refugee.

Do you remember how in 2006, the Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance (IMEC) exposed the British governments deliberate policy of refusing visa applications to the UK, including a right to appeal on a discriminatory basis against African people. Britain was publicly damned for its blatant and illegal extortion of cash from innocent Africans. Back then the IMEC report stated that migrants and asylum seekers were “required to satisfy a higher burden of proof to obtain a visa than others because they meet a socio-economic profile that is believed to indicate they are a risk or provide little economic benefit to the UK if granted leave to enter”.

British High Commission officials strongly denied that this was the case but today we can see very little has changed. In fact whilst today, the government is now back to its ‘vote for us or the BNP come into power’ scare tactics, yet Truth as it has always been is that we have far less to worry about from the crazed thugs in suits than we do from the supposed ‘liberals’ in power.

Last week the government's Migration Advisory Committee said that more than 300,000 skilled jobs, including managerial, construction and social workers should immediately be closed to African and other non-EU workers. Britain’s ethnic discrimination against Africans in the job market now mirrors its illegal ethnic profiling against innocent African people on the streets. The Ministry of Justice (sic) also announced that there was a 322% rise in the number of African people stopped, compared with an increase of 277% for Asians and 185% for europeans. Oh, and please don’t be fooled by any hype about the British government acting out of some humanitarian concern over Africa’s brain drain problem or responsibly responding to an economic crisis they themselves created. This is, and has always been totally and solely about anti-African racism. Please research the history.

In 2003, the British government made it a requirement for Africans from Jamaica to have visas before they travel. These strict immigration rules are a source of much income for the UK and adversely effect the over 55,000 Jamaicans who annually visit Britain to see their friends and families over the year.

In 2005, the British Government imposed a ban on entry visas for young (18-30) Africans from Nigeria who intended to visit the UK for the first time.

In 2006, the British government was responsible for the death of Ese Alabi, 29, after denying her the opportunity of medical treatment on the grounds that she had Nigerian nationality.

In 2007, over 20,000 young Africans from Nigeria were denied student visas as the British government started work on its plans to restrict the access of visas to Africans by introducing its new range of anti-immigrant measures including having families in the UK pay £1,000 to sponsor visiting relatives.

Also in 2007, in Australia, Britain’s illegitimate child settler state, Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews announced an African refugee ban. Media sources stated the government policy was that refugees had trouble integrating, and other parts of the world such as Iraq and Burma were greater priorities’.

In 2008, the British Government’s Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne said: "We do think it is right that newcomers are asked to pay a little bit more for public services" as the government set up its immigration point system that discriminated against African people and proposed a migrant tax that ministers stated “should raise tens of millions of pounds every year” from African and other non-EU migrants.

In 2008, the British Government’s Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne said: "We do think it is right that newcomers are asked to pay a little bit more for public services". The government then set up its immigration point system that discriminates against African people whilst proposing a migrant tax which ministers stated “should raise tens of millions of pounds every year” from African and other non-EU migrants. Launching another strand of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) strategy, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: "When newcomers come here they enter into a deal with the UK - to work hard, play by the rules and earn their right to stay.”

In fact during that very same year, the British government were also responsible for the death of Ama Sumani after she passed away following immigration officers deporting her direct from her hospital bed back to Ghana whilst receiving life saving treatment. If that was not bad enough, in May 2008, the entire family of Cyril, three-years - old , and 18-month-old Gael were seized from their home in Sheffield at 6:30am by eleven police and immigration officers and taken in their pyjamas without any clothes to Yarlswood detention centre in Bedfordshire with their father Claude N’Deh and his wife Magolit who were classified failed asylum seekers by British immigration officials.

Last month, Joe Keshi, an official from Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the visa policies of the British and US embassies in Nigeria. He said; "First of all, asking us to bring our bank statement and all sorts of unthinkable documents is very humiliating. It is becoming increasingly frustrating the way they treat Nigerians and they also engage Nigerian government officials in the most humiliating processes,".

Funny that. There is no reason why it should be easier for an African in the UK to visit America than Africa or France rather than Nigeria. For some reason I find it hard to have much sympathy with the plight of some of the very same government officials that have nothing but contempt for their own people. Perhaps when most develop a little concern over what we have to endure when engaging in the processes they themselves have instigated, we the people will feel better empowered to successfully challenge the abusive neo-colonial behaviour of Africa’s historic and current oppressors.

In Azania (South Africa) the racist Native Labour Regulation Act of 1911 forced all African people over the age of 16 to carry a 'reference book' at all times. These pass books were required by law to produce their ID when requested by any member of the police or by an administrative official. The national ID Card being introduced by the British government will operate in same manner, criminalising any African stopped by police or government officials without their ‘papers’. Incidentally the act also made it a criminal offence for Africans (but not europeans) to break a labour contract, in essence, to go on strike was made ‘illegal’.

Various versions of these barbaric apartheid-era legislative policies are still active in the UK today.  When in 2007, Prison officers walked out of their jobs following a dispute over pay and the threat of violence at work. Jack Straw, then, Justice (sic) Secretary, described the strike as "unlawful" and "wholly unjustified". Earlier this year, a walkout by economically disadvantaged British workers motivated by a racist campaign against the employment of migrant workers was described by officials as an “illegal wildcat strike”. Whilst, I disagree with the xenophobic nature of the action taken by strikers from Britain’s ethnic majority, none of us should ever forget that the freedom to withdraw our labour is a fundamental right no government should ever have the power to rescind.  Until that day comes, extortionate visas, passbooks, ID cards, ethnic profiling, labour exploitation, resource theft, state surveillance, oppressive police and warmongering torturing imperial armies remain clear evidence that slavery and fascism are still alive in 2009.

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: News and Updates

Nyansapo: The Pan African Drum

Newsletter update

The weekly Nyansapo alert will be shrinking over the next few weeks to hopefully coincide with the return of the monthly Ligali newsletter. Please ensure you send us articles, news and details of any event and activities at least three weeks in advance including text stating the what, when, where and admission details for consideration of inclusion.  

Successful Live Broadcast at Ayekoo

Thank you all for attending our first ever live broadcast at the London launch of Ghana First, a non-partisan forum that calls on Ghanaians, friends of Ghana and pan-Africanists to help build a better Ghana. You can listen / download the podcast by clicking here >>

You are also welcome to send comments, or add your contacts to the Ghana First Who I Am online listing: subject heading: Ghana First.

Help With Promotion

If you have watched and felt empowered by any of our films then we are asking if you could go to your local library and ask them to obtain a copy for their shelves. If you work in media we are requesting you write a review or ask your editors to consider doing a feature on the topics contained in our films. If your local African bookshop does not have a copy and is willing to collect donations on our behalf then please ask them to contact us. If you attend or are involved in the running of a Saturday or after school club then please consider arranging a screening of our films to the children and their parents.

We cannot continue to do the work without us being in support of each other, we will not be successful in realising our aspirations without first achieving unity of purpose.

Become Involved

  • Spreading The Word
    Nyansapo is the response of the Ligali organisation following the continuing demise of printed media as an efficient means of distributing community news. We face constant attack, and so with limited resources have to rely solely on recommendations and word of mouth to grow and develop. Please encourage others to listen and if moved, to share their views with our listeners on air or through email.
  • Pan African News Request
    Every week we start the Pan African drum with coverage of the weeks stories from Africa kindly provided to us by the African Development Institute. We would welcome a weekly digest from Africans with links in the Caribbean, South America and europe who could also provide us with a similar resource.
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    If there are any stories of events we have failed to cover or we have inadvertently published incorrect information about an issue then please contact us with updates and information.

Maisha Solutions: Screenings

Maisha Solution DVD
Maisha Solutions DVD:
Every door has its own key

Education and Community Seminar

Date: Wednesday 13 May 2009
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Stratford Campus of the University of East London
, E15 4LZ

Toyin Agbetu writer, film director, poet and the founder of Ligali, the Pan African human rights based organisation where he is head of social and education policy, will screen and discuss (a shortened version of) his latest film, Maisha Solutions in which he shares the results of his three year journey across three continents in seek of solutions to the many problems African people currently face as a result of Maafa. Rejecting the classic ten point plan method, Maisha Solutions instead features contributions from various voices across the world with a strong emphasis placed upon independent learning and the empowerment of young people and women.

