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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. The Pan African Drum broadcasts live every Tuesday between 9pm - 12 pm. We discuss pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events. It is an interactive programme so please feel free to call and join in. As ever, your support and feedback, especially constructive criticism is welcome.

Our Pan African Drum programme on 14 September 2010 will be discussing the;

Awaking Dreams: Dare we shape our own future?


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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo - Awaking Dreams: Dare we shape our own future?

‘Darkness shows no wrong path to she who gets what she wants before dark’ – African Proverb, kikuyu

Greetings, as a writer, it is not often that I am lost for words. Indeed I often find that expressing myself literally is only a small baby step in marking that which I wish to communicate. And yet as I sit before this QWERTY keyboard with no set agenda and in a tense, instead of my usually relaxed frame of mind, I find myself curious as to what will be revealed. What words will leap out onto the screen from my fingers if any.

I know that I have once again not been getting enough sleep. I hate hospitals, but sadly I have recently been making my fair share of visits. My youngest child has sickle cell and when a crisis hits it alters your world. Like emotional trauma it is often very difficult to diagnose an invisible physical pain - what caused it? When will it go away? When will it return to haunt us again?

There is also guilt for initially I was the typical father advocating will over matter as i originally thought he was exaggerating the pain, indeed, even our local doctor found nothing wrong after an initial examination. But after several days and sleepless nights and an overnight stay at our local children’s ward, blood tests revealed that his body was struggling under attack,  how? why? now that’s another question, but could we alleviate the suffering? Well thankfully alongside some TLC and natural remedies the answer was yes. He went back to school this morning, home education resumes tomorrow.

But I am now exhausted. And so today as I write without my usual zeal for life I ponder over questions about our future. You see I believe that when we do not sleep we do not dream, likewise if we do not meditate we take far longer to heal any ailments we may have.  Sleep deprivation is medically proven to share many major traits with physical torture. Although it is not spoken aloud, I also believe dream deprivation is major barrier to spiritual rejuvenation. The mind is in an incredible organ, if we do not treat it with the respect it deserves then its natural potential to accomplish incredible feats diminishes.

However, whilst many of us devote substantive time into analysing the past as a means to navigate the present, I feel not enough of our energy is being invested in looking ahead as an essential means to shaping the path towards our future. Now before some of you get excited, when I talk about looking ahead I am not referring to divination, astrology or any other kind of fortune telling although they too all have their legitimate place in our consciousness.

No. Instead I am simply talking about our dreams, our innate ability to manifest that which we imagine, to create that which we speak. So often I hear ‘black’ people claiming we ‘will always be disunited, disorganised, disenfranchised’.  And lo and behold they make it so.  And then I meet Africans who say ‘Toyin, despite the many challenges I may face, this time next year I will build this, or I will achieve that’ and likewise, a promise becomes destiny, a fantasy becomes reality.

We can all do this once more of us are prepared to ignore the fortune cookie in the Chinese meal and the Zodiac sign in the Daily Scum. Instead we can reclaim our ability to dream collectively and believe it or not – collaboratively.  

I was recently at an event called Conclusion organised and managed by Poetika, a collective of young poets and artists. For the first time in a long while I felt positive and optimistic about trusting the direction of our future in the hands of some of our youth. With a strong passionate panel and audience, the session was educational for me, despite some of the confusion introduced by the usual topics (eg. religion and racism). The ability of some of these young people to reason, to articulate and pursue their destiny was a timely reminder that not every African has forgotten how to dream beyond the madness that they see presented as civilisation in front of them.

Indeed several of them were already participating in the struggle fighting for us to simply just be. It made me think. In ten to twenty years time some of these young people will be on route to becoming my children’s elders. I sincerely hope by then that those of us who have not transitioned will be providing guidance and council tempered not by dreams of failure and inferiority but by clarity of purpose through revealing visions of achievement and evidence of work bringing about our many accomplishments.

You see too many times when we talk about community champions we often limit our vision to those behind us ignoring the innovation and elevation generated by those in our present working for us to progress forwards. These are our leaders, not those that endlessly shout about past glory from the hilltops, but instead, those working to educate, recreate and elevate us. We need to include them in our narrative lest they become part of our forgotten history contributing to a collective amnesia of our genius throughout these times.  

This realisation of our collective greatness is my dream, but I am not a diviner or oracle, nor is it my path for me to be so. I am grateful that my spiritual and meditative insights are focused on providing guidance on what we can expect of ourselves instead of obsessively seeking to peek into the actions of others.

Yet whilst I cannot predict the future, I can definitely see and tell it. And if I can see it, then you alongside I can definitely create it.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


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


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Community Champion Profile:
Education, Innovation and Dedication to our Elevation

Neil Mayers
Neil Mayers: Educator

Neil Mayers

Who is Neil Mayers?
Haven't decided yet!  Still trying to be a good husband and father at the moment which is obviously my first priority.  I have written a book but I wouldn't say I'm a writer.  I do portrait photography but I wouldn't call myself a photographer.  I think I would confidently call myself a teacher even though I've been doing photography longer because whatever I do, my first thought is how can I let everyone else know what I know.  Neil Mayers is just a brother trying to spread the word.

How long have you been involved in education?
This is my 14th year as a qualified teacher.  I've been a form tutor, Head of Year, Head of Inclusion, Head of Key Stage 4 Mathematics (GCSE Coordinator, effectively) and Assistant Head of Year focusing on Year-11 African pupils achievement.  Done quite a bit!

Why did you choose to enter this field?

This is a long story so, I'll do it in bullet point format!

  • Thought I wanted to be an engineer
  • Thought wrong
  • Finished my degree anyway
  • Knocked around working at HMV and Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square killing time for a year or two
  • Signed up for an African World Studies class with Dr Femi Biko - put my life in focus!
  • Decided that all students had to learn a version of this course to get the same 'purpose' in their lives.
  • Realised they don't teach African history in schools
  • Thought about what I could teach (and teach African History on the side)
  • Did a lot of maths on my degree and a lot of African students find it challenging!

Give us some example of the challenges you faced?

The teacher training course was damn near worthless and totally irrelevant.  It was very hard motivating myself to write essays on child pedagogy when I knew they were of little use in the classroom. They didn't even teach me how to manage a classroom! Thankfully, I used the techniques my mum used for managing me and I've never had an altercation with a student.

I go round to the students houses to meet parents if there are issues that need to be resolved.  The school openly told me that they did not support that behaviour for obvious legal reasons.  They just left me to it - which was fine.  I was happy they were not involved.  But it's symptomatic to the general policy on breaking from the norm - you will not be supported.  Unfortunately that means that they will support you in practices which continue to fail our community. Interesting!

In my last 2 years I've noticed that Headteachers will make your life difficult not only if you are failing the students (which other teachers were) but also if you push the students further than the limitations of their age brackets. Interesting.

What inspired you and who would you like to have inspired?

Not so much a "what".  More "Who"

My wife inspires me to be a better man than I am.  She's sunshine.  Even when she's miserable and more like rain, she's like a 2-hour downpour in a sweltering desert - always needed.  
I share my birthday with the Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. He is a constant source of inspiration in terms of how high I can set the bar for myself and my community.

I'm not particularly interested in inspiring people to be honest.  I know that you can inspire people to act, but I just want people to act. Some people get inspired and don't do anything so, I'm not so interested in changing people's feelings (primarily), but I am interested in changing people actions and behaviour towards themselves and their community.  Obviously you have to change a person’s thoughts before actions so I consider it a blessing if I've managed to inspire somebody, but I will check up on them at a later date!  "potential" is a waste.

If you are asking me why did I write the book, then that was simply out of anger and frustration.  I was sitting at a parents evening watching all the African parents and children I didn't teach walk past my desk to speak to the other maths teachers.  The African parents I had never met were saying, "I don't know why their grades are not as good as we wanted. They used to love maths. I don't know what is going on.  What can I do?"  The parents I saw the year before were saying, "Thank you so much for everything you said last time. I have my old child back! It's like I have a new child on my hands. They are doing so well. Can you make sure you are the teacher for my other children!" And I got really annoyed that all those other African parents wouldn't benefit from my past experience. I needed a 'megaphone' to tell the rest of the community. The book became that 'megaphone'.

How do you think your work contributes to the Pan African community?

I try to teach self-reliance. I teach my maths students how to teach themselves. A good teacher is one that makes themselves progressively unnecessary. This society tries to breed dependency and that will forever keep us enslaved. I try to teach African ethics and values as our benchmarks. The person is more important than the grade. I often remind my students that in most films with "goodies" and "baddies" the arch nemesis is often an evil genius with just as much intelligence as the hero.  Unfortunately, they chose to use their intelligence for selfish desires instead of selfless ones. There's no point spending time and money educating someone if you do not do it in a cultural context otherwise they will just use their "book-smarts" to the detriment of the African continent and its people. Sometimes it's frustrating knowing that you would like to spend more time saying that, rather than teaching what's on the maths syllabus. That's why building and maintaining our own schools is so important. Then they would not have to be 2 separate endeavours.

Your book has some fantastic tips for parents and is written in a jargon free style that is accessible to many – was this deliberate and why?

Absolutely. The first book I read that inspired me to read more was "From the Browder File"  I have never been a great reader. I often have to read each sentence 3 or 4 times to make it sink in depending on my environment. I think that the language of the book should only add to your experience. It should never be an obstacle. I read Anthony Browder's book when I was quite young and I understood every word of it because it was written in a jargon-free style. I really wanted to know what Ivan Van Sertima had to say about African History but I simply couldn't handle his use of language. So yes, it was a very deliberate action to remove EVERYTHING from that book which would have switched people off. Even with my mathematics background I tried very hard not to throw any statistics in the book or use footnotes. I did not want to impress anyone with how I was speaking, I just wanted everyone to be able to hear me and understand me.

Tell us something unique about you?

I can't stand mobile phones!  I don't have one.

How can we get in touch?

Visit the website and email me on

Toyin Agbetu
Global Africa: Spartacus R

A Poem for Spartacus R

"Gone but not gone"
 by Radgies Ziteya- Zimbabwe

Clad in  a  black   tshirt
you conquered  the  land
the land  of  our  ancestors
never thinking that one  day
you  would be  conquered by  the  winds  of death
And In  our way we thought we would be  together forever
But alas the  gods had  other  plans for  us

Brother  you are gone but  not gone
In our  hearts  you  remain  a  pillar
A  pillar  of  HOPE and DETERMINATION
In Gweru you  clamoured a  message of  Hope
The message that had shaped all   and  sundry
We trod the  walls   of Great Zimbabwe together
And in all this we cherished your walled heart
We danced  at  galas together 
We falled the great  falls of  Zimbabwe in  unisorn
And never  thought  one day you would  disappear
So fast  So SUDDEN

You left  us hope  and the  fighting  spirit
For  you  were  a  hero  in  our midst
A  numero uno par excellence
Brother  go  well  
Till we  meet


TV / Radio Shows of Interest

Africa States of Independence

A list of TV and Radio shows submitted by Bro Chigbo. Please check out and support the African Caribbean Global Voices website for details of more community programmes



10.30am Africa... States of Independence : Cote D'Ivoire

Cote D’Ivoire was the post independence success story; prosperous and peaceful. But civil war and no elections killed off the Ivorian miracle. What went wrong?

2pm Witness Special : Fighting the Silence

A compelling, shocking but also empowering film that tells the stories of Congolese rape survivors who are trying to change their world.

BBC Radio 4

8pm More or Less

Tim Harford and the team investigate how maths is taught in primary schools.



