13 November 2012

Greetings Family,

Welcome to another Ligali newsletter.

As usual we have numerous listings of various events and educational workshops about African people, history and culture.

Today we were greeted with the disturbing news that the police had arrested a man for posting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook during Remembrance Sunday. It’s important to note that it’s not illegal to burn a poppy in the UK, the man was arrested on suspicion of “malicious telecommunications”.


As a pan African, human rights based organisation Ligali is very concerned about the increasing erosion of civil liberties taking place in the UK.

Please be careful, in Britain, speaking Truth is often a dangerous pastime.


Last week in our alert we focused on taking care of the vulnerable amongst us, especially those of us in hospitals without someone from the family to closely watch over them, there was a really good response. Thank you.

One piece of advice we felt compelled to share was that we must always remember to ask to see any ‘Care Plans’ or medical notes for our loved ones. If there is anything that you do not understand then do not be afraid to ask questions until you are reassured with the explanation.

If you still feel concerned or unhappy then challenge the direction the treatment is going with both verbal and written requests. This does not only apply to our friends and families in hospitals or care homes, but must also include those who are mental health service users and even our children at school. 

Please feel free to share this newsletter amongst family and friends who you know will benefit from its contents. You can click here to subscribe for your own copy. If you would like to support our work you can do so by making a single or regular donation.

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Peace, Love & Justice

Ligali Editor

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Nyansapo Radio

Nyansapo - is the weekly internet based community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. We broadcast honest and progressive discussion of community issues alongside pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events.

On 13 November 2012 we will be looking at the cost of ;

"Success Stories: Framing Sterotypes"

Nyansapo - On our own two feet

You can listen to archived podcasts of previous Pan African Drum programmes at http://www.ligali.org/nyansapo/drum.php

The Pan African Drum

"The area covered by your life is not as impoortant as what you build on it”
African Proverb, Swahili

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

Often when I write, I try to suggest answers to some of the issues on my mind. Today my head is all over the place, so I think I want to switch this and pose questions instead.

Last week my wife and I had a consultation meeting with our 11 year old, daughters ‘Personal Assistant’.  No I am not making this up. She has recently started at one of these secondary school academies where almost everything seems to be framed in the language of money and business. Now whilst we chose the school because of its outstanding academic credentials, we are increasingly becoming wary of its excessive rules, punishments and lack of soul. Thankfully the meeting went well, our daughter is ‘on track’ - at or above her targeted grades, yet as we left the school feeling good about her, I could not shake my concern for others.

You see my daughter gets daily homework. Thus, every day I have to check she has done it, explain areas she does not understand, in some instances set her extra tasks to increase her understanding. It takes a lot of time doing this every day and then I have to work with my boys. Now due to the fact that we still partially home school (with our youngest only now), my children are used to the notion of work hard, play hard. Yet all this makes me wonder what happens to the children whose parents are unable to do the same?

I recently met a friend who used to be a primary school teacher. She was brilliant. She loved children and invested so much of herself into the job, above and beyond duty. Anyway, I asked her how was it going and she told me she was now working as a part time special needs assistant. I was taken aback. This was never her specialism, whilst the new role was still positive the loss to those children collectively would have been immense. I asked her why? She explained that with a class of over thirty children she could no longer teach. Instead she was just running through stuff ultimately in preparation for an endless stream of tests and assessments. At least with special needs work she could focus on one or two individual children and really offer them an educational experience that would help them learn and develop. I was horrified but understood. It made me think, if this is how a good, no, a great teacher feels about the profession, what hope have our children got with those that only do the job for the money?

And then, if our children are no longer getting that individual attention that is required to really learn a topic, have we as parents fully accepted the responsibility of being our children’s first educators? Or have we delegated that task to school teachers and the television?

I mention the television because too many of us continue to accept stereotypes of ourselves as perpetual underachievers and failures as true. The side effect of accepting these endless tales of woe projects a feeling of inadequacy and inferiority onto our younger generation. However, wherever there are negatives, hidden, but not far away if we look hard, are positives.
I recently attended the premiere screening of the film Hoodwinked. One of the great messages that came out of the film is that the statement ‘there are more African men in American prisons than in higher education’ is a lie.

