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Our Pan African Drum programme on 13 April 2010 will be discussing the;

Where's Daddy : Supporting brothas find their way home

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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Fatherhood: Rites and Responsibilities

“The chicken with children doesn’t swallow the worm” - African Proverb, Sukuma

Greetings, It’s been awhile since I last wrote, much has happened, too much to share. Firstly, I want to thank those of you that continue to support the Ligali Organisation, from your kind words and donations, to participating every Tuesday with our radio programme. Due to studying, community and family commitments, I have not had much time to myself over the past few months, apologies to those many people that have written and called and too whom I have not yet responded.

I don’t have much to say this week, it’s an election and the usual proponents of the ‘we “blacks” can determine the outcome of the election’ or ‘our Ancestors died so we can vote’ and the ‘if we don’t vote the BNP will get in’ drivel are earning their keep. It’s pointless me explaining why all these statements are manipulative lies and distortions. If the nightmare of the past thirteen years of Labour and before that the hellish era of a racist, immoral Tory government doesn’t convince you then nothing will.  It’s as if some of us still haven’t yet learnt the lesson from our family in the US. I mean if discrimination, anti-immigration, economic impoverishment, academic disempowerment, mass unemployment, police brutality and racism against Africans in America can still exist, and in some areas actually increase under Obama’s presidency, then please, you go ahead and vote, if that’s what you want to believe, good luck to you, I hope it makes you feel better. If you want a better understanding of the issue then please try and get a copy of the Great Debate from the BBC, where Malcolm and his team wiped the floor with our beloved brother Martin ;-).

Perhaps those of us that believe in prophesises can wait until 2012 for the end of the world and after that whatever next conspiracy gathers currency. In the meanwhile, the many thousands of REAL community workers needing support from those of us who only mobilise politically once every four years to ‘work’ by ticking a box as their democratic right remain… well, wronged.

My advice is simple, don’t vote for those that do not represent us or deliberately misrepresent us. If you feel that you must vote and validate the corrupt system, then only do so in active support of a person (not party) that has a history and track record of uncompromised community representation and action. That means our grass root councillors, NOT the MP’s who are too afraid to support us, yet happily criticise from afar.

Please do some research first before you commit yourself. If everyone abstained as means of taking the principled stand of voting ‘no confidence’ in the system, it could force a revolution leading to the entire rotten political system being overthrown. Until then, we wait like lambs to the slaughter for politicians to force us into supporting them by one day making voting and national service compulsory.

How to be a man

April 13th is my birthday and as I turn 43, I have started to reflect back on the many accomplishments of my father who passed in his early fifties from a condition that like sickle cell is also hereditary. My father was not perfect, but he was perfect for us. A lone man raising his children singlehandedly provided him with many challenges I could not even begin to appreciate as a child, however today, as a father myself I am amazed to learn some of the things he had to go through as I experience them with my own children and partner. I remember how he always placed our wellbeing before that of his own happiness. Finding a lifelong wife, developing his career, making money all these took a back seat to first, providing us with spiritual wealth and emotional security. How did he do it? Where did he get his support and encouragement? What can we do to improve ourselves and provide suitable guidance for our growing young boys today?

This week’s programme is about fatherhood, rites and responsibilities. We will be reasoning on this and related topics. Brothas often need a space to talk to each other without interruption so the discussion will start without female participation. Whether you are a father or not it’s an opportunity to listen and learn. The space will be for men only until we open up the circle for female energy. It’s a support circle so we will be looking for healing and positive guidance, not the negativity of any so called ‘angry vaginas’ (what a horrendously patronising term for our sistas). Preach or teach, if you have something to say then please join us. Listen and learn - it should be educational and uplifting. 

Peace

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.

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

 

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Greetings: Welcome new listeners to Nyansapo. The Pan African drum is broadcast from the UK and attracts new supporters from Africa and the Americas every week. Our broadcast is currently only available online. Our podcasts of previous shows are usually available 24 hours after broadcast from the Ligali website.


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Pan African Worldview

Pinky Khoabane
Pinky Khoabane

Pinky Khoabane: Dear Mr President, I realise you are a busy man and you will probably be wondering what it is I'm writing to you about this time.

