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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 14 April 2009 will ask the questions;

From Police Corruption to Ritual Murder?

Open Forum: Have Your Say


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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
Open Forum : Have Your Say

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

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Open Forum

“Ears are uninvited witnesses ” – African proverb, Tswana

Greetings, so the time is exactly 18:13, 14 April 2009 and I’ve given myself exactly 20 minutes to write an article that’s likely to be read by thousands of people. So what’s the topic for this week. In truth I really don’t know. Yesterday was my birthday and as part of my own philosophy I never work on that day. As a result I am seriously behind on my usual tasks.

Feels good though, I guess I really want to maintain that mood. In Truth it’s going to be a bit difficult, later this week a community worker, Brother Minkah is facing charges in court after he was assaulted by police officers. It now appears looking out for our children during draconian stop and search operations is now a criminal act. Anyway as some of you may know, I really emphasis with his plight having been in the same situation.  I was only acquitted from a malicious prosecution or should that be persecution by the state with the support of family, friends and community. Thank you all again.

Today the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced that they lied about there not being any CCTV cameras available during the murder of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests. A day after the commission took over the inquiry IPCC chairman Nick Hardwick told Channel Four News that CCTV cameras were not in the area. He lied. The commission that investigates the police for corruption is itself corrupt. This is of course of no surprise to well informed Africans who have said so all along. From the IPCC’s dodgy ‘son of racist Police Complaint Authority’ inception we have seen the commission allow officer after officer escape prosecution for murder, racism, abuse and harassment.  Now that a lone european has been murdered but this time with the camera footage in the hands of the media we are seeing a catalogue of institutional deceit, deception and manipulation coming not only from the commission itself, but also from the forensic Pathologist it used to conduct the post mortem.

Dr Freddy Patel concluded Tomlinson had died of a heart attack, Dr Freddy Patel was also embroiled in controversy after his professional ethic came under scrutiny whilst he worked on the medical history of Roger Sylvester, a 30-year-old African man who also died in police custody. I wonder how many other cases involving murdered African Freddy’s been involved in?

It gets worse, I don’t know if you remember but around this time last year over 100 lawyers quit the IPCC exposing the poor and unlawful decision making of the commissions leaders. Pretty much like the CRE and the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission headed up by Trevor Philips that takes funding from race equality councils and makes bizarre announcements that multiculturalism and more recently institutional racism is dead. What next an African archbishop waving the flag for St George. ;-)

Anyway I can see I’ve only got a few minutes left to finish this article and I don’t want it to become a rant , I hope I haven’t failed.  It would be good for us to explore who watches the watchers that watches the police? And if no-one then who protects us when the so called protectors abuse us?

I also want to discuss some of the themes I saw in Wole Soyinka’s powerful play last night at the National Theatre – Death and the Kings Horseman. I think there is a link that needs to be explored alongside those brought to the table by the superb theatrical adaptation of The Hounding of David Oluwale. My time is virtually up, I want to stay in a positive, optimistic mode but still carry out my duty to tell it like it is. Perhaps we need to think about all of this in an open forum. You see in a civilised society, a just and honest government would review all the cases which the IPCC and Dr Freddy Patel presided over. In a secret society we have manipulative tactics that creates mountain out of a molehill issues to distract us with stories about foolish emails. At least we can explore Soyinka’s theme on ritual suicide and these so called ‘political resignations’.

It remains up to us to be vigilant, to keep living up to our responsibilities as Africans by fighting for our human rights whilst seeking natural justice. I apologise for the poor grammar and skimpy ideological content in advance, I’ve passed a significant milestone and am still assessing my path for the year ahead. I wrote a short poem a few years back, I hope I doesn’t seem too negative as I’m actually feeling quite the opposite. A change is gonna come.

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

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.

More Info:

Pathologist in Ian Tomlinson G20 death case was reprimanded over conduct

Crisis at police watchdog as lawyers resign

IPCC: Protecting corrupt police, betraying public confidence


Nyansapo: Update

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Maisha Solutions

Maisha Solution
Maisha Solutions:
Every door has its own key

Screenings: Maisha Solutions - Every Door Has Its Own Key

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 12pm - 2pm
: Woolwich Town hall, Market street, London SE18 6PW

Please note that there is limited seating available so in order to grantee a space and ensure a prompt start for the screening registration for the film will take place from 10.30 am - 11.30am in order to get everyone seated by 11.45 -11.55am. The film will start promptly at 12'o'clock.

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 his recent film, Maisha Solutions (Part One) during the African Market Day at Woolwich Town Hall, 25 April 2009 and a shorter version to facilitate a question and answer session at the University of East London, 13 May 2009.


African Remembrance

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: or by phone: 020 8354 5592.

DVD: Night of Truth

Remembering Rwanda

If ever there was a film that should be made compulsory viewing for African people everywhere then this is it. The Night of Truth is a painful tale of revenge and reconciliation set in a fictional town modeled after the Rwandan genocide.

Night of Truth follows the actions of rebel leader Colonel Theo Bogwanda and his wife Soumari as they organise a night of reconciliation between the President Miossoune and his wife Edna.

Tensions between the Bonandes and Nayaks are still high after ten years of war. With agitators on both sides it is proving difficult to avert conflict. Few pay attention when a village woman named Fatou has a premonition and some in anger call on the Ancestors to smash the peace. It is difficult to reveal more without spoiling the story line. Suffice to say if you are a lover of African cinema or simply interested in traditional methods of conflict resolution then watch this film.

BFI: Fanta Nacro was the first woman from Burkina Faso to direct a fiction film (the short Un Certain matin) and The Night of Truth, which has won awards at film festivals around the world, is a stunning example of the rise of African women filmmakers, bringing a new voice and perspective to African cinema.


Notting Hill Carnival Working Group

If you are saddened or feel our Ancestors have been disrespected and our people manipulated by the way Notting Hill Carnival has been hijacked for financial and political exploitation. If you feel it has now been turned into a annual ritual divorced of dignity and any spiritual purpose then please email us at using the subject name ‘NHC09’  to start work on reclaiming back the spirit of what is the largest African organised ceremony in europe. Please only get in touch if you are serious about doing Ancestral liberation work and fully understand the risks.