Has been for a long time.

However it seems that there’s no fun in reporting good news when ‘bad’ statistics are all the rage.

And this is where I question what is the impact of always looking at the negative aspects of our community? Some say victimhood, but I say no, it’s a distraction leading to our repeat failure to identify and act upon good practise and opportunities.

This morning on the Today programme I heard QT presenter, David Dimbleby talking on the child abuse scandal engulfing the BBC. During his interview he said ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’. He didn’t mean it in the sense of burying bad news, but instead using it as an opportunity to tackle the issues that we would otherwise avoid. It’s good advice, yet, despite us having loads of crises we seem stuck in the talk mode, analysis upon analysis with not enough support for those taking action.  

Yes we need to be politically aware and asses our problems so that we can create effective solutions for them, but don’t we also need to be aware of our success stories so that we can not only learn from them but also replicate them when the situation warrants it?

It was only a few weeks ago I read a story about how the Florida State Board of Education had passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their ethnicity. The article read;

“On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent”.



Despite the re-election of Barack Obama as US president the problem we continue to have here is that of low expectations and apathetic responses. It’s like buying into the myth of African inferiority when the evidence and history proving otherwise is staring us right in our faces.

We are not ‘black’ nor do we deserve a permanent seat at the back.  

Success by its very definition often requires hard work, so is not aiming to be the second or third best we can be not only selling ourselves short but also settling for a life of mediocrity as chosen for us by others?


One of the many gifts my father passed onto me before he became an Ancestor. He taught me to be proud of being an African. Work hard, don’t be lazy and you will achieve. He also kept saying that “nothing is impossible, just some things are more difficult to achieve than others”.

Luckily, I believed him, isn’t time the rest of us did too?

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.

He is on Nyansapo radio every Tuesday between 9-12pm.

Chairing a debate on Africa in Science Fiction on Tuesday 20th November 2012, 6.30 - 9pm at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre


Chilling at the Spotlight Dinner & Dance on 24 November 2012 at The Marriott Hotel, Maida Vale

Delivering a "Masterclass: Independent Filmmaking for Liberation" PASCF (Brixton) Community Event on Friday 30th Nov  2012, 7PM @ 365 Brixtone Road, London , SW9 7DA

And hosting a "Community Reasoning Session" at DJED on Friday 14th December 2012

Supporting Ligali

Books: Ukweli and Revoetry

Ukweli and Revoetry

"Overall Ukweli brilliantly reflects the range of issues Afrikans engage with – philosophy, history, economics, biology, physics, astronomy, art, music, dance, film, literature, spirituality and silence. It brought back memories of the high quality of discussions we use to have in the late 1980s and early 1990s when there was a resurgence in interest in Nile Valley civilisations led by Dr Josef ben Jochanan, Cheikh Anta Diop, Theophile Obenga, Maulana Karenga, Jacob Carruthers, Molefi and Mariamu Asante. Even the issue of Afrikan vegetarianism is addressed in the book." - Nubiart Diary Review

The Manual: The Rules for Men*

The Manual: The Rules for Men* is available for young men over the age of twenty.
* Contains Adult Themes about Sex, Relationships and Manhood

DVD: Films and Documentaries

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KBLA & It Takes a Village Presents:

The Spotlight Dinner & Dance

When: 24 November 2012
Where: The Marriott Hotel, Maida Vale

The Spotlightcombines a fabulous dining experience, with live entertainment and dancing to the sounds of a great DJ. As well as being entertained, we will also honour an unrecognised achiever.  This is our opportunity to hear about their inspiration and achievements and to also toast their success. This is their moment in 'The Spotlight'. Dress chic and come and enjoy a sophisticated night out!


  • 18:30 Arrival and pre-dinner drink
  • 19:30 3 course meal with half bottle of wine per person
  • 21:00 Live performance
  • 21:30 'The Spotlight': in conversation with a special guest
  • 22:00 DJ, music and dancing
  • 01:00 Carriages (residents of the hotel can make use of the bar)


More Black Success ebooks


I have just published a new ebook on Amazon Kindle, ASIN B009YJTA9U.  Stories from More Black Success contains three interviews which I previously published in More Black Success. 

plus check out this short audio: 

Remember Your Greatness

I will be grateful if you will please circulate this information. 