I thought to inform you of my irritation of the past two weeks, to which you had unfortunately managed to contribute.

From the time the ANC Youth League's president, Julius Malema, sang the struggle song "Kill the boer" - which had no relevance to his visit to the University of Johannesburg campus, but which he had, instead, used to divert attention from the scandals surrounding his business links - right up to the death of the notorious white supremacist Eugene Terre Blanche, I have been extremely angry. When the judge decided to ban the song, I was reminded of the apartheid days when the state banned everything it didn't like.

When singer Steve Hofmeyr retaliated with his own racist utterances, saying blacks were intellectually inferior, and he was neither challenged (with the exception of colleague Chris Barron) nor taken to the Equality Court, I was shocked but not surprised.

There was not a sound from anybody - not from the same people who had objected and lodged complaints against Malema or the ones like your ANC, which has since realised that the song "polarised the nation".

But my annoyance reached fever pitch when I watched your television presentation in which you had, among other things, called for calm in the wake of the racist's death.

It's one thing to employ diplomacy in your efforts to bring calm to a nation, which, in my view, was never at risk anyway (you only have to look at the numbers representing the AWB to figure this out), but to then use words such as "a leader of his standing", "shock that he was killed this way", and "a sad day" - for a neo-Nazi the likes of Terre Blanche - is not only an insult to the majority of black people in this country, but it is a sham.

You and your speech writers do not need to be reminded of the havoc Terre Blanche and his mob wreaked on the lives of black people. Or perhaps you do. This same man that you thought to describe in glowing terms served six months in prison in 2000, for assaulting a petrol attendant and setting his dog on him. A year later he was jailed for the attempted murder of a black farm worker, whom he beat up so badly he left him brain-damaged, and the assault on John Ndzima.

This is a man who, together with his khaki-clad gangsters, had tried everything to prevent a democracy that would see a black majority rule. With all due respect, Mr President, a man who cannot even mobilise 100000 members in a country of 42 million is not worthy of the word "leader". Your speech lacked the necessary information and context of this case.

It mirrors the environment that exists on South African farms today. Terre Blanche had exploited workers, one of whom was a minor. His alleged killers had apparently argued with him over unpaid wages of a measly R300 a month, which he hadn't honoured in over three months.

You failed to put his death in the context of farm killings, the brunt of which is felt by both farm workers and farmers alike. Statistics by the South African Institute of Race Relations suggest that at least 90% of the attacks on white farmers since 1994 were "purely criminal", with labour disputes accounting for others and only 2% said to be racial.

To then reprimand "leaders" who sing songs that "polarise the nation", without also waving your stick at the far right for carrying the old South African flag, is not only hypocritical but polarising in itself.
The leader to whom you refer is Malema, whom you had failed to rein in regarding his singing of this song, not only because you cannot manage that young man, but also because you didn't believe that the song could incite any black person into lifting a weapon and killing.

While your speech managed to appease the majority of white South Africans, at the expense of the blacks, it's about time someone used evidence, of which there is ample supply, to disprove this notion of the white person as the victim in this country.

By your own admission, as quoted in The Economist of last week, BEE, affirmative action and the Employment Equity Act had all failed. These policies, you said, had benefited a few.

The same report said that only a quarter of black people accounted for the 4% richest people in this country. Whites still account for three-quarters of senior positions in the work place. Of the 295 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, only 4% have black chief executive officers.
In short, Mr President, it is business as usual for whites in this country.

Source


 

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African Voices

African Voices: Quotations by People Of African Descent

BTWSC has published 'African Voices: Quotations by People Of African Descent'. The book was launched at the House of Commons, at an event hosted by Dawn Butler MP, Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement. I have attached some photos.

This is what event host Dawn Butler MP said when Mr Ron asked for her reflections of the evening:

"I am here today celebrating the launch of 'African Voices', a book of quotations from people of African descent, and it is a positive, uplifting book...
I think it is the book of this generation. It is the book of now. Often when you’re looking for a speech to write or you’re looking for some inspiration, you buy a book and flick through it and you think about what people have said and why they’ve said it, and this book encompasses all of that.

"So I want to congratulate them on doing this book. It is a great honour to be able to get a room for them at the House of Commons, the most powerful place in this country to have this powerful book launched."

