07 October 2011

Greetings Family,

I am sorry this newsletter has reached you after the start of African History Month, nonetheless there are still a great many events taking place. We have had to cut the news and notice board sections of this newsletter short in order to get this mailing out to you today so please accept our sincere apologies to anyone whose event or news we have failed to include in this edition.

Some of the events are taking place today so please check it out immediately to make plans. There wasn't enough time to include the usual number of images in this newsletter so all of the entries are text only. We have also decided to include more listings with less detail so please research those events you find interesting as there may be alternative dates available.

During our recent radio debate on the topic of African History Month a few points were made that suggested unless an event has a historical component it should refer to itself as a 'black entertainment' gathering and not masquerade as a 'history' event.

For an AHM event to be valid it should have

  • A historical focus (from a wide ranging vista including African mathematicians, scientists and inventors, cultural traditions and spirituality to our resistance to enslavement, literature and cultural arts)
  • A focus on African people and culture (this includes Africans in the Diaspora such as the UK, the Caribbean, Brazil or the Motherland - this excludes BME, BAME, BAMER and other so called 'ethnic' minorities, etc)
  • Learning outcomes (you can provide some kind of evaluation form for reflection)

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Peace, Love & Justice

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Nyansapo Radio

Nyansapo - is the weekly internet based community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. We broadcast honest and progressive discussion of community issues alongside pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events.

This week we spoke about;

"The Politics of African history Month"

Nyansapo - Spring Hopes

You can listen to archived podcasts of previous Pan African Drum programmes at http://www.ligali.org/nyansapo/drum.php

The Pan African Drum

“He that did it forgets, she who suffered it does not”
African Proverb, Sotho

Toyin AgbetuIn August 2007 during African Remembrance Month the current French President, Nicolas Sarkozy said;

“The tragedy of Africa is that the African has never really entered into history ... They have never really launched themselves into the future,”  
Sarkozy continues;

 “The African peasant, who for thousands of years has lived according to the seasons, whose life ideal was to be in harmony with nature, only knew the eternal renewal of time ... In this imaginary world, where everything starts over and over again, there is room neither for human endeavour, nor for the idea of progress… The problem of Africa ... is to be found here. Africa's challenge is to enter to a greater extent into history ... It is to realise that the golden age that Africa is forever recalling will not return, because it has never existed.”

Sarkozy then went on to defend the role of France in the enslavement of Africa by claiming that while it may have made “mistakes”, it “did not exploit anybody”.

It’s amazing how soon we forget.

In this instance he clearly ‘forgot’ about the causes of the Haitian Revolution or the Dakar-Niger railway strike of 1947 so brilliantly documented by Ousmane Sembène.

 In fact, by conveniently forgetting Maafa his fiction of the African being absent from history, airbrushed or more accurately - whitewashed away the facts of the many other inspiring tales of African resistance to French barbarity and gross human right abuses by arab and european invaders


Unsurprisingly, in the UK today there is a repugnant political debate taking place about the future of human rights. Some people would have us believe that it is acceptable for us all to earn the right to be treated as humans.
In their muddled heads, the very notion of people being guaranteed fundamental freedoms, political, civil and physical should only be granted to those of the public sanctioned by an elite class of politicians for obeying their laws. In this new world with a British Bill of Rights - anyone who opposes the state can be targeted for human right exemption according to our political ‘worth’.

This is dangerous (legally silly) and frankly moral sick thinking.  


Although europeans recognised and codified a european interpretation of human rights in 1950 after their second major war for global domination in this modern era, the enslavement and oppression of African people remain a testament to the reason why we are and must remain the most powerful advocates for human rights, not just for ourselves but even those people we do not like or as some would label ‘criminals’ or in another vernacular ‘economic slaves’.
Our history teaches us this.

Look at the dates of key instruments in the development of Europe and other western nations and then learn our history. There are no coincidences for where the two cross over, this is the unsuing legacy, the civilising influence of African British history.

It reminds us that our African history is world history, that a politically and spiritually mature African philosophy of freedom can and has provided the moral foundation for all nations.

At its simplest level, the ultimate purpose of human rights is to protect the individual from the abuses of a corrupt state.
Our history teaches this, it also teaches us to be proud of our Ancestors who were not only the world’s greatest freedom fighters for their own families and community, but also champions of universal human rights. I say we should be proud but not everyone agrees.  In a surreal discussion with a Canadian university professor I was recently told; “while all blacks are of African-descent, not all blacks consider themselves to be African.”

The author whilst admirably being a staunch anti-racist seemingly opposes being called an African.


Yet every action we take is shaped by reflection on our personal and in turn collective contemporary and Ancestral experiences. Therefore if our awareness about ourselves amounts to little, then the decisions we make leading to the actions we take are likely to do little to further our self interests.

In short I’m saying the stuff we and those around us know, shapes the stuff us and those around us do.

If we choose to continue to give overwhelming support for our performances as sportsters, entertainers,  and also take narrow dramatic roles characterising us as criminals and culturally vacuous 'urban' (think MOBO) buffons , then that is what we will become.

However if we choose to follow the lead of our freedom fighting Ancestors, thinkers, workers, scientist, poets, educators, artists, musicians, doctors, designers, healers, builders, astrologists and philosophers.

If we continue to remember their work, their deeds, their sacrifices and the numerous opportunities they provided so we are able to walk with our head up high and say, despite all that they did we still survive.
If we do this, then we will succeed at all we seek to achieve.

We know this simply because our history teaches and proves it so.

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.

A couple of great events Toyin has been invited to contribute to is the Exhibition Launch: Our African Roots at Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ on 13 October 2011, 7pm – 8:30pm.

"The whole of humanity has its roots in the great continent of Africa. Civilisation began there. This exhibition explores how Hackney’s Africans, from youth to elders, keep and celebrate their own culture in the heart of our city. Their personal possessions and their stories, along with early maps from the Royal Geographic Society and African objects from the Horniman Museum, will reveal how important it is to retain one’s own identity."

The NARM African British Civil Rights History + CLR James Discussion on Wednesday Oct. 19, 6.30-9.00pm at Centerprise

"There is a general misconception that the struggle for civil rights only occurred in places such as the United States and South Africa. This perception is generally fed by the press, and is perpetuated by history teachers who routinely focus on the American civil rights movement, and do not sufficiently highlight civil rights campaigns in the UK.

Brent-based, pan-London voluntary organisation BTWSC aims to highlight civil rights campaigns in Britain led by African activists during this year’s Black History Month. The NARM (Naming And Role Model) African British Civil Rights History events, which take place across London, will use the BTWSC published NARM book to highlight African British civil rights activists, and campaigns."

and The Effect of Mental health through African history on Saturday 15 October 2011, 2pm – 7pm at Open House, 13 Whitehorn Street, Bow, London E3 4PB.

Get involved with creating your own toolkit to keep you mentally well. Our guest speakers Toyin Agbetu will be joined by brothers and sisters with personal experience of living with the challenges of mental health and various professionals within this field.

