7 February 2013

Nyansapo - On our own two feet

Greetings Family,

Please accept our apologies for any events that are out of date by the time you receive this email. Sadly as we were putting this newsletter together news of many giants in our history were transitioning or at risk of passing.

The sun has finally decided to shine once again on the Isles of the UK but as we know, it is a cold glow which carries little heat so please wrap up warm.


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"What a tall woman has hung up a short man cannot undo”
African Proverb, Sukuma

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

Now as much as I love films and quality documentaries, I don’t like to watch much scheduled television. Yesterday I had a strong reminder why. Last night I was encouraged to watch a programme called Embarrassing Bodies, apparently it was going to cover the issue of checking for cancer in both men and women.

It was an interesting format, in between these health information sections the hosts of the programme ‘diagnose’ members of the public with what they see as embarrassing physical ailments and where possible, offer corrective surgery or medicinal remedies. Sadly from what I saw, if you removed the useful health segments, the whole thing seemed a glorified advert for the surgical cosmetic mutilation industry.

Now hours earlier my family & I had just finished watching the news about the historic vote to allow people of the same gender to marry. It had stimulated a healthy debate in my house which included discussion on the casual usage of the term ‘equality’.

A few hours later I would never suspect that I was about to see televised images of a man who had surgically consented to his genitalia being cut off, a hole cut into him, his urinal tract rewired, silicone breast implants, face reconstruction and hormonal treatments. They showed everything, I looked and then turned away, looked again and then almost brought up my dinner.

Throughout the program the presenters respectfully insisted on calling him a ‘her’, and in a closing scene they showed him ‘marrying’ another man dressed up as a woman. Now my son in a very mature manner, tried to reassure me that in years to come this was likely to be common practice in the UK, people would get used to it and just accept it, personally, my head simply exploded.

It made me think about a serious misconception people have about the word ‘equality’. For too many people equality means the same. I suppose if we take a eurocentric view on the word then this could be correct, four is equal to two and two, in politics, Labour is pretty much equal to the Conservatives.

However in our African world view the word ‘equality’ does not mean the same. From as far back as the days of Kmt, equality is another way of expressing key principles of Maat, or balance. 

I shared the above thoughts with you because it reminded me of the many challenges we are facing with the teaching or should that be non-teaching of African history in schools and the transformation of October’s African history month into the stupefying multicultural entertainment season.

During the aforementioned program the man kept insisting that his surgical mutilations made him feel ‘normal’ as a woman. However, after listening to the many challenges faced by women across the world today on international FGM day, I sincerely doubt that. Even when it comes to raising awareness about female circumcision for one day, the only radio station that seemed bothered was Colourful who interviewed the campaigning group Foward this morning.

Sadly, women far too often have to keep doing for us and self, alone. Be it raising our children or supporting brothers when we are facing problems in, well, being men. I rarely hear of any man sacrificing their own power, the unwanted residues of our religious and socially backed discriminatory ‘benefits’ in favour of our sisters.

And that I believe is the crux of the matter.

Men cannot feel like women because we are not women. We may share similar problems with our sisters but we are also excluded, and tainted by our collective oppression of them.

Far too many people outside a specific issue or community, often evaluate equality on superficial values, if something looks right then it is often assumed to be right.

This is a mistake.

Just as a man who has chosen to mutilate his genitals cannot become a woman, a woman forced to have hers circumcised by an abhorrent cultural practice devised by men is not less feminine. There is no parity in these matters... no ‘equality’.

The noted author bel hooks writes persuasively on these matters so I will leave this there.

However, one area where we desperately need to challenge inequality is in the appropriate representation of African women in world history.

If asked to name inspirational names from our past, most people would dwell on the clichés from afar be it time or distance. I won’t name them here suffice to say that for every man that did great work in the struggle, there was often an equally brilliant woman beside and often in front of him. The problem we have today is in naming these women, remembering their contributions and reconstructing a cultural repository that honours their contributions.

And yet, I can repeat this message over and over and over again and very little seems to change. Good intentions are nice but often ineffective when it comes to removing structural barriers to issues that intersect with ethnicity or gender, or in other words, who really cares if the forgotten heroes are African and female? 

I believe we all should. In fact I believe this so much that I think we should consciously dedicate specific time within African history month, both February and October to promoting African women, past and current, and perhaps more controversially, we need to identify local women that acted at a community level but with global resonance.

Some people would call this affirmative action. I agree, only this time the all African women ‘short listing’ action should be affirmed and actioned by us and not our oppressors or their agents.

Those who oppose this idea are likely to make facetious arguments about the need to be recognised on merit. This stupid argument that is often the defence of the rascal suggesting the falsehood that many of those in positions of ‘success’ gained it through hard work. In Truth, their advantage is typically a result of inherited privilege and discriminatory access to wealth and power.

Opposition to positive discrimination as ‘political correctness gone mad’ is the classic defence of the racist/capitalist who wants to maintain the status quo. However we do not live in a meritocracy, in fact we barely live in a democracy. The most honest definition I can think of is an oligarchic kleptocracy, a nation state where a small group of the politically corrupt and financially self-interested govern at the expense of the people.


It is clear in my mind there is little benefit in waiting for others to promote African women deserving of praise. In a world that idolises those prepared to clown around or compromise on their principles in order to get ahead, it’s crucial that we elevate awareness of the millions that do not.

So if we are interested in implementing ‘equality’ in relation to African history education then let me recommend a few ideas.

  1. Let’s formally keep recognising February as International African History Month and October as African British History Month.  There will be a debate at the Africa Centre addressing this issue. October can and should be used to assert the story of our community in the UK that is being written out of history. Every year our children are bombarded with a list of so called ‘celebrities’ from famous British sportsters to the most inappropriate of entertainers. Yet how many of them know the names of working activists, now Ancestors,  such as Lester Lewis, Olive Morris, Spartacus R, Rosie Purves, Nana Bonsu, Jennifer ‘Pepperstorm’ Lewis or Frank Crichlow. Without seeking to court controversy but if there is a lack of diversity within even this narrow selection of our history, then it’s not only women, but also representation of British Africans without Caribbean heritage!

  2. For every male role model we promote lets ensure we balance the representation with a woman of equal standing. If you don’t know of any then ask around or do some research - they exist. Later this month there will be a tribute to Bro Malcolm X and Sis Claudia Jones likewise the Queen Nzinga Lecture - Black Women in Academia: Success, Secrets and Coping Strategies will follow in this spirit.

  3. Sing the praises of good people. Let’s ensure that we do not forget to recognise the work of those around us who often have great lessons to share. So many of the unsung heroes in our history are women that shun the limelight and just get on with the work. A friend and noted academic recently introduced me to the name of Ella Baker, I was unfamiliar with the work of this remarkable woman before then. Living icons like Jessica Huntley are still with us and it’s her birthday on 23 February, a date that this year coincides with the wonderful annual Huntley Conference taking place. We all have a responsibility to make feel appreciated those special people around us who go that extra mile to look after not only their own family but also others with integrity and little compromise.