Who killed Kelso Cochrane?


Comments and Feedback

DVD: Ghosts of Rwanda


A rather excellent documentary on Rwanda which the BBC has refused to screen even though they part commissioned it and the director agreed to reduce its 2 hour length, is

Ghosts of Rwanda directed by Greg Barker

It is in depth, raw, powerful and truthful and well received by audiences which included genocide survivors. can be viewed via google video as not for sale in UK


Notting Hill Carnival Working Group

If you are saddened or feel our Ancestors have been disrespected and our people manipulated by the way Notting Hill Carnival has been hijacked for financial and political exploitation. If you feel it has now been turned into a annual ritual divorced of dignity and any spiritual purpose then please email us at using the subject name ‘NHC09’  to start work on reclaiming back the spirit of what is the largest African organised ceremony in europe. Please only get in touch if you are serious about doing Ancestral liberation work and fully understand the risks.

Who killed Kelso Cochrane?

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 with the subject heading 'Poetry'.


Word Sound

My word is the sound of the Afikan drum that can be heard via my heart beat
It is the sound of ancient vibrations that causes two worlds to meet

The macro and micro, universal tones of harmony are embedded in my being
When I realise just what this means to me, then I can appreciate what I am seeing

It was the word that took on flesh, it’s another sound this being the thought
But like a web your thoughts can destroy you, so be sure not to get caught

Caught up in a matrix of thoughts, that are not your own
The devil uses devices to intercept your tone

Tune in to the Earth and her frequencies and you can not go wrong
Eat not of the flesh of animals, or you will suffer for long

Be natural that’s the way to go, then life will speak to you
To home in on the vibratory rates is the best thing to do

If you’re a man or woman of colour, black, red or brown
You see it doesn’t really matter as long as you make a joyful sound

Like a ripple that’s made in water, sound travels like waves do
The word was waiting to come into being, just like you

An extract from A Book of Thirteen Poems (Volumes 1 & 2)

Makeda Love Copyright ©® 2008 – 2009

Donations Matter
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

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.


Community News


Support Brother Minkah at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court

Venue:  15 D’Eynsford Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 7UP
Date: Friday 17th April 2009

On Saturday 27th September 2008 at around 10pm on Atlantic Road, near Atlantic Bakery in Brixton, Brother Minkah witnessed two White men questioning a Black young man.

He politely enquired what was going on, only to find out the two White men were police officers.  Being a long time community activist involved in many issues, including stop and search (Black youth stopped 8 times more than Whites), more youth in prison than higher education, and deaths in custody - he expressed his concerns.  With regard to the later, Sean Rigg had been killed by Brixton Police just a few weeks earlier. 

Within a short period of time, Brother Minkah was subjected to a very vicious racist attack by a group of police officers, causing injury that he still suffers with to this day.  He was also charged to attend court. 

This attack is part of a general attack upon the Black community, especially our youth, to keep us in slave-like conditions.  10 years after the Stephen Lawrence enquiry, we can categorically state that racism and brutality in the police force is getting worst. 

In this year, the centenary of our great freedom fighter Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, and advocate of positive action and campaigning against injustice, we must do the same. 

We encourage our community to support the following demands:

  • Drop the charges against Brother Minkah  (attend the court on Friday 17th April)
  • Say NO to the Stop and Search policy!  NO to a police state!
  • Scrap the so-called Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • Boycott joining the police and their consultative forums
  • Demand real accountability to the community now
  • Join the Marcus Garvey Organising Committee
  • Witnesses still encouraged to come forward.

Contact – 07940 005 907

Organised by the Marcus Garvey Organising Committee.

Danny Glover
Danny Glover: Actor-Activist

Race and the Obama Administration
An opinion piece by Danny Glover
April 8, 2009

In 2001 I traveled to Durban, South Africa, to join the tens of thousands of people who came to participate in the United Nations-sponsored World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. More than 2,000 came from the United States, a rainbow of people crossing all lines--racial, ethnic, national, language, immigration status, religious and much more--joining an equally diverse crowd from across the globe. It was an extraordinary opportunity to meet, discuss, argue and strategize over how to rid the world of these longstanding evils.

Our participation paralleled that of the official US delegation. And that's where we faced a huge challenge. The Bush administration team, having only grudgingly agreed to participate at all, made clear they had no real commitment to fighting racism or offering leadership on other challenging issues of discrimination. When they didn't like a few small parts of the sixty-one-page text, they packed up and walked out of the conference. It was a sad but hardly surprising moment, exposing once again the history of US failures to take seriously the consequences of its own legacy of racism, a point most recently made by Attorney General Eric Holder.

The 2001 Declaration expressed powerful truths. It stated: "We acknowledge and profoundly regret the massive human suffering and the tragic plight of millions of men, women and children caused by slavery, the slave trade, the transatlantic slave trade, apartheid, colonialism and genocide, and call upon States concerned to honour the memory of the victims of past tragedies and affirm that, wherever and whenever these occurred, they must be condemned and their recurrence prevented." Another part declared, "We recognize the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to the establishment of an independent State and we recognize the right to security for all States in the region, including Israel, and call upon all States to support the peace process and bring it to an early conclusion."

Now, eight years later, the United Nations is convening the Durban Review Conference in Geneva April 20 to 24 to review and assess the progress since 2001. Member nations have toiled for two years to craft an outcome document that assesses the current analysis and challenges. This document--which called for particular measures to provide support and reparations to all the victims both of long-ago histories, like the descendants of the European-Atlantic slave trade, and those facing contemporary forms of discrimination and apartheid policies, such as the Roma, the Dalits (India's "untouchables") and the Palestinians--was rejected by the Obama administration.

This year we thought things would be different. Our country has taken a huge step in our long struggle against racism: we have elected our first African-American president. And perhaps more important, the mobilization of people who made Barack Obama's election possible brought more young people of color into political action, with others of various ethnic and political backgrounds, than perhaps any campaign before. It is a moment not to sit on our laurels; certainly, we have much farther to go. But it is certainly a moment for our nation's political leadership to acknowledge a new marker in the long and painful struggle for justice, and a time to offer global leadership in the United Nations forum organized to combat bigotry and injustice.

