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Greetings Family,

Note: Next week, 19th May 2009 will mark the last release of the Nyansapo Newsletter for two months. The Ligali Organisation itself will also not be accepting any new work until August 2009 when we will return for African Remembrance Month.  The widely respected community worker and broadcaster Sista C will be hosting the Pan African Drum for a few weeks from 26 May 2009. The weekly topical community programme will broadcast live every Tuesday from 9pm – 12 midnight.

If you cannot access the website then it will be available direct by clicking the link below;
Nyansapo Radio


Nyansapo - is an online community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues. Our next Pan African Drum programme on 12 May 2009 will address the issue of;

Passing The Baton : Are our young people prepared for success?


Nyansapo

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9pm - 10pm
Pan African News (Mixing international and local news)

Community announcements and contributions from listeners are welcome.

10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
Passing The Baton : Are our young people prepared for success?

11:30 - 12:00am (ish)
Loose Ends
Organic cook up flavoured discussion on recent media, films, books and cultural arts.


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Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

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Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Passing The Baton

“A travelling baby tied on the back of her mother does not know that trekking is tiresome” – African Proverb, Igbo
 
Greetings, around twelve months from now the Ligali organisation will undergo a major transformation. I will be stepping down as its head to work on other projects including Nyansapo, whilst sharing my knowledge and skills with other organisations doing progressive works for our community. I don’t make this announcement to cause shock or alarm (and I suspect for some people -  joy), but instead to act in recognition of my duty not to inherit one of the most cancerous and harmful weakness of many Africans in leadership - the failure of elders to let go of power and transfer leadership to the responsible and most able amongst our young.

Don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that I am advocating those with wisdom and experience should all simply draw a pension (now that’s a joke), roll over and die. Far from it, there is still much work to do in advocacy, consultancy, inspiring, teaching, healing, conflict mediation and transformation. That is not to mention in the case of those that have been very active workers, maintaining and rebuilding links with friends and family weakened over the years.

I think we tend to forget that some of the greatest workers in our history were very young when they started along their path of achievement. Thomas Sankara was 33 when he risked and ultimately paid with his life for choosing to tackle corruption in Burkina Faso and the malevolent influence of imperialism, Martin Luther King was 26 when he accepted the leadership of the historic Montgomery bus boycott. Fred Hampton was 21, when he was assassinated by the US Government for being a Panther member committed to the empowerment of Africans in America.

In fact in 2004 the Chicago City Council unanimously approved a resolution commemorating Dec. 4, 2004, as "Fred Hampton Day in Chicago." The resolution read in part: "Fred Hampton, who was only 21 years old, made his mark in Chicago history not so much by his death as by the heroic efforts of his life and by his goals of empowering the most oppressed sector of Chicago's Black community, bringing people into political life through participation in their own freedom fighting organization."

I believe too many of us have greatly underestimated the potential of our young people, and in so doing many of us have bought into the myth that our children are feral animals to be controlled and contained.  The tragedy of this is that in adopting this stance we have begun colluding through passivity with our own oppression. 

This is not good enough, which is why after ten years of community activism through the Ligali Organisation. I feel the time will be right to pass on the baton. I will of course write more on this as the time draws nearer.

In the meanwhile I want to focus on our responsibility to arm our young people with purpose and self determination. You see, whilst we all have a role in shaping the future of our community, it is our children that will live longest with the results and therefore must ultimately be given the skills and knowledge to be successful on the behalf of all of us, including parents and Ancestors.

Being Truthful, I am just not sure we have been as successful in achieving this as we could have been. Just as I meet many parents that are actively involved in their children’s education, I also meet far more who not only spoil their children, but also in the long term weaken the ability of them to walk, let alone run with confidence and direction into the future. Many of these children are for all intent and purpose - defenceless and I believe that this is a collective failure of us all.

The problem is that many people believe that there is one magic answer, that if we take our young people to a couple of community events or dump then in a Saturday school then this alone will ensure that they will turn out alright.

Whilst this is an excellent start, to do this and nothing else is an act of self denial.

Depending on which direction some of us are leaning we will often argue that we need to prioritise behavioural rituals that cement our position, our area of expertise, our own individual power. This is not the solution. Whilst walking my path I have come across those that believe political education and activism is the single most important thing for our liberation. They are wrong. I have also come across those that believe spirituality and/or religious worship is the only way we will overcome, they too are wrong.

I believe we as a people will continue to face unnecessary obstacles to our progress until we embrace BOTH the political and spiritual with a culturally shared pan-African purpose. Our children need to see the solutions practiced in front of them on a daily basis at home, not just on weekends or when in the company of others. Far too often I witness many of us either following the ‘do as I say, not what I do’ maxim or going the other way and claiming to be ‘holier than thou’ whilst behind closed doors indulging in bad behaviour. Both of these practices can be extremely harmful. I know, as much as we can try to live a righteous life we are all prone to making bad decisions. All people, both young and old learn from experience, both good and bad. The wise understands that the absolute perfection demanded of us from those claiming to be ordained as perfect is a myth destined to end in failure. The student often learns their most important lessons from experiencing, examining, acknowledging and transforming their mistakes. The baby only learns to walk by first progressing from the experience of crawling and continuously falling over.

It’s about the journey, it always has been. And whilst leaders are essential for both political and spiritual direction, we must avoid those professing to be some kind of messiah capable of providing the ‘only true path’.

‘My way or the highway’ is not an traditional African custom.

Wisdom dictates that we engage with our young people no matter how challenging and explain the practical benefits of the work we do. Good leadership is never afraid of being questioned and robustly challenged in public. Honest scrutiny in the light will always be more beneficial to us than those lurking in the shadows operating immorally through secrecy in the dark. This is because in order to provide clarity it is essential leadership is not only able to demonstrate the progress its direction takes us in but also provide a map to help guide others looking to follow our path.

Preaching unity for the sake of unity achieves nothing but enrich the public influence of the elite that claim to be ‘community leaders’. Praising the Creator and Ancestors whilst demanding extortionate contributions achieves nothing but enrich the pockets of the elite professing to be ‘spiritual healers’. Making monthly payments to organisations where the leadership has a proven track record of stagnation, rhetoric and worse yet spiritual and political impotence takes away valuable resources from the many sincere community workers quietly dedicating their lives to our liberation.

They need our help.

You see let’s not get this twisted, as well as the frauds there are many other genuine people in our global pan African community with a solid history of work which can be evidenced. A little research and examination of the facts will reveal these often ‘invisible’ community workers are definitely worthy of us making monthly donations to their organisations which not only tend to work in a traditional collaborative manner, but also reject the cult of personality for a vision of leadership that is both positive and progressive .

I started this topic by focusing on the need for elders to hand over the baton and ensure that our young people are actually there beside us ready to take it. Next year I intend to follow this time honoured example and take an even more supportive role in the education of our young people. You see I believe that until we have freedom from oppression, none of us have the luxury (or right) to sit back watching others running the race that will ultimately determine all our liberties.

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.


Education and Community Development Seminar:
Independent learning and the empowerment of young people

Toyin will be screening his latest film Maisha Solutions and discussing the theme of Independent learning and the empowerment of young people at the University of East London, Cass School of Education, Stratford Campus on Wednesday 13 May 6.30

Please contact Abiola Ogunsola if you would like to attend
a.m.ogunsola@uel.ac.uk

See:
http://educationandcommunitydevelopment.blogspot.com/2009/03/education-and-community-development.html for information and directions.

 

 

Nyansapo: News and Updates

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Nyansapo: The Pan African Drum

Newsletter Update

Sista C

The widely respected community worker and broadcaster Sista C will be hosting the Pan African Drum for a few weeks from 26 May 2009. The weekly topical community programme will broadcast live every Tuesday from 9pm – 12 midnight.

Remember: If you cannot access the website then it will be available direct by clicking the link below;
Nyansapo Radio


Help With Promotion

If you have watched and felt empowered by any of our films then we are asking if you could go to your local library and ask them to obtain a copy for their shelves. If you work in media we are requesting you write a review or ask your editors to consider doing a feature on the topics contained in our films. If your local African bookshop does not have a copy and is willing to collect donations on our behalf then please ask them to contact us. If you attend or are involved in the running of a Saturday or after school club then please consider arranging a screening of our films to the children and their parents.

We cannot continue to do the work without us being in support of each other, we will not be successful in realising our aspirations without first achieving unity of purpose.


Become Involved

  • Spreading The Word
    Nyansapo is the response of the Ligali organisation following the continuing demise of printed media as an efficient means of distributing community news. We face constant attack, and so with limited resources have to rely solely on recommendations and word of mouth to grow and develop. Please encourage others to listen and if moved, to share their views with our listeners on air or through email.
  • Pan African News Request
    Every week we start the Pan African drum with coverage of the weeks stories from Africa kindly provided to us by the African Development Institute. We would welcome a weekly digest from Africans with links in the Caribbean, South America and europe who could also provide us with a similar resource.
  • News Update
    If there are any stories of events we have failed to cover or we have inadvertently published incorrect information about an issue then please contact us with updates and information.
 

Maisha Solutions: Screenings

Maisha Solution DVD
Maisha Solutions DVD:
Every door has its own key

Education and Community Seminar

Date: Wednesday 13 May 2009
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Stratford Campus of the University of East London
, E15 4LZ


Toyin Agbetu writer, film director, poet and the founder of Ligali, the Pan African human rights based organisation where he is head of social and education policy, will screen and discuss (a shortened version of) his latest film, Maisha Solutions in which he shares the results of his three year journey across three continents in seek of solutions to the many problems African people currently face as a result of Maafa. Rejecting the classic ten point plan method, Maisha Solutions instead features contributions from various voices across the world with a strong emphasis placed upon independent learning and the empowerment of young people and women.

As this will be the final seminar in the series, and because it will include a screening, the seminar will begin at 6.30 and end at 8.30



 

African Remembrance - Historical Icons


Ken Saro-Wiwa and Children

Ken Saro Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa was born in October 1941, the eldest son of a prominent family in Ogoni, which is today in Rivers State, Nigeria. After leaving university he initially pursued an academic career.