  4. Do not allow anyone to play down or devalue the role of the African woman, like all humans, she may not be perfect in every way, but she is perfect for us. Lover or mother there is no other like her. Consider the point raised by former MP Oona King. Now whilst Oona has much to answer for with regards to her abject lack of support for community issues, her openness on the topic of transcultural adoption was the right thing to do. Her article “On adoption, race does matter” was a timely intervention and reiterated a point made many years ago by community activists. King may not be a valid role model, but deserves credit for using her position to promote the unique and irreplaceable value of sistas and the African family unit. Now we just need some brothas in prominent positions to do the same.

  5. Personality often gets in the way, let’s adhere to having a policy where we focus not on the person, but the work. Huge egos can often mask mediocre work, whilst a humble nature can obscure awareness of great accomplishments. There’s an African proverb about the loudest drum often being the most emptiest. Sometimes we may not even like or agree with the values of someone doing good work, but if their contribution is positive then we can recognise it as that.

  6. Be politically aware and write. Words matter. The horrific situation in Timbuktu where priceless African authored manuscripts several thousands of years old were being destroyed by thugs is testimony to that. It is important to follow what is happening to our community on a local and global level. I recently read a tragic story about the freelance Somali journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim who has been jailed for reporting on the rape of a woman by government soldiers. Let me tell you now, we can never have enough writers. Many of the successes of the Ligali Organisation have come through our challenging  of injustice, oppression and misrepresentation through the written word. I think we often forget that just as the laws we are compelled to obey are manifestations of written edicts, the very history that others use to marginalise and manipulate our story occurs as a result of our failure to protect our orality and willingness to codify our experiences in robust persistent forms.  If you’re not confident about  your writing then take a picture, make audio recordings of interviews, create a poem, song, dance, sculpture even a tweet to help etch that memory into a form that can be transmitted to current and future generations.

  7. It’s not racist to focus just on ourselves. A lot of people in our community seem to have developed a fear of self respect. Now, you know what I’m talking about. The moment someone mentions an issue of racism they turn the other cheek before even listening to the problem. If someone has the courage to stand up and say I only want to focus on African issues or simply extol notions of African pride then these people are quick to stand up against them and label that person ‘racist’ in public. It’s as if we have swallowed the myth that love for self is a poison unless we simultaneously express love for everything else. Well... er... no. I can love Nina Simone and loathe Girls Aloud, I can love Jollof and hate pork, I can follow Ogun and despise Leviticus teachings, I can admire and be inspired by Baldwin, Walker, Vandross and Ndegéocello but be angered by the constant equating of African human rights with LGBT struggles. Equality is not sameness, it is balance and respect for the right of existence by the many different components that make up our diverse universe. Even those we don’t like – we just mustn’t lose focus on the many positives.  

Early this week we were greeted with the news of the declining health of Muhammad Ali. As a result some sick individuals are stealing and hoarding memorabilia presumably in anticipation of a quick payoff. Despite what some may claim, our history has a value.

Growing up, Muhammad Ali became one of my role models. Alongside my father, Fela and Oprah, he was part of a unique cultural mix that instilled in me a desire to fight for freedom, to seize justice and not wait for others to bequeath us equality.

I know that like Elder Ali my own successes have only been possible because of the work and support of several wonderful women in my life, some still with us, others gone and even Ancestors. From my wife Oleander, sister Funmi and daughter Infinity to my closest family and friends, every time I am the focus of credit, please know it is shared with many others both men and the abfab women who help keep me alive, healthy and make what I do possible. 

As such, I believe it’s important we remember that when we fail to identify and take pride in all that is unique about our history, culture and heritage we teach our children to be ashamed of those very same things. When we only express values and ideas we profess to hold dear behind closed doors we send them the message that our thoughts, philosophies and even people are second class or of less value than dominant ‘mainstream’ values. 

This weekend I plan to watch Moolaadé again, this time with my children and learn how our support can be effective with this cinematic masterclass from the late great Ousmane Sembene.

For all you other brothers who are out there reading this I ask one favour. Please send a public message stating how much we love sistas and where possible dedicate it to some of the heroines in your life. It could be a tweet, a Facebook post, a phone call to a radio station or giant air balloon with trailing message, someone out there is trying to convince us that our nannies, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, aunties and nieces make little contribution of worth to our lives or indeed, world civilisation.

 Let’s never forget our duty to expose that for the outrageous lie that it is.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


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

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We Remember...

Cecil “Zekkariyas” Womack (25 Sep 1947 - 1 Feb 2013)

Cecil Zekkarias Womack

Cecil Womack, joined the Ancestors aged 65. Son of the famous Bobby Womack, and with his wife Linda Cooke, one half of the famous Womack and Womack duo, his reputation as a quality songwriter, producer, arranger and session singer saw him work with many successful artists behind the scenes.

Their songs were recorded by many artists such as from Randy Crawford, Angie Stone, George Benson, Ruby Turner, Patti LaBelle, the O'Jays, Millie Jackson,  Loleatta Holloway and Bobby Womack. One of the most famous, Love TKO was a hit for Teddy Pendergrass in 1980.
There were further songwriting credits (for Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Angie Stone, Ruby Turner and the Beautiful South) and more Womack & Womack albums, including Family Spirit (1991), but after a trip to Africa in the early 1990s they discovered their Ancestral links to the Zekkariyas community in Nigeria. They relocated from the USA and after a toyur of the continent they settled in Azania (South Africa) whilst  reclaiming their names as Zekkariyas (Cecil) and Zeriiya (Linda).

Zekkariyas, singer, producer and songwriter is survived by Zeriiya and his children.

Info Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/feb/05/cecil-womack

Donald Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd (1932 - 2013)

Donald Byrd

The influential jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died on Monday at the age of 80, his nephew has said.

Alex Bugnon, a jazz pianist, reported his uncle's death on Thursday, though it has yet to be confirmed.

Bugnon wrote on his own Facebook page: "Donald passed away Monday in Delaware, where he lived. His funeral will be held in Detroit sometime next week. I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family."

Byrd was born Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II in Detroit in 1932 and began his career with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1950s, performing alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.

While his roots were in bebop he later became equally renowned for soul and funk, and particularly jazz fusion. He went on to become one of jazz label Blue Note's most significant artists, for whom he recorded most of his releases, including the 1973 album Black Byrd, which became the label's biggest ever seller.

Long after his commercial peak, Byrd's influence continued to be felt in popular music, sampled by hip-hop artists including Public Enemy, Nas, the Pharcyde and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and house producer Armand Van Helden.

Byrd's legacy is summed up by his nephew's Facebook tribute: "Let's remember Donald as a one of a kind pioneer of the trumpet, of the many styles of music he took on, of music education. In sum, Donald was an avid, eternal student of music, until his death. That's what I try to be, everyday!! Rest in peace, uncle!"

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/feb/08/donald-byrd-jazz-dies

Donald Byrd

Read more about Donal Byrd's history: http://www.kalamu.com/bol/2008/11/24/782/

MUATTA BOOKS Announcement

Muatta Books of 58 Clarence Road, Hackney E5 8HB will be closing at the end of March 2013 because the building has become structurally unsafe.     

Extensive building works need to be done.
We have not been able to find other premises as yet but will keep you updated

 If you are looking for  books, dvd's ,archive materials, magazines, posters or anything else, please contact 07956 13 43 70 or muattabooks@yahoo.co.uk

 This cycle at the shop is over and a new cycle is to begin

We thank everyone over the numerous years that have supported us.

