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Greetings Family,

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 7 April 2009 will ask the questions;

Is it possible to bring village life to the city?

Community Spirit: Reclaiming Familiar


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9pm - 10pm
Pan African News (Mixing international and local news)

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10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
Community Spirit : Is it possible to bring village life to the city??

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

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Community Spirit

“A neighbour nearby is better than a relative far away” – African proverb, Swahili

Greetings, Do you ever feel alone or isolated?  Do you feel things are so hard, so pointless and that all you are doing is going round in circles with no purpose? Have you sometimes convinced yourself that if you were to pass away tomorrow things would go on happily without you? It may feel that way but I sincerely hope you know that it’s not true. What you are more than likely experiencing are the very real side effects of the breakdown in our community spirit. As a result, churches and various spiritual groups have sprung up all over the place, traditional internet forums are in decline and are being replaced with social websites such as MySpace, Twitter and Facebook (which is now on target to sign up its 200 millionth member), but these are all diversions masking the simple Truth of the matter: the fact that we no longer recognise one another.  

We often hear or use the term “it takes a village…”. Yet I wonder how many of us really understand what this means. At a recent Education and Community seminar organised by Abiola Ogunsola at the University of East London, guest speaker Maame Ama Gueye was being interviewed by Kenyah Nyamache, director of the Nyamache Family Consultation Centre, on the topic of East London Black Women’s organisation (ELBWO). Sadly, (as pointed out by a male contributor to the debate) we were the only two men present in an event about community empowerment. As has become normal, the majority present were women, and it was during the section of the discussion where the topic of the practicality of working together as a community was broached, that the real loss of that magical element found in village life became highlighted.

In a village everybody knows everybody and as a result we are familiar with one another’s strengths, weaknesses and circumstances. Yes, this can occasionally have the downside of feeling claustrophobic or too restrictive but the benefits mean that instead of seeking to exploit our friends and family for financial gain (as in westernised societies), we share tasks and responsibilities in a traditional way for social gain.

This was highlighted during the discussion, when simple and practical questions were asked like:  who looks after the children if you have to attend a community meeting? Who does the washing up in your household? What about the ironing, or taking the children to school? The answers to these basic yet very important questions powerfully demonstrated that unless we think and act in a collaborative manner then it is infinitely harder for individuals of either gender to become effective workers for the community. In reality the bulk of practical work in our community falls upon our women. This ranges from our Elders who are already grand parents, to mothers, aunties, cousins and sisters. This is not to say that African men are inherently lazy, but it does point to a gross inequality in the allocation of chores both domestic and political. Nonetheless I am not writing this article to focus on that imbalance. Whilst I openly champion the fight against gender inequality, I am of the belief that we do not need another man/woman bashing discussion. Instead I want to invite discussion and then action on practical solutions.

For example, every Tuesday I engage in a home education network with like-minded parents. As I do so I am often reminded of the benefits of sharing space and time with an extended family. During some of this time I am typically busy working writing this newsletter and preparing for the Pan African Drum, but with the extra support I am able to benefit from the positive energy transmitted around me with the children learning and playing whilst we adults are engaged in teaching and reasoning. It always lifts my spirits. Last week I was talking with one of the sisters about ‘playing out’. Back in the days, even pre-teens, my sister and I would run along the balcony of our council flat and call all our friends out to play. We lived on the top floor so the rule was that we could only go as far as our father could see. We reminisced about playing rounders and how as we got more adventurous engaged in ‘knock down ginger’ and occasionally even ‘borrowing’ sweets from the local grocers.

I’m not trying to say that things were perfect, but back then we allowed small children to play like children, without even children as young as 7 years old having to possess mobile phones so we can keep a tab on them. On the flip side it was totally different for teenagers who had to deal with racist gangs including officers of the police force who not only stopped and searched us, but also swore and abused us whilst beating us down in public with impunity. Even back then young girls were being targeted by perverts and child rapists, but in terms of smaller children, today’s parental obsession about their immediate safety was not present – and we were better for it.

As over the years the cultural climate in Britain became more and more hostile to young people, our own children have borne the full brunt of what I perceive as fear- driven parenting by proxy.  A UNICEF report published last year revealed how Britain is one of the most underdeveloped nations within the ‘industrialised’ group of countries with regards to upholding its duty of care to children. From educational wellbeing to health and safety, the plight of British children in the UK is described as being that of a ‘picture of neglect’.

Yet despite the increase in child poverty, state surveillance, police harassment, SATs testing, sexualisation, and capitalist urbanisation (and its associated culture of teen pregnancy, sexual promiscuity, STD’s, narcotic use and street violence), it would seem that the British government doesn’t truly believe ‘every child matters’ unless that child is the offspring of a monarch, rich politician, corporate banker or some other capitalist exploiter.

So what can we do? As a community we certainly cannot allow ourselves to wallow in self pity, the stakes are too high. Looking at the state we are in today, I believe we first have to reject the sanctuary of denial and admit to ourselves that we have lost many of the gains made by our Ancestors.

Once we have done this we can then progress to the next stage where we ask ourselves the question: how do we turn the tide? Unlike many others who seem to adopt either a negative defeatist attitude or adopt a holier than though self righteous stance I believe that we can make some small but significant lifestyle changes that together add up to a bigger and self empowering whole.

