8 July 2013 - Issue 134

Nyansapo - Silence of Purpose

Greetings Family,

Please accept our apologies for this newsletter being late. There were some great events we missed sharing with you over the past few days as a result but thankfully there are many more to look forward to.

As it now looks as though summer is finally here please take the opportunity to attend as many educational, uplifting and healing spaces that you can.  

Please note that this may also be our last full newsletter until after the summer holiday.


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Peace, Love & Justice

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Reader Comments

Greetings with peace and love.

I would like to thank you Ligali, for your periodic newsletters, they are always filled with wonderful events for myself and my stars.

I intend to set up a monthly donation of £10.

I really appreciate it, Thanks.


Ed - Thank you so much for your kind words and offer of support. We cannot do the work we do without the support of good people such as yourself. Emails like yours really make our day. This is especially true when there are others out there who see little value in us focusing on community events and  news.

Thanks for the Ligali Newsletter, Toyin. Good reading.
Keep up the good work.


Thanks very much family and JAH bless your great work and contribution to our empowerment and upliftment.

With Love & Honour,


Ed - Thank you both for your continued encouragement, the excellent work you both do in our community is also of great worth.

Please what’s your Opinion on the Woolwich Murder?

Ed - Ligali is a Pan African human rights based organisation. As such we believe principles such as ‘right to life’, ‘freedom of expression’ and the ‘right to a fair trial’ should be extended to everyone, even our opponents. As a media focused organisation we find it morally reprehensible the way many too many groups (and individuals) have played down the true underlying issues and sensationalised the ethnic and religious aspects for political/personal gain.  

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"People who share with others are seldom hungry”
African Proverb, Haitian

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

A few weeks ago as I was eating a late dinner, the chilling sound of screaming, silence and then howling punctuated the air. I jumped up and looked through the window to see what was happening. Near the top of my road outside my home there was this brother standing in what looked a dazed state. The few others who were on the street at the time were virtually running away from him. Strange as it may be, he really did seem to be howling in protest. Now I wouldn’t usually use the word ‘howling’ to describe the actions of any human being but that is what he seemed to be doing.

I quickly put on my shoes and went to the front door. My wife gave me that “I-don’t-really-want-you-to-go-or-get-involved-but-I-know-its-something-you-feel-you-have-to-do-so-please-be-careful” look and I nodded without saying a word.

I left the house and slowly walked up to the brother.

Now let me pause my tale here for I want to explain that whilst I am insane, eccentric, and can be somewhat impulsive - I am not crazy.

As I approached him I could see he was physically double my size in weight, obviously in some kind of distress and becoming irritated at the twitching curtains and hushed voices surrounding him.

He howled again as I approached and I decided it best to keep a car between us when I engaged with him. For what seemed hours but was really around 30 seconds he continued howling as If I wasn’t there. I called out to him and simply said ‘brother, brother are you alright’ (stupid I know considering the noise he was making).

Anyway he stopped, turned towards me and started making moaning sounds.

“I don’t know what’s bothering you, but I’m really sorry bro” I said.

He stopped again and looked at me.

“Can I help?” I asked.

He looked directly into my eyes for around five seconds and then turned away walking down the street.

Now those five seconds ranked as the most intense five seconds I have ever experienced, and believe me, I have experienced intense. As we looked into each other’s eyes I was calculating whether this brother was feeling me reaching out - or - if I would have to locate a weapon to try and take him down. It was scary.

But when the time expired he didn’t smile, nor was he scowling. The anger lines disappeared and he was no longer moaning or howling.

As suddenly as the commotion had started, he left.

For around a minute I just stood there watching him walk away, he seemed not quite in peace but more at ease.

My neighbours continued twitching behind their curtains, some timidly opening their doors, looking into my face seeking an explanation. I had none to offer.

I still don’t know what it meant.

I said nothing, went back to my house and into the arms of my family.

All I could think to tell my loved ones was that “the brother just needed someone to acknowledge his pain”.

It was a quiet night and I slept well.

However, since then I have been feeling physically fatigued and spiritually depleted.

I won’t share the details but over the past few months I have been in and out of hospitals over family members and dear friends often sitting by their side literally helping fend of death.  

Things are a little better now but there are still many battles left to be fought.

Simultaneously I have been blessed to attend some private and communal gatherings. From sumptuous dinners that have lifted my spirits (thank you Maame) to historical reflections that have reinvigorated my political heart (thank you Kwaku, Serwah, Nana, GPI, BCA, Hackney Museum and all those that won’t let us forget the debt).

I won’t pretend I’m back at 100%, but my sense of purpose has been reinforced.

And I think that’s what I want to write about.


It takes me approximately a week and a half to put together this newsletter every month. I know it may not look like it does, but it’s pretty tiring. However as I am getting older I’m realising that I can’t function with the little sleep I get each day, well not efficiently anyway. As a result of helping others I notice all of my own projects, dreams and aspirations are being delayed. And then I go into hospital every week and as I look into the eyes of those I love I see tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Both children and elders.

This month I had intended to write a piece about domestic abuse, I wanted to explore what was happening in Egypt, I wanted to thank those of you that helped my son get off to Uganda (thank you), I wanted to write about police corruption, media indifference and reparations as if I were a character in a cool Jill Scott record.

I wanted to challenge the idea that we always have to accept the hand were dealt, I wanted to do a James T Kirk and show that I don’t believe in a no win situation.

But when I sat down ready to type, other than a flurry of poetry stored for another day, nothing came.

So instead, I simply want to say “do something”.

Do something.

Do something.

If we do nothing, then everything bad stays the same, until we are physically dead or left behind.

Do something, even if it’s just going for a daily walk, listening to an old album, meeting up with someone you haven’t seen for a while.

Do something.

Even if it’s writing that letter of complaint or reading that book sat gathering dust on the shelf.

Do something.

And when you’re finished doing that, then please “do something else”.

Help someone.


It could be a friend, a neighbour, a school, a charitable organisation or a stranger.

Just remember to do something different from what you’ve always done.

“Something else”

Because let’s face it. For most of us, the status quo just isn’t working. It’s not making us happy, it’s not enriching our lives.

I was recently at New Beacon bookshop and a brother came up to me and said “I just saw you last year in Barbados helping a group of young people over there. They were so inspired now they are setting up a radio station.”

His words made me smile. They made me remember how come I always seem to find the energy to keep going even when I’m physically exhausted.

Doing something, then doing something else that helps someone, anyone, helps give you purpose.

It’s like parenting or caring in a way, the act of giving yourself to help another more vulnerable to you also contributes to keeping your own spirit alive.

It’s not charity or pity, its life, its love, its purpose.

And despite all the negativity that’s out there saying we can’t do this or we can’t do that, with the support and love of our family, friends and community we really can achieve any and everything.

I’m sorry for those of you that was expecting one of my usual hard hitting political musings (instead I’ll share my poem with you below) I hope to resume normal service in another 30 days (it may be 90 if I decide to be selfish and take a short break).

But whilst the sun is finally out and my words are somehow still capable of inspiring others through sharing my spiritual wealth, all I ask of you is that if this newsletter does not return... then do something.

I would suggest that it’s perhaps best to help those who are trying to do something. Please don’t wait to be asked, some of us don’t know how to. But we all can do with a little support now and then. We all stand on the shoulders of those that came before us.

Let’s build something firm so the next generation won’t fall when they stand on us.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


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

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Visitors from India and other 'high risk' countries in Asia and Africa will be forced to pay £3,000 cash bond before they enter UK

  • Plans by Home Secretary mean visitors lose their cash if they overstay visa
  • India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to be targeted
  • Pilot scheme will later be extended to cover work permits and student visas

More Americans feel that black people are more racist than whites and Hispanics. study finds

By James Nye / 4 July 2013

A new survey has found that more Americans see black people as racist than white people or even Hispanics.

Thirty seven percent of American adults spoken to by respected pollsters Rasmussen think that African American citizens hold racist views, as opposed to just 15 percent of white Americans.

Indeed, even the black adults the survey spoke to, 31 percent said they considered people of their own race to be racist while only 24-percent thought that white people were bigoted.


Azelle Rodney death: unlawful killing verdict for Met marksman

/ Friday 5 July 2013

The Scotland Yard marksman found by an official inquiry to have unlawfully killed a man he shot six times, was dubbed a "serial killer" by one of his own bosses, the Guardian has learned.