11.30am Africa... States of Independence : Chad

Chad has struggled since it gained its independence from France in 1960. With the fighting finally over, will the oil windfall finally reach the people of Chad?


8.30pm Panorama :What the Pope Knew

On the eve of the first papal visit in 28 years, Fergal Keane investigates the allegations of child sex abuse engulfing the Catholic Church worldwide and explores how Pope Benedict XVI dealt with paedophile priests while an archbishop and Vatican official


10:30 pm Newsnight

BBC Newsnight is airing a two-part programme tonight (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10.30pm with a focus on private fostering in the UK and the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable children.  The programme follows the story of Tunde Jaji who was trafficked to the UK from Nigera and was privately fostered by his ‘aunt’ here, only to experience abuse and deception; tonight features his story in Nigeria, and tomorrow his life in the UK. 


Film 4

9pm What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

Biopic of rock legend Tina Turner, charting her rise to fame and the years of unhappiness and torment married to her abusive husband Ike, through to her runaway success as a solo artist. Starring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Vanessa Bell-Calloway

10:30 pm Newsnight

Invisible Children - Private fostering in the UK (Part 2)



7pm The Rageh Omaar Report : South Africa - The Party's Over

This year, South Africa hosted the largest sporting event in the world. Now, months after the World Cup, the nation can finally assess how it can move forward.

Channel 4

10pm Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story

Documentary examining the complex relationship between Michael Jackson and his pet chimp, with contributions from Michael's sister La Toya, biographer J Randy Taraborrelli, writer Rick Sky, ape expert Patti Ragan, and various animal behaviour and psychology experts. The programme also visits the animal at a retirement home for former showbiz chimps, and considers how it has adjusted to life without its owner


Shoot The Messenger

Where: VoxAfrica (Sky Channel 218)
When: Every Sunday, 1PM (live), 7PM (Repeat)


Talking Africa

Where: Resonance 104.4FM
When:  Every Thursday between 1 and 2pm

Join Sonny Decker for Talking Africa, the current affairs and arts show brought to you by the Africa Centre and Bellsman media, is the Africa Centre's interactive radio show discussing development issues about Africa, and the many aspects of African culture including music, art, literature, and food.


Afrika Speaks with Alkebu-Lan

Where: Voice of Africa Radio! 94.3 FM
When: Mondays 8pm-10pm


Mon: 9 Ether with Sis Amunet - ( 7:30pm - 9pm)
Tue: Hard Talk with Brother Karl X (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Wed: Infortainment with Sister Aura (1pm - 4pm)
Wed: Current Affairs with Griot Chinyere & Sis Sahu (7:30pm - 9:30pm)


Community Noticeboard

Black History Walks
Black History Walks

Black History = Kelly Rowland music videos + drums ?

Last year some schools, colleges and offices recognised Black History Month by; singing Brown Girl in the Ring at assembly, putting up a poster of Beyonce or showing Eddie Murphy's Coming to America. For a list of appropriate talks & films on the African history in Britain and the world click here

Coming soon: Black History Walks documentary designed for schools 

Barbera Ellis
Barbera Ellis

BIS Publications

Dear Reader,

I hope that you are well.

Great news for several people, yes we have winners of the Kwaku & His Hearing Aid Competition.

  1. Davina from Manchester, UK
  2. Pauline from Nottingham, UK
  3. Van Carlos from Amsterdam Holland
  4. Simon from South London, UK
  5. Sipho from Botswana,
  6. Michelle from Barbados
  7. Jannese from Westminster, UK

There has been a review of Kwaku & His Hearing Aid in the edition of National Deaf Children Society magazine. Please also take a look at two interviews with author Darren Meade at:[] and [ ]


Tiger Hunt

‘Tiger Hunt’ brings together the past and present. The past looks at the actions of Indian and British nobility and officials who almost caused the extinction of the beautiful tiger that roamed the highlands and plains of India purely for their own pleasure and gratification. The present deals with our responsibility to protect and care for our environment, to make sure that whatever we do is environmentally friendly, and it is aimed at everyone, especially young people. School pupils are encouraged to become ‘Wild Life Wonders’ and are given a list of things they can do to be environmentally friendly. This story can be used in the Literacy Hour, it can support teaching about World Religions, PHSE, teaching about our environment, geography and history at Key stage 2.

Please see review of this book here:

Posted by: Alan Gibbons
I met teacher Barbara Ellis at the NUT conference. She has written and illustrated a lovely picture book called Tiger Hunt. Here are the details:

The Year of the Tiger 2010

Suitable for the age range 5-14, fits in with the Literacy strategy, looks at the culture, religion and flora of India and is beautifully illustrated.

Competition Time
Great news we are giving away eight copies of the newly published children's title Tiger Hunt by Barbara Ellis. All you have to do is answer these 3 easy questions:

  1. How many Tigers are their alive in wild today?
  2. Which cat is larger the Tiger or Lion?
  3. Name the title one record by the Jamaican DJ Tiger?

Don't delay enter this competition today and remember that You Have To Be In It 2 Win It!
Closing Date: Thursday 16th  September 2010.
Tiger Hunt is only £6.99 and can be purchased for

Final remember that Kwaku & His Hearing Aid is available for for just £5.99. Grab your copy today! just email us with your interest at or . You can also visit

Kwaku and his Hearing Aid

BIS Publications are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:

Facebook & Twitter expert or enthusiast
Website designers
Proof Readers
Illustrator (must be able to draw African people & images)

Can reside anywhere in the world but must have access to the internet and have have a Skype number our willing to set one up, if interest please e-mail use with details.

Until next time.....
Take Care from
The BIS Publications' Team
Tel:0845 226 4066.


Here's the latest nugget from the TIMELINE DVD series...

Timeline DVD

Believe it or not, the late Tupac Shakur was a man of many faces. 

Rapper, actor, writer, poet and... social activist.

Yes, Tupac was born and raised in the midst of inner city gang warfare.

His mother became hooked on crack. Many of his friends, family and associates were active gang members. His songs were predominantly about inner city life and he was, of course, murdered in a drive by shooting.

It's a little known fact that in his later years, he devised a 21 point 'code' for people living 'the life' that would help to reduce the violence and volatility and make neighbourhoods safe for residents and visitors.

It wasn't a "Just say no!" policy as favoured by government; that would mean reversing negative mentalities and socio-economic realities overnight...

... but, it was the next best thing.

See Tupac's 'Thug Life Code' in action:


Paul Obinna's TIMELINE DVD boxset: 16 hours, 12 modules, 8 DVDs, 100+ chapters, 1000s original slides and diagrams, 5 great packages...

Get all the info:

Order now:

More YouTube trailers:


Help! My Child’s been Excluded.....

Did you know that in 2009 1392 young people were excluded from Primary and Secondary schools in Brent?   
81 of these exclusions were permanent!
·          Was your child one of them?
·          Do you think the exclusion was justified?
·          Did you and your child receive any help and support? 
·          Where is your child now?

Due to popular demand, Action in the Community is holding their 3rd Education Forum entitled: Help! My Child’s been Excluded.....

This will take place on Wednesday 22nd September 2010, 6.30pm at Willesden Green Library.
If you have anything to contribute please come along and take part in the discussion, equally if you know anyone who may benefit by attending, please forward this email.

We hope to see you there!

Action In The Community - A.I.T.C
(Affecting Change)

Po Box 16499

Tel: 07949 005 117

Positive Mental Attitude Community College
Positive Mental Attitude
Community College

Dear All,

S.O.S. - SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL (and Spread the Word)!

This is an appeal to all our communities in and around London and the U.K. to support PMA Community College and Nu-Beyond's joint application to become an Independent Free School under the new initiative. We have been shown much appreciation by a surplus of parents and communities that we so proudly dedicate our services to, for the quality of service in education and infocation we provide to our diverse african and african-caribbean communities! PMACC and Nu-Beyond intends to continue to provide quality and stimulating learning opportunities to our children and young people, by any means necessary!

As an Independent Secondary School, our organisations' mutual vision is to smash the stereotype hype that we are underachievers and that we have no reputable school of our own where our children can thrive in a culturally stimulating learning environment. In this respect, our aim is to respond parental demand by evolving into a Nationally recognised African-Traditional School offering a balanced curriculum of subjects and qualifications relative and complimentary to our children's cultural, social, moral, spiritual, economical, self, and academic development. The proposed name of our school is "Positive Mental Attitude Community School".

Let Your Voice Finally Be Heard! Your support will be very much valued toward our continuity and necessary means of development, based on our response to your demands! To view and sign our petition, CLICK HERE. [2]


[3] http://

All Signatories will be contacted to attend a Meeting once we hear of the success of our application, so that we may keep parents and the community informed.

      Thanking you in Advance.
   Forward and Onwards,
   Ms Stevanna W. Francis (Adv. Cert. Ed.)
   Executive Director/Jnr Lawyer
   School of Interdisciplinary Education
   Automated Service: 0844 804 5150
   Ground Line: 0208 692 8090
   Mobile: 0770 903 3110
   Fax: 0208 692 8090

CLR James
CLR James

Save the identity of CLR James Library


I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition that I recently signed. BEMA and H-AMPS have started a campaign to retain the name 'CLR JAMES Library', when the new Hackney library is completed as part of the current Dalston Square Development. This issue should be of concern not only to Hackney based writers and readers from the African Caribbean community but to all those who want to see the cultural diversity of Dalston and the rest of the borough retained. It is of vital importance that you show your support to this initiative by clicking on the link below and signing the petition. It would also be helpful if you could forward this to others.

"Save CLR James Library "

Ngoma Bishop


Free Somali Community Seminar: Do you want to become a Magistrate?

Dear Friend

Following the unprecedented success of the Operation Black Vote & Ministry of Justice Magistrates’ Shadowing Scheme, a free one day seminar entitled, ‘A Judiciary for All’ is being organised to encourage the SOMALI community.

The aim of the seminar is to help improve Black and other minority ethnic (BME) representation within the magistracy and increase awareness within BME communities about the work of the courts.

The free seminar will provide individuals considering applying to the magistracy with the knowledge and understanding of the role of Magistrates and the work of the Criminal Justice System. Led by experienced Magistrates’ and court officials, the seminars will outline the roles and responsibilities of a Magistrate and individuals will have an opportunity to deliberate sample cases, discuss the application process and court tours will be available in some areas.

Operation Black Vote is providing this unique learning opportunity to anyone from the Somali community who has a desire to become a Magistrate to play a full and positive role within our public institutions.

A date will be advised shortly.

To request a booking form, please visit the Operation Black Vote website: or contact Merlene Carrington by telephone on 0208 983 5430 or email: quoting ‘Regional Seminars’ in the subject field.

Kind regards

Merlene Carrington
Magistrates Shadowing Scheme
Operation Black Vote
Tel: 0208 983 5430


Jamaican WW2 veteran needs help with Mary Seacole statue 

RAF veteran Laurie Philpotts used his entrepeneurial skills to  pioneer a black newspaper in the 1950's. Mr Philpotts is now organising a fundraising event  to erect a statue of Mary Seacole. The campaign needs someone to video and make a DVD of  the event  there's no payment on offer however. The event takes place 20 November 2010. Offers of assistance to

Ngoma za Kongo
Ngoma za Kongo

African Drums group: Ngoma za Kongo

Dear friends,

My name is Leonard Baniekona; I am artistic director of African Drums group: Ngoma za Kongo from Congo Brazzaville.