During the Biafran war (1967-1970) he was a Civilian Administrator for the Port of Bonny, near Ogoni in the Niger Delta. He went on to be a businessman, novelist and television producer. His long-running satirical TV series Basi & Co was purported to be the most watched soap opera in Africa.

Two of his best known works were drawn from his observations and experiences of the Biafran war. His most famous work, Sozaboy: a Novel in Rotten English, is a harrowing tale of a naive village boy recruited into the army. On a Darkling Plain, is a diary of his experiences during the war.

Ken Saro-Wiwa was consistently concerned about the treatment of Ogoni within the Nigerian Federation and in 1973 was dismissed from his post as Regional Commissioner for Education in the Rivers State cabinet, for advocating greater Ogoni autonomy.

Protest and the Movement for Survival

Shell started producing oil in the Delta in 1958. In 1970 the first seeds of the current conflict were sown when Ogoni Chiefs handed a petition to the local Military Governor complaining about Shell, then operating a joint venture with BP. According to the petition, the company was "seriously threatening the well-being, and even the very lives" of the Ogoni. That year there was a major blow-out at the Bomu oilfield in Ogoni. It continued for three weeks, causing widespread pollution and outrage.

By the eighties other communities were beginning to protest. The Iko people wrote to Shell in 1980 demanding, "compensation and restitution of our rights to clean air, water and a viable environment where we can source for our means of livelihood."

In 1987, when the Iko once again held a peaceful demonstration against Shell, the notorious Mobile Police Force (MPF), locally known as “kill-and-go” was called. 40 houses were destroyed and 350 people were made homeless by the MPF’s attack.

In August 1990, the Ogoni elders signed the Ogoni Bill of Rights, which called for "political control of Ogoni affairs by Ogoni people, control and use of Ogoni economic resources for Ogoni development, adequate and direct representation as of right for Ogoni people in all Nigerian national institutions and the right to protect the Ogoni environment and ecology from further degradation". That year the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), a non-violent action group, was formed.

Injustice

Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ledum Mitee and several others although not formally charged, were arrested in connection with the deaths of four conservative Ogoni leaders killed in Gokana, giving the military an excuse to "justify" a military presence. Amnesty International issued a statement that Saro-Wiwa's arrest was "part of the continuing suppression by the Nigerian authorities of the Ogoni people's campaign against the oil companies" and declared Saro-Wiwa a "prisoner of conscience - held because of his non-violent political activities."

Whilst Saro-Wiwa was routinely tortured in prison, put in leg-irons, and denied access to family, friends, a lawyer and medication, the Internal Security Task Force, "ostensibly searching for those directly responsible for the killings", started "deliberately terrorising the whole community, assaulting and beating indiscriminately", according to Amnesty International. Over the next few months, hundreds of Ogoni were arrested, beaten, intimidated and killed. Many young girls, older women and pregnant women were raped. Thousands fled in terror into the bush as Okuntimo's soldiers looted hundreds of villages destroying houses in a systematic campaign of terror to 'sanitize Ogoni'. Okuntimo told a British environmentalist he detained that "he was doing it all for Shell ... But he was not happy because the last time he had asked Shell to pay his men their out-station allowances he had been refused which was not the usual procedure".

Bribed by Shell Oil

In connection with Saro-Wiwa's trial an affidavit was signed by one of the two chief prosecution witnesses, Charles Danwi. It alleged that he had been bribed by Shell and others to testify against Saro-Wiwa. It read: "He was told that he would be given a house, a contract from Shell and Ompadec and some money ... He was given 30,000 Naira ... At a later meeting security agents, government officials and …representatives of Shell and Ompadec were all present." Another affidavit from the other Chief prosecution witness, Nayone Akpa, was signed alleging that he was offered "30,000 Naira, employment with the Gokana Local Government, weekly allowances and contracts with Ompadec and Shell" if he signed a document that implicated Saro-Wiwa too.

Shell of course denies bribing the prosecution witnesses, but it was meeting secretly with the Nigerian military and government. In March 1995, a meeting took place between four senior Shell officials, the Nigerian High Commissioner and the Nigerian Army and Police at the Shell Centre in London where a strategy was planned against the protests.

But the protests continued. Saro-Wiwa's brother, Owens Wiwa, secretly met the head of Shell Nigeria, Brian Anderson between May and July in order to explore ways of securing Saro-Wiwa's release. Anderson told Owens that “He would be able to help us get Ken freed if we stopped the protest campaign abroad”.

Saro-Wiwa wrote for his closing testimony at the trial: "I and my colleagues are not the only ones on trial. Shell is here on trial and it is as well that it is represented by counsel said to be holding a watching brief. The Company has, indeed, ducked this particular trial, but its day will surely come and the lessons learnt here may prove useful to it for there is no doubt in my mind that the ecological war that the company has waged in the Delta will be called to question sooner than later and the crimes of that war be duly punished. The crime of the Company’s dirty wars against the Ogoni people will also be punished."

On 10 November 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight others were executed in defiance of international appeals for leniency. There was international condemnation and outrage against both the military junta and Shell. The condemnation led to the strengthening of limited sanctions, and Nigeria was suspended from the Commonwealth.

I’ll tell you this, I may be dead but my ideas will not die.
Ken Saro-Wiwa 1995

For the full history please go to;

http://www.remembersarowiwa.com/
http://www.shellguilty.com/

 

Maafa History


Kelso Cochrane

Kelso Cochrane Memorial Walk and Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Saturday 16th May 2009
Time: 4pm
Location: 12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Adm: Free (first come first served)

Screening will take place following Kelso Cochrane memorial walk (starts 12pm Kensal Green Cemetery)

Grove Roots unearths the rise of the Notting Hill Carnival, the fruition of 'Frestonia' and the lives of unique local figures such as Claudia Jones and Peter Rachmann.Featuring the voices of renowned screenwriter Richard Curtis as well as other local musicians, artists, community workers and residents, the film tells the story of the Ladbroke Grove area from the 1958 race riots to the ethnically rich place it is today. Made by 8 local, young people with the help of the Octavia Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

N.B. time of screening is subject to change if procession over-runs

For further information, contact Kate Glinsman by email: kate.glinsman@octaviahousing.org.uk or by phone: 020 8354 5592.


Kelso Cochrane to be commemorated with Blue Plaque

50 years after the violent murder of local resident Kelso Cochrane on 17th May 1959, the community will be commemorating this 50th Anniversary by installing and unveiling a Blue Plaque at the spot where he died in North Kensington to honour his memory.

The plaque will be unveiled at 3pm on Sunday 17th May at the Grove Inn Restaurant & Bar at the junction of Golborne Road and Southam Street, W10, by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor The Hon Joanna Gardner, and His Excellency Dr Karl Roberts, High Commissioner of Antigua and Barbuda.

Other speakers include Manpreet Dillon - Managing Director of Kensington Housing Trust, Colin Prescod - HISTORYtalk, Alex Pascal - Broadcaster, North Kensington MP Karen Buck, Jak Beula - Nubian Jak Community Trust, and Golborne Councillor Emma Dent Coad.

Also attending will be Velma Davis, aged 80, who has lived in North Kensington since the mid 1950s.

The plaque unveiling is part of a weekend programme of Kelso Cochrane events, from 15th to 17th May.

Friday 15 May - Concert for Kelso - 7 til midnight @ the Tabernacle Powis Square, London W11 2AY

For more information, contact:
Isis Amlak: 07941 478 498 / Councillor Pat Mason: 07951 608 165
Jak Beula:
Saturday 16 May -Kelso Cochrane Memorial Event - 12 noon @ Grave side Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, London W10 4RA, followed by the March along Ladbroke Grove to Portobello Green and a concert and film evening at the 12 Acklam Road London W10.


 

Victims of Violence - April 2009

 

Date

Name, age, picture

Type of incident

Details

Outcome

27/04/09

Oluwaseyi Christopher Sunday Ogunyemi, 16,

Stabbing - died from multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Died after he was stabbed several times on an estate in Lambeth.

Neighbours said up to 30 youths, many of them armed, were involved in the street fight and said it was sparked by an earlier knife attack.

Detectives continue to question two men aged 21 and 25 on suspicion of murder. A 17-year-old boy remains under arrest in hospital.
A second 17-year-old boy has also been arrested on suspicion of assault. All four suspects suffered stab wounds.
A fifth youth, a 15-year-old boy originally arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail.

July 2008

Court case update!

Shakilus Townsend, 16

Stabbed and beaten

Shakilus Townsend was killed at the hands of his love interest's rival.

He was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed in the chest in a cul-de-sac in Thornton Heath, South London, last July.

He had followed a 15-year-old girl that he claimed to be in love with to the neighbourhood where a gang waited for him. The attack was arranged by the girl's 18-year-old boyfriend Danny McLean.

Mr McLean, 18, claimed to have stabbed the victim in self defence when a knife was drawn on him. The girl and other gang members involved deny the charges.

 

Comments and Feedback

 

Job Opportunties in a theatre production
Broadway transfer on look-out for British ‘new, black talent’


Hi All,

I hope this email finds you well. I'm working with the producers of the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof who are bringing a black production of it from Broadway to the West End this fall. The producers are friends of mine. This June, they will start searching for creative production staff for the West End run and they are very keen to ensure that black British talent get a fair shot at some of those job openings so I'm hoping you can pass this message along to your networks.

Debbie Allen (of Fame and A Different World) is directing the play. James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad (of the Cosby Show)--and possibly Adrian Lester--are a few of the lead actors in the play this fall. The show is going to be big. The producers are black Americans who brought CAT to Broadway with Terrance Howard and Anika Noni Rose last year. Here's the producers website http://www.cat2008onbroadway.com/

Some of the jobs include, set design and construction, lighting, wardrobe, hair and makeup stylists, etc. All interested parties should look at the Stage UK magazine article for contact details for Treagus Stoneman, which is the General Management company handling employment.