Thanks very much for your help. 

Kind regards,
Books for Truth-Seekers

NABSS Family Corner


Tune into the NABSS Family Corner on www.nubiahousemedia.com every Thursday between 5-7pm online ONLY.

Topics dealt with so far have included Rites of Passage for Black Girls, Positive lyrics and Poetry, Role Reversal (parent becomes the child and the child becomes the parent), exclusive interviews with NABSS Membership schools and an interview with the very first Black Chelsea footballer Paul Canoville.

Community events that are added to the NABSS events calendar (Educational or Cultural ONLY) are read out on the air from 6.30 onwards

Show clips and contact details can be found by clicking this link:

'I Can' Project After School Sessions

T4H (Therapy 4 Healing http://www.t4h.org.uk) are happy to announce:  

The 'I Can' Project After School Sessions For ALL young people in Lewisham aged 8-16, including those dealing with long term conditions suchas asthma, sickle cell, diabetes or lupus, as well as children with specialneeds or a disability.

Siblings are welcome too!  Carers will need to be present. Light refreshments will be provided.

We are offering a FREE holistic and creative program  including musical expression; craft work; relaxation; animation; poetryplus more.

A chance to enjoy and achieve, meet others dealing with similarissues, increase confidence and have some fun.  

Where: Woodpecker Youth Centre,  20 Woodpecker Road, New Cross, SE14 6EU   

After School Sessions start 

Wednesday 7 November 2012, 4.30pm – 6.30pm             

Wednesday 7 November    / Thursday 8 November  /     Wednesday 14 November   

Thursday 15 November   /   Wednesday 21 November   / Thursday 22 November             

Wednesday 28 November / Thursday 29 November   

TO BOOK: If you are interested as a participant or have a group and/or individuals who you would like to attend,  please call Patricia  on 07896 420 740  or email pmlewisham@t4h.org.uk  clearly leaving your contact details to register.

Marikana Solidarity Campaign

Junior Nkwelle

Greetings All,

As most of you are aware our solidarity with the Marikana miners continues.

We are pleased enclose the link to the Petition herein:


We encourage you to please sign the Petition, and ask that you share this with your network and also encourage them to do likewise.

Warmest regards
Cecil & Tongogara

Creative Lifestyle Soft Furnishings Workshop:
Making Curtain and Cushions

When: 10 weeks starting on Saturday 20 October -  22 December 2012, 10am - 1pm
Where: St Mary's Community Hall Kent Street London E2 8NU

We also provide 'taster' workshops at the venue of your choice in the following subjects and more: Soft Furnishings; basic sewing skills; hand knitting; cake baking and decorating; interior design; natural hair; children's workshops; seasonal greetings cards; African dance and drumming; relaxation and movement

We also work with children and vulnerable adults

Please book with us by email: oleander@creativelifestyle.org.uk
or call us on 07940325207 or 07956515419

Just check out our website for more information


Petition: Stop GMO in Uganda

Greetings All

A little while ago I email a petition to stop GMO's in Uganda. We need 100 signatures to complete this petition. Many people in Uganda are not aware of the dangers of GMO and it behooves us from the Diaspora to help them in the spirit of Marcus Garvey. This is our homeland and if we do not care to help protect it, then who will. I implore you to take a few minutes to fill out the petition and send it. Time is getting short. The url is


Thank you for your support.

Nakato Lewis

Fun Vocal Tutoring Sessions For Chuildren

When: Every Friday, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Chestnuts Community and Arts Centre, 280 St Ann's Road, Tottenham,  London  N15 4A5

AGE: 5yrs and up!


For Further info and to affirm committment for sessions please use the
contact details below.
MOB: 07440668069
email: vocalsessions17@gmail.com

Gold Onyx: Children’s Cultural Film Club

Guba Awars 2012

Greetings All

Almanac [Calendar] Dates

The Children’s Cultural Film Club takes place every second Saturday of each month, 2 ~ 5 pm. 

