Queen Nzinga of Ndongo
Queen Yaa Asantewaa
Ashanti Queen Nana of the Maroons
Amy Jacques Garvey
Amy Ashwood Garvey
Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti
Winnie Mandela of Azania
Sisters in Struggle: An Opinion Piece for International Women's Month
Submitted by Sista C, Pan African community worker and broadcaster
It’s International Women's’ Month and the 8 March is the annual date of recognition for the economic, political, social and cultural achievements of women worldwide. An important occasion for all women, its significance remains strong for women globally whatever their ethnic, cultural and political differences may be.The message is clear and one that is based on ‘struggle’and ’resistance’, which underlies the celebration of the achievements of women past and present and the recognition of ordinary women as the makers of history. While the global theme for last year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) was ‘shaping progress’ – focusing on how far women have come, while also looking to the future; the theme this year, ‘Women and men united to end violence against women and girls’ highlights an ever present issue in most communities. Hence, events associated with this theme in mind are taking place across the country.
On Saturday 7 March the Million Women March took place with a clarion call for the end of male violence against women; on Sunday 8th March, in keeping with the theme, the Alliance of Afrikan Women held a workshop focusing on Afrikan men and women working together to put an end to all forms of domination, oppression and exploitation. No! The Rape Documentary will be shown at the ICA on Sunday 15 March.
Why have I highlighted these events in particular? You’d have to be living on another planet not to have noticed the increasing violence against women reported in the media on an almost daily basis. The statistics are alarming. In the UK alone, one incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute; only 5.29% of rapes reported to the police result in the perpetrator being convicted in court; up to 1,420 women per year are trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation and; two women are murdered every week by their partner or ex partner. In response, the Government are considering setting up a domestic violence register where a woman would be able to check her partner’s previous convictions (in affect to uncover a violent past) and this week launches a nationwide review into its domestic violence policy.
On the African continent women are bearing the brunt of war and conflict – in Sudan and the Congo in particular. Gender-based violence, in the form of rape, is being used as a weapon. The stigma attached to such violence and the outcome for most – resulting in a child – is enough for many of these unfortunate women (and girls) to be cast out by their husbands and ostracised by their families. Meanwhile, in Mauritania there are recent reports of girls as young as five being force-fed for marriages with the new military regime turning a blind eye (Observer,1 March 2009), and in Sierra Leone a female journalist was kidnapped, stripped naked and publicly humiliated for daring to report on female genital mutilation (The Guardian, 27 February 2009). Women campaigners and activists are becoming much more vocal on these and other issues and are breaking the code of silence surrounding such taboo subjects, but at high personal cost to themselves.
But while women come together during this period to celebrate a day which signifies the struggle for equality, justice and peace, it is also a time for reflection. To reflect on the progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination of women who have contributed to our history (herstory).
We have always struggled – as a people – and especially as African women, both physically and metaphorically. And I mean struggle in the widest sense – not just taking up arms and fighting alongside our brothers to rid the Europeans from our land as women warriors such as Queen Nzinga,Yaa Assantewa, and Nanny have done in the past to loud and enduring acclaim. Not as leaders at the forefront of struggle such as Amy Jacques Garvey and Amy Ashwood Garvey who were exemplary leaders and organisers; or the militancy of the women in the Black Power Movement like Assata Shakur, Angela Davies and Elaine Brown who held leadership positions and took up arms in support of the cause for African liberation; or even women such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, staunch activist and opponent of apartheid in Azania and who headed the ANC Women’s League and held government positions before her untimely and publicly manipulated fall from grace. However, recent reports (Observer 1 March 2009) suggest the ‘Mother of the Nation’ may be making a political comeback this year. There are many more women worthy of note Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Claudia Jones, the list goes on and my point is that these were struggles rooted in political organisation, with collectivism being the key to political activism.
But there is also the other side of struggle, by which I mean the ordinary individual everyday struggle that women face from poverty, social and economic deprivation, domestic violence, struggling as a single parent, struggling to get our children into good schools, struggling against the system when they exclude our children, struggling to stop our children dying in the streets victims of street violence, gang warfare and state assassins. It’s a struggle even to keep our relationships together.
During this month let us reflect on the role of African women in all forms of struggle set in the context of race, class and gender; the resistance against slavery, capitalism, imperialism and neo-colonialism and the continued struggle to address those legacies and to forge a positive future for ourselves and our descendants.
International Women’s Day - Event Reviews
Friday 6th March and Sunday 7th March 2009
The event started with a short film dedicated to Cécile Nobrega. In case you don’t know Cecile is a very active elder in our community who successfully campaigned for ten years to get the bronze statue of an African woman from the Caribbean erected in Stockwell Gardens, London. She is an educator, writer and poet. Her poem “The Bronze Woman” was written to honour “the women of the Caribbean Community who despite their limited economic and political power have, on reflection set a shining example across the vertical and horizontal divisions of international society as major contributors to human development”.
During the question and answer session, an elder named Gloria, asked her sistas to work to make a difference, she herself had set up an African Caribbean women’s group and personally had fostered 100 children in order to help other women all whilst looking after her own eight children. She asked for elder women to reach out to younger women and bridge the gap by providing support. A young sista named Selina then reiterated about the need for their to be a greater awareness of women’s history in order to inspire and give hope to others. Mia Morris from the Black Cultural Archives then spoke about how she was involved in a project where oral history archives were being built by taking testimonies from women in their 70s etc. Habiba, an African with both Egyptian and Burkina heritage spoke about her daughter and their Jamaican father. In the spirit of true Pan Africanism she called for men and women to work together to create a better world for all. The event closed with three poems from the powerful poetess Comfort. She received rapturous applause after reciting her beautiful and potent poem “Unsatisfied”.