The latest book with Toyins' work ‘Restoring the Pan African Perspective: Reversing the Institutionalization of Maafa Denial’ has been published in the Routledge title Representing Enslavement and Abolition in Museums (Edited by Laurajane Smith, Geoff Cubitt, Kalliopi Fouseki, Ross Wilson)

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Wambui Otieno’s Mau Mau

Elsie Cloete

With her death on 30 August 2011, Wambui Otieno-Mbugua joins the pantheon of African women activists who devoted their lives to struggles against colonial and post-independence political regimes and against systems that favoured and still do favour men over women. Wambui’s activist career began in 1950s Kenya and can be seen to run parallel with those of anti-apartheid activists from southern Africa such as Ellen Kuzwayo, Albertina Sisulu, Miriam Makeba, Emma Mashinini, Helen Joseph and Winnie Madzikela-Mandela. And, like so many of her activist peers from Africa, Wambui also wrote and published her autobiography, ‘Mau Mau’s Daughter’ (1998).

Although she was never elected to parliament, Wambui is one of the few ex-Mau Mau who rose to public prominence in post-independence Kenya. As a young, Christian Kikuyu girl, Wambui, who was distantly related to Jomo Kenyatta, joined the Mau Mau at the start of the Emergency in 1953 as a scout and urban guerrilla, moving through the ranks until she had taken all 15 warrior oaths. In many instances she reported directly to the movement’s War Council. After the Mau Mau effectively lost the war in 1956, Wambui became a member of the resurgent trade union movement and worked closely with Tom Mboya and other trade unionists, becoming notorious for her activism against the colonial government.

Full Article from:  http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76621

Professor Wangari Maathai

We also pay tribute to another illustrious Kenyan , Professor Wangari Maathai who died on 25 September 2011 after a battle with cancer. Professor Maathai was a woman of many firsts in Kenya but is globally known for her work with the Green Belt Movement, the first woman doctorate holder in East Africa her field and the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. She also led a campaign in 1986 as the chair of Maendeleo ya Wanawake (MYWO) in support of Wambui Otieno’s legal case for the right to bury her husband S.M Otieno. Rest in peace.

Published by PAMBAZUKA News

Community Campaigns

Email the Jamaican Government

“It has been brought to my attention that the monument in Kensington in South St James to the all those that fought alongside Samuel Sharpe in the 1831 Christmas Uprising is in an atrocious state of disrepair.

It is my belief that we disgrace ourselves when we allow the memory of our Ancestors to be left in such a state.

As such I request the government of Jamaica corrects this matter as soon as possible.
For if we do not respect our own history and culture, what right do we have to complain when others show and enact similar displays of disdain.”

Email the British Government (Send to your Local MP)

“I am writing to you with a matter that is of great concern to myself and many other African people. As you are aware the current conflict in Libya has attracted masses of media coverage focusing on the cause of the ‘rebels’ leading an assault on what has been labelled ‘pro-Gadaffi’ forces.

Our concern is that there have been several reports of innocent African people who were resident in Libya prior to the UN backed conflict who are being detained at gunpoint and killed in judicial executions after being labelled ‘mercenaries’.


Due to the fact that Parliament is collectively both politically and militarily backing the MTC  ‘rebels’  in their civil war, we write to you asking for help in raising awareness of this matter through the commissioning of a program with the remit to investigate these gross violations of human rights and bring them to a halt.

It is our belief that your voice may add weight to a growing moral call for action that could prevent a targeted genocide taking place in Libya fuelled by ethnic prejudices.

Please help in any way you can."

Support The Tottenham Defence Campaign

The Tottenham Defence Campaign has been formed for several reasons but its chief  aims are:

  • To ensure any person arrested by police in relation to the disturbances have access to high quality independent legal advice and support.
  • To inform all members of the community what basic legal rights they do have and the protections available to them against abusive conduct from the police and other officials.
  • Challenge attempts to further marginalise and criminalise the people of Tottenham as a response to the disorder that took place in August particularly the simplistic view that sheer mindless criminality was the cause of such disorder.
  • We seek to challenge gratuitous or vengeful responses upon individuals from the criminal justice system through sentencing policy or from other institutions through curfews or evictions.
  • To engage critically but constructively with all persons and institutions who seek to understand and remedy the causes of social disorder.
  • To monitor and highlight continuing coercive policing of our communities.

None who support this defence campaign wish to see where we live burnt to the ground or our neighbours (both near and far) killed, injured or hounded.  Long before the current upheaval, many of us have been working beyond the media spotlight to fashion a more humane community, especially with those who have been dispossessed of the idea that they might be part of a wider community. That work draws little political support both locally in Tottenham and at a broader level.  In the aftermath of the recent disorders the loudest voices have proudly beaten their chests as they describe members of our community as being little more than wild mindless criminals, rats even with little if any moral centre.  It is a mindset that reaches for medieval standards of justice  and collective punishment as those who may not have taken part in the riot but are associated in some way with those who did are given a measure of  retribution.

Once in a while, usually after massive disorder some of us are sought out by perplexed officials who repeat the questions they asked from the previous riot, but generally we are ignored.  We cannot engage with the political process whilst suspending our critical faculties, there are far too many serious issues we want addressed – policing and real security of our communities, employment, urban renewal to name a few and all within the framework of supporting and building our communities not towards what others have prescribed for us, but as determined step by step by ourselves.  We need more than to be ‘consulted’ on these matters; we need to have meaningful decision making abilities on matters that directly affect us. 


Notice! Toward a: National Afrikan People’s Parliament

‘People Empowered for Self-Determination!’ ‘Taking Responsibility, Effecting Solutions!’ Community Action!

Friday, 14th October 2011
Press Conference: (10:00am-12:00pm – Bernie Grant Arts Centre; Town Hall Approach Rd, N15 4RX - Tube: Seven Sisters)

Downing Street Demonstration: (2:00pm-4:00pm – Downing Street)
Petition: Please click here to sign the petition in line with this Community Action and pass this info on to as many others as possible.

Community News

Police investigate alleged assault on Nigerian mother on deportation flight

Escorts allegedly attacked failed asylum seeker in front of her young children on plane bound for Italy

A police investigation has been launched into an alleged assault on a Nigerian asylum seeker in front of her three young children on a plane bound for Italy.

The alleged incident occurred just two weeks after the launch of the government's new family-friendly removal policy. The family are one of the first to be detained under the new arrangements.

The woman, Faith, 39, said six of the eight escorts on the flight beat her on the arms and legs, twisted her hand and put hands around her neck. She said she was left spitting blood and had still not recovered.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/03/police-investigate-nigerian-mother-deportation

Community Noticeboard

Judges Wanted: The Annual Essay Contest for Children and Young People of African Descent 2012

The annual Essay Contest for Children of African Descent – now in its seventh year, is about us showing children of African descent across the African diaspora that we care about them and are willing to show our support for their efforts.

The aims are very simple: to encourage and support our children in their educational development.

Judges play a vitally important role in this contest as they read and provide positive and constructive feedback on essayists’ work. This feedback is given to each essayist. I have heard personally from teachers, parents and children how much the Judges’ feedback meant to them and how the comments they received encouraged them with their schoolwork. As a Judge, you will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.