The last time I wrote an article addressing this topic, alongside widespread praise, I also faced criticism from a minority seeking to blame others for the entirety of their own misfortune.  So before I go on, if you are afraid of hard work please stop here; the rest of this article is not for you.

Also, if you are oversensitive and can’t bear to see or hear children cry, moan and sulk then please stop here; the rest of this article is not for you.

If you believe that getting on your knees, praying for salvation in rituals for deliverance, whilst making monthly donations to a ‘priest’ or ‘healer’ (as instructed by your spiritual beliefs) are far more important than engaging in practical work, then please stop here; the rest of this article is not for you.

If you are still reading then all I ask is that you check out our forums and review my suggestions as I reflect over a couple of the things that worked in the past. These few examples are practices I propose we reclaim as a means to assist progressive community development.

The link is;

Please share your opinions with us.

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.

  Nyansapo: Update

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Maisha Solutions

Maisha Solution
Maisha Solutions:
Every door has its own key

Screening: Maisha Solutions - Every Door Has Its Own Key

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 12pm
: Woolwich Town hall, Market street, London SE18 6PW

A screening of the film Maisha Solutions (Part One) will be taking place during the African Market Day.

Maisha Solutions: Part One - "Every Door has its own key"
Duration: 1 Hr 45 Minutes
Director: Toyin Agbetu
Produced by the Ligali Organisation

In a two part documentary, specifically made for a Pan African audience, we follow the writer and activist, Toyin Agbetu as 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.

Prior to its premiere screening Toyin announced to audience members; “it is both nervous and humbling to share my opinions, thoughts and feelings in this way, it has a very different [spiritual] energy from the Maafa series, it is an emotional film, and also very personal”.

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. The two part film offers insights into various topics and invites viewers to take leadership roles by becoming Pan African community workers that utilise our progressive traditional customs in order to successfully tackle many of the challenges we face today.


Comments and Feedback



Whether it’s dumb to be free or free to be dumb.

This is the war cry for all prisoners (of conscience) and liberators universally!
Freedom must be our only prison!

Free the prisoners!
‘Cause prisoners cyaan prison prisoners
Thieves and murderers cannot condemn thieves and murders!

Wi haffe bring e come
                                 Wi must mek e come
                                Wi haffe bring wi freedom come

Tear the shackles from your mind
And the chains from your hands
And the chains from your feet
Free-up your body and your mind.
The prisoners are in the streets
And the streets are in the prisons
You are a product of your environment
Soh the crooks are the architects of the establishment
Soh listen to me reasoning and start an argument

Wi haffe bring e come
                                 Wi must mek e come
                                Wi haffe bring wi freedom come

Soh yu get up every day committing crimes
Putting the prisons in your mind
If you take the prisoners out of the prison
It will be no more a prison
There will be no need for a prison
So empty the prisons – NOW!

Wi haffe bring e come
                                 Wi must mek e come
                                Wi haffe bring wi freedom come

Now ask yourself
Who am I?
Where am I from?
Where am I going?
Why am I here?
What’s my purpose in life?
A weh mi deh?
A wah a mi name?
A weh mi a goh?
Now when you find the answers to those questions
Freedom will be your only prison!

Wi haffe bring e come
                                 Wi must mek e come
                                Wi haffe bring wi freedom come



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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'.

Essay Contest for Children of African Descent

Essay Contest Winners:

Ollo Pascal Kambou won first place worldwide while Sonia Nyathi won first place for the UK.

Both answered the question;

Reflect on how you and your family reacted to Barack Obama winning the US election. Does it matter that the next president of the USA is a man of African decent? Will it make difference? How would you now respond to the following statement: “Africans are not supposed to think or argue they just dance”

Ollo Pascal Kambou, 14-16 years
(Translated from French by Lorna Jones)

       The sad history of the black man struggles to be erased from the conscience of humanity.   World war, the slave trade, apartheid in South Africa, racial segregation in the United States have left deep scars.  And today, a black man of African origin has been elected by the American people, the majority of whom are white, to lead the country.  Why do so many people across the world support Obama’s victory?  What change will  this bring for Africa and the black race?  What does the future hold for the black race?  These are the questions that are being asked around the entire planet.

       No President has ever attracted as much attention from across the whole world.  Barack Obama’s victory has stirred a special excitement across the planet.  Born of a Kenyan father and white American mother, Obama has won the heart of Americans, Asians and the West.  This is explained by the fact that Barack Obama did not present himself as the candidate representing the black minority, but as the candidate for change.  A change which Americans really need  to improve the image of the United States after the regrettable time spent by George Bush in the White House.  The powerful states in Asia, the Arab states and Europe see Obama as the only voice that could change their relationship with the most powerful state in the world.

       In Africa, from cities to the most remote villages, Obama’s victory brought tears of joy.  Some years ago, the black man was seen as a tame animal.  When Obama was born, black Americans still suffered under racial segregation.  In South Africa, in the cradle of the black man, in 1948 the minority white population, representing 20 per cent of the population, held 87% per cent of the land and treated the blacks as slaves. Today, the black man continues to experience all kinds of denigration throughout the world.  It is therefore dificult to hold back tears when Barack Obama said in his first speech “to all those who believe that nothing is possible they have the reply right now.”  Obama personifies the liberation and honour of African people.