Debate Summary: Women - The big Debate
A discussion focused on the history of female oppression
Archiving the history of leading workers and activists involved in the women’s movement was identified as still being an important tool for continued survival in a world where women still have to campaign for basic needs. Despite today being the 21st century, many are still facing 20th century problems.
In Britain, all property was “legally” owned by men including children, the wages and savings of wives, daughters even eternal sex “rights” to wives until 1870. Thousands of women refused to accept this and rebelled by refusing to sign censuses, organising boycotts, protest marches and in cases of civil disobedience even breaking the windows of government buildings, etc
The UN theme of 2009’s International Women’s Month has been about both women and men uniting together to provide an opportunity for a political investment to stop female abuse and gender inequality.
70's feminism which is often described as second wave feminism included a focus on the home and initiated an important internal conversation amongst women. But it was the actions of Audrey Lord, an African American who said women would not be able to overcome their oppression until they fully understood who they were that was one of many Africans who brought the issue of ethnicity gender based oppression away from the sidelines. She maintained that until women recognised all the differences and hierarchies amongst themselves they were all implicated as participants in female oppression.
As a result men fell out of the equation. From the 1970-90s women in the west were making demands of a post-industrial world that had by now, drastically changed from its previous 9 to 5 labour intensive existence in order to meet the demands of a 24 hr world. The change that occurred caused significant numbers of women to be drawn back into the labour force in major numbers. This created a care deficit, resulted in more women being in higher education and starting to out skill men.
Governments all over the world suddenly became interested in women's’ economic activity but not out of a desire to eradicate gender inequality, but instead to monitor and ultimately take control of any situation arising from the fact that women still remain the primary carers for children and old people. As the global economy crashes many believe the impact upon women will be significant. It is therefore important to understand that the extra attention women are now subjected to, is opportunistic and based on exploiting their economic and social gains.
The instinct of mothers worldwide is in principle the same. But for African women a triple of struggle has existed for centuries. Historically, they have not only fought for their rights as individuals, but also for their collective economic and social liberation as well as that of their nation. There have been so many women who are now martyrs for the liberation of their countries but few have heard of them. The myth needs to be challenged - women are not victims, they are survivors and holding the continent together. In fact if we look at the history of conflict across on the Continent, the warlords are not women. It is therefore imperative that we empower next generations of women with this information by acknowledging the need to archive and document the actions of our Ancestors.
The barbaric imperial contact between europe and Africa occurred at the height of european machismo. As a result matrifocal societies existing in Africa pre-enslavement were transformed by a malignant european patriarchal culture where women were no longer respected an instead made into a subordinate by-product of the colonial attack. As a result, even today, Africa is not ideologically free.
Contributors to the debate were Marie Claire Faray-Kele, Helen Crowley, Lucy Bland, Ego Ahaiwe
Debate Summary: Alliance of Afrikan Women
A discussion focussed around the abuse of African women
Why do men feel it is ok to hit a woman when they know, given the same situation they would hesitate to strike other men? The impact on children witnessing such abuse is significant making it essential that everyone aware of such situations speak out on abuse and locate sources of support.
But there is a need to address these issues earlier, identifying behaviour that’s abusive and watching what's occurring whilst boys are children, teaching them wrongs from rights on the use of aggression to resolve conflicts or obtain wants. Parents and grandparents need to be proactive in the act of nurturing and supporting productive healthy relationships for their children/grand-children. All parents and elders have a responsibility to intervene.
Some women go back to abusers, sometimes for the perceived benefit of the children, mostly due to insecurity. Until the woman is ready to take charge of her own situation there is not much that will change.
Whilst it is recognised that men can also be the subject of domestic abuse, the numbers pale into significance compared to women. Statistics say that every six minutes a woman is killed in UK. In most cases this crime is committed by a partner or someone she knows.
Must not teach children to be implicit
Women must not break their social relationships with others when they are with a man. Some give everything up for their men leaving them vulnerable in the instance that they become subjected to mental and physical abuse. When people talk of female circumcision it is often focused on the issue of genitalia, but in many ways the process also describes the slicing away of a big essence of female character. Women need to know who they are so they can affect positive influence upon the behaviour of their sons and nephews. Mothers need to put a stop to the abuse of women by their sons and address the issue of their own collusion in the abuse by lying or protecting males who they know habitually abuse vulnerable women.
Solutions can also be found in women having a better awareness of who they are by tapping into the various methods we have available to teach purpose through traditional rituals. Many young African women today are not going into these spiritually focussed group practices and are instead being seduced through church and a fast and cheap westernised MacDonald’s lifestyle. As a result these skills are not being passed down in the numbers that they should. Women's society in Africa provided instruction in womanhood in a manner that a man can not. The best were not secret, but despite this still managed to achieve privacy without manipulation to teach life skills that transcended the physical level. Wisdom passed down included tuition on the power of herbs, to the responsibility and recognition of how to form holistically empowering relationships. Fortunately the information within our traditional cultural frameworks never disappears - it just needs to be activated.
It is important to understand that the exploitation of women is in most cases not just an emotional act. Men oppress women for the purpose of exploitation. Therefore women must not focus solely on the emotion aspect. Solutions must be built that confront a system, not just individuals. Be the oppressor - religion, culture or tradition - women must develop themselves and to do this they must organise and join organisations that work to be part of the solution instead of accepting and constantly re-affirming the status quo that happily portrays women solely as victims. For every sister that says no, there is one who says yes.
Parents should maintain a relationship with their children into adulthood under the mantra “families are for life”. We also need to be honest about the abuse that exists in our own organisations, including spiritual ones where libation is poured. Both men and women must recognise we will not overcome our oppression by oppressing others. In conclusion, the system of patriarchy needs to be dismantled, it is disrespectful to women and dehumanising to men.