We particularly need English-, French-, Portuguese- and Swahili-speaking Judges. Over the last few years, I have had to turn away children who wanted to participate in this contest – 300 last year - as I did not have enough Judges. Help me to avoid having to turn more away.

For more information --- and the winning essays since the beginning of the contest go to: http://www.lornajones.net

Please complete the attached Judges Registration Form and return it to me as soon as possible. If you know anyone of African descent who might be interested in being a Judge, please forward this email to them and ask them to contact me.

As Judges, your work will not commence until early February and you will have two weeks in which to read and provide feedback on your 10 essays. You do not even need to leave the comfort of your home as your essays will be emailed to you.

I do hope you will see value in this initiative for our children’s development and that you will choose to participate in the Essay Contest for Children of African Descent 2011.

Do contact me should you have any questions or comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

Also, should any of your friends with children see value in this initiative to support and encourage their child, please let me know and I will forward the Invitation to them.

With kind regards,

Lorna Jones


Ipaja Community Link [one of DIFN’s Nigeria partners] recently held their annual orphan and vulnerable children summer camp aimed at preparing children in primary 6 for starting secondary school in September. I was fortunate to be part of it.
For 3 weeks this August staff, session workers, local youth volunteers and 2 volunteers from University of Greenwich, London took part in giving 120 children a time to remember while at the same time developing the confident skills to start secondary school.

Over N250,000 was raised to run the free summer camp with all children being given a daily nutritious lunch.
Most of this money came from some fantastic Nigerians in Nigeria, my brother and another Nigerian in the UK and 2 volunteers from University of Greenwich. Big thanks to Abiola, Bimbo, Deji, Michael, Carmen and Lily and Oliver

Next Step:
Now that the children are starting school next week CLN intends to start a weekly after school and homework club starting in October.

The after school club aims at ensuring that the children do well in their new secondary school and enable CLN staff continue to track the children ensuring that they complete secondary school. Last year all the students who attended the after school club did exceptionally well in their schools

The after school club also works with parents having difficulty with their children and assisting schools, faith groups and community based organisations tackle child abuse.                

The club will also run in school children health education and youth personal development workshops in local primary and secondary schools.

In order to ensure we give these children a fighting chance of fulfilling their potential we need just £6000 to run the whole programme from October 2011 to July 2012.

We are now looking for adult / family Change Makers to work with us to change over 120 children’s lives.
To know how you can come on board contact me on yomi@difn.org.uk

Some of the participants at the summer programme had the following to say about the programme:-

               I benefited how to make decisions with my group and my team mates and what real determination means.
               I benefited academically, above all to tolerate other people, respect for elders, my teachers and obedience to rules and regulations generally.
               I learn from the summer programme that it is good to help others in need when you have the ability.
              I learn through LIVING VALUES what PEACE is and how i can maintain peace with my fellow students.
             CHILD - TO - CHILD HEALTH taught me that I can be an health educator even as a young child and I can help in the general cleaning of my home and environment.
           I benefited how to tolerate other people and academically especially in English and Current Affairs lessons.
           I benefited from CHILD - TO - CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMME how i can take care of my home and environment and through LIVING VALUES I learn about how I can contribute to a peaceful environment.
           Through the DANCE lessons, I was able to learn different dance steps and how to Choreograph.
            The SUMMER PROGRAMME have make me to see myself different from what I use to think I am, I use to believe that as a less privileged child no one out there can show me love but the programme have proved this wrong.

Regards and hoping you will partner with us this year

Posted: 05 October 2011
Location: Greater London, Surrey

Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full Time
Salary: £26,401 - £28,807 per annum (including Outer London Weighting), points 29-32
Apply with CV

Further information

We are recruiting for 2 separate posts: Young Adults (aged 16 – 35 years) and Working Age Adults (aged 25 – 65 years).
The unequal experiences of mental health service users from BME communities in England and Wales, compared to the host/majority “White British” population is well documented.
The Department of Health has provided an action plan in the document, “Delivering race equality in mental health care: an action plan for reform inside and outside services”; DRE aims to deliver:

  • More appropriate and responsive services – achieved through action to develop organisations and the workforce, to improve clinical services and to improve services for specific groups, such as older people, asylum seekers and refugees, and children;
  • Community engagement – delivered through healthier communities and by action to engage communities in planning services, supported nationally by 500 new Community Development Workers; and
  • Better information – from improved monitoring of ethnicity, better dissemination of information and good practice, and improved knowledge about effective services. This will include a new regular census of mental health patients.

To support these aims, the BME Community Development Worker (CDW) role has been introduced to the mental health workforce.
Please note that the closing date for this role is the 26th October at 5pm
Interviews will be taking place on Thursday the 3rd of November 2011


ADAP Public Appeal

In 2008, ADAP was nominated as one of the very few African led and run Diaspora organizations selected for
funding by the British Department for International Development (DFID) to run programmes on the African

Funds were used to help sponsor our volunteers abroad, working on challenging, yet life rewarding
programmes within the health and education sectors, helping to improve lives for the better.

However due to the recent financial climate, ADAP’s funding, including other African led Diaspora charities
being supported by DFID in the UK has now been stopped. This has undoubtably been sad news for the African
community, as we have made so much progress in such a short space of time, in helping to support and
develop much needed projects on the African continent.

As members of the community, well wishers and sympathisers, we are kindly appealing to you all, to visit our
website, and make a monthly financial contribution, in-order for our programmes and all the good work we are
doing, to continue.

Please let others within the community see the work we are doing. Strength lies in Unity; the more people we
have contribnuting towards our work, the more programmes we will be-able to develop and sustain. Visit our
website today, and make a monthly donation via Just Giving or Paypal… THANK-YOU.

Cultural Arts & Crafts Fair

Where can you find quality hand-made African-inspired gifts?  
At the Weekly Cultural Arts & Crafts Fair held at Centerprise Bookshop/Cafe in Dalston, East London between 1-6pm!

Come and find quality hand-made greeting cards, framed prints, jewelry, natural hair/skin-care products, mosaics, wood carvings, designer clothing and more!
See you there!
Cezanne (artist/poet/organiser)

New Mind School Fundraising Drive

Greetings on behalf of the staff, students and parents of New Mind

We would very much value your support of our Fundraising Drive! Our goal is to build up to 500 monthly donators to our School, each giving a minimum of just £5 per month, but with those willing and able giving a little more of possibly £10 to £50 per month.  However, every donation, whatever the amount, will be considered “large” and much appreciated by our staff, students and parents!
Your donations would help us to:

  1. Purchase a minimum of 10 computers to replace and exceed our current equipment, also additional interactive IT ware.
  2. Purchase Early Years and Primary learning resources.
  3. Secure Continued Professional Development for our staff.
  4. Cover the costs of our day-to-day and monthly overheads.
  5. Put funds towards renovations of our current building and save towards alternative premises.
  6. Implement, fully, our School Development Plan.