The marksman, known as E7, shot dead Azelle Rodney, 24, in April 2005 without warning when he was an unarmed passenger in a car that police were following, believing its three occupants were planning a serious armed crime.

The official inquiry into the death said it did not accept the officer's account of why he opened fire, killing Rodney with four bullets to his head. The dead man's mother, Susan Alexander, said the report meant her son had been "executed" and summarily killed.

In 2006 E7 won compensation from Scotland Yard after he met then deputy assistant commissioner Sue Akers at a police leaving drinks.

As the pair were introduced Akers joked: "I've always wanted to meet the Met's very own serial killer."

The firearms officer threatened to sue for defamation. Scotland Yard settled out of court and he was paid £5,000 for what the force admitted were "inappropriate remarks".

E7 had previously shot and killed two other people in the late 1980s and wounded two others while serving as a firearms officer. Rodney was the third person he had shot dead.


CPS to investigate British ‘mau mau’ war crimes

Fri 28 June 2013

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to look into suspected war crimes in Kenya during 1950 to 1963 following a complaint from the Ligali organisation.

British War Criminals (Top): Gerald Lathbury, Ian Henderson, Terence Gavaghan, John Allen (Middle) British Army humiliate children and terrorise Africans in Operation Scaramouche (Bottom) African OBE –‘Africa General Service’ medals for terrorism

The Attorney General Office has confirmed that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is looking into suspected war crimes committed by British officers during the so called ‘mau mau’ campaign in Kenya targeting members of the Land and Freedom Army (LFA) Movement.

This follows the settlement of the historic case against the British government by a group of survivors, Ndiku Mutua, Paulo Nzili, 85 Wambugu Wa Nyingi, 84, Jane Muthoni Mara, 73 and Susan Ngondi who were Kenyan victims of illegal detainment and atrocities in Kenya during 1950 to 1963.

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague stated that the Government denies any liability for the actions of the colonial administration in respect of their claims.

This is despite the availability of corroborating testimony from key witnesses and the unveiling of secret archives containing thousands of government files detailing how the crimes took place under direct British jurisdiction.

Noted historians such as Professor David Anderson, Professor Caroline Elkins, and Dr Huw Bennett have all provided testimony supporting claims that there is incontrovertible evidence confirming that British officers were responsible for innocent Africans being tortured, roasted alive, sexually assaulted, manacled, buggered and bludgeoned to death. With some of the perpetrators involved having admitted their war crimes in government files, filmed documentaries and published books, Toyin Agbetu of the Ligali organisation believes the case against them and the British government for committing war crimes is easy to make.

The 1958 edition of The UK Military Manual stated that;

“The term “war crime” is the technical expression for violations of the law of warfare, whether committed by members of the armed forces or by civilians... Similarly, all other violations of the [1949 Geneva] Conventions not amounting to ‘grave breaches’ are also war crimes.”

In 1951, Westminster Parliament (UK) also ratified the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Convention came into force in 1953.

During 1950 – 1963 British officers were responsible for;

- A 15-year-old she being “arrested as a Mau Mau spy and, among other things, tortured under the supervision of a British army officer by being raped with a bottle filled with hot water.”

- “Interrogation under torture was widespread. Many of the men were anally raped, using knives, broken bottles, rifle barrels, snakes and scorpions. A favourite technique was to hold a man upside down, his head in a bucket of water, while sand was rammed into his rectum with a stick.”

- “the burning alive of detainees”

- “Women were gang-raped by the guards. People were mauled by dogs and electrocuted. The British devised a special tool which they used for first crushing and then ripping off testicles. They used pliers to mutilate women’s breasts.”

- “More than 1,000 Kenyan men met their death at the end of a hangman’s noose, many after confessions they said were tortured from them.”

- “Thousands were beaten to death or died from malnutrition, typhoid, tuberculosis and dysentery. In some camps almost all the children died.”

- “They cut off inmates’ ears and fingers and gouged out their eyes. They dragged people behind Land Rovers until their bodies disintegrated. Men were rolled up in barbed wire and kicked around the compound.”

Indeed, Caroline Elkins (2005) and David Anderson’s (2005) books on the topic rendered some particular gruesome scenes from interviews;

- “Things got a little out of hand. By the time I cut his balls off, he had no ears, and his eyeball, the right one, I think, was hanging out of its socket. Too bad, he died before we got much out of him.”

- “I stuck my revolver right in his grinning mouth and I said something, I don’t remember what, and I pulled the trigger. His brains went all over the side of the police station. The other two Mickeys [Mau Mau] were standing there looking blank. I said to them that if they didn’t tell me where to find the rest of the gang I’d kill them too. They didn’t say a word so I shot them both. One wasn’t dead so I shot him in the ear. When the sub-inspector drove up, I told him that the Mickeys tried to escape. He didn’t believe me but all he said was ‘bury them and see the wall is cleared up.’”

In a letter from Police Commissioner Arthur Young to Governor Evelyn Baring, 22 November 1954 he wrote “[T]he horror of some of the so-called Screening Camps now present a state of affairs so deplorable that they should be investigated without delay, so that the ever increasing allegations of inhumanity and disregard of the rights of the African citizen are dealt with and so that the Government will have no reason to be ashamed of the acts which are done in its own name by its own servants.”

Despite this, the British government went on to approve its abusive ‘Cowan plan’ which authorised the unlawful use of violence against African people.

In a letter from the Ligali organisation to Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General and the Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions a formal request was made calling for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to use the available evidence to prosecute those responsible for these war crimes.

The letter names men such as;

- John Cowan, the sadistic senior superintendent of prisons in Kenya from 1957 to 1963.

- Second Lieutenant David Larder, who quit after admitting killing an African when he was nineteen.

- Terence Gavaghan, who admitted that a “resistor... was put on the ground, a foot placed on his throat and mud stuffed in his mouth”

- Alan Lennox-Boyd, secretary of state for the colonies

- Eric Griffiths-Jones, the attorney general of Kenya, who drafted changes to the law enabling abuses where those who protested would have their throats crushed and mouth stuffed with dirt before being rendered unconscious.

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Northampton Town racist tweeter Ben Townsend to pay players £500

A man who admitted sending racist tweets to two Northampton Town footballers has been ordered to pay £500 compensation to each of them.

Ben Townsend, 25, admitted two charges of sending an offensive message by a public communications network. Cheltenham Magistrates' Court heard Townsend targeted players Adebayo Akinfenwa and Clarke Carlisle on Twitter on 7 and 8 May.

The labourer had 106 followers on Twitter at the time of the offence.

The court was told the tweets, sent after a match between Cheltenham Town and Northampton Town on 5 May, were "highly offensive and racist".

In the tweet to Mr Akinfenwa, Townsend used the hash tag "monkey boy".


Should African-American history have its own museum?

23 June 2013

A new museum in the US capital will highlight the history and culture of African Americans. But does displaying these artefacts separately contribute to a culture of segregation?

This week, the US Supreme Court is expected to make a decision about the legality of affirmative action programmes that allow universities to consider race as a factor in admissions.

Detractors argue that affirmative action is unnecessary in modern America and contributes to discrimination. Proponents say the programmes remain a vital way to counter centuries of racism and inequality in America.

Just blocks away from the Supreme Court in Washington DC, a similar debate is going on about a shawl, some shards of glass, and other historic artefacts.

They're items designated for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

It hasn't been built yet, but its administrators, the new conservators of black history in the US, promise a venue that will enrich the nation's understanding of a racial heritage that continues to divide many Americans.


But does giving each group its own museum - separate from the main Museum of American History - further segregate those who should be part of the American "melting pot" experience? Does it give special treatment to marginalised groups?Virginia Congressman Jim Moran objected to the museum on those grounds.

"The Museum of American History is where all the white folks are going to go, and the American Indian Museum is where Indians are going to feel at home. And African Americans are going to go to their own museum. And Latinos are going to go their own museum. And that's not what America is all about," he told a Congressional committee in 2011.

"It's a matter of how we depict the American story and where do we stop? The next one will probably be Asian Americans," he added. "The next, God help us, will probably be Irish Americans."


Ex-West Yorkshire police chief referred to IPCC over Lawrence allegations

Sir Norman Bettison is referred to IPCC amid fears officers tried to discredit members of murdered teenager's family

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Former West Yorkshire police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission amid fears officers tried to discredit members of the Stephen Lawrence family, the force said.

West Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, referred Bettison, saying he had "significant concerns" about his conduct at the time he was assistant chief constable of West Yorkshire police in 1998.

The referral follows a search for evidence across the police service of similar behaviour to that which attempted to discredit the Lawrence family when they were the target of covert surveillance as they sought justice for their murdered son, West Yorkshire police said.

It is being made alongside a similar matter that has been raised by Greater Manchester police and their police and crime commissioner, Tony Lloyd.

Both crime commissioners believe the evidence points to potential misconduct by serving police officers at the time of the Macpherson inquiry and which requires urgent investigation.


Stephen Lawrence murder: police bugged meetings with witness

Senior officer is understood to have approved decision to secretly record meetings with Duwayne Brooks and lawyer

, Tuesday 25 June 2013

Scotland Yard is facing new pressure over the Stephen Lawrence case after it emerged officers bugged meetings with the main witness in the case, Duwayne Brooks, and his lawyer.

The Guardian understands the decision to secretly record the meetings was authorised by a senior Metropolitan police officer. Brooks and his solicitor were unaware of the recording.

Brooks was found to have been victimised by police by an official inquiry, headed by Sir William Macpherson, in 1999, despite being a surviving victim of the attack that claimed Lawrence's life.

The decision to subject him to covert recordings came after this finding and after the Met had vowed to change following the Macpherson report.

Brooks was with Lawrence on the night the pair were attacked by a racist gang in south-east London on 22 April 1993.


Ex-police chief Grieve admits allowing Duwayne Brooks recording

A retired senior Scotland Yard officer has admitted authorising a secret recording of a meeting between Stephen Lawrence's friend Duwayne Brooks, his lawyers and detectives.

John Grieve headed the Met's racial and violent crimes task force for four years and was also in charge of the inquiry into Stephen's murder.

He told BBC News he had wanted an "unassailable" record of what was said.

He said he regretted any distress to Mr Brooks or the Lawrence family.

Reports that the recording took place followed claims that police were ordered to find "dirt" on the Lawrence family in the years following the 1993 murder in Eltham, south London, witnessed by Mr Brooks.


Serena Williams distances herself from Steubenville rape case remarks

World No 1 says of interview in Rolling Stone: 'What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful'

By and agencies, Wednesday 19 June 2013

Serena Williams attempted to distance herself on Wednesday from a furore created by remarks in which she appeared to at least partially blame the victim of the Steubenville high school football rape case for the attack.

In a Rolling Stone interview that was published online on Tuesday, the women's tennis world No 1 said that while she did not blame the victim in the case, "she shouldn't have put herself in that position".

Rolling Stone also quoted Williams as saying: "She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember? It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously, I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin …"


Dozens of children murdered in Mamudo School Massacre

29 children are killed after gunmen attack a secondary school in northern Nigeria. Fury grows as international media indifference devalues African life.

On 5 July 2013, English teacher, Mohammed Musa and 29 pupils at the Government Secondary School in the town of Mamudo in Yobe state came under lethal attack when armed militants attacked the building.

The attack is believed to be the work of the fanatical Islamist group Boko Haram.

The Nigerian government has been fighting Boko Haram militants since 2009. The group that believes any form of ‘western education is sinful’ is responsible for the deaths of over 2000 people in targeted churches, mosques, and the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, during 2011.

One newspaper quotes an eyewitness describing ‘the moment of panic when he woke to find an attacker confronting him. “We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. When I woke up, someone was pointing a gun at me,” said 15-year-old Musa Hassan, who had four fingers blown off from his right hand. “They burned the children alive,” he added, describing how the gunmen brought jerry cans of fuel to torch the complex.’

Earlier in the year, Boko Haram was responsible for killing at least 9 children at a school near Maiduguri whilst in 2012, around 26 students were killed when gunmen opened fire in a college residence in the north-eastern Adamawa state.

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency during May dispatching thousands of troops to three north-eastern states, to try to quell the Islamist insurrection.

Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam has since “directed that all secondary schools in the state be closed down from Monday 8th July 2013 until a new academic session begins in September,”

Toyin Agbetu from the Ligali Organisation said;

“Once again the devaluing of African life rears its ugly head. 29 Dead, Nothing Said.

However when late last year a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut the story elicited responses not only from the US president, but also British Prime Minister David Cameron and the UK Queen who extended their sympathies to the families of the murdered victims.

If Ligali had the resources to employ international journalists we would report the names of each of the victims. Sadly international media indifference means that these African lives seem worthy of nothing more than a footnote to editors across the western world.”

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Uganda: African Scholars Still Enslaved, Says Ngugi

By Francis Kagolo, 1 July 2013

African languages and cultures are likely to die because scholars have abandoned their call and remained intellectually enslaved to the western world, renowned Kenyan novelist Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong'o has said.

Ngugi said African scholars have let down the continent by failing to publish in native languages, which is detrimental to social transformation and economic development.

He made the remarks during celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the University of East Africa on Saturday.

The celebrations, which attracted scholars from across East Africa, were a continuation of Makerere University's 90-year anniversary.

Ngugi condemned scholars, who claim to be specialists of African history, culture, society and politics, without accepting the linguistic challenge and the responsibility.

He said it was a sign of backwardness that knowledge about Africa continues to be filtered through European languages and their vocabulary as was invented at the beginning of colonialism.

"If you know all the languages of the world and you don't know your mother tongue or the language of the culture of the community into which you are born, that is enslavement," he said. "But if you know your language and add to it all the languages of the world, that is empowerment. The choice for us is between intellectual enslavement and intellectual empowerment."

Full Article >>

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Poem: Silence

By Toyin Agbetu

I raped her
then nothing happened
there was this…


who am i
what am I that I would defile
she of those who gave birth
to me
and we
was it a moment of lunacy
or a part of my destiny
can I excuse
that I took away her right to choose
that I forced her to accept my abuse
in response for rejecting my love noose

she now looks at me with a hatred
I have never seen before
a ferocity I have never felt before
yet she felt my power
I say it is our love I want to recover
but now she only want to shower
she cries for hours

he raped me
then nothing happened..

how could it be
this violent
spiritual monstrosity
from death of reciprocity
can exist in a world
preachers claiming healer status
then ultimately preying
on mother, sister
and even baby
lead then leave their women to the slaughter

father confess your sins
my brother confess your sins
but no
before only god you say
denying that you have lost your way
our way
the way
as you betray all that you say
we are


but there is only…
… silence

yet, you were not silent
when driven by flesh
ego manifest
you violated my sacred womb
desecrated my spiritual place
where once was love
is now hate
so brother sister
can no longer relate
as I try to overstand the reason
why I feel disgraced
and socially find
my compassion is now misplaced
true love is hard to face
i fear betrayal in its place


i raped her
maybe what I did wasn’t so wrong
the silence says it’s the privilege of the strong
yet why do I wake at night seeing her in my dreams
with daytime echoes of her screams
no meaning yes
in that beautiful dress
perhaps there’s nothing for me to confess

he raped her
then there was...

...and as a woman cried, the community died.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sunday 7th July 2013

By Sister Ama Poku

A school is burnt down in Northern Nigeria. The silence is deafening, particularly from the political academics, political activists and Pan Africanists in our communities worldwide.

In the 20th century from the first Pan African Conference in 1900, groups of Africans spoke, acted and organised against the exploitation and oppression of ordinary people, and for freedom, fairness and justice. Yet, with all the resources at our disposal today where is our voice? Where is our action?  Where is our organisation?

There doesn’t even seem to be a sense of outrage amongst us. What if, instead of school in Nigeria, it was a school in Palestine?  What if, instead of Islamists it was Israelis? I'm sure we would then see comments left, right and centre in the media, on Facebook and beyond.

The children whose lives were so brutally stolen in Northern Nigeria matter. I hope that we, who call ourselves Pan Africanists, now begin to look in earnest at how we address these outrages against our children, whether in Nigeria or Congo. I hope that we, who call ourselves Pan Africanists, develop such an overwhelming sense of outrage that it spurs us on to organise in a manner that has a real and significant impact for our children .


Become a Free Spirit Crusader!