Contributors to this debate were Sista Njeri, Sista Nzingha Assata, Sista Rosanna
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Nyansapo – In support of African women
“one cannot lean upon emptiness” – African Proverb, Yoruba
Greetings, It was just a few days ago when I first became aware of her, 27, of Jamaican heritage and with a passion that resonated with my own heart. I loved the fact that she wore her hair natural, the traditional pattern skirt she wore around her waist, silly I know, but it seemed to match the fire inside as she spoke words of resistance through a megaphone. As I approached, her friends told me she had been arrested aged 16 for trying to prevent police from arresting a Nigerian diplomat for a parking offence. During another incident she was made to strip by taunting police officers who wanted ‘proof’ she was a woman. The establishment were petrified of her I’m told. A member of the Black Panther Movement in the UK, a founder of the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD), she was a tireless campaigner for anti-racist, anti-imperialist campaigns. And as I looked up in awe and stared into her face again, I noticed that beautiful smile, I wondered, would she notice me, see me, feel me? I like to think so, not a sex thing but instead a kindred spirit fighting injustice, not perfect, none of us are, but nonetheless a principled and passionate fighter for her people. What’s her name I asked a sista named Emma standing beside her, “Olive Morris” she replied with a smile.
For more info on Olive Morris please check the Remembering Olive Collective (ROC) 2009 (ROC) at www.rememberolivemorris.wordpress.com
As I took away the poster commemorating the life of Olive Morris I smiled and decided I would learn more about this remarkable woman. I think I was one of only four men present in a sea of women as I attended the “Women - The Big Debate” meeting at Brixton library last week. Thankfully the situation was not the same at the event organised on International Women’s Day by the Alliance of Afrikan Women where more men came out in support. Keeping my mouth firmly shut, I listened, observed, learned and was inspired by the power of the women’s movement both here and back at home. In these weekly articles I usually express my own thoughts and opinions, I have a platform to reach thousands often denied many. This week I present a series of short summaries of what I heard and learnt in the hope that like me you too become involved, not only in "machismo" Pan Africanism, but also incorporating its progressive element of female empowerment, all year round.
A Poem By Toyin Agbetu
i love her
the African woman
my physical reflection, my spiritual connection.
she who completes me
normalises and not exoticises me.
respects and not tolerates me,
challenges without embarrassing me,
educates without denigrating me,
loves me, and only me, for me being me.
please try to understand,
i am her man, not a money making fan.
please try to relate,
she is my woman, and not a feminine man.
i’m enslaved by devotion to emotions for her
i’m enraged by erosion of respect towards her
i’m engulfed by her aura of physical perfection
i’m enticed by her presence and her soul, intellect and…
i’m entwined in our struggle , which she recognises..
which she never denies is…
but we are Africans,
and we as Africans complement each other
assimilate and integrate each other
unify and diversify each other
intensify and pacify each other
procreate and multiply as…. lovers
making perfect baby African others.
jagged parts of the same whole
an African family
with high and lows
both equal and unequal
yet together as one
both weak and strong
and old with young
for if I am her sky
then she is my sun
and If I am her tree
then she is my roots
i smile for her
i cry for her
i live for her
and I’ll die for her
i love her
the African Woman.
May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.
Toyin Agbetu is a writer,
film director, poet, and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.
Nyansapo is a community radio station with very limited resources, as such we rely on our listeners to become active, get engaged, call and contribute with news items or sharing empowering community information we may have missed. We request all other phone contributions be limited to a maximum of ten minutes to allow others to interact with the programme. We also ask that new callers recommend a book or film with their contribution.
Bandwidth, donations and fundraising
We are now exceeding our monthly bandwidth allocation and having to incur extra costs to maintain the station. We also need to build an additional two media servers, one for backup purposes. We are asking anyone who is interested in making monthly contributions to go to www.ligali.org/aboutus/donations/.
If only a few listeners were happy enough to make regular donations of at least £12 per month (£3 per week) we could improve the width and quality of our broadcasting service. Whilst the Ligali organisation does not take advertising we will consider programme sponsorship.
Sound quality for callers trying to hear responses down the telephone is sporadic, sometimes the line is clear, on other occasions callers cannot hear us making interaction impossible. Our original objective was to provide a low cost phone number for our community to interact through, we may have to resort to using more flexible but expensive mobile communications technology if this fails. Please bear with us whilst we work on solutions.
|Nyansapo: Reading Matters
Reading Matters:The Nyansapo Listeners Book List
The Nyansapo Listeners Book List
Following our reading matters programme on the 3rd March 2009, listeners have been emailing or calling in the five most influential books they have read.
Remember, we can also help our authors and publishers by going to our local libraries and ordering a copy of their books. As tax payers we fund these institutions and until the government starts enforcing ‘subversive literature’ bans we are entitled to have access to positive reading material that reflects our own cultural, political and spiritual beliefs.
Just thought I might send in my list of books.
First of all thanks for the opportunity to say a few things about Per Ankh. The programme certainly threw up a few more subjects for debate. Ayekoo!!
It was really difficult choosing 5 books because so many have touched different aspects of my life.
- The Healers - Ayi Kwei Armah
- Their Eyes were Watching God - Zora Neal Hurston
- 1984 - George Orwell
- Black Skin, White Masks - Franz Fanon
- The West and Rest of Us - Chinweizu
For those who are interested in learning more about Per Ankh, I may be contacted on -
01371 822 983 or
via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The website is www.perankhbooks.com
Some of our books are available from me via Amazon - just search for the title and when you go to the 'marketplace' click on 'gueye_ama'.
Here is the first edition of the readers list.
