7 January 2013

Nyansapo - On our own two feet

Greetings Family,

Happy new year and welcome to our first newsletter for 2013.

We start by giving thanks to those that continue to support us through their donations, we face many challenges maintaining our services so please know that every little helps.

Throughout the year we hope to create more opportunities for donations not only to us, but also others that are working to help contribute to our community development.

In this edition of the newsletter there are some great events offering learning, sharing and healing opportunities. Please try to get out to some of them or better yet, organise some of your own near where you live.

Remember, if you enjoy the contents of this newsletter then please feel free to share this newsletter amongst family and friends who you know will benefit from it. You can click here to subscribe for your own copy. If you would like to support our work you can do so by making a single or regular donation.

Also, if you appreciate our work then please write or talk about us on community radio, blogs, internet forums and social media like Facebook and Twitter - remember awareness of our work only grows through word of mouth.

Don't forget to regularly check out the Ligali website for articles not included in this newsletter. You can also listen to archived podcasts of our Pan African Drum radio programmes at http://www.ligali.org/nyansapo/drum.php

Peace, Love & Justice

Ligali Editor

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The Pan African Drum

"The fly that has nobody to caution it goes into the grave with the corpse”
African Proverb, Igbo

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

A few days ago I realised that I did not know the name of a single person who had passed during the New Year fireworks tragedy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Over sixty people were killed and two hundred injured, most of them were between 8 and 15 years of age. Without doubt this was a disaster on a similar scale as that of the recent massacre at the Sandy Hook school in the US claiming the lives of twenty seven.

Yet no matter how hard I search for more facts from the media, the only names reported in some tenuous related link are those of the pop singer, Rihanna and the violent abuser, Chris Brown who was allegedly paid up to ten million dollars to perform in the same country the night before the celebrations.

Of those that lost their lives, 26 were children, 28 women and six men. I tried to locate more details but all I could find was that of parents looking for missing children. There was a mother named Zainab, another called Assetou Toure and a father named Mamadou Sanogo. We can only hope they find their children in good health.

As I write this I am listening to a very interesting debate moderated by Henry Bonsu on Colourful radio with Lester Holloway and some clown from a campaign for 'real' education about a petition calling for education minister, Michael Gove to ensure Mary Seacole is included in the national curriculum.

Hmmm...

A little over a week ago, Tory minister David Willetts just called for universities to target MORE european boys for recruitment as if they were from the African British community. As Doreen Lawrence rightly stated, tackling racism is now off the agenda in subservience to so called ‘class’ issues.

However the shameful thing we must accept is that many of our ‘leaders’ actually advocated for this urban, no 'race' agenda. I suspect they are only moaning now because they have ‘succeeded’ but as a result subsequently lost their jobs, funding and worse, many of the hard fought gains of our Ancestors.

For far too many times I’ve heard people state that they don’t want to hear or talk about racism or actively withdraw support from organisations, politicians and even football teams that routinely abuse us. The approach of most seems to be to stay on the pitch and pretend everything is ok whilst being shat on, spat at and socially, politically, and spiritually abused.

As a result, those that would exploit us have become emboldened. From racist abuse on the streets, at work and in sports to our removal from academia in world and now even African British history, made worse with the forced closure of our community centres, organisations, bookshops and the loss of community development focused educators and their respective progressive pedagogical departments. 

A little over a fortnight ago the British Prime Minister, David Cameron told the House of Commons that “A police officer...sending an e-mail potentially to blacken the name of a cabinet minister is a very serious issue”. It is clear that in English language, to ‘blacken’ a person is a very negative act.

However to ‘white’ wash our history, culture, and politics is far worse.

A friend recently sent me a War on Want brochure called The Hunger Games - How DFID support for agribusiness is fuelling poverty in Africa. It exposes how with the help of the ConDem regime, several NGO's that claim to be saving Africans in our motherland are in secret exploiting them with tax payer money. Meanwhile funding for truly progressive African development organisations like ADAP, AFFORD and DFIN have been slashed despite them doing great work as a result of being truly grass roots based.