Greetings lovely people

In today’s busy world few people find time to commune with nature and reap the rewards. Engaging with nature is a powerful way to identity with our ancestors and also a positive way to prepare for the future. As we walk among the trees, listen to the birds and feel the energy waves playing against our heart, stress levels significantly drop. It allow us to clear our mind, cleanse our spirit and energise our well being. Physically we breathe more deeply, more oxygen passes through our blood and we feel stronger and better able to deal with life’s challenges. Nature is ultimately about feeling whole empowered and free.

Join the newly formed Free Spirit ramblers group on Sunday 21st July 2013 at 3pm, meeting at Oxleas Woods café, led by Griot Chinyere an experienced expedition leader. This promises to be an invigorating walk.

We will meet monthly at various natural beauty points in and around London. Each month we will learn a variety of skills: walking meditations, map and compass reading, affirmation setting, campcraft, herb recognition, bird spotting, and generally just how to be in the natural environment.

£2 children and £3 adults. Proceeds toward Story Trail Blazer project!
Listen to the project vision - http://www.shanti-chi.com/#!__story-trail-blazer/video-vizion

Look forward to meeting you
Divine chi energy
Griot Chinyere

Justice Alliance Appeal

Dear all,

Some of you may have heard about the Justice Alliance, an umbrella group of organisations formed to combat the threat of the ongoing and proposed cuts to legal aid. See here for more details: Introducing the Justice Alliance

Glenn McMahon, one of the trustees, attended the inaugural meeting on 27 June on behalf of SSLP. One of the things that we feel that we, as an organisation, could do to help the campaign is to obtain some case studies which show the importance of specialist legal teams, in particular cases where people who have been facing significant custodial sentences were acquitted or miscarriage of justice cases.
If each person that receives this email could send just one example of such a case, in a word document, in a paragraph or two setting out what the case is about (anonymised if the person concerned doesn't consent to the disclosure of their details), then we would have a really good collection of case studies. Of course if you have more than one example, feel free to provide it.

Many thanks for your help,

Stop & Search Legal Project


Campaign: Supporting Odoi Atsem School In Ghana

Your support will help transform the lives of School children so they in turn can build a better world for their children.

Dear good people

We are making great, though slow progress to raise £1000 to support Odoi Atsem School in Ghana. If you can please lend your support and make some young people happy.

Whilst there are a number of NGOs operating in Africa, many of these do not initiate full development for Africans- socially, culturally, economically and politically. This is the extent of my interest in supporting Odoi Atsem school. I hope you too will share my passion and contribute to the initiative. 


Enjoy the weird warmth!

PASCF & CPP Consciencism Study sessions

Warmest greetings everyone.

Please find attached the reading for PASCF & CPP Consciencism Study sessions.  The sessions are held every Thursday at:

The Upstairs Room
West Indian Association of Service Personnel,
161 Clapham Manor Street,
London SW4 6DB

Please arrive for 7pm.  

We are currently on Chapter 1.  Please also keep the reading material in a safe place.



BBMM Radio On BrentCommunityRadio.org

Wednesdays 12noon-2pm

Join me Kwaku, if you can on our mid-week lunch time BBMM2013 radio show dedicated to British black music, irrespective of genre, or vintage, though I must admit most tracks are old school. I'm kept company by singer-songwriter Kasiri and other volunteers. We also talk about music industry and community matters. I'm sure before I finish, the online and phone lines would be sorted in order to have some interactivity with the listeners. Click to listen to BrentCommunityRadio.org

Africa Live Festival

Hello all,

There are just over a 100 days left until The Africa Live festival!

It’s going to be a delightful day with an eclectic mix of fashion, bespoke handmade jewellery, arts and crafts all set against the backdrop of amazing food and flamboyant music from across the Diaspora.

Trading and catering opportunities are going fast so don’t miss your chance to be part of this wonderful festival sign up today to participate as a trader or caterer.

Volunteers are the life force of our events so if you want to help please apply to part of our amazing team.

See you all  Saturday 17th August 2013!!!!!!

Kind Regards,

The Africa Live Festival  Team


Tel: 0203 397 1583

The Africa Live Festival  17th August, Goose Green Park, Dulwich

The Africa Live Festival 2013 & The African Market Day is a subsidiary of AMDNetworks

Update: Ancestral Voice 2


We trust that’s this email find you well and good.

We write to update you with the developments regarding Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge documentary.

We are currently planning the narrative for a sequel, which is to include amongst other areas the similarities in the cosmologies amongst African communities both in the diaspora and on the continent – including areas such as masculine & feminine references in the conception of a Creator to symbolic ritual practices for spiritually enhancing daily living, as well as the relevance of dreams and the content and structure of African prayers.

In our dedication and passion to get this project developed we invested our own funds once again to secure an interview with high Sanusi Zulu Sangoma Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa. We are truly honored to have him share his wisdom on the Zulu and Southern cosmologies and hope to interview many other elders and scholars to get involved in this potential documentary.

You can view the current behind the scenes photos of our filming in South Africa here...

For such a wide-reaching endeavour we will need financial support and will set up a crowdfunding campaign within the next couple of months. Kindly share on when you receive it. You can currently make donations to this production on our website.

Nshira nka wu daa (Blessings onto you daily)

Community Events

Mashufaa Classes


Spirit Of A Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time: 2pm - 4pm 
Venue: The DANCE STUDIO, Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Harrow Road, London NW10 0RG
Tube: Stonebridge Park (Bakerloo line and London Overground)  / Bus: 18

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


Early Years Insights, Culture and Family Directed Learning?

When: Thursday 4th July 2013, 6.30pm
Where: Victory Nursery, 230 Brixton Road, SW9 6AH

Facilitated by Astehmari Batekun
Tel: 020 8144 1720 / 075 3003 8547

PASCF Workshop: “His Wisdom Lives: Perspectives from John Henrik Clarke’s Life in Search of Africa”

When:     Friday, 5thJuly 2013,  7.00pm for Refreshments & Prompt Start 7.15pm
Where:   365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA (over from thepolice station on the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road)
Adm: Free

"History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are, but more importantly, what they still must be."  Dr John Henrik Clarke, 1915-1998.

Greetings and Elevation All,

Our esteemed Ancestor Dr Clarke, who joined the ancestors on July 16, 1998, devoted his life to placing people of Afrikan ancestry "on the map of human geography." He is widely recognised as a pioneer of Pan Afrikan studies, researching and documenting the history of Afrikan peoples in Afrika and the Diaspora and through this scholarly work embodied the Pan-Afrikan ideal of unity. His life and works are a testament to his personal commitment to unity and are qualities we can engender in ourselves, our children and our people - determination, intelligence, scholarly excellence, discipline and achievement.

Join us as Sis Nicole Rachael Moore, teacher, writer and community organiser analyses the literature of John Henrik Clarke and shares some of his perspectives on issues such as neo-colonialism, integration, Afrikans and Jews, Marxism and the European mind set.

This will be an interactive session throughout so come prepared to share your thoughts and views.  

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

Please Spread the Word; attend and bring a friend along with you!

Blessings Always
Sis Jackie
On Behalf of PASCF

Screening: Who Polices the Police?

When: Friday 5 July 2013, 6.30
Where: The Albert, 1 Albert Road, London NW6 5DT (Nearest station: Queen’s Park (Bakerloo Line & London Overground).
Adm: £5

A screening of Who Polices the Police? followed by audience Q&A and live performance by Akala.

Question and answer session with Ken Fero (Director).

Family Fun Day

When: Saturday 6th July 2013, 12pm-10:30pm
Where: The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0LY
Adm: £7 / Children £3

Aid of A&E Care - Jamaica Hospital

English PEN & Africa Writes 2013: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

When: Saturday 6 July 2013, 6:30 - 8pm
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Adm: £7.50 / £5 concessions

An intimate conversation between Ngugi wa Thiong'o, acclaimed author and one of Africa’s greatest novelists, and his son, Mukoma wa Ngugi, a rising star in African Literature

Ngugi wa Thiong’o is one of the leading lights of African literature to emerge in the post-independence era. He is the author of the radical, political book, Decolonising the Mind, and numerous novels, including Grain of Wheat and Wizard of the Crow. His son, Mukoma wa Ngugi, has chosen to tackle contemporary Africa through the genre of crime fiction thrillers, with his two novels, Nairobi Heat and Black Star Nairobi, are set in Kenya’s capital city. We bring father and son together to talk about their respective works, each other, and how, as two writers from different generations, they see the role of the writer in Africa today.