I've posted a link to the Stage UK magazine article that was just written about their search for black creative production staff. The contact details are in the article. I don't know if many people will read it/see it so I wanted to know if you could just send this email out to your networks to ensure folks hear about this.

The link for the Stage magazine article is below.

http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/24196/broadway-transfer-on-look-out-for-british


 

Dear Friend,

We are currently organising our “African Street Market” which will be taking place 25th July 2009 in central London.

If you or your organisation is interested in exhibiting or taking part please send us an email so we can send you further information.

The website is currently being updated and will reflect new information over the next few days.

Kindest Regards,

AMDNetworks

enquires@amdnetworks.com
AMDNetworks
www.amdnetworks.com
0203 393 57 35

 
Traditional Voices, Spoken Words
  Poetry / Spoken Word
The Ligali Organisation is still seeking poems that have most moved you or you feel best reflects our own cultural, political and spiritual beliefs. It doesn't have to be formal prose, lyrics from a song or spoken word performance are all eligible. Please email the words and name of the artist to mail@ligali.org with the subject heading 'Poetry'.

The True Prison by Ken Saro-Wiwa

It is not the leaking roof
Nor the singing mosquitoes
In the damp, wretched cell.
It is not the clank of the key
As the warder locks you in.
It is not the measly rations
Unfit for man or beast
Nor yet the emptiness of day
Dipping into the blankness of night
It is not
It is not
It is not
It is the lies that have been drummed
Into your ears for one generation’
It is the security agent running amok
Executing callous calamitous orders
In exchange for a wretched meal a day
The magistrate writing in her book
Punishment she knows is undeserved
The moral ineptitude
Mental decreptitude
Lending dictatorship spurious legitimacy
Cowardice asked as obedience.
Lurking in our denigrated souls
It is fear damping trousers
We dare not wash off our urine
It is this
It is this
It is this
Dear friend, turns our free world
Into a dreary prison.


Nice Poem by Toyin Agbetu

if you want to take a dagger and stab it in my heart
then tell me that my poetry is nice
you see that pat on the back
is a virtual slap
so let me start again
and this time…
listen close
my passive activist friend.
if my poetry is ‘nice’,
then I have failed in my mission
i seek justice not contrition,
i promote revolution
not absolution.

my words are meant to change the way you think,
to challenge your perception,
tear down political, cultural and media deception.
when Chinua cried out ‘Beware soul brother’,
his rhythm created a venue for future dancers,
future others, dreamers and lovers
and when Ken Saro-Wara left us after shaping the melody
the oppressive mantra ‘nice poem’ was convicted.

a ‘nice poem’ of…
no fixed ideological abode,
was,
found guilty,
of demeaning,
persistent expressions of poetical resistance,
in an all African court,
deliberated by a jury devoid of prejudicial
venal
artistic
bias.

this is NOT a ‘nice poem’.

The historic struggle between international oil firms and local communities drew international attention in the mid-1990s, when protests by the tiny Ogoni tribe turned violent and forced Shell to abandon its wells on their land. As a response,  In 1995 the late dictator General Sani Abacha responded by hanging nine Ogoni leaders, including noted writer Ken Saro Wiwa. This triggered international outrage which led to Nigeria's expulsion from the British Commonwealth.

This poem was written in honour of the political activist Kenule Benson Tsaro-Wiwa who promoted issues such as this and the western bias against African languages and literature .

"the writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society's weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved in shaping its present and its future."

Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995).

 
Donations Matter
ADAP Bikeathon ADAP: 'Ride for Africa' Bikeathon charity event

Sunday 17th May 2009
Time: 1PM
Donation: £5 (min)

Get fit for summer and sign up to ADAP’s 25 Mile ‘Bikeathon’ Challenge. A charity event supporting education and health programmes in Africa.

Greetings, As summer steadily approaches (we hope),The African Development Association for Progress (ADAP), would like to invite you to take part in our 'Ride for Africa' Bikeathon charity event, in aid of our HIV/AIDS Health Development Programme in Ghana and our Youth Development Programme in The Gambia.

Why not set yourself a challenge and see what you can do to help raise money. Whether you're a novice on two wheels or an expert cyclist, we want you to come and join us for this community event and get fit for summer!

Marakisa Youth Development Programme
Constructing a building equipped with learning resources to support the education and development of the youth in the rural village of Marakisa, The Gambia

All participants will receive information containing details of the event, the programmes we are supporting and a sponsor sheet for participants to collect sponsors to help raise funds for a worthy course.

For more info:
Tel: 07904 495 387
Email: enquiries@adap.org.uk
Web:
www.adap.org.uk


3d Project
3d Project: Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities.

Support: 3D Project, Spanish Town, Jamaica

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.

3D Projects
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
Email: threedprojects@yahoo.com
Website:www.3dprojects.com.jm


  Moyo wa Taifa (Pan Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network):
£10,000 fundraising appeal for the Pan Afrikan
Solidarity Centre, Accra , Ghana

Moyo wa Taifa was established to rebuild historical bridges and grassroots networks between the Continent and her global Diaspora. Moyo wa Taifa is dedicated to mobilizing international advocacy and solidarity on issues of Afrikan self-determination including Debt Repudiation, Women’s Rights, Reparations & Economic Justice.  

The 1st Moyo Solidarity Centre was set up in January 2006. The Accra Centre is the first of what we hope will be many of such  dynamic Pan Afrikan institutions located all over the Afrikan world. Our vision is to develop Pan Afrikan resource centres which operate as citizen’s hubs and provide capacity building services. Your financial support will ensure the success of this project. We are located in the UK and Ghana with future plans to expand to other regions in Afrika. Help nurture this vision into reality!

Moyo wa Taifa  (Pan Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network) hopes you can support our work and contribute to the fund.   

“Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it Today” - Omowale Malcolm X

TRANSLATE YOUR SOLIDARITY INTO ACTION

Please donate generously to the Moyo Solidarity Centre

Cheques payable to Moyo wa Taifa,  P. O. Box  27466 ,  London SW9 7WS 

Tel;  07757  060 313    moyowataifa@yahoo.com


3d Project
Baruwa Community School:Due to lack of funding in some classes there are 20 pupils to one teacher

Support: Baruwa's Primary School, Nigeria

Baruwa Community Primary School has 700 pupils, 7 teachers and 7 classrooms. The school was originally sited in a factory, but the school moved to this site in 2007 and opened on 5 May 2008 - it was not completed, but the Headteacher and teachers believed that it was "manageable". Government funds have not since stretched to complete windows, doors and plastering nor are there available funds to install toilets for the pupils or the teachers or provide a bore-hole for safe drinking water. Currently, pupils and staff go to the toilet in the bush area beside the school (which is often frequented by snakes) and drink water from an exposed well.

Please think about donating, you can send a cheque in the post payable to DIFN and post it to Ade Fashade at 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyson Street, London, E8 2LY. Many of these children are part of the OVC support programme and ICL want to do all that we can to make their lives better.

http://www.ipajacommunitylink.blogspot.com/


 

Appeal for Hackney Community Law Centre

We are walking to raise desperately needed funds for Hackney Community Law Centre. Our Law Centre helps the most disadvantaged people in Hackney and our social welfare law service helps to reduce the fallout from poverty, homelessness and debt - which, in a time of recession, is ever more crucial. In everything we do we strive to tackle exclusion, challenge discrimination and combat exploitation.
Our Law Centre is dangerously short of funds to maintain those services and we need your help. Please support our walkers as generously as you are able:

http://www.justgiving.com/hackneylawcentrewalkteam     

 

Community News

 

BBC in breach of FOI

The BBC has been reported to the Information commissioner’s office for failing to comply with Freedom of Information legislation with regards to an assault on Toyin Agbetu by its staff.

On Bank Holiday Monday 25 August 2008 at approximately 15.10 hours, at or near Kensington Park Road adjacent to the junction with Arundel Gardens, Ligali founder, Toyin Agbetu was assaulted by employees or agents of BBC 1Xtra who were acting as security staff on the BBC 1Xtra float at the Notting Hill Carnival. He was subsequently arrested by Police who refused to investigate the assault against him despite his many requests.

Toyin was then subjected to degrading treatment by police officers who for over an hour handcuffed and paraded him half naked through the Carnival. Toyin then was told he faced prosecution charges but these were eventually dropped early in 2009. Following enquiries from the New Nation newspaper the BBC issued a press release protecting the aggressors, concealing their culpability and distorting the truth of what occurred during the incident.

On 1 September 2009, the Ligali organisation made a formal request for information from the BBC asking for the details of all of the BBC employees and / or agents who were on board the float at that time. Toyin believes the incident was filmed by both BBC camera personnel on the float and CCTV footage recorded and held by the police as part of their surveillance strategy.

In a letter dated 6th April 2009, the BBC wrote to the Ligali Organisation refusing to identify the BBC employees and/or agents on the float at the time. Graham Poole, HR and Development Manager at BBC wrote “The BBC is bound by strict Health and Safety regulations for all outside broadcasts and your presence on the float contravened a number of these safety requirements. On that basis there was no option but to [forcibly] remove you from the float.”

It is worth noting that Toyin not only asked and was granted permission to come onto the float by BBC personnel, for several minutes he was communicating with several members of the staff in a positive manner, some even participating as he took time to take photographs before a hostile member of staff and several security agents verbally abused and physically assaulted him. Pooles response claims that ‘no video footage, or still photographs, exists of the incident’.

Under the Freedom of Information legislation, public authorities have a duty to release information they hold following a request or issue a refusal notice stating the relevant exception. Public Bodies also must reply to any request within the statutory timescale of 20 working days. The BBC ‘internal investigation’ took over seven months. Its conclusion represents the BBC’s deliberate intent to facilitate a miscarriage of justice regarding a criminal assault on an innocent member of the public.

The Ligali Organisation will be pursuing this matter further.


Launch of 'Say It Louder'

‘Say it Louder’ is a newsletter created by the African students at the University of Birmingham. Their idea is to create a publication that focuses on issues facing our community not only on campus but also in Birmingham. The website will archive all articles and invites letters and feedback.

http://sayitlouder.co.uk


 

Thousands of innocent African Children now face stop and search at schools
Over ten thousand students have been stopped and searched whilst at school following orders from a London local government.