It is thus clear in my language that to ‘whiten’ a charitable concern placing profit before people is a very negative act.

But if I stick to this theme for a while a think about the Africanisation or humanising of an issue then I think back to when I was recently listening to the lyrics of Linton Kwesi Johnson's ‘Licence Fi Kill’ and Akala's Find No Enemy.

It makes me wonder what has happened to our willingness to encode our experiences in our music, our poetry, our art and dance?

The recent years have seen a powerful explosion of consciousness in our theatre from plays like Belong, Pandora’s Box, Iya-Ile, The Lion and the Jewel to the #I Am England and The Hounding of David Oluwale. Likewise our literature and journalism has slowly, but thankfully started to reassert its roots and move away from the banal urbanisation that has plagued our music and spoken word artists for far too long, but it’s not enough.

Our constant turning of the other cheek, excusing of so called ‘class’ led policy, and accusing the very people who fight specifically and exclusively on our behalf of racism has led to us having a thin, exhausted and demotivated front line that is struggling to justify why we continue to take licks for a community often in blissful denial of the facts.  Its like the childrens film I saw this weekend with my young ones - Rise of the Guardians. The simple message was that without people showing their appreciation of the positive work we do it can be a serious struggle to persist with work challenging the negativity.

Surely, if we continue hiding from our painful experiences without confronting with them then we will keep repeating the same mistakes and returning to the same situations until re remember how we best dealt with them.  

This reminded me of something that happened last week. Now some of you may not know, but I have a substantial catalogue of music tracks I produced and released during the 80’s and early 90’s. Like many of us sitting on old photos, I have procrastinated in bringing their master tapes (think negatives) into the 21st century.    

Fortunately, I held onto my DAT machine. For those of you who don’t know what this is, think of a kind of super high quality, VHS type machine for music. Now I was feeling quite pleased that I had kept it in good condition, I plugged its digital output into my computer and retrieved a box of what I regard as priceless digital masters.

I placed my tapes into the machine and guess what?

Nothing.

It wouldn’t play them. I tried everything, cleaning the heads, rewinding, fast forwarding, but the tapes refused to play. I was now staring at a machine I had originally paid a thousand pounds for when brand new that was now effectively junk.  

The reason I raise this is because it was my reluctance to adapt my old media to the new for archiving purposes that led to this failure. Now other than those tracks I have on CD, my entire vinyl catalogue is lost or at least inaccessible unless I sit down with my SL-1200 (assuming it still works) and digitise the entire lot with a serious loss of quality.

This scenario reflects how we are behaving with our history.

As a community so many of us have failed to create a permanent and easily transcodable digital record of the items that matter to us that we are at risk of creating a cultural and historical vacuum when the living Griots (recorders/historians) amongst us pass away.

Some of us may think that this is not a problem but unless we provide a documented trail for the next generation they will not inherit any of the wisdom we have accrued from our experiences. As this occurs they will be vulnerable to repeating our mistakes whilst others move forwards using the knowledge preserved by institutions that curate their own history.  

Every year more and more of us sell out our courageous Ancestors by accepting medals immortalising the British Empire. The recipients of these blood stained OBE, MBE, CBE type trinkets often use the name of our families and community to justify their decision, but the Truth is that it is their own vanity that allows them to place loyalty to the British monarch above issues of moral integrity.  

I accept that some of these people have done good work for our community, for this they often deserve to be awarded. However their ego soothing need to be formally recognised not by one’s peers, but by the history books of our collective enslavers and oppressors, is not an honour.

It’s a price tag, a badge of shame, an eternal demerit.

In fact it really says something when the list of people who have rejected them is more interesting than those who kneeled down in subservience when accepting their allocated position in the Empirical order.

Perhaps I’ve too much of a contumacious spirit, but it doesn’t have to be this way as poet, Benjamin Zephaniah admirably demonstrated ten years ago in 2003. What has happened to that spirit, that sense of pride and dignity in the last decade?