Ngoma za Kongo play an original and natural congolese music with bio instruments; it is number one in Central Africa.

We look for festivals and world music management agencies who can program NGOMA ZA KONGO.

Best regards.

Leonard Baniekona
BP 13.084
Brazzaville Congo
Phone:  00 242 668 82 36


Mayibuye Afrika  Study Tours  (MAST)
Invites You To An Unforgettable Sun-Soaked Experience in...

G-H-A-N-A: Sun Splash Leisure Tour Special

When: 22nd – 31st Oct 2010  
·       Step Outa’ Babylon. Join us on a Leisure, Vacation, Chill-out Tour
·       Rest  your  Body....  Relax  your  Mind......  Refresh  your  Spirit..... ·       Tune into Mother Nature’s Vibes..... Xplore Ancient Mystic Trails........
·       Fantastic Mix of Top Rank Locations & Events; Beaches, Clubbing, BBQ, Nature Sites, Creative Workshops, Networking, Shopping….
·  Relish da Flavours, Odours & Mouth Watering Variety of Afrikan Soul Food…..Washed Down with Fresh Afrikan Palm-Wine........

Budget Package; From London, UK;  £1, 299 per person deposit of £399 + 3 instalments of £300 per month (25th July, 25th Aug, 25th Sept)

From NYC, USA  $3, 399 per person deposit of $699 + 3 instalments of $900 per month (25th July, 25th Aug, 25th Sept)

From other destinations, please call to enquire

Package includes Return Airfare to Accra, Accommodation (based on two sharing) Daily Meals (breakfast & dinner), Ground Transport in Ghana,  Tour Sites & Events

Limited spaces. Deposit secures your place. Register to book yours now! 
Info; Sis  Njeri
+ 44(0)7958660061,   + 44(0)207 733 1263 
You can also register a group booking for this tour or other dates.  Please call for enquiries


GO THAT EXTRA MILE for people with lupus!

Members of Collectively Blak will be raising funds to support the South London Lupus UK Regional Group, as part of Lupus Awareness Month on Sunday 3 October.

The Paulette Allen Memorial Walk is in its third year and has been renamed in honour of Paulette Allen, who suffered from lupus and who sadly died in January of this year. Paulette was the Co-ordinator for South London Lupus UK Regional Group and invited Collectively Blak to organise the fundraising event.

Wider members of the community are invited to show their support for Lupus by participating in the walk and collecting sponsors by making a direct contribution to Lupus UK and to provide an important source of vital funding for our work.

The six-mile walk starts from 1.30pm at Kennington Park, South London and will follow both sides of the Thames alongside the Southbank via St Paul’s Cathedral and the Embankment.

All participants will wear a special Lupus UK “Go the extra mile” t-shirt to celebrate the event.

Derek McFarlane, Chair of Collectively Blak said:
“Collectively Blak is pleased once again to lend its support to fundraising and raising awareness of this medical condition, which has a particular on women in our community. We also want to ensure that we continue this role in memory of Paulette, who we lost earlier this year.”

Adetoun Hughes, Chair of South London Lupus UK Regional Group said:

“October is an important month for the Lupus community to seek recognition and gain the communities support. Many thanks to Collectively Blak for their continued support and I look forward to a large turnout going the extra mile for Lupus!”

News and Views

Blair Mugabe 1997
Tony Blair tried to get into bed with President Robert Mugabe, 1997

Blair secretly courted Robert Mugabe to boost trade

Tony Blair secretly courted Robert Mugabe in an effort to win lucrative trade deals for Britain, it has emerged in correspondence released to The Independent under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents show that the relationship between New Labour and the Zimbabwean President blossomed soon after Tony Blair took office in Downing Street.

Just weeks after the Government unveiled its ethical foreign policy in May 1997, the British PM wrote a personal letter to Mr Mugabe congratulating him on his role in unifying Africa and helping to improve relations between the continent and Britain. The signed message, which welcomed Mr Mugabe's appointment as leader of the Organisation of African Unity, paved the way for an attempt to bring the two leaders together in a face-to-face meeting in Downing Street during the first weeks of the New Labour administration.

Source: Independent

Ligali: Whilst it can be of little surprise to many that former Prime Minister Blair’s integrity is for sale to the highest bidder, many will be shocked at how early on in the game he was willing to play a duplicitous game with the British public... even before becoming drunk on political power. The history of the British government in Zimbabwe has been atrocious, however that is not to suggest our heroic President Mugabe has been blameless in the resultant impoverishment of Africans following his early decisions to collude with western governments and making deals siphoning off our peoples natural resources. Corruption is rarely ever a one way street.

Gaddafi gaddafi and Berlusconi
Anti-African: Col Gaddafi and the racist italian PM Silvio Berlusconi
Gaddafi wants EU cash to stop African migrants

Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi says the EU should pay Libya at least 5bn euros (£4bn; $6.3bn) a year to stop illegal African immigration and avoid a "black Europe".

Speaking on a visit to Italy, Col Gaddafi said Europe "could turn into Africa" as "there are millions of Africans who want to come in".

Italy has drawn criticism for handing over to Libya migrants it intercepts at sea, without screening them first.

Far fewer now reach Italy from Libya.

European Commission figures show that in 2009 the number of people caught trying to enter Italy illegally fell to 7,300, from 32,052 in 2008. The data was collected under the EU's Eurodac fingerprinting system.

Col Gaddafi has forged close ties with Italy since a friendship treaty was signed two years ago. It sought to draw a line under historic bitterness between Libya and Italy, its former colonial master.

"Tomorrow Europe might no longer be European, and even black, as there are millions who want to come in," said Col Gaddafi, quoted by the AFP news agency.

He was speaking at a ceremony in Rome late on Monday, standing next to Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

"We don't know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans," Col Gaddafi said.

"We don't know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions."

Source: BBC

Ligali: Whilst there is obvious mischief making behind the BBC’s decision to publish this piece there can be little doubt of the veiled threat the Col Muammar ‘African King of Kings’ Gaddafi is using in an attempt to secure a salary of £4bn a year to become europes new defender of the realm. The assertion that African immigration equates to a maldevelopment of western nations alongside an Islamic invasion is so backwards it can hardly be viewed offensive. Gaddafi is a strange man, often funding progressive initiatives on the Continent whilst simultaneously sitting at the dinner table with our foes making deals against our interests. Perhaps it is now time for the King makers to become king breakers.

Gaddafi King of Kings
In 2008, 200 African kings and traditional rulers bestow
the title "king of kings" on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi


Articles Sourced from

African youth leaders leave US with new hope
Friday, 06 August 2010
More than 100 youth leaders from across Africa have wrapped up three days of high-profile, high-level meetings in Washington, with hopes for new action and plans to network for positive change on the Internet and at future gatherings.

Nigeria plans $3.5 bln "supergrid" to end power woes
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday announced plans for a $3.5 billion national electricity grid to be jointly financed with the private sector and development agencies.

Mainstream U.S. media criticized for ignoring positive developments in Africa
Thursday, 02 September 2010
The president and CEO of the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa has told VOA that important stories about Africa continue to feature less prominently in mainstream American media outlets.

African countries step up bid to host SKA telescope
Tuesday, 07 September 2010
African countries that have partnered with South Africa in its Square Kilometre Array bid met in Ghana recently to step up their efforts to trump a competing bid from Australasia to host what will be the world's most powerful radio telescope.

President of Namibia awarded for contribution to food security
Wednesday, 08 September 2010
Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has been awarded the 2010 FANRPAN Food Security Policy Leadership Award in recognition of his contributions to the country's fisheries policies for a food-secure Africa.


Brain Gain: Skilled diaspora return to Africa
By Phephelaphi Dube,Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI)

After Tomi Adegoke completed a Master's degree in Public Health from a university in the United States of America (USA), she decided to move to Nigeria, the country from which her parents had emigrated one generation earlier. She accepted a position as a program management officer for the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Abuja, Nigeria. Tomi's story echoes Michael Akindele's, who left his financially rewarding position as a consultant within a Fortune Five Hundred company in the USA to set up his own business in media and entertainment in Nigeria.  He cited the readily available investment opportunities created by Nigeria's growing economy as the main incentive for the return to the continent.

These stories highlight a growing trend on the African continent which suggests that skilled African citizens, who have been living as expats, are returning to the continent in what can be termed Africa's brain gain. This can be viewed as a reversal of the brain drain phenomenon which beset many African countries in the latter half of the twentieth century. 

Brain drain trends
Brain drain typically results in African countries experiencing skills shortage when citizens with necessary expertise opt to, or are forced to emigrate.  According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African brain drain is particularly noticeable in the health sector.  For example, in the 1980's, Kenya reportedly had 20 medical doctors   leaving each month, whilst Ghana reportedly lost 60% of its medical doctors. In 1993, the UNDP's Human Development Report stated that close to 21,000 Nigerian doctors were practicing in the United States alone,  despite the fact that Nigeria suffers from a chronic shortage of doctors.

Ethiopia similarly lost a third of its medical doctors to the West. Between 1978 and 1990, Zambian statistics showed that only 50 of the 600 doctors who received training remained in Zambia, whilst the rest emigrated to the West. Numerous factors drive the movement of professionals from the African continent, including socio-economic and political matters. A regularly cited reason is that 22 African nations were ruled by military juntas in 1982 and that by 1985, post independent Africa had witnessed at least 60 military coups. This period was characterised by regimes that severely repressed human rights such as academic freedom and free speech.

Attempts to garner better working conditions were often met with harsh reprisals, including imprisonment and sometimes death. The Africa described here appears to be undergoing transformation, however, in which good governance, respect for human rights and growing economies are becoming more respected, sought-after principles.



Pan African Worldview

Marcus Garvey
Marcus Garvey
The Myth of Garvey and Rasta

Martin Henry marks the 123rd anniversary of the birth of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, perhaps the greatest black leader and philosopher of the 20th century (not forgetting Martin Luther King Jr), and one of the greatest of all times.

Professor Carolyn Cooper claimed in her column yesterday, 'Claiming Garvey and Rastafari', that Garvey would certainly endorse the inaugural Rastafari Studies conference hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the UWI, Mona this week. Garvey may possibly have been willing to endorse the conference for some reason, but not for the reason of affinity between himself and Rastafari on some critical points.

One of the prevailing myths of the culture is that Marcus Garvey was some kind of proto-Rasta. The Rastafarian movement, aided by 'scholarship', has (mis)appropriated Garvey as a special icon of the movement. Professor Cooper has previously functioned as a medium for bringing messages from the dead, like Morris Cargill, and may indeed have a message from Garvey. But from Garvey's own copious words while alive, it is extraordi-narily doubtful if he would ever be a locksman dragging on the sacramental chalice and shouting "Selassie I, Jah Rastafari" and 'bun Jesas'.

Inchoate movement
Rastafarianism is a rather inchoate movement, something which we hope a serious conference of scholarship about Rastafari will have the courage and honesty to explore. One of its principal proponents, Mutabaruka, is an atheist. Others venerate Selassie I. Some are respectful of Jesus; others want to bun him. For some the 'blessed hope' is repatriation to Africa. Others have dropped out of Babylon but will sell brooms and vegetables to the Babylonians, while still others, the pop musicians perhaps and academics being the best examples, have accommodated Babylon and are using the system to their advantage, while 'chanting down Babylon'. Some are polygamists. Others are monogamists. Some lick Arnold, some don't.

A few things hold the movement together with any kind of coherence: veneration of Selassie I, either as god or great man-hero; the sacramental herb; and black pride - the last being perhaps the only point of real contact between Garvey and Rasta.