Over 12,000 children have been subjected to searches by police officers as fifteen of the nineteen secondary schools in the borough of Waltham Forest have had metal detectors installed. Despite the fact that no knives have been found through since the policy started two months ago Chris Robbins, the council's cabinet member for children, said he believed that the security checkpoints were necessary.
Several schools across the UK are also scanning the fingerprints of students under the pretext of enabling them to get their lunch. In 2007, the civil infringement scheme was launched at the cost of £20,000  in a Bristol City Academy. However the headteacher of a similar scheme based in Suffolk insisted the controversial practice was not a violation of the young people’s rights.

For More Info:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/apr/30/secondary-school-knife-checks
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/7176671.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/6269464.stm


Vox Africa

Vox Africa celebrates anniversary

The African-owned TV station, Vox Africa celebrated its first anniversary last Friday, as it moved from being a French-only service to also broadcasting in English.

Based in Battersea, the revolutionary station broadcasts online in the UK and on satellite all over Africa, France, Switzerland and Germany. It’s flag ship programme Shoot The Messenger is hosted by renown broadcaster Henry Bonsu and is broadcast live every Sunday between 7 – 8 pm.
 
http://www.voxafrica.com/modx/en/ShootTheMessenger

 

Campaign for Sean Rigg

The family of Sean Rigg, another death in Police custody, will be holding their weekly vigil outside Brixton Police Station. Thursday 7.30pm. If you are unable to make it feel free to pass on information to friends. 

http://seanriggjusticeandchange.com/News.html


African youth develops pioneer medical technique

14 year old, Tony Hansberry has become the focus of much attention after developing a new method of sewing up patients after hysterectomies. His proposals are expected to reduce the risk of complications and simplify the tricky procedure for less-seasoned surgeons. His work was done whilst working with Bruce Nappi, the administrative director at the University of Florida's simulation center at its Jacksonville medical campus.

More Info
http://www.speakinoutnews.info/042909_14YearOldNewSurgery.html
http://www.thewestsidegazette.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=96119&sID=4&ItemSource=L


 

Shell on trial - for murder

Last week, I testified in Congress about the role of Shell oil in environmental and human rights violations in the Niger Delta.  And in a few weeks, a landmark trial will open in federal court in New York City at which Shell will face charges for its role in the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the other Ogoni.

I knew Ken Saro-Wiwa.  I've been to the Niger Delta. 

Believe me, Shell is Guilty.

Steve

Executive Director
Oil Change International

For More Info >>
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/apr/05/shell-saro-wiwa-execution-charges

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/790/t/9288/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27205


 

Blair calls for europeans to use tourism as means to exploit Africa’s resources
Disgraced former prime minister Tony Blair as written how tourism can be used as a means of gaining an economic foothold in vulnerable economies in Africa.

Blair’s alongside a team from his Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) group is visiting Sierra Leone under the pretext of  seeking to end African dependency on foreign aid. Writing in the Guardian, Blair states that “With 57% of Sierra Leoneans living on less than a dollar a day, the challenge is immense. Buts so is the opportunity. From agriculture and fisheries to services and tourism. Sierra Leone has huge untapped potential.’


 

Government to reject job applications from non european migrants
The government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has announced recommendations that over 300,000 Africans and other non EU migrants should be discriminated against when it comes to applications for skilled jobs.

Professor David Metcalf, chair of the MAC has defended the racist recommendations claiming that “the new list took account of the impact of the global recession”. He states that over 100,000 jobs requiring skilled labour should immediately be closed to overseas workers. The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, is expected to implement the recommendations as part of the government’s existing anti-African immigration system. 



 
 

CEO of government anti-poverty fund skims £1m in pay
The Commonwealth Development Group (CDC), a government-owned investment fund, has come under much criticism when it was revealed its chief executive, Richard Laing had tripled his own pay.

Despite the fact that £3bn has been ‘invested’ by the Commonwealth Development Group (CDC), a commons public accounts committee announced that whilst the CDC Group “has shown it is very good at turning a profit. We need to know, however, how effective it is at reducing poverty and so far there is limited evidence’. Laing responded to criticisms by claiming ‘The organisations impact owes much to being able to employ and retain top calibre investment professionals.’ 
Laing paid himself £970,000 in 2007 in a bid to reduce poverty in Africa.


 

Pan-African World View

 

Afrikan Liberation Day 2009
Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism - Nkrumah@100 (1909-2009)

Thousands of Afrikan people are expected to join in this year’s Afrikan Liberation Day (ALD) commemoration activities.  They include a series of educational workshops during April and May; a demonstration outside the offices of Royal Dutch Shell Oil 16th June 2009; with the main event taking place on Saturday 30th May 2009 at 12noon in St John’s Church hall, Meeting House Lane, Peckham, London SE1 2UN. The theme for this year’s Afrikan Liberation Day commemoration is Afrikan Freedom means defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah@100.  All activities will be geared towards exploring the crucial role of Afrikan people in ridding the world of the current economic crisis– a perspective that, so far, has received little attention in the mainstream media.

ALD will feature a programme of activities for children and youth including Afrikan drumming and craft workshops; cultural artists and performers including, Afrikan dancers, poets and singers.  International speakers on the day include brother Kwesi Pratt editor of Insight newspaper and Sister Mawete Teresa of Moyo Wa Taifa Pan-Afrikan women’s network both direct from Ghana.  Activities will include a panel discussion and a broad range of grass roots Afrikan community organisations will be giving messages of solidarity.  The day will also feature cultural Afrikan and Caribbean food, book stalls and displays.  Entry is free.

A member of this year’s organising committee, Brother Omowale said:

Kwame Nkrumah is one of the greatest Afrikan leaders of all time.  In this the centenary year since his birth, we have a duty to ensure that his strategy of Afrikan liberation is told.  Our ancestors suffered intensely under slavery and colonialism and we continue to suffer now.  The world’s economic system is built on the theft of Afrikan people’s resources, and if we want justice, we must all learn the truth, continuously expose it and organise around it.    Attending this commemoration may be your first step to organising yourself for a better future.  Come along to the events and see for yourself.

To kick start the commemorations there will be a series of pre-Afrikan Liberation Day Workshops where Afrikan centred ideas on neo-colonialism and the current crisis of capitalism will be shared and discussed.  These will take place:

  • On the radio: Sunday 10th , 17th , 24th May 2007 at 10pm on Galaxy Radio 99.5fm and www.afiwestation.com,
  • 44-46 Offley Road: Oval, London SW9 0LS on Friday 8th , 15th , 22nd and 29th May 2007 at 6.30pm

Contact Details:

Afrikan Liberation Day Organising Committee on 07940 005 907 or panascf@yahoo.co.uk or www.pascf.org.uk


Paul Kagame
President Paul Kagame

Africa has to find its own road to prosperity

By Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
Published in FT, May 7 2009 19:35


At recent meetings of the Group of 20 and the International Monetary Fund, world leaders have gathered to discuss the global economic crisis. Unfortunately, it seems that many still believe they can solve the problems of the poor with sentimentality and promises of massive infusions of aid, which often do not materialise. We who live in, and lead, the world’s poorest nations are convinced that the leaders of the rich world and multilateral institutions have a heart for the poor. But they also need to have a mind for the poor.

Dambisa Moyo’s controversial book, Dead Aid, has given us an accurate evaluation of the aid culture today. The cycle of aid and poverty is durable: as long as poor nations are focused on receiving aid they will not work to improve their economies. Some of Ms Moyo’s prescriptions, such as ending all aid within five years, are aggressive. But I always thought this was the discussion we should be having: when to end aid and how best to end it.

Aid has not only often failed to meet its objectives; it has also rarely dealt with the underlying issues of poverty and weak societies. We see this with our neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, 17,000 United Nations peacekeepers – the largest and most expensive presence of its kind in history – treat the symptoms rather than addressing the issues of capacity, self-determination and dignity.

Often, aid has left recipient populations unstable, distracted and more dependent; as Ashraf Ghani, the former finance minister of Afghanistan, has pointed out, it can even sever the relationship between democratically elected leadership and the populace.

Do not get me wrong. We appreciate support from the outside, but it should be support for what we intend to achieve ourselves. No one should pretend that they care about our nations more than we do; or assume that they know what is good for us better than we do ourselves. They should, in fact, respect us for wanting to decide our own fate.

At the same time, as I tell our people, nobody owes Rwandans anything. Why should anyone in Rwanda feel comfortable that taxpayers in other countries are contributing money for our well being or development? Rwanda is a nation with high goals and a sense of purpose. We are attempting to increase our gross domestic product by seven times over a generation, which increases per capita incomes fourfold. This will create the basis for further innovation and foster trust, civic-mindedness and tolerance, strengthening our society.

Entrepreneurship is the surest way for a nation to meet these goals. Michael Fairbanks’ book, In The River They Swim, which uses Rwanda as one of its examples, highlights the need to respect local wisdom, build a culture of innovation and create investment opportunities in product development, new distribution systems and innovative branding.

Government activities should focus on supporting entrepreneurship not just to meet these new goals, but because it unlocks people’s minds, fosters innovation and enables people to exercise their talents. If people are shielded from the forces of competition, it is like saying they are disabled.

Entrepreneurship gives people the feeling that they are valued and have meaning, that they are as capable, as competent and as gifted as anyone else. Asking our citizens to compete is the same as asking them to go out into the world on behalf of Rwanda and play their part.

We know this is a tremendous challenge given our status as a land-locked nation emerging from conflict, with few natural resources, little specialised infrastructure and low historical investment in education. But, in fact, we have reasons to be optimistic: we have a clear strategy to export based on sustainable competitive advantages. We sell coffee now for high prices to the world’s most demanding purchasers; our tourism experience attracts the best customers in the world and market research reveals that perceptions of Rwandan tea are improving.