       At last, the African people can see Obama’s victory as a lesson in direct democracy addressed to their leaders.  It is incredible that a black man coming from a minority population estimated at 12% of the population with his origins at Africa is at the head of the United States.   This is due to the strength and respect of the constitution.  In Africa, the constitution has no sacred value.  It is often modified and “naturée” [corrupted].  And, let us remember, that Barack Obama would not even have been able to present himself as a candidate in any African country because of his origin.  This is the case in Ouattara in the Ivory Coast.  The politics of exclusion bring only rebellion, pillage and injustice for Africans.  According to Laurent Bado, “in Africa, power is used in the interests of a family, a group or a clan.”

       Barack Obama has just taken a historic step in the history of the black man.  As a result, he carries on his shoulders a heavy weight of expectation for an entire tribe.  However, the future for black people is in his hands. Obama was elected by the American people to change the face of the United States and also for his job creation programme and to boost the economy of the country, which is in the middle of an economic crisis.  Given the weight of expectation, Obama’s failure will be the failure of blacks in general.  It is, therefore, extremely important that he succeeds.   Whether he continues to lead the country depends, therefore, on his tenacity and his good sense during his first term.  Also, any future candidate of African descent, whether a Democrat or a Republican, will follow the good impression  of the black race made by Barack.

       While Americans have chosen a coloured man as President, Africans continue in  conflicts, wars and all sorts of poverty.  The image that the world has today of Africa is well and truly what its leaders and its people make of it.  African presidents are always in hiding when they should be showing proof of dynamism.  This moment when Europe, Asia and America are looking for solutions for their economies, Africa continues to show its insensitivity to the suffering of its people.  The idea of a United States of Africa on the front pages in the press recently should be defended to show to the world and to Africans that the lessons from the USA have been well understood.  As for the African people, they vote for the highest bidder and not for the best ideas.  Africans do not care about the future.  They think only about their daily bread.  To conclude, illegitimate presidents find themselves in the position of not being able to make the right decisions which could change Africa.  And they remain in power since they are there to defend the interests of the West.

       After all, Barack Obama has just opened the era of black people.  The entire continent of Africa is overjoyed.  But African people must prove that they have understood since America has made it known that politics is about ideas and not wealth.

Sonia Nyathi, 14

“We've got a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. We've got a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding. ... This country wants to move beyond these kinds of things. “
Barack Obama

What were you doing when Nelson Mandela was freed from prison? This is a question that my mother’s generation would have asked each other. What were you doing when you heard that Neil Armstrong had landed on the moon? This question is one that my grandmother’s generation would be more likely to ask. My friends and I at school were all quizzing each other on whether we had seen the inauguration of Barack Obama as the president of the United States of America. This is our generation question- what were you doing when Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America?!

I remember sitting down with my family around 4:00 PM on the 20th of January and watching CNN that was covering the Obama inauguration.  The joy and pride that shone on each member of the family was evident. Even my 5 year old brother who has no understanding of politics was jubilant from the sheer joy of seeing his whole family celebrating something he could not comprehend. Indeed, as they say, joy is infectious; our house was filled with a viral infection of pure joy on that day of the 44th American president. I’m sure if I would have asked him why it was so interesting to him, he would have given me a response that would have gone something like this; “my whole family seems to be excited about this, so I think that it should be exciting as well.” What I’m trying to portray is that my little 5 year old brother would not give me a political reason for being an Obama supporter but more of what mattered to him, his relations. My mother or father, on the other hand, would have given me a more complex well thought out reason that would have touched a number of issues like, racism, ideological change and political systems of the world.

 one may ask, what is different about this particular man that has made the whole world celebrate? Does skin colour have something to do with it? Or is it because he is man full of vision and charismatic energy?  My answer is yes to both of these questions. In this paper, I will also argue that Obama’s relevance to the political world is derived both from his African descent, his upbringing, and indeed his personal attributes as a man of vision and charismatic nature.

Many black people throughout our history have tried to fight for liberty, and fought against segregation. Many black people have sacrificed their lives in order for us to be treated equally. For example  Martin Luther King gave many speeches and led many marches to help end segregation.  His fight for equal rights peacefully inspired many including Barack Obama. He had mentioned in his extraordinary speech ‘I have a dream’ that he had wanted a black president in America. I guess his indispensable dream came true in the end., Malcolm X thought you should fight for equal rights "by any means necessary," even with violence.  Malcolm x was so frantic for change that he was willing to go to severe measures in order to get what he wanted.  It is a magnificent thing to know that all this` fighting and debating and arguing has finally paid of. I recently heard a phrase that was said ” Rosa Parks sat so Martin could walk, Martin walked so Obama could run, and Obama ran so our children can fly!” in my interpretation it meant that the work of all these people inspires us to aim higher, so Barack Obama being president, in a way  inspires us to become whatever we like.  Barack Obama being black is a major reason why the world is celebrating his success.

In this paper, I would like to argue that indeed it is very important that Barack Obama is a man of African descent.  However, this importance does not necessarily translate to positive outcomes for the people of African descent. I will first list my reasons why I think it matters that Obama is of African descent and the possible positive outcomes that may come out of this. On the other hand, I will pose some problems that I think may generate from this outcome.