Where: The Edge Hall, 117 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London N17 6UR  
Adm: Children £2.50 (aged 2~20 years), Adults £5.00
[Free if you have a child between 2~12 years]
Plus free popcorn & drink available
Our sessions are undertaken in a ‘Positive Family Environment’ and we hope to see you, one day. 

Remember Not To Forget that Our Children's Cultural Film Club takes place every second Saturday in the months so put the date in your diary from now!!!

Stay Blessed

Gold Onyx Team
07946 670 949
Facebook ~ GoldOnyx Rntf

African style Self Defence?

Hashima people. Come and find out 2-3pm Kazimba Ngoma Class...Sundays at Chocolate Factory Building D Clarendon Rd Wood Green N22 6XJ

NEW 2013 History Calender - October 22nd!!!

Guba Awars 2012

Featuring the stunning work of artists Alvin Kofi and Ken McCalla, the 2013 Black History Calendar boasts 365 significant events in Black History as well as the independence days of all the countries in Africa and the Caribbean.



To What Extent is Britain Post-Colonial?

By on October 3, 2012

There certainly appear to be attempts in government circles in Britain to draw a line under the country’s colonial past and to claim that British colonialism is ancient history. In 2005, for instance, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, announced that ‘the days of Britain having to apologise for its colonial history are over,’ (1) while the current Foreign Minister, William Hague, recently expressed his wish to move away from ‘post-colonial guilt’ and claimed that there is now ‘a new and equal partnership’ between Britain and former colonial countries. But can it be said that the sun has now set on Britain’s imperial ambitions, or are we witnessing a ‘new imperialism’ and new forms of colonial domination? (2)

It is now nearly sixty years since a British government and its allies failed in their attempts at regime change in Egypt and the resulting ‘Suez Crisis’ of 1956 exposed their machinations before the world. The Suez Crisis has been viewed as a major blow to Britain’s imperial prestige and one of the key events ushering in a new post-colonial Britain. Four years later in 1960, Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, made his famous ‘wind of change’ speech in South Africa, in which he recognised that as a consequence of growing anti-colonial struggles and the changing international situation, Britain would have to relinquish political control over its colonies in Africa.

Thereafter, in the following two decades, British governments granted formal independence to almost all colonies, although Zimbabwe, the former Southern Rhodesia, only gained its independence in 1980 after enduring a war of national liberation lasting many years and Hong Kong only returned to China’s sovereignty after lengthy negotiations in 1997. Fourteen former colonies have never become independent countries and are now termed British Overseas Territories. They include six territories in the Caribbean and three in the South Atlantic. The most well known of these are the Falkland Islands, or Malvinas, which lie off the coast of Argentina, a country that still disputes Britain’s sovereignty, a circumstance that led to the colonial Falklands War of 1982. Another disputed territory is Gibraltar, which is claimed by Spain, and was first acquired by Britain in 1713. In addition there is continuing British sovereignty of a part of Ireland and the division of the island of Ireland, perhaps the most glaring example of the continuation of Britain’s colonial past.

Moreover, even during the period when Britain and the other imperial powers claimed to be decolonising their empires, leaders of newly independent countries, such as Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, were warning of the emergence of neo-colonialism, whereby Britain and the other big powers maintained economic and other forms of domination over nominally independent countries by a variety of means including the power of global institutions such as the IMF and World Bank. (3)

The division of Ireland, the continued dispute over Gibraltar, and that over the Malvinas, which resurfaced again during the summer of 2012, are a stark reminder that Britain is far from being a post-colonial polity and suggest that declarations about guilt and apologies are rather premature. Indeed it is difficult to find examples of government apologies for innumerable colonial crimes and impossible to provide examples of any reparation made for such crimes. Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, even spoke of the British Empire in glowing terms as ‘a remarkable achievement.’ Despite the wishes of governments and ministers to sweep things under the carpet, the old colonial Britain keeps raises its head.

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Dr Hakim Adi is Reader in the History of Africa and the African diaspora at the University of Chichester. He has written widely on the history of Pan-Africanism and the African Diaspora, including three history books for children. He is currently working on a film documentary on the West African Students’ Union. His forthcoming book Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora will be published by Africa World Press in early 2013.