Malcolm X speaks on Afro-American History
Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey - Edited by Amy Jacques-Garvey
Africans at the Crossroads: Notes on an African World Revolution - John Henrik Clarke
Enemies: The Clash of Races - Haki R. Madhubuti
Race First – Tony Martin
The Healers – Ayi Kwei Armah
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
1984 – George Orwell
West and the Rest of Us: White Predators, Black Slavers and the African Elite: Chinweizu
Black Skins, White Mask – Frantz Fanon
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
How They Made A Million - Tony Wade
From Superman to Man: Joel Augustus Rogers
Black Scientists & Inventors Series - BIS Publications
Paul Robeson - Here I Stand
Harry Hayward - Black Bolshevik
Jenny Hammond - Fire From The Ashes
Jenny Hammond - Sweeter Than Honey
Langston Hughes - I wonder As I wander
Roots – Alex Haley
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Noughts & Crosses. Malorie Blackman
Ugly - Constance Bristow
The Kebra Nagast - Translated by E. A. Wallis Budge
Introduction to African Civilization - Wallis and Higgins
The Robots Rebellion - David Icke
Getting Black Folks to Sell: George Trower-Subira
The Making of a Pan- Africanist Lawyer - Dudley Thompson
The Beginning/666 Leviathan By Dr Malaki Z York
Ancestors: Hidden Hands, Healing Spirits - Ra Ifagbemi Babalawo
Enoch The Ethiopian by Indus Kemit Kush
The 11 Laws of Gods by Neter Amen
Psycholpathic Racial Personality by Bobby E Wright.
As a man thinketh - James Allen
African Holistic Health- Llaila Africa
Confessions of an economic Hit –John Perkins
Books where the accuracy of author/title is in question
Not Stupid – Angela Austin
Rastafarian – An open challenge to the Church – Ras E sb MacPherson (*Not sure of author/title accuracy)
Our story – Various editors
Comments, Feedback and Complaints
Victims of Violent Crime - February 2009
Name, age, picture
Type of incident
Shawn Callum, 26 of W9
Murdered, gun shot
Shot after a party at a school in Harlesden.
Three men have been arrested. Detectives are appealing for witnesses.
Michael Simon Wright, 17,
Found with fatal stab wounds opposite Maryland railway station in Stratford, east London.
Locals said the victim, described as a stocky black man.
Murdered, gun shot
Shot in the head after leaving his house.
Police officers found the victim with fatal wounds at Barry Road near the junction with Underhill Road, East Dulwich.
There have been no arrests.
If we have missed anyone out or you see an error please let us know by contacting us at email@example.com
African History Is Wider than Enslavement
Miss Serwah from the New African Perspective submits a powerful opinion piece explaining why African History must not be restricted to the 'black' history of enslavement.
I am saddened each time I hear people of African descent saying that enslavement should be taught in schools. Yesterday I was at City Hall when a teacher made a similar comment, but thankfully Kwaku set the record straight. African History, which includes enslavement, should be taught in schools. The curriculum in general, should reflect the contribution of people of African descent to world civilization. In my view, teaching enslavement in isolation is disempowering. This is because Africans are usually presented as amorphous victims, and when it comes to the Abolition, African abolitionists and freedom fighters are not given sufficient recognition, and the spotlight is usually on Europeans, such as William Wilberforce.
Africa’s history spans thousands of years, and does not begin and end with enslavement. Although enslavement had devastating consequences which are still with us, it took place over a relatively short period of time compared to the length of African history. Paul Obinna has produced a Timeline to help us appreciate the length and breadth of African history. Last October, during African History Month in Harrow, organisations including BTWSC and Akoben Awards, put on events on Africa Before Enslavement highlighting African empires, education, architecture, and art to raise awareness and dispel the notion that African history is almost synonymous with enslavement.
I also believe that we should rethink the idea of an enslavement memorial, and replace this with a memorial in honour of African abolitionists and freedom fighters highlighting the likes of Queen Nzingah, Ottabah Cugoano, Olaudah Equiano, Harriet Tubman, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Sam Sharp, and Paul Bogle, to name a few.
Marathon Fund Raisers: Sifundo Msebele- Manzini and Natasha Antoine
Supporting ourSelves: 2 Ladies Fundraising for 100 BMOL
On March 15, Natasha Antoine and Sifundo Msebele-Manzini are running in the Adidas Silverstone Half-Marathon on behalf of the 100BMOL.
They hope that their efforts will help to raise at least £1000 for the 100. Every donation will go towards assisting and strengthening our mentoring, educational and community and family development programmes.
Please support them. Please Support ourSelves
Open letter to Pan African community from Southwark Black Parent Forum
The purpose of this letter is to to introduce our organisation.
We are the Southwark Black Parent Forum, named Black Parent Forum Limited, based in London. We are a registered charity.
The purpose of the forum is to give Black African parent / carers in the community the chance to have their say on how services are provided by public bodies and organisations locally and to raise other matters of local concern
The Forum success depends upon its ability to identify common areas of concern and achieve changes for the betterment of African Parents and children.
We have an alliance of individual sub groups and organisation of Black African Parents in the London Borough of Southwark and identify, develop and progress a common strategic agenda for challenging and improving the position of Black African Parents in Southwark. We develop, promote and support a Black African parents strategy for Southwark. Southwark Council consult appropriate committees and boards of statutory and other relevant agencies in Southwark, on matters relating to Black African Parents. We consider matters referred to it by a committee/board of statutory or the agencies, or by representative organisation of Black African Parents within Southwark. We consider issues of relevance and concern to Black African parents in Southwark, challenge and make representation to the appropriate organisation or agency.
The Black Parents Forum Management believe that unity is the key to our people liberation. With this in mind we would like to spread the word about our organisation and if you are in London, we would be happy to see you.
We have had guest speakers such as : Dr Kimani, Andrew Mohammed, Steve Martin, Paul Obinna, Dr Lez Henry, Toyin Agbetu and many more speaking on subjects such as Black History, Academic Goals Charts for Children, Responsibility of Black Parents and Empowering our children.
The Black Parents Forum meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at Southwark Town Hall, Peckham Road, SE5 8UB from 6-8pm.
We are based at SHRREB 8th Floor, Hannibal House, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6TE.