This has resulted in wages in key sectors rising at more than 20 per cent on an annual basis. We have cut our aid as a percentage of total GDP by half over the past decade, and last year we grew at more than 11 per cent even as the world entered a recession.

While this is encouraging, we know the road to prosperity is a long one. We will travel it with the help of a new school of development thinkers and entrepreneurs, with those who demonstrate they have not just a heart, but also a mind for the poor.


The writer is president of Rwanda

Source: http://www.ft. com/cms/s/ 0/0d1218c8- 3b35-11de- ba91-00144feabdc 0.html?nclick_ check=1

  Writing Matters..
 

Blue Inc and the N Word

Community journalist, worker and activist Charlie Bins challenges the broadcast of offensive racist anti-African language in public.

-----Original Message-----
From: Charlie Bins
Sent: 11 May 2009 22:57
Subject: N-Word on the high street!
Importance: High

(Nothing has been done by the company to-date!)

Whilst trying on a pair of jeans in your Holloway road N7 branch, (06.03.09.) I was subjected to the horror of hearing a Hip Hop record, blasting out the 'N' word every 5 seconds! Myself and many African-British peoples absolutely, find this word highly offensive.

It was being blasted out in public in a clothes shop! I made my feelings clear to the shop manangeress. (She looked Chinese in origin, I'm sure if the record had the words 'Go*k' or 'Ch**K' in the lyrics, she herself wouldn't be playing the record out loud, in public.) The said audio seemed to belong to the manageress. For as she made her feeble apologies, she ran over to the system to take charge of the forwarding. (After warning her member of staff prior, to not select the next set of various tracks.) I was tempted to return my clothing purchased, in protest. After feeling totally humiliated and offended. I may yet decide to take this further...
 
 
To: <Charliebins@mail.com
Subject: Complaint
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 19:02:02 +0100

Hi Charlie,
Hope you are well.

Thank you for your email. We will look into this matter immediately
and feedback to you with a response shortly.
 
Thank you once again for your email, we appreciate any customer
comments received and take all very seriously.
 
Kind regards,
 
The Blue Inc team
 

"Martin Wells" <martinwells@blueinc.co.uk  
To: <Charliebins@mail.com
Subject: Complaint
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 19:02:02 +0100

Dear Mr Bins,
 
I have been sent your email regarding your complaint at our Holloway Rd branch.
 
I would like first to apologise for the delay in dealing with this
issue. I know members of our Blue Inc team acknowledged your original
email and informed you that we would be in touch in due course. The
delay has been due to the problem with investigating this issue due to local staff being away on holiday and the branch manager working in other Blue Inc branches.
 
I have personally investigated this issue by visiting the branch and
have discovered that the branch have been playing music not supplied by Blue Inc.

This is contrary to company policy. I have not actually discovered any music at the branch with racial overtones.
 
As a proud multi racial company we would not tolerate any language or
actions that would cause offence to any person or persons of any
ethnic background.
 
My investigation has now developed into an internal disciplinary
matter due to unauthorised music being played at the branch.
 
I would like to take this opportunity in apologising to you if you
felt that your visit to our branch was dissatisfying in any way. If it is discovered that any inappropriate music has been played at the
branch which may cause offence I can assure you that severe disciplinary action will be taken.

Yours sincerely
 
Martin Wells
 
General Manager


 

Open Letter to the editor of the Wandsworth Guardian Newspaper

Community worker and activist Sista Nzinga Assata writes on the media marginalisation of the issue of depression as it effects African people.

Sean Duggan
The Guardian, Unecol House, 819 London Road
North Cheam, Surrey SM3 9BN

11 May 2009

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Afrikan Human Beings, Colonization, Apartheid, Neo-colonialism, it is time for Reparations

In the Guardian Thursday 30th April 2009, you featured an article about depression, it demonstrated how the lack of public awareness contributes to the isolation and loneliness experienced by sufferers. I want to write about an issue that affects myself and millions of other Afrikans across the globe and yet many of us aren’t aware of the very negative impact, which the effects of our history is having and has had on us, on our mental health and in many cases is preventing our progress in life.

I want to write about the devastation, which the trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, neo-colonialism, apartheid and the on-going legacy of racism has had on people of Afrikan origin. The great freedom fighter Frederick Douglas said that “if you want liberty you must strike the first blow” so here goes.

As an Afrikan woman born in Jamaica and brought up in England, I feel that Black people have not been given the opportunity to “come out” for want of a better terminology. They have not been allowed to share their real “gut views” about how damaged we are and have been by the abominable history of our enslavement. As we are now reading and learning about the horrendous abuse that took place it feels like a nightmare from which we have never had the opportunity to awaken. Well that’s how it feels to me and to many of the people with whom I associate. What is also outrageous is that Black people and most white people know very little about the horrors that took place which has affected the whole world and distorted world history and continues to devastate many in the Afrikan population.

Most people in the world today, do not question why Black people are in the poverty stricken condition that they are in across the globe. Indeed many Black people themselves know absolutely nothing about why we are in the condition that we are in i.e. at the bottom of all societies in which we live, even in the countries where we are in the majority, we are still at the bottom socially, politically and economically. This is the 21st century and Afrikans can no longer sit around waiting for change to come, we have got to stand up and expose our wounds which now need to be healed if we are to have change and move forward. Black people have been suffering in silence for far too long, partly because whenever we do state our views other people go on the defensive and say that we have a chip on our shoulder, meaning that we (Black people) must just shut up and bear our pain, trauma and suffering.

Dr Joy Leary, author and international speaker, talks about this in her DVD “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.” What I would like to suggest is that those who think we should just shut up and move on, let them go through the history books and look at the rape, torture and terror conditions that our ancestors endured, not to mention the lynching in the USA, the 10 million that were massacred by Leopold of Belgium in the Congo, the disgraceful conditions under Apartheid and the on-going racist behaviour of the oppressors, then see if they would just move on. 

The creation of neo-colonialism by European colonizers has ensured that they continue to rule Afrikan and Caribbean societies, also that they have a pool of “sell-out Blacks” across the world who promote their own self-interest against the collective interests of their own people. We have them right here in England in local and central government. What these “sell out Blacks” don’t seem to realise is that these crimes against humanity as identified by the United Nations in 2001 in Durban, South Afrika, cannot be brushed under the carpet. It is incomprehensible that anyone could think that so gross a violation against humankind can be left without justice. Afrikan people are waking up to their rights to be repaired from this horrendous damage, which has been inflicted upon them and their ancestors.

Justice in the form of repair-rations must and can be the only balm to help heal these open wounds; a plaster on the scar will not suffice. Let us look at some of the long-term damage which slavery, colonialism, neo-colonialism, apartheid and on-going racism has had and continues to have on Black people across the globe.

Self-hatred – Many Black people to this day hate their skin colour, especially if they are of dark complexion, many don’t even know that they do this. There are many documents, highlighting the fact that some people are using bleaching creams resulting in gross damage to their skin. Many of these creams contain illegal substances and are banned, yet they continue to use them under the false belief that to be light or white skinned is to be better. The media helps to promote this view.

Religion – Many Black people worship a white God; in many homes they do not have pictures of the Divine that is in their own image and likeness, they have pictures of white Jesus. When asked about this, they will tell you that colour does not matter. This is outrageous and an insult to themselves and to God who made people in her/his own image and likeness. In 1908 the Association of Black Psychologists passed a resolution stating:

Whereas: The display of the Divine in images of Caucasian flesh constitutes an oppressive instrument destructive to the self-esteem of Black people throughout the world and is directly destructive to the psychological well-being of Black children.

Whereas: The Association of Black Psychologists as practicing experts in human mental functioning, recognize that the persistent exposure to such images is particularly damaging to Black minds, both young and old.

There are seven resolutions but I will just cite these two; this, information can be found in the book “Breaking the Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery” by Na’im Akbar, PH.D.

Hair – This type of self-hatred can be seen manifested in the wearing of masses of false hair or wigs, which clearly is not the hair God gave Afrikan people. Gone are the beautiful hairstyles handed down by our own ancestors, a loss which has implications for generations to come.

Language – Many Afrikans willingly give up their mother tongue and fail to teach it to their children because they have been conditioned by the wider society to see things Afrikan as no good, negative, of no value. This is wrong and needs to be corrected.

Clothes – Afrikan people no longer want to wear Afrikan clothes, which are amongst the most regal looking garments in the whole world.

There’s lots more that I could say but if you print this article, I am sure that your space is limited, however I do feel very strongly that the over representation of Black people in the mental institutions, in the prisons, in the crime figures is a reflection of many of these unresolved issues. It is time now for the world to acknowledge the devastating damage, which has been done to Afrikan people by Europeans across the globe. We did nothing to deserve such treatment and the descendants of those who wronged us must repair us.

British – Massacred Afrikans all over Afrika, especially in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Afrika, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda; They also took millions of us out of Afrika and deposited us in the Caribbean and South and North America under slavery.

Belgians – Massacred 10 million Afrikans in the Congo, for our God-given resources.

Dutch
– Massacred Steve Biko and million of Afrikans in Southern Afrika

Germans
– Massacred millions in Namibia

The list is endless and includes the French, the Portuguese, Arabs. Not only have Afrikans been massacred, their artefacts and other precious items have been stolen and brought into European museums where they are displayed without acknowledgement of their origin. This is a grave injustice, which must be corrected.

I am asking your editor for space to have this letter published as Afrikan people do not get the opportunity to air their views.

Nzingha Assata (Ms.)

c.c wandsworth guardian via email


Sista Nzingha Assata is a Health Visitor by profession, voluntary community worker, political activist, poet, and author of 2 books, In Praise of Our Ancestors and Women in the Garvey Movement. She is a mother and grandmother as well as an active organiser of the Alliance of Afrikan Women.

www.nassata.co.uk.