This conversation will be chaired by Ellah Allfrey, deputy editor, Granta Magazine.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit the Royal African Society website.

Black History Walks

St Pauls /Bank  Walk Sat 6 July 3.00pm
Discover secret alleyways and huge buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways which the owners do not want you to know. Find out about black loyalists and African revolutionaries...

Elephant and Castle Walk Sat 6 July 12pm  
The black americans who entertained the Queen and sold out 3000 seat venues in 1870's London, 18th century black war heroes, Hitlers presence in the Elephant, Paul Robeson..

Trafalgar Square Walk Sun 7 July 11am 
The thousand years of African history hidden in front of your face, Londons' black business owners in 1811, the Caribbean-Canadian connection, Stolen Generations, genocidal plans for Africans and freedom fighters of the 20th century..

Clapham Common Walk Sun 14 July 2pm
A special walk  to reveal the 200 years of African  resistance and presence in the area; the many homes and establishments  literally built from the profits of slavery, the African Academy, maroons..
·  Full description and details of all the walks here .

Email info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk   to book  

Screening: Bad Friday

When: 7 July 2013
Where: Paddington Arts, 32 Woodfield Road, London, W9 2BE
Adm £4. Concessions available.


Please find attached a flyer for the London launch of Bad Friday , a film which chronicles the 1963 Coral Gardens violence in Jamaica through the recollections of members of the Rastafarian community.

This special screening provides us with a unique opportunity to engage in conversation with the Film Director and Co-Director as well as to meet individuals interviewed in the film.

There will be live entertainment by Ancient Vibrations from the USA, food and craft stalls. 

Tel: 020 7286 2722
Web: www.paddingtonarts.org.uk
By Tube: 
Westbourne Park Station- Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines
Kensal Green Station - Bakerloo Line

For further information please email: badfridayfilminfo@gmail.com

A Season in the Congo

When: 6th July - 17th August 2013, 7.30pm (2.30pm on select dates)
Where: Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LZ
Adm: £10, £19.50, £25, £32.50

BAFTA Award winning director Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) directs Olivier Award winner Chiwetel Ejiofor (BBC2's Dancing on the Edge, Othello at the Donmar Warehouse, Children of Men, Dirty Pretty Things) in the UK premiere of an epic retelling of a vibrant nation's turbulent first year of freedom. Pulsing with music and bursting with dance choreographed by the acclaimed Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, this gripping drama charts the rise and fall of legendary leader Patrice Lumumba, whose passionate determination to free his people from Belgian rule inspired great courage and betrayal.

Booking: www.youngvic.org
Info: www.youngvic.org

Chakra importance in early years learning

When: Thursday 8th July 2013, 6.30pm
Where: Victory Nursery, 230 Brixton Road, SW9 6AH

Facilitated by Mama D
Tel: 020 8144 1720 / 075 3003 8547

Music Biz Empowerment Tuesday Half-Day Courses: Music Publishing/ Record Label Management

When: Tuesday 9th July 2013, 10.15-1.00pm: Music Publishing, 1.45-4.30pm: Record Label Management
Where: Voluntary Action Westminster (VAW), Edgware Road/Marylebone Road.

Accessible, affordable, short courses to empower and drive your music industry plans. Small classes, where you can get answers to your questions, improve your knowledge base and confidence. Led by seasoned music industry tutor Kwaku. Elements culled from BTWSC's ONC level 2 accredited Music Industry Overview course. In association with BTWSC and Akoben Awards.


A Different Story: Black girls' experiences of the British Education System


When: Tuesday 9th July 2013, 6pm
Where: Grimmond Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London

Research presented by Dr. Victoria Showumni, Institute of Education, University of London.

Discussion chaired by Diane Abbott MP.

Most research in education over the past decade has focused on white middle-class children, or on boys.  This has left a sense of curiosity – and even urgency – to investigate experiences of black girls in education. To address this gap, research was conducted to explore the experiences, thought processes and achievements of young teenage black girls in education in Britain.  The study involved focus groups and interviews, including both high and low achievers from both affluent and deprived areas. The findings revealed the belief, among both high and low achievers, that black girls were viewed and treated more negatively at school than their white peers, that teachers often held stereotypical negative views of black schoolgirls, and that this impacted on their educational achievements. In view of these findings, more research is needed to establish the facts and to precipitate actions to improve the experiences and achievements of black girls in education.Places for this event are limited. To register please email bell.ribeiroaddy@parliament.uk 

Walk Draw Explore: An introduction to figurative drawing and expression

When: Saturday 10th, 17th and 31st August 2013,13:00 to 15:30
Where: Kofi Arts Studio, 115 Melfort Road, Thornton Heath
Adm: Book for one or all of the workshops /http://kofiartswalkdrawexplore.eventbrite.co.uk/

Walk, Draw, Explore with a master figurative artist. Join artist Alvin Kofi over three unique, inspiring and creative afternoon workshops. A rare opportunity to gain the experience and skills to present the human form confidently and creatively.

This workshop programme is designed for those both with or without previous experience and visual artists who want to expand and enrich their techniques. 

Please book early to avoid disappointment.  Workshop numbers are limited as Alvin Kofi will be working intensely with participants.

For further information contact 07943437619

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We hope you can make it!

Kofi Arts

Race For Football National Roadshow 2013

When: Wednesday 10th July 5.30pm to 9pm
Where: Institute of Education, Elvin Hall,20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL, London

Together let's make a change
Do you have an opinion on racial discrimination and hate crime; do you work with members of the community of all ages or are you part of the educational system in all forms. Then we want to hear from you.
AFC Wembley in partnership with The ‘Race for Sport’ campaign (the Society of Black Lawyers, Black and Asian Coaches Association and Nirvana FC) would like to announce the third leg of the “Race for Football National Roadshows” that are being held across the country.

This event will discuss topical issues of discrimination, racism and inequality in football. Racism is wrong in all forms regardless of whom it is directed toward.

AFC Wembley and Race For Sport is calling for members of the community, the Police, educational systems, grassroots clubs, professional clubs and those in authority to take this matter seriously and implement a learning process that addresses this horrid decease of racism.

To book on the event please complete this simple online registration: http://raceforfootball3.eventbrite.com
It is important that we make our voices heard!!

You can find Race For Sport at:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Race-For-Sport/113061468864365

Twitter https://twitter.com/Raceforsport

Kind Regards
Ivan Liburd
Leicester Nirvana FC

Reading: Irki - the debut poetry collection by Kadija Sesay

When: 10 July 2013, 8PM
Where: The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2
Adm: £5.00/£3.00 concs.

In Irki, Kadija Sesay unlocks experiences and stories - at times amusing and loving, at other times confusing and sad - that surround the 'invisibility' of private fostering, the dislocations and negotiations of migration, and home as an imagined, remembered and physical place. 'Irki' means 'homeland' in the Nubian language - a language which is fast becoming extinct.

Kadija returns at times to this loss of history and tradition, in a collection that brings to bear the memory of a pan-African homeland upon the reality of a British upbringing. Writing as a second generation West African, Kadija tells of the arrival of parents of different religions, the loss of a national tongue, and growing up Black, as one of the 'Michael Jackson generation', against the racially divided background of Britain in the 60s, 70s and 80s.  

One of only a handful of West African-descended poets writing and publishing in Britain today, Kadija confronts the common experience of private fostering that many from her community have faced but feel unable to talk about openly. She ends her debut collection on the edge, skirting borders as she draws upon her travels to relate intimate childhood experiences. 

Read reviews on:

African Holocaust (Maafa): The History & Legacy of African Enslavement

A fascinating new five week course starting

When: Wednesday 10th July 2013, 7PM
Where: PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station.   
Adm: The course costs £60 per person. Reading lists and handouts are provided.

The enslavement of African people and its accompanying violence and destruction was one of the catastrophic events in the history of humankind.

In this informative five week course we will study the history and legacy of the enslavement of African people through our Maafa. The word "Maafa" (also known as the African Holocaust) is derived from a Kiswahili word meaning disaster, terrible occurrence or great tragedy.

In this course, we will examine the history of Africa before and after enslavement, the impact of enslavement on African people and societies, the African abolition struggles and resistance movements, and the legacy of the enslavement period on Africa and the Diaspora.
This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading. Handouts of each lesson and a reading list will be provided. The course will be taught through illustrated lectures and discussion.