Incontestable record
It is a matter of incontestable record that Marcus Garvey detested Selassie I and severely chastised him for his conduct as emperor of Abyssinia in the war with Italy and in the treatment of his own people.

Listen to Garvey: "Haile Selassie ... kept his country unprepared for modern civilisation. He resorted to prayer, feasting and fasting, whilst other nations were building up armaments ... .

"When Haile Selassie departed from the policy of the great Menelik and surrounded himself with European advisers, he had taken the first step to the destruction of the country.

"Why he kept the majority of his countrymen in serfdom and almost slavery is difficult to tell. Why he refused to educate the youth of his country to help him to carry on the government and lead the masses in a defensive war against Italy cannot be understood.

"If Haile Selassie had only the vision, inspired with negro integrity, he would have still been the resident emperor in Addis Ababa, with not only a country of twelve million Abyssinian citizens, but with an admiring world of hundreds of millions of negroes [around the world]."

Garvey had more nasty things to say about the Rasta-venerated Selassie I. But listen to this one on Solomon: "The new negro does not give two pence for the line of Solomon" which is venerated by Rastas. "Solomon was a Jew. The negro is no Jew."

Despite her supporting quotations, Cooper is far from being right, and certainly not honest, in her assertion that Garvey had a "daring conception of God" with which Rastafarian thought and theology, such as it is, coincide. While rejecting the Europeanisation (the whitening) of God, Garvey was close to being an orthodox Christian. It is more likely to the Ethiopian Orthodox church, which retained purer conceptions of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ than almost anything in Europe, that Garvey would be aligned, not Selassie I-venerating Rastafarianism.

Garvey through Cooper: "We negroes believe in the God of Ethiopia, the everlasting God - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, the one God of all ages." As orthodox as Christianity comes and anchored in the Apostles' Creed."

'Righteous' cause
"Our cause", Garvey said, "is based upon righteousness. God Almighty is our leader and Jesus Christ our standard bearer." 'Bun Jesas'? Jesus the first great reformer had the blood of all races in his veins, Garvey said. "The Church is the most beneficent institution, the greatest civilising agency; the institution which is the begetter and ward of the rights and privileges, the freedom and liberty, not only of the community, but of the individual."

And as a personal profession of faith Marcus Garvey wrote: "I believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost; I endorse the Nicene Creed. I shall never hold Christ or God responsible for the commercialisation of Christianity... ."

The Rastafarians and their apologist scholars cannot just be left alone to misinterpret and misappropriate Garvey, his faith and his philosophy. They cannot just be allowed to make things up as they go along and foist falsehood upon us because it serves their interests.

At odds
Sociologically, Garvey would be at odds with much of Rastafa-rianism. He was an unabashed capitalist and advocated wealth and power - not dropping out of Babylon, or repatriation - as the key to the advancement of the black race.

Garvey was a serious advocate of science and almost certainly would have had strident objections to the use of a herb religiously or otherwise that evidence suggests may worsen the lackadaisical attitude of 'the negro' against which Garvey complained so much as an obstacle to the progress of the race.

Garvey actively engaged politics and founded the People's Political Party whose extra-ordinarily progressive 1929 election manifesto remains as relevant - and as unfulfilled - as it was then. Rastas have tended to philosophically and practically withdraw from political engagement and to call down fire pon Babylon.

Garvey was no Rasta.

Haile Sellasie
Haile Sellassie

No need to set Garvey against Rasta

Martin Henry, in his August 16 column, argues that 'Garvey was no Rasta'. Yet, Garvey's message of Black pride/self-belief is only with us at all today because of Rasta.

It has been a powerful and sustaining message, albeit not embraced by all deeply enough to fuel the self-sufficiency/self-responsibility which Garvey also promoted.

I attended the Rasta conference at the University of the West Indies only for part of the Friday, and clearly Rasta is a wide and quite diverse 'movement'. Whether such a movement, or any organic movement (what else can a 'movement' be?), should deserve Henry's adjective 'inchoate' I'm not sure, since it has a rather derogatory connotation.

Rasta is tolerant of many strands, but still taking its inspiration largely from Garvey. There are some who engage, and some who don't. Some who are religious, and others who are not. Some who venerate Selassie, whilst others don't. Yet Garvey's messages still stands firm, kept before our eyes largely by Rasta.

So I don't see the need to set Garvey against Rasta, even if one acknowledges differences in interpretation which have emerged.



More Community Responses

By Kam-Au Amen

Martin Henry I think you have missed the point entirely. Thanks for pointing out some of what Garvey had to say about the early Rastafari movement in Jamaica, useful as that is, the real deal is that in today's Jamaica and indeed globally the Rastafari movement stands in affirmation of Garvey ideas of emancipation and advancement for people of African descent (and arguably all disadvantaged peoples), if even imperfect. Carolyn Cooper's own words were, "Garvey created out of his own genius an ideology of emancipation that Rastafari affirms." Garvey does not need to be a Rasta to prove this point true, does he? Unfortunately, your dispassion for Rastas is affecting the saliency of your argument.

Garvey was no Rastafarian and the facts are there to show it, but his message is embraced by the movement to good effect in my opinion. Let them be if it is not your business to mind. You would do us a better service by dedicating more of you time to articulating the contemporary application of Garvey's empowering philosophies to the development of Jamaica and her diaspora, philosophies of which you apparently have a grasp. Today, much of the prominence of Jamaica and her creative enterprise potential owe much to the marriage of Garveyism and Rastafari. Build it, don't tear it down with your infighting. Agree to disagree and move on, Jamaica demands it and you owe it no less. Dev

By Geephorces

This article is a so-called intellectual attempt of a Rasta-hater to express his Rasta hate. And the question here is why the Rasta hate? Rastafari is the saviour of Jamaica. If it wasn't for Rastafari, Jamaica wouldn't be anything. It is Rastafari, and the music associated with it that put Jamaica on the map. It is a Rastafarian, Bob Marley, who's principles and faith EXPRESSED THROUGH MUSIC is what hundreds of millions of people around the world found an ear and in increasing numbers still find an ear to. There's a quality about Rastafari and the way of life that exists nowhere else in the religions of the world. And it is because Rastafari is not a religion because it fulfills biblical prophecy, so Rastafari is reality, and is real, and that is why it is so loved. All over the world, Rastafari is the symbol of true and ultimate rebellion. Rasta encouraged black people to love themselves and wear their natural hair, dreadlocks. Now millions have taken on to dreadlocks and it is now style as well as a cultural symbol of defiant black pride in the face of European imperialism. Black people who hate Rastas are those who hate the fact that we worship a black God, and because they know innermostly that we are the truth, and therefore are in hate of it. If you hate the truth you are satan, and satan is a liar!

All the crimes, and immorality in Jamaica are committed by Christians, why not Christian hate? and so-called scholarly attempts to discredit Christianity? Why Rastafari? What bad has Rastafari done (in Jamaica and the world)? While Christians and others go about drinking alochol and staggering and vomitting urinating on themselves Rastas are smoking marijuana and being enllightened and spreading their enlightment to the world through our livity and roots reggae. And Rasta are gaining hundreds of followers everyday. Christianity is one of the most immoral, and wicked religions ever to exist. Its is the religion of satan one could say!

When you say JAH! RASTAFARI!! all WEAKheart tremble! But when you say Jesus Christ, it has no effect, ZERO! Christianity is just some little default religion that everybody say they belong to. Christians are mostly a false people because most live no life like Christ! None whatsoever! Rastafarians are the true Christians, and we are the chosen, and we will continue to survive and increase in numbers while Babylon's dirty defacated lifestyle of sin, immorality and wickedness crumble by the wayside! Long live Marcus Garvey, the father of black pride and the foundation of the Rastafari!


Garvey was no Rastafarian. To be a member of faith means one would have to accept Selasie I as god which Garvey never did. How do I know, well I did a double major in History while at UWI at the 3rd year course on Garveyism is very interesting.

I've been trying to tell many Rasta's (my brother included) that Garvey never saw Selassie as god and was often at odds with him about the way he ran his country.

And folks please don't come on here saying stuff like 'look to the East for the coming of a black king" or Africa's king is Africa's god" because you are only taking a small sample out a particular paragraph to suit your purpose and as such misrepresent the whole truth.

Garvey never accepted the fundamental tenets of Rastafarianism and as such could not be a Rasta furthermore there is no recorded evidence of him saying he accepted Selassie I as god. By the way I'm not bashing Rasta as it was devised as a way of life or as a form of protest against Western Imperialism/capitalism which led to the atrocity known as the Middle Passage.
Furthermore Rasta just like Christianity has A LOT of fundamental things wrong with it. I guess this is why i'm having trouble believing in any.


Community Events

Mama Afruika Bantu (aka Annette Blair)

Afruika Bantu Saturday School - 9th Memorial Lecture and Achievement Awards

When: Saturday 11th September 2010, 4 - 8pm
Where: St. Martin's Community Centre, Abbot's Park, St. Martin's Estate, Upper Tulse Hill, SW2 (Buses: 2, 201, 432, 415 - Train: Tulse Hill)
Adm:  £3 waged     £2 unwaged   ABSS parents, volunteers & under 18s free

Afruika Bantu Saturday School is to hold its 9th Memorial Lecture and Achievement Awards in honour of Warrior Queen Afruika Bantu (AKA Annette Blair) 11th September 1955 to 12th September 1999

Afruika Bantu devoted most of her life organising for the liberation of African people, with a special emphasis on education and young people. On Saturday 11th September 2010 a keynote presentation entitled: 'How to get the most out of the education system' will be delivered by Cecil Gutzmore - author, historian, academic, community and human rights activist.

Diane Abbot's Education and the Black Child conferences with Ken Livingstone (Labour) and Boris Johnson (Conservative) have tried to sanitise the role of the state in our children's under-achievement. What impact has increasing privatisation of education - academies, 'community schools', plus more powers to teachers (stop and search in schools) had? More of our youth are in prison than in higher education - how can we reverse this trend?

On a positive note, after various tests, exams and graduations, come and celebrate the achievements of our youth in our own cultural way - African dancers, drumming, positive and dynamic cultural performers.  Please contact the school if you want a young person who has achieved to be acknowledged by the community.

Also performance by ABSS * Black Parents' Forum * solidarity messages * cultural and educational stalls * registration to ABSS * refreshments available
Sponsored and supported by APLO
Further info - 07950 903 503 / 07940 005 907


Flight School 101

When: Saturday September 11th 2010 – Doors Open @ 6pm
Where: Ermine Road Centre (off St Ann’s Road) – 2 Ermine Road, Tottenham N16 6DB
Adm: £10

  • The Nature of Human Consciousness - Who am I?
  • Dreams - non-lucid vs lucid
  • My Body's and Me - the physical, astral and soul bodies
  • The Otherside - vibratory levels, the physical, astral and beyond
  • You Are Not Alone - types of ghostly encounters
  • Airborne - Out of Body Experience Techniques

Exploring the Paranormal

When: Sunday September 12th 2010 – Doors Open @ 4pm
Where: Ermine Road Centre (off St Ann’s Road) – 2 Ermine Road, Tottenham N16 6DB
 Adm: £10

  • Explaining the Unexplainable - Paranormal Investigation
  • DVD of real Paranormal Evidence
  • Lessons learned from the NDE (Near Death Experience)
  • The Meaning of Life - Why am I here?
  • Where to go from here - a spiritual wrap-up
  • Questions and answers

 Ancient Future and Muatta Books presents…
International speaker and best selling author Albert Taylor live in London for the first time ever as part of the long awaited Soul Traveler Tour.