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National Afrikan People’s Parliament

Taking Responsibility, Effecting Solutions’
c/o 282 High Road, Leyton, London E10 5PW
Tel: 020 8539 2154, 07908 814 152

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

Re: 1)General People's Assembly – Saturday, 09th February 2013, 5:30pm-9:30pm - Queen Mother Moore School; Clapham Methodist Church Hall, Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR.
2)National Black People's Day of Action; Saturday, March 2, 2013 (Details to follow).

The main agenda for this assembly will be our preparation for this year's National Black Peoples Day of Action (NPBDA); which we (the Afrikan community) 'Named and Claimed' a national holiday and annual observance in March 2011. Please find enclosed: 1) the original NBPDA 'Mission Statement' (drafted Feb 2011); 2) NBPDA 'Aims and Objectives' (drafted Feb 2011); and 3) NAPP 'Concept and Aims' (drafted March 2011, amended Jan 2011). These short, 1 page documents reminds us of the original vision of the NBPDA: not only to remember the woeful events of 30yrs ago, but to evaluate our progress since; as well as organise in the present to correct our shortcomings and create a brighter and better future for our children and young people: the vision that gave birth to the NAPP.


Unite, Organise Now or Perish! Rise, You Mighty People!

Yours in Divine service,Bro Ldr Mbandaka and Sis Ekua ‘Esther’ Stanford-Xosei

(Vice-Chairs: Bro Cecil Gutzmore, Sis Jendayi Serwah, Bro Kojo Bonsu, Sis Asher John-Baptiste)

Register on our website and log on for more info:
Web: http://inapp.org.uk
email: info@inapp.org.uk

Volunteer opportunities

We are looking for a dedicated and committed volunteer to help with planning events and administration at the Nub. The position will be one day a week, for a period of three months. Whether you are looking for more experience or want to give back to the community, this opportunity may be for you. 

For more info: 07958 671 267/ 020 85097598 or email thinktank_27@yahoo.com

Young volunteer needed to help catalogue film

The Cuming Museum are running a Young Roots Project involving young people from Southwark (Youth Panel) who will be making 3 short films around the theme of growing up in Southwark.  A large part of the project involves understanding the nature of archives, how they work and how young people can use them.  Naturally, we are involved in the project as the group will be using our library as the base for understanding archives and working with archive film.

The project has been funded by HLF and as part of the bid, the library (on behalf of the Cuming Museum) must recruit a young volunteer to gain archival work experience (preferably one who is interested in a career in film archives and records management).  Their role will be two-fold: they will help with the cataloguing of our film and also be a project researcher for the Young Roots Project, being an important contact between the Local History Library and the youth group.

The volunteer will work approximately 4 days per month (to be confirmed) and will be reimbursed travel and subsistence on each day.

This is a great opportunity for a young person to get hands on experience working in an archive and on a project and they would be encouraged to use their experience to gain a 'vInspired' award.

If you know anyone who may be interested in this role please get in touch.  We are looking to recruit asap.  I have copied in my colleague Lucy who can help in my absence.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Lisa Soverall
Library Assistant
Southwark Local History Library and Archive
211 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JA
Tel: 020 7525 0232

Tanya Thompson Holistic Therapy

Our resident Holistic Massage Therapist Tanya is available throughout the week on an appointment only basis to provide relaxing and invigorating treatments at very affordable prices.  Treatments are by appointment only. For more information about prices and types of treatment Email: holisticcircle@gmail.com or 07932 435118

Workshop: Curtains and Cushions

When: Saturday 26 January – Saturday 6 April 2013, 10am – 1pm
Where: St. Mary’s Community Hall, Kent Street, Hackney, London, E2 8NU

Creative Lifestyle & Hackney Learning Trust are running this curtains and cushions workshop from: Saturday 26 January – Saturday 6 April 2013, 10am – 1pm. You will learn how to make curtain samples and cushions. You will learn how to calculate fabric and windows for the perfect finished look! Strictly for beginners or those who need help.

If you would like to know more please contact us on: 07956515419 or email: oleander@creativelifestyle.org.ukPlease note, this course is for Hackney residents and is free for those who are on low wages or benefits. Proof is needed.

Atiya's Light

Trusting Yourself

Sometimes in the midst of making decisions, it is a good idea to consult with those you trust and those who have demonstrated sound judgement. However, do not forget to trust your own inner voice and first mind. Intuition is an amazing gift that we all have. Start today developing and/or strenthening your intuition by listening to what your inner voice is communicating and testing the power of it. Trusting yourself is the beginning to walking in and with the authority of being authentically YOU! SMILE. Be blessed and have a great week! SMILE.

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Sauce By Nic

From as far back as I can remember no one in my family dared enter the sacred realm of my granny's kitchen, she was master and commander of her kitchen world Whenever I visited my granny I would spend hours watching her conjure up the meals we all enjoyed, anticipating the aroma and taste of the food she would create. Amongst the hundreds of dishes, drinks and sauces she would produce in her small cube sized kitchen, everyone would rave about my granny's hot pepper sauce. At a young age, I was only brave enough to smell it, so my granny, (who would never have me be left out) would add a little drop to the pot so I could get the heat without the burn.

Granny never did share her secret pepper sauce recipe, so since those days in Granny's kitchen, I've been remembering all my granny taught me and creating my own recipes to share with friends and family.


Natural November in May

(May Natural November get bigger & better)

Natural November is a natural cultural hair, health, wealth & beauty event which is aimed at people who are interested in either adopting or maintaining a more natural cultural holistically healther lifestyle from an African Caribbean standpoint. This bi-annual event will cater for the whole family & will showcase natural hair/lock styling tutorials & products, a cultural children’s interactive programme, health & beauty products, culturally inspired arts & crafts, books & DVD’s, fashion & accessories, holistic therapies, educational seminars & empowering workshops. Attendees will receive professional advice on how to incorporate healthy & exciting lifestyle programmes to promote optimum health & well being for the whole family.

The 4th Natural November event will take place on Sunday 5th May at Hammersmith Town Hall.  It will be a special selection of stalls, services, seminars, there will also be a fashion show & edutainment added to the list.

This event is essential to your calendar if you offer products or services in any of the following categories:

- African education & empowerment
- Culturally inspired fashion & lifestyle
- Health foods & natural products
- Holistic therapies & natural health services
- Natural hair & beauty products

Natural November offers countless benefits to sponsors, contributors & exhibitors looking to attract new customers or venture into a new market. The response from the last three events have been overwhelming & with the addition of the edutainment & fashion show in the main hall, Natural November can only get bigger and better, & I am offering you the opportunity to take part in an already successful event which cannot & should not be missed.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting, relevant, ever expanding event & wish to take full advantage of the sponsorship, advertising, & exhibiting opportunities available, please contact me on naturalnovember@hotmail.co.uk to request further information.

Looking forward to hearing from you very soon

DebRose Brown SearchWell
Founder of Natural November
www.naturalnovember.co.uk (under redesign)
07884 008 414

Conference: African Heritage Month International

 Dear All,

There will be a one day conference at the Africa Centre atv the ending of February to formally introduce the proposal of having an African Heritage Month in the UK in February, to synchronise with African countries and other parts of the Diaspora where BHM is widely celebrated in February. This is not to be seen as a seperation from the current October UK celebrations, but to build upon the good work started by Akyaaba Addai Sebbo and others in 1987.