Imagine what it would mean if those recipients were to take the opportunity to publicly give back their thirty pieces of silver as did John Lennon in 1969 as part of ongoing peace protests with his wife.

We all benefit from knowing that the work we do today is still of use to our loved ones tomorrow. However the lesson for us is to look to ourselves for recognising and remembering our heroes, not idolising those that have been selected for us.

We honour them best by recording, recreating and invoking their names and deeds using the language and technology of today. The WASU Project is but one good example of a multimedia approach to history whilst BIS Publication publishes new material and also offers workshops teaching us how to create eBooks.

The world of information is changing and we need to keep up with it. There’s no reason why we can’t watch a great black and white film on our phones or flat screen TV’s, unless of course we’re happy to let our homes turn into redundant archaeological shrines because we never bothered to do the work and copy that which we claim to value into a suitable format in the first place.

 

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.


Supporting Ligali

The Ligali organisation survives solely through charitable donations, we are NOT government funded. If you appreciate the work we do then please contribute by making a contribution for some of our resources or donating to support our core services.

Books: Ukweli, Revoetry & The Manual (The Rules for Men*)

Ukweli and Revoetry

The Manual: The Rules for Men* is available for young men over the age of twenty. It contains Adult Themes about Sex, Relationships and Manhood

DVD: Films and Documentaries

Ligali DVD

Our films cover the topics of Maafa from slavery and colonialism to Pan Africanism and community empowerment.

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Community Noticeboard

100 BMOL: MENTORING SESSION

Our First Mentoring session of 2013 will focus on Self Identity OBJECTIVES OF THIS SESSION : To help the Diamonds understand what makes up their self-identity - self knowledge, self image and self esteem To get the Diamonds to think about their own self-knowledge (what they know about themselves) and self-image (how they see themselves) and introduce the importance of self esteem.

SATURDAY 12th JANUARY 2013, 11AM - 1PM

100 Black Men of London, Inc. have been mentoring youth in London for over a decade now

REGISTER HERE


TAOBQ Seeks Theatre Company Or Group Of Actors To Produce Play That Explores African Identity Within A Diasporan Context

TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) is a campaign aimed at exploring the issues of African identity, global/pan-Africanism, imploring people of Afrivcan heritage to engage within their African identity, and organising forums for global African history and discussion. In furtherance of its aims, it seeks to a theatre company or group of five mature African actors and actresses, in order to produce a play entitled As Long As You're Of African Heritage, You're An African, which explores the issues of African identity within a London setting. For more information: jointheaobq@gmail.com


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.


Picket South Afrikan Neo Colonial Embassy

Just a reminder for you to join us in solidarity with the Marikana Miners as we continue our regular picket Thursday, 10th January 2013.

Nearest tubes station Leicester sq on the Piccadilly Line or Charing X on the Nothern Line, both south bound lines

Picket from 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Embassy of the South Afrikan Neocolony
South Africa House
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DP

Please Spread the Word.

Revolutionary regards
Cecil Gutzmore &; Tongogara
Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign (MMSC)


Petition: Keep Mary Seacole on the National Curriculum

You can see the petition at:

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/michael-gove-secretary-of-state-for-education-keep-mary-seacole-on-the-national-curriculum


Related articles

http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/mary-seacole-be-removed-national-curriculum

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/dont-consign-mary-seacole-to-history-michael-gove-is-urged-8439160.html


Fund raising Appeal: La Swap In Uganda

Greetings,

My name is Naithan Agbetu,

I'm a college student, thriving for knowledge on everything that surrounds me. While studying towards a degree in Economics, I've decided to learn a bit about African Cultures by working towards a trip to Uganda. I enjoy exploring new things, taking on more challenges and pushing myself to the limits of life.

I will be travelling with La Swap Consortium & The Great Generation Charity to Jinja, Uganda. Where I will be partaking in a Community Project that helps the local community by engaging in agricultural and education based projects.