In an effort to address the administration's concerns, the United Nations has released a new "outcome document," stripped of all language deemed offensive or controversial. Yet we face the sad reality that our president, the first African-American to lead this country, who has galvanized hope among victims of injustice around the world and encouraged them to stand up with dignity for their rights, has yet to indicate if he will send an official delegation or continue to abstain from the entire process.

Our historical struggle against racism can claim great progress as a legacy of the civil rights movement led by the likes of Fanny Lou Hamer and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but this 2009 review of the 2001 Durban conference against racism should still be a moment in which the administration of President Obama returns to the world stage to join deliberations aimed at making even further progress against injustice.

For twenty years, Congressman John Conyers, dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, has annually introduced a bill urging the United States to form a commission to study whether reparations are an appropriate response to the continuing legacy of slavery in our country. Would not the Durban Review Conference be a perfect venue to the administration to support the remedies recommended by the global community of nations to overcome the impacts of racism, slavery, anti-Semitism, apartheid and other forms of discrimination?

Would this United Nations conference not be exactly the right place for our new president to show the world that his administration's commitment to "change we can believe in" means rejecting our country's tarnished legacy of violating international law, undermining the United Nations and using American exceptionalism to justify walking away from the leadership responsibility many in the world expect of the United States? To make that change clear, wouldn't this be a great opportunity to remind the world that even if the final document does not call out the name of every perpetrator government, the United States at least believes that every group of victims facing discrimination or worse based on their identity, especially the most vulnerable, and those who are stateless and thus in need of special attention by the international community, should be named and promised assistance?

This should be a moment for the United States to rejoin the global struggle against racism, the struggle that the Bush administration so arrogantly abandoned. I hope President Obama will agree that the United States must participate with other nations in figuring out the tough issues of how to overcome racism and other forms of discrimination and intolerance, and how to provide repair to victims. Our country certainly has much to learn; and maybe, for the first time in a long time, we have something by way of leadership to share with the rest of the world in continuing our long struggle to overcome.

Danny Glover is an actor/activist and chair of the TransAfrica Forum Board of Directors.


For More info:

Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum: Introduction to Neo-Colonialism

Introduction to Neo-colonialism:
Uncle Tom holds the reigns for Uncle Sam

In this hard hitting introduction to neo-colonialism published by the Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF), the ideology of meritocracy for all in a capitalist society is exposed as myth designed to maintain control of the labour and produce of African and other oppressed peoples throughout the world. Through clear examples and diagrams the PASCF covers the political history of the G8, IMF, World Bank and other controlling capitalist institutions and explains how the impoverished state of Africa is a result of racist economic driven policies that are still in place today.

The bold sub title ‘Uncle Tom holds the reigns for Uncle Sam’ which flies in the face of both liberal and right wing media, persuasively challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama to commander in chief of the United States of America heralds the dawn of a utopian age of equality for all. Indeed the focus on Obama is miniscule in comparison to the wealth of historical evidence presented to prove the papers central thesis, but there is a stark warning to us all.

“… the appointment of Barack Obama to the position of president is a master stroke.  It represents a major set back for Afrikan liberation and Afrikan self-determination.. it encourages Afrikan people into putting their efforts towards fighting for the oppressive state’s preservation, in the vain hope that they will get a greater share of its spoils…  In short, it preserves the status quo which keeps Afrikan people all over the world, in a state of abject poverty and corresponding misery.”

This is an essential read for all those interested in political analysis without sugar coating the Truth.

Click here for a free download


11th bfm International Film Festival - Call for Submissions

bfm International Film Festival is the largest and longest running platform for Black World Cinema in the UK.

We are now welcoming submissions for the 11th International Film Festival. The festival will take place in venues across London from 6th – 10th November 2009.

We are looking for the submission of feature, documentary, short, experimental and animation films representing the experiences of people of African origin from across the globe.

We are also taking submissions for the Short Film Awards.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE – Monday 29th June, 5pm

The submission form, guidelines with terms and conditions can be downloaded via the BFM website

For any questions, e-mail the Festival Director Nadia Denton at

bfm International Film Festival 2009

Tel: 0208 531 9199



Breaking the Curse:
How Transparent Taxation and Fair Taxes Can Turn Africa's Mineral Wealth into Development

A new report publised by a coalition of NGO's spotlights mining taxation and transparency in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. The report estimates that Ghana, where gold accounts for 90 percent of exports, lost nearly $400 million in potential revenues between 1990 and 2007 due to tax allowances and "lack of expertise in the revenue collection authority." Meanwhile, "in Tanzania, no mining company, other than AngloGold Ashanti, had paid corporate income tax by the end of 2008 -- ten years after industrial mining began in the country."

From: ActionAid, Christian Aid, Southern Africa Resource Watch, Tax Justice Network Africa, and Third World Network Africa


For more info:

Click here for a free download


News Shorts

Council staff suspended in 'racist emails' probe
Published Date:
14 April 2009

Fourteen Town Hall staff in Lancashire have been suspended over allegedly racist emails, a council leader said.

The employees of Lancashire County Council, which has 48,000 staff in all, were suspended last week and an internal investigation is under way at County Hall in Preston.

It centres on supposedly racist emails sent between workers.


Ghana First Launch

Veteran political activist and commentator Dr KB Asante recently launched Ghana First (GF) with a keynote address at Accra's Press Centre. Ghana First is a non-partisan forum for Ghanaians and friends of Ghana interested in helping to improve and move Ghana forward.

Whilst underscoring the GF ethos of trying to build a better Ghana for all, Dr Asante also added a note of caution, saying: “Without a vision for the new Ghana, inclusiveness will come to mean sharing the spoils of office by the few. Without high purpose, talents will be used to advance self, family and friends.”

The launch was organised by Ms Serwah, a Ghanaian-born barrister and co-ordinator of London-based voluntary organisation BTWSC. It was an opportunity to hear the views of Ghanaians at home, which will be inputted into the launch of GF in London on May 2 during the monthly Ayekoo networking sessions at Mission Dine Club, a centre in north-west London run by Ghanaian-born charity worker Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye.