As this will be the final seminar in the series, and because it will include a screening, the seminar will begin at 6.30 and end at 8.30

The Maisha Solutions - Part 1 - DVD is a community resource forming the final part of the Maafa Series / Truth 2007 education programme. You can request a copy by going to;

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African Remembrance - Living Icons

Clive Lloyd: Cricket Legend

When We Were Kings: West Indies Cricket

Some of us may be too young to remember the way it was ... when WE were Kings
(note crowd reaction in particular and compare with what you see at Lord's in two weeks' time) 

Clive Lloyd century 75 world cup final

Alvin Kallicharan destroys Dennis Lillee

Rohan Kanhai 1975 World Cup Final


Maafa History

Kelso Cochrane

Kelso Cochrane Memorial Walk and Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Saturday 16th May 2009
Time: 4pm
Location: 12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Adm: Free (first come first served)

Screening will take place following Kelso Cochrane memorial walk (starts 12pm Kensal Green Cemetery)

Grove Roots unearths the rise of the Notting Hill Carnival, the fruition of 'Frestonia' and the lives of unique local figures such as Claudia Jones and Peter Rachmann.Featuring the voices of renowned screenwriter Richard Curtis as well as other local musicians, artists, community workers and residents, the film tells the story of the Ladbroke Grove area from the 1958 race riots to the ethnically rich place it is today. Made by 8 local, young people with the help of the Octavia Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

N.B. time of screening is subject to change if procession over-runs

For further information, contact Kate Glinsman by email: or by phone: 020 8354 5592.


Visa Deaths : Ese Alabi and Ama Sumani

Ese Elabi and Ama Sumani
Ese Elizabeth Alabi: Passed away after being denied the opportunity of a crucial heart transplant on the grounds that she had Nigerian nationality / Ama Sumani: Deported from her hospital bed by British immigration officers during critical medical treatment.

The British government was accused of atrocious barbarism by leading representatives of the medical community after its amoral deportation of an African cancer patient.

Britain’s continuing abuse of the human rights of Africans plumbed new depths after a Ghanaian woman was removed from a hospital whilst receiving critical cancer treatment and deported.

Ama Sumani, 39, a widowed mother-of-two came to the UK five years ago and had been receiving dialysis at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, for more than a year after cancer damaged her kidneys. Her visa expired whilst she continued the treatment which she could not afford in Ghana.

Incredibly on 9 January, five officers from Britain’s Border and Immigration Agency seized the terminally ill Ama from her hospital bed and removing her in a wheelchair whilst tearful but calm - ruthlessly deported her to Accra, Ghana.

Cardiff MP Alun Michael and former Home Office minister had no regrets over the deportation decision and asked "..whether it's right for somebody who has no right to be in this country to be given medical treatment which would not be available to them had they not become an illegal.."

His views were backed by the Labour government. In a select committee held before British MP’s, the head of the Border and Immigration Agency, Lin Homer, stated that the case was ‘not exceptional’. Her comments come as The Lancet announced in reference to this case “[t]o stop treating patients in the knowledge that they are being sent home to die is an unacceptable breach of the duties of any health professional”.

The Lancet which is one of the UK’s most highly respected medical journals strongly disagreed with the amoral act and stated that the “UK has committed an atrocious barbarism” before calling upon doctors' leaders to do more to voice opposition to the malpractice.

Predictably the BBC news team chose to back the government stance and used its resources to emphasise a comment from its ‘Have Your Say’ website that reads; “Why should the British public be expected to pay for someone who technically should not be here. The Lancet needs to be reminded that it is the national health service not the international health service.”

This is not the first time Britain’s anti-African immigration policy has been used against those in need of urgent medical treatment. In 2006, Ese Alabi, 29, passed away at Papworth hospital after being denied a crucial heart transplant. As the innocent African mother lay dying in her hospital bed, her partner Abiodun Abe was forced to fight a deportation battle for her. Inhumanely she was denied the opportunity of treatment on the grounds that she had Nigerian nationality. Ese who had made regular trips back and forth to Britain never once overstayed her six month visas.

Dragged from home by immigration officers: Claude NDeh and family
Dragged from home by immigration officers: Claude NDeh and family

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Victims of Violence - April 2009



Name, age, picture

Type of incident




Oluwaseyi Christopher Sunday Ogunyemi, 16,

Stabbing - died from multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Died after he was stabbed several times on an estate in Lambeth.

Neighbours said up to 30 youths, many of them armed, were involved in the street fight and said it was sparked by an earlier knife attack.

Detectives continue to question two men aged 21 and 25 on suspicion of murder. A 17-year-old boy remains under arrest in hospital.
A second 17-year-old boy has also been arrested on suspicion of assault. All four suspects suffered stab wounds.
A fifth youth, a 15-year-old boy originally arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail.

July 2008

Court case update!

Shakilus Townsend, 16

Stabbed and beaten

Shakilus Townsend was killed at the hands of his love interest's rival.

He was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed in the chest in a cul-de-sac in Thornton Heath, South London, last July.

He had followed a 15-year-old girl that he claimed to be in love with to the neighbourhood where a gang waited for him. The attack was arranged by the girl's 18-year-old boyfriend Danny McLean.

Mr McLean, 18, claimed to have stabbed the victim in self defence when a knife was drawn on him. The girl and other gang members involved deny the charges.


Comments and Feedback


Greetings Family,

I have been reading about our African History Walking tour, what is not mentioned in your email listings, is how European secret organisations or societies such as the Illuminati or Bilderberg Group or others (they are known by many names) are continuing to dominate and control the world under one global regime. May I suggest you research into these groups, they may actually shed more light as to why we as Africans continue to be manipulated by unforseen forces beyond our control.


The immigrants in Portugal

Article submitted to Ligali for the African community in Britain from LBC Minao Soldja (English translation from Portuguese).

Since always the human being was a migrant, in the primitive society the men had necessity to move for their own surviving.  Because when their basic resources for his surviving finish he was obligated to move to other place to find new conditions to live.

To talk about immigration in Europe in generally, at Portugal in particular is a complex problem who affects many lives.

The same process still continues in modern world. The causes for this migration are too many, such as: war, dry, greedy, political repression, etc. the people leaves their origin countries to find a better life conditions.

Speak about the immigrants in Europe, as I had said in the last paragraph is complex problem. I will focus in the immigration of the people of ex Portuguese colonies in Africa “immigrated” with Portugal as theirs destiny. Also to I will try to explain the immigrant situation (immigrants in regular situation and the immigrants in irregular situation and some many immigrants dies every year in trying to enter in Europe fortress) at Portugal. The first thing that in point of view that we have to clarify in history is the untrue vision that so many peoples has, that the people of ex Portuguese colonies, namely Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, S.Tomé and Principe , Mozambique, Angola,  that they immigrated to Portugal, that is not true. Most of those “immigrants” were brought here because the lack of the manual labor. At 1968/1970, Portugal loses 700 thousand of potential workers who was obligated to leaves Portugal going to France, Luxemburg, Canada, United States… to escape Portugal against their colonies fight for freedom. What happened is that even Portuguese’s were oppressed by the same fascist government   and so many people had the run away of Salazar dictatorial repressive regime with his P.I.D.E (international police for defense of the state) who chased and murdered political dissidents and jailed youth who rejected to participate in a war.      

Those “immigrants” as they were from ex colonies (is important to say that many of theses colonies just got auto determination after 1970), at the begin they were all Portuguese because the law that every people who were born at the theses colonies were automatically Portuguese, but after they reached the independence, obvious everything changed. But this is able to understand but the decree law  n.º 37/81 what consisted that every body which born in Portugal, that the parents lived in irregular situation, the sons or daughter won´t get Portuguese nationality, this decree law was inputted  by the current president Cavaco Silva when he was a prime-minister.