  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

Greetings,

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
Rehena Prior, Managing Director

http://www.blackandotherukhomeeducators.tk
E-mail: info@blackandotherukhomeeducators.tk
Tel:07960491963
Skype: rehenaprior

NABSS
Nia Imara, Managing Director

Tel:07958 348 558
info@nabss.org.uk
www.nabss.org.uk


 

Excelsior College: Affordable Independent Education

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Affordable Education Age Group 3-11Excelsior College is a non denominational nursery and primary school for children from 3 to 11 years old. The school was first opened in 1989. We aim for excellence in education and the development of every child’s unique potential. Building in each a capacity and eagerness to learn as well as the personal traits of character that is the basis of well rounded and forward going children. Achieved in the most unlikeliest of locations. Don't delay, call and visit us, we welcome your interest .Excelsior College, Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham N17 8JLTelephone: 0208 365 1153

Website: www.excelsiorcollege.co.uk
Email: info@excelsiorcollege.co.uk


  Art Matters...

Ìyà-Ilé by Oladipo Agboluaje

Tiata Fahodzi
Africans in British Theatre

Tiata Fahodzi produces new work that constantly explores the richness and heritage of theatre sourced from people living within British African communities.

Every core activity emanating from this underlying objective, explores with its participants, a specific cultural perspective and its compatibility with the British stage.

For More Info:
http://www.tiatafahodzi.com/index.html
http://www.arcolatheatre.com/?action=pasttemplate&pid=100


Ìyà-Ilé

An unmissable theatrical party, Ìyà-Ilé is the long-awaited prequel to the hugely successful The Estate, which is currently being adapted for film. A vibrant mix of comedy, political satire and family intrigue, Ìyà-Ilé is packed with witty dialogue and the wonderful music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey.

Oladipo Agboluaje’s most recent plays include The Christ of Coldharbour Lane and the five-star hit The Hounding of David Oluwale. Tiata Fahodzi were last at Soho with the sell-out hit Joe Guy in 2007.

Contact: Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London W1 - 020 7478 0100

www.sohotheatre.com

 

Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

Akoben
Akoben: Symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

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
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

Wednesday
Time: 7-9:30pm
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

Thursdays
Time: 7:15-8:45pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Email: info@mashufaa.co.uk
Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk
Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


 

Community Media: Pan African

 

Radio: Pan African People's Phone In

When: Sunday
Time: 10:00 pm - Midnight
Where: Galaxy Radio 99.5 FM (www.afiwestation.com)

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in is a space hosted by community worker and activist Brother Omowale for themed interactive discussions conducted over the airwaves and cyberspace.  The themes are focused around issues affecting Afrikan people both locally and globally. 

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in regularly features guests from revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist organisations.  From time to time others including non-Afrikan guests will be invited to contribute. The activities of all guests will be examined on the basis of their relevance to Afrikan people locally and worldwide.  Interviews and presentations with guests will set the scene for the more general discussion (in the second half of the programme) where listeners will be invited to phone in, ask questions and contribute.


 

TV: Shoot The Messenger

When: Sunday
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: http://www.voxafrica.com

Shoot The Messenger is a weekly one-hour discussion and phone-in programme hosted by journalist Henry Bonsu which explores a subject of interest to Africans at home and abroad.

http://www.voxafrica.com
 

Radio: Africa Speaks with Alkebulan / Sister Ekua (aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)

Where: Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) / 94.3FM
When: Every Monday / Wednesday 8-10 pm GMT

Number for on-air discussion: 0208 180 2523

www.voiceofafricaradio.com

 

Activity Based Workshops: Political & Empowerment

 

Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)
Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum Presents the 2009 annual theme and series of workshops
Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)

Time: 6:30pm
Venue:
44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS - Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436
Adm: £Free

Friday 15th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
Contrasting the approaches of Presidents Nkrumah and Obama

Friday 22nd May 2009 @ 6.30pm
The 1966 anti-Nkrumah coup & US Satan in Ghana today

Friday 29th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
Building effective links between Continental & Diasporan Afrikans

When we were oppressed under slavery and colonialism our ancestors knew it; they knew that they had to remove these oppressive systems in order to be free.  It is a massive contradiction that despite the fact that we are actually living in the neo-colonial phase of history, most of us do not know what it is.  The problem this poses is that if we do not know it, we cannot understand it; if we cannot understand it, we cannot consciously do anything to challenge it; if we cannot do anything to challenge it, we cannot get rid of it; if we cannot get rid of it, we will remain stuck in it; if we remain stuck in neo-colonialism, Afrika cannot be liberated and we will not be a free and self determining people.  The critical task before us therefore, is to raise our collective level of consciousness of the nature of neo-colonialism and how to defeat it in Afrikan communities everywhere.


 

Community Screenings

 

Screening: Lumumba: Death of a Prophet

When: Tuesday 12th May 2009
Where: South London: PCS LEARNING CENTRE, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria (for map to the venue please click here).
Time: Doors open at 6.30pm. The screening will start at 7pm sharp!!!
Adm: £4 per person - ONLY 40 PLACES AVAILABLE

When: Thursday 14th May 2009
Where: North London: Parish Room at St Michael's Church, Bounds Green Road, London N22 8HE. (Directly behind the Church on the corner of Bounds Green Road) (for map to the venue please click here). Nearest Underground Station: Wood Green Station - Piccadilly Line.
Time: Doors open at 7.00pm. The screening will start at 7:30pm sharp!!!
Adm: £4 per person - ONLY 30 PLACES AVAILABLE

Black History Studies Productions presents “Lumumba: Death of a Prophet,” the award-winning feature documentary about African political leader Patrice Lumumba, who was Prime Minister of Zaire (now Congo) when he was assassinated in 1961.

Lumumba: Death of a Prophet offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history. Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. This deeply personal reflection by acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck on the events of Lumumba's brief twelve month rise and fall is a moving memorial to a man described as a giant, a prophet, a devil, "a mystic of freedom," and "the Elvis Presley of African politics."

If Lumumba: Death of a Prophet is a film about remembering, it is even more a film about forgetting. It is not so much a conventional biography as a study of how Lumumba's legacy has been manipulated by politicians, the media and time itself. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck meditates on his own memories as the privileged son of an agricultural expert working for the regime which displaced Lumumba. He examines home movies, photographs, old newsreels and contemporary interviews with Belgian journalists and Lumumba's own daughter to try to piece together the tragic events and betrayals of 1960.

Run Time: 69 minutes
Director: Raoul Peck
in French with English subtitles

Food and refreshments on sale. Places for the film screenings are limited, so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.

In order for us to manage seating and room layout, we would be grateful if all who are attending this event could confirm their attendance in advance.

Please confirm via email info@blackhistorystudiesproductions.com how many of you will be attending this event and at which venue. Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.


 

Screening: Resisting the System: Reggae in the 21st century

When: 15th May 2009
Time: 7pm doors, 7.30pm start – 10.30pm finish @
Where: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ.
Adm: £5.00 (There is limited seating)

Greetings to one and all

Black Star Line invites one and all to a screening of Nu-Beyond's Resisting the System: Reggae in the 21st century: an insightful and thought provoking film by Dr Lez Henry exploring sexism, homophobia and shadism in reggae culture today. See attached flier and to keep up with our events see: http://www.nubeyond.com/eventsx.htm

For directions see link below.http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=531115&y=174961&z=0&sv=SW2+1B


 

Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Saturday 16th May 2009
Time: 4pm
Location: 12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Adm: Free (first come first served)

Grove Roots unearths the rise of the Notting Hill Carnival, the fruition of 'Frestonia' and the lives of unique local figures such as Claudia Jones and Peter Rachmann.Featuring the voices of renowned screenwriter Richard Curtis as well as other local musicians, artists, community workers and residents, the film tells the story of the Ladbroke Grove area from the 1958 race riots to the ethnically rich place it is today. Made by 8 local, young people with the help of the Octavia Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Screenings also taking place:

Event will take place following Kelso Cochrane memorial walk (starts 12pm Kensal Green Cemetery) N.B. time of screening is subject to change if procession over-runs.

RBKC Town Hall, Lecture Theatre
Horton Street, W8 7NX
Friday 22nd May at 6.30pm

Lexi Cinema
194b Chamberlayne rd
NW10 3JU
Tuesday 16th June at 6.30pm

 

Community Events

 

Public Meeting: The Foundation for Justice

Where: The St. John the Evangelist Church Hall, Crawford Avenue, (opposite Wembley Police Station) Wembley, Middlesex HA0 2HX.  Seating will be limited therefore places must be booked in advance. 
When: Wednesday 13th May 2009
Time: 8pm

Research conducted by the Foundation for Justice has identified that high exclusion rates and underachievement amongst Black children in schools, inequality in employment, the involvement of young Black people in crime and ‘gangs’ and injustices in the criminal justice system are some of the major issues affecting Black families in the UK.  Despite Government, Local Authority and community organisation interventions, the problems confronting Black communities in the UK appear to be getting worse. 

The Foundation for Justice (FFJ) is a new community organisation located in Brent that has been set up to research and better understand the problems affecting Black families in the UK and to promote solutions that come from the communities themselves. 

Pastor Rose Lake, the founder of the FFJ, believes that community empowerment should be at the heart of any solution designed to tackle these and many other problems that Black communities face and according to Criminologist and member of FFJ Suzella Palmer, the views and concerns of Black families and grass roots organisations must be acknowledged if initiatives aimed at tackling these problems are to succeed.

The FFJ will therefore be holding a public meeting on Wednesday 13th May 2009 at 8pm sharp.  The FFJ are inviting local councillors, council officials, community groups, and Black families and individuals to discuss these problems and to explore ways that Black communities themselves can be a part of the solution and how external agencies can support this endeavour.

For further information or to book a place please contact Pastor Rose Lake on 07960 884 690 or via email: escort46@hotmail.com or  Suzella Palmer on 07951 835 074 or via e-mail: Suzella@hotmail.co.uk.


 

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


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


 

Exhibition: Images of Studio One - Jamiaca

When: 1st May to 20 June

Reggae lover and a photographer, Roman Vesper was lucky to live in Jamaica for many years and began to take photos of vintage record artists while working at Studio One. 'The main aim of this exhibition is to keep those who laid down the foundation of reggae music in the public consiousness.