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Making Money From Music Seminar In Accra, Ghana Report

At a time when the 10th Ghana Music Awards has Ghanaian artists and music fans celebrating home-grown music, the outcome from a recent seminar in Accra was concerned with raising awareness of the music industry, and dealing with some of its problems. Some of those problems are infrastructural, whilst others are based on a lack of appreciation of how copyright, the music industry and media industries, work. Most of the problems are surmountable within the short term, and in the long term, there is the potential for significant financial contributions to the music industry and the Ghanaian economy.

Lack of clarity regarding copyright and its enforcement; a need for proper record companies and marketing; and functioning, transparent structures that allow artists and songwriters to be fairly recompensed for their creativity, were some of the issues raised at the Making Money From Music: Intellectual Property, Income Streams, The Media & Marketing seminar held at Accra’s Ghana International Press Centre.

With support from the Press Centre, the free seminar was organised and led by Kwaku, a UK-based music industry tutor, consultant and journalist, and the founder of London-based Music Congress. It was attended by musicians including Stan Plange and Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, composers such as Professor Nketia and Azongo Simpi, former Copyright Administrator Andrew Amegatcher, record label owners, journalists, lawyers and civil servants.

“There certainly seems to be a better understanding of the issues now, compared to when I was here last year for the Music & Business seminar,” says Kwaku. “This fills me with hope that we can overcome most of these infrastructural problems pretty quickly, and hasten the reality of music being an important income earner for those that create and invest in it, and the Ghanaian economy.”

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  Victims of Violence – March 2009

Date, Name, age, picture, Type of incident, Details



Ian Newtion, (aka Scoobie Santino – reggae singer), 45yrs,

Scoobie Santino

Murder - found with his neck cut in Greenford, West London.

The delivery driver, who had a hit single Cash Money in the 1990s, was heading home after finishing a gig at a nearby club when he was attacked.

The singer was found collapsed in a pool of blood by a member of the public at around 9am. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Anyone with information was asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  Education Matters..
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Conference organised by: National Association of Black Supplementary School (NABSS) and the Black and Other UK Home Educators (BAOHE)

Home and Supplementary Education Conference - 6 June 2009


Black and Other UK Home Educators and the National Association of Black Supplementary Schools have got together to put on a conference to update the public about  home education and the availability of supplementary education for Black children. This event will be held at the Hackney Museum on Saturday 6th June 2009 from 11am till 4pm.

We are inviting individuals and organisations in these fields to join us and take part in this event so we can give parents the best information that is available. There is a wide range of media available for presentations including a Plasma TV and Powerpoint presentation facilities. This will be a FREE event with light refreshments available.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to take part.

Black and Other UK Home Educators
Rehena Prior, Managing Director
Skype: rehenaprior

Nia Imara, Managing Director

Tel:07958 348 558


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Affordable EducationAge 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



Home Educators Annual Camping Trip

Come and camp with us at Burnbake camp site Studland Bay Dorset

Where: Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone, Corfe Castle, WAREHAM, Dorset, BH20 5JH
When: 19-26th June 2009 - Come for the weekend Friday to Sunday or for the whole seven days

Two purpose built buildings, containing washing, showers, WCs sinks and for washing-up.Also laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. For mothers, there's a baby room with changing and bathing facilities. The site has a chemical disposal point for those with chemical buckets.A safe play area for children with slide and swinging tyres. A sports field for athletic campers. Pets are welcome. Dogs can be exercised in the adjoining woods, but must be kept on a lead on site.

On site shop and shopping
Well stocked shop opens twice a day. Bread, cakes and milk arrive daily in time for breakfast. Calor gas, charcoal, cooking and camping equipment are also available. Freezer packs can be handed in for freezing and collected the next day.

Swanage is not far a way for shopping and for the beach too after or before a days shopping.

Things to do
Get up when you want to. Hang out if you want to.Shared meals with camp fires.

Woodlands for great imaginative adventures where the children can play .

Bring your bikes for bike rides to Poole harbour. For those who don't want to cycle, you can always cadge a lift or offer a ride in you car to someone else.

The beach is five miles away this can be a gentle walk or ride though the woods or an easy drive. You have a choice of two beaches.

One which is shallow for a long way out .The other goes from shallow to deep which is corded off for swimming boating etc. at this time of year we virtually have the beaches to ourselves (mid week).

Studland has three miles of sandy beach and excellent safe bathing, sailing and windsurfing. The seaside resort of Swanage also has good swimming, tennis, putting, bowls and other leisure activities. There is a 18-hole Isle of Purbeck Golf Course and the South West Coastal Path are nearby.

A trip to Corfe Castle

Corfe castle is a fabulous place to go where your family can walk around the site taking in all the history, Arts & Crafts, Ball games

There's a local steam train that runs down to Swanage( optional)

 Children remain the responsibility of accompanying parents/guardians at all times 

1 adult with tent and car £8.00
Extra adults(16 years and over) £3.00 Per person per night
Children (3-16 years ) £1.50  Per person per night
Pup Tent/Boat/gazebo/Extra Car/Extra Large Tent £2.00

The campsite requires a 20% non refundable deposit, therefore so do I . This is required with your booking form the remainder due by 5th June 2009 

Ways to Pay
All payments are in advance only 

Please make cheques or postal orders out to Rehena Prior and send to Camp Burnbake KL PO Box 49148 London SW.20 OWL.

Please write how many Adults, children tents nights etc. on the reverse with name and address and phone number and send with booking form.

You can pay via pay pal using you Debit,Credit or Splash plastic card (info on

Please send an email to me at this address I will send you a Paypal invoice.
There is a additional booking fee of one pound per transaction. Just follow the instructions putting in your card details and home address you don't have to have account. If you need any more information just email me.


Home schooling - a vision of the future?

As Essex County Council funds home schooling, parents who teach their own children are finally being recognised as pioneers says one father who educated his daughter.

Let us hear it for Essex. The county has not always had the best of public images, but put aside the clichés about drunk ladies in white stilettos. Essex has asserted itself as a place where truth survives – where the government spin machine has not wholly subdued the desire to say what is sensible and honest.

It emerged this week that Essex County Council is to pay a little over £10,000 to six families in which the children are being home educated. The parents in question had refused to send their four boys and two girls to failing secondary Bishops Park College in Clacton-on-Sea and had, instead, hired home tutors.