Did they think the impact of this decree law would in many immigrants’ descendent lives?   Just to illustrated how that decreed law “destroy”   many young lives, in many black community, I´m talking about black community that I know more well. Many young’s blacks’ doesn´t find job in this country, because they are   black sons of immigrants and the racism in this country is a problem  destroy many lives, they could travel  immigrate to another Europe country to look for better life condition, but as they doesn´t have the Portuguese nationality they are lock  up here, so that is one reason which many of our youth follow bad footsteps  trying get  what the Portuguese white society has and many this young dies or is jailed by their police.

In the measure the times passed the things get more difficult for immigrants, at last year the Europe presidency had promulgated   a new decree law, regress directive, which consists that any immigrants who had entered in Europe in irregular situation can get a sentence of 18 months of prison and take the risk to be deported. In Portugal almost every weekend the SEF (service of foreigners and frontier) and police make a lot of rush at the place where the most part of population is immigrants and I´m talking about center of Lisbon and ghettos. The medias charge the immigrants to be the reason of economy recession and the increased the violent criminality  in Portugal,  and that we are here just to steal Portuguese the white natives jobs, that is the reason for increasing of party like PNR and national front which their struggle is based in racial discrimination and xenophobia. The problem is they never say that the immigrants is responsible for their social secure is still breathing, and for 7% of internal bruits product (PIB) and for feed them culturally and for the immigrants is pimped every day for their vulture companies.

If start to speak about the situation of immigrants in Europe in general or in Portugal particular I will take a long time to finish this little job, so I recommended every body to make a concreted investigation about immigrants in Europe union. In my opinion, you do not have to agree with her, you have just to respect her, the Europe is travel to conservator and racist way still try to imposed or is imposed Eurocentric’s, white hegemonic decree laws.  Many people who lives in Europe union does not know   what is going on, my advice is stay on point.  Since 1988 till 2006 11.976 Africans immigrants died in Europe boundaries and 4232 had disappeared in the ocean and Europe has many detections center immigrants in their frontier. Check Babb Septa.

To all things that I said, the conclusion that many people dies and suffer just because they travel to look for better conditions and the politicians act this way because our silence so do not see as text of a rhetorician or pseudo-revolutionary or something like that, but read this text as a word of somebody who is concerned about this question and all world situation, so do something, I do not asked you to do big thing, do what you can, give one minute or one second for this problem and do not forget that we are all immigrants.

Blessed brothers and sister.
Justice and peace 

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A Call for Contributions: Reparation. A Revolutionary Handbook (RARH)

Greetings Comrades

We can no longer wallow in the luxury of simply saying ‘WE WANT REPARATION’ without some attempt to give our demands texture and contents.

Also, we cannot leave it in the hands of the intellectuals and scholars to determine the content or texture.

We must engage Afrikans people in the streets of Lagos as well as New York, Kingston as well as London. Each and everyone must be given their chance to put his or her views forward on what Reparation means to them; What it should look like.

This will not be a finite position, but one that will change with circumstance and changing generation of those in the struggle at any given time. This is an attempt to bring together an ongoing Global Afrikan position.

To do this, we are calling on all who gets this email to pass it on to anyone who you think could help with the following:

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To: Ligali
Date: Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:57 PM
Subject: Cricket brains...

The first "Testicular Guard" was used in cricket in 1874 & the first helmet was used In 1974.

It took 100 years for men to realize that the brain is also important!

Facts: Cricket is one of the oldest and most original of all modern sports, originating somewhere between 700 and 900 years ago in England, with international competition beginning a century ago and almost no major rule changes since. As incredible as it may seem to the uninitiated in this most beguiling of contests, each international match lasts 30 hours over five days and often ends without a result, with each international series comprising five such matches (150 hours) also frequently ending without a clear winner. Played with a small, very hard ball which is bowled (thrown with a straight arm), at up to 160 km/h, it is illustrative of the staid mindset afflicting the governing body of the sport that helmets for the human being in the firing line were not introduced until 30 years ago despite a history of horrendous injury.



Swine Flu: Indonesian minister says swine flu could be man-made

Serveral cartoons are being circulated about Swine Flu

JAKARTA - Indonesian Heath Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said Tuesday the deadly swine flu virus could have been man-made, as she urged calm over its spread around the world.The controversial minister did not elaborate but in the past she has said Western governments could be making and spreading viruses in the developing world to boost pharmaceutical companies' profits."

I'm not sure whether the virus was genetically engineered but it's a possibility," she told reporters at a press conference called to reassure the public over the government's response to the swine flu threat.

No cases of the disease have been reported in Indonesia, the country worst hit by the bird flu virus which has killed about 250 people worldwide since 2003. Indonesian authorities have increased body temperature scanners at airports and banned imports of live pigs and pork products, amid World Health Organisation (WHO) warnings of a pandemic.

Supari, a cardiologist, also claimed that the H1N1 strain of swine flu, which is believed to have killed more than 150 people in Mexico, could not survive in tropical countries like Indonesia. "We have to be alert at all times although swine flu in Indonesia is not a cause for panic," she said." H1N1 survives in countries with four seasons. The type A H1N1 virus hopefully won't be able to sustain itself once it enters the tropical climate of Indonesia," she added.The virus has been found in 11 countries including Mexico, the United States and Spain, while several other countries from Colombia to New Zealand are investigating suspected cases.Supari said the health ministry had prepared 100 hospitals to handle swine flu cases should the disease enter Indonesia.

The minister has refused since 2006 to share all but a handful of Indonesia's bird flu virus samples with WHO researchers, saying the system is being abused by rich countries to develop profitable vaccines which poor countries must buy.

Source: ABS-CBN News


Dear Friend,

We are currently organising our “African Street Market” which will be taking place 25th July 2009 in central London.

If you or your organisation is interested in exhibiting or taking part please send us an email so we can send you further information.

The website is currently being updated and will reflect new information over the next few days.

Kindest Regards,

0203 393 57 35

Traditional Voices, Spoken Words
  Poetry / Spoken Word
The Ligali Organisation is still seeking poems that have most moved you or you feel best reflects our own cultural, political and spiritual beliefs. It doesn't have to be formal prose, lyrics from a song or spoken word performance are all eligible. Please email the words and name of the artist to with the subject heading 'Poetry'.

      (Garden of Creation)

The earth is the garden of creation
Purposefully clothed with lush, green vegetation.
Firm enough to prevent critical soil erosion,
All elements working in union,
For natural joy and satisfaction.
The earth is a friend, we are the friends of the earth

The cyclic function of the earth’s ecology is no mystery.
Like the organs of the human body,
Each working in perfect harmony,
In this our environmental community,
of which the guardians and keepers,
are the children of humanity.
The earth is a friend, we are the friends of the earth

The rivers, like blood streams flowing into the oceans
Returning secretly to the fleshy bowels of earth’s creation
Evaporating to the atmospheric breath of life
Sun, moon and stars
Solid, liquid and gas
Land, sea and air
Flesh, blood and spirit.
The earth is a friend, we are the friends of the earth

Like the lungs of man
The trees breathe to keep the earth alive
Yeah! The Sun, like a devoted Father
Working from sunrise until sunset
And the Moon, like a loving Mother
Working from dusk until dawn
Shining with the sweet embrace of her children, the stars
The earth is a friend, we are the friends of the earth

If we protect the earth,
Then, the earth will protect us
Clothe, feed and shelter us.
The earth is the garden of creation.
If we keep the earth alive
Then we will stay alive,
The earth will keep us alive.

The earth is our friend, We are the friends of the earth


Donations Matter
ADAP Bikeathon ADAP: 'Ride for Africa' Bikeathon charity event

Sunday 17th May 2009
Time: 1PM
Donation: £5 (min)

Get fit for summer and sign up to ADAP’s 25 Mile ‘Bikeathon’ Challenge. A charity event supporting education and health programmes in Africa.

Greetings, As summer steadily approaches (we hope),The African Development Association for Progress (ADAP), would like to invite you to take part in our 'Ride for Africa' Bikeathon charity event, in aid of our HIV/AIDS Health Development Programme in Ghana and our Youth Development Programme in The Gambia.

Why not set yourself a challenge and see what you can do to help raise money. Whether you're a novice on two wheels or an expert cyclist, we want you to come and join us for this community event and get fit for summer!