1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-334208/Its-time-celebrate-Empire-says-Brown.html

2. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/william-hague-i-came-back-to-be-the-foreign-secretarythats-what-im-doing-8099138.html

3. K. Nkrumah, Neo-Colonialism, The Last Stage of Imperialism (London, 1965)

Community Events

Mashufaa Classes


Spirit Of A Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk

For further details please contact us on: 020 8808 7547 / 07956 337 391 or, via email on: info@mashufaa.co.uk


The Role of the Haitian Revolution & its Impact on the 1807 Abolition Act

Where: Harrow Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XP
When: Tuesday, 13 November 2012, 18.00 - 21.00
Adm: Free event (Harrow Black History Month 2012)

Dr Hakim Adi presents The Role of the Haitian Revolution & its Impact on the 1807 Abolition Act

Join the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/223824761081646/

DJED: Lectures & Workshops

When: Every Friday, 8PM
Where: DJED enterprises, 10 Adelaide Grove, Shepherds Bush, London W12 0JJ
Adm: £5

Friday 16th November - Dr Jack - DANGERS OF DAIRY PRODUCTS & WHEAT

Friday 23rd November - Andrew Muhammed - MICHAEL JACKSON PT3

Friday 30th November - Brother Abeng - ASTRONOMY & THE BIBLE PT1

Friday 7th December - Brothr Abeng - ASTRONOMY & THE BIBLE PT2

Friday 14 December - Brother Toyin Agbetu

Phone: 0208 743 1985

Runoko Rashadi: Afrikan Presence in Asia


When: 15 November 2012, 6PM
Where: Navarino Gardens,
Adm: £8 / £5 (Conc)

Ancient Future & Muatta Books present 
Runoko Rashidi: The Black Presence in the East
Come along and hear a presentation on his new book about the African Presence in Ancient Asia

Contact: 07956 134 370 / 07506 481 509

African History Weekend with Runiko Rashidi

When: Fri 16 November 2012, 7pm to 9:30
Where: Dooglebud’s Bistro Lounge Bar, 79 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CRO 2JJ
Adm: Free

When: Sat 17 November 2012, 7pm - 9:30
Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX
Adm: Free

When: Sunday 18 November 2012, 4:30 - 7pm
Where: Learie Constantine Centre, 43-47, Dudden Hill Lane, London, NW10 2ET
Adm: Free

Come along and hear presentations on his new book about the African presence in Ancient Asia.

To RESERVE A PLACE, text: 07508903634 inserting Runoko event with full name

Donna McFarlane Reception

When: Saturday 17 November 2012, 7– 9.30pm
Queen Mother Moore School, Clapham Methodist Church, Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR

We in the PASCF are pleased to invite you to a reception for Dr Donna McFarlane - director of Liberty Hall – the legacy of Marcus Garvey, Kingston JA.

Come, listen and question as Dr. Donna McFarlane, Director of the Liberty Hall Project gives an illustrated talk on this innovative multi-media Garvey museum in Downtown, Kingston.  

DRUM CALL: Libation by Sister Askala McMorris
Chair: Sister Makeda Coaston

The event will also discuss and take action towards creating a FRIENDS OF LIBERTY HALL (UK)

We look forward to welcoming you for a prompt start @ 7pm

Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF)
90 Brookdale Road, Catford, London SE6 4JP
Email: pascfevents@gmail.com
Tele: 07531 286 969

British Museum: Guided Tour by Dr. RUNOKO RUNOKO

When: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2012 from 11am to 1pm
Adm: TOUR CHARGE: £10 per person on each day
A rare opportunity to experience a BRITISH MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR by world famous historian Dr. RUNOKO RASHIDI at the BRITISH MUSEUM
Come along and see ancient African figures, and hear about their lives and
times in Ancient Egypt, Sudan and Nubia.
We will tour Room 4 (Ground Floor/Ancient Egypt/African Presence in the ancient Greek and Roman World) on Saturday and on Sunday (Room 65: Ancient Egypt, Sudan and Nubia).
To book your place, email: windrush.event@gmail.com