First of all, most of the African people I know were excited on the prospect of having a man of African descent having the most powerful position in the world. This is mainly due to the fact that world-wide, black people have been sidelined by the predominantly Caucasian community. In a sense this joy emanated from a people who see a coming change in the way people view Africans. Traditionally speaking, people of African descent have been viewed as really good at sports, dancing, singing and many other athletic activities. People of European descent however, have been seen as excelling in more academic activities. Some people have even gone so far as gathering research data to show that indeed this is the case. Obama in this case, serves as an example in destroying this stereotype of people of African descent. He had courage to run for president against the predominantly white people, He brings hope to many people of all races black and white that they  should aim as high as they want and their ambition can be achieved. He brings new hope for a fresh start to Americans, to the whole world, even. What disappoints me is that there are some people in this world stuck in the past who are irritated by the fact that we have a black American President. People who for some reason still believe blacks and whites are not equivalent. Barack Obama has to be overly protected for these threats to his life. We may have come a long way but there is still a lot of racism left in this world.

Secondly, the United States of America is viewed as the leader in most things in this life. I think that it is of very major importance that the leader of this nation is of African descent in a country that is predominantly Caucasian. Could it be that the rest of the world might see this as the way forward? Could it be that this might be an example for those countries to follow, to go beyond race and concentrate on individual assets of a person? Could this mean the next black prime minister in the UK?
Another reason why I think Obama’s election will be of importance to people of African descent rests on the man himself and not on his symbolic meaning. Obama is unique in the fact that he has been in touch with both the American culture and the African culture. He has grown up as an Afro-American. He has personally experienced what it means to be of African descent. He therefore, unlike all his other predecessors, has a personal and unique experience that will hopefully translate to more tangible policies on his part. Most people of African descent see this as a beam of hope for them. There is a man who truly understands us!

While it is of great importance that Obama has been elected as the first Afro-American president, how he does in office may be even more important. It is important to note whether he will be treated as the President of the United States of America or the African-American President of the United States. Will people tend to highlight his skin colour when they disagree with his policies, and downplay his colour when they agree with him? Since this is a futuristic question, only the future will give an answer to this question.

This kind of reasoning brings to light a very problematic outcome of the Obama election. It is my opinion that if he fails and becomes unpopular like George Bush, his skin colour will be more of a problem than ever.

Some people think the African descent of Barack Obama has been overhyped. Indeed these people go on to claim that the reason why Obama is so successful is mainly due to having been brought up by his  white grandmother who made it possible for him to go on to Harvard and other exclusive schools. While these people may be passionate about their claim, it seems they miss the point that wherever Obama went, he was treated as most people of African descent are; he could have gone to Harvard but he was an African-American man in Harvard. That is an important fact that makes him quite special.

In this paper, I have described how my family reacted to the inauguration of Obama, I have shown that although some reasons of the excitement of Obama’s inauguration were political and driven by historical ideology, some of the reasons were personal and family orientated. I have listed the reasons why I think this election was of important consequence to people of African descent, mainly that; Obama serves as a symbolic meaning that will hopefully override the prevailing stereotypes of people of African descent; Obama is unique as he has experienced life as an African-American; United States of America is a leader in various worldly things, it is very interesting that it’s President is of African descent and hopefully some other countries may feel obliged to go beyond race in their respective countries. I have also set up a warning on other ill effects of the Obama election. It is possible that Obama’s office term might be marred with racial issues. His skin colour might be blamed when things go wrong in the oval office. I have ended with a brief overview of why other people think that it does not matter that Obama is of African descent. .

By Sonia Nyathi
14 years  old

Donations Matter
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

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.


Community News


Support Brother Minkah at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court

Venue:  15 D’Eynsford Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 7UP
Date: Friday 17th April 2009

On Saturday 27th September 2008 at around 10pm on Atlantic Road, near Atlantic Bakery in Brixton, Brother Minkah witnessed two White men questioning a Black young man.

He politely enquired what was going on, only to find out the two White men were police officers.  Being a long time community activist involved in many issues, including stop and search (Black youth stopped 8 times more than Whites), more youth in prison than higher education, and deaths in custody - he expressed his concerns.  With regard to the later, Sean Rigg had been killed by Brixton Police just a few weeks earlier. 

Within a short period of time, Brother Minkah was subjected to a very vicious racist attack by a group of police officers, causing injury that he still suffers with to this day.  He was also charged to attend court. 

This attack is part of a general attack upon the Black community, especially our youth, to keep us in slave-like conditions.  10 years after the Stephen Lawrence enquiry, we can categorically state that racism and brutality in the police force is getting worst. 

In this year, the centenary of our great freedom fighter Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, and advocate of positive action and campaigning against injustice, we must do the same. 

We encourage our community to support the following demands:

  • Drop the charges against Brother Minkah  (attend the court on Friday 17th April)
  • Say NO to the Stop and Search policy!  NO to a police state!
  • Scrap the so-called Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • Boycott joining the police and their consultative forums
  • Demand real accountability to the community now
  • Join the Marcus Garvey Organising Committee
  • Witnesses still encouraged to come forward.

Contact – 07940 005 907

Organised by the Marcus Garvey Organising Committee.


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.