To find out more about our fundraising endeavours, Development Plan, and how to donate, please visit our web pages at: http://home.btconnect.com/newmind/donate/500at5plus.html

Are you aged 16 – 25* with some spare time to donate?
New Mind is developing a volunteer network of young people of Black/African-Caribbean background willing and able to donate possibly 1 to 2 hours per week to the School, assisting staff in academic and pastoral care.  *Although the stated age range is desired, those above 25 may apply.  For further details please contact us: 02077333975 / 07960691401 info@newmindschool.org
Thank you!

Community Events

Tiata Delights 2011

When: Ends 8 October 2011
Where: Africa Centre, Covent Garden.
Adm: Tickets are £10 and £5 (concessions).

A festival of African plays featuring writing from Tiata Fahodzi Artistic Director Lucian Msamati, Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, and writers with roots across Africa.
Tiata Fahodzi presents the first Tiata Delights curated by its new Artistic Director, Lucian Msamati. Now in its fifth year, the festival presents readings of African plays from established and emerging writers from the UK, USA and Africa.
Tiata Delights features a huge diversity of style and theme: from an African fairytale and a middle-class Nairobi ‘panic room’ to Zulu warrior kings and Biafran ghosts.

The Dark Sea Scrolls: Spoken Word Legacy

When: 8 October 2011, Show starts 9.30pm sharp til 3am.
Where: Babalou Bar, The Crypt, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF
Adm: £5 in advance £7 on the door.

Presented by El Crisis  Every first Friday of the month we have an amazing line up of
9 LYRICAL-WORD ARTiSTS from different generations sharing 9 minutes of their talent.
For this coming October we shift our date pattern to present our October month specials. On Saturday 8th October 2011 we have a night for our SISTERS voices and on Friday 14th October we have a night where our BROTHERS speak.    
Poppy Seed, Lioness Chant, Zena Edwards, Princess Emanuelle, Poetic Pilgrimage, Khadijatou Doyneh, Lyrical Healer, Ma'Ankha Baast, Silhouettez In The Dark
 Guest DJ: DJ Prophetess from Galaxy Radio 99.5fm

Children’s Cultural Film Club

: Sat 8 October 2011, 2 pm -  5 Pm
Where: 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] Plus free popcorn & drink available

The ‘Children’s Cultural Film Club’ will be celebrating its 2nd Birthday Hip, Hip, Hooray!!
Screening:   Harriette Tubman &  Carter Goodwin Woodson ~ The Founder Of Black History Month Plus Historical Quiz ~ Between Children & Adults where the winning group will win the Gold Onyx Historical Quiz Trophy.  So Teenagers come out to help the children win the trophy
Networking Opportunities, Stalls, Children’s Books, Health, Films, Costume Jewellery, Posters, Carvings, African History Information and more 

Exhibition: India: An African Odyssey by Nadia Denton

When: Saturday 8th Octobers 2011
When: 5th to 14th October 2011 / Private View 5th  October 7 – 9pm
Where: Portobello Art Gallery, 6 Thorpe Close London W10 5XL

Nadia was born in Paddington and raised in a Jamaican household. She has travelled extensively and recently wrote The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success.
Talking about an India: An African Odyssey, Nadia says: “In 2008, I travelled to India for the second time. What struck me was that in contrast to my experiences in Delhi where I was largely recognised as a person of African descent, in West Bengal and Orissa, the lines were blurred. Local people could not understand why I was not responding when they spoke to me in local languages. I was frequently asked which part of India I was from.
Most   significantly,  with   my   lens   I   was   allowed   a   certain   level   of   access   that   would normally be denied a western traveller. The people I met did not see me as an outsider. I was welcomed into a culture which was not my own but where I could see aspects of my identity. Though I have lived and travelled extensively in West Africa, India remains the only place where I have been surrounded by so many people who share my skin colour.
The images in the exhibition are a snapshot of the glimpses I had of my African self in India.”

Play: LOOK TO THE SKY By Courttia Newland / Directed by Angela Michaels

When: Wednesday 5 October – 10 October 2011 before going on tour
Where: Half Moon

In an abandoned building a group of young people are forced to confront the very thing that scares them most. Themselves. The mysterious and complicated culture of inner-city youth is exploded in this gripping new play, which breathes with a raw poetic language and a contemporary soundtrack.

Part street vernacular, part theatrical tradition, at times harrowing and at others searingly true - this is a play about the world of the teenage mind. Novelist and writer Courttia Newland deploys an abstract, poetic narrative style to invigorate this physical and fast paced production.  


Screening: The Interrupters with short film Eighty Eight

: Thursday 6th October 2011, 8.30pm
Where: Stratford Picturehouse, East London, E15 1BX
Adm: £5

THE INTERRUPTERS tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters, who work for an innovative organisation called CeaseFire, and who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed.
From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this is an unusually intimate journey examining the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year, it captures a period when Chicago was plagued by high-profile incidents, including the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a high-school student whose death was caught on videotape.
United States 2011, 125 mins
Director: Steve James

PASCF Workshops

: Every Friday 7th October 2011
Where: 365 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 7DA

We Look Forward To Warmly Welcoming You!

Cultural Approaches to Health

When: Friday, 7th October 2011, 6.00-9.30pm
Where: Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS
Adm: £5

Dr Llaila O. Afrika and his co-presenter Dr Melanie Stevenson will hold a lecture as part of the build up to Word Power 2011

Dr Afrika is the author of the best selling Afican Holistic Health, and among others, Nutricide.

iFundraiser for Somalia charity dinner/workshop

When: Friday 7th October 2011, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Where: NADI PARK ROYAL, 260 Old Oak Common Lane, London, NW10 6DX
Adm: £20 for employed and £15 for students/unemployed.

You and I are alike. Just like me, you truly want to help Somalia. However, you are not where to start and all the negative coverage in the Western Media has made you feel quite weary. Of course there are massive challenges Somali people are facing but the situation is not just doom and gloom. If I may share one little positive story with you: According to PRESS TV, the University of Mogadishu is No 29 in the list of the best 100 African Universities!

There is hope and you CAN help!

On 7th October, Somali Relief and Development Forum (SRDF) is giving you the opportunity to learn more about their relief and development projects in Somalia and neighbouring regions and to contribute to their fundraising activities.  A SRDF delegation including our young vibrant coordinator is currently on the ground and will join us on the day.

