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Greetings Family,

Nyansapo - is an online community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues. Our next Pan African Drum programme on 17 February 2009 will ask the questions;

Would you risk ten years in prison to take a picture?

The Camera: A weapon of terror?


The Ligali organisation is a supporter of the NKRUMAH@100 season

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9pm - 10pm
Pan African News (Mixing international and local news)

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10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
The topic for tonight is about our right to defend ourselves from police attack. The government has just passed a law granting the right of arrest and imprisonment to anybody caught taking a photograph of a police officer that may be of use to a terrorist. Is this a good idea?

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


Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – When the camera is named an object of terror

“If you get a good place to stand, you make fun of the cobra” – African proverb, Tshi

Greetings, today the British government silently passed a new law designed to terrorise residents within the UK. On Monday 16th February 2009, under section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008, it became illegal to photograph police officers if the pictures could be proved useful to terrorists. 

Today over 400 photographers protested outside the Metropolitan Police Force Head quarters, some wearing signs “I’m a photographer, not a terrorist”.  The law will carry  a maximum ten year prison sentence for anyone prosecuted and convicted of "illiciting, publishing or communicating information on members of the armed forces, intelligence services and police officers which is likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

A story like this would traditionally been front page of the New Nation newspaper, sadly with its demise many of us risk being caught unaware of how new draconian laws can be passed and used to mask the abuse and wrongful arrests of concerned Africans that use their camera’s to record evidence in objection to the flagrant human right abuses our innocent children face by police officers on a daily basis.

The so called war on terror has been repeatedly used by the British government to justify all manners of human right abuses. From stealing DNA of innocent people, CCTV surveillance recordings in private dwellings, arresting, detaining, beating and murdering people in custody, creating databases that record emails, phone conversations and text messages to tracking the every move of innocent individuals through the GPS units in their mobile phones. The point of terrorism is, of course, to create terror, and the war on terror has been used by the British and American state to put entire populations in a constant state of fear of attack from Africans and other non-europeans.

The police forces up and down the country no longer maintain the pretence they are the public servants of the people and revel in their bully boy status as the internal army of the state.

Stories like this make me really miss not having a weekly newspaper to cover our backs. This weekend on the community station, Galaxy FM, the Voice newspaper was rightly savaged by callers for failing to have a spine and address the real issues that effect our community. I know why I have issues with the Voice, after being personally disappointed when it took the stance of being the only newspaper in the country not to cover my arrest in Westminster Abbey in 2007.  However to hear so many members of our community come out in open hostility to what is our only remaining tabloid was quite a shock even for me.

In particular it was revealed how disgraceful it was that our brother Eddie Nestor courageously managed to find time within the narrow constraints of his BBC show to give space to cover the atrocious story of the police abuse and murder of Sean Rigg whilst the Voice, Choice FM and Dotun Adebayo who hosts a weekly show claiming to look "at all the latest London news from a black perspective examining the issues which matter most to these communities" remained silent or totally apathetic to the concerns of his family.

Nonetheless, I am personally asking the Voice to step up to the plate and cover this story, our people need to know.

The Ligali organisation does not yet have the resources to write about and cover every relevant story we receive or hear about. To do this we need your help, either through volunteering or making donations. We have also been informed that Henry Bonsu now presents a weekday breakfast show on Colourful Radio ( from 8am, Geoff Schumann also does the same on Bang Radio, from 7am. To keep informed of what’s going on in our community you will  need to switch off to the toxic rhetoric of Nick Ferrari on LBC or the puerile ramblings of Vanessa Feltz on BBC London and listen to voices that live the life that we do.

I’m still going to film the Police if I see them doing a Rodney King and abusing our people with impunity, but I’m not looking to keep getting arrested and I need us to pull together as a community and discuss strategies to make this work.

Yesterday, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said a police survey that requires about 50% of police force officers in England and Wales to account for their actions will be scrapped to free up time.

Asked about the annual survey, Smith said: "I think that's wrong. I don't think we should expect the police to fill in the sort of time sheets that we have previously. That's why one of the things I will be saying today is that we are ending that, as of now."

With less monitoring of police despite the publication of a new report by the Runnymede Trust revealing the Police to still be institutionally racist means we as Africans are more vulnerable to police abuse and brutality than ever before. Please read the stories at the links below and join our discussion on Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum this week.

Please be careful out there.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.