Marakisa Youth Development Programme
Constructing a building equipped with learning resources to support the education and development of the youth in the rural village of Marakisa, The Gambia

All participants will receive information containing details of the event, the programmes we are supporting and a sponsor sheet for participants to collect sponsors to help raise funds for a worthy course.

For more info:
Tel: 07904 495 387

3d Project
3d Project: Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities.

Support: 3D Project, Spanish Town, Jamaica

3D Projects is a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme based in four parishes in Jamaica —
St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Thomas and St. Mary
. It is dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities. Gerlin Bean a serious Pan-Afrikan sister who returned to JA from England in 1987 and is the Director of this project has been working round the clock to keep it going for our disabled children in Jamaica and the project would benefit from assistance from us here in the UK. Over the years Gerlin has put in hours that most of us wouldn't even consider to keep the services operating, their sources of funding has repeatedly been cut over the years.

3D Projects
Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities
Head Office: 14 Monk Street, Spanish Town, St. Catherine,
Tel.: (876)984-2840, Fax: (876)984-7808

  Moyo wa Taifa (Pan Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network):
£10,000 fundraising appeal for the Pan Afrikan
Solidarity Centre, Accra , Ghana

Moyo wa Taifa was established to rebuild historical bridges and grassroots networks between the Continent and her global Diaspora. Moyo wa Taifa is dedicated to mobilizing international advocacy and solidarity on issues of Afrikan self-determination including Debt Repudiation, Women’s Rights, Reparations & Economic Justice.  

The 1st Moyo Solidarity Centre was set up in January 2006. The Accra Centre is the first of what we hope will be many of such  dynamic Pan Afrikan institutions located all over the Afrikan world. Our vision is to develop Pan Afrikan resource centres which operate as citizen’s hubs and provide capacity building services. Your financial support will ensure the success of this project. We are located in the UK and Ghana with future plans to expand to other regions in Afrika. Help nurture this vision into reality!

Moyo wa Taifa  (Pan Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network) hopes you can support our work and contribute to the fund.   

“Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it Today” - Omowale Malcolm X


Please donate generously to the Moyo Solidarity Centre

Cheques payable to Moyo wa Taifa,  P. O. Box  27466 ,  London SW9 7WS 

Tel;  07757  060 313

3d Project
Baruwa Community School:Due to lack of funding in some classes there are 20 pupils to one teacher

Support: Baruwa's Primary School, Nigeria

Baruwa Community Primary School has 700 pupils, 7 teachers and 7 classrooms. The school was originally sited in a factory, but the school moved to this site in 2007 and opened on 5 May 2008 - it was not completed, but the Headteacher and teachers believed that it was "manageable". Government funds have not since stretched to complete windows, doors and plastering nor are there available funds to install toilets for the pupils or the teachers or provide a bore-hole for safe drinking water. Currently, pupils and staff go to the toilet in the bush area beside the school (which is often frequented by snakes) and drink water from an exposed well.

Please think about donating, you can send a cheque in the post payable to DIFN and post it to Ade Fashade at 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyson Street, London, E8 2LY. Many of these children are part of the OVC support programme and ICL want to do all that we can to make their lives better.


Appeal for Hackney Community Law Centre

We are walking to raise desperately needed funds for Hackney Community Law Centre. Our Law Centre helps the most disadvantaged people in Hackney and our social welfare law service helps to reduce the fallout from poverty, homelessness and debt - which, in a time of recession, is ever more crucial. In everything we do we strive to tackle exclusion, challenge discrimination and combat exploitation.
Our Law Centre is dangerously short of funds to maintain those services and we need your help. Please support our walkers as generously as you are able:     


Community News

Nubian Spirit

BlackNine Films introduces their New Award Winning Documentary Film ‘NUBIAN SPIRIT: The African legacy of the Nile Valley’.

This is an amazing documentary, which unravels the fascinating and often magical legacy of Ancient Sudan. It shines light onto the Ancient African culture, history and spiritual mythology of the people from the Nile Valley. The film digs deep into Ancient Africa's numerous contributions to modern civilization.

As independent filmmakers they are looking for different ways to reach a worldwide audience.


'Nubian Spirit: The African Legacy of the Nile Valley'


News Shorts

Campaign for Sean Rigg

The family of Sean Rigg, another death in Police custody, will be holding their weekly vigil outside Brixton Police Station. Thursday 7.30pm. If you are unable to make it feel free to pass on information to friends.

KiRette Couture: The New Face of African Fashion
April 18th, 2009

An article submitted to Ligali, written By Ndze Ntuv Evaristus Tunka for ANJ Online

Just a little over four months into its inception, KiRette Couture is already causing a glare in the fashion world with its unique and impeccable take on African fashion. In its first fashion show recently in New York, KiRette Couture showed that being a new comer into the world of fashion would not deter it from such brilliance in its unparagoned depiction of African fashion.

The brainchild of Kibone Nfi - an image consultant and entrepreneur and Anrette Ngafor - a designer; KiRette Couture was born to highlight African culture through fashion.

Their exceptional use and blend of the ‘toghu’ a traditionally woven material from the Northwest province of Cameroon is appreciated in the designers’ detailing of flamboyant accessories and knotty ornamentation that makes you want to come back for more and more of it’s uniqueness.

KiRette Couture is providing Africans in the diaspora, as well as the rest of the public with a contemporary gallantry in clothing styles while maintaining the authenticity of the fabrics used.

The boldness of Kibone and Anrette’s creations defies in many aspects traditional designs, which to me accounts for their exceptional finesse. They are not only championing a new look at African fashion through their ‘curiosity’ tailored designs, but are proving that traditional regalia can be fine-tuned to become one of today’s most cherished wears.

KiRette Couture has stormed the world of fashion dispelling some of the clichés perceived of African clothing designs. In books, KiRette Couture may be a new comer, but I tell you, this new comer’s wind is as feisty as and tantalizing as it’s colorful creations. 

Nex generation
Nex Generation

Nex Generation Returns

The Caribbean premier issue of Nex Generation Magazine - Now available in the UK.

Available from the following UK retail/distribution outlets:
Centerprise Bookshop (Emmanuel) - 136/138 Kingsland High Street, London E8  Tel: 020 7254 9632
Centrepoint (Patrick Brown) - 9 Cambridge Street, Wellingborough, NN8 1DJ  Tel: 01933 299 775 or 
Ebony Education (David Simon) -  020 8850 6225 or 07944 504501 or 07985 672 989

For further information or general enquiries - Email:


Pan-African World View


Envoys back UN vow to combat racism, African-American groups blast Obama for US absence
Associated Press Writer
2:25 PM EDT, April 21, 2009

GENEVA (AP)  Over 100 countries agreed Tuesday on a declaration to combat racism and related forms of intolerance worldwide. The United States was not among them, prompting sharp criticism from African-American groups participating in the U.N.'s second global conference on racism.

The 143-point declaration was a broad call to fight racism and discrimination against minorities.

It also warns against stereotyping people because of their religion, a key demand of Islamic states who say Muslims have been unfairly targeted for their beliefs since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

The declaration reaffirms principles agreed at the U.N.'s first global racism meeting eight years ago in Durban, South Africa, when the United States and Israel walked out because many participants had taken the Jewish state to task over its treatment of Palestinians.

The United States and Israel also boycotted the second meeting in Geneva this week over fears it would repeat anti-Israel outbursts as happened Monday when Iran's president called the Jewish state the "most cruel and repressive racist regime."

Germany, Italy, Poland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands also stayed away from the conference.

The U.S. boycott did not sit well with the executive director of the Atlanta-based U.S. Human Rights Network.

"We believe that the issue of Israel was always a pretext," said Ajamu Baraka, whose group has in the past said the U.S. is ignoring persistent racial disparities at home. He said issues such as possible reparations for the effects of the trans-Atlantic slave trade appear to have contributed to the U.S. decision to stay away.

Officials at the U.S. mission in Geneva declined to comment.

"The boycott of the Obama administration both saddens us and angers us," said Jaribu Hill, executive director of the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights.

"We will not let Mr. Obama off the hook simply because he stands inside black skin, or because his campaign served to energize and inspire thousands of young people and people of color, and those who have historically been locked out," she said.