Charlotte Beaumont| Community Involvement Support Officer
Community Involvement & Development Unit
Southwark Council| Legal & Democratic Services
East House, 35 Peckham Road SE5 8UB
Tel: 020 7525 5502 | Fax: 020 7525 5498
3d Project: Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities.
Support for 3D Project, Spanish Town, Jamaica
Greetings Afrikan people
3D Projects is a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme based in four parishes in Jamaica —
St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Thomas and St. Mary. It is dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities.
Gerlin Bean a serious Pan-Afrikan sister who returned to JA from England in 1987 and is the Director of this project has been working round the clock to keep it going for our disabled children in Jamaica and the project would benefit from assistance from us here in the UK. Over the years Gerlin has put in hours that most of us wouldn't even consider to keep the services operating, their sources of funding has repeatedly been cut over the years.
I know that many are feeling the pinch from the Credit Crunch but i'm sure that any support given will go a long way to ensuring that those from the poorer sections in Jamaica have this service to use.
Please send any contributions directly as outlined in the documentation and we look forward to your support
Sister Nzingha Assata
Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities
Head Office: 14 Monk Street, Spanish Town, St. Catherine,
Tel.: (876)984-2840, Fax: (876)984-7808
Colourful Radio: Now available on DAB
Colourful goes digital
Congratulations to colourful radio for making the progression to DAB radio.
Although the remit Colourful radio has altered to music with soul for valid reasons. Nyansapo was inspired by the revolutionary groundwork provided by the likes of broadcaster and journalist, Henry Bonsu, community activist Spartacus R of GAP Radio and Bro Omowale of the Pan African peoples phone in on Galaxy FM for providing uncompromising online Pan African talk radio. Following them are Voice of Africa radio, Sistas Faye and Latifah in Wales and Sista Ankhobia's On A Level programme to name a few. The British history books in our children's schools may not recognise the importance of them now, but our scribes and griots will ensure the following generations of African people do.
Organised young people save community youth project
The Ligali family would like to pay tribute to the successful campaign organised by the young people at the Starlight Music Academy amongst other organisations who worked hard with community elders to secure another year extension for the project at Offley Road, Brixton.
For far too long many of us have being absorbing the negative propaganda portrayed in the British media that presents out all young people as criminals and wotless. This campaign is further evidence of the fact that whilst there are small pockets of criminality amongst our youth, the overwhelming majority retain the potential of reaching political consciousness and devising strategies capable of challenging and winning against the injustice perpetrated against our community by an elite group of bourgeoisie europeans and colluding Africans.
Impoverished refugees blocked from Refugee Council integration conference
A conference organised by the Refugee Council called “Integration – Building a Life in the UK” has come under much community criticism for charging vulnerable at least £20 to attend.
The conference which is scheduled to take place on 25th March 2009 is expected to exclude the grass root voice of those effected by government policy and instead give a platform to the growing nationalistic statements of government appointees such as Trevor Philips MBE, Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and Phil Woolas, MP, Minister of State for Borders and Immigration.
Susan Tsvangirai dies in car crash
With the new power sharing government just a month old, Zimbabwe has been rocked by the death of the wife of new Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Susan, when their car collided with a lorry on 6th March.
The Prime Minister was also injured in the accident but has since been discharged from hospital. The Tsvangirais had been married for 31 years and had 6 children. Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as the country’s Prime Minister on 30th January, in a government that retains Robert Mugabe as President – much to the barely concealed chagrin of Europe, USA and “white Commonwealth.”
The accident comes two days after Tsvangirai’s inaugural address to Parliament in which he effectively called upon the west to remove sanctions by saying "I therefore urge the international community to recognise our efforts, and to note the progress that we make in this regard, and to match our progress by moving towards the removal of restrictive measures.." The West continues to deny imposing economic sanctions on the country and that they are only deployed against President Mugabe and key members of the ZANU-PF, totaling over 250 individuals, with the new Obama administration intending to continue and extend them, in spite of Tsvangirai’s appeal.
Source: Afrika Speaks with Alkebu-Lan
A character named Mark Shuttleworth is marketing himself as the first African in space. He may not be African but his head is certainly in cloud cuckoo land.
The Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) works with migrants and refugees and in partnership with other agencies to enable migrants and refugees to fully participate in society. For the past 25 years we have worked with migrants and displaced people from all over the world and provided advice, opportunities to learn, to meet with others and to speak out for rights and better treatment of the most vulnerable members of our society.
We are now seeking to employ:
Salary £45,226 p.a.
(Inclusive of ILW) + 6% pension contribution
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team and help us deliver and develop existing and new services.
The Executive Director will manage the delivery of MRC’s vision and play a central role in the external representation of MRC to opinion formers, donors, media and decision makers. The ideal candidate will have experience in leadership and management of staff and a track record in successfully managing and delivering organisational strategies as well as financial management and fundraising.
The post holder will have an in-depth understanding of issues experienced by migrants and refugees. S/he should have a proven record of commitment to social justice and should also be able to articulate our agenda for change with clarity and passion.
The closing date for applications is 5 p.m. on 20th March 2009
Please send completed application and E.O. monitoring form by 5 p.m. on the 20 March 09 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews will be held on 3rd April 2009.
Further information and application pack is available at:
|| Education Matters..
Conference organised by: National Association of Black Supplementary School (NABSS) and the Black and Other UK Home Educators (BAOHE)
Home and Supplementary Education Conference - 6 June 2009
Black and Other UK Home Educators and the National Association of Black Supplementary Schools have got together to put on a conference to update the public about home education and the availability of supplementary education for Black children.
This event will be held at the Hackney Museum on Saturday 6th June
2009 from 11am till 4pm.
We are inviting individuals and organisations in these fields to join us and take part in this event so we can give parents the best information that is available.
There is a wide range of media available for presentations including a Plasma TV and Powerpoint presentation facilities. This will be a FREE event with light refreshments available.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to take part.