This includes working at the St. Francis Health Care Services to provide workshops for the children in the towns of Njeru & Jinja and helping with the development of the local library. In addition, I will have a few opportunities to visit local sites and explore the customs and traditions of the country.

However, to do all his we need your help to raise £1750 by 21 July 2013, to support the Charity itself, the locals in their tribes and villages & to provide an all in all memorable experience to everyone involved.

You can donate at:

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/naithanagbetu1

Thank you.


Sable Website Launch

Simon Education

Dear Friends

It's been a long time but we finally have it up and running!
  
www.sablelitmag.org 
  
There are still glitches to sort out, lots of items to be added which we will be doing over time. Have fun investigating it and send us your feedback on  info@sablelitmag.org 
  
Help us to make the SABLE website a  great interactive experience for you!


Saturday Schools and Home Tuition!

Simon Education

Saturday Schools Open All Over London

North London
· Brent: Bridge Park Leisure Centre, Brentfield, Harrow Road NW10 ORG (11 am -t1pm)
· Haringey: OK Foundation, 1st Floor, Holcolme Road, N17 9AA (11am—1pm)
· Islington: John Barnes Library, 275 Camden Road, N7 OJN (11am—1pm)
· Waltham Forest: Hale End Library, Castle Ave, Highams Park E4 9QD (2.20—3.50pm)
· Hackney: Home tuition only — 079 0456 4010

South London
· Lambeth: Elmgreen School, Elmcourt Road, SE27 9B7 (11am—1pm)
· Lewisham: St Dunstan’s College, Stanstead Road, Catford SE6 4TY (12pm—1pm)

We offer:

  • Private Tutors in English, Mathematics and Science ( 5 to 16 years)
  • Support & Educational Resources

Some tutors also offter:

  • Spanish and Dutch for children aged (5-16 years)
  • Online Support
  • Provide Educational Resources for sale: "How to unlock your Child's Genius" and "how to unlock your Family's Genius"

We will:
1. Build your child’s study skills.
2. Raise your child’s self-esteem.
3. Develop your child’s thinking skills.
4. Provide teacher pupil ratio of 1:12

Contact details are 079 0456 4010 or www.simoneducation.com
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter or email info@simoneducation.com

Exams: Sats, 11+ and GCSE
Tutors: Degree qualified & CRB checked


Mutabaruka On God, History and Rastafari (PART 1)

Mutabaruka

Greetings and Happy New Year Family,

For the first time ever Jamaica's finest and most controversial talk show host - Mutabaruka - hosts his

highly popular talk show (Cutting Edge) outside of Jamaica; on Birmingham's Newstyle Radio (UK).

Hope you enjoy, please share if you do. All the best for 2013.

Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeigV31TnBE&feature=youtu.be

Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwIneem4Jns&feature=youtu.be

part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC816BISYLY&feature=youtu.be

part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2oQC37o9cQ&feature=youtu.be

ALSO LIVE IN THE STUDIO MUTA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyvdpdloex0&feature=youtu.be

Peace and Love
Ankhobia


Public Meeting: Centerprise Update

When: Wednesday, 16th January 2013, 6.00-8.00pm
Where: Trinity Centre, Beechwood Road, Dalston, London E8 3DY

Dear Members and Friends of Centerprise, Happy New Year to you all The campaign to keep Centerprise Open continues despite the seizure of our premises by Hackney Council.
You are invited to a public meeting to discuss the next stage of the struggle.

Agenda:
1.  Update on eviction by Hackney Council
2.  Update on legal action against Hackney Council
3.  Centerprise Defence Fund Fund
4.  Temporary New Home for Centerprise
5. AOB

Look forward to meeting you all once again.

Find out more and sign our on-line petition by visiting:
http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/savecenterprise
If you can help with this campaign please write to:
info@centerprise.org.uk

Emmanuel Amevor
CEO
Centerprise Trust Ltd
134 Kingsland High Street
London E8 2NS
www.centerprise.org.uk

Centerprise Trust Ltd


Community Events

Mashufaa Classes

Mashufaa

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.