According to the words of the eminent social historian and publisher Eric Huntley "Last year was the 25 anniversary of the founding of BHM in the Uk and a number of meetings were held with the aim of reviewing what we have acheived so as to help us in charting a way forward. No conclusion was
arrived at."

We can of course continue to discuss this as a going cause for concern, or start to join our forces and resources with our brothers and sisters from across the waters and established what appears obvious to most outside the UK, but not to all here. While October should remain BHM, we are calling for a synchronisation of the annual tribute worldwide by establishing AFRICAN HERITAGE MONTH INTERNATIONAL (AHMI) in the UK!!!

We are reminded by our dearly beloved and most recently departed scholar, Dr Tony Brown, to "Read Garvey"!
Garvey: "One God! One Aim! One Destiny!"  

More information to follow!!! 

Jollof Pot: Fine Dining Club

When: 16th February 2013, Tables available from 1900
Where: The Graeae Threatre 138 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY

Yes, our Fine Dining Club is back and we have found a great little venue on Kingsland Road in Hackney. We have gone all out with this one, with a mouth watering Ghanaian inspired three course menu with complimentory champange.

We have also go spoken word with the Tugg Star a distinguished Ghanaian born poet and music by Otty Warmann a phenominal talent. 

Click here for valentines Fine Dining Menu and Details >>

Bookings can now be made through our shop on the website, if you would like to book a table, or for more information and availability please contact Emmanuel on 02074735 666 or email emmanuel@jollofpot.co.uk

African Scientific Institute

The following scientists and technologists of the African Diaspora and Africa have recently become Fellows of the African Scientific Institute (ASI)

New ASI Fellows in January 2013 include:

* Lewis S. G. Braxton III (USA): Deputy Director, NASA-Ames Reserch Center

* Gloria Whitaker-Daniels (USA): Mechanical Engineering

* Jarvis Sulcer, Ph.D. (USA): Nuclear Science & Engineering; Mathematics; XCEL Educational Services Founder; Exec. Dir., Level Playing Field Institute

* Mark Ayers (USA): Mathematics

* Andrei Anderson (USA): Computer Science; Industrial Engineering

* Oluwaseyitanfunmi (Seyi) Osunade, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Computer Science

* Rabia Salihu Sa'id, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Physics


New ASI Fellows in December 2012 include:

* David Mahama, P.E. (Ghana/USA): Transporation and Civil Engineering

* Richard Munang, Ph.D. (Cameroon/Kenya): UN Environment Programme Policy & Programme Coordinator for the Climate Change Adaptation & Development Programme for Africa; Environmental Sciences

* Ezinne Ezinna Enwereji, Ph.D. (Nigeria): Public Health

* Reginald Ahuizi Eke, M.D. (Nigeria): Physician and Medical Research

We now have 651 ASI Fellows from 46 countries (Algeria, Angola, Barbados, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Sao Tome, Sierra Leone, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe). 

More information about ASI Fellows can be found at the location on our website:


Yours Truly,

Lee O. Cherry
ASI President and CEO

The Fifth European Conference on African Studies 2013

ECAS 2013 will take place at the ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, from 27 to 29 June 2013.

The conference is being organized by Centro de Estudos Africanos – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Centre for African Studies, Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL)) on behalf of AEGIS, the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies under a general theme: African dynamics in a multipolar world”.

ECAS 2013 will discuss three aspects of this new configuration and its effects on African societies: political challenges, economic and development changes and social creativity, both in the contemporary period as in a historical perspective.
For additional information on registration and abstract presentation, please visit http://cea.iscte.pt/ecas2013

This conference is the main scientific gathering on African Studies in Europe and is supported by The African Centre for Peace Building-AFCOPB.


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The Investigator

Andrew Muhammad - The Investigator

Greetings brothers and sisters!

Please allow me first to thank all of you who have continuously supported The Investigator in his work of FREEING THE MINDS.

Since this new academic year it’s been truly busy busy busy! I have met some of the
best people life has to offer. The Investigator’s aim is to represent an idea and a
concept. The idea being – Impossible is nothing to a determined and discipline mind! I
want all to know it’s never too late to pursue greatness. Life should be an adventure of
self-awareness. Lets make it a daily duty to explore this potential and live life to the

Andrew Muhammad is available for motivational assemblies, short & long term bespoke courses, mentoring and much more

For further details
Web: the investigator.org.uk
Email: investigator.svc@hotmail.com
Tel: 07863 543785

Community Events

Mashufaa Classes


Spirit Of A Warrior

Date: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.00 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

*Adults and Children
with the children's classes, We encourage learning through positive encouragement and use games and skills to reinforce the martial arts techniques that they learn.

Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk

For further details please contact us on: 020 8808 7547 / 07956 337 391 or, via email on: info@mashufaa.co.uk


Wing Chung 4 Sisters

Where: The Space, 2nd floor - AYP Building, Howerine House, Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 0XA  (next door to The Quality Hotel) nearest tube station Wembley Park, (Metropolitan and Jubilee station)
Bus 83, 206, 182, 223
When: Starting from Saturday January 19 - 30th of March. From 2pm (Sharp) - 3.30pm every Saturday
Adm: £18 for 10 sessions (£1.80 per session)

The Salam Project Presents...
Wing Chung 4 Sisters/Women Only with sister Nafisa, award Winning Wing Chung Instructor For more info email thesalamprojectuk@gmail.com or call 07534408344

These classes are open to all females from 12 - 85 years of age.




A Youth Communication Skills Workshop for young people aged 10-15 years.

When: Saturday 2nd February 2013, 12 noon – 5 pm
Where: The Uni-Hood Centre, 1-5 Hinton Road, Brixton (Loughborough Junction), London SE24 0HJ (Buses: 35, 45, 345, P4 & P5)
Adm: £5

Elaine Powell is a Professional Speaker, Trainer and Coach and runs communication skills workshops called Finding Your Voice.  She is unique, charismatic, experienced and committed to assisting an elevation of thinking and lifestyle.  Elaine has worked extensively with a range of people, including young offenders with a spectrum of social challenges.  The Finding Your Voice workshop will inspire, raise self-esteem and train young people into aspects of successful communication, be it for business or social purposes.  Writer of Multiple Streams of Inspiration Vol. II and Finding Your Voice and extensively travelled, Ms Powell’s workshop is an invaluable opportunity that should be seized upon. www.elainepowell.com

 Communication skills for interviews, social activities, performing arts and more!

Workshop will include: Introductions; Top-Ten Speaking Tips, How To Give Feedback, Impromptu Speaking & Games, Structuring & Delivering a Speech, Group Preparation; Announcement of group winners and most improved speakers.

Read some of the feedback from our November 2012 workshop for 16-21 year olds!

  • “The event helped to boost my confidence with people I don’t know.”
  • “Today was a good experience.  I learned about communication, hand gestures, your tone etc.”
  • “The seminar was very good and full of knowledge about communication.”
  • “The event was good and I learned a lot about speech.”
  • “Very good … lots of help!”