Ejim Dike of the New York-based Urban Justice Center said by staying away, Obama had missed an opportunity to challenge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his views on Israel.

Ahmadinejad' s speech Monday, in which he also accused the West of using the Holocaust as a "pretext" for aggression against Palestinians, caused all 23 European Union countries present to walk out of the conference hall in protest.

All but one  “the Czech Republic” later rejoined the conference and approved the declaration.

  Education Matters..

Conference organised by: National Association of Black Supplementary School (NABSS) and the Black and Other UK Home Educators (BAOHE)

Home and Supplementary Education Conference - 6 June 2009


Black and Other UK Home Educators and the National Association of Black Supplementary Schools have got together to put on a conference to update the public about  home education and the availability of supplementary education for Black children. This event will be held at the Hackney Museum on Saturday 6th June 2009 from 11am till 4pm.

We are inviting individuals and organisations in these fields to join us and take part in this event so we can give parents the best information that is available. There is a wide range of media available for presentations including a Plasma TV and Powerpoint presentation facilities. This will be a FREE event with light refreshments available.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to take part.

Black and Other UK Home Educators
Rehena Prior, Managing Director
Skype: rehenaprior

Nia Imara, Managing Director

Tel:07958 348 558


Excelsior College: Affordable Independent Education

Take the first steps in your plans to educate your child, give them a head start with a solid early years foundation.Your child can now have an early independent education in a personalised, friendly, family atmosphere with common values. Our customising delivery of the national curriculum is designed to best suit their abilities and help them realise their potential. we achieve this by applying a lively and investigative pupil centred approach to learning.High Standards, high expectations and pride in self are nurtured to become a part of the children's identity.

Affordable Education Age Group 3-11Excelsior College is a non denominational nursery and primary school for children from 3 to 11 years old. The school was first opened in 1989. We aim for excellence in education and the development of every child’s unique potential. Building in each a capacity and eagerness to learn as well as the personal traits of character that is the basis of well rounded and forward going children. Achieved in the most unlikeliest of locations. Don't delay, call and visit us, we welcome your interest .Excelsior College, Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham N17 8JLTelephone: 0208 365 1153


  Art Matters...

Ìyà-Ilé by Oladipo Agboluaje

Tiata Fahodzi
Africans in British Theatre

Tiata Fahodzi produces new work that constantly explores the richness and heritage of theatre sourced from people living within British African communities.

Every core activity emanating from this underlying objective, explores with its participants, a specific cultural perspective and its compatibility with the British stage.

For More Info:


An unmissable theatrical party, Ìyà-Ilé is the long-awaited prequel to the hugely successful The Estate, which is currently being adapted for film. A vibrant mix of comedy, political satire and family intrigue, Ìyà-Ilé is packed with witty dialogue and the wonderful music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey.

Oladipo Agboluaje’s most recent plays include The Christ of Coldharbour Lane and the five-star hit The Hounding of David Oluwale. Tiata Fahodzi were last at Soho with the sell-out hit Joe Guy in 2007.

Contact: Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London W1 - 020 7478 0100


Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

Akoben: Symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.50 per lesson

Mashufaa is a martial are created for the mental, physical and spiritual upliftment of a generation of people who have become detached from themselves!  Mashufaa is about living a life with light through the sweat of training.  Sweat lets you know you are alive.

Remember Mind, Body and Spirit are one.  Train to live and live to train. Mashufaa Classes will take place from at The Albany Theatre (Plum Room) nearest Rail: Deptford or DLR Deptford Bridge.

Monday and Fridays
Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Lord Morrison Hall, Chestnut Grove( off Scales Rd), Tottenham, London N17 9ET
Travel: Tube: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove
/ Buses: 243, 341, 149, 259,279

Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Boy Scouts Centre (
Near Bruce Castle Park), All Hallows Road, London N17 7ADTube: Travel: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove / Buses: 123, 243, W4

Time: 7:15-8:45pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


Community Radio: Pan African


Pan African People's Phone In

When: Sunday
Time: 22:00 - Midnight
Where: Galaxy Radio 99.5 FM (

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in is a space for themed interactive discussions conducted over the airwaves and cyberspace.  The themes are focused around issues affecting Afrikan people both locally and globally. 

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in regularly features guests from revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist organisations.  From time to time others including non-Afrikan guests will be invited to contribute. The activities of all guests will be examined on the basis of their relevance to Afrikan people locally and worldwide.  Interviews and presentations with guests will set the scene for the more general discussion (in the second half of the programme) where listeners will be invited to phone in, ask questions and contribute.


Africa Speaks with Alkebulan / Sister Ekua (aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)

Where: Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) / 94.3FM
When: Every Monday / Wednesday 8-10 pm GMT

Number for on-air discussion: 0208 180 2523


Activity Based Workshops: Political & Empowerment


Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)
Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum Presents the 2009 annual theme and series of workshops
Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)

Time: 6:30pm
44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS - Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436
Adm: £Free

Afrikan Liberation Day (April) - Workshops
Youths are specially welcome – All free of charge

Friday 8th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
International class analysis, European workers
& anti-Afrikan racism

Friday 15th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
Contrasting the approaches of Presidents Nkrumah and Obama

Friday 22nd May 2009 @ 6.30pm
The 1966 anti-Nkrumah coup & US Satan in Ghana today

Friday 29th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
Building effective links between Continental & Diasporan Afrikans

When we were oppressed under slavery and colonialism our ancestors knew it; they knew that they had to remove these oppressive systems in order to be free.  It is a massive contradiction that despite the fact that we are actually living in the neo-colonial phase of history, most of us do not know what it is.  The problem this poses is that if we do not know it, we cannot understand it; if we cannot understand it, we cannot consciously do anything to challenge it; if we cannot do anything to challenge it, we cannot get rid of it; if we cannot get rid of it, we will remain stuck in it; if we remain stuck in neo-colonialism, Afrika cannot be liberated and we will not be a free and self determining people.  The critical task before us therefore, is to raise our collective level of consciousness of the nature of neo-colonialism and how to defeat it in Afrikan communities everywhere.


Community Screenings


Marcus Garvey - UNIA The History & Toward Black Nationhood

Where: Centreprise, 136 - 138 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2NS
When: Sunday 3rd May 2009
Time: 2pm - 5.30pm

Greetings Family,

This is a polite reminder for our coming event this weekend at Centerprise, restaurant and bookshop. The programme took a break for a week to allow us all to take time and reflect on what had been learnt, to truly absorb the information and maybe enjoy some of the sunshine while it lasted. Starting back this weekend on May 3rd with a heavy-weight empowerment session, we look at the concepts of Black Nationhood exemplified by one of our greatest nation builders.

Join us for our screening of:

Marcus Garvey - UNIA The History & Toward Black Nationhood

This will be a superb event with plenty of real examples of how a global community can be built. So don't forget to spread the word to family and friends as your continued support is needed.

For anyone that hasn't had the opportunity to come to this superb event so far, this is a great chance to get involved before the end of this series on May 10th 2009.

Hope to see you there! Wishing you all the best on your path of continual improvement and empowerment.

Peace and Blessings,

Lecon Fatinikun


Screening: Lumumba: Death of a Prophet

When: Tuesday 12th May 2009
Where: South London: PCS LEARNING CENTRE, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria (for map to the venue please click here).
Time: Doors open at 6.30pm. The screening will start at 7pm sharp!!!
Adm: £4 per person - ONLY 40 PLACES AVAILABLE

When: Thursday 14th May 2009
Where: North London: Parish Room at St Michael's Church, Bounds Green Road, London N22 8HE. (Directly behind the Church on the corner of Bounds Green Road) (for map to the venue please click here). Nearest Underground Station: Wood Green Station - Piccadilly Line.
Time: Doors open at 7.00pm. The screening will start at 7:30pm sharp!!!
Adm: £4 per person - ONLY 30 PLACES AVAILABLE

Black History Studies Productions presents “Lumumba: Death of a Prophet,” the award-winning feature documentary about African political leader Patrice Lumumba, who was Prime Minister of Zaire (now Congo) when he was assassinated in 1961.