The programme for the evening will include the following:

- Understanding the situation in Somalia and current drought crisis
- Eye witness account of what is happening on the grounds
- New documentary on Somalia
- Live fundraising for Somalia Drought Appeal
- Different ways you could support the relief and development efforts
- Question and answers session with SRDF Management

To register please e-mail events@srdf.org.uk or call M: 07735409899 or M: 07852278051

Nigerian Independence Music Festival

Where: The Lighthouse, 262 – 274 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 0DL
8 October 2011, 6pm – Midnight

Featuring: Terry G, YQ, Vocal Slender and More
For further information  http://www.nigeriaindependencemusicfestival.co.uk

NARM African British Civil Rights History + CLR James Discussion

When:  Wednesday Oct. 19, 6.30-9.00pm
Where:Centerprise Bookshop, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS

NARM (Naming And Role Model) consultant Kwaku will deliver an inter-active presentation on African British Civil Rights highlighting activists from the NARM book,including socio-political activist CLR James. There will be poetry by Ngoma Bishop, and Music4Causes rapper Kimba will perform a rap that speaks to the topic plus an ode to CLR. The event will end with a discussion with audience and special guests on CLRs work.  Signed copies of 'African Voices: Quotations By People Of African Descent' will be on sale with a 1 off offer. Presented by BTWSC in association with Centerprise Trust.
To book: Emmanuel Amevor, CEO, Centerprise Trust Ltd, 136-138 Kingsland High Street
London E8 2NS. 020 7254 9632. www.centerprisetrust.org.uk

200 Years of African (Black) Troops in British Forces

Sat 8 Oct 12.30-2pm
Where: Conference Room, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1. 90 seats. (Tube:Lambeth North)  
Adm: Free Entry, First come first served 

Many people are surprised that there were Jamaican Spitfire pilots and Somali soldiers in the Second World War.  The African/Caribbean presence in the Britain's Imperial forces goes back much further than the 1940's however. This interactive audio-visual presentation will explore this  hidden history including filmed interviews with First World War Jamaican veterans, the role of British West Indies Regiment in Palestine, black female secret agents, and the African troops in Burma in the Second World War.


When: 8 October 2011
Where: Oakington Manor Primary School,Oakington Manor Hall.Wembley, HA9 6NF
Adm: £10 (£5 Young people 13 – 16)

“Culture Fest” is designed to showcase a vast array of historical and contemporary lectures from prominent speakers, health orientated fair (designed to promote nutrition within the family), fashion show (promoting current fashion by young upcoming urban designers), comedians, raffles and children’s entertainment.

BIS Publications' Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover

When: Saturday 8th October 2011, 12 to 4pm
Where: TBC
Adm: http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk/

500 years & Beyond: International Year of People of African Descent

: Saturday 8th October 2011, arrive 10am for registration, Finish at 2.45pm
Where: Henry Thomas Room, Tower Building, London Metropolitan University 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB (by Holloway Road tube station.)
The programme is chaired by Luke Daniels President of Caribbean Labour Solidarity
With Keynote speakers.
Dr. Ama Biney, ‘From Slave Castle to the White House’
Cecil Gutzmore ‘Slave Rebellion to UK Uprisings’,
Trade Union Panel of Speakers: Claude James - Glenroy Watson - Jennifer Kissi-Debrah
Presentation and appeal for Monument to enslaved Africans
Oku Ekpenyon OBE. History of Pan Music by Aubrey Bryan - Edutainment – Aubrey Bryan Steel Combo. Poet -   Poppy Seed, Book Stalls, Refreshments.
Supported and Sponsored by Caribbean Labour Solidarity

Screening: The Great Debaters

When: Sunday 9 October 2011,  3pm
Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn
Pay in advance or on door  www.tricycle.co.uk    

This fantastic educational and inspiring film is directed by two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, who also stars as the film's main character.
The story is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas (historically black university), who inspired students to form the school's first debate team -  A team of four students that included prominent African American figures such as Henrietta Bell Wells & a very young James L. Farmer Jr - to place black students on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s.

Following the screening, Tony Warner, from Black History Walks, will host a special Q&A session that focuses on education and how black history is taught in schools. The panel will be made up of celebrated educational consultant and author Neil Mayers and also two ten year old girl debaters.

The Phoenix Edutainment Show

When: Each and every Wednesday from 07.00am -12.00pm GMT 
Where: London, 98.3fm

Storytelling for young listeners
Factual information about Black history and culture
Fantastic music from all genres
Fun, competitions, jokes and debates.
Wednesdays, will never be the same again

In conversation with: Nadia Denton

When: Monday 10 October 2011, 6-8pm
Where: Portobello Art Gallery, 6 Thorpe Close London W10 5XL

Nadia Denton talks about her book ‘The Black British Filmmaker's Guide to Success: Finance, Market and Distribute Your Film’

Hip Hop Black Scientists and Inventors

When: Wednesday 12th October 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Where: Balham Library, 16 Ramsden Road, London. SW12 8QY.

Michael Williams, author of the best-selling Black Scientists and Inventors series of books, will give an insight into how African music effects popular culture, the science of the five elements of Hip Hop culture, the legacy of historical black scientists and inventors, the transatlantic slave trade and how technology and music traveled from the east to the west. 
Books and educational material will be on sale.
Suitable for All ages: Adults £5 / children 12 and under free  
Booking Essential T. 0208 880 9076 or by email: info@bispublications.com
*Special Black History Month Offer*
SAVE 25% when you purchase your ticket along with a signed copy
of Black Women Scientists & Inventors Vol 1 book for a total of *£10.99*

Film Screening: Nubian Spirit (2008, 74 mins)

When: Wednesday 12th October 2011, 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Portobello Art Gallery, 6 Thorpe Close London W10 5XL
Adm: Donations

This beautifully shot documentary unravels the fascinating and often magical legacy of Ancient Sudan.
Director: Louis Buckley                              

Film Screening: Ancestral Voices (2011, 73 mins)

When: Thursday 13th October 2011, 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Portobello Art Gallery, 6 Thorpe Close London W10 5XL
Adm: Donations

An educational documentary examining African spiritual practices widely stigmatised as Juju, Obeah or witchcraft. The film questions why African systems are viewed negatively whereas many more modern religions are not.
Directors: Verona Spence & Dalian Adofo      

Bronze to Gold Exhibition

When: Thu 13 Oct – Sun 30 Oct / 10am – til Close
Where: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Adm: Free

An exhibition of sculpture, painting and prints, featuring works from sculpture Fowokan’ George Kelly and leading artists Alvin Kofi and Ken McCalla, exploring the artists relationships to the Benin Bronzes and their role within the imaginations of the world.

For more Info

Launch: Our African Roots

Where: Hackney Museum, 1 reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
When: 13 October 2011, 7pm – 8:30pm

The whole of humanity has its roots in the great continent of Africa.
Civilisation began there.

This exhibition explores how Hackney’s Africans, from youth to elders, keep and celebrate their own culture in the heart of our city. Their personal possessions and their stories, along with early maps from the Royal Geographic Society and African objects from the Horniman Museum, will reveal how important it is to retain one’s own identity.

Word Power  2011

When: 14th-21st October 2011, 10am-9pm
Where: Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High St. London E8 2NS
Adm: FREE (except certain events - check for details)

Black Literature Festival & Book Fair 2011 - ‘Dozens of Authors, Scores of Writers, Hundreds of Readers,  Thousands of Books; All under One Roof’

Also meet Dr Afrika, Dr Stevenson, Khandice Chimbiri, Angela Edgar, Trina John Charles and The Black History Man Robin Walker today, Sunday, 2nd October from 10.00 to 6.00pm @ Black History Live, Wembley Stadium

Checkout this flyer for further info  http://www.blackhistorylive.com/images/word_power_2011.pdf

Tel: 020 7254 9632  email: eamevor@centerprisetrust.org.uk  www.centerprisetrust.org.uk
Stalls available phone for details on 020 7254 9632, or email: eamevor@centerprisetrust.org.uk

The Dark Sea Scrolls: Spoken Word Legacy

When: Friday 14th October 2011,   Show starts 9.30pm sharp til 3am  
Where: Babalou Bar, The Crypt, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF. 
Adm: £5 in advance £7 on the door.