To book your ticket:
Mobile Contact: 07960 691401
Email Contact: unihood4ever@gmail.com
Book online at: http://www.newmindschool.org/edutainmentpalace.php

Workshop: Young African Diaspora Entrepreneurs - Exploiting your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)

When: 2 February 2013, 9:30 AM -5.30pm
Where: Brunei Gallery, Brunei Suite
Adm: Fee: £25 including lunch and refreshments. 

An essential guide for Young African Diaspora Entrepreneurs who are interested in developing their own businesses, linking their UK connections and insights into the exciting opportunities across Africa.

This one day certificated course at SOAS, University of London, will include presentations and workshops from successful, expert and inspirational speakers to help maximise potential and turn business dreams into reality.

Programme includes:
"The Time is Now - Seizing the Idea and Making it Happen", Perez Ochieng, CEO Sacoma and social entrepreneur with extensive experience in project management.

"Accessing Funding - How to Raise Capital", Sean Ndiho Obedih, CEO Founders Hive, a Peer to Peer startup virtual incubator to help entrepreneurs execute their ideas better and find partners that become the catalyst of their business growth.

"Business Planning, Why, How, What", Junior Ogunyemi, - entrepreneur, writer and an inspirational speaker who turns young people into entrepreneurs.

More speakers will be announced as they are confirmed
For further information please contact cas@soas.ac.uk

Book Your Ticket
Organiser: Centre of African Studies, in partnership with HABA (Horn of Africa Business Association)
Contact email: cas@soas.ac.uk
Contact Tel: 020 7898 4370

Tim Reid's (Legacy Media Institute) Filmmakers Workshop

When: 4-16 February 2013
Where: BFI Southbank
Adm: £100 Advanced Registration, 150 after January 18th

LMI Filmmakers Workshop

BIS Publishing: Self-Publishing Taster Course

LMI Filmmakers Workshop

When: Thursday 7th February 2013, 7pm
Where: http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk
Adm: £19.99

Due to the over subscriptions of our Writers Who Want To Self Publish Successfully Taster Course on Thursday 24th January, that left a number of people disappointed as they could not attend, we have decided to run a second taster of the 1-Day Intensive and 2 Day Master Class Self Publishing courses.

The new date is Thursday 7th February 2013 at 7pm.

What is the BIS Publications' Self-Publishing Taster course and how will it help me?

The BIS Publications' Self-publishing Taster course is a taster of our 1- Day Intensive and 2- Master Class taking place later this month. On this taster course you will discover what we teach on the 1- Day Intensive and 2- Master Class courses whilst equipping yourself with some of the tools you need to self publish successfully. This short evening course is designed to empower the attendee with the necessary tools to self publish cost effectively and successfully.

The price of the course is only £19.99,
YES! You read it correctly just a mere £19.

As before, It gets even better, the first 5 people who register for the BIS Publishing Taster Course attend for just £14.99. - But only the first 5 people!

To be 1 of the 5, register now at: http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk--- OK  so what are you waiting for register NOW.

If you have always dreamt of one day having your story published and being a best-selling author then don’t delay register on this taster course today.
Make 2013 the year your book went to the best-seller list. Join us by registering now at: http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk
Don't miss this one, seize the opportunity to empower yourself to self publish successfully in 2013.

But please be warned that places are extremely limited.
We look forwarded to you joining us on Thursday 7th February 2013 at 7pm.

Soulful Vocal Workout

When: Thursday 7th Feb 2013, 7-9pm
Where: The Albert, Studio 2 & 2a, Queens Park
Adm: £5

Love singing? Why not come and join us for this exciting workshop which will be led by the talented R&B Soul singer Karim Ali (www.k2karim.com) who has over 20 years experience in the music industry and a US publishing deal. The workshop will be supported by Rachel Victor-Sampson (founder of ALKEMI and Trainee Vocal Tutor at VoxBox Camden) 

The workhop will cover a varied soulful repertoire including vocal warm ups, learning songs, two and three part harmony, group and solo singing.

A FREE singing pack will be given to all participants.

For further details contact:

Rachel 07772 170 439

Email: alkhemiconsulting@gmail.com

A Shine Collective Project

PASCF Workshop (South): Cheikh Anta Diop - His Life and Legacy

LMI Filmmakers Workshop

When: Friday, 8th February 2013,  7.00pm for Refreshments & Prompt Start @ 7.15pm
Where: 365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA (over from the police Station on
the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road)

Greetings and Elevation Family,

Cheikh Anta Diop was an historian, anthropologist, physicist, and politician who studied the human race's origins and pre-colonial Africa. The University in Dakar, Senegal is named after him. On the 7th February 1986 the world mourned the passing of a legend and modern champion of African identity and culture. The PASCF pays tribute to a most revered Ancestor.

We have created a warm, safe and welcoming space and invite you to join us as guest speaker Asari Sobukwe, Pan Afrikan activist and member of the All African People's Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) assesses the life, legacy and magnificent contributions of one of Afrika's most renowned sons - Cheikh Anta Diop.

Presenters: Bro Asari Sobukwe - Pan-Afrikan activist and member of the All African People's Revolutionary Party (AAPRP).

Please arrive for 7.00pm so that we can have some refreshments, mingle and start promptly at 7.15pm.

Please Spread the Word and bring a friend with you!
Please find attached our February Workshops

Blessings Always
Sis Jackie
On Behalf of PASCF

The Children’s Cultural Film Club

When: Saturday 9 February 2013, 2-4 pm
The Edge Hall, 117 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London N17 6UR   
Adm: Children £2.50 (aged 2~20 years), Adults £5.00 [Free if you have a child between 2~12 years]

Theme For The Month: Black History Month ~ Part One

Plus free popcorn & drink available

Also note that hot food is sold on the premises ~ Rice n Peas, Fish, Chicken, Macaroni Cheese, Dumpling, Ackee, Calaloo, Saltfish and more 

Our sessions are undertaken in a ‘Positive Family Environment’ and we hope to see you, one day. 

Stay Blessed

Gold Onyx Team

07946 670 949
Facebook ~ GoldOnyx Rntf

iNAPP General Assembly 2013

When: Sat 9th February 2013, 4:30 - 9:30

http://inapp.org.uk | info@inapp.org.uk | 07908 814 152 | 0208 539 21 54

This General Assembly is the lead up community planning meeting for the National Black People's Day of Action

Exhibition: Creative Journeys

Responses to mental health in Hackney, past and present

When: 12th February - 25 May 2013
Where: Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ

An exhibition of visual and audio art of the creative journeys taken by those who have suffered severe and enduring mental health issues.

Featuring Core Arts, the Hackney charity that promotes positive mental health through participation in the creative arts, the show presents artists alongside a history of mental health care in Hackney.

The work is of high professional quality and wide ranging, dispelling clichés regarding arts and mental health and reflecting Core Arts' groundbreaking approach to the subject, where pigeon-holes that categorise into 'outsider' or 'therapy' are strongly avoided. Individuality and creativity are respected; the artists and musicians have been supported along their creative journeys by Core Arts, but their unique expression emerges strongly in the personality of the artwork. Creativity becomes a vehicle for mental wellbeing and a model for an emotionally healthy society.

Painting, sculpture, conceptual art, a listening booth featuring music made and released by members of Core Arts are shown alongside personal testimonies.

The history of Core Arts spans twenty years involvement with mental health and the arts as a vibrant and interactive creative hub within the local community.