There is a review and a short piece online

African Voices costs £8, and is available at The Willesden Bookshop, 95 High Road, London NW10 4QU, (020 8451 7000) Playfare Resource Centre, 30 Craven Park Road, Harlesden, NW10 4AB, ( 0208 965 7433), New Beacon Books, 76 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3EN, (020 7272 4889), and Centerprise Bookshop 136-138 Kingsland High Street, Kingsland, London E8 2NS, (020 7923 7745).


Sable

SABLE LITMAG: ISSUE 14

One Nation, Many Voices, the South Africa issue is available from next week.  Guest edited by Pumla Dineo Gqola, it is an exciting blend of poetry, prose, essays, features, interviews and information... too much for one issue so we have an additional online section of South African writing also due next week, launching with the opening of the London Book Fair.  An exciting way to dip into the wealth and breadth of South African Writing and Publishing. 


 

African History Month Courses
Blacknet  has now launched level 2 of the Black History Knowledge Course which  is aimed at adults and/or their children  who wish to learn about Black History in a more structured manner, at their own pace and gain the Black History Knowledge Certificate of Achievement Level 2 (which can be proudly displayed on any wall) . It will also be very useful to teachers and community leaders who are involved with youth or adult education.
 
We currently have 2 Black History Courses available to our members and friends and will be adding Level 3 and Level 4 shortly.

Level 1 is a free introductory course with a printable online certificate after successful completion.

Level 2 requires a small payment. Successful students will receive a hard copy of the Black History Knowledge Level 2 Certificate of achievement plus an online printable version of the  certificate and will be registered in our database, successful students  will also  be included on the Blacknet wall of Achievement.
 
The courses can be found at web address: http://www.blacknet.co.uk/courses


The Phoenix
The Phoenix is truly heart breaking as the story twists your feelings and sense of self in ways you never imagined!


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.

East
Maarifaa – 6 Bradbury st, N16 (020 7503 0300)
Tree of Knowledge - 48 Balls Pond rd, Dalston N1 4AP (020 7254 6442)
Centerprise - 136 Kingsland High st, E8 2NS (020 7254 9632)
Donlon  - 77 Broadway Market, Hackney London E8
Eastside Books – 166 Brick Lane E1 (0207 247 0216)
Freedom Bookshop – 84b Whitechapel rd, Angel Avenue (020 7247 9249)

South
Pempamsie - 102 Brixton Hill, SW2 1AH (020 8671 0800)
Blacker Dread Musik Store - 406 Coldhabour Lane SW2 (020 7274 5094)
All Eyes on Egypt - 25 Brixton station rd (020 7978 8321)
Best Books - 39 hight st, Thorton Heath, CR7 8RU

Central
Bookmarks - 1 Bloomsbury st, Russell Sq (020 7637 1848)

North
Grounding – Unit 30 231 High rd N15
New beacon Books – 76 Stroud Green rd N4 (020 7272 4889 )
Housman’s – 5 Caledonian rd, King’s Cross, London N1 (020 7837 4473)
Playfayre – 30 Cravern Park rd, Harlesden, NW10 (0208 965 7433)
Big Green Bookshop - Unit 1 Brompton Park rd, Wood Green, N22 (020 8881 6767)

West
D’Jed – Sheperd’s Bush Market, unit L32-L34,London W2 (0208 743 1985)

Outside London
ACSHO 104 Heathfield rd, Hansworth, Birmingham, B19 1HJ (0121 554 2747)
Centerpoint - 9 Cambridge st, Wellingborough NN8 1DJ (01933 229 775)
News from Nowhere - 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY (0151 708 7270)


 

UK jazz musician unlawfully arrested detained and beaten? You decide...

On September 29th 2009, Samuel spent a night in a Notting Hill police station cell after being harassed, sworn at, sprayed with CS gas, and beaten at the hands of the officers involved. In the morning he was cautioned, on a charge of public disorder, the officers claiming Samuel swore and assaulted a police officer after a request from the same officers to stop playing the steel pans.