Black Book Swap 2

When: Saturday 17 November 2012, 12.00noon - 5.00pm at
Where: Cottons, Exmouth Market
Adm: £3.00 (early bird offer)

Book your ticket at: http://blackbookswapnovember2012.eventbrite.co.uk

Our first Black Book Swap was a roaring success.  We were overwhelmed not only by the huge turnout – over 200 people who attended, but also by the massive number of books swapped.  Our feedback survey revealed just how much you all enjoyed the event.  All the supportive and encouraging comments made us blush!  Even better 96% of you wanted a follow-up event.  Buoyed-up by that wonderful response we are doing it again.  

Please do come and join us!  And do tell your friends!

We are delighted to welcome an eclectic line up of talented authors to Black Book Swap 2,:

Dorothy Koomson the UK's most successful Black author whose latest book 'Rose Petal Beach' was published last month.

DD Armstrong an emerging talent who wrote 'Lynch’s Road', a novel set in west London that paints a gritty picture of urban life. 

Courttia Newland a well established writer whose new book 'The Gospel According to Cane' will be published early next year.

Noo Sara Wiwa, author of ‘Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria’.

As well as hearing from novelists you’ll also have the chance to learn about new non-fiction
from Andrea Stuart whose family memoir 'Sugar in the Blood' was published earlier this year to considerable critical acclaim and Jenny Garrett a motivational coach who recently published Rocking Your Role, a how to guide for female breadwinners.

As before we’ll have a large selection of books to swap or buy so remember to bring along
books that you’ve enjoyed and are willing to part with.  

Organised by a collective of London based book lovers, Black Book Swap is open to all.

Book now at http://blackbookswapnovember2012.eventbrite.co.uk for the £3.00 early bird offer.

For all the latest news see: www.twitter/BlackBookSwap

Black Women Make Movies:Ugandan Superladies and The Window  


When: Saturday 17 November 2pm to 4pm
Where: Room B36, Birkbeck University of London, Malet St (entry on Torrington Square)
Tube: Russell Square/Tottenham Court Road
Adm: Free entry. First come, First served

Ugandan Superladies. Rose, Leila and Susan are three  ordinary Ugandan women concerned with homes, families and jobs, but they also share the dream of becoming champion rally drivers. They face the double challenge of achieving sporting success while fighting prejudice and sexism in the male world of motor rallying.The film documents their journey take as they struggle to put together their cars for the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2009, the most coveted motor sports title in East Africa.

Plus, The Window
Moji dreams of being a window dresser but is held back by her husband Samson and things start to look even worse for her when Samson's second wife arrives from Nigeria to live in their one-bedroomed Peckham flat with them. However the two women,rather than being rivals,form a bond and,after a public show-down at Samson's chieftancy ceremony, attain their independence plus Q and A with Funke Oyebanjo screenwriter

An Images of Black Women and Black History Walks production.

This event sponsored by National Association of Black Saturday Schools www.nabss.org.uk and Birkbeck, University of London  

PASCF Workshop: Defending our community

When: Saturday 17th November 2012, 4pm to 8pm
Where: West Indian Association of Service Personnel
163 Clapham Manor Road, London SW4 6DB
Trains: Clapham Common, Clapham North (Northern Line) & Clapham High Street (BR) / Buses: 35, 37, 50, 88, 137, 155, 322, 345, 349 & 417

The Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum & CPP (UK & Ireland) Presents - Defending our community: Workshop launching our Free Legal Surgery

Areas of law to be covered: Criminal, Housing, Employment, Welfare and Judicial Review

Community organisations are particularly invited to come along.