Notting Hill Carnival Working Group

If you are saddened or feel our Ancestors have been disrespected and our people manipulated by the way Notting Hill Carnival has been hijacked for financial and political exploitation. If you feel it has now been turned into a annual ritual divorced of dignity and any spiritual purpose then please email us at using the subject name ‘NHC09’  to start work on reclaiming back the spirit of what is the largest African organised ceremony in europe. Please only get in touch if you are serious about doing Ancestral liberation work and fully understand the risks.

Who killed Kelso Cochrane?


Petition: Unfair Flight Taxes

The present structure means that travellers to the Caribbean or Kenya will pay more tax than those going to any part of the United States, including Hawaii, which is nearly twice as far from London. We believe this will put off travellers from visiting developing economies that rely on tourism for their livelihoods. We urge the Prime Minister and Chancellor to change the system in the next finance bill so that poor countries are not unfairly penalised. We also call for the removal of other anomalies that unfairly tax premium economy passengers and force passengers from the UK regions transiting through Heathrow to pay twice. Why should we have to pay more?

  Greetings family
Brother Glen from the Global Afrikan Congress (GAC) would like to hear your views regarding the British governments appointment of Trevour "Uncle Tom" Philips to present their views at the conference. Please send any contribution that you want to make to him at by 10/04/09.
One Afrikan Love
Sis Nzingha Assata


News Shorts

Former Police Chief Claims racist Police are not prejudice
Ian Blair, the former commissioner of the Metropolitan police, has told a new MPA inquiry into race and faith issues in the force that the police officers who investigated the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence in April 1993 were prejudice but not necessarily racist.
Blair then argued that the police force was "unrecognisable" from the days of the 70s and 80s and that the definition of institutional racism caused “the vast majority of officers [who] did not understand it [to see] it as a personal affront,".
Blair's successor, Paul Stephenson who came to national prominence after telling African police officers to ‘shut up’ over their challenge to racism in the force is seen by many as the epitome of stupidity and bigotry.

SBS Dateline | Jamaica's Killer Cops
This week Ginny Stein reports from the island nation of Jamaica, where the police force stands accused of a killing spree against innocent citizens.

As Stein reports, to be young, male,black and poor is an extremely dangerous combination. Last year 226 people did not survive their encounter with the police.

"So many times from a policeman or a soldier shot the youth, sixteen or seventeen shots. That is total murder, That couldn't be a law in Jamaica", says a relative of one victim.

(Extract from Australian documentary originally broadcast 22 March 2009, 20 minutes)

A trade in soccer club and London Olympics "Golly" lapel badges has been condemned as offensive by football clubs, sports authorities and the Black Police Association.

The London 2012 Olympics organisation are planning a legal challenge to halt sales of Olympic “Golly Badges” and the FA is also considering action. Roger George of Apollo Badge and Pin argues: "We want to keep a long lasting British tradition going. The Golly is a recognisable symbol to many people... I don't accept that the badges are provocative or offensive.. The Golly has no racial connotations whatsoever as far as I'm concerned. It is only people trying to make something out of nothing that create this debate. It's ridiculous.”

  Victims of Violence – March 2009

Date, Name, age, picture, Type of incident, Details



Ian Newtion, (aka Scoobie Santino – reggae singer), 45yrs,

Scoobie Santino

Murder - found with his neck cut in Greenford, West London.

The delivery driver, who had a hit single Cash Money in the 1990s, was heading home after finishing a gig at a nearby club when he was attacked.

The singer was found collapsed in a pool of blood by a member of the public at around 9am. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Anyone with information was asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  Education Matters..
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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 EducationAge 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...

Alvin Kofi
Lost But Not Forgotton

Alvin Kofi has been a practising artist for over fifteen years. His activities have been diverse including work on the latest Nina Simone compilation, Garvey’s Last Soldier book cover, illustrations for magazines and murals for private and commercial interiors. He also teaches in schools and colleges and has developed his own workshop programmes on art. The subjects and themes of his work have varied over the years but his knowledge and understanding of African art and its culture has earned him recognition both as an artist and lecturer. His style, distinct and unique, presents cultural African ideas in a contemporary bold and graceful manner. His latest works explores the movement of ritual dance.


Sulei Enejo

Sulei Enejo is an artist with 6 years design experience, his last full-time employment was with the University of London’s Marketing department and his role as a designer/illustrator was across the board. He excels at tasks that involve working within a group or an individual basis and his ultimate goal is to produce a positive product and service.

He now freelances and has since worked on Levi roots! Reggae Sauce, Nokia, Illustrations for Al Yosuf Motors DUBAI and numerous Story books and graphic Novels. He is located in London, United Kingdom but is willing to re-locate where a specific project requires him to.


  • Illustration
  • Art Direction
  • Print

Check out his website at;

  Health Matters

Psoriasis Reality
Not many people know it but African people can develop a condition called chronic psoriasis. It is non contagious but can be seen as unsightly. It is not unknown for sufferers to be told to cover their lesions as it could scare the children.

It is still possible to live as full a life as full as possible but there are many restrictions. Many never go swimming for fear of other people’s reaction, although a sufferer may love swimming. It becomes required to wear dark clothing so that if lesions bleed they won’t be noticeable. In some cases it is necessary to wear clothes that cover the body from shoulder to ankle no matter what the weather.