For advance bookings call Shiloh on 07904727745. CU There!! 
The Dark Sea Scrolls Spoken Word Legacy is a night of Word Power & Sound, honouring the artist their achievements and providing a legacy that the scene and artist truly deserves.
Brother Niyi, HKB FiNN, BREIS, Mr CEE, Mark MrT Thompson, Gallant, Radikal, Nathaniel Nye, Prince Ofer

Guest DJ: Black Wax  / We have a special live drum set from this months

The effect of Mental health through African history

When:  Sat 15 October 2011, 2pm – 7pm
Open House, 13 Whitehorn Street, Bow, London E3 4PB

Get involved with creating your own toolkit to keep you mentally well. Our guest speakers include Toyin Agbetu the writer, artists-activist, filmmaker and founder of Ligali, the Pan African human rights organisation. He will be joined by brothers and sisters with personal experience of living with the challenges of mental health and various professionals within this field.

Creative Writing: How To Write a Successful Black History Book(s) for Children: a Practical Guide

When: Saturday 15th October 2011, 11am to 4pm
Where: TBC
Cost: http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk/

Screening: Jumping the Broom 

When: Saturday 15 October 7-10pm
Where: The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY
Adm:  £8.50 from Tabernacle available from Thursday 6th book over the phone, online or take a risk and pay on the door last minute !

Jumping the Broom was number 3  in the US Box Office, made 31 milion dollars but the powers-that-be chose not to  release it in this country claiming 'there's no market for this kind of film ' Third ever UK screening !

This  is a special  screening to raise funds for a Nubian Jak Blue Plaque to recognise Frank Crichlow, the founder of the legendary Mangrove restauarant. The Tabernacle, an old church was also the centre of black resistance in the 1970's. The film is rated PG. Make it a group night out with dinner and drinks in the bar/restaurant. 

Fela Kuti Birthday tribute

When: 15 October 2011
Where: Jazz Cafe, Camden

Black Myth Versus History

When: Sat 15 October 2011, 15:00 – 16:00
Where: Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

Join documentary film maker, educator and academic theologian, Dr. Robert Beckford, and a panel including Bonnie Greer to discuss two and a half decades of Black British identity. Organised in collaboration with Talawa Theatre Company.

Tribute: The Godfather of Afro-Beat Fela 'Anikulapo' (The King) Kuti

When: Saturday 15 October 2011, Doors open at 9.pm
Where: The Queen's Head Pub Stockwell - South London. Nearest Tube Stockwell Stn
Adm: £3.00 B4 10.30 PM

UrbanJazz - UK, in association with Colourful Radio present their Tribute to The Godfather of Afro-Beat Fela 'Anikulapo' (The King) Kuti this Celebration of African music is an absolute must, and Feature a Stella line up of DJ's from UrbanJazz radio:  Linx, Sam + Motto, D-S-L (Zulu Nation) & DJSoulprovyder.
Plus Special Guests: Freestyle (Colourful radio), AfroGroove (Genesis fm), KMT (Afrobeat Collective), Leslie Love (Baptism) & MASTAKUT (Genesis fm).

Live Performances supplied by Afrobeat All-Stars Featuring 'Ayan De First'

For More information log onto www.urbanjazzradio.net or U.J.R 103.5 FM
Or why not join our New Facebook page for all Gig information and Radio station updates: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/UrbanJazz-Radio/148444178549961?sk=wall

Exhibition: Mosaic 2011

When: Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th October 2011
The Africa Centre, 38 King St., Covent Garden, London WC2E 8IT
Adm: Tickets £15

Mosaic, in partnership with The Africa Centre, present Mosaic 2011 - the home and lifestyle exhibition offering a truly unique platform to showcase your products and services to an audience who are committed to spending money on themselves and their lifestyle! Mosaic are seeking the best of established and emerging businesses owned by African, West Indian and those within the African Diaspora for the 2011 show!!
CONTACT: 0753-055 6819 and click below for information.
ONLINE: www.HomeAndLifestyle.DJMrP.com
NOTES: A weekend packed with everything for your home and lifestyle!!

Book Launch: Books of Africa

When: Saturday October 15th from 1300 -1500
Where: Willesden Green Library Centre, High Road, London NW10.

Dieudonné Gnammankou, who has done extensive research on the role of Africans in European history, will launch “Black Star, the African presence in early Europe” by Runoko Rashidi.  This is a well-researched account of the many outstanding people of African origin in Europe from Roman to more recent times. Nigel Watt, former Director of the Africa Centre, will launch “Tsiga” a posthumous novel about a former freedom fighter struggling to survive  in post-liberation Zimbabwe by Wilson Katiyo and speak about the background to the book.

Nigel is also giving a talk on Burundi on Friday 14th at 1640.

The library is a short walk from Willesden Green station on the Jubilee Line. Turn right out of the station on Walm Lane and continue straight on to High Road and it’s on the left. Also buses 52, 98, 260, 302,460 stop outside. Check the attachments for the Black History Month poster and the book covers.

Brent BHM website is www.bbhmf.wordpress.com To order the books or for further information contact:
Books of Africa  booksofafrica@gmail.com
                                Emmanuel on 020 8364 7903, Nigel on 020 8693 6426

AJAMU session : "Uprising and Social Networking": The Power of Social Networking to Mobilise Positive Action

When: Saturday October 15th from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Chestnuts Community Art Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, London, N15
£3 donation at the door (although no-one will be turned away) and all youth have free entry.

It's been just a few weeks since Britain was rocked by several days of large scale uprisings (commonly referred to as 'riots'). It was clear that the uprisings were orchestrated using tools like Twitter and Blackberry Messenger and we'll be investigating how such tools can be used to help create positive social action and organisation.

Social media was also used to help coordinate the massive student demonstration last November which saw tens of thousands of mainly young people marching in London. Kanja Sesay, the NUS Black Students Officer has been invited to give some insights on this.

And in the last few days, 4 members of the AAPRP britain chapter were arrested and detained in Accra during a rally in support of the Libyan Jamahiriya and against NATO. The group quickly became dubbed "the Accra 25" and social networks were used to spread the news around the world and to help secure their release. They will be speaking about their experiences and will show some previously unseen video footage of the rally and their imprisonment.

And we are proud to present the exciting up and coming Hip Hop duo, J-Unity (http://www.youtube.com/user/JunityMusic ) who will be dropping some fresh conscious tracks.

As usual, we will be providing drinks and refreshments as well as a positive and friendly atmosphere for networking and socialising.

For further info, contact 07852 937 981 or email panafrica@which.net or find us on Facebook: "Ajamuinfb"

Forward Ever!