Organised by PASCF Legal Surgery – 07507 995 485


When: Saturday 17TH November 2012, 11AM - 1PM


Transport: barons Court Tube Station
click here for map (Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Africa in Science Fiction


When: 20 November 2012
Time: Universal Mind Control (6.30pm-7.45pm); Parable of the Talents (8pm-9pm)
Where: Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Price: Free (but ticket required incurring an online transaction fee of £1.75 or £2.75 if by phone)
Booking: Visit here
Tel: 0844 847 9910

The Creative Word, in partnership with Words of Colour and Southbank Centre, is hosting this exciting double bill of African sci fi in literature and film. The first event, Universal Mind Control, looks at how literature and poetry addresses the African diaspora cosmology and futuristic worlds while Parable of the Talents explores sci fi movies and tries to unpick what is African sci fi. Words of Colour’s executive director Joy Francis, award-winning novelist Courttia Newland and Toyin Agbetu will chair the events with leading artists in the field including playwright Oladipo Agboluaje, filmmaker Kibwe Tavares and authors Tosin Coker and Biram Mboob.

6.30pm - 7.45pm: Universal Mind Control
How do short stories, novels and poetry address African diaspora cosmology and futuristic worlds?

8pm - 9pm: Parable of the Talents
Sci Fi movies have begun to boldly go where no man has gone before - Africa. Meet the visionaries who dare to imagine new settings for age-old stories.

Please note - this free event requires a ticket. You can reserve your ticket online (£1.75 transaction fee) or by phone on 0844 847 9910 (£2.75 transaction fee). Transaction fees apply per transaction, not per ticket. You can also reserve your seat without a transaction fee by visiting one of our Southbank Centre Ticket Offices in person.

Awakening: Black Yoga Seriees

When: 23rd to 25th, 30th November / 1st to 3rd December 2012 from 12 pm to 9pm daily
Where: Artist Studio: 115 Melfort Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 7RX

Two leading practitioners join the artist

Sheila Wisdom Kundalini Yoga - 24th Nov
Shola Arewa Yoga Master - 30th Nov

Kofi opens his studio for the season, with a special launch for art lovers and collectors.

View and buy original works, limited editions, seasonal greeting cards and gifts.

For more info on exhibitions and events visit: koriarts on Facebook or contact 07943 437 619 / koriarts@btinternet.com

KBLA & It Takes a Village Presents:

The Spotlight Dinner & Dance

When: 24 November 2012
Where: The Marriott Hotel, Maida Vale

The Spotlightcombines a fabulous dining experience, with live entertainment and dancing to the sounds of a great DJ. As well as being entertained, we will also honour an unrecognised achiever.  This is our opportunity to hear about their inspiration and achievements and to also toast their success. This is their moment in 'The Spotlight'. Dress chic and come and enjoy a sophisticated night out!

Friends and Family

Please feel free to extend this invitation to your friends and family. In fact, if you have an anniversary, birthday or special occasion to celebrate, come and celebrate with us. What's more, let the event photographer take and instantly print your memories of the moment for you to take home.

Overnight Stay

Put The Spotlighton yourselves and make  a weekend of it. We've negotiated a great rate with the hotel for Executive rooms. Arrive early, relax, make use of the leisure club and swimming pool, have a fab evening and then order breakfast in bed the following morning! Booking code details available soon.


  • 18:30 Arrival and pre-dinner drink
  • 19:30 3 course meal with half bottle of wine per person
  • 21:00 Live performance
  • 21:30 'The Spotlight': in conversation with a special guest
  • 22:00 DJ, music and dancing
  • 01:00 Carriages (residents of the hotel can make use of the bar)

Queen Nzinga Lecture Series

When: Saturday 24 November 3pm to 6pm
Where: Birkbeck University of London, Tube: Russell Square/Tottenham Court Road
Adm: Free entry and map  if you register here

Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in  an academic setting. Our first lecture will be a double bill featuring Kandace Chimbiri and Dr Michelle Asantewa.

Kandace Chimbiri will speak on Black Warrior Queens of Ancient Sudan. Dr Michelle Asantewa will speak on Black Women's Spirituality and Resistance in English Literature. 

Author, K.N. Chimbiri will give an insight and historical exploration into the lives of women leaders in the ancient Nile Valley. She will provide  a comprehensive introduction to the less-well known ancient kingdom of Kush which was based in what is today's Sudan.  This fascinating ancient civilisation has left behind three times as many pyramids as ancient Egypt.  Kandace will describe  the contributions of some of the great women of Kemet (ancient Egypt) and Kush.  She will feature, amongst others, the Kushite queen Amanirenas who courageously fought the Romans - her victory stele stands today in Room 65 at the British Museum. Kandace is the author of two self-published childrens titles, The Story of Early Ancient Egypt and Step Back in Time to Ancient Kush (activity book).  Both books are now carried by museums including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Neues Museum in Berlin www.goldendestiny.co.uk 

Dr Michelle Asantewa will speak on Black Women Spirituality: The Power of Resistance.