For those who do not know Samuel, he is an award- winning steel pan champion and gifted instrumentalist.  He has been a member of Ebony Steel Pan Orchestra for many years.  He’s also performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Ocean and Courtney Pine CBE, as well as performing for movie stars Bill Murray and Pierce Brosnan.  He has also received the Queen’s Award for outstanding contributions in the community and works for NSPCC, protection of children.

Samuel is considering contesting the charges, but we know that takes time money and support.

This is not a request for money, but for just a moment of your time;  if  you are on Facebook, please consider reading the full facts surrounding the incident.  The magistrates and the police clearly didn’t:

Facebook Campaign


  Star Black Foundation International

SBFI was founded by Jomo Hutaa four years ago.  The organisation has grown significantly since then and has over 200 members in Ghana alone Star Black is based in the Central region in Twifo Hemang, but has youth groups in eight of the ten regions of Ghana.  Recently links have been created between Ghana, the UK and USA.  We have recently been awarded National Status by the Youth Council giving us avenues to continue our work across the entire African Continent. 

Jomo took inspiration from our fore fathers who were pan Africanists and liberators of our people. Using examples set out by people like Kwame Nkrumah and Marcus Garvey to name just two. Through this inspiration birth was given to this noble organisation. Our obligation is to help the youth in the community, to get involved in development of our dear nation and continent.

One of our aims is to help in the development of the rural communities of Ghana imparting in to them educational programmes that can help us to develop as an African country, whereby we can work together to rebuild Africa.  Africans were taken away and are now in mental slavery.  Many people have been brain washed, so Star Black is there working with the Chiefs, working in the communities to help people stop bleaching their skin, go back to their  roots, medicines and keeping our traditions, as well as training in various skills to compete within the global market place. 

Once we capture the attention of the youth we have a hope for the future. 

Star Black is open to all.  It is not a Rastafarian organisation.  It is open to all denominations.  We are about unification of the youth and the development of Africa.  We are an NGO, which means that we are Non Governmental and have no affiliation with any political parties or organisations.

Urgent Call For Volunteers 

We are looking for people to enrich the training programmes and deliver vocational skills to the rural communities. Projects are already underway.  We are beginning the next cycle on 15th April 2010.
Send your CV and note of interest to star777black@yahoo.com also please check under the Youth Voluntary Work page on our website. 

Thank you

Coming soon: Made In Afrikah Exhibition 2010

For more info: http://www.starblackfoundation.org/


 

Moyo wa Taifa warmly invites you to their upcoming  Culture & Heritage: Tour to G-H-A-N-A
When: May 2010: Sun 23rd – Mon 31st May
Cost: UK; £999 per person / USA; $3,299 per person

August 2010: Fri 20th - Sun 29th Aug 
Cost: UK; £1,299 per person /   USA;  $3,499 per person
 
Tour package includes; Return Airfare to Accra,   Accommodation  (based on double occupancy), Breakfast & Dinner, Ground Transportation in Ghana, Entrance to Tour Sites and Tour Activities
 
Tour highlights include Celebration of Afrikan Liberation Day in Ghana, Educational tour of Accra, Capital City of Pan Afrikan Politics, Cultural tour of Kumasi , Capital City of Ancient Ashanti Kingdom,   Pilgrimage to Cape Coast & Elmina , sites of the Afrikan Maafa (Holocaust), Explore Akosombo in the Serene & Scenic Eastern Region
 
www.moyowataifa.org + 44 (0) 7958660061
Email; Sis Njeri  njeri4freedom@yahoo.co.uk


  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 Events - April 2010
 

Afrikan Expressions for Afrikan Children
When: Every Wednesday from 12-2pm.
Where: 282 High Road Leyton, London E10 5PW
Adm: £2 per child

Tendai mwari. Please pass this on to all afrikan parents and carers that have children from 0-8yrs!!! This is 2hrs of culturally nourishing,creatively stimulating, intellectually enhancing, socialising and vibesing  for the whole family!!! If you live in the east side of london this would be an ideal place 4 you and your children!!!

Info: Sis Habiba – 07956 640 612


 

Guilty By Association
When: Wednesday, 14 April 2010, 18:00 - 21:30
Where: Sattavis Patidar Centre, Forty Avenue
Adm: Free

If you are hanging around with friends and someone turns violent and someone else gets hurt, you too could be facing a criminal prosecution. If someone dies, you too can be charged with murder, even if you did not so much as throw a punch in an encounter on the street.