Course Content

Week 1: West Africa Before the Enslavement and Domestic Enslavement
Week 2: The Enslavement of Africans: Impact on Three Continents
Week 3: African Abolition Struggles and Resistance Movements
Week 4: Impact on the West African Coast
Week 5: Africa after Enslavement and The Legacy of Enslavement with Solutions  

The course will run for five weeks, one lecture per week starting on Wednesday 10th July 2013 from 7pm to 9pm

Places on this course are limited. Places are available on a strictly first come, first served basis and we anticipate that there will be a lot of demand for this course.    

If you would like to attend this course, please contact us for a booking form at info@blackhistorystudies.com

Africa's Scientific Independence: How do we get there?

When: Thursday, 11 July 2013, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Planet Earth Institute, 1st Floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
Adm: Free

The PEI UnConference series will launch in July 2013, bringing together 100 people working on science, higher education and technology in Africa in an interactive, open and discussion-based UnConference. The day will be a mixture of presentations, open plenary sessions, small working groups, 1 to-1s and participant-led discussions, designed to foster new thinking, partnerships and peer-to-peer learning.

Groups involved include the Swiss National Science Foundation, the BBC World Service Science Unit, the Association of Commonwealth Universitites, SciDev.net and many others working at the heart of science and higher education in Africa.

Free to attend for all those working on or interested in science, education and technology in Africa. All participants will be expected to get involved in workshops and seminars as part of the interactive nature of the day, and we hope it will be the start of lots of positive conversations.

Share your ideas about science, higher education and technology in Africa on our challenge page here.

This event is delivered in partnership with the Hub Westminster, and members of the PEI Partners Forum, a group of organisations committed to investing in science, higher education and technology for international sustainable development. To find out about joining or future sponsorships view more here.


Screening: Aya: Awakenings

When: Thurs 11th of July, 6:30pm-1030pm
Where: Greenwich University Lecture Theatre 303 (same venue as Breaking Convention: http://breakingconvention.co.uk/location/)
Adm: £12/ £15 on door http://ayaawakenings-london-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/.

 Also featuring the short film The Shaman's Last Apprentice by Alexander Ward and starring Rebekah Shaman. Films, visionary art, music and panel discussions on the global shamanic resurgence with local and international speakers all three nights.

AYA: Awakenings is a narrative documentary into the world and visions of Amazonian shamanism, exploring the indigenous experience with plant sacraments including ayahuasca and DMT and the Western uptake of them. By blending narration directly from the cult book Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos and Western Shamans, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, Aya: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking a spiritual awakening in the viewer. Featuring the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debrenardi and more; directed by Tim Parish, video editing by Verb Studios, soundscapes by Lulu Madill and music by Shpongle, Tipper, Darpan, Lula Cruz and indigenous curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Arevalo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock and Kevin Furnas, this documentary charts the Global Shamanic Resurgence born in the jungles of Peru and reaching out to embrace the world.

Veteran’s Front Room: Talking Vinyl & Music Industry Memories With DJ Pascoe

Where: Coming Soon Club, Wembley
When: Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Coming Soon Club, 5 -7 Wembley Hill Road, Wembley Triangle, HA9 8AF

Again, we are very proud to announce that the subject of our Veteran's Front Room: Talking Vinyl & Music Industry Memories session is none other than Pascoe Sawyers aka DJ Pascoe - a party DJ, radio presenter, author, leadership trainer, and sometime journalist.
This is an up close and personal encounter with DJ Pascoe in the settee (he might as well have brought his, as he lives around the way!), as he reminisces about his 20 year career as a party DJ, and perhaps less of his day job in training and local government management. He's a former editor and publisher of African current affairs and arts mag The Alarm. A long-time Brent resident, expect some post-Brent Black Music History Quiz tests! And as author of the 'DJ Pascoe's Top 10 Tunes: 101 Categories of the Hottest Tracks from Acid Jazz to Zumba' book,  which is based on his large and varied collection of music, he'll be up to talking about any music, any genre and troubling the decks too! By the way, you can hear his June 5  BBMM2013 radio special on his Wednesdays 10pm-midnight slot on soulradiouk.com.


Veteran’s Front Room: Talking Vinyl & Music Industry Memories With Juwon Ogungbe

Where: Coming Soon Club, Wembley
When: Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6 PM to 8PM
Where: Coming Soon Club, 5 -7 Wembley Hill Road, Wembley Triangle, HA9 8AF

We are very proud to announce that the subject of our Veteran's Front Room: Talking Vinyl & Music Industry Memories session is none other than Juwon Ogungbe - a composer, singer, theatre music director and music educator. Juwon was born in London to Nigerian parents.

Juwon is a multi-talented artist who as been creatively involved in many memorable UK African theatre projects. He has been commissioned to write music for companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, LIFT, Collective Artistes, Badejo Arts, The Southbank Centre, Union Dance, and BBC Radio Drama, amongst many others.

He has performed principal baritone roles in many operas, and in song recitals that have covered a wide range of Western art music repertoire.

In 2010, Time And The Trickster’s Heart’, his oratorio based in Yoruba mythology, was developed into a dance cantata, performed by Union Dance with the London Lucumi Choir. Juwon  also worked as the lead artist for the London region on “Seeds and Songs” – a singing and vocal leadership skills development project from “Sing Up” – the national organisation that was formed to encourage young people to sing, under the auspices of Oval House Theatre, London.

He also composed music for “Burn My Heart” – a production presented by Trestle Theatre Company and Brecht’s “The Good Person of Sezuan”, in a new production set in Jamaica from Midland Actors Theatre.
Expect some great stories, and if we're lucky, he might just burst into song the operatic way, or try his hand on our roll-up piano - we challenge him to manage anything tunfeul on that piano!

PASCF: Liberty Hall – On a Mission

Where: Sat 13th July 2013, 7.00pm – 9.30pm.
Where: Queen Mother Moore School, Clapham Methodist Church, Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR.
Adm: Free

Perfect Peace and Elevation Family,

Come, listen and question as Dr Donna McFarlane, Director of the Liberty Hall Project gives an illustrated talk on: “Liberty Hall –On a Mission”. The event will also discuss and take action towards creating a Friends of Liberty Hall (UK)

We look forward to welcoming you for a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Sis Jackie
On Behalf of PASCF

Storytelling & Creative Writing Course

When: 4 Weeks starting Tuesday 16th July 2013  
Where: PCS Headquarters, Clapham Junction 
Adm: The course fees are £60.00

Storytelling is powerful and enjoyable. It can help us understand ourselves and others. Stories help us imagine the possibilities, so we can change our stories, and change ourselves.

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for complete beginners to storytelling and creative writing.

What will you learn?

You will learn to express yourself and your story. Get your ideas from your imagination onto paper, gain confidence in your story and learn why good editing is important and also get help with plot, creating interesting characters and learn something about publishing!

This course has been developed to give participants a working knowledge of storytelling and creative writing techniques. Participants will actively learn and develop their own projects in the safety of a motivated group, supported by Eli, a professional storyteller and creative writing practitioner.

For further information and to book your place, please contact Sonia Scully, PCS Learning Centre Manager on 020 7801 2702 or email sonia@pcs.org.uk  

Yes I Can: Using Music To Uplift Youth Project

When: Saturday 13 July 2013
Where: Coming Soon Club, Wembley

Kimba will also be on hand to teach young people in Brent and surrounding boroughs how to up their lyrical game by dealing interestingly with conscious issues. Adults need to book on behalf of their charges.


Printmaking Workshop

When: 13 & 20th July 2013
Where: SW17 Studio Workshop
Adm: £65 for Both Sessions


Artist Ken McCalla tutors a practical introduction to lino printing.
Gain skills to produce quality original art prinbts with minimum equipment.

Only 4-6 Places

Includes all materuials, refreshments, handouts & free lino print illustrated book

Advanced booking essential.

There are just two places available for next Saturday.
Email to join this small class designed to encourage & share techniques to enhance creativity.

Are you interested but can not making this session & would like to join another?
Please email so I can include you in my planning of the next workshop.

One Love Ken

"The fire next time": Stop and search in Black communities (Hosted by
Diane Abbott MP

When: Monday 15th July 2013, 6PM
Where: House of Commons, London
Adm: Free

The Brixton and Toxteth riots of 1981 were sparked by non-evidence based stop and search.  Fast forward 30 years to the 2011 riots that began in London, and many young people gave almost identical reasons for the disturbances – resentment of their treatment at the hands of the police.