One Billion Rising

When: Thursday 14 February 2012,12:00-6:00 pm 
Where:  BHTCC -  Keswick House, 207 Anerley Road, London, SE20 8ER

Greetings, and I pray that this missive finds you all with a renewed spirit.

I am writing to you, and those in your network with an invitation,  to come and participate in what I hope will be an eventful day engaging with the issue of the estimated 1billion women  the world over, who experience some form of gender-based violence every year, and how we rise as African people to address this situation in our community.   This global Day of Action
has been organised by V-Day - http://www.vday.orgwhen women (and supporting men) will take a day's leave from their usual work - paid or otherwise - to "strike, dance and rise".   The 'Break the Chain' dance


has been specially choreographed by Debbie Allen for this OBR event with the intention that it will be performed by flash mobs all over the world; maybe you included.

On that day, I will be at Bridges Holistic Therapy  Counselling Centre -
http://www.bhtcc.co.uk/home.html- where the space has been kindly provided for us to do the Chain  or our own kind of dance, drum, sing, talk, tell our story or make any  kind of contribution we so desire.  Blinded, the Grenadian film  by Anderson Quarless about domestic violence will be shown, Femi Martin will be performing some of her flash fiction stories (you
can sample some of her performances  on YouTube), and I will tell you about IAAACT's work.   Refreshments will be provided, but you might want to bring some food to eat and maybe enough of it  to share.

I look forward to us meeting:


Until then; peace, love and blessings


IAAACT (International Agency for Action Against Childhood Trauma)

Introduction to Film Making

When: Thurday's 14th Feb 2013,  5-7pm
Where: The Albert, Studio 2 & 2a, Queens Park
Adm: First class Free, then only £5

This workshop is aimed at young people aged 11+ and covers all elements of making digital films and completes with a short film being made.

For enquiries please call: Joseph 0961 655182 or email:wizoommedia@yahoo.co.uk

A Shine Collective Project

The Huntley Archive Heritage Road Show

When: Friday 15th February 2013, 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Where: V & A Museum, Kensington
Adm: £9, £6 concessions

Explore gems from the V&A's rich collection alongside items from the Eric and Jessica Huntley Archives. Compare objects, share histories, contrast narratives, uncover new stories of community struggles in The UK.

Jointly organised with The Huntley Archives at the London Metropolitan Archives

Kamitic Spiritual Science

When: Friday 8th & 15th February 2013, 8PM
Where: Malika House, 81 George Street, Birmingham B19 1NS
Adm: £5 at the door

Hetepu beloveds,

This mind growing lecture will reveal the spiritual wisdom of Kamit (Ancient Egypt) with the secrets of mind over matter healing, wellness and the spiritual formula of unifying the 11 divisions of the spirit. At Birmingham's Malika House. (see flyer)

Good food, books and cds on sale. 

Feel free to share and bring along your friends and loved ones.  This will be a truly inspirational evening.

More info: 07951 252427
Peace and blessings,
Merit Herut Urr Senbisa

Midlands and The North Co-ordinator Taui Network (Europe) 07886 485 393
Ausar Auset Society International, celebrating 40 years of High society! http://ausarauset40th.com/
Hear the latest from Ra Un Nefer Amen.  Not Out of Greece, 2nd Edition http://www.blogtalkradio.com/taui  Facebook: Taui Network Europe

African Odysseys Screenings:
Once Upon a Time...When We were Colored  / Chameleon Street

When: 16 February 2013
Where: BFI Southbank

Once Upon a Time...When We were Colored 
Directed by Tim Reid
Heartfelt and epic cinema depicting a black community in the rural South in the years from 1946 to 1962.. Showing at BFI, Sat 16th Feb @ 2pm - More info & Booking 

Chameleon Street
Director: Wendell B. Harris Jr
A  hard-to-find cult film, this is the extraordinary, fictionalised account of real-life Michigan conman William Douglas Street...

WENDELL B HARRIS on Skype speaking to steering group member Ashley Clark.
 Showing at BFI, Sat 16th Feb  @ 5:45pm - More info & Booking.

Voices That Shake

A five-day course for 16-25 year olds to creatively express feelings and frustrations about the injustices of society

When: Monday-Friday, 18-22 February 2013
Where: Stephen Lawrence Centre, 39 Brookmill Road, Deptford, London SE8 4HU
Adm: Free but places are limited

Art can be a powerful non-violent force for change.

Each day Shake! creative workshops will provide space to imagine what justice looks like, experiment with new ideas, learn new tools and fire up your imagination.

Over the five days, the course will include:

>> Interactive workshops, stimulating dialogue & skill-shares with practicing artists/activists/ educators ZENA EDWARDS, SAI MURRAY, ED LEWIS, FARZANA KHAN, ERIC SOUL, HI8US SOUTH to creatively campaign for change.

>> Practical hands-on techniques in spoken word, online media, film/video and music technology to develop your ideas around injustice and power.

>> Access to a/v equipment, workshop spaces and refreshments at the landmark Stephen Lawrence Centre.

>> Opportunity to showcase your work and continued involvement in the Shake! network.

Places are limited. The course is free. To receive a short application form and for more information please contact: farzana@platformlondon.org (Tel 07926 688 064) or taz@stephenlawrence.org.uk (Tel 0208 100 2800).

The deadline for applications is Friday 1 February 2013.

Voices that SHAKE!

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

The International Huntley Symposium:

Britain's Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide'  

When: Wednesday 20th February , 5.00pm to 7.00pm
LMA, 40 Nothhampton Rd, London EC1R 0HB

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles will be speaking on his new book Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide 

Tribute to Bro Malcolm X and Sis Claudia Jones

When:  Thusday 21st February 2013, 7.00PM-9.30PM
Where: Karibu Education Centre, Gresham Road, Brixton, London SW9 7PH
Adm: Free, Donations Welcome

Greetings All,

You are warmly invited to join 'The Pan-Afrikan Voice' in Tribute to Bro Malcolm X and Sis Claudia Jones on Thursday, 21st February 2013.

Please arrive at 6.30PM for refreshments and prompt start at 7.00PM

Thursday 21 Feb 2013 marks two important dates in the history of global Afrikan people’s struggle. On this day we celebrate two outstanding political figures of the 20th century: Claudia Jones, born 21st Feb 1925, and Malcolm Xwho was assassinated on 21st Feb 1965.

Claudia’s and Malcolm’s political trajectories place them firmly in the Pan-Afrikanist, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist struggle. Whilst comrade Claudia declared herself to be a revolutionary communist, brother Malcolm X did not. However, he recognised revolutionary socialism is the only solution to Afrikan people’s quest for freedom. He said capitalists were
exploiters and went on to say, ‘Show me a capitalist and I show you a blood sucker’. Both recognised and worked for the unity of Afrikan people globally.

They saw that for the struggle of Afrikans to be successful it must be linked with that of other oppressed and working class peoples. Why? Because they recognised oppression has a global character. Comrade Claudia and brother Malcolm were talented and militant organisers who understood the necessity of building a highly disciplined political organisation. Today this is a necessary precondition if we, as Afrikan working class people, are to end centuries old exploitation and oppression. This discipline must be accompanied by a clear political and ideological outlook: Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, under the leadership of the Afrikan working class.