Albert Taylor Bio

"Albert Taylor's adventures into the other dimension affords us a way to look at life, expand, laugh some: to search our souls some, and find ways to believe!"
If you don’t know you need to get to know Albert Taylor Author of "Soul Traveler: A Guide to Out-Of-Body Experiences and the Wonders Beyond" The LA Times #1 bestseller.

After a myriad of paranormal events, and as a result of a spiritual awakening, Albert Taylor left behind nearly two decades of work as an aeronautical engineer/scientist, to author and publish his book, "Soul Traveler". From an early age Albert Taylor experienced death-like “sleep paralysis” with extremely lucid dreams -- his grand-mother called them “Witches Rides.” These “Witches Rides” progressed to actual Out-Of-Body Experiences (OBE, Astral Projection) -- Flying with his mind to distant places, travelling beyond our physical plane, spirit encounters, psychic insights and healing.

Check out the links below to see and hear the man himself you can also check Albert out on the web at

Vendors Welcome
For more information contact Ancient Future: / Tel: 07506 481 509 / 07956 134 370


Healing Seminars

Where: Hazel road Community Centre, Hazel Road, Kensal Green, London NW10 5PP
When: Saturday 11 September 2010 (for 8 Weeks)

Peace and Blessings Beloved,

Yes we're back bigger and brighter than ever with a selection of classes to heal, renew and restore you to your original Divine why wait make sure that you don't miss out.   Join us for our Autumn semester of classes starting this Saturday 11th September 
Look forward to seeing there and don't forget to spread the word or better yet bring a friend.

Walk in the light.

Much Love...

07951 252 427

London African Music Festival 2010
The London African Music Festival 2010

African Music Festival 2010

Friday 10 Sept | Southbank Centre |

Saturday 11 Sept | Southbank Centre |

Saturday 11 Sept | Southbank Centre |

Saturday 11 Sept | Southbank Centre |

Sunday 12 Sept | Southbank Centre |

Tuesday 14 Sept | Richmix |

Wednesday 15 Sept | Richmix |

Thursday 16 Sept | Richmix |

Friday 17 Sept | Albany Theatre |

Saturday 18 Sept | Albany Theatre |

Sunday 19 Sept | Albany Theatre |

Monday 20 Sept | Bloomsbury Theatre |
CARMEN SOUZA ( Cape Verde ) + NETSAYI ( Zimbabwe )

Tuesday 21 Sept | Bloomsbury Theatre |
WALDEMAR BASTOS ( Angola ) + NOGABE ( Madagascar )

Wednesday 22 Sept | Jazz Café |

Thursday 23 Sept | Jazz Café |
OMAR SOSA ( Cuba )

Friday 24 Sept | Stratford Circus |
OSIBISA ( Ghana )

Saturday 25 Sept | Stratford Circus |
NAIJA GROOVE featuring Dele Sosimi, Funmi Olawumi, Juwon Ogungbe
and Kunle Olasoju’s Naija Rhythm Orchestra

For more info:


African Women Writing Resistance:  Contemporary Voices

When: Tuesday 14th September 2010, 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: Brunei Gallery (SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG)

Edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho and Anne
Serafin. Published in Africa and Europe by Pambazuka Press.
Speakers: Ellen Aaku (winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition /
contributor to the anthology)
 Susan Akono (also known as Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell / director of African Peoples
 Advocacy / contributor to the anthology)
    Yaba Badoe (novelist / documentary filmmaker)
    Anne Serafin (co-editor of the anthology)
Chair: Margaret Busby OBE
Event description: 
African Women Writing Resistance is the first transnational anthology to focus on women’s strategies of resistance to the challenges they face in Africa today. The anthology brings together personal narratives, testimony, interviews, short stories, poetry, performance scripts, folktales, and lyrics.
Contributors include internationally recognised authors and activists such as  Wangari Maathai and Nawal El Saadawi, as well as a host of vibrant new voices from all over the African continent and from the African Diaspora. The speakers attending will discuss the book; African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices and what it means to be an African woman writing. Come, enjoy, listen and join the discussion.

You will be able to purchase African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices at a special pre-publication discount price of £13.00 instead of the normal price of £16.95

Please RSVP at


Malcolm X’s visits to Africa and Britain

When: Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Where: Room G37, Senate House University of London, Russell Square, London WC1. 
Adm: Free Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.

Marika Sherwood, talks on Malcolm X’s visits to Africa and Britain. Historians of Malcolm usually almost ignore these visits: I shall outline his activities and question reasons for these omissions. My book Malcolm X : visits abroad  April 1964 – February 1965 will be available at a reduced price.

John Henrik Clarke
John Henrik Clarke

Screening: John Henrik Clarke - A Great and Mighty Walk

When: Wednesday 15th September 2010, Doors open @ 7:30pm, Film starts prompt @ 8:00pm
Where: SevenArts ctr, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

The Leeds Black Film Club will be showing John Henrik Clarke - A Great and Mighty Walk

It's that time again, and once again we have a very powerful showing for you this month. One of our well known prophets talks about his life and how he became an Pan-African activist, he covers a lot more ground than just himself which relates to all of us. Just to let you know we won't be showing next month but we will be back in November with another hard hitting documentary so don't look for us next month ok people.

This video chronicles the life and times of the noted African-American historian, scholar and Pan-African activist John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998). *

Both a biography of Clarke himself and an overview of 5,000 years of African history, the film offers a provocative look at the past through the eyes of a leading proponent of an Afrocentric view of history. *

From ancient Egypt and Africaâs other great empires, Clarke moves through Mediterranean borrowings, the Atlantic slave trade, European colonization, the development of the Pan-African movement, and present-day African-American history. *

"Powerful people will never educate powerless people on what it means to take the power away from them. The aim of powerful people is to stay powerful by any means necessary." *

Please tell someone or bring someone with you.

Bless !!


Screening: See Dick Run (12)

When: Thurs 16th September 2010
Where: Manor Club (Situated at the junction of Green Lanes & Seven Sisters Rd, N4 – nearest tube: Manor House – Piccadilly Line / Finsbury Park station – Victoria Line 5 mins away / Buses: 279, 259, 141, 341, 29, 253, 254)  0208 211 0211
Adm: £10Non Members / £8 – Members (There is an initial one-off £10 membership Joining fee that covers a 6 month period)

Richard (Kel Mitchell) is a fast-talking ladies man whose life takes a hilarious turn when a voodoo priestess casts a spell that takes away his manhood. His manhood will be lost forever unless he can reverse the spell before midnight. Now, in a race against time, this notoriously deceitful womanizer must revisit all the women in his life he has wronged and apologize for his lowdown ways. Starring Kel Mitchell (”All That”, “Kenan & Kel”) and Page Kennedy (”Weeds”). 

Starring: Kel Mitchell, Page Kennedy, Todd Bridges, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Chico Benymon, Brooklyn McLinn, Shelli Boone, Heidi Marie Wanser, Trinecia Moore-Pernell. 

Special Guest Host & Comedy from the outrageous “Felix Dexter”

(Felix has appeared in: The Real Mc Coy, The Fast Show, Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Have I Got News For You, The Lenny Henry Show)

Kush: 07961 977 749 /


Now We Has Jazz: Satchmo Remembered with The Cleveland Watkiss Quintet

When: Friday 17 September 2010, 19.45-22.00
V&A Café
Free, drop-in

Celebrate the legacy of legendary jazz virtuoso Louis Armstrong AKA Satchmo and his Hot Five quintet. Join Cleveland Watkiss and his quintet as they play songs recorded by Louis and Ella Fitzgerald and tracks from High Society, Grace Kelly's last film. Bonnie Greer, award-winning novelist, playwright and author will also present a short biography of Louis Armstrong and introduce the quintet. An evening truly not to be missed!

PASCF Nkrumah workshops

When: September Workshops, 6.30pm Arrival 7pm Start - Youths are especially welcome
Starlight Music Academy, 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436
All free of charge

Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum
Presents the 2010 annual theme and series of workshops
Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah @ 100

Applying the ideas of Kwame Nkrumah



Presenter (Facilitator)


Marcus Garvey & the Absolute Necessity of Revolutionary Pan-African Liberation

Cecil Gutzmore


The revolutionary principles of George Jackson – lessons for our struggles here and now


Ring for information about the Kwanzaa planning committee
For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email –; Website –  

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.


5th International 'Black' Power Conference

When: Friday 17th September to Sunday 19th September 2010.
Where: University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

The 40th anniversary of the “Black Power Uprising” in Trinidad and Tobago is being commemorated with an international academic conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, from Friday 17th September to Sunday 19th September 2010.

This 5th International Black Power Conference is being organized by the Department of History at St. Augustine, Trinidad. Co-sponsors include the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (both at St. Augustine campus). Other supporting organizations in Trinidad include the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC), the History Society (at UWI), the Emancipation Support Committee, the Oilfield Workers Union and the Public Services Association. The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP (GC)) is also a supporting organization.

This historic Conference includes a record 90 presentations on 20 panels in 2 days. Participants include professors and organizers from Trinidad, Jamaica, Canada, Britain, the United States and other countries. They represent several academic and movement schools and traditions including: History, Trinidad and Caribbean Studies, Pan-African Studies, Black Studies, Black Power Studies, Black Radical Studies, Afro-centric Studies, NJAC Studies, Black Panther Studies, etc.

The A-APRP (GC) will present two papers:

(1) Mwalimu Keita will present, on behalf of the A-APRP (GC), a paper titled Black Power:  An Ideological Channel for Mass All-African Revolutionary Political Education and Organization.

This paper provides a historical analysis of the call for Black Power in the U.S. within the context of African people's generational struggle for Africa's Unity, National Independence, Liberation, and Pan-Africanism.  It documents the dialectical relationship between Black Power as an intellectual and ideological force in the worldwide anti-colonial movement and as an objective in the African Revolution, of which Pan-Africanism is its highest expression. It defines, defends, and reclaims Black Power as an objective necessity and channel to teach, politically educate, empower, and organize the African Masses in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora in all-African organizations as an expression of the revolutionary African Personality and Culture.

(2) Bob Brown will present, on behalf of the A-APRP (GC), a paper titled Kwame Ture Is Still Dancing In The Fire! Towards A New Historiography.

This paper will provide an overview of Kwame’s public life, work, study and struggle from 1950, when his philosophical conscience and political conscious was awakened in Trinidad, to his transition to the Ancestors in Guinea in 1998. It will serve as the Introduction to a book by the same title that will be “the definitive political biography of Kwame Ture.” As you perhaps know, Bob has been working on this book for the past 12 years. It will be published in late 2011 or early 2012.

The Conference invites all interested parties, worldwide, to attend. Email us for contact information at

Bob, as a representative of the A-APRP (GC), has also been invited to visit Venezuela to observe the Parliamentary Elections, make several presentations and attend several meetings. We hope that he can visit other countries in the Caribbean Basin while in the area.

The A-APRP (GC) needs and asks for your assistance in raising the funds needed to defray travel to and in the region, and provide modest accommodations. Tax exemption is available for those who request it. Please contact Bob directly, if you can help: or (202) 239-1651.

A copy of the A-APRP (GC)’s two papers will be emailed to all who make a donation, no later than September 17, 2001, the start of the Conference.  Thank you in advance for any assistance that you might offer.