Dr Asantewa will highlight several British literary representations of black women who used spiritual practices during slavery/colonialism to resist. Tituoba/Tituba is a black female agitator,  cast aside by patriarchal history, who was accused as one of the Salem Witches and condemned to death. She confessed that she was a witch and was let free whilst her white female counterparts were killed.  In Wide Sargasso Sea (which links to the British classic Jane Eyre) there is a reference to African Spirituality as a power used by Christophine that destabilises the patriarchal "Rochester" character. There will  be a Q and A after both talks.

This event sponsored by National Association of Black Saturday Schools www.nabss.org.uk  www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk and Birkbeck, University of London  

Diabetes Charity Dinner & Dance!


When:  Saturday 24th November 2012 from 7pm
Where:  The Holiday Inn - Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Adm:  £45 dinner and dance, £12 dance only

The St. Lucian Diabetes Project UK is a registered charity and will soon be celebrating their 10th anniversary! The Project promotes the health and wellbeing for diabetics, by providing health education on the prevention and management of diabetes through public workshops and clinics as seen in this video.

Every 2 years a team of volunteer doctors, nurses and podiatrists that specialise in diabetes visit St. Lucia to run these workshops to empower and educate both medical staff, patients and the general public on the island.

If more people took the approach of "prevention is better than cure", then this attitude would drastically reduce the amount of diabetes cases. One of the sure signs on the road to diabetes is obesity, especially belly fat Keeping your weight under control, a balanced diet, reducing your sugar intake and very importantly, excercise will reduce the risks of diabetes.

The charity's forthcoming Dinner & Dance event is an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Project to continue the brilliant work that they are doing. Please support a worthy cause by either attending the event, making a donation or simply fowarding this Eml on to 10 friends!

Contact: Mary 0758-867 7504 / Ben 07973 124 191 / Sharon 07956 492 477 www.SaintLuciaDiabetes.DJMrP.com

Windrush Legacy Flm Meeting

Adm: £5 / unwaged £3 Refreshments available.

Brent Central CLP is delighted to host a WINDRUSH LEGACY FILM EVENING

For all Members, friends and local residents

We will be screening the documentary ' A Charmed Life ' by Patrick Vernon OBE
Labour Councillor for Hackney and founder of Every Generation Media.
Patrick will be available for a discussion afterwards.

To reserve your place contact Janice Long 0208459 7435 (email bcclpsec@yahoo.co.uk )

PASCF (Brixton) Workshop: Masterclass: Independent Filmmaking for African Liberation

When: 30 November 2012, 7pm
Where: 365 Brixton Road, SW9 7DA
Adm: Free

Toyin Agbetu will deliver a workshop exploring why and how new technology can make independent filmmaking a reality for those enagged in African liberation.

Leeds Finest: Showcase for Young People

When: 30th Nov 2012, 7pm
Where: Seven Arts Centre, Leeds LS7 3PD
Adm: £5 Adults, £3 Children

Come along and support this showcase of the talent of some of our young people in Leeds.

One Love



The Interrupted Journey: Part V

When: Saturday 1st december 2012, 6:30 PM
Where: Willesden Library, 95 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SF

Exclusive Screening: Hidden Colours 2

Where: Leeds University
When: 8th December 2012


PASCF Workshop: Understanding Pan-Afrikanism

When: Saturday 8th December 2012, 4pm to 8pm
Where: West Indian Association of Service Personnel, 163 Clapham Manor Road, London SW4 6DB
Trains: Clapham Common, Clapham North (Northern Line) & Clapham High Street (BR) / Buses: 35, 37, 50, 88, 137, 155, 322, 345, 349 & 417

For more information: www.pascf.org.uk; pascfevents1@gmail.com; 07944-204-955

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