Black and Other UK Home Educators
Tel:07958 348 558
||Rites of Passage: Training and Healing
Akoben: Symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.
Date: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free. Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson. Members £2.50 per lesson
Mashufaa is a martial are created for the mental, physical and spiritual upliftment of a generation of people who have become detached from themselves! Mashufaa is about living a life with light through the sweat of training. Sweat lets you know you are alive.
Remember Mind, Body and Spirit are one. Train to live and live to train. Mashufaa Classes will take place from at The Albany Theatre (Plum Room) nearest Rail: Deptford or DLR Deptford Bridge.
Monday and Fridays
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
Venue: Boy Scouts Centre (Near Bruce Castle Park), All Hallows Road, London N17 7ADTube: Travel: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove / Buses: 123, 243, W4
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross / Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177
Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734
New play on David Oluwale - 11 March 2009
A new play based on Kester Aspden's award winning book The Hounding of David Oluwale telling the story of one of the earliest recorded African deaths in police custody.
- 11-14 March 2009, New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS
- 16-21 March 2009, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB
- 24-28 March 2009, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ
- 31 March-4 April 2009, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF
Seminars/talks on African (Black) Britain
Venue: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS
Time: 6 to 7.30pm
March 18 - Miranda Kaufmann, Christ Church, Oxford: The African Presence in Britain 1500-1640
April 15 - Maghan Keita, Villanova University: The return of the Black Knight: the African in the construction medieval and renaissance European identity
May 13 - David Clover, Librarian, ICS: Dispersed or destroyed: archives, the West Indian Students’ Union and public memory
June 10 - Cliff Pereira Black and Asian Community voice and Local History - The Bexley example
Book Signing: Dwain Chambers - Race Against Me
Date: Tuesday 10th March
Time: 7 -10 pm
Location: Centerprise Trust, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS
Adm: For more info contact 020 7254 9632
Dwain Chambers will be signing his autobiography 'Race Against Me'
Raimi Gbadamosi Conversation Pieces at Tate Britain
Date: Thursday 12 March 2009
Artist and theorist Raimi Gbadamosi challenges the way art objects relate to the viewer particularly in relation to questions of race, language and power. In this talk and gallery tour, Dr Gbadamosi asks crucial questions of the Tate Collection in relation to his own practice: 'What do I do? What did they do? And what do we all do now?'.
Tate Britain Manton Studio
£5 (£4 concessions), booking recommended
Please visit http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/eventseducation/talks/16927.htm for booking
Palestine and Africa. What's the connection?
Date: Friday 13th March 2009
Location: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road SW2 (Tube: Brixton)
A special presentation sampling the work of Ben Bousquet, Tony Tee, Lord Balfour, Edward Said, Golda Meir, John Pilger,Tony Benn, Chaim Weizman, Noam Chomsky, and John Henrik Clarke to examine the background to the recent attacks on Gaza. Unusual and little known facts such as the following will be ilustrated with video evidence in this interactive session
A BlackStarliner production www.blackstarline.info,www.myspace.com/brotherhakim with www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
West Indian Troops in WW1 defeated the Turks in winning Palestine for the British,
Palestinians fought in WW2 for the British,
Uganda and Guyana were considered as homeland nations for European refugees, Ethiopians were relocated from Africa to Israel
Sudanese government sent aid to Palestinians, while in Darfur there is a lack of aid for Sudanese people
The British blocked holocaust survivors from landing in Palestine in 1947
A CHARMED LIFE: film screening and debate on family history
Date: Friday 13th March 2009
Time: Doors open 5.45pm
Location: Hackney Museum Hackney Technology and Learning Centre1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
The documentary examines life and times of Hackney resident Eddie Martin Noble (1917-2007 and opinions and values of inspiring young people. The film also and gives a historical perspectives on issues around colonisation of the Caribbean, racism in the RAF during the war, the colour bar and racial inequality in post-war Britain. The film raises issue of the legacy of the Windrush Generation in Britain. The story of Eddie Noble inspired the book ‘Small Island’ by Andrea Levy.
Director: Ros Gihan Williams & Patrick Vernon / 64min /2008 / UK.
Welcoming Remarks Patrick Vernon Every Generation
6.05 pm Film commences
7.10pm Family History Discussion
Light refreshments will be served
RSVP Cheryl Bowen 020 8356 3000 email@example.com
Restoration and Realisation of Self course in pictures
Date: 14th March 2009
Location: Walthamstow E17
Adm: £6.50 donation (food will be available on sale)
2nd Saturday of Every Month
A composition of images, audio and video
This is a course for beginner, an introduction for participants in World History from a Black perspective: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americans, the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks, Romans. We will explore the global black experience and relate this to the here and now. The civilisations of Europe, the Dark Ages, politics of economics, the politics of race and nationalism, culture and identity, religion and spirituality.
Participants will learn about themselves, as they explore through themes and visual representation and then relate this to themselves and the present.
The course runs for 13 sessions
For more information: 07958 671 267 or 07816 277 360
Challenging assumptions and building for the future.
bfm Film Club: NO! The Rape Documentary (UK Premier)
Sunday 15th March 2009
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square).
Tickets: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members
International Women’s Month Special
If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would heal itself, it must complete the work [NO!] begins.
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, The Color Purple
One out of three women in the United States will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. NO! an award-winning documentary, unveils the realities of rape, other forms of sexual violence, and healing in African-American communities, through intimate testimonies from Black women victim-survivors. Formed through commentary , archival footage, performance poetry and dance; NO! sheds public light on what is a rarely discussed topic , including incest and the way in which rape has been used as a weapon of homophobia .
NO! will be introduced by Ayanna Serwaa, an Empowerment Therapist who actively works with groups, organisations and individuals to 'heal the scars of violence'
Winner “Audience Choice Award” at the San Diego Women Film Festival, and the “Best Documentary Award” at the India International Women’s Film Festival.