Thursdays
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


January

Film Night: Red Hook Summer - A Spike Lee Joint

Red Hook Summer

When: Saturday 5th January 2013, 7PM
Where: The Nub, Walthamstow E17
Adm (Donations): £6 Adults, £3 Under 16s - Refreshments and snacks provided
Limited spaces available, So book ahead

Our films are always followed by a lively discussion on their themes


PASF (Brixton) Workshop: The weapons of theory and armed struggle

When: Friday, 11th January 2013, between 7.00pm– 9.30pm
Where: 365 Brixton Road, SW9 7DA (on the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road)

Greetings and Elevation Family,

Please join us in our first workshop of 2013.

Come, hear and question as Bro Cecil speaks truth to – ‘The weapons of theory and armed struggle: Amilcar Cabral and the defeat of Portuguese Settler Colonialism in Guinea Bissau’.

Presenter:   Bro Cecil Gutzmore – Researcher, Pan-Afrikan Activist, Historian and
Educator.

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

We look forward to welcoming you.  

Please Spread the Word!

Blessings Always
Sis Jackie
On Behalf of PASCF


Commemorative service for Haiti

When:  Saturday, 12th January 2013, 3.00PM - 5.00PM 
Where: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Parish House, 2 Tynemouth Street, Fulham, London SW6 2QT

Greetings and Elevation Family,

I am writing to ask you to please mark this very important date in your diary – Saturday, 12th January 2013 - and attend and give your support as United Haitians in the UK (UHUK) and supportive others remember in this commemorative service for Haiti, 3 years after that devastating earthquake which struck Haiti on 12th January 2010.

Train: Nearest station Imperial Wharf. You can also go to Fulham Broadway and get bus 391 from there to Townmead Road.

Buses: C3 & 391

Parking: There is car parkingavailable at Imperial Wharf underground car park - hourly rate applies

Please note that this is a service and you are requested to arrive early to keep disruptions to a minimum.

Bless
Sis Jackie
On Behalf of PASCF


Seminar: “A Wall of Anti-Slavery Fire" - Frederick Douglass in Britain

Red Hook Summer

Where: Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1 
When: 15 January, 2013 (room G26, ground floor), 6 to 7.30 pm
Adm: Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.
(Contact: Marika.Sherwood@sas.ac.uk)

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in conjunction with the Black & Asian Studies Association presents African (Black) and Asian Britain seminars 2012-2013:

Hannah Murray - “A Wall of Anti-Slavery Fire" - Frederick Douglass in Britain. 

Former African American slave Frederick Douglass visited Britain in the1840's, popularising anti-slavery, creating a sensation across the country and enhancing the transatlantic connections between abolitionists.


African Odyyseys: The Pirogue  

Red Hook Summer

When: 2pm to 5pm. Saturday 19 January 2013
Where: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1
Adm: £5

Dedicated to the 5000-or-so Africans who have died trying to cross to Europe in the last decade, this title narrates the story of a retired Senegalese fisherman who is persuaded to captain a wooden fishing boat, a pirogue, on a dangerous journey in search of a better life. Initially hesitant, Laye agrees to go, driven by aspirations for his own family. The trip gradually descends into disaster as the pirogue's human cargo fight for survival against the treacherous conditions of the Atlantic Ocean.

The presence of the female stowaway causes some friction among the men, while religious and ethnic differences also complicate matters. A poignant encounter with another helpless pirogue, carrying men desperate for food and water, forces a focus on their other pressing anxieties. The beautifully shot images blend perfectly with the characteristic sounds of Senegal, helping deliver a well-crafted melodrama that is compelling to watch.