Claudia was born in Trinidad whereas brother Malcolm X was born in the USA. Being the indomitable fighters they were, they inspired millions. Yet in 1950s and 1960s both were targets of the US government counterintelligence (COINTELPRO) the aim of which was to disrupt, harass and, where possible, ‘neutralise’ (kill). Claudia, who had been organising in the USA, was deported to Britain in 1955. Recognising culture as an important weapon of struggle she established the political newspaper, The West Indian Gazette. She also
organised carnival events as a unifying force. Notting Hill Carnival is the outcome of her activism here in Britain. Malcolm X gained his political experience within Nation of Islam.

But he was to reject their narrow nationalism. He saw the national movement of Afrikan people in the US (civil rights) as integral to the worldwide fight against capitalist imperialism. Claudia Jones, plagued by ill health, died in 1964 aged 48. Malcolm X was assassinated the next year, aged 39.

Join us to visit Claudia Jones’ grave at 1.00 pm Sunday 24th Feb. Meet at the main gates of Highgate Cemetery, Swains Lane, Highgate Village, London N6 6PJ (Entry fee £3.00)

Sis Jackie 

African Heritage Month International

When: 22 February 2013, 6.30pm – 9pm
Where: The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JT
Adm: http://africanheritagedebate-efbevent.eventbrite.com/#

Nubian Jak Academy and the Africa Centre presents African Heritage Month International (AHMI): a new way forward for Black History Month?

Talks, discussion, socializing and directional thinking about African Heritage 

This event aims to bring together practitioners who work in African history, politics, culture and arts, whether you are an organisations, individual, small business or if you have an interest in the way that African heritage is portrayed, celebrated, commemorated and written and spoken about.  It aims to build upon the good work started by Akyaaba Addai Sebbo and other activists in 1987 who set up Black History Month as a month long activity each October and to consider new directions for Black History Month which will build links, foster collaboration, maximize promotion and publicity for African heritage, and offer up ways and initiatives forward. 

As social historian and publisher Eric Huntley states"Last year was the 25 anniversary of the founding of BHM in the UK and a number of meetings were held with the aim of reviewing what we have achieved so as to help us in charting a way forward. No conclusion was arrived at."  This event is an opportunity to do just that.
Join us in two sessions that offer a chance to take part and have your say: an afternoon of discussion and break out groups on African Heritage themes from 2 – 5.30pm and

An evening programme of presentations by guest speakers, public debate that offers ways forward, and entertainment from 6.30pm – 9pm.  

A full programme will follow in due course.
Book for workshop and public debate here

The 2013 Huntley Conference: Educating Our Children, Liberating Our Futures

When: Saturday 23rd February from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Where: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB
Adm: £8 including lunch. (pre-booking essential) / Concessions: under 16 free

Call:020 7332 3851 / Email: maureen.roberts@cityofl ondon.gov.uk

It is titled Educating Our Children, Liberating Our Futures. The Huntley Archives held at the LMA provide a comprehensive record of the community’s achievements in education during the 1970s and 1980s. This year’s conference seeks to utilise these records not only to examine the past, but to discuss the parallels with experiences today and guide future progress.

The 2013 Youth Conference has been brought to the very heart of this year’s conference in the shape of the Youth Forum. This contribution has been conceived and created by a group of young people.  The provocative title of their discussion is, “We are better educated than our parents!” and they intend to challenge and discuss this in the conference’s central debate.

If you wish to book or enquire further about these events, please contact LMA on 0207 332 3851.

Queen Nzinga Lecture: Black Women in Academia: Success, Secrets and Coping Strategies  

When: Saturday 23rd  February 2013, 6pm to 9pm  
Where: Room B36, Birkbeck University Malet St WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side)
Adm: Admission free ONLY if booked HERE .  Donations accepted on the day
This second of twelve Queen Nzinga  lectures features three generations of African/Caribbean women who have achieved Phds speaking about their experiences as well as a Q and A with all three to expand on their revelations..

Speakers include:

Dr Ama Biney has lectured at Middlesex University and Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as in the further education sector in the UK for over 15 years. She obtained her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and is a trustee of the Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem Educational Trust.  

Dr Michelle Asantewa is an English and Creative writing lecturer at London Metropolitan University. She has also curated several black history film events at the university and spoke on womens resistance in 18th century literature at the first Queen Nzinga Lecture last year.

Nathalie Montlouis Phd has just completed her doctorate in cultural studies and is now editing a book on African culture and western stereotypes. She gives lectures on Symbolic Violence and Images of Black Women. She is the programme manager for the French/Caribbean dance group Ziloka and is the co-creator of Performing Black Bodies in White Space

A National Association of Black Saturday Schools www.nabss.org.uk  and www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk  production 

African Odysseys Screenings: Jai Bhim Comrade  

When: 23 February 2013
Where: BFI Southbank

Directed by Anand Patwardhan
Patwardhan spent over a decade investigating the systematic exploitation of 'untouchables'...  Showing at BFI, Sat 23rd Feb  @ 2:30 pm - Film info & booking

+@ 6:20pm (Sat 23rd Feb): Dub poet and social activist, Linton Kwesi Johnson is the host for the on-stage interview with  Anand Patwardhan Conversation info & booking

Screening: 'The Importance of Black History?' and
'More than a Month'

Nosa Igbinedion

When: Sunday 24th February 2013 from 1.30pm to 4pm
Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Street, East Finchley, London, N2 9PJ.
Adm: Tickets are just £6.00 for both film screenings and Q&A and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.

Black History Studies in association with the Phoenix Cinema presents a Black History double bill with the screening of 'The Importance of Black History?'  and 'More Than A Month' on Sunday 24th February 2013 at the Phoenix Cinema.  

In this riveting and engaging new documentary, award winning filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion teams up with young people from Islington, and experts in the field to explore the importance of Black History and whether it is under-represented in mainstream education and the impact of that in a multicultural Britain.  
Nosa Igbinedion notes Black History comprises the history of multiple nations, people and ethnicities so how can it be comprised into one month and under the umbrella Black? So is Black History really World History? And if so should school curriculum's be more inclusive to reflect the globalised world and multicultural society we live in today?

More Than A Month 
by Shukree Hassan Tilghman

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month in the USA. He explains that relegating Black History Month to February, the coldest and shortest month of the year is an insult. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.

The double bill will be followed by a discussion and debate with Nosa Igbinedion, Director of 'The Importance of Black History?' 

Booking is essential. To book your place, please call The Phoenix Box Office on 020 8444 6789 (open from 11am on weekdays and from 1pm on weekends) or book  online  

Poetry in Motion

LMI Filmmakers Workshop

When: 24 February 2013
Where: Manchester Golf Club, Brumalia Road, Mandleville, Jamaica

www.pomedy.com    http://www.peacenext.org

Bless it & set it

Honour, Love & Prosperity - With Vision We Flourish - One Earth, One Love, One Humanity

Screening + Q&A : Ancestral Voices

When: Sunday 24th February 2013, Doors Open 3PM - Film Screening 3.45PM
Where: Hoxton Gallery (Basement) 12- 18 Hoxton St, Entrance on Drysdale Street, London, N1 6NG
Adm: £5 

Ancestral Voices is an educational documentary spanning two continents, opening up a much-needed debate about traditional African spiritual systems; their cosmologies, ideologies and underlying ethical principles.