Dir: Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Dur: 94min / US, 2006
Book: 0207 930 3647 or online at www.ica.org.uk
By Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus
By Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 176
BFM: www.bfmmedia.com or contact Film Club Co-ordinator Nadia Denton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Every Child Matters”: What is its Relevance to African Children?
Date: Thursday, 19th March 2009
Time: 13:00pm – 4:30pm (including lunch)
Location: London Councils,
59½ Southwark Street,
London SE1 0AL
Key issues to be addressed include:
- What are the specific needs and priorities confronting African children in the UK today?
- How does Every Child Matters respond to African community concerns about the safety and well being of their children?
- What role can African community and faith organisations play in promoting the Every Child Matters agenda for the benefit of the children in our community?
This workshop will aim to generate an in-depth exploration of the above issues. Members and other participants will work in groups to identify some of t he ways African community and faith organisations can actively contribute towards ensuring the ECM agenda works better for African children in London.
To register for the event and for further information on the Safeguarding African Children Network (SACN), please contact: Justin Bahunga, Policy Officer, AFRUCA.Tel: 0207 704 2261, Email: Justin@Afruca.org
The Safeguarding African Children Network
The Safeguarding African Children Network has been established by AFRUCA to provide an opportunity for mutual learning and support among African communities and faith organisations working in the area of or interested in the safeguarding of African children in London. The Network also aims bring to the attention of policy makers and practitioners issues and concerns regarding the protection needs of African children and their own experiences and expertise in addressing them.
AFRUCA - Africans Unite Against Child Abuse
Unit 3D/F Leroy House
436 Essex Road
London N1 3QP
tel: +44 (0) 207 704 2261
fax: +44 (0) 207 704 2266
White King, Red Rubber, Black Death
Date: Saturday 21 March 2009
Location: BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall), Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Contact: Phone: 0207 928 3232 / www.bfi.org.uk/southbank
King Leopold II of Belgium in the early 20th century turned the Congo into a vast rubber-harvesting labour camp in which he killed millions and amputated the hands of tens of thousands while claiming he was civilising the African. Although represented in the west as typical "african savagery" the chopping off of hands was promoted by white people as a means of terrorising Africans to collect rubber in order to make Europeans rich. This is why one of the world's richest countries is home to such misery today. This award winning documentary sets the context for understanding the crisis in Kivu, the 5 milllion Congolese deaths in the last ten years and why Patrice Lumumba was assassinated by Western governments. The Congo was also crucial to the winning of World War 2.
Followed by panel discussion
**Congo refugee crisis. The British government is sending Congolese people
who have escaped violence in the Congo to seek refuge in the UK, back to the
Congo even though there is proof that those who have previously been returned
have disappeared never to be heard of again. This is soon to happen to 9 year old Tony and his mother Mirielle who have been arrested and locked up in a detention centre. To find out why they are deporting such people click here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-expels-5000-congo-refugees-1055695.html
To stop it happening sign the petition here http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/25165.html
Date: Saturday 21 March 2009
Location: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1 (Tube: Lambeth North)
Adm: Free entry: First come,first served
1946 after African people had fought and died all over the world for Britain those still in England were told to go back where they had come from. On this day we will tell the untold stories of the post-war generation with films, audio clips and testimony from war veterans who were also veterans of the Civil Rights movement in Britain. As an African in the post-war years you were:
- refused bank loans
- refused jobs
- restricted to live in bombed out areas
- blocked from buying homes
- harassed by police
- refused entry to churches
- refused service in pubs, hotels, restaurants
- forced to pay a higher mortgage than whites
- spat at on public transport
- attacked by the general public
- treated as if stupid in schools
War veterans such as Billy Strachan, Sam King and Connie Marks used their organising skills to fight such discrimination. We will focus on how such obstacles were overcome and if the lessons have been learned/remembered by the present generation .
Lecture on Queen Nefertari and the African women of Nubia
Venue: Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
Date: 21 & 22 March 2009
Time:1pm to 5pm
Nubia Museum’s Deputy Director Mrs Thanaa Hassan Mousa, Head of Education Department will lecture on Queen Nefertari, and other Nubian women. The presentations will include details on their contribution to Nubian society. I SHOULD ADD THAT NUBIA MUSEUM is in ASWAN, EGYPT. Thanaa is an Egyptologist (and a Nubiologist, to coin a phrase).
The Programme includes Performance Poetry; LOUIS BUCKLEY’S Presentation of the film, NUBIAN SPIRIT; and other features.
PRESENTED BY THE EQUIANO SOCIETY in association with MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS
Date: Saturday 25 April 2009
Location: BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Adm: Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Contact: Phone 0207 928 3232 www.bfi.org.uk/southbank
Africa Addio (Italy 1966) Part of the Mondo Caine school. This is the film that preceded the banned and hated Goodbye Uncle Tom and was said to be so racist that the filmakers made Uncle Tom to prove they were not, in any way, racist. This shock-documentary alleges to show the turmoil following the fall of colonialism and how Africans coped without their benevolent European masters.
See for yourself if any of these styles of representation of black people which were deemed offensive then are still current in news reports or Hollywood films but accepted as 'normal' by viewers who have no knowledge of their history.
Followed by panel discussion
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Images of Black Women Film festival
Date: 27 -29th March 2009
Location: The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR (nearest tube Kilburn on the jubilee line)
Contact: Box Office 0207 328 1000
Friday 27th march 2009 - 8.00pm (85 mins)
EUROPEAN PREMIERE FEATURE FILM "FROM A WHISPER"
Saturday 28th March -" Secret Life Of Bees"
2.45 pm - 4.35pm(110 mins)
Saturday 28th march"Hair Piece" + "Alma's Rainbow"
4:45 - 6:30pm (10 mins + 85 mins)
Sunday 29th March - 11:00am-1:00pm Adult workshop by DFG: Documentary film production
Sunday 29th March
1:30pm - 2:15pm Short Film Competition Award
Sunday March 29th 2:30pm - 4:15pm
AFRO SAXONS By Rachel Wang(84 mins)
Sunday March 29th 4:30pm - 6:30pm(97mins.)