This screening will be accompanied by a panel and audience discussion.

www.bfi.org.uk


AJAMU: Music and Social Change

Ajamu

When: Saturday 19th January, 6pm
Where: Chestnuts Centre (Upstairs) Chestnuts Park, 280 St Ann's Road London N15 5BN

“MUSIC & SOCIAL CHANGE”:
Come and discuss: How can we use music to organise young people positively. An opportunity to understand how the music industry operates.
*
OPEN MIC COMPETITION FOR UNDER 21s (£20 cash prize for winner)
*
Special guest performances from:

CYCLONIOUS
Check it: http://cyclonious.bandcamp.com/
*
FRENGLISH CONNEXION
Check it: http://www.frenglishconnexion.com/
*
SILAS ZEPHANIA
Check it: https://soundcloud.com/silaszephania/silas-zephania-birth-place
*
SONENI& THE SOUL
Check it:http://soneniandthesoul.co.uk/
*
Joining performers on the PANEL & Q&A is:

KWAKU
(from the BLACK BRITISH MUSIC/AKOBEN AWARDS)
Check it: www.britishblackmusic.com
*
WANT TO BE A SINGER, MUSICAN, MC, RAPPER? JOIN US & WE’LL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INT'L MUSIC INDUSTRY. ALSO:
·Are the lyrics influencing the streets, or are the streets influencing the music?
·Can you make money from conscious lyrics (no N-Word, B-word, cussing)?
·Can you earn money without being famous, getting naked or bling-ed up?
·What are music’s possibilities to mobilize young people for positive personal and social change?


The AJAMU Team (A Just African Movement for Unity)
"Forever forward, never backward.  Another world is possible" follow us on www.twitter.com/AJAMUnity
friend us on www.facebook.com/young.ajamu.5 
https://www.facebook.com/ajamuafrica


Lecture: Africa

Women 4 Africa


When: 23rd January 2013, 6pm till 9pm 
Where: University College London

In January 2013, Women4Africa have being invited to partner with African peoples Advocacy and the University College London to Speak at a New Year's lecture on Africa.


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 


Akoben Awards: Free Half-Day Music Industry Courses

When: Friday 25 January 2013
Where: Unity Centre, 103 Church Road, London NW10 9EG (stations: Willesden Green or Willesden Junction (need to complete journey via buses buses 18, 260, or 266)
Adm: Free

Calling budding music industry moguls!

Turn your new year's resolution into realityby power-boosting your music industry knowledge and contacts!

 Free 2 half-day courses:
a) Music Industry Overview (11.00am-1.30pm),
b) Copyright & Contracts (2.30pm-5.00pm) plus c) End of course presentation/networking (6.30pm-8.30pm) for persons aged 18+
 
Topics covered: Music PublishingRecord Label ManagementMusic Industry OrganisationsIncome StreamsCopyright and Contracts for persons aged 18+
 
Interested? Or know someone that would be interested?
www.bizmusic.eventbrite.com
  

* If you've made a new year's resolution to succeed in the music industry, this free programme of 2 short, accessible courses, plus a presentation & networking evening, will help you with the knowledge and contacts you need!


Screening: Besouro

Ajamu

When: Sunday 27 January 2013
Where: Black Grape Platinum Suite

The Black Cinema Club will be screening BESOURO a stunning film based based on the story of a legendary fighter and practitioner in Capoeira history.

https://www.facebook.com/events/320997671342354/


The Runnymede Race Debate: Do racists have a right to be heard?

When: Wednesday, 30th January 2013 6.30pm
Where:
The RSA, 8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ

The Runnymede Race Debate 2013, held in association with the RSA and Trust for London, will take place on January 30th.

London’s Olympic summer projected an image of a nation at ease with itself, united in diversity. And yet a slew of recent incidents on the football field, twitter and beyond revealed a more sinister picture, belying any easy assumption that we are living in a post-racial age.

In light of such developments, we will be asking a panel of high profile public figures, including Sunder Katwala  (British Future) and Catherine Fieschi (Counterpoint)  “do racists have a right to be heard?” The debate will be chaired by Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley.

To find out more, and to book your place, please visit Eventbrite


February

Workshop: FINDING YOUR VOICE

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



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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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