As always, we remain

Ready for Revolution!
Organizers, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)

Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah

AJAMU Tribute to Kwame Nkrumah

When: Saturday 18th September 2010, 6.00-9.30pm
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham N15 (nearest tube Seven Sisters)
Adm: £3 donation on entry
Theme :  'Making Africa an economic superpower in the 21st century'

Confirmed speakers :  AAPRP; CPP (ruling party during Nkrumah's Presidency);  Pan African Society Community Forum  (PASCF) ;

Invited speakers :  George Padmore Institute; Nzema Society; Dr Ama Biney (Speaking Truth to Power: Selected Pan-African Postcards).
 Refreshments & networking
2009 marked 100 years since the birth of Osageyfo (the redeemer) Kwame Nkrumah, strategist of the African revolution and father of  Pan-Africanism.  Nkrumah was not only a politician but also a philosopher and ideologue. His leadership took the Gold Coast, then under British colonial rule, to independence in 1957. On independence Nkrumah renamed the Gold Coast, Ghana in honour of the great civilisation built by Africans before colonisation. Nkrumah believed strongly that all Black people were Africans and Africa was our home. He also believed that Africans needed to decolonise our minds and look at the world from an African perspective, with Africa being primary. He wrote extensively about the shared values that underly  the various expressions of African culture and asserted that these values would serve to unite us . We have more in common than differences. Not much attention has been given to Nkrumah's economic programme.
 In honour of Nkrumahs' birthday, a panel of speakers will explore the ideas and economic programme of  Kwame Nkrumah 1st President of Independent Ghana. What was Nkrumah's economic policy and why was he opposed to capitalist development in Africa? Speakers will bring us up to date with economic developments in Africa. Speakers will address the dialectical link between ideology, politics and economics and demonstrate how the failure of post independence African leadership to balance these factors in Africa favour has resulted in the continued impoverishment of our people  when in fact Africa herself is rich. Finally our esteemed panel of speakers will address the way forward for Africa in the 21st century, the path to economic independence and the role that Africans in the disapora can play.
Please come along and take part in the debate....
For further information please contact or call 07852.937.981

Les 16 de Basse Pointe
Les 16 de Basse Pointe

Screening: Les 16 de Basse Pointe  

When: Sat 18 September 2010, 2-5pm
BFI Southbank, London
Adm: £5.00. Best book early

Those who saw French police brutalising black women (click Video) recently may have been shocked but this film will help to put French racism in context. Sarkozy is on record for calling immigrants 'scum' and stating they should be washed away with fire hoses. No doubt he forgot that long before he was Prime Minister the French were exporting  white migrants to Martinique to take the best jobs while conning qualified black Martiniquans/Guadeloupeans to come to Paris so that they could wash dishes or sweep streets. Whites killing blacks was no big deal but on September 6 1948 a béké (white colonial) was killed at Basse-Point and 16 cane-cutters were sent to prison in France. Through interviews with those accused and their lawyers, the film exposes the biased justice system and the first public indictment against French white supremacy , a system which provoked riots as recently as 2005. 


The Heart of the Race:
Oral histories of the African (Black) women's movement

When: Saturday 18 September 2010, 12-3.30pm
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB
FREE – booking is essential

This afternoon event will reflect on the past, present and future of the Black women’s movement. Drawing inspiration from the Black Cultural Archives’ oral history project to record the testimonies of women involved in OWAAD (Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent) and the other Black women’s groups across the country, this event will explore the history and legacy of the Black women’s movement in the UK.

It will also be the first opportunity to see the exhibition The Heart of the Race: Oral Histories of the Black Women’s’ Movement.

Join us for an afternoon of performances, talks and conversation.
The event is open to all.

Please email or call 020 7582 8516


Who was Michael X ? 

When: Sat 18 September 2010, 5.30-7.30pm
Where: Topolski Gallery 150-152 Hungerford Arches, (5 mins from the BFI/Waterloo)
£4 Best to book in advance  0207 620 1308
A Trini 'bwoy' rolls off a boat into 1950s London. Ten years later he's the most famous black man in Britain, but was Michael X 'the authentic voice of black bitterness' [Observer 1965] or the ex-Rachman henchman for whom politics was just another hustle ? He went from being a pimp and drug dealer in Ladbroke Grove, to Black Power activist and  disciple of Malcolm X following a chance meeting. Vanessa Walters  2009 play "Michael X" probed at the heart of politics in 1960's Britain. She will share her detailed knowledge of  this remarkable man and shed some light on why  the Government have banned the release of national files on his life until 2030 . Vanessa is an author (Rude Girls) journalist, DJ, and Playwright. She presents her Radio show every Friday. 

Life + Debt

Black History Studies

Screening: Life + Debt 

When: Sunday 19th September 2010, 12pm to 3pm

A documentary which addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalisation policies on a developing country such as Jamaica.

Jamaica, land of sand, sea and sun... and a prime example of the complexities of economic globalisation on the world's developing countries. 

A film by Stephanie Black

With twenty-five years of "help" from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank intended to bring Third World nations such as Jamaica into the fold of free market economies, these restructuring policies have crippled Jamaica's efforts toward self-reliant development while enriching the lenders. This scathing film is an unapologetic look at the new world order from the point of view of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government and policy officials.

Featuring a dynamic reggae soundtrack and a searing voice-over based on text by Jamaica Kincaid, as well as interviews with former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, former Deputy Director of the IMF Stanley Fischer and former President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide, LIFE AND DEBT portrays the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of international lending agencies while driving home the devastating consequences of globalisation.


Where: Ritzy Cinema
When: Sunday 19 September 2010, 4.00pm 

Based on Barrie Keeffe’s incendiary 1979 play, SUS is a claustrophobic thriller set around the time of Margaret Thatcher’s landslide election win. On the night of the election, two cops arrest a West-Indian man named Delroy on suspicion of a serious offence and take him in for questioning. Made all the more poignant by today’s changing socio-political climate, Heath’s film is a shocking indictment of past institutional ills that will resonate with contemporary audiences.

To honour Black History month the Ritzy will present a special screening of SUS followed by a panel discussion hosted by Mia Morris, founder of Black History 365 Magazine and, with the below participants, all of whom have been long time active residents of the Brixton community.

Mavis Best – Founder of the “Scrap SUS” campaign
Marsha Prescod – Solicitor and Lecturer at South Bank University, active during “Scrap SUS” campaign
Marcia Rigg-Samuel – Founder of “Sean Rigg Justice and Change Campaign”
Michael Groce – Sparked 1985 Brixton riot when his mother Cherry Groce was shot in the back

Omo London

Nigeria in British playwriting: A FESTIVAL
21 September – 11 October 2010

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Independence, Oval House Theatre proudly presents Omo London, a short season of work examining the identity, heritage, and legacy of Nigerian communities in the UK. The festival consists of one main full length play, three play readings and a debate.

The main festival production is the full debut production of Arinze Kene’s, ESTATE WALLS, directed by Ché Walker. The play is set in an inferior London estate and follows the story of Obi, a young writer who dreams of leaving.  Told through rich, witty and lyrical street language, the story focuses on the young artist’s conflict between his ambitions and his loyalty to his friends.

“Oval House is proud to be presenting OMO London, a festival that explores the growing influence of Nigerian playwriting on British theatre. This festival is the start of an ambitious future of African Theatre for us, and in 2011 we will be presenting full productions of the three play readings being staged during this festival.” Ben Evans, Oval House Director of Theatre.

Alongside our Main House production, noted playwright Oladipo Agboluaje curates a series of Monday evening readings, under the title LONDON NAIJA, showcasing three new plays by London based Nigerian writers. These three plays, EGUSI SOUP by Janice Okoh, FIXER by Lydia Adeunji and PANDORA’S BOX by Ade Solanke, explore both the experience of Nigerians in the UK and the contemporary relationship between Nigeria and Great Britain.

On Saturday 25 September from 2.30pm – 6.30pm, the season will be complimented by an afternoon debate followed by dinner. The debate explores the past, present, and future of Nigerian culture in British Theatre has been produced with Goldsmiths College, University of London. The main speakers are Oladipo Agboluaje and Mojisola Adebayo.

Omo London means “Child of London”, from the Yoruba word “Omo”, meaning child or children.

Venue Details

Venue:                          Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW

Box Office:                   020 7582 7680

Online booking:    (no booking fee)

Access:  All events are in Downstairs theatre which has flat, ground floor wheelchair access.

There is space for up to 8 wheelchairs. Induction loop facility in both Upstairs

and Downstairs theatres. Parking available for disabled visitors.

Travel:   Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line, 1 minute) or Vauxhall (BR and Victoria Line, 15 minutes)

Buses:                          3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 436

Car/Parking:   Spaces available for disabled drivers ONLY

On-Street parking nearby (free after 6:30pm)

We are not in the congestion charge area

Inner City Theatre presents the World Premiere of ESTATE WALLS
Written by Arinze Kene, Directed by Ché Walker
21 September –¬ 9 October, 7.45pm
£12 / £6 concessions

Set in an inferior London estate, Estate Walls follows the story of Obi, a young writer who dreams of leaving.  Told through rich, witty and lyrical street language, the story focuses on the young artist’s conflict between his ambitions and his loyalty to his friends, who are planning a heist in which Obi refuses to take part. Meanwhile, his love for a forbidden girl adds to the complexity of his life, making him soon to enter a whole world of problems.

Preview of Estate Walls on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September, 7.45pm. Special preview ticket rate of £6 for all seats.
Post-show discussions of Estate Walls with the cast and creative team, included in ticket price, on Tues 28 September and Tues 5 October.
British Sign Language performance of Estate Walls on Thursday 7 October, 7.45pm.
Audio described performance of Estate Walls on Friday 8 October, 7.45pm

27 September – 11 October
£5 per play

A series of three Monday evening play readings, as listed below:-

EGUSI SOUP by Janice Okoh
Monday 27th September, 6pm

As a British-Nigerian family pack their suitcases and prepare to head home for a funeral they realise they will need to get rid of some excess baggage first…
A fast, furious and funny new family drama about life in London, death in Lagos and soup on the kitchen table! Presented by Menagerie Theatre Company.

FIXER by Lydia Adetunji
Monday 4th October, 6pm

Northern Nigeria. When militants attack a new oil pipeline, journalists, spin doctors and consultants rush to the scene. In the middle is one man who thinks he can play them all.

PANDORA’S BOX by Ade Solanke
Monday 11th October, 6pm

On holiday with her streetwise teenage son in Lagos, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil. Should he be on the plane back to London with her? Or should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school rather than return him to the battlefields of inner London…

Saturday 25th September, 2.30- 6.30pm
Tickets £5

A debate exploring the past, present, and future of Nigeria in British Theatre. Curated by noted playwrights Oladipo Agboluaje and Mojisola Adebayo, in collaboration with Goldsmiths College, University of London.

*£20 SPECIAL TICKET OFFER: All day Debate, Dinner, Drama
Includes admission to Stages Of Independence debate, dinner in Oval House cafe/bar and a ticket to the evening performance of Estate Walls.


Learie Constantine to be honoured with blue plaque

When: 21st September, 2010, 3pm
Where: 11 Kendal Court, Shoot Up Hill, Camden, NW2, 2PD

On Tuesday 21st September, 2010, exactly 109 years to the very day Britain’s first African Caribbean peer was born, a blue plaque in honour of Lord Learie Constantine will be unveiled at his former home at Kendal Court, Camden, London NW2.