Psoriasis is more than just a skin condition; it is a long term chronic condition that can have a profound social and psychological impact on those who live with it.  

Psoriasis is a serious, chronic inflammatory systemic disease (CISD), which may cause co-morbidities such as cardiovascular heart disease and diabetes.

It is vital that people with psoriasis have access to the latest treatments to manage their psoriasis and long term health.

If you would like to offer support for those living with this condition ten please add your name to the petition.

  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


Afrikan Yoga
Reconnect to the source classes with Pablo M Imani

Sunday 1-2.30pm, Fitness First Tottenham, 570-590, High Rd, Tottenham N17.

Monday 7pm- 8.30pm, Bizspace, Shakespeare Business Centre, 245a Coldharbour Lane, SW9,Room 101 (note please come 15min early for this class)

Tuesdays 8.30pm - 10pm, SOAS- School of Oriental & African Studies, Student Union, University of London, Russell Square WC1(Students welcome discount prices)

Wednesdays  6-7.15pm, The Alchemy Centre,Unit 101 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden, NW1

Are you free in the afternoon? you can allways check out the healthy work out class.

Wednesday 1-2.30pm Thursday 12-1.30pm & 6-7pm, Brixton Recreation Centre, 27 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London SW9

Contact: Pablo M Imani
Afrikan Yoga "Reconnect to the source"
+44 (0)7972715170


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.



Community Events


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

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


Dr Sebi UK Tour: A Holistic Herbal Healing Events

It is with great disappointed we are sad to inform you that Dr Sebi’s office has cancelled this series of events at the very last moment. They’ve expressed their interest to come to London soon.


Restoration and Realisation of Self course in pictures Date: March 2009
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Walthamstow E17
Adm: £6.50 donation (food will be available on sale)
2nd Saturday of Every Month
A composition of images, audio and video

This is a course for beginner, an introduction for participants in World History from a Black perspective: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americans, the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks, 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 themes and visual representation and then relate this to themselves and the present.

The course runs for 13 sessions
For more information: 07958 671 267 or 07816 277 360

Challenging assumptions and building for the future.


Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Monday 30 March 2009
Time: 6:30pm
Location: HistoryTalk, Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Rd, W11 4AH
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:

Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate W11 3JQ
Tuesday 7th April at 7.30pm

3-7 Third Avenue W10 4RS
Friday 24th April 7.30pm

12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Saturday 16th May 4pm

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


Black Screen Britian

Date: Tuesday 7th April 2009
Time: 11.30am
Where: BBC Radio 4 and on BBC i-player for 7 days after broadcast

Programme 1: Less than 50 years ago a passionate bedroom kiss between a white man and a black woman in a popular television soap opera was the stuff of tabloid headlines. So risqué that, in fact, once the news broke, the kiss was cut. Inter-racial relationships were just one of the many taboos that early black actors had to deal with - as Burt Caesar discovers in the first of two programmes exploring how immigrants from the Caribbean were depicted in British screen drama.  He talks to some of the pioneering generation of black British actors about what it was like to play black characters in the 1950s and 60s, a time when the new Caribbean presence was still a curiosity for audiences in this country.

Programme 2: By the 1970s the prevailing screen images of black people were as muggers and thieves or as the butt of comedians’ jokes. But, as tensions between young black men and the police escalated in cities across the country, a small number of black writers and film makers started to challenge these stereotypes and tell their own stories. Their task was not easy but, as Burt finds out in this programme, the body of work they created now provides a valuable alternative view of black lives in Britain.

Contributors include: actors Earl Cameron CBE, Mona Hammond, Cy Grant, Joan Hooley, Rudolph Walker, writer Michael Abbensetts, film makers John Akomfrah OBE, Menelek Shabazz, Alrick Riley, sound recordist Albert Bailey, commentators June Givanni, Dr Jim Pines and Baroness Lola Young.

Please note: Most of the films discussed in this series can be viewed free of charge at the BFI Southbank's Mediatheque in London or at the Quad in Derby


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 3rd April 2009 @ 6.30pm
What is Pan-Afrikanism? - An historical and ideological overview

Friday 10th April 2009 @ 6.30pm
Nkrumah & the history of Afrikan Liberation Day

Friday 17th April 2009 @ 6.30pm
The recent uprisings in Madagascar - Coup d’Etat or revolution?

Friday 24th April 2009 @ 6.30pm
Malcolm X and the 54th anniversary of Bandung - Internationalism strengthening nationalism

Afrikan Liberation Day planning meetings – Same venue alternate Mondays @ 6.30pm
For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email –; Website –

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.


The Black and World history course in pictures - Part II

Date: Saturday 11th April 2009
Location: The Nuba composition of images, audio and video for beginners


Monthly Action Awareness workshops: Sexual health

Date: Tuesday 14 April 2009
6:30 to 9pm on Tuesdays
Venue: 44-46 Offley Road, SW9 0LS (off Brixton Road, near Oval Tube)
Buses: 3. 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 436

The Marcus Garvey Next Generation (Young people’s section of the Marcus Garvey Organising Committee) workshop on Male – female relationships.  Teenage pregnancies.  STDs.  Keeping it real – youth to youth.