Lumumba: Death of a Prophet offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history. Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. This deeply personal reflection by acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck on the events of Lumumba's brief twelve month rise and fall is a moving memorial to a man described as a giant, a prophet, a devil, "a mystic of freedom," and "the Elvis Presley of African politics."

If Lumumba: Death of a Prophet is a film about remembering, it is even more a film about forgetting. It is not so much a conventional biography as a study of how Lumumba's legacy has been manipulated by politicians, the media and time itself. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck meditates on his own memories as the privileged son of an agricultural expert working for the regime which displaced Lumumba. He examines home movies, photographs, old newsreels and contemporary interviews with Belgian journalists and Lumumba's own daughter to try to piece together the tragic events and betrayals of 1960.

Run Time: 69 minutes
Director: Raoul Peck
in French with English subtitles

Food and refreshments on sale. Places for the film screenings are limited, so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.

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 and at which venue. Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.


Screening: Resisting the System: Reggae in the 21st century

When: 15th May 2009
Time: 7pm doors, 7.30pm start – 10.30pm finish @
Where: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ.
Adm: £5.00 (There is limited seating)

Greetings to one and all

Black Star Line invites one and all to a screening of Nu-Beyond's Resisting the System: Reggae in the 21st century: an insightful and thought provoking film by Dr Lez Henry exploring sexism, homophobia and shadism in reggae culture today. See attached flier and to keep up with our events see:

For directions see link below.


Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Saturday 16th May 2009
Time: 4pm
Location: 12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Adm: Free (first come first served)

Grove Roots unearths the rise of the Notting Hill Carnival, the fruition of 'Frestonia' and the lives of unique local figures such as Claudia Jones and Peter Rachmann.Featuring the voices of renowned screenwriter Richard Curtis as well as other local musicians, artists, community workers and residents, the film tells the story of the Ladbroke Grove area from the 1958 race riots to the ethnically rich place it is today. Made by 8 local, young people with the help of the Octavia Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Screenings also taking place:

Event will take place following Kelso Cochrane memorial walk (starts 12pm Kensal Green Cemetery) N.B. time of screening is subject to change if procession over-runs.

RBKC Town Hall, Lecture Theatre
Horton Street, W8 7NX
Friday 22nd May at 6.30pm

Lexi Cinema
194b Chamberlayne rd
NW10 3JU
Tuesday 16th June at 6.30pm


Community Events


Brother Paliani discussing Rastafari and the post-colonial struggles in Malawi

When: 6th May 2009
Time: 7pm
doors, 7.30pm start - 10.30pm finish
Where: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ. (There is limited seating)

: Entry will be £5.00 and the session will take place on

Nu-Beyond and Black Star Line invites one and all to a unique discussion with Brother Paliani on the role of Rastafari in the Post-Colonial struggles in Malawi for Afrikan liberation. Brother Paliani is an activist, a writer and historian based in Malawi and in this talk he will demonstrate the links between the post-colonial struggles in Malawi, Jamaica and other places in the Afrikan Diaspora. He will feature archival footage of aspects of Malawi's history that will no doubt encourage a healthy debate and discussion as we strive to transcend our collective condition as peoples of Afrikan ancestry.

Check out Brother Paliani on You Tube:


Create Your Own Cinema Club

When: Friday 8 May 2009
Where: NFT2, BFI Southbank
Time: 10am - 5pm
Adm: £15 for an individual/£30 covers up to three people from one organisation, including lunch
and refreshments- Please book in advance via the BFI box offce on 020 7928 3232

A training event for anyone interested in delivering flm screenings for local audiences at non-traditional venues, eg. day-care centres, community centres, colleges etc.the day will cover all the issues you need to address including how to get the best screening set-up within your budget, legal screenings, advertising, cultural programming and offering that little bit more to inspire your viewers!

Speakers from the BFI, Film London, the Independent Cinema Offce, FilmBank, and the
British Federation of Film Societies will give you the information you need to set up a successful
cinema club. Practitioners will offer programming suggestions and ideas along with relevant flm clips that are used in their own work.


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

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


Exhibition: Images of Studio One - Jamiaca

Reggae lover and a photographer, Roman Vesper was lucky to live in Jamaica for many years and began to take photos of vintage record artists while working at Studio One. 'The main aim of this exhibition is to keep those who laid down the foundation of reggae music in the public consiousness.

People do have short memories and it is clear that many of these icons of Jamaica's history are being forgotten. Many of these singers and musicians have passed away since I left Jamaica in June 2004. And I see this exhibition as a way of also knowing them. All of the artists were great wonderful people and freely told me stories and how they lived their lives.

So here is my photographic tribute to them'.

Exhibition runs at Centerprise Gallery from 1st May to 20June

Plus poetry by the I-Storians featuring Ngoma Silver, Dimela and Oma-ra of the Hackney Writers Group

For further details conmtact:
Emmanuel Amevor 020 7254 963


In The Mix: Sunday Free Jazz By Soweto Kinch

Date: Every Sunday from 29 March
Time: 2 – 5pm
Rich Mix | 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Rich Mix is proud to present its continued partnership with jazz and hip hop artist Soweto Kinch. A selection of guest artists and performers, including Femi Temowo and Shabaka Hutchings, take residence in the Rich Mix Bar to create laid back sessions that are fast making Rich Mix the place to be on a Sunday afternoon.


Sun 5 April, 14 & 28 June

Soweto Kinch

Sun 12 April, 7 & 21 June

Shabaka Hutchings

Sun 19 April – 31 May

Femi Temowo

Soweto Kinch (

Award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including two MOBOs, four BBC Jazz awards and a Mercury Music Prize nomination. “Mr Kinch demonstrates what England has to teach [the USA] about narrative Hip-Hop. Don’t sleep on Mr Kinch.” (The New York Times) Shabaka Hutchings  ( clarinettist and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is a member of experimental contemporary jazz group Zed U who are due to release an album mid 2009. He is also part of jazz legend Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors and has performed on his recent album Afropens as well as alongside jazz outfits Polar Bear, The Heliocentrics, Anthony Joseph and Tomorrow’s Warriors. “Shabaka Hutchings is going places.” The Guardian 

Femi Temowo  ( 

Femi Temowo is a guitarist ‘par excellence’. After graduating from Middlesex University, where he studied Jazz, he was approached by Soweto Kinch to join his then brand new quartet. Femi is a regular guitar tutor at Tech Music School, a contemporary music institute based in West London. He also gives master classes and seminars all over the UK and Europe as part of ‘The Urbanator Project,’ a music education programme founded by violinist Michal Urbaniak.“One of Europe’s finest and most sought after guitarists” Time Out


African (Black) and World History Courses

Date: Sunday 10 May 09 (11.00am) and Thursday 14 May 09 (7.00-9.00pm)
Location: Walthamstow, London E17
Our courses are an excellent introduction and progression into self-development providing a realistic insight into our history, present day situation and future. Our courses are popular and have been running for over 12 yrs.

Our unique series of 17/18 week courses are divided into 3 sections to cater for everyone. Classes are held on:
Sundays (Beginners-11.00am-1.00pm, Intermediate -1.30-3.30pm, and Advance 5.30-7.30pm) and on Thursdays (beginners only -7.00-9.00pm).

- an introduction for participants in World History from a Black perspective: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas , the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks and Romans. We will explore the global Black experience and relate this to the here and now. The civilisations of Europe, the Dark Ages, politics of economics, the politics of race and nationalism, culture and identity, religion and spirituality. Participants will learn about themselves, as they explore through seminars, discussions, themes and issues and then relate this to themselves and the present.
Minimum donation: £75.00 Concessions @ £65.00/unemployed/students Intermediate- for those who wish to take their understanding and
knowledge of black history and its interconnectedness to the world a stage further.
Minimum donation: £75.00 Concessions @ £65.00/unemployed/students

Advanced-for those who are already extremely knowledgeable about themselves and see clear links between their own lives and history. Participants have already challenged conventional views of history and understand the different perspectives and concepts.
Minimum donation: £77.50 Concessions @ £67.50/unemployed/students

Advance bookings only.  Book early to avoid disappointment! We will be hosting enrolment & induction sessions for our Black and World History. You will have to attend an induction session before commencing the course.  Enrolment will involve completing an application form and payment of course fee.