Why had the parents declined to send their children to the local school? Because its results were awful. Any parent who really cared that his or her child should be educated well would quite reasonably try all possible means to avoid the sentence of going to a school where a mere eight per cent of the 16-year-olds achieved five or more good GCSEs. The national average of 48 per cent is bad enough.

Rumblings from the National Union of Teachers, gathered for their annual conference season, worry parents still further. They have complaints about the dumbing down of the curriculum, the horrors of literacy hour in primary schools and the scarcity of places in sixth forms and colleges, and we agree with them all. Their proposed boycott of Sats tests for 11-year-olds and call for an end to the pernicious league tables also gets our vote.

So, of course, does Essex County Council. By giving the families some cash, it has implicitly admitted some things that the Government, in its cocoon of self-congratulation about education, does not like to hear. Namely, that some state schools are actually condemnations to low-achievement. Taking children out of them reveals a determination by parents to do the best for their offspring. Stout Essex has implicitly agreed that home education can be as good as, or better than, the schooling offered by the state. Well done. It is a kind of backhanded official recognition of salient truths that those of us who have done some home education are delighted to see.

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Published: 11 Apr 2009
Author: James Bartholomew

  Art Matters...

Alvin Kofi
Lost But Not Forgotton

Alvin Kofi has been a practising artist for over fifteen years. His activities have been diverse including work on the latest Nina Simone compilation, Garvey’s Last Soldier book cover, illustrations for magazines and murals for private and commercial interiors. He also teaches in schools and colleges and has developed his own workshop programmes on art. The subjects and themes of his work have varied over the years but his knowledge and understanding of African art and its culture has earned him recognition both as an artist and lecturer. His style, distinct and unique, presents cultural African ideas in a contemporary bold and graceful manner. His latest collection Lost But Not Forgotton reveals how the past has weaved itself into ur conscious expression.


Sulei Enejo

Sulei Enejo is an artist with 6 years design experience, his last full-time employment was with the University of London’s Marketing department and his role as a designer/illustrator was across the board. He excels at tasks that involve working within a group or an individual basis and his ultimate goal is to produce a positive product and service.

He now freelances and has since worked on Levi roots! Reggae Sauce, Nokia, Illustrations for Al Yosuf Motors DUBAI and numerous Story books and graphic Novels. He is located in London, United Kingdom but is willing to re-locate where a specific project requires him to.


  • Illustration
  • Art Direction
  • Print

Check out his website at;


  Health Matters

Petition: Hands of our Rice

Rice is daily food for half of the global population. It has been grown around the world for over 10,000 years and is cultivated in 113 countries. For millions of people rice is not just a food - it's a way of life. Most countries have shied away from allowing risky experimentation with the world’s most important staple crop and at present, no GE rice is grown commercially anywhere in the world.

But Bayer, the German chemical giant, has genetically manipulated rice to withstand higher doses of a toxic pesticide called glufosinate, which is considered to be so dangerous to humans and the environment that it will soon be banned from Europe. Bayer's genetically engineered (GE) variety of rice will put our health, our agriculture and our biodiversity at risk.

In the coming weeks, the European Union will also decide whether or not this GE rice can enter EU countries, appear on supermarket shelves and end up on our dinner plates. If the European Union approves the import of Bayer GE rice, farmers in Africa, the US and elsewhere may soon start planting the manipulated crop.

Stopping GE rice is not just about consumer choice or the environment - it's a lot bigger than that. It's a matter of global food security, human rights and survival.

Source: Edited from Greenpeace Email/Website

  Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation
Akoben: Symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

: 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

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

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

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


Afrikan Yoga
Reconnect to the source classes with Pablo M Imani

Sunday 1-2.30pm, Fitness First Tottenham, 570-590, High Rd, Tottenham N17.

Monday 7pm- 8.30pm, Bizspace, Shakespeare Business Centre, 245a Coldharbour Lane, SW9,Room 101 (note please come 15min early for this class)

Tuesdays 8.30pm - 10pm, SOAS- School of Oriental & African Studies, Student Union, University of London, Russell Square WC1(Students welcome discount prices)

Wednesdays  6-7.15pm, The Alchemy Centre,Unit 101 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden, NW1

Are you free in the afternoon? you can allways check out the healthy work out class.

Wednesday 1-2.30pm Thursday 12-1.30pm & 6-7pm, Brixton Recreation Centre, 27 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London SW9

Contact: Pablo M Imani
Afrikan Yoga "Reconnect to the source"
+44 (0)7972715170


Community Radio: Pan African


Pan African People's Phone In

When: Sunday
Time: 22:00 - Midnight
Where: Galaxy Radio 99.5 FM (

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in is a space 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.


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


Community Events


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

April 15 - Maghan Keita, Villanova University: The return of the Black Knight: the African in the construction medieval and renaissance European identityMay 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


Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Avenues, Friday 24th April 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Location: 3-7 Third Avenue W10 4RS
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:

12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Saturday 16th May 4pm

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


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
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

Afrikan Liberation Day (April) - Workshops
Youths are specially welcome – All free of charge

Friday 17th April 2009 @ 6.30pm
The recent uprisings in Madagascar - Coup d’Etat or revolution?

Friday 24th April 2009 @ 6.30pm
Malcolm X and the 54th anniversary of Bandung - Internationalism strengthening nationalism

Friday 1st May 2009 @ 6.30pm
The revolutionary significance of May Day

Friday 8th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
International class analysis, European workers
& anti-Afrikan racism

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.


Monthly Action Awareness workshops: Sexual health

Date: Tuesday 14 April 2009
6:30 to 9pm on Tuesdays
Venue: 44-46 Offley Road, SW9 0LS (off Brixton Road, near Oval Tube)
Buses: 3. 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 436

The Marcus Garvey Next Generation (Young people’s section of the Marcus Garvey Organising Committee) workshop on Male – female relationships.  Teenage pregnancies.  STDs.  Keeping it real – youth to youth.

All panel speakers will be mainly young Black people.  Elders are welcome to all sessions but priority speaking will be given to young people.

Marcus Garvey Next Generation are currently establishing a Stop + Search surgery to advise those who have been abused by the police – check us for further details.