"Standing by is not a defence," is the blunt assessment from the Metropolitan Police's Detective Superintendent Simon Morgan on situations where a gang - or even just an informal gathering of friends - leads to trouble.

Do you agree with this Law? Want to learn more, debate with the Police, MP's and knowledgeable community leaders? Do you think the Police have too much power?
Is it all a ploy to collect more DNA for their database?

Lots to be discussed. Come and join Xpress Yourself....London's Definitive Youth and Community Debate Forum.

Special guest to include:

Raphael Rowe (BBC Panorama), Patrick Jacobs (Not Another Drop), Cindy Fayefunmi (Crown Prosecution Service), Young representative, And many more…….

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=322187475269&index=1

Spaces are limited!!!


 

Screening: Jamaica for Sale
When:
14th April 2010 / 18.15 - 20.30
Where: Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

This special event will include the UK premier of groundbreaking film, Jamaica for Sale, plus a chance to view our photography exhibition, Destination Tsunami: Stories and struggles from India’s southern coast.

Joining us all the way from Jamaica will be Dr Esther Figueroa, the film’s producer and director. Esther will be discussing the film and taking questions from the floor alongside Tourism Concern campaigner Rachel Noble, who will be highlighting linkages and common themes between the challenges presented by tourism development in Jamaica and India.

Please note that booking for this event is essential.


 

War To Windrush
When: Thursday 15 April 2010 at 11 am ~ 2 pm
Adm: £1 Adults & Children £1(Monies will go to our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti)
Where: Meeting Point, 11.00 am at School Entrance of The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, Lambeth, London SE1 6HZ

GOLD ONYX and Black History Walks  presents the very popular ‘War To Windrush’ exhibit plus experience the ‘How Black People Won World War 2’ presentation

World War 2 is on the curriculum at both primary and secondary school level but there is hardly a mention of any African/Caribbean involvement. Africa, the Caribbean and its people were crucial to winning the war.

You are welcomed to join us, Wear comfortable footwear, Bring a packed lunch, Bring spending money

Contact: Jan 'Lady Leo' / Gold Onyx - 07946 670 949 / 07721 398 466


Haiti Fundraiser

The Haiti Fundraiser
When: Saturday 17th April 2010, 3pm to 10pm.
Where: St. Martin's Community Centre, Tulse Hill, SW2

The first half of the programme will focus on:

A children's programme which will culminate in the children presenting a performance.
Informative workshops on Haiti - past and present.

A documentary film showing on Haiti.

The second half of the programme will focus on edutainment and cultural performances.  Cultural artists performing include: Best Kept Secret, Nehisi Dance group, SiS Nkem, Pure Feminine Energy, Sis Eshe Escoffery, Jankanoo plus more . . .

Throughout the day, there will be African market stalls available - selling books, clothing, artefacts and other goods.  There will also be African / Caribbean food served.

Donations on the door are £5 for employed adults, £3 for unemployed adults and £1 for children.  All proceeds go to the UHUK (United Haitians in the UK) and the Haiti First Haiti Now Campaign.

A special thanks goes to St. Martin's Community Centre, who have kindly donated their premises free of charge for this fundraising event.


 

AJAMU Session: "Should the African (Black) Community Vote? Who holds the real power?"
When: Saturday 17th April 2010 (6pm-9pm ) 
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15
Adm:  £3 Love contribution (children free)

A night of debate on the role of our community in the British General Election - what is democracy? reform or revolution? What is the "Black Manifesto"? Come and hear AJAMU's perspective!!
Invited speakers:  David Weaver (1990 Trust), Local Councillor and MP (to be confirmed):

Featuring cultural artists 


 

Chris Ofili - Trip to Tate Modern
Where: Meeting Point is at Pimlico Tube station.  (Victoria Line) The Museum is approximately 5 minute walk from the station.
When: Saturday 17th April 2010, 2pm
Adm: £10 entry fee.

Chris Ofili is a Turner Prize winning Black painter, born in England, best known for artworks referencing aspects of his Nigerian heritage, particularly his incorporation of elephant dung in his work.