The induction will provide you with details about the course, the code of conduct and the commitment required of yourself to successfully complete the course.

To reserve a place on a course please contact Afua on 020 8808 7547/07956 337 391 o via email:


Black History Walks 

Where: Next Walk in the St Pauls/Bank area
When: Sunday 17th  May 11.15am and  2pm 

In 100 minutes your guide will take you through hundreds of years of the African presence, and contribution, to London’s way of life. Discover secret alleyways and enormous buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways which the owners do not want you to know. Find out about black loyalists and African revolutionaries. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics which are still evident in the very streets and buildings of the oldest part of London.


Education and Community Seminar:
Ipaja Community Link and Community Development Field Trips to Nigeria

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2009
Time: 4pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Room: RB1.14, University of East London
, Stratford Campus E15 4LZ

Although the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) have been dismissed by some as unachievable, and therefore of doubtful significance, the values and the focus of the MDG have mobilised people and resources for development.

In this seminar, Yomi Oloko and Jennifer Bryam will discuss how the Millennium Development Goals inspire and inform the work they do at the Ipaja Community Link (ICL), in Lagos State, Nigeria. Yomi is the project co-ordinator at ICL and Jennifer Bryam is a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) volunteer based at ICL who writes the ICL blog ( ) documenting the activities of the workers, the community and the experience of volunteering in Nigeria..

Yomi and Jennifer's presentation will include a photo show as well as an introduction to a range of volunteering and placement opportunities in Nigeria for students, professionals and anybody looking for a rewarding experience volunteering in Africa.

Please contact Abiola Ogunsola if you would like to attend.

For more information see:

Ipaja Community Link is supported by Development Impact for Nigeria (DIFN), a UK based Nigerian diaspora development agency ( )


bfm Film Club: African Shorts Programme

Date: Sunday 10th May 2009
Time: 4.15 pm
Location: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square).
Adm: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members

Book: 0207 930 3647 or online at / By Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus / By Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 176

Dir: Various / Dur: 17min/2008/UK; 25min/2007/UK/Nigeria; 65min/2007/US

Language: English / Subtitles

Cert: 12A

An eclectic mix of short films from the 10th BFM International Film Festival.

The award winning Survivor (Dir: Nicole Volavka), a tale of friendship made on fragile emotional grounds in the world of London’s night cleaners. Fast paced Area Boys (Dir: Omelihu Nwanguma), lifelong friends Bode and Obi decide to sever the ties to their life of crime for good, but their plans fall apart before it’s began. Sensual Movement (R)evolution Africa  (Dir: Joan Frosch and Alla Korgan), riveting stories of nine African choreographers who unveil soul shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of the 21st century through dance.

 Screening will be followed by a discussion with Directors (tbc).

BFM: or contact Film Club Co-ordinator Nadia Denton at nadia@bfmmedia


Reading: The Phoenix-Misrule in the Land of Nod

When: Tuesday 12 May 2009
Time: 7.00-8.30pm
Where: Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, 1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA
Adm: Free

Leading author Onyeka reads from his latest book - The Phoenix-Misrule in the Land of Nod.

“When I was young there were never any stories to show my life, the things I’d done, the places I’d been to, the smells, sounds of my youth. I was born in the heart of a country that never meant me to exist. So I began to write. I wrote what I liked and what I could. Not quite biographical but certainly allegorical.” Onyeka

The Phoenix flows naturally from the international success of Waiting to Explode and the Black Prince. The Phoenix tells the story of Black men and women’s renaissance through the political and cultural framework which is England. Daring, fresh, thought provoking and inspiring, this is not a comfortable book! Onyeka’s work is injected with pain, humour, sorrow, and hope. This controversial and strictly in your face novel, is a gritty, realistic exploration of the Black man’s psyche into manhood and the Black woman’s psyche into womanhood.


Opportunity to discuss themes in the book and meet people over drinks and nibbles.

Nearest tube: Seven Sisters

To book in advance and for further information please contact: or 07956 337 391/020 8808 7547 or Marcus Garvey Library -020 8489 5353


Ìyà-Ilé (The First Wife)

Date: 14 May - 20 June 2009
Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London W1
Adm: £10
Contact: 020 7478 0100

New play by Tiata Fahodzi, It's 1989 in Lagos. Political hysteria and social change are sweeping Nigeria. Chief Adeyemi's wife Toyin is turning 40 and, behind the mansion walls, the household is preparing for her party. But there are other distractions. Their troublesome sons, returning from college, are more interested in seduction and starting revolutions than their parents' disintegrating marriage. Meanwhile Helen, the ambitious house girl, is waiting for her chance...

An unmissable theatrical party, Ìyà-Ilé is the long- awaited prequel to the hugely successful The Estate, which is currently being adapted for film. A vibrant mix of comedy, political satire and family intrigue, Ìyà-Ilé is packed with witty dialogue and the wonderful music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey.

Written by Oladipo Agboluaje / Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr


Jude Akuwudike, Antonia Okonma, Javone Prince & Chucky Venn

with Babatunde Aleshe, Tobi Bakare, Estella Daniels, Marcy Oni & Nick Oshikanlu

An unmissable theatrical party set in 1980s Nigeria, this is the prequel to sell-out hit The Estate.
See it first:

Tickets from £10 til Saturday 23 May

then increases for later performances.


NCBI: Pro-diversity & inclusion leadership training  

When: 3-day training dates: 14/15/16 May 2009
Where: London
Training costs: Charities £175 | Public Sector £300 | Business £450

Are you responsible for the management, productivity and mentoring of people?
This course teaches you how to reduce risks and maximise opportunities inherent in any multi-cultural organisation.

Would you like to increase your and your staff’s understanding around diversity and inclusive behaviour?
This course teaches how to embrace and support each individual’s identity to create an inclusive performance-orientated team.

Would you like to improve your effectiveness in reducing prejudicial behaviour and bring about sustainable outcomes?
This course offers teaching and practice of vital skills you require to effectively intervene and shift people’s attitudes for the long-term.

Has conflict at work lost you valuable time and caused tension?
NCBI conflict resolution model empowers you to work through differences by focusing on common concerns to achieve considered, positive outcomes.
Would you like a diversity & inclusion model to take back and cascade in your organisation?
NCBI 3-day training provides an in-depth, practical approach to skills-building which many organisations, schools and colleges have effectively implemented.

about this course

Managers and staff with diversity & inclusion and equal opportunities responsibilities benefit tremendously from the NCBI 3-day training by being able to cascade skills learned instead of trying to implement theory.

The training uses participatory activities, which include:
1. The celebration of the participants’ identities.
2. The examination of stereotyping, misinformation and internalised oppression.
3. Small learning sets where participants receive individual coaching and practice skills.
4. The combination of diversity intelligence and practical skill training, enabling participants to learn quickly in a safe environment.

 Places are limited so early booking is advised.

Please download and complete the booking form to reserve a place.

NCBI has been delivering these workshops for over 20 years and has won several awards including Best Practice Awards and the Nelson Mandela award for our effective training models. NCBI also encourages training participants to think about delivering in-house trainings and developing your own NCBI team with on-going support.

NCBI London also facilitates the award-winning “Welcoming Diversity” one-day course throughout the year.  See our website

For more information or to contact us regarding bespoke assessment and programming for your organisation   Phone: 08707 461553


Migration, memories and identities conference

When: 14 - 15th May 2009
Birkbeck College, 30 Russell Square, London
Adm: £75 Both days, £50 individual days - phone: 020 7612 6958 / email:

Migration, Memory and Identities draws together a range of scholars working on migration and its impact on children and families. The conference is particularly timely in that global migration patterns are rapidly changing, allowing the opportunity to bring historical and current migration patterns into debate.  The theoretical issues of migration, memory, and identities are crucial to the understanding of contemporary migration. In bringing these areas together, the conference seeks to showcase innovative research and to generate new ways of thinking. 