Further info: 07940 005 907

Support your local community radio station – weekends –   Galaxy 99.5fm –


The return of the Black Knight: the African in the construction medieval and renaissance European identity

Date: 15 April 2009
Time: 6 to 7.30pm
Location: ICS, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS

Dr Maghan Keita, Professor of African History and Director of Africana Studies, Villanova University, Pa. USA, the author of many articles and books, including Race and the Writing of History, is the next speaker at the ‘Black Britain’ seminars.  


Unzipped 2009

When: Thursday 16 April / Saturday 18 April
Time: 7pm
Where: Young Vic
Adm: £6 in advance, £8 on the door

This year Talawa has worked with Britain’s most established African and Asian playwrights to push writing boundaries. The Group includes, amongst others, Roy Williams, Malorie Blackman, Dipo Agboluaje and Kwame Kwei-Armah. In return these writers will share excerpts of their most exciting work for Unzipped 2009. This will be an unforgettable series of readings that will explore the future of African and Asian theatre as thewriters and their work seek to answer key questions facing the industry.

Talawa's Writer's Group (TWG) returns with Unzipped 2009, an unmissable season of play readings and impassioned discussion.

Day 1:
Accessibility vs Authenticity: Do we sell out to sellout?
With excerpts by:
Michael Abbensetts
Roy Williams
Winsome Pinnock

Storyteller or History Maker: Who do you think you are?
With excerpts by:
Malorie Blackman
Dipo Agboluaje
Sudha Buchar

Day 2:
Post multi-culturalism: What colour are you now?
With excerpts by:
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Ben Yeoh
Michael Bhim
Patricia Cumper

Now in its fourth year, Unzipped has become an unforgettable and provocative event. Expect unusual stories and controversial opinions.

Book early to avoid disappointment. The programme may be subject to change.
Please check with the Box Office when booking.


Robert Mitchell and Omar Puente

Date: Sat 18 April 2009
Location: Rich Mix Bar
Time: 8pm
Adm: £10, £8 concs
Tickets on sale now on 020 7613 7498

Online booking Pianist Robert Mitchell’s subtle touch and fertile imagination shine in collaboration with Cuban violinist Omar Puente’s feverish rhythmic energy. Drawing together elements of jazz, classical and Cuban music, Robert and Omar create an unprecedented sound for jazz. The pair have played together since 2003 and recorded their critically acclaimed album Bridges in 2006. Robert Mitchell ( Robert Mitchell is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger and teacher. His most recent album, The Greater Good, was winner of the Best Jazz Album 2009 at the Giles Peterson Worldwide Awards. He has worked alongside many musicians such as Steve Coleman, Courtney Pine, Greg Osby Norma Winston, Steve Willianson, Ty and DJ Pogo. His first international commission – REALM (Portrait for Left Hand Only) – was premiered by classical pianist Ivo De Greef in Lisbon, Portugal in 2008. Omar Puente (

Omar Puente has been touring internationally as a musician since he graduated from Instituto Superior de Arte in his native Cuba. He has been living in the UK since 1998 where he has played alongside national and international jazz musicians such as Courtney Pine, Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrer and Omara Portundo, as well as John Williams, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Eddie Palmieri and Latin artists such as Ruben Gonzales and the Afro Cuban Allstars.


AJAMU Session: Crisis in DR Congo - the truth

: Saturday 18th April 2009
Time: 6pm - 9.30pm
Adm: £3 donation requested
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15
(nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line)

We are going to have an interesting session about the origins of the conflict, the role of neighbouring countries, the suffering it has caused and what we see as the solution to the problem. We will also examine how western countries exploit our natural resources & encourage the conflict.

Come, learn & have your say.You will have the opportunity to express your views and debate with the panel.


ADAP DVD Empowerment Programme

Date: Sunday 19 April 2009, 3 May 2009, 10 May 2009
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Location: Centreprise, 136-138 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2NS
Adm: Free admission

An introduction to African awareness, development and empowerment. Join the ADAP family for the screening of carefully selected edutainment DVDs, covering many aspects of the African experience.

Discover our ancient and glorious past, understand the current political and economic circumstances of Africans in the diaspora, learn more about your own self-development and finally, be entertained with constructive Black entertainment.

Screening Programme:

05 April -
A great and Mighty Walk - An introduction to African history with John Henrik Clarke

12 April -
Africa Caravans of Gold - Evidence beyond a doubt of the splendour of gold, riches and advanced civilization in Africa prior to the kidnapping and colonisation by Europeans.

19 April -
First out of Africa: Andaman Islands People - Examining How African were the first inhabitants of Asia and have the oldest DNA on the planet.

03 May -
Marcus Garvey: U.N.I.A The History and Black Nationhood - See the largest Pan- African Organisation which created 10 million members world wide and undestand its impact on the Pan-African movement.

10 May -
The Real Mckoy (comedy series)
Take a trip back to the 1990's when African-Britain used to have belly-laughs to a positive Afri-centred comedy series. Screening the finest comedic talents in the African diaspora.


Tel: 07904 495 387 or 07846 026 165


A Free Mental Health Well Being Event

Date: Tuesday 21st April 2009
Time: 10.00AM - 3.30PM
Location: Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA

A free day event that will launch the evaluation report of the 4Sight programme that promotes the mental well being of African and Caribbean men.

You will hear from 4Sight members how the programme has improved their mental well being and supported their recovery.

The event will showcase the work of the 4Sight programme and its approach.

Motivational speakers, Inspirational Poetry and Lunch

To register or for more information contact:-
Tigist Teferi on 0207 655 4170 or email

Yasus Afari

An Evening With Yasus Afari: Jamaica's Gift of Vision

Date: Wednesday 22nd April 2009
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Doncaster Little Theatre, 1 King Street, Doncaster DN1 1JD

YASUS AFARI is hailed as one of Jamaica’s national treasures and he is currently on a world tour as Jamaica’s cultural ambassador, while promoting his best selling books and CDs.YASUS AFARI literally means “The Creator’s Gift of Vision”. Through his Dub Poetry, Reggae Music, Story Telling, Comedy and other creative talents YASUS has been inspiring, touching lives, edutaining and uplifting people through the Caribbean, Africa, USA, Brazil, Columbia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Currently, YASUS is in the UK promoting his new book and CD – the Jamaican best seller: “Overstanding Rastafari: Jamaican’s Gift to the World” and “Revolution Chapter1”.YASUS will be appearing for the first time at Doncaster’s Little Theatre on Wednesday 22nd April in a not to be missed rare opportunity, that promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.