Progress made since the Macpherson report may be short lived in the face of anti-terror legislation, which has seen Muslim communities increasingly targeted for stops. Currently BME communities are collectively seven times more likely to be stopped.

As we approach two years since the last wave of national riots the disproportionate use of stop and search continues to plague Black communities. This event will bring together community organisations, key individuals and stakeholders to explore the root of the issue as well as the expectations of the upcoming public consultation into stop and search.

Places for this event are limited.  Please register via eventbrite using the link below: 

Music Biz Empowerment Half-Day Courses: Understanding Copyright & Contracts / Music Marketing

When: 16 July 2013
Where: Voluntary Action Westminster (VAW), Edgware Road/Marylebone Road.

If you're interested in improving your knowledge of the music industry, then these half day courses may be what you need.


A Tribute to Jayne Cortez (1934-2012)

When: Friday 19 July 2013, 7.00 pm
Where: Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, off Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 5DL
(nearest underground Warren Street – Victoria & Northern lines)
Adm: £20.00 donation - Seats can be booked (cash, cards, cheques) through
New Beacon Books, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN
Tel: 020 7272 4889. email: newbeaconbooks@btconnect.com

The George Padmore Institute and Friends of JLR present ' A Tribute to Jayne Cortez 1934-2012'
African American Poet Extraordinaire, active in the struggle for black social liberation and for
radical, political and social change in the USA

An Evening of Poetry Music and Memories, Artists appearing will include:
John Agard, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Denardo Coleman, Zena Edwards, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Grace Nichols, Deirdre Pascall, Keith Waithe

Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works & Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop

When: Friday, July 19, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Coming Soon Club, 5 -7 Wembley Hill Road, Wembley Triangle. HA9 8AF
Adm: £25. (A £5 rebate is made to those who participate in the A Music Business For A Grand competition. The ...Grand winner will receive a full refund on the cost of the Workshop).

This workshop begins by explaining how the music industry works, in order to join the dots by understanding the various careers within the music industry, the functions of the key industry organisations, income streams, and rights. This is followed by a music business plan workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their business ideas, laptops or writing pads, in order to start the process of writing their business plan or proposal during the workshop.

Those entering A Music Business For A Grand Competition can use this session to fine-tune their business plans, and provide a 2 page version on a pendrive for panel.


Lecture: Magic Mushrooms and the Quest for Immortality

When: Friday July 19th 2013, Doors Open 6.30pm - Talk Starts 7.00pm
Where: Cre8 Gallery, 80 Eastway Hackney Wick, E9 5JH
Adm: £8 in advance - £12 on the door 

Mushrooms have been growing wild since prehistoric times. Their therapeutic value has been prized in indigenous cultures, for thousands of years. They play a critical role in medicinal practice and were noted in some of the first books on herbal medicine written thousands of years ago. In the past few decades, mushrooms have become more popular for their therapeutic qualities in the west as a result of an expanding body of scientific research supporting their numerous health benefits.

Over the weekend Kilindi Iyi will present a lecture titled “Magic Mushrooms and the Quest for Immortality” on Friday 19th July 6.30pm at the Cre8 Gallery. This talk will speak to the high dose experience of psilocybin and the effects on the mind body system in the hyper-dimensional realms, the encounters and landscapes. With the availability of access to powerful psychedelic experiments in the first person.

This will be followed by a Growshop on Sunday 21st July 12pm, where you can learn the basics of mushroom cultivation… Exploring the techniques of growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms such as Oyster, Reshi and Shiitake mushrooms. Each participant will leave with an inoculated growing jar, handouts and CD-ROM (video / eBook bundle) to take home.

About Kilindi Iyi
Kilindi is the head instructor and technical advisor of the Tamerrian Institute based in Detroit. Many may know him for his work within the Martial Arts. Kilindi is also a teacher on the subject of ancient power plants and their spiritual connection. As a living explorer of novel states of consciousness he will share his experience with those present.


Contact: 07506 481 509

ORIGIN Rites of Passage Programme - Graduation Ceremony

When: Saturday, 20 July 2013 from 17:30 to 23:00
Where: Lilian Baylis Technology School, 323 Kennington Lane, Kennington SE11 5QY

On Saturday 20th July @ 5:30pm the Village will gather again for our next
ORIGIN Rites of Passage Graduation.
I won’t go into how special this event is because you already know that… What I will say is how important it is that you are there.

Bro. Pablo.

The Real McCoy Tour

When: Saturday 20th July 2013
Where: Lowry Theatre, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester M50 3AZ

Newsflash: OMG What A Show HUDDERSFIELD

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 “All Stars Of Comedy”

Box Office 0843-208 6010, 07522 394261


UZIMA - The Natural Holistic Expo 2013

When: Saturday 20 July 2013, 12pm to 10pm
African Market only: FREE - PLEASE REGISTER / All day and evening tickets plus entry to all workshops £15 in advance plus booking fee, £20 on the door
Evening only £7 in advance plus booking fee, £10 on the door

An abundance of exhibitors providing goods and services in health & wellbeing, natural hair & skin care, arts & crafts, jewellery & adornment, books & education, fashion wear.

Presented by professionals and leading experts in Health Awareness, Hair and Skin Care, Raw Food and Nutrition, Holistic Lifestyle and Natural Remedies.

Live stage performances by artists showcasing their talent in Traditional Music, Spoken Word, Comedy, Fashion Design, African Drum & Dance, Drama, Youth Empowerment, Hair Show.

Indulge, relax and treat yourself with a massage, reflexology, body and skin treatments.

All day and evening tickets plus entry to all workshops £15 in advance plus booking fee, £20 on the door
Evening only £7 in advance plus booking fee, £10 on the door

Book your tickets now at : http://uzimaexpo2013-eorg.eventbrite.com/#

Many thanks

Michelle & Esther (Sister E)
The Uzima Executives


Choc Entertainment: Music, Dance and Open Mic

When: Sunday 21 July 2013
Where: 2Inspire, 1a Wendover, Thurlow St, Walworth, London SE17 2UD

Medicinal Mushroom Growshop

When: Sunday 21st July - Workshop Time: 12pm – 5pm
Where: Cre8 Gallery, 80 Eastway Hackney Wick, E9 5JH
Adm: £20 in advance - £25 on the door 


Transport: Overground: Hackney Wick (7mins) - Buses: 26, 30, 236, 276, 388, 488
Map: View Here

Contact: 07506 481 509

A Dream Across The Ocean

When: Saturday & Sunday 20th & 21st July 2013 from 6.30 and 4.30pm respectively.
Where: The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ.
Adm: From £10-20 - group discounts available.

Celebrating the faith and determination of the West Indian community, who were part of the iconic Windrush generation that came to the UK during the 1940's, 50's & 60's, A Dream Across The Ocean is a new British Musical that tells the story of Winston Morgan who leaves Jamaica in 1960 and comes to London to start a better life for his family.

Winston's story is universal because it's a story for ALL people who crossd an ocean and came to the UK hoping to fulfil their dreams! This brilliant new musical directed by Gary Nurse and produced by Samuel Facey and Dave Prince and featuring musical contributions from UK Reggae legend, Dennis Bovell is going to do the business so PLEASE book your tickets in advance

CONTACT: 0208-985 2424.


FOYA 2013 - 4th Yoruba Arts Festival

When: 27th & 28th July 2013, 10am - 8pm
Where: Clissold Park Green Lanes Hackney, London N16 9EJ
Adm: Free

The Yoruba Arts Festival is an open air celebration of the rich, vibrant and colorful arts and culture of the Yoruba’s, through a variety of visual, conceptual and performance arts mediums that provides educational, cultural and aesthetic value.

For the past 4 years, the Yoruba Arts Festival has been the biggest celebration of the Yoruba Arts and Culture in London and it keeps getting better.

Held annually in Clissold Park, Hackney (one of London’s most prestigious parks)  the event features cultural performances, arts exhibitions, workshops, competitions and live performances from artists from around the world whose music and performance art is influenced by Yoruba  arts and culture.

The Festival was created to develop and maintain a unifying social, cultural and educational platform for Yoruba's in the United Kingdom, from around the world and for people of African origin through a lasting and self-sustaining platform .