Ofili was born in Manchester.  He completed a foundation course in art at Tameside College in Ashton-under-Lyne and studied in London, at the Chelsea School of Art from 1988-91 and at the Royal College of Art from 1991-93. He has become recognised as one of the few British artists of African/Caribbean descent to break through as a member of the Young British Artists. Offili has also had numerous solo shows since the early 1990s including the Serpentine Gallery. In 1998, he won the Turner Prize, and in 2003 he was selected to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale of that year.
Many of Chris Ofili’s pieces are now on display at the Tate Modern. Join us in discovery and supporting the work of a fantastic modern day Black artist.

This includes a free souvenir booklet about Chris Ofili and his work.

Please contact Tanya on 07932 435118/ 07958 671 267 for further information and/or to confirm a place. You can also email us at 100mothers@googlemail.com.


 

TamaRe House / Mind Supreme Weekly Book Signings and Classes
Where:
 25 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PB
When: Saturday 17th April '10,  2pm - 5pm

Book: "Life is not a Prison, The Chosens" by Rotimi Sowunmi

"Heaven and Hell have been at War with each other since Creation and Earth is the battlefield"                         
see: www.TamaReHouse.com/TheChosens  
 
Saturday 24th April '10,  2pm - 5pm

Book: "Spot The Difference" by SWISS So-Solid

Raising your Game to Reach your Full Potential
see:  www.TamaReHouse.com/SpotTheDifference


 

South African Literary Magazine Publishers Reception
When
: Thursday 22 April 2010, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Sunley Pavilion, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

African Writers Abroad and SABLE LitMag invites you to a reception for the Literary Magazine Publishers of South Africa as part of  One Nation, Many Voices  South Africa Market Focus Cultural Programme

RSVP:africanwritersabroad@yahoo.com
By Thursday 15 April


 

Open Evening and Enterprise Business Networking Event
When
: 22nd April,  5.45pm – 8.30pm
Where:  Trident Business Centre, 89 Bickersteth Road, Tooting, SW17 9SH

Are you interested in office space in South London?  If so you are invited to an open evening and enterprise business networking event at the Trident Business Centre

5.45pm      Registration & networking 
6.30pm      Speeches
7.00pm      Tours & networking
8.30pm      Close

Available on the evening:  buffet wine reception, networking, tour of the newly refurbished business centre, business advice and information stands. This event is in collaboration with: Trident Business Centre, Wandsworth Council Economic Development Office and Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce.

To register log onto: http://tridentopenevening.eventbrite.com/


South African Cinema Screening: Come Back Africa / End of the Dialogue
When: Sat 24 Apr 14:00 NFT2 book
Where: BFI Southbank, London
Adm: £5

DOUBLE BILL OF CLASSIC ARCHIVE TITLES

Come Back Africa
The second feature written, produced, and directed by American independent pioneer Lionel Rogosin had a profound effect on African cinema, and remains of great historical and cultural importance as a document preserving the unique heritage of the townships in South Africa in the 1950s.


Director

Lionel Rogosin

Cast

Zachariah Mgabi, Vinah Bendile, Miriam Makeba

Country

USA

Year

1959

Running time

83min

End of the Dialogue
Filmed secretly in South Africa by members of the Pan Africanist Congress and edited in London, End of the Dialogue was the first anti-apartheid documentary produced by a dissident political faction. Accentuating the brutal realities of apartheid, the effect of this uncompromising exposé is made all the more biting by the use of quotes from government publications and State reports.

Followed by discussion. Tickets £5


Director

Chris Curling

Country

South Africa-UK

Year

1970

Running time

47min


 

Screening: Ghosts of Rwanda
When: Sunday 25 April 1.30-5pm
Where: Conference Room, 1st Floor Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd. Tube: Lambeth North.
Adm: Free entry: First come first served 

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Multi award-winning PBS documentary of the international response to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This film is a must to get a comprehensive understanding of the genocide and the links between Somalia, Sudan and racism at the United Nations. The film also highlights African heroes such as the Senegalese peacekeeper Captain Mbaye Diagne who saved countless lives by repeatedly driving into enemy lines to rescue people.


 

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