Make sure you are there to witness Jamaica’s Gift to the WorldEdutainment Promotion / Learning Links International

Tickets: £6.00 or £8.00 on door.Box Office: 01302 340422      

Mon - Fri 4pm-8pm      Sat 10am-2pm.For more information contact Tim Brown or

  Lost But Not Forgotten

Date: Friday 24th April 2009
Time: 7.30pm to 10pm

Where: Pempamsie, 102 Brixton Hill. SW2 1AH

KOFIART with the support of Pempamsie invite you to view the new collection of cards & prints, studies of life by the artist Alvin Kofi

We have always made every day life look good

This collection celebrates the present, revealing how the past has weaved its way into our conscious expression. On this special evening, Kofi talks about the new collection and why it is important to reflect our culture and tradition within our creativity in these troubled times. Pempamsie invites you and the creative people within our community, to hear Kofi’s views and present your own as we reflect on this subject.


B.L.A.K. FRIDAY: White Men’s Wealth=Black Women’s Poverty: Trade, Aid & Gender

When: 24 April 2009
Time: 7pm - 7.30pm start -  10.30pm finish
Where: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ

Greetings to all , In this BLAK Friday session, Tony Warner asks if you have ever wondered why your one English pound translates to 100+ Jamaican dollars or 250 Naira? This interactive session with videos and analysis explains in detail how rich European countries get richer by making poor African countries poorer, how you contribute to that impoverishment and what you can do to stop it. Brother Tony will sample  the work of Helen Wangusa, John Pilger, Walter Rodney, Hugo Chavez, Naomi Klein, Donna St Hill & Oliver Tambo to show the impact of European financial policies on African women around the world in general but in Jamaica, Ghana and Haiti in particular.



Africa Addio

Date: Saturday  25 April 2009
BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Phone 0207 928 3232 Africa Addio (Italy 1966)

Part of the Mondo Caine school. This is the film that preceded the banned and hated Goodbye Uncle Tom and was said to be so racist that the filmakers made Uncle Tom to prove they were not, in any way, racist.  This shock-documentary alleges to show the turmoil following the fall of colonialism and how Africans coped without their benevolent European masters.

See for yourself if any of these styles of representation of black people which were deemed offensive then are still current in news reports or Hollywood films but accepted as 'normal' by viewers who have no knowledge of their history.
Followed by panel discussion

To join our list e-mail


African Market Day

African Market Day

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 10- 5pm
: Woolwich Town hall, Market street, London SE18 6PW

Come and experience a taste of what Africa and the Caribbean has to offer.Exhibitors will be displaying Jewellery, Arts and Crafts, Music, Hair and Beauty, MarketingLive performances by Zil'o'ka, Kay Young, Kersha Bailey,Church Boyz and many more

0203 393 57 35 / 07908 144 311


400 Years of African British History

Date: 26th April 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Explore the history of African people in the UK, who arrived long before the MV Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in 1948.  Discover more about those born in Britain who fought against British racism over the last 400 years.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


II International Conference and Exhibition of Development Cooperation

Date: 27-29 April 2009
Dakar, Senegal 

This conference will serve as a gathering place for NGOs, cooperation and development institutions, United Nations agencies, aid-receiving African countries, and firms that contribute equipment for cooperation, development, humanitarian aid projects and emergencies, so they can present their activities and exchange experiences. On the other side the conference will be a point of reflection on the development problems, especially in the African continent. Through conferences, roundtable talks and showcases there will be an opportunity to debate cooperation and development subjects.

For more information, contact Juan Carlos Collado, co-general director, at or visit


In The Mix: Sunday Free Jazz By Soweto Kinch

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

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.


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 (

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  ( 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  ( 

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


LC3 - Showcase by London Contemporary Dance final-year students
Arts and Culture Dance

Date: Wed 29 April | Venue 1
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Rich Mix, Shoreditch, East London
Adm: £5.00

LC3, the performance group for final-year students from London Contemporary Dance School’s BA (Hons) degree programme, comes to Rich Mix on Wed 29 April.

LC3 was established in 2007 to offer insight into London Contemporary Dance School’s work for aspiring students and young people through a series of free performances. For the dancers in LC3, the tour is an opportunity to gain invaluable performing experience.  Directed by Patricia Rianne, the company features 46 dancers, who alternately perform at various venues throughout the tour. 

Repertoire for the tour is comprised of work choreographed by the students themselves, performed alongside pieces by master dancemakers Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham and Siobhan Davies: 

  1. -                             Alston’s Hymnos piece was created in 1988 and reconstructed for LC3 by former Richard Alston Dance Company member Kate Price, it has music by Peter Maxwell Davies.
  2. -                             Cunningham’s Fielding Sixes consists of 64 phrases, repeated in sixes at a rapid tempo, each phrase being varied in movement and accent and has been reconstructed for LC3 by ex-Merce Cunningham Company dancer Jeannie Steele. 
  3. -                             Featured in the first programme of performances the newly formed Siobhan Davies Dance Company gave in 1988, White Man Sleeps has been featured on the A-level syllabus and has been reconstructed for LCDS by former Siobhan Davies dancer Sasha Roubicek.

For press enquiries, please contact Shakira Hylton, Marketing Assistant at Rich Mix on 020 7613 7661 or via e-mail at


29 April                     Rich Mix, Shoreditch

29 & 30 April             Manoel Theatre, Valetta, Malta

6 – 8 May                 3rd International Meeting of Dance Universities, Madrid, Spain

21 – 25 May              Orvieto, Italy

30 May                     Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London


Ancient Dedication or Contemporary Education?

Date: Friday 1st May 2009
Location: Castle Lecture Theatre, South Bank University
Time: 6.30pm Doors – 7pm start 10pm finish
Adm: Free Entry – Love Donations accepted.

Institute of Regenerative Truth in association with Nu-Beyond & Black StarLine present a seminar entitled Ancient Dedication or Contemporary Education?