Johnny Mad Dog by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
IBW Screening: From A Whisper
Date: Friday 27th March 2009
Time: 8.00pm (85 mins)
Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR (nearest tube Kilburn on the Jubilee line)
Contact: Box Office 0207 328 1000
From a whispher is an endearing tale of two parallel lives of an artist and an intelligence officer; both indirect casualties on the August 7 US Embassy attack in 1998. They find comfort in the help they give each other to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones who they have been mourning for the last 10 years. Q&A with Director Wanuri Kahiu.
TICKETS SELLING FAST ENSURE YOU HAVE YOUR PLACE OF THIS VERY SPECIAL FILM ONLY ONE SHOWING - DON'T MISS OUT BOOK ON LINE OR CALL THE BOX OFFICE NOW!
Spring Literary Festival
Centerprise Literature presents a two week festival of literary extravaganza, including book launches, lectures, debates, poetry, films and music. All events start with a short presentation by Ian Randle Publishers (IRP), Jamaica.
Date: Fri 6th - 18th Wed March 2009
Location: Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS (unless otherwise stated)
Time: 6.30 pm-10pm.
Adm: £3 (redeemable with the purchase of the author’s book)
Featuring visiting writer Michael Anthony, noted historians Prof. Verene Shepherd and Prof. Hilary Beckles from the University of West Indies plus Dwain Chambers, Dr Robinson Milwood and David Simon.
Festival launch by Hackney Writers Group featuring the I-storians viz., Oma-Ra, Dimela & Ngoma Silver. Plus Poets & Artistes from Black Women in the Arts
Dwain Chambers launches his critically acclaimed autobiography: Against Me – My Story
Dwain Chambers will read and signing copies of his autobiography: Race Against Me – My Story. Venue: Manor
Location: Gardens Welfare Trust, 6-9 Manor Gardens, London N7 6LA.
Time: 4pm - 6pm Adm: Free.
Contact: Tel: 020 7561 5267
Dr Robinson Milwood – reads and discusses his work European Christianity and the Atlantic Slave Trade A BlackHermeneutical Study
David Simon author of ‘How to Unlock your Child Genius’ launches his latest book, ‘How to Unlock your Family’s Genius’.
International Women’s Day event with Prof. Verene Shepherd, University of West Indies reads and discusses her latest work: Livestock, Sugar and Slavery Supported by Poets & Artistes from Black Women in the Arts
Michael Anthony, Trinidadian author of ‘All That Glitters’ and other titles reads and discusses his work. Supported by theHackney Calypso Tent featuring Tobago Crusoe, Deloris Francis and De Alberto.
Admission: £6 conc: £5.
Topic: Why Reparations? The Caribbean Case to remedy the worse atrocities in the annals of human history
Lecture: Prof. Hilary Beckles of the University of West Indies (To be confirmed)
17th March 2009
Email or phone to confirm.
This event is supported by Ian Randle Publishers (IRP), Jamaica and Every Generation Media, UK.
Note: Ian Randle Publishers (IRP) will be in London from late February 2009 for a three week literary tour and will welcome enquiries from Schools, Colleges, Universities, aspiring writers and established writers about their titles and work.
The renowned Jamaican master painter Barrington Watson has completed a major work featuring on one canvas all the Jamaican gold medal winners at the Beijing Olympics led by Usain Bolt (approximate 20X30”) on display and for sale.
For further details contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com, tel: 020 7254 9632
Thacmho: Development Day
THACMHO Development Day
Date: Thursday 26th March 2009
Time: 12:30 - 4:00pm
Location: Exmouth Community Centre, Braysford Square, London E1 0SG
Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organisation warmly invites you to our development day. An event designed to give us an opportunity to plan our future activities. We are inviting past and prospective partners to lunch and our guest session so that they can have a better understanding of our organisation as a whole. Their input will enable our membership to effectively plan our 2009-2010 programme.
A study by Alvin Kofi: Lost But Not Forgotton
Studies of Life by Alvin Kofi: Lost But Not Forgotton
Date: 27-29 March 2009
Time: 12-9 pm
Venue: Alexandra Galleries, 115 Melfort Road, Thornton Heath Surrey, CR7
Special soft opening on the 27th. Come, enjoy, talk and meet the artist.
For more info: 07961 422 061 / 0208 249 5807
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
IBW Screening: The Secret Life of Bees
Date: Saturday 28th March 2009
Time: 2:45-4:35pm (110 mins)
Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR (nearest tube Kilburn on the Jubilee line)
Contact: Box Office 0207 328 1000
The Secret life of Bees is based on the Best Selling book by Sue Monk Kidd set in 1964, South Carolina. It's an enchanting parable of hope and love. Singing sensations Queen Latifah, Alicia Keyes and Jennifer Hudson star alongside British born and Oscar nominated actress Sophie Okonedo brings the bewitching tale by Gina Prince Bytheswood to life.
Dr Sebi UK Tour: A Holistic Herbal Healing Event
Date: Saturday 29th March 2009
The Tabernacle, Powis Square, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY
Tube: Westbourne Park/Ladbrook Grove Buses:7,70,58,23,31,28,328
Contact: Kathy or Ian - 020 7043 7530/07506929554
Website: www.drsebi.com / www.drsebiproducts.com
African Market Day
Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 10- 5pm
Venue: Woolwich Town hall, Market street, London SE18 6PW
Come and experience a taste of what Africa and the Caribbean has to offer.
Exhibitors will be displaying Jewellery, Arts and Crafts, Music, Hair and Beauty, Marketing
Live performances by Zil'o'ka, Kay Young, Kersha Bailey,Church Boyz and many more
0203 393 57 35 /
07908 144 311