Speakers include:
- Professor Helma Lutz, University of Frankfurt
- Professor Karen Fog Olwig, University of Copenhagen
- Professor Marjorie Orellana, University of California, Los Angeles
- Professor Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, University of the West Indies, Mona

The conference is organised by the research group of the Transforming Experiences: Reconceptualising identities and 'non-normative' childhoods ESRC-funded research programme at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.  It is being supported by The Institute for the Study of the America (ISA).

  International Food and Music Fair

When: Saturday 16th May 2009
Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: Chandos Recreation Ground, Edgware. 

'What's Cookin'?' is a youth led project of The A-Connexion's Global Village will be looking after the Tea stand ( variety of teas, fruit, pastries and cakes from around the world).  We are providing this free to the public so any support will be welcome.


London Business School Africa Day

Location: London, United Kingdom
16 May 2009

London Business School’s Africa Club is delighted to invite you to Africa Day 2009.

The conference will take place on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at London Business School from 9AM to 5PM, with a gala dinner to follow.

The eighth annual Africa Day conference will focus on the "Investment Climate in Africa: Navigating the Global Downturn". This year, our four panels will discuss:

1) Innovative Financing in Africa
2) Natural Resources: Curse or Blessing?
3) China's Growing Influence in Africa
4) Growth Sectors Beating the DownturnKeynote speakers will include Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Chairman, Metis Capital Partners), Ebenezer N. Essoka (CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa), Ahmed Heikal (Co-Founder, Citadel Capital), and Omari Issa (CEO, Investment Climate Facility for Africa).

For updates, please visit


Rastafari Education Conference

         University of Birmingham
           Monday 18th May 09
            10.30 – 4.30

Delegate Rate: Professional Rate:  £ 150 (including complementary copy of  “Overstanding Rastafari: Jamaica’s Gift to the World”* and an information and display pack “Introduction to Rastafari”)

Community Rate: Contact the Conference Team on 01902 429185 or email

“…merely to say that “Overstanding Rastafari” is an authentic source does not do justice to what is indeed a rich compendium of the principles that guide the development and spread of Rastafari.  Of even more striking significance is the interpretive brilliance of the remarkable philosopher that is Afari…  All Jamaicans should consider themselves indebted to the author for increasing our knowledge of self… we have created yet another gift to the world.”

Professor Barry Chevannes, C.D.

(Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology, University of the West Indies)

Organisers: Jamaica 2K, Learning Links International, University of Birmingham, Rastafari in the West Midlands,
Contact:        Conference Team, Learning Links International:

Visit for information on the Rastafari Heritage Project 


Book Launch: George Padmore: Pan-African Revolutionary, edited by Fitzroy Baptiste and Rupert Lewis

When: Tuesday 19 May
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS

This will be a round-table discussion with two of the contributors,  

Hakim Adi, Reader, Middlesex University


Marika Sherwood, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

and two exciting PhD students,

Christian Hogsbjerg, working on 'CLR James in Imperial Britain, 1932-1938' at the University of York


Leslie James, researching 'A Biography on George Padmore', at the International History Department, LSE


Black Cultural Archives: Oral Histories of the Black Women's Movement and Documenting the Archives

When: Tuesday 19th May 2009
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, London SW9 7PH
Adm: £Free, To book your ticket please call 020 75828516, or email including your name and a contact number, how many places you would like to reserve, and where you heard about the event.

On Tuesday May 19th BCA will host an evening of presentations and performances at the Karibu Centre in Brixton. Starting at 6.30pm, the event will include a hot buffet and will finish by 8.30pm. There will be presentations on our oral history project on the Black Women’s Movement in Britain, the launch of the new online archive catalogue and a hot Caribbean buffet.

Please RSVP if you’re planning to come, as we’d love to see you but we do have limited capacity. Also feel free to forward on to anyone you think may be interested.


SERTUC Film Club will screen THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… (2 Episodes)  

When: Thursday 21 May 2009
: 7-10pm
Adm: Free

2 Films (from 4 part series) by Colin Prescod made for Channel 4 at the beginning of the 1980s:

·         FROM YOU WERE BLACK, YOU WERE OUT describes the condition in the 1950s in Ladbroke Grove a decaying inner London area.

·         A TOWN UNDER SIEGE focuses on how Southall organised to resist racist and fascist attacks between 1976 and 1981.

·         + Discussion with Filmmaker; Colin Prescod

We take this opportunity to invite you to attend, and request (please) your help with circulation to colleagues, friends and any other interested links. Free admission event (all welcome).

Registration essential: / 020 7467 1220


African Liberation Day (ALD): Honour Nkrumah

When: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15 (nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line)
Time: 5pm - 10pm
Adm: £5 donation requested (children free)

When: Saturday 30th May 2009
African Liberation Day in solidarity with PASCF; APLO; AAPRP; AJAMU and others in South London (venue to be confirmed - Call: 07940.005.907)

Global Economic Crisis calls for Pan-African Unity: Build one united socialist Africa

Kwame Nkrumah CPP (Ghana)
PANAFU (Sierra Leone)
All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (AAPRP)
African Peoples Liberation Organisation / Pan-Africa Society Community Forum (APLO / PASCF)
Global Women's Strike

Invited speakers:
Cuban Ambassador
Venezuelan Ambassador
Cultural stalls; cultural artists; raffle; light refreshments & snacks
Sorry - no childcare programme!

We are going to have great evening commemoration of the 51st observerance of ALD. We have a great line-up of speakers. We will identify the causes of the economic crisis, the collapse of 'old style' capitalism and its impact. We will debate the impact in England and what we can do about it.

We will also demonstrate the alternative examples in socialist countries, with a particular focus on what Africans can learn from the various struggles around the world.

You will have the opportunity to express your views and debate with the panel.

Contact: AJAMU on 07852.937.981 or

100 Years of Kwame Nkrumah (born 1909)
2009 - A year dedicated to promoting his ideas & practice
(Look out for the info, events and activities this year
organised by the AAPRP & AJAMU)


Walter Tull and Other African Footballers 1890-1990

Date: 23rd May 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Explore the life of Walter Tull, footballer and the first African officer in the British army who served during the First World War.  Take the chance to see a new film made about this exceptional officer who died on the battlefield. We will also look at the achievements of other African footballers throughout the twentieth century.

In association with www.blackhistorywalks and 100 Black Men of London


Black History Walking Tour

Date: 7th June 2009
Time: 11.00am

Beginning at Imperial War Museum London’s From War to Windrush exhibition, join Tony Warner as he guides you on a tour of the African history of Lambeth and Southwark. This 90 minute walk links Imperial War Museum London to the Cuming Museum in nearby Elephant and Castle.

In association with www.blackhistorywalks and 100 Black Men of London


International Food Fair

When: Sunday 21st June 2009
Time: 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Where: Wealdstone High Street. 

The idea is to have food from around the world to raise awareness of the rich diversity within the borough.  It will be a great opportunity for Harrow residents and visitors to taste food they have not tasted before.  We are looking for participants from different communities, community organisations, voluntary organisations, restaurants etc to take stalls.  We are suggesting that organisations and businesses use it as a marketing opportunity to publicise their organisation, projects, food, venue etc.  Any support you are able to give with publicity will be appreciated.


ANANSEKROM 2009: A Ghanaian Cultural Extravaganza

Date: Saturday 25th July 2009
Time: 11am – 8pm
Location: The Orsett Showground, Grays, Essex

Noble friends present Anansekrom 2009 - A Ghanaian cultural extravaganza. Activities will include:
Durbar of Chiefs, Drum Master Class, Story Telling, Traditional Ghanaian Games, Traditional Drumming and Dancing, Hip Life African Artifacts, Traditional Dishes, Puppet Show, Table Tennis Tournament, 5-A-Side Football, Cross section of Black Stars Football Team in attendance

Live in Concert:
Performing all his hits

For more Information, Ticket Bookings & Stalls, please contact:
07951 644 296, 07845 500 038, 07759 459 771, 07985 148 436, 07534 148 464, 07810 740 227
Email: info@noblefriends.ord


400 Years of African Female Leaders

Date: 27th September 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Women in war or peacetime do not always get the historical credit they deserve. Through film and documentaries find out about African women who have led the resistance against slavery, colonialism, and racism.

In association with www.blackhistorywalks and 100 Black Men of London


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