For further details contact:


Ayekoo: Ghana First (London Launch)

When: Saturday May 2 2009, 3-6pm
Where: Mission Dine Club Centre Fry Road (by Longstone Avenue/Drayton Road intersection) Harlesden London NW10 4BZ
Adm: Free (a meal costs £5) - Booking is NOT essential, although it's useful to know in advance who is attending.

To join concerned Ghanaian citizens, friends of Ghana, elders, community activists a) click on the Your Feedback button below, b) select Book Me from dropdown menu, c) enter your name and email address d) and enter in the Your Comments box your phone number and If you require more than one place, place add name, email, phone number for each person. You may add any comments or query in this box. Please note that the launch may be photographed and/or audio-video taped.

The launch in London will present feedback from Accra as a starting point

About The Project: Ghana First
A non-partisan forum that calls on Ghanaians, friends of Ghana and pan-Africanists to help build a better Ghana

Click for more information about Ayekoo session.


African (Black) and World History Courses

Date: Sunday 3 May 09, 11.00am and Thursday 7 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).

- 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:


Ancient Future & Muatta Books Present - The Ancestral Experience

Location: Happy People’s Restaurant, 160 Page Green Terrace, High Road Tottenham N15 4NU
Date: Sunday 3rd May 2009
Time: Doors Open: 3pm
Adm: £7 (£5 Concessions)

A day of readings, lectures & workshops celebrating our Ancestors, the Nkisi’s and Orisha’s…

·        Guest Speakers
·        Workshops
·        Psychic Readers
·        Astrology
·        Healing
·        Tarot
·        Numerology
·        Arts & Crafts
·        Books, DVDs & Spiritual Supplies


·       Sis Osunwummi – Yoruba Priestess
·       Elliott Rivera – Santeria and Palo Priest
·       Sis Omalani – Oshun Priestess
·       Bro Israel – Ogun Initiate & Occultist
·       Joe Blackmann – Esoteric Teacher
·       Plus More… Full details coming soon.


07983442876 or 07956134370

VENDORS WELCOME (Please call for bookings)


bfm Film Club: African Shorts Programme

Date: Sunday 10th May 2009
Time: 4.15 pm
Location: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square).
Adm: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members

Book: 0207 930 3647 or online at / By Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus / By Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 176

Dir: Various / Dur: 17min/2008/UK; 25min/2007/UK/Nigeria; 65min/2007/US

Language: English / Subtitles

Cert: 12A

An eclectic mix of short films from the 10th BFM International Film Festival.

The award winning Survivor (Dir: Nicole Volavka), a tale of friendship made on fragile emotional grounds in the world of London’s night cleaners. Fast paced Area Boys (Dir: Omelihu Nwanguma), lifelong friends Bode and Obi decide to sever the ties to their life of crime for good, but their plans fall apart before it’s began. Sensual Movement (R)evolution Africa  (Dir: Joan Frosch and Alla Korgan), riveting stories of nine African choreographers who unveil soul shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of the 21st century through dance.

 Screening will be followed by a discussion with Directors (tbc).

BFM: or contact Film Club Co-ordinator Nadia Denton at nadia@bfmmedia


Ìyà-Ilé (The First Wife)

Date: May 14-June 20 2009
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


London Business School Africa Day

Location: London, United Kingdom
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


African Socialist International rapid worldwide growth

What: First North American Regional Conference of the African Socialist International
When: May 22nd-24th, 2009
Where: The Carlos Rosario Charter School NW, Washington, DC
Contact: Lisa Watson, 612.203.6621,,   

On the weekend of May 22-24, African organizers from across the U.S. and Canada will converge on Washington, DC for a conference recognizing African Liberation Day with the theme, "One Africa, One Nation: Separated by Colonial Slavery, Reunited by Revolutionary Resistance!" The event, organized by the African People's Socialist Party, will serve to establish the North American Region of the African Socialist International (ASI), a worldwide party uniting African workers to liberate Africa and its people wherever they have been dispersed.

Another conference will take place simultaneously in Manchester, England to consolidate the ASI's presence in Europe. The ASI Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa who will convene the conference in England said, "We are redefining what a legitimate liberation organization is in the African world today. We're building a Party that does not recognize artificial borders between African countries and people. We start from the reality that Africans everywhere are citizens of one African nation whose homeland must be freed and unified for the nation to exist and prosper in the world."

These conferences come on the heels of a successful West African ASI regional conference held in October 2008. Attended by over 500 people each day and characterized as the largest socialist gathering in the region since the 1930s, the conference resolved that all multinational corporations and all Western military and military intelligence agencies such as AFRICOM must immediately withdraw.

ASI Director of Organization Chernoh Alpha M.Bah, now in Kenya preparing for the East Africa regional conference scheduled for April, stated, "We are faced with a defining moment in history which demands our collective effort as a people to further deepen the crisis of imperialism. The struggle for socialism is a genuine struggle for popular democracy and creation of a new world in the hands of African workers and poor peasants."

Diop Olugbala, lead organizer of the ASI Conference in Washington, DC sees the series of regional conferences, which will continue in southern Africa this July, as indicative of the growing popularity of African Internationalist political theory throughout the world. "From recent rebellions demanding an end to French colonialism in the Caribbean, to black community resistance against police terror in U.S. cities like Philadelphia and Oakland, to African working class-led farming projects in Zimbabwe; African people are demanding an end to the oppressive relationship that has fueled the economic systems of the U.S. and Europe for so long."

African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela will present the keynote address to the African Liberation Day / ASI North America Conference. Dr. Aisha Fields, Director of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), will speak on the group’s food, energy and economic sustainability projects. Conference attendees, coming to Washington from campuses and black working class communities across North America, will take with them the tools to build these and other programs in their areas, in anticipation of the deepening economic crisis.

To schedule an interview with Chairman Omali Yeshitela, Luwezi Kinshasa, Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, or Diop Olugbala, contact Lisa Watson at 612.203.6621 or For more information visit


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 Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


Black History Walking Tour

Date: 7th June 2009
Time: 11.00am

Beginning at Imperial War Museum London’s From War to Windrush exhibition, join Tony Warner as he guides you on a tour of the African history of Lambeth and Southwark. This 90 minute walk links Imperial War Museum London to the Cuming Museum in nearby Elephant and Castle.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


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:
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 Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


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