All panel speakers will be mainly young Black people.  Elders are welcome to all sessions but priority speaking will be given to young people.

Marcus Garvey Next Generation are currently establishing a Stop + Search surgery to advise those who have been abused by the police – check us for further details.

Further info: 07940 005 907

Support your local community radio station – weekends –   Galaxy 99.5fm –


The return of the Black Knight: the African in the construction medieval and renaissance European identity

Date: 15 April 2009
Time: 6 to 7.30pm
Location: ICS, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS

Dr Maghan Keita, Professor of African History and Director of Africana Studies, Villanova University, Pa. USA, the author of many articles and books, including Race and the Writing of History, is the next speaker at the ‘Black Britain’ seminars.  


Robert Mitchell and Omar Puente

Date: Sat 18 April 2009
Location: Rich Mix Bar
Time: 8pm
Adm: £10, £8 concs
Contact: Tickets on sale now on 020 7613 7498

Online booking Pianist Robert Mitchell’s subtle touch and fertile imagination shine in collaboration with Cuban violinist Omar Puente’s feverish rhythmic energy. Drawing together elements of jazz, classical and Cuban music, Robert and Omar create an unprecedented sound for jazz. The pair have played together since 2003 and recorded their critically acclaimed album Bridges in 2006. Robert Mitchell ( Robert Mitchell is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger and teacher. His most recent album, The Greater Good, was winner of the Best Jazz Album 2009 at the Giles Peterson Worldwide Awards. He has worked alongside many musicians such as Steve Coleman, Courtney Pine, Greg Osby Norma Winston, Steve Willianson, Ty and DJ Pogo. His first international commission – REALM (Portrait for Left Hand Only) – was premiered by classical pianist Ivo De Greef in Lisbon, Portugal in 2008. Omar Puente (

Omar Puente has been touring internationally as a musician since he graduated from Instituto Superior de Arte in his native Cuba. He has been living in the UK since 1998 where he has played alongside national and international jazz musicians such as Courtney Pine, Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrer and Omara Portundo, as well as John Williams, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Eddie Palmieri and Latin artists such as Ruben Gonzales and the Afro Cuban Allstars.


A Free Mental Health Well Being Event

Date: Tuesday 21st April 2009
Time: 10.00AM - 3.30PM
Location: Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA

A free day event that will launch the evaluation report of the 4Sight programme that promotes the mental well being of African and Caribbean men.

You will hear from 4Sight members how the programme has improved their mental well being and supported their recovery.

The event will showcase the work of the 4Sight programme and its approach.

Motivational speakers, Inspirational Poetry and Lunch

To register or for more information contact:-
Tigist Teferi on 0207 655 4170 or email


Africa Addio

Date: Saturday  25 April 2009
BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Phone 0207 928 3232 
Africa Addio (Italy 1966)

Part of the Mondo Caine school. This is the film that preceded the banned and hated Goodbye Uncle Tom and was said to be so racist that the filmakers made Uncle Tom to prove they were not, in any way, racist.  This shock-documentary alleges to show the turmoil following the fall of colonialism and how Africans coped without their benevolent European masters.

See for yourself if any of these styles of representation of black people which were deemed offensive then are still current in news reports or Hollywood films but accepted as 'normal' by viewers who have no knowledge of their history.
Followed by panel discussion

To join our list e-mail


African Market Day

African Market Day

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 10- 5pm
: Woolwich Town hall, Market street, London SE18 6PW

Come and experience a taste of what Africa and the Caribbean has to offer.Exhibitors will be displaying Jewellery, Arts and Crafts, Music, Hair and Beauty, MarketingLive performances by Zil'o'ka, Kay Young, Kersha Bailey,Church Boyz and many more

0203 393 57 35 / 07908 144 311


400 Years of African British History

Date: 26th April 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Explore the history of African people in the UK, who arrived long before the MV Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in 1948.  Discover more about those born in Britain who fought against British racism over the last 400 years.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


II International Conference and Exhibition of Development Cooperation

Date: 27-29 April 2009
Dakar, Senegal 

This conference will serve as a gathering place for NGOs, cooperation and development institutions, United Nations agencies, aid-receiving African countries, and firms that contribute equipment for cooperation, development, humanitarian aid projects and emergencies, so they can present their activities and exchange experiences. On the other side the conference will be a point of reflection on the development problems, especially in the African continent. Through conferences, roundtable talks and showcases there will be an opportunity to debate cooperation and development subjects.

For more information, contact Juan Carlos Collado, co-general director, at or visit


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  ( Barbados-born 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


LC3 - Showcase by London Contemporary Dance final-year students
Arts and Culture Dance

Date: Wed 29 April | Venue 1
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Rich Mix, Shoreditch, East London
Adm: £5.00

LC3, the performance group for final-year students from London Contemporary Dance School’s BA (Hons) degree programme, comes to Rich Mix on Wed 29 April.

LC3 was established in 2007 to offer insight into London Contemporary Dance School’s work for aspiring students and young people through a series of free performances. For the dancers in LC3, the tour is an opportunity to gain invaluable performing experience.  Directed by Patricia Rianne, the company features 46 dancers, who alternately perform at various venues throughout the tour. 