People do have short memories and it is clear that many of these icons of Jamaica's history are being forgotten. Many of these singers and musicians have passed away since I left Jamaica in June 2004. And I see this exhibition as a way of also knowing them. All of the artists were great wonderful people and freely told me stories and how they lived their lives.

So here is my photographic tribute to them'.

Exhibition runs at Centerprise Gallery from 1st May to 20 June

Plus poetry by the I-Storians featuring Ngoma Silver, Dimela and Oma-ra of the Hackney Writers Group

For further details conmtact:
Emmanuel Amevor 020 7254 963


 

In The Mix: Sunday Free Jazz By Soweto Kinch

Date: Every Sunday from 29 March
Time: 2 – 5pm
Location:
Rich Mix | 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Adm:
£Free

Rich Mix is proud to present its continued partnership with jazz and hip hop artist Soweto Kinch. A selection of guest artists and performers, including Femi Temowo and Shabaka Hutchings, take residence in the Rich Mix Bar to create laid back sessions that are fast making Rich Mix the place to be on a Sunday afternoon.

www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_inthemix_soweto.htm

Programme

Sun 5 April, 14 & 28 June

Soweto Kinch

Sun 12 April, 7 & 21 June

Shabaka Hutchings

Sun 19 April – 31 May

Femi Temowo

Soweto Kinch (www.myspace.com/sowetokinch)

Award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including two MOBOs, four BBC Jazz awards and a Mercury Music Prize nomination. “Mr Kinch demonstrates what England has to teach [the USA] about narrative Hip-Hop. Don’t sleep on Mr Kinch.” (The New York Times) Shabaka Hutchings  (http://www.myspace.com/shabakahutchingsBarbados-born clarinettist and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is a member of experimental contemporary jazz group Zed U who are due to release an album mid 2009. He is also part of jazz legend Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors and has performed on his recent album Afropens as well as alongside jazz outfits Polar Bear, The Heliocentrics, Anthony Joseph and Tomorrow’s Warriors. “Shabaka Hutchings is going places.” The Guardian 

Femi Temowo  (www.myspace.com/femitemowo) 

Femi Temowo is a guitarist ‘par excellence’. After graduating from Middlesex University, where he studied Jazz, he was approached by Soweto Kinch to join his then brand new quartet. Femi is a regular guitar tutor at Tech Music School, a contemporary music institute based in West London. He also gives master classes and seminars all over the UK and Europe as part of ‘The Urbanator Project,’ a music education programme founded by violinist Michal Urbaniak.“One of Europe’s finest and most sought after guitarists” Time Out

www.richmix.org.uk


 

African (Black) and World History Courses

Date: Thursday 14 May 09 (7.00-9.00pm)
Location: Walthamstow, London E17
 
Our courses are an excellent introduction and progression into self-development providing a realistic insight into our history, present day situation and future. Our courses are popular and have been running for over 12 yrs.

Our unique series of 17/18 week courses are divided into 3 sections to cater for everyone. Classes are held on:
Sundays (Beginners-11.00am-1.00pm, Intermediate -1.30-3.30pm, and Advance 5.30-7.30pm) and on Thursdays (beginners only -7.00-9.00pm).

Beginners
- an introduction for participants in World History from a Black perspective: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas , the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks and 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 seminars, discussions, themes and issues and then relate this to themselves and the present.
Minimum donation: £75.00 Concessions @ £65.00/unemployed/students Intermediate- for those who wish to take their understanding and
knowledge of black history and its interconnectedness to the world a stage further.
Minimum donation: £75.00 Concessions @ £65.00/unemployed/students

Advanced-for those who are already extremely knowledgeable about themselves and see clear links between their own lives and history. Participants have already challenged conventional views of history and understand the different perspectives and concepts.
Minimum donation: £77.50 Concessions @ £67.50/unemployed/students

Advance bookings only.  Book early to avoid disappointment! We will be hosting enrolment & induction sessions for our Black and World History. You will have to attend an induction session before commencing the course.  Enrolment will involve completing an application form and payment of course fee.

The induction will provide you with details about the course, the code of conduct and the commitment required of yourself to successfully complete the course.

To reserve a place on a course please contact Afua on 020 8808 7547/07956 337 391 o via email: thinktank_27@yahoo.com.
www.onyeka.co.uk


 

Reading: The Phoenix-Misrule in the Land of Nod

When: Tuesday 12 May 2009
Time: 7.00-8.30pm
Where: Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, 1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA
Adm: Free

Leading author Onyeka reads from his latest book - The Phoenix-Misrule in the Land of Nod.

“When I was young there were never any stories to show my life, the things I’d done, the places I’d been to, the smells, sounds of my youth. I was born in the heart of a country that never meant me to exist. So I began to write. I wrote what I liked and what I could. Not quite biographical but certainly allegorical.” Onyeka

The Phoenix flows naturally from the international success of Waiting to Explode and the Black Prince. The Phoenix tells the story of Black men and women’s renaissance through the political and cultural framework which is England. Daring, fresh, thought provoking and inspiring, this is not a comfortable book! Onyeka’s work is injected with pain, humour, sorrow, and hope. This controversial and strictly in your face novel, is a gritty, realistic exploration of the Black man’s psyche into manhood and the Black woman’s psyche into womanhood.

Visit: www.onyeka.co.uk

Opportunity to discuss themes in the book and meet people over drinks and nibbles.

Nearest tube: Seven Sisters

To book in advance and for further information please contact: thinktank_27@yahoo.com or 07956 337 391/020 8808 7547 or Marcus Garvey Library -020 8489 5353


 

Ìyà-Ilé (The First Wife)

Date: 14 May - 20 June 2009
Location:
Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London W1
Adm: £10
Contact: 020 7478 0100

New play by Tiata Fahodzi, It's 1989 in Lagos. Political hysteria and social change are sweeping Nigeria. Chief Adeyemi's wife Toyin is turning 40 and, behind the mansion walls, the household is preparing for her party. But there are other distractions. Their troublesome sons, returning from college, are more interested in seduction and starting revolutions than their parents' disintegrating marriage. Meanwhile Helen, the ambitious house girl, is waiting for her chance...

An unmissable theatrical party, Ìyà-Ilé is the long- awaited prequel to the hugely successful The Estate, which is currently being adapted for film. A vibrant mix of comedy, political satire and family intrigue, Ìyà-Ilé is packed with witty dialogue and the wonderful music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey.

Written by Oladipo Agboluaje / Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr

starring

Jude Akuwudike, Antonia Okonma, Javone Prince & Chucky Venn

with Babatunde Aleshe, Tobi Bakare, Estella Daniels, Marcy Oni & Nick Oshikanlu

An unmissable theatrical party set in 1980s Nigeria, this is the prequel to sell-out hit The Estate.
See it first:

Tickets from £10 til Saturday 23 May

then increases for later performances.

www.sohotheatre.com
http://www.tiatafahodzi.com/


 

NCBI: Pro-diversity & inclusion leadership training  

When: 3-day training dates: 14/15/16 May 2009
Where: London
Training costs: Charities £175 | Public Sector £300 | Business £450

Are you responsible for the management, productivity and mentoring of people?
This course teaches you how to reduce risks and maximise opportunities inherent in any multi-cultural organisation.

Would you like to increase your and your staff’s understanding around diversity and inclusive behaviour?
This course teaches how to embrace and support each individual’s identity to create an inclusive performance-orientated team.

Would you like to improve your effectiveness in reducing prejudicial behaviour and bring about sustainable outcomes?
This course offers teaching and practice of vital skills you require to effectively intervene and shift people’s attitudes for the long-term.

Has conflict at work lost you valuable time and caused tension?
NCBI conflict resolution model empowers you to work through differences by focusing on common concerns to achieve considered, positive outcomes.
Would you like a diversity & inclusion model to take back and cascade in your organisation?
NCBI 3-day training provides an in-depth, practical approach to skills-building which many organisations, schools and colleges have effectively implemented.

about this course

Managers and staff with diversity & inclusion and equal opportunities responsibilities benefit tremendously from the NCBI 3-day training by being able to cascade skills learned instead of trying to implement theory.

The training uses participatory activities, which include:
1. The celebration of the participants’ identities.
2. The examination of stereotyping, misinformation and internalised oppression.
3. Small learning sets where participants receive individual coaching and practice skills.
4. The combination of diversity intelligence and practical skill training, enabling participants to learn quickly in a safe environment.

 Places are limited so early booking is advised.

Please download and complete the booking form to reserve a place.

http://www.ncbi.org.uk/documents/london/booking%20form.doc

NCBI has been delivering these workshops for over 20 years and has won several awards including Best Practice Awards and the Nelson Mandela award for our effective training models. NCBI also encourages training participants to think about delivering in-house trainings and developing your own NCBI team with on-going support.

NCBI London also facilitates the award-winning “Welcoming Diversity” one-day course throughout the year.  See our website www.ncbi.org.uk

For more information or to contact us regarding bespoke assessment and programming for your organisation ncbilondon@ncbi.org.uk   Phone: 08707 461553


 

Migration, memories and identities conference

When: 14 - 15th May 2009
Where:
Birkbeck College, 30 Russell Square, London
Adm: £75 Both days, £50 individual days - phone: 020 7612 6958 / email: t.walope@ioe.ac.uk

Migration, Memory and Identities draws together a range of scholars working on migration and its impact on children and families. The conference is particularly timely in that global migration patterns are rapidly changing, allowing the opportunity to bring historical and current migration patterns into debate.  The theoretical issues of migration, memory, and identities are crucial to the understanding of contemporary migration. In bringing these areas together, the conference seeks to showcase innovative research and to generate new ways of thinking. 

Speakers include:
- Professor Helma Lutz, University of Frankfurt
- Professor Karen Fog Olwig, University of Copenhagen
- Professor Marjorie Orellana, University of California, Los Angeles
- Professor Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, University of the West Indies, Mona

The conference is organised by the research group of the Transforming Experiences: Reconceptualising identities and 'non-normative' childhoods ESRC-funded research programme at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.  It is being supported by The Institute for the Study of the America (ISA).