Be sure to join us on July 27th & 28th 2013 for the 4th Annual Yoruba Arts Festival.

Visit - 89a Kingsland High St. London England E8 2PB
T: 020-7249-1222 / E: info@yorubaarts.org

Annual Akeba African & Caribbean Cultural Fun Day

When: Sat, 27th July 2013 from 12-8pm at
Where: Lewsey Park, Luton LU4 0PF.

There will be an African & Caribbean Arts, Crafts and Gift Market, Hot Traditional food & refreshments, workshops, exhibitions/displays and live performances from local and national African & Caribbean Entertainers including a Youth Talent Showcase, African Heritage Fashion Show and Carnival Costume Showcase. Competitions on the day - limbo, oware, dominoes, chess and draughts (trophy/prize for each one). Or just have a lazy day in the sun with music and a picnic for the family.


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Online Flyer:-

Don't miss this year’s Akeba African & Caribbean Cultural Fun Day!!!
Contact us if you wish to have a stall.

Juliet Sharpe
Events Co-ordinator
07957 147547

Literary Bites with Courttia Newland & Alex Wheatle MBE

When: 31 Jul 2013
Where: Yum Yum 187 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16
Adm: £25

Literary Bites is a new initiative by Words of Colour Productions, connecting aspiring scribes with published writers over great food. At each event, an established author will read from and discuss their work over a carefully sourced and quality menu that is affordably priced. Guests will also be able to network with other budding writers, win signed copies of books as well as be part of a memorable literary experience.

After our successful launch in December with the award-winning crime writer Dreda Say Mitchell we are thrilled to present a double-hander with Courttia Newland (The Scholar, A Book of Blues, The Gospel According to Cane) and Alex Wheatle MBE (Brixton Rock, East of Acre Lane, Brenton Brown). The event will take place in the lovely Orchid Lounge at Yum Yum, an award-winning Thai restaurant in Stoke Newington, London.

About our guest authors

Courttia Newland is the author of seven novels. Born and bred in west London, his first novel, The Scholar, was published in 1997 and was an instant success. Newland was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2007, the Alfred Fagon Award 2010 and was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award 2011 for A Book of Blues. His latest well received book, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in February 2013.

Alex Wheatle MBE published his first novel, Brixton Rock, to critical acclaim in 1999. Six more novels followed. His second book, East of Acre Lane, won the London Arts Board New Writers Award. In 2008, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to literature. Wheatle’s debut novel, Brixton Rock, was adapted for the stage and performed at the Young Vic in 2010. His latest novel, Brenton Brown, was published in 2011.

Menu selection

Once you have purchased your ticket you will need to email us your menu choices, along with your full name and contact details, to info@wordsofcolour.co.uk by 12 midday on Wednesday 31 July 2013. This will help us ensure that you receive a smooth service on the night.

To select your menu options, including a starter, main course and drink, visit:



Inaugural African Diaspora Summer Festival

When: 2nd August 2013, London, 5pm-10pm
Where: London

APA proud to organise the first ever African Diaspora Summer Festival, due to take place in London on 2nd August 2013. The Festival, which will raise funds for an APA office in London and the launch of  APA's African Diaspora Youth Engagement and Education Programme will feature:

  • A screening of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, a multi-award-winning documentary about the life and work of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater;
  • A debate on the theme 'The Vision of the African Diaspora for Africa in the 21st Century', with Ms Rolake Akinkugbe, Head of Energy & Natural Resources Research at Ecobank, Oba Nsugbe QC – Head of Chambers, Pump Court Chambers, and Washington Kapapiro, Chairman of the Association for African Owned Enterprises, as debaters;
  • An exquisite 3-course dinner prepared and served by renowned African caterers Maestro Bar Restaurant;
  • Performances by the talented singer, story-teller, dancer and actor Usifu Jalloh
  • MC by journalist and Colourful Radio Director Henry Bonsu;
  • And Networking with high profile guests including HRH Queen Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I of Accra West, Ghana.

Further Information: Email info@apadvocacy.org

Registration: http://africandiasporasummerfestival.eventbrite.co.uk

Black History for Families Course

When: 5 week course from Saturday 3rd August 2013 to Saturday 31st August 2013, 12pm to 2pm
Where: Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4JA. Wheelchair accessible venue. 
Adm: £50 - 1 Adult, 1 Child (5 weeks) / £75 - 1 Adult, 2 Children (5 weeks) / £100 - 2 Adult, 2 Children (5 weeks)

A fascinating new five week summer course starting Saturday 3rd August 2013 in North London

Black History for Families is a new and thought-provoking

The course will be wholly introductory to children aged 9 to 15 AND their parents. The classes are two hours long. Learning as a family is a way of encouraging, enabling and empowering parents to develop a deeper understanding of how to extend their children's learning at home. Family learning aims to raise achievement and promote the benefits of family involvement in the total learning process.

The venue is 10 minutes walk from Seven Sisters Tube Station (Victoria Line). Nearest Mainline: Bruce Grove Station. Buses: 123, 149, 230, 243, 259, 279, 318, 341, 349, 476, W4. Parking available on site.

Reading lists and handouts will be provided. Each student will receive a certificate of participation.   

Black History Studies Ltd
PO Box 45189
N15 3XP
Tel/Fax: 0208 881 0660
Mobile: 07951 234233

Email: info@blackhistorystudies.com  

Family Fun Day

When: Sunday 4th August 2013, 2pm - 7pm
Where: Hyde Park, London W2

Guests are asked to bring their own food and refreshments for the dinner break, which starts at 4pm.  The main activities will be: Softball; Football; Cricket; Tug-of-War; Waterfights; Giant Snakes & Ladders; and supervised Special Games for younger children.

We expect a large turnout, so offers of volunteers to supervise events or to provide equipment is welcomed. Please contact CB asap.Please do not bring any pets with you for the safety of the young children.
Thank you


In order to continue fun events such as these for you and your family and friends, CB needs your support. During the day members of CB will circulating collection buckets and we welcome any contributions to ensure our continued development and success!

For more information contact:

Derek & Maureen       -        020-8777 4188
Madu                             -        07939-721591
Gary                              -        07956-554199
Sharon & Peter           -        020-8925 0664

Email:        collectivelyblak@gmail.com

Nubia Pamper Day 

When: Saturday 10th August 2013, 2.00 - 7.00pm
Where: Johmard Community Centre, 65‐67 High Street Collier's Wood, SW19 2JF
(3 minutes walk from Collier’s Wood Tube on Northern Line)
Adm: Special Price £35 per person

Nubia pamper day celebrating 8 years please click, play and share

Nubia pamper day's been going for 8 years - so we're celebrating and inviting you to joing us. Sisters put down the shopping, leave the children with a trusted someone, leave the burdens anywhere that can consume them - and come come and be inspired.

You will LOVE your day with us.

Your holistic day with us includes:
·         Meditation and self-centering
·         Sumptuous  vegan lunch and refreshments (TO CELEBRATE WE'RE BRINGING BACK THE RAW CHEESECAKE WITH MANGO COULIS!)
·         Sampling nubia pamper’s natural body care products
·         Advice on skin care, healthy eating and holistic living
·         choice of two mini-pamper treats
·         FREE raffle to win a sample body care product

Choice of mini-pamper treats*
·        dreamy mini facial
·        pretty fingers manicure
·        soothing hand massage
     ***NEW: nubian head massage
·        hand help massagers
·        adorning the empress head wrap
·        self-pampering feet soda soak
·        Nubian radiance make up
·         If you would like extras these include:

  • Release and let go neck, back and shoulder massage: £15
  • Pampered feet pedicure £15
  • Reflexology £15
  • Re-energising foot massage -£8
  • Use of Power massagers -£5
  • *All treats are on first come basis and subject to availability of therapist
    For advance bookings contact Yaa 07950 308 033 / email: nubiapamper@yahoo.co.uk
    (spaces limited book early to avoid disappointment)

    Like our facebook page here: www.facebook.com/nubiapamperday
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    The National Black Supplementary Schools Week 2013

    When: Friday 16th to Friday 23rd August 2013
    Where: Birkbeck University in central London and the Role Models & Mentor Centre in Willesden, North West London
    Adm: All events are FREE but donations are very welcome.

    The theme this year is Business and Science. This event  is open to all cultures  and all ages with interact seminars, music, poetry, films, prizes and special book launches.

    About Ligali

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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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    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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