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Greetings Family,

Announcement: The Ligali Organisation would like to apologise for any emails we have not responded to since the 10 December 2008. Due to circumstances out of our control we were unable to access much electronic correspondence sent to us. We have partially restored Ligali's email access after having temporarily lost control of the service on one of our internet servers and are currently working through a backlog of over 4000 emails. Any emails sent over the last four weeks may not have been received by us and if urgent should be resent. We apologise once again for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum is an online community radio programme hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues, including those raised in the weekly Nyansapo column written by Toyin Agbetu for the New Nation newspaper. Today's programme on 13 January 2009 will ask the question with the rise of the Obama Generation is it time to embrace Britain as our spiritual home?

A Question of Home? - Aspirations and Responsibilities

Nyansapo - Home

Programme Timetable

9pm - 10pm
Pan African News (International and Local)

Community announcements and contributions from listeners are welcome.

10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
With the rise of the Obama Generation is it time to embrace Britain as our spiritual home? On this weeks programme we will be joined by Kwaku-Jesse Konadu Olaleye, Chief Executive and co-founder of ADAP, an NGO registered charity. The African Development Association for Progress (ADAP) helps volunteers have the chance to put their skills and experiences to good use, by helping the most underprivileged and disadvantaged groups in Africa, we ask what aspirations and responsibilities do we have for the places we see as home.

11:30 - 12:00am
Loose Ends
Organic cookup flavoured discussion on recent media, films, books and cultural arts.

Kwaku Konadu Olaleye, Chief Exec of ADAP

Community Events
Maisha Solution

Screening: Maisha Solutions
This film is suitable for all ages

The premiere screening of the final part of the Maafa Series of films will be taking place during African History Month on 7th February 2009 at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT. A community donation will be requested on entrance. Pre booking is essential and can be done by sending an email to with the subject line Solutions Preview.

Please spread the word and reserve this date in your diaries. The event will start at 12 midday prompt. After the screening there will be cultural refreshments, vendors and workshops for those seeking to become actively involved in specific community empowerment projects. The workshops will be focused for those who want to become actively involved in supporting an existing home education network or join a project to build a village school in the heart of London or Africa.

The 7th February is the anniversary of the passing of Dr Cheikh Anta Diop. We will be holding a tribute to him and those of our Ancestors who dedicated their lives to the work of liberation.


African Odysseys - From Archive Roots to African British shoots

Course: Black Britain
Explore the contribution of African and Caribbean community to the history of film and TV in the UK, Tutor Jim Pines will present an extraordinary range of rare footage, cutting edge documentary, cinema and television drama for your enjoyment and discussion in our digital studio cinema. There will be guest speakers and also the opportunity to learn how to access materials at our free public archive, the Mediatheque.

Ten weeks from Thu 22 Jan 2009, 18:30-20:30
Fees £86, Conc £43

Archive Africa
A monthly Saturday matinee series of feature films, documentary and world cinema.
Featured films are Cuba: An African Odyssey (31 Jan), Night of Truth (21 Feb), White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (21 Mar), Africa Addio (25 Apr) .
Please book tickets in advance, special screening price of £5 for each matinee screening.

Box Office: 0207 928 3232

For more details go to;


British Museum Lecture: Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the British Museum
Time: 18.30 - BP Lecture Theatre
Date: Thursday 15 January 2009

A lecture is to be given by Neil MacGregor in the British Museum on 15th January. It would be good if you as many of our brothers and sister could attend as possible. Although entry is free, tickets have to be reserves. The British Museum is responsible for hoarding and displaying the stolen bodies, cultural and spiritual property of our Ancestors. Hopefully the presence of several African people in the audience will make MacGregor think twice before facetiously claiming the British Museum exists for all of humanity.

British Museum looters of Africa

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum broadcasts live every Tuesday between 9pm - 12 pm. We discuss pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events. It is an interactive programme so please feel free to call and join in, we are currently running a limited test service and intend to be broadcasting a full compliment of programmes early 2009.

There are several ways you can interact with the programme you can;

Call the studio phone line; 0208 1444 708
Send an email to;
Send a text message to; 077286 99049
Call in for free using Skype: nyansapodrum

Thank you for your patience as we redevelop our internet communications infrastructure, we are currently working on solutions to address all issues of buffering and audio quality. We expect all our other issues, technical and otherwise to be resolved early in the new year.

As ever, your support and feedback, especially constructive criticism is welcome.

Ligali - in service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors

Ligali is a Pan African, human rights organisation founded by Toyin Agbetu in early 2000, it was named in remembrance of his beloved late father Ligali Ayinde Agbetu who taught him to take pride in his African heritage and challenge those opposed to universal human rights. The Ligali and African History Month websites were subsequently co-developed by former Ligali member emma pierre for our community, to be used by our community. It is maintained and funded entirely by the Ligali organisation but we do need your help to keep it running.

The Struggle

(0, 1, 2, 30, 457, 1689, 1967, 2000, 2004, 2009......)
..and this system
that continues to exist
where our people
persist to resist...


Trouble, they claim
as they
play away
find excuses
for reasons why they don’t want to go…

Attitude, they bray
as they
fail to meet those
simple feats of
standing tall, understanding all
of  the
mirrored issues
that reflect their
subsequent realities
totally related destiny

Love, they sing
as they
squirm and hide
with that
unconscious pride
and deny all the facts
of their consistent acts
when we know
that they’ve simply
lost their way

Both poems written by Toyin Agbetu, 2003

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