  International Food and Music Fair

When: Saturday 16th May 2009
Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: Chandos Recreation Ground, Edgware. 

'What's Cookin'?' is a youth led project of The A-Connexion's Global Village will be looking after the Tea stand ( variety of teas, fruit, pastries and cakes from around the world).  We are providing this free to the public so any support will be welcome.

 

London Business School Africa Day

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date:
16 May 2009

London Business School’s Africa Club is delighted to invite you to Africa Day 2009.

The conference will take place on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at London Business School from 9AM to 5PM, with a gala dinner to follow.

The eighth annual Africa Day conference will focus on the "Investment Climate in Africa: Navigating the Global Downturn". This year, our four panels will discuss:

1) Innovative Financing in Africa
2) Natural Resources: Curse or Blessing?
3) China's Growing Influence in Africa
4) Growth Sectors Beating the DownturnKeynote speakers will include Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Chairman, Metis Capital Partners), Ebenezer N. Essoka (CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa), Ahmed Heikal (Co-Founder, Citadel Capital), and Omari Issa (CEO, Investment Climate Facility for Africa).

For updates, please visit http://www.londonafricaclub.org/africaday


 

Black History Walks 

Where: Next Walk in the St Pauls/Bank area
When: Sunday 17th  May 11.15am and  2pm 

In 100 minutes your guide will take you through hundreds of years of the African presence, and contribution, to London’s way of life. Discover secret alleyways and enormous 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. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics which are still evident in the very streets and buildings of the oldest part of London.

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk


 

Rastafari Education Conference

Where:
         University of Birmingham
When:
           Monday 18th May 09
Time:
            10.30 – 4.30

Delegate Rate: Professional Rate:  £ 150 (including complementary copy of  “Overstanding Rastafari: Jamaica’s Gift to the World”* and an information and display pack “Introduction to Rastafari”)

Community Rate: Contact the Conference Team on 01902 429185 or email info@learninglinksinternational.com

“…merely to say that “Overstanding Rastafari” is an authentic source does not do justice to what is indeed a rich compendium of the principles that guide the development and spread of Rastafari.  Of even more striking significance is the interpretive brilliance of the remarkable philosopher that is Afari…  All Jamaicans should consider themselves indebted to the author for increasing our knowledge of self… we have created yet another gift to the world.”

Professor Barry Chevannes, C.D.

(Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology, University of the West Indies)

Organisers: Jamaica 2K, Learning Links International, University of Birmingham, Rastafari in the West Midlands,
Contact:        Conference Team, Learning Links International: info@learninglinksinternational.com

Visit www.rastafariwestmidlands.co.uk for information on the Rastafari Heritage Project 


 

Book Launch: George Padmore: Pan-African Revolutionary, edited by Fitzroy Baptiste and Rupert Lewis

When: Tuesday 19 May
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS

This will be a round-table discussion with two of the contributors,  

Hakim Adi, Reader, Middlesex University

and

Marika Sherwood, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

and two exciting PhD students,

Christian Hogsbjerg, working on 'CLR James in Imperial Britain, 1932-1938' at the University of York

and

Leslie James, researching 'A Biography on George Padmore', at the International History Department, LSE




 

Black Cultural Archives: Oral Histories of the Black Women's Movement and Documenting the Archives

When: Tuesday 19th May 2009
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, London SW9 7PH
Adm: £Free, To book your ticket please call 020 75828516, or email tickets@bcaheritage.org.uk including your name and a contact number, how many places you would like to reserve, and where you heard about the event.

On Tuesday May 19th BCA will host an evening of presentations and performances at the Karibu Centre in Brixton. Starting at 6.30pm, the event will include a hot buffet and will finish by 8.30pm. There will be presentations on our oral history project on the Black Women’s Movement in Britain, the launch of the new online archive catalogue and a hot Caribbean buffet.

Please RSVP if you’re planning to come, as we’d love to see you but we do have limited capacity. Also feel free to forward on to anyone you think may be interested.


 

SERTUC Film Club will screen THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… (2 Episodes)  

When: Thursday 21 May 2009
Time
: 7-10pm
Adm: Free

2 Films (from 4 part series) by Colin Prescod made for Channel 4 at the beginning of the 1980s:

·         FROM YOU WERE BLACK, YOU WERE OUT describes the condition in the 1950s in Ladbroke Grove a decaying inner London area.

·         A TOWN UNDER SIEGE focuses on how Southall organised to resist racist and fascist attacks between 1976 and 1981.

·         + Discussion with Filmmaker; Colin Prescod

We take this opportunity to invite you to attend, and request (please) your help with circulation to colleagues, friends and any other interested links. Free admission event (all welcome).

Registration essential:  sertucevents@tuc.org.uk / 020 7467 1220


 

African Liberation Day (ALD): Honour Nkrumah

When: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15 (nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line)
Time: 5pm - 10pm
Adm: £5 donation requested (children free)

When: Saturday 30th May 2009
African Liberation Day in solidarity with PASCF; APLO; AAPRP; AJAMU and others in South London (venue to be confirmed - Call: 07940.005.907)

Global Economic Crisis calls for Pan-African Unity: Build one united socialist Africa

Speakers:
Kwame Nkrumah CPP (Ghana)
PANAFU (Sierra Leone)
All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (AAPRP)
African Peoples Liberation Organisation / Pan-Africa Society Community Forum (APLO / PASCF)
Global Women's Strike

Invited speakers:
Cuban Ambassador
Venezuelan Ambassador
  
Cultural stalls; cultural artists; raffle; light refreshments & snacks
Sorry - no childcare programme!

We are going to have great evening commemoration of the 51st observerance of ALD. We have a great line-up of speakers. We will identify the causes of the economic crisis, the collapse of 'old style' capitalism and its impact. We will debate the impact in England and what we can do about it.

We will also demonstrate the alternative examples in socialist countries, with a particular focus on what Africans can learn from the various struggles around the world.

You will have the opportunity to express your views and debate with the panel.

Contact: AJAMU on 07852.937.981 or panafrica@which.net

100 Years of Kwame Nkrumah (born 1909)
2009 - A year dedicated to promoting his ideas & practice
(Look out for the info, events and activities this year
organised by the AAPRP & AJAMU)


 

Walter Tull and Other African Footballers 1890-1990

Date: 23rd May 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Explore the life of Walter Tull, footballer and the first African officer in the British army who served during the First World War.  Take the chance to see a new film made about this exceptional officer who died on the battlefield. We will also look at the achievements of other African footballers throughout the twentieth century.

In association with www.blackhistorywalks and 100 Black Men of London  www.100bmol.org.uk


 

Community Action Forum

When: 26 May 2009
Where: Willesden Library, Willesden High Road, London NW10 2ST
Time: 6PM

A forum to encourage people who share similar concerns (violence and young people) to come together and create realistic solutions.

Contact: Davis or Elizabeth - 0208 438 1520


African Liberation Day 2009
Afrikan Liberation Day 2009: Nkrumah@100

Afrikan Liberation Day
Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)

Day 1: Building effective links between Continental & Diasporan Afrikans

When: Friday 29th May 2009
Time:
6.30pm

Where: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436

Adm: Youths are specially welcome – All free of charge

Day 2 (Main Event): Afrikan Freedom Means Defeating Neo-colonialismNkrumah@100 (1909 – 2009)

When: Saturday 30th May 2009
Time:
1pm – 7pm
Where: St John’s Church Hall, Meeting House Lane, Peckham, London SE15 2UN
Nearest Rail: Peckham Queen’s Road (British Rail) / Buses: 21, 36, 53, 136, 172, 171, 436, 453, P12, P13
Adm: Youths are specially welcome – All free of charge

Libation, dancing, singing, drumming, poetry, children’s activities, dynamic performers

Keynote Speaker Direct from Ghana – Kwesi Pratt

Plus Panel Speakers & Solidarity Messages

 Afrikan Liberation Day planning meetings – Offley Road every Monday @ 6.30pm

For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email – Panascf@yahoo.co.uk; Website – www.pascf.org.uk 

Organised by: Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum* Southwark Black Parents Forum*All-Afrikan People’s Revolutionary Party.  Sponsored by: *Afrikan Hebew Israelites* George Jackson Socialist League* Global Afrikan Congress*Moyo Wa Taifa


 

International Food Fair

When: Sunday 21st June 2009
Time: 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Where: Wealdstone High Street. 

The idea is to have food from around the world to raise awareness of the rich diversity within the borough.  It will be a great opportunity for Harrow residents and visitors to taste food they have not tasted before.  We are looking for participants from different communities, community organisations, voluntary organisations, restaurants etc to take stalls.  We are suggesting that organisations and businesses use it as a marketing opportunity to publicise their organisation, projects, food, venue etc.  Any support you are able to give with publicity will be appreciated.


 

ANANSEKROM 2009: A Ghanaian Cultural Extravaganza

Date: Saturday 25th July 2009
Time: 11am – 8pm
Location: The Orsett Showground, Grays, Essex

Noble friends present Anansekrom 2009 - A Ghanaian cultural extravaganza. Activities will include:
Durbar of Chiefs, Drum Master Class, Story Telling, Traditional Ghanaian Games, Traditional Drumming and Dancing, Hip Life African Artifacts, Traditional Dishes, Puppet Show, Table Tennis Tournament, 5-A-Side Football, Cross section of Black Stars Football Team in attendance

Live in Concert:
OFORI AMPONSAH
Performing all his hits

For more Information, Ticket Bookings & Stalls, please contact:
07951 644 296, 07845 500 038, 07759 459 771, 07985 148 436, 07534 148 464, 07810 740 227
Email: info@noblefriends.ord


 

400 Years of African Female Leaders

Date: 27th September 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Women in war or peacetime do not always get the historical credit they deserve. Through film and documentaries find out about African women who have led the resistance against slavery, colonialism, and racism.

In association with www.blackhistorywalks and 100 Black Men of London  www.100bmol.org.uk


 

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