7th Screen Nation Film & TV Awards 2011

When: Sun 16th October 2011, 6PM - 2AM 
Where: indigO2, Peninsular Square, London SE10 0DX
Adm: £35 - £80  

On the night the indigO2 will be filled with the very best in black British & international film, TV and entertainment talent vying to either win one of the coveted awards or gracing us with their glamorous presence and you can mingle with all the celebrities freely as the whole awards is a VIP space.

The invited and confirmed guest list this year includes Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Clarke Peters, Idris Elba, Hugh Quarshie, Alesha Dixon, Noisettes, Adam Deacon, Noel Clarke, Miss London, Miss Brat, Beverley Knight, Wil Johnson, Ginny Holder, Jimmy Akingbola, Dame Kelly Holmes, Rio Ferdinand, Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien and many more with legendary soul music artist Gwen Dickie (Rose Royce) to close the show. Plus Africa's biggest movie stars Omotola Jolade, Majid Michel, Ama K Abebrese, Mercy Johnson, Jackie Appiah.... and the list goes on . . . 

Click here for more information:   http://screennationawards.eventbrite.com 
Follow:  www.facebook.com/ScreenNationAwards     

NARM African British Civil Rights History With A Focus On Dr Harold Moody

When: Sunday Oct. 16, 1.30-4pm
Where: Dulwich Library, 386 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8NB

NARM African British Civil Rights History + CLR James Discussion

When: Wednesday Oct. 19, 6.30-9.00pm
Where: Centerprise Bookshop, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS. £5. 020 7254 9632. 

There is a general misconception that the struggle for civil rights only occurred in places such as the United States and South Africa. This perception is generally fed by the press, and is perpetuated by history teachers who routinely focus on the American civil rights movement, and do not sufficiently highlight civil rights campaigns in the UK.

Brent-based, pan-London voluntary organisation BTWSC aims to highlight civil rights campaigns in Britain led by African activists during this year’s Black History Month. The NARM (Naming And Role Model) African British Civil Rights History events, which take place across London, will use the BTWSC published NARM book to highlight African British civil rights activists, and campaigns.

Black History Month Info Day

When: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 11am – 2pm
Where: Shoreditch Campus, London

Our annual cross-college event gives you the opportunity to promote your organisation and services free of charge. This is a great opportunity to reach a very wide range of members of our local community and beyond.
Please contact: 020 7613 9141/ 9056 / 9105

Theatre: 24hr Divas

Where: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
When: Fri 21 Oct / 7.30pm
Adm: Free
An intelligent, witty and positive play that looks to question: why do Black women do what they do with their hair?

Tribute to Black Fatherhood

When: 21st October 2011, 6:30 – 9:30
Where: Lewisham Town Hall, Civic Suite, Catford SE6 4GB
Adm: Free

Lewisham Black Fathers' Support Group & Lewisham Black Staff Forum presents a Black History Month special
Friday 21st October 2011
A Tribute to Black Fatherhood

Nu-Beyond Ltd: Learning By choice!
+ 44 208 480 8068

Nawal El Saadawi Supper

When: Friday 21 October 2011, 9pm 
Where: The Frontline Club, 3 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ
Adm: £100 (Limited availability)

You are invited to attend the supper in honour of the 80th birthday for Nawal El Saadawi  
Proceeds from the supper will go towards  the new charitable foundation,
The Nawal el Saadawi Foundation for women in the arts.

Tickets can be purchased online

Where Are We Now?

When: 18 – 22 October 2011
Where: Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford,London SE8 4AG
Adm: 020 8692 4446

A Festival of Theatre, Film, Music, Fashion and all things Nigerian!
StoneCrabs in association with the Albany and award-winning playwright Bola Agbaje have produced a week-long festival to celebrate half a century of Nigerian Independence. It will feature a range of activities including an authentic African Market, the premiere of the documentary From Biafra to England, The Burial, a new play by Bola Agbaje and it concludes with a theatrical fashion and music extravaganza.

Fundraiser: Ogidi Womens Association

When:  22nd October 2011, 5pm – 1pm
Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, London, N17
18+  £10 (price includes food and  refreshments)

This is a fundraising event for the rural development project in Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria
The Project aims to;

  • Support the provision of clean water
  • Support social enterprise initiatives for deprived widows
Live entertainment, including cultural dance from Ogidi women.
For further information;Mrs Rose Nwufo 07963892330

Lambeth Life through the Lens – Creative Writing workshop with Courttia Newland

When: Saturday 22 October, 10am – 4pm
Where: Minet Library. 52 Knatchbull Road. SE5 9QY

Using Harry Jacobs wonderful book, and collection of photographs of Brixtonians from the 1950s to 1990s you will do fun exercises, and imagine a world gone by. Discover real life characters and how life was lived in this vibrant corner of south London. A practical workshop for writers of all levels.

Courttia Newland is the author of six books. His latest, A Book of Blues,
was published in March 2011 and nominated for the Frank O’ Conner Award. He also writes for the stage and screen.

Spartacus R (nee Roy Bedeau) Memorial Lecture

Where: Karibu Centre Brixton
When: 23rd October 2011

On the day there will be a presentation of Spartacus' work, particularly some of his literature, music  poetry, and his short film “The Ankh”

13th Annual GAB Awards 2011

When: Sunday 23 October 2011, 5pm – 11.30pm
Hilton London Paddington, 146 Praed Street, London W2 1EE

Femi Okutubo invites you to the GAB Awards was founded in 1999 by The Trumpet newspaper (Britain’s largest distributed Black newspaper) against the backdrop of huge negative publicity being flaunted by the UK mainstream media, among many others.
Our firm belief is that African countries like other nations of the world have their bad eggs – but these bad eggs constitute a very insignificant percentage in relation to the numerous Africans who are changing and impacting lives positively around the world. It is totally out of order to portray the vast number of Africans as fraudulent, lazy and benefit cheats – when we are excelling in areas including but not limited to: The Arts, Media, Banking and Finance, Architecture, Sport, Entertainment, Politics, International Relations, Health, Business, but to mention a few.
The GAB Awards is therefore a forum where the best of Africa and friends of Africa come together to network and showcase the very best that Africa has to offer. The event also rewards excellence within the community through the awards event.

Screening: Viva Riva! (15 cert)

When: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 - 7:00pm / Hall Two
Where: Kings Place 2011, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Adm: £4.50

For charismatic criminal, Riva, a sudden burst of stolen wealth ignites an exhilarating, hedonistic and perilous journey through one of the most intriguing cities in Africa - Kinshasa. Multi-award winning VIVA RIVA! expertly combines fresh rhythm, violence and eroticism and ignites a new wave of African cinema, whilst demonstrating the intelligence, wit and technical accomplishment of European cinema. VIVA RIVA!