The plaque will be unveiled at 3pm by Her Excellency Ms Gail Guy, High Commissioner for Trinidad & Tobago, Councillor Abdul Quadir – Deputy Leader of Camden Council, and Jak Beula, Chair of Nubian Jak Community Trust.

Lord Learie Constantine was a giant among men, a true renaissance man who trail blazed a path very few would dare to even dream about. Born in Trinidad on 21st September 1901, in the northwestern town of Diego Martin, he went on to become a West Indies cricket legend. In 1930, against England, he bowled the side to their first ever win in a Test series. As a dashing all-rounder he starred in the Lancashire Cricket League before the Second World War. He authored a number of books including the groundbreaking Cricket and I (1933) and The Colour Bar (1954), both with the help of Trinidadian compatriot CLR James. Constantine became a broadcaster for the BBC during WW2, and was given the responsible of encouraging African Caribbean soldiers to subscribe to the war effort through his transatlantic radio broadcasts. He later became a barrister, diplomat, politician and international statesman. Indeed, he is also credited with helping to change race relations legislation in the UK. In 1969 he became the first person of African descent to be given a life peerage in Britain. He passed away on 1st July 1971 age 69.

The commemorative blue plaque is being installed by the Nubian Jak Community Trust, in association with the Trinidad & Tobago High Commission, Camden Council, and the Residents Association of Kendal Court.

The unveiling will be followed by a gala reception (start 4pm and ends 7pm) at:
Learie Constantine Centre in Willesden/Brent: 43-47 Dudden Hill Lane, Church End, London, NW10 2ET.

Ben Okri
Ben Okri

An Inspired Talk: African (Black) British Perspectives

Where: City Inn Hotel, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4BR, United Kingdom When: 21 September 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm start 8pm finish

Booker Prize Winning author, Ben Okri is the featured guest for 'An Inspired Talk', as part of the Creative Case Black British Perspectives programme and the last in the current Powerbrokers series, discussing issues around creativity and innovation in culture and the arts, particularly focusing on Black artists as leaders.
Ben Okri has published ten novels, including The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. He was born in Nigeria and lives in London. His latest book is, Tales of Freedom.

The event will be chaired by BBC TV Presenter, Brenda Emmanus.
This event is free, but please rsvp to   
as space is limited

 Telephone: 0113 241 1000 Mobile: 07980 269 138 (Kadija George)


The Heart of the Race:
Oral histories of the African (Black) women's movement

Where: Westminster Reference Library, 35 St. Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP,
When: 21 - 30 September 10am-8pm Mon - Fri and 10am-5pm Sat
: FREE – drop in

This exhibition will explore campaigns and successes of the Black women’s movement in the 1970s and 1980s. Based on the Black Cultural Archives’ ground breaking oral history project to document the activists and campaigns, the exhibition will look at the often hidden histories of grassroots activists, groups and campaigns in their own words .


Screenings: Age of Extremes - Documentary Premiere

When: 23 September 2010 @ 6.45pm
Where: Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR

In an era where Islam has become synonymous with terrorism, 'Age of Extremes' is an insightful and timely documentary that challenges the British establishment's representation of Islam and the threat to Britain from Islamic extremism.

 From the media creation of Abu Hamza as a poster boy for extremism to the recent Panorama programme that portrayed peace activists on board a ship bringing aid to Gaza as terrorists - we ask why?


Twilight Bey
Twillight Bey

The Nommo Sessions: Crips & Bloods: Made In America

When: Fri 24th September 2010, 7:00pm - 10:30
Where: Voice Of Africa Radio, 24 Swete Street, (Off Plaistow High St), Plaistow E13 OBS
Adm: £3 - Under 21's FREE 
A film showing & Discussion
CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA tells the story of the Crips and Bloods, South Los Angeles’ two most infamous African-American gangs. Combining unprecedented access into the worlds of active gangs, CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA offers a compelling,character-driven documentary narrative which chronicles the decades-long cycle of destruction and despair that defines modern gang culture.

Twilight grew up in the economically deprived, gang and drug affected communities of South Central Los Angeles for 26 years. He now has more than 18 years of experience in social literacy development, conflict mediation, gang intervention and community and civic organising. Brother Twilight will be on hand to break down the many issues raise in the film & provide real, hard-hitting practical SOLUTIONS for us all.
Hot Meals Now Available  
Info: 020 8539 2154 / 07908 814 152 /

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer and Women of African descent. Plus Q &A with Sister Abi

When: Friday 24 September 2010,  8.00pm to 10.30pm 
Where: Unit 24 Eurolink Business Centre Effra Road, London SW2 1BZ 

A Blak Friday session hosted by Dr Lez Henry,
Bring pen and pad. This is a small venue (40 seats) be on time to get one 
This presentation by Sister Abi aims to empower women with information to help defeat breast cancer. It will cover:
* The reality of risk rates for black women; how white women skew the risk indicators
* 5 steps you can take to reduce your risk , 
* How not breast feeding can increase your risk
* What food and lifestyles increase liability
* The signs that ensure early detection.
* How such information is made difficult to access (there has only ever been one study on how cancer affects black women in  the UK)
Sister Abi holds a first degree in Medical Bio-chemistry, a masters in Clinical bio-chemistry and is pursuing another masters in Public Health. She is currently Programme Manager for an infomatics project for a major cancer charity. She has been featured on Colourful Radio and will be in the next edition of the New African Woman magazine for her cancer prevention work.

Beyond Black History Month

Beyond African (Black) History Month: The Pan African Movement

When: 25th September 2010
Where: Chestnut Community Centre, 280 St Anns Road, Tottenham, London N15 5BN
: Free 

A great series of free workshops.

Taking a look at the thriving movement for the unification of African peoples globally and the liberation of African nations from colonial powers.

Beyond Black History Month explores the chronological portrayal of the presence and experience of Black people in Britain from 1900-2010.  Uncovering the active involvement and influence that have  initiated cultural,  social, political and economical change in Britain.

Contact: 07939 540 826 / 07950 933 683 /

Adinkra Films
Adinkra Films

Screening: MOTHERLAND with Q&A

When: Saturday 25th September 2010, 3.00pm-6.00pm
Lexi Cinema 194b Chamberlayne Road Kensal Rise London NW10 3JU
Tickets £10 / Members £7.50

Adinkra Film Nights presents the documentary: Motherland with Q&A

Film Starts 3.15pm Prompt

Synopsis: Motherland (Enat Hager) Is a bold, epic documentary through Africa with a distinctive African voice. Fusing history, culture, politics, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new dynamic story of a continent. From the glory and majesty of Africa’s past through its complex and present history.
Please Note: there will be no admittance 15mins after the film/documentary has started. Tickets will be non-refundable after this time.


Tracing Your African (Black)Family History

When: Saturday 25 September 2010, 2.45pm
: Lambeth Archives, Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, London SE5 9QY

Adm: FREE - drop in

Part of Lambeth Archives Open Day the workshop will introduce the techniques and sources to conduct research into your Caribbean family history.


4Sight: Vibes Nite Fund Raiser

When: Saturday 25th September 2010, 7.00PM - 10.00PM
Where: City And Hackney Carers Centre, 96-102 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, London E8 2LZ (Nearest Tube Station: Dalston Kingsland; Dalston Junction Rail)
Adm: £5 Advance; £3 Concession, £7 on the door

4Sight is a project committed to enriching the lives of African and Caribbean men who have experienced mental health issues.
Featuring on the Nite
* Paul Obinna (A motivational Speaker)
* Anthony Ekundayo Lennon (Producer / Director)
* ‘The Individuals’
* Carlton Hind (the Classic quote memoriser)

And many more...
For more info and tickets call Tigist on 020 7655 4170 or Aronda 07949 252 974

Quilombo Country

Screening: Quilombo Country 

When: Sunday 26th September 2010, 12pm to 3pm
: PCS LEARNING CENTRE (Victoria), 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria (for map to the venue please click here).  
Adm: £4 per person.  Hot food will be on sale.

An award-winning feature documentary film about Brazilian villages founded by escaped and rebel enslaved Africans.

A film by Leonard Abrams

Brazil was brutal and deadly for millions of Africans. But many thousands escaped and rebelled, creating settlements in Brazil's untamed hinterland. This type of community is known as a Quilombo, from an Angolan word that means "encampment." As many as 2,000 quilombos exist today.

Today these communities struggle to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.

"Quilombo Country" tells the story of these communities, with rare footage of festivals and ceremonies that blend Catholic, African and native Amazonian rituals and customs, and examines issues of political identity, land rights, and racial and socioeconomic discrimination.

Narrated by Chuck D, leader of the iconic hip hop band Public Enemy.

To watch the trailer, click here

There will be a discussion after the screening. 

Cert: PG
Running Time: 73 minutes  

Doors open at 11.30am. The screening will start at 12pm sharp!!! Hot food will be on sale.

There will be an entry fee of £4 per person.  

Places for the film screenings are limited (ONLY 45 PLACES AVAILABLE), so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.

In order for us to manage seating and room layout, we would be grateful if all who are attending this event could confirm their attendance in advance. Please confirm via email   how many of you will be attending this event.

Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation. 
African Superheroes Day

When: Sunday 26th September 2010, 3.00-7.00pm
Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 (Tube:  Stockwell)
Adm: £6 pounds in advance, £8 pounds on the day

Repeated by popular demand with new and extra Heroes!

Many  artists are making up for the severe lack of positive images of black people in animated films and comics. This animation festival for 6-60 year olds, will feature a variety of African-themed cartoons which tell tales of; Magical Nigerian women warriors, Anansi the West African Folk Hero, The story of Ogun, Plus updates on the coming Black Panther series, Q and A with animators and a special preview of the brand new live-action stage show, Spirit of the Pharaohs

Phone booking 0844 847 1680 or via website  


100BMOL: Black Heroes Walk ™

When: Sunday 26th September 2010, 12pm - 5pm
Where: Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, London, Se24
Please join us and step 5k in the style of your favourite Black icon to raise funds for  

A 5 kilometre Sponsored Walkathon

We are hosting a 5k sponsored walk with a 'Black Heroes' theme. Men, Women, Friends, Supporters, Parents and Children are all invited to take part in this innovative and educational event to help us raise money to support our work and our community. 

So if you have enjoyed our Mentoring Programmes, Education Through Film events, Black History Challenges, Youth Debates, Quality Time or Family Fun Days and the many other programmes that we deliver, why not join us for this unique event and raise money for us at the same time.

More details (including images and biographies of Black Heroes) will follow, so please look out for further information on our mailing list, website and Facebook page; or email us on
In the meantime… Save the Date and Choose Your Black Hero!


Discussion and Launch Event: "Where Does Racism Come From?"

When: Monday, 27th September 2010, 4pm - 6pm (Doors open 3.45pm)
Where: London Metropolitan University

The HB team is always on the look out for new resources that deliver clearly and concisely!

David Dalgleish has written a new book: "Where Does Racism Come From?" - one of the best educational resources for understanding the grass roots of racism as theory and practice  - all in a simple, clear and effective language.

If you have ever been interested in asking any of the following questions, or any others, then come along and find the answers to:

  • Where does racism come from?
  • Did racism start with slavery?
  • Who invented the different races?
  • Why do we have Black History Month?

Speakers on the day will include:

If you would like more information about the launch or would like to attend:

Email: / Tel: 07712 591488 / 020 7320 2222.

The Hogarth Blake Team

Global African Congress


When: September 30th – 3rd October
Where: African Caribbean Centre, 9 Clarendon Road Turnpike Lane North London N8 0DJ

“Walking the talk”

GACuk, on behalf of the Global Afrikan family, we invite you to the Bi Annual Family Gathering to be held in London this year.