Repertoire for the tour is comprised of work choreographed by the students themselves, performed alongside pieces by master dancemakers Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham and Siobhan Davies: 

  1. -                             Alston’s Hymnos piece was created in 1988 and reconstructed for LC3 by former Richard Alston Dance Company member Kate Price, it has music by Peter Maxwell Davies.
  2. -                             Cunningham’s Fielding Sixes consists of 64 phrases, repeated in sixes at a rapid tempo, each phrase being varied in movement and accent and has been reconstructed for LC3 by ex-Merce Cunningham Company dancer Jeannie Steele. 
  3. -                             Featured in the first programme of performances the newly formed Siobhan Davies Dance Company gave in 1988, White Man Sleeps has been featured on the A-level syllabus and has been reconstructed for LCDS by former Siobhan Davies dancer Sasha Roubicek.

For press enquiries, please contact Shakira Hylton, Marketing Assistant at Rich Mix on 020 7613 7661 or via e-mail at


29 April                     Rich Mix, Shoreditch

29 & 30 April             Manoel Theatre, Valetta, Malta

6 – 8 May                 3rd International Meeting of Dance Universities, Madrid, Spain

21 – 25 May              Orvieto, Italy

30 May                     Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London


Ancient Dedication or Contemporary Education?

Date: Friday 1st May 2009
Location: Castle Lecture Theatre, South Bank University
Time: 6.30pm Doors – 7pm start 10pm finish
Adm: Free Entry – Love Donations accepted.

Institute of Regenerative Truth in association with Nu-Beyond & Black StarLine present a seminar entitled Ancient Dedication or Contemporary Education?

For further details contact:


African (Black) and World History Courses

Date: Sunday 3 May 09, 11.00am and Thursday 7 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:


Ancient Future & Muatta Books Present - The Ancestral Experience

Location: Happy People’s Restaurant, 160 Page Green Terrace, High Road Tottenham N15 4NU
Date: Sunday 3rd May 2009
Time: Doors Open: 3pm
Adm: £7 (£5 Concessions)

A day of readings, lectures & workshops celebrating our Ancestors, the Nkisi’s and Orisha’s…

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


·       Sis Osunwummi – Yoruba Priestess
·       Elliott Rivera – Santeria and Palo Priest
·       Sis Omalani – Oshun Priestess
·       Bro Israel – Ogun Initiate & Occultist
·       Joe Blackmann – Esoteric Teacher
·       Plus More… Full details coming soon.


07983442876 or 07956134370

VENDORS WELCOME (Please call for bookings)


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


Ìyà-Ilé (The First Wife)

Date: May 14-June 20 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


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 Downturn
Keynote 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).

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African Socialist International rapid worldwide growth

What: First North American Regional Conference of the African Socialist International
When: May 22nd-24th, 2009
Where: The Carlos Rosario Charter School NW, Washington, DC
Contact: Lisa Watson, 612.203.6621,,   

On the weekend of May 22-24, African organizers from across the U.S. and Canada will converge on Washington, DC for a conference recognizing African Liberation Day with the theme, "One Africa, One Nation: Separated by Colonial Slavery, Reunited by Revolutionary Resistance!" The event, organized by the African People's Socialist Party, will serve to establish the North American Region of the African Socialist International (ASI), a worldwide party uniting African workers to liberate Africa and its people wherever they have been dispersed.

Another conference will take place simultaneously in Manchester, England to consolidate the ASI's presence in Europe. The ASI Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa who will convene the conference in England said, "We are redefining what a legitimate liberation organization is in the African world today. We're building a Party that does not recognize artificial borders between African countries and people. We start from the reality that Africans everywhere are citizens of one African nation whose homeland must be freed and unified for the nation to exist and prosper in the world."

These conferences come on the heels of a successful West African ASI regional conference held in October 2008. Attended by over 500 people each day and characterized as the largest socialist gathering in the region since the 1930s, the conference resolved that all multinational corporations and all Western military and military intelligence agencies such as AFRICOM must immediately withdraw.

ASI Director of Organization Chernoh Alpha M.Bah, now in Kenya preparing for the East Africa regional conference scheduled for April, stated, "We are faced with a defining moment in history which demands our collective effort as a people to further deepen the crisis of imperialism. The struggle for socialism is a genuine struggle for popular democracy and creation of a new world in the hands of African workers and poor peasants."

Diop Olugbala, lead organizer of the ASI Conference in Washington, DC sees the series of regional conferences, which will continue in southern Africa this July, as indicative of the growing popularity of African Internationalist political theory throughout the world. "From recent rebellions demanding an end to French colonialism in the Caribbean, to black community resistance against police terror in U.S. cities like Philadelphia and Oakland, to African working class-led farming projects in Zimbabwe; African people are demanding an end to the oppressive relationship that has fueled the economic systems of the U.S. and Europe for so long."

African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela will present the keynote address to the African Liberation Day / ASI North America Conference. Dr. Aisha Fields, Director of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), will speak on the group’s food, energy and economic sustainability projects. Conference attendees, coming to Washington from campuses and black working class communities across North America, will take with them the tools to build these and other programs in their areas, in anticipation of the deepening economic crisis.

To schedule an interview with Chairman Omali Yeshitela, Luwezi Kinshasa, Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, or Diop Olugbala, contact Lisa Watson at 612.203.6621 or For more information visit


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 Tony Warner 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 Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


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 Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


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