An Islington Black History Month special screening to mark VIVA RIVA DVD Release on October 17th

NARM African British Civil Rights History + Key Activism & Campaigns

When: Wednesday Oct. 26, 6.30-8.45pm
Where: Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, HA1 2UL.
With Dr Hakim Adi on WASU (West African Students Union) and activism of its members

The Place We Call Home and Other Poems - Book launch with Professor Kofi Anyidoho

When: Thursday 27th October, 5pm-7.00pm
Where: Room B102, Brunei Gallery Building at SOAS
Renowned Ghanaian poet Kofi Anyidoho’s latest collection is both a lamentation and a celebration, documenting epic events in world history ranging from the abolition of slavery to the tragedy of Sep­tember 11, 2001.
Anyidoho tells us that the title of the work came to him more than a decade ago as a collage of voices and memories that he carried with him on his many travels, knowing that there was one place that he could claim as his own, a place of emotional anchor in a haunted, turbulent world.
The book is accompanied by two CDs, allowing us to savor the poet’s resonating voice in a powerful live performance.
RSVP to cas@soas.ac.uk
Publisher, Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd. To purchase books visit  www.ayebia.co.uk)

BIS Publications' How To Market Your Book(s) & CREATE The Demand

When: Friday 28th October 2011, 12:30 to 4pm
Where: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP
Adm: http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk/

Screening: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

When: Friday 28 October 6.30pm-9.00pm plus Q and A
Kensington Library Theatre, Phillimore Walk, off High St Kensington, London W8 7RX.
Online tickets only £8.00 click to book

"Simply astonishing from start to finish !!"
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is unique. It gathers together a treasure trove of original film footage produced for Swedish television and shot in the US during that tempestuous period of American history, when the Black Power movement, anti-Vietnam-war protests, rebellious students, and a general resistance to authority captured the attention of the world — especially in Sweden, where in the words of filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, documentary-makers reacted "with a combination of commitment and naïveté" to the upheavals across the Atlantic.

Found in a basement these are 40 year old never-before-seen interviews with Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Huey P Newton, Kathleen Cleaver, Eldridge Cleaver, Harry Belafonte, Bobby Seale, Minister Farrakhan. Also featuring Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Mario Van Peebles. 
Further screenings on 29,31 Oct. 4,5,6 November

NARM African British Civil Rights History + Henry Sylvester Williams & Co.

When: Friday Oct. 28, 6.30-8.45pm
Where:  Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP. amsmith2@westminster.gov.uk

Screening: Miracle at Santa Anna (15 cert)

When: Sat 29 October 2-5pm
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1

Black World War Two troops in heroic action movie never released in this country .Starring Laz Alonso, Michael Ealy, Derek Luke and directed by Spike Lee. See it on the big screen with Q an A afterwards Also at 11am on the same day Black British RAF War Hero Cy Grant who was also an actor, will be featured on the big screen with a two hour review of his biggest films plus Q and A with those who knew him. www.bfi.org.uk 

Community Action Meeting

When: Sat 29 October 2011, 3p-5pm
Where: Unity Centre, Church Road, London NW10
How Can Parents Prevent Youth Crime? We can do something together!                                              
Youth crime and gang activity is now a national concern! In Brent we  have seen an unacceptable rise in the level of youth crimes and gangs.  Our sons, nephews, uncles and brothers may be involved and our daughters too!  The problem is complex but we can do something about it  - praying will not be enough we need to take action!    
Guest Speakers: Cristia Esimi-Cruz - Community Gangs Prevention Worker, Jenavi Omoma - Addaction & Davis Williams 

The Black Hair Film Series with debate & workshop 

Where: Tricycle Cinema,269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
When: Sun 30 Oct, 2.30pm
An IBHM event, the Black Hair Film Series is a fun & educational family afternoon on Black Hair and Beauty with  film screening and discussion, a natural hair workshop, make-up & hair demonstration stalls. 

Films include: the ultimate black Hair film "My Nappy Roots" 
After screening discussion:
"Resisting the perceived sense of beauty for black women and girls" 
Guests: Angie Le Mar, Regina Kimbell (director, My Nappy Roots, USA), Sherry Dixson(TBC) & Margot Rodway-Brown (Adornment)
Natural Hair Workshop: interactive, visual & fun workshop on the Three Fundamentals to maintain natural hair. 

The Conscious Music Mini Discussion & Freestyle Session

When: Sunday Oct 30, 2-4.30pm
Where: Gayton Library, 5 St John’s Road, Harrow On The Hill, HA1 2EE. 

They Are There: Highlighting Africans Within British Business & Corporate World.

When: Thursday November 10, 6-8.45pm
Where: Harrow Civic Centre HA1 2UL. akobenawards@gmail.com

Screening: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

When: Monday 14th November 2011, Doors open 6pm
Where: PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy-a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. 

E-Marketing and Power Sales for African / African Caribbean Writers

When: Saturday 19th November 2011, 11am to 4pm
Where: TBC
Adm: http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk/

Giants of Rare Groove 4: LeRoy Hutson, Natural Four, Barbera Mason.

When: 25 November 2011
Where: IndigO2

An event featuring luminaries from the world of soul and rare-groove.

Screening: In Prison My Whole Life (UK-USA 2007. Dir Marc Evans. 97min)

When: Sat 4 Feb 2012, 11:00
Where: BFI Southbank, NFT1

The story of Mumia Abu-Jamal; political activist, ex-Black Panther, death row inmate – and the only man whose story could get Noam Chomsky and Snoop Dogg to appear in the same film.
Sat 4 Feb 14:00 NFT1+ Workshop
Screenings, presentations and discussion exploring the history and events leading up to imprisonment and worldwide campaign associated with the case of death-row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Community Media

A full list of community radio programmes is available from;

Breakfast with Bonsu

When: Monday - Friday, 7am - 10am
Where: Colourful Radio, DAB, Internet, Sky

Best known as the man axed by BBC London for being “too intellectual”, Oxford graduate Henry has been a journalist since 1990, working as a staff researcher and producer on BBC radio and TV programmes like Today, World at One, Public Eye, and Black Britain. He became a freelance journalist and broadcaster in 1997, anchoring several programmes on BBC London 94.9FM, including Breakfast, Lunchtime, and Drivetime, interviewing leading politicians, businesspeople and a range of London personalities. Henry was also a popular panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, and has appeared as a news commentator on Radio 5 Live and Sky News for several years.

Shoot The Messenger

When: Every Sunday, 1pm
Where: SKY 218 - TV

Shoot the Messenger is an hour of passionate debate about issues that matter to Africans at home and abroad. Join Henry Bonsu and his panel of very special guests as they navigate through the weekly paper review, the big stories of the week, books, events, as well as plenty of arts and culture! STM is produced by Juanne Fuller.


Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in

When: Every Sunday - 7-10pm
Where: Internet

Grimz: Genesis Community Unity Platform (G.C.U.P)

When: Every Alternative Sunday, 10pm - 12am
Where: 91.6FM, Internet www.genesisradio.co.uk


Kwaku: British Black Music

When: Every Monday 11am-2pm

Africa Speaks with Sister Ekua (Aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)

When: Every Wednesday, 8-10 pm BST 

Where: Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) 94 FM, Internet

Phone: + 44 (0) 208 180 2523   or + (44) (0)7961573 883  
Text phone: + (44) (0)7904 899 195


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

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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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