Modern science no longer refutes the origins of mankind being in Africa and similarities in the cosmological ideologies of African esoteric systems with those found in many established world religions today, suggest that it was not only people that migrated, but also concepts and themes that then provided the bedrock for the formation of other systems of belief.

The documentary aims to shed light on a topic shrouded in much mystique, negativity, superstition and ignorance, to allow for informed discourses on the subject without fear of persecution or oppression?

Through video interviews, a range of individuals of different faiths in the United Kingdom share their experiences and knowledge of these esoteric systems and their perceptions of them in light of other established religions and mainstream media coverage of these esoteric systems.

Traditional shaman from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Ashanti regions in Ghana, West Africa, are also interviewed to provide authentic accounts of their cosmologies, practices and esoteric spiritual systems.

After the screening there will be a Q&A and discussion about Iboga and its usage in ritual and ceremony. Along with the film producers we will be joined by Diane and Kofi who will speak on what they know about the teacher plant (Iboga from Gabon) and its uses and benefits.



The 1980s: Black art and socio-politics

When: 26 February 2013, 6 to 7.30 pm
Where Court Room, first floor, Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1
Adm: Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register. (Contact: Marika.Sherwood@sas.ac.uk)

Dr Rina Arya, University of Wolverhampton will be looking at black visual art in the 1980s in Britain to examine the collaborations that occurred and the work that was being produced in reaction to the socio-politics of the day. 

Africa Seminar Series: Is This The Oldest Living Civilisations?

When: 28 February 2013, 5pm-6.30pm
Where: Room 4421, SOAS College Buildings, Russell Square

Africa Seminar Series with Felicity Heywood (Cultural journalist and researcher)
The oldest relations to the first human beings are still living today in central and east Africa. There is strong suggestion that the Ancient Egyptians were descended from this civilisation. London-based cultural researcher and writer Felicity Heywood travelled to Uganda earlier this year to hear and record some of their stories. Come and hear her reports of the Batwa, a people who are landless, and trying hard to keep their original culture alive amidst external pressure to conform. ALL WELCOME


Conference “Ending female genital mutilation in Europe”

When: 28th February 2013
Where: Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am pleased to invite you to our  Conference “Ending female genital mutilation in Europe” held jointly with IKWRO. The conference will be a place of learning from different experiences, case studies, discussion and networking.

The conference will include speeches on FGM in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, UK policy framework, European policy development, working with young people, policy issues in relation to refugees and migrant communities, and asylum and FGM issues in Europe. Please find attached the flyer and booking form for the conference.

I would be grateful if you could use any of your own channels to ensure as many people know about this conference as possible.  As we all know, this is very much a multi-agency issue and I would like to get delegates from as many agencies as possible to ensure a valuable conference for all.  

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Kindest regards,

Naomi Reid
Events & Special Projects Co-ordinator


Combs from Kemet: Egyptian hair ornaments in an African context

When: Saturday 2 March 2013, 1pm to 2pm
Where: The British Museum
Adm: Free                                     

Although in everyday use throughout the Nile Valley, haircombs reflect the often changing culture and belief of inhabitants of this region over 4,000 years (see above image).

Dr Sally-Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, will discuss the rich variety of haircombs from the British Museum's reserve collection in this illustrated talk, and explores the iconography and imagery they depict.


2Inspire Ladies Day - Celebrating the Creativity of Women

When: 9 March 2013
Where: Crowne Plaza, Docklands,Royal Victorial Dock, E16 4AL
Adm: £Free (All workshops for single £5 payment)

2Inspire Network is proud to announce the return of its popular 2Inspire Ladies Day event taking place on 9th March 2013 at the Crowne Plaza, Docklands. Coinciding with International Women's Day, "Celebrating the Creativity of Women" is a free event that will showcase budding and established female entrepreneurs; particularly those in the creative sector. For an additional £5 delegates can attend all workshops hosted on the day.

The event will include stands from organisatons and education institutions such as Birkbeck University as well as a wide range of businesses. There will also be entertainment and a number of workshops to meet the lifestyle, personal and business development needs of attendees. Workshop topics will cover health, education, personal development, business start-up, media and styling.

The 2Inspire Ladies Day offers a platform that promotes and celebrates the creative talent of women. It provides an arena that will empower and support women in creating a crystal clear vision for both the personal and professional aspects of their lives.

The 2inspire network was launched in May of 2012, "Empowering individuals and helping them to realise their potential is something that I am passionate about. I believe that women should work together and support each other on their journeys, this belief is the foundation of the network, an organisation that provides forums and platforms that help to empower, promote and inspire women" says Founder Hazel Chawapiwa.

The network held its inaugural Ladies Day event in August of 2012, which had an attendance of just over 200, it was a great success and received fantastic feedback from attendees and the exhibitors who took part. Hazel adds "The aim is to make this 2nd Ladies day an even bigger and better event, a real celebration of women. We believe all women are creative in their everyday lives as home makers, mothers, employees and entrepreneurs and we want to showcase and celebrate this on the day."

The event will also mark the official launch of the 2Inspire Network's Academy; a 4 week personal development and life-skills programme for young people aged between 16-21. The academy is a partnership with Youth & Community worker, Milisa Nugent. "We are forming the academy to help young people focus on what's important for them now and in the future, providing them with access to positive opportunities and role models. The aim is to enable them to make informed decisions, increase their skills and achieve personal targets to become confident active citizens within their communities. At this 2Inspire Ladies Day we aim to raise awareness, raise funds and kick-start our recruitment drive for the academy with the intention to commence the program in August 2013."- Milisa Nugent.

For more information log onto www.2inspirenetwork.com
Registration link: http://2inspireladiesdaypart2.eventbrite.com/#

Day of the Goddess 2013 – In Full Sense of my Crown    

LMI Filmmakers Workshop

When: 24 March 2013, 12pm - 7pm
Where: The Unity Centre, 103 Church Road, London NW10 9EG
Adm: Our time sensitive early bird tickets priced at £17 each and inclusive of all them goodies our now on sale in our shop – CLICKHERE

On the day there will be Performers, Motivational Speakers, Presentations & Workshops. A hot buffet is also on the menu, not to mention the *arts and crafts stalls, raffle and gift bags. 
With the entire day including refreshments inclusive of your ticket price you may ask yourself "Are we sure?" we would answer "As sure as We are in Full Sense of Our Crown".


Visit our website for more details on the day
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We currently have a limited few market stall spaces still available consisting of 6ft tables and 4ft tables  
Click here for 6ft tables        Click here for 4ft tables


About Ligali

Revolutionary Pan Africanism Working

Nyansapo - In service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors

LIGALI is a Pan African, human rights organisation. It is maintained and funded entirely by friends and family of the Ligali organisation, donations are welcome as we need your help to keep it running.


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NYANSAPO is the name of one of the many Adinkra symbols in Akan culture, it is a knot that is so intricately tied it is said that, “only the wise can untie the wisdom knot”. This ebe (proverb) points to the fact that only wisdom affords one the ability to see parts in relation to the whole within which they belong. Wisdom breeds patience, and the insight needed to untangle complex issues and arrive at just solutions grounded in divine order without profaning Ancestral culture in the process.

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