The four- day event will address the continued development of our organisation, finding conflict resolutions with Afrikan solutions to Afrikan problem, such as knife and youth crimes within our community and the delivery of the UN Durban Declaration and the outcome of the recent review conference in Geneva.

The conference will in part be open to the general public and others part limited to formal members of the Global Afrikan Congress (GAC).

This will be an educational and informative event in order to move forward the process started in Durban South Afrika in 2001 at the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) which declared enslavement of Afrikans and colonialism crimes against humanity.

The four - day event will include a tour guide and an educational process of getting to know the “Afrikan History of London” the city with the greatest influence on Afrikan enslavement and the ongoing after effects known as racism.

A whole day’s open event will be dedicated to addressing all of issue affecting the Afrikan Community in all areas including those identified by the GAC’s Bridgetown declaration of 2002 and the Surname’s constitution family gathering in 2004.

The event will end with a press conference and an uplifting session setting out how to progress the outcome of the international family gathering.

Keynote Speakers and contributors will be delivering our program of action for future years of “Walking the Talk” where actions must replace mere ‘good spoken’ words.

Afrikans are a much travelled people, and all parts of our nation will be expected to send represented to this conference.

DAY one and two,
September 30th Thursday & Friday 1st October

Internal Matter of concern to Global Afrikan Congress members, affiliate
and newly joined and recognised local Chapter members.

DAY 3: Saturday 2nd October
An educational event aimed at all Afrikans on how to ensure the gains
made at the United Nation’s Conference in Durban South Afrika (Azana)
2001 and review conference held in Geneva 2009 are not lost.

DAY 4: Sunday 3rd October
Tour of London and an historical ‘walk about’ to find out more about London’s hidden Afrikan history, Press Conference and Closing ceremony open to all supporters with entertainment and Edutainment, Afrikan food, International Keynote Speakers setting the scene for moving the Afrikan agenda forward.

Comments and queries can also be sent to Secretary General Amani BABA BUNTU
Tel: Baba Buntu 0027825449417

Salma Thurayya 07769500676/07825568363

Glenroy watson 07956 133 450


African History Month 2010 - Events

Self Love
"Self Love" by Carol Ann Cezanne

Sisters in Spirit Exhibition

When: 1 - 31 October 2010
Where: The Original Gallery, 1st Floor, Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, London N8 9JA

An exhibition of works by 11 artists who best represent what it means to be a black woman in Britain today. Whether choosing paint, collage, mosaic or textiles a fresh crop of Black British artists like Carol Ann Edwards (Cezanne) and photographer Mary Osinibi (Mary O) are making waves in a field where, for so long, Black women were unrepresented.

Curated by Clem Richards of Alexandra Galleries, Sisters in Spirit examines the central themes of their artistic explorations such as the unity of the family, relationships, the Black British experience and identity.

Often having to balance numerous careers to support themselves and their families, these artists bring a wealth of artistic experience to their work. Several of them are also active in bringing art to the community and using it as a tool of awareness.

Sisters in Spirit showcase the works of Soheila Keyani, Paulette Robinson, Melanie "Shay" LaRocque, Michaela Lavine Lewin, Lorna Graham, Carol John, Munirah Olton, Dionne Ible, Jennifer Lewis, Carol Ann Edwards and Mary Osinibi for this landmark exhibition at The Original Gallery, which forms part of London Borough of Haringey 2010 Black History Month celebrations.

Supporting this exhibition is Sister Talk, an evening of art, poetry and spoken word on Thursday 21 October, 7 - 9pm at the Original Gallery. Contact Clem Richards for more details on 020 8249 5807.

Alexandra Galleries, 17 Hayes Lane,
Beckenham, Kent BR3 6QS Tel: 020 8249 5807



Screening: Pressure

When: Sunday 3rd October 2010 from 2pm to 4pm
Where: Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Street, East Finchley, London, N2 9PJ
Adm: Free

Hailed as Britain's first African Caribbean feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted British-born African youths. Set in Ladbroke Grove, West London, an area with a large Caribbean population since the 1950s, Pressure (d. Horace Ové, 1975) explores the assimilation (or otherwise) of Caribbean people into British society.

The Phoenix Cinema is one of the oldest purpose built cinema's in the UK. This year it is celebrating its centenary with various events including free screenings and free behind the scenes tours. On the day of the screening, there will be free tours of the cinema from 10am to 1pm on the hour.

Tickets for this film screening are FREE! and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay. To book your place on the cinema tour and film screening, please call The Phoenix Box Office on 020 8444 6789.

Albany Afrovibes Festival

Afrovibes Festival: No Borders

When: 5 Tuesday - 10 Sunday October 2010

The Albany in association with The Drum, Contact and UK Arts International presents
Afrovibes Festival: No Borders
Cutting edge and confronting theatre, dance and
visual arts from South Africa

Only London appearance!

Be challenged and inspired by dynamic performances demonstrating the best of what
contemporary South Africa has to offer. Mix with artists and performers, take part in workshops and discussions, watch films in our pop up cinema, soak up the atmosphere of our Township Café or make a night of it with DJ sets and live bands.

The Albany
Douglas Way, Deptford
London SE8 4AG

Click for Map

Book Online
(no fee) or call
020 8692 4446

£34/£24 (concs)

Call the box office for details



Heritage walk for Joanna Vassa

When: Saturday 9 October 2010 from 2pm to 3pm
Where: Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0LH.

In memory of Joanna Vassa and her father Olaudah Equiano, Arthur Torrington will be leading a heritage walk to Joanna’s graveside on Saturday 9 October 2010 from 2pm to 3pm at Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0LH. A member of the Clavering Congregational Church (where she and her husband Henry Bromley ministered) will also be present.

Having visited the Church in Essex some months ago, Arthur has seen evidence that Joanna and Henry collected signatures for the Abolition campaign and that they held church services on August the first each year.  I will give an update on their lives to those who attend on 9 October.

The event is held in association with Abney Park Trust, and it will be exactly six year to the day that Arthur first saw the grave. It was discovered on 7 October 2004 by Professor Vincent Carretta and his wife Pat.
Further info:


Screening: Spike Lees Miracle at St Anna

When: Saturday 9th OCTOBER 2010, 6.00pm-12.00am (Film Starts 7.00pm Prompt)
Where: The Courthouse Hotel 19-21 Great Marlborough Street,London, W1F 7HL
Adm: Tickets £10 / Members £7.50

Adinkra Film Nights and Q&A

Synopsis: Spike Lees Miracle at St Anna An epic film telling the story of four African American soldiers and their heart wrenching experiences while stationed in Italy during World War II.

Please note: Tickets for this screening MUST be purchased in advanced as unfortunately no tickets can be purchased at the venue. There will also be no admittance 15mins after the film/documentary has started.

Tickets will be non-refundable after this time.


The Glanville Lecture 2010

When: Saturday 9 October 2010, 2pm
Where: Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

Dr Maulena Karenga, Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach will present a lecture entitled ‘The Maatian Ideal of Social Justice in Ancient Egypt: A Classical African Conception’

Admission is free but by ticket only. To reserve a place please contact

Anna Lloyd-Griffiths AKL32@CAM.AC.UK or telephone 01223 332900

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Egyptian Galleries at The Fitzwilliam Museum.

Tickets for the reception are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis


African History month: Buffet dinner and dance

When: Saturday, 9 October 2010, 7.30 p.m. until late
Where: Riva Lounge, 3 – 7 Bromley Road, London SE6 2TS
Adm:  £25 per person or £45 per couple

Hi Everyone!

JustBe invites you to celebrate Black History month in style with a buffet dinner and dance with special guest Angie Greaves.

As the trees shed their leaves in autumn and we are reminded of the wonder and beauty of nature, JustBe, along with other black and minority ethnic groups, celebrates our rich heritage during the Black History Month with a dinner and dance.  The occasion will raise awareness, feature notable artistes and events during an evening of purposeful fun and entertainment.

There will be excellent food and drink in an ambient setting, informative talks and great music. We will finish with a raffle draw and themed prizes including indigenous works of African and West Indian art.  A donation will be made to our chosen charity, Lupus UK.

For more information click on the the attached 2-page flyer.  For tickets and reservations, call Debra on 07926 392545 or email  Do spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends/families.   

Kind regards

Yvette McDonald

History and Contributions of African Chuches in Britain

When: Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Where:  Room G34, Senate House University of London, Russell Square, London WC1
Adm: Free Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.

Rev. Israel Oluwole Olofinjana, History and Contributions of African Chuches in Britain.

The seminar will trace the history of African Churches in Brittan, explore why Africans are starting churches in the UK and their contributions to the British society. Rev. Olofinjana’s recent book  Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe will be available at a reduced price. (Rev. Olofinjana is the minister of the Crofton Park Baptist Church, Brockley Grove, Lewisham)

  Word Power 2010: Voices of the African (Black) Diaspora

When: 15th-17th October 2010 Time: 10.00am-9.00pm
Where: Centerprise, 136-138 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS Tel: 020
7254 9632

Dozens of authors and writers, hundreds of readers, thousands of books. All under one roof
4th Annual Word Power, International Black Literature Festival and Book Fair
Stalls available - phone for details


Songs for the Black Magi: Celebrating the Medieval and Renaissance Collections

When: Saturday 16 October 2010, 15.30-17.30
Victoria and Albert Museum

Enjoy an afternoon of joyous faith music, poetry, spoken word and inspirational speakers from Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas, hosted by television presenter Diane Louise Jordan.
£8, £6 concessions (includes afternoon refreshments)

To book, call 020 7942 2211


Archive Nigeria

When: Sat 30 Oct 11:00
Where: NFT2, BFI South Bank, London SE1
Adm: £5

Nigeria Day: The untold history of Naij in words and rare footage. The event is free to ticket holders for The Figurine, subject to availability.

The figurine Araromire + shorts from new directors

When: Sat 30 Oct 14:00
Where: NFT1, BFI Southbank, London SE1
Adm: £5

Nigeria 2009. Dir Kunle Afolayan. 120min
Nigeria Day: Groundbreaking thriller in which a mysterious charm changes the lives of three friends.
+ selected shorts from new Nigerian directors.

  Screening: Cy Grant (8.11.19 – 13.2.10)

When: Sun 7 Nov 11:00 – 16:00
Where: BFI Southbank, London SE1

Adm: £5

A special tribute to the Guyanese lawyer, actor, singer, writer, broadcaster and cultural activist.


Mother Country

When: Wednesday,  17 November 2010
Where: Room G34, Senate House University of London, Russell Square, London WC1
Adm: Free, Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.

Stephen Bourne will talk about his new book Mother Country which acknowledges the wartime contributions of Britain's Black community to the Home Front in WW2.


Screening: The Negro Soldier

When: Sat 20 Nov 14:00
Where: NFT3, BFI Southbank, London SE1
Adm: £5

Dir Frank Capra. USA 1943. 49min.

WW2 film that was intended to build pride among the black community while educating wider US society. + related programme.


Screening: Besouro

When: Sat 18 Dec 14:00
Where: NFT1, BFI Southbank, London SE1
Adm: £5

Dir João Daniel Tikhomiroff. Brazil. 2009. 95 mins. EST

Not-to-be-missed new action-drama set in 1920s Brazil with a score from Gilberto Gil.
It follows the exciting story of the life of a legendary capoerista who seeks revenge for the murder of his master and fights against racial discrimination in his neighbourhood.


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