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

Related stories;

Documenting dissent is under attack
Section 76 Photographers Scotland Yard Protest: Report

400 photographers in Scotland Yard police terror protest
Counter-Terrorism Act 2008

UK Terror Law To Make Photographing Police Illegal

Maisha Solutions: Feedback

Maisha Solution
Maisha Solutions:
Every door has its own key


Have you attended a Maisha Solutions screening. If so please give feedback. Did the film miss any topics you feel urgent? What way forward for Pan Africanism?

Some of the comments on Maisha Solutions (Directors Cut);

'a very informative, well-presented documentary'

‘Very informative and encouraging. Hope this gets widespread publicity amongst our community.’

‘Good inspiration, with new cultural views.’

‘Very good focusing on what we need to do next. Very powerful and emotional.’

Very educational, insightful and thought provoking.’

‘The film was solution designed taking our historical experiences and solutions to the Diaspora and Africa.’

'an insightful, informative and thought provoking documentary'

‘Very inspirational.’

'a fantastic piece of work. Thank you.'

‘another brilliant production. It touched on many important topics from many parts of the world which I liked because it is holistic.’

Comments taken during African History Month (Feb 09) @ BFI South Bank: Maisha Solutions Premiere Screening

Comments, Feedback and Complaints


Feedback on Ligali

"Hi there, 1st time viewing your page, but know or your organisation from New Nation paper. sadly not impressed would like more positive news about Africa otherwise i feel all i have to feedback to my children is negative & like them i want to switch off. thank u for your time."
New Subscriber



We recently received this powerful opinion piece from a community activist named Saynab, who writes;

"My thoughts and words should be seen as an expression of my love for my people and a hope to engage in a constructive dialogue".

I never had a doubt about our children’s brilliance. It is a fact that our ancestors were capable of excellence. Therefore, there is no reason why our younger generation would not be just as excellent.

I do not believe our children are underachievers, despite of all the so called statistics that politicians use as reference in Europe and North America. If our children are underachieving it is because we, the parents, guardians, community, let them down when we do not educate ourselves in order to educate them.
I doubt that many adults truly understand the importance of investing in our children and giving them the tools, guidance and training necessary for them to reach their true potential. I doubt that many African parents are fulfilling their responsibility to bring up the next, great generation that would change our conditions for the better. That is why we are in the same state for centuries.
I look around and I am appalled by the way some of our people raise or do not raise their children. I certainly do not want to generalise or offend any of the hard working and good parents we have in our community. But I wish that the minority would be the majority.
I understand that we need to be healthy adults in order to bring up healthy children. I understand that we need to reverse the effect of mental slavery and colonialism. Yes, we inherited disadvantages, however, we cannot spend our life using that as an excuse not to rise up and claim our place in this world as full and equal members of the human family.
Back home, teachers are people who share our language and culture, and were part of the African village that raised the African child.
I remember that more than 100 families, who were my neighbours, shared our success as my siblings and I went through our spiritual and academic education, just like we shared their success as well. Despite the common illiteracy of our parents, especially our mothers, we were pushed to sometimes extremes to be good at everything we attempted. Not a single reason was ever suggested that would stop me from believing that I could be successful.
Thanks to that background, I was able to fight the constant negativity I faced in Britain. I was told so often that I could not do this or achieve that, and I was automatically seen as unintelligent just because English is not my first language. Well, it is not even my second, or third or fourth language for that matter!
So I do appreciate the struggle our people face in Babylon. Outside the Motherland, our children are under attack from all aspects and it is not an easy task to build confident and well balanced individuals. Nevertheless, it is our duty to ensure we do not allow the system to destroy our children under the false claim that it is "educating" them.
I have worked with the Somali section of our family and tried to encourage parents to be actively involved in their children's education, well-being and development, and not to make the mistake to leave that role to the schools.
Somali-Canadians have basements they send their children to when parents want "peace and quite", and that is all the time, of course. In Britain, they do not have basements but they have rooms. We isolate them from ourselves and we give them a TV set to "educate" them. Parents have little clue as to what goes on in the minds and hearts of their children. I just went to the funeral of a 20 year old childhood neighbour who was killed by another young African. He left a broken-hearted mother and a son. This is a story that has become way too common today.
When our children ask pertinent questions that we do not have answers or patience for, we often get irritated and send them away to their basements or rooms and trust them with the kind of anti-African images that comes out of the television. The only thing they learn is how to hate themselves and imitate those who do not have their best interest at heart.

Not only do we poison their minds with TV but we also poison their little bodies with KFC, McDonald's or Tim Horton's.

I cannot count the number of African parents whom I see behaving so dreadfully with their children in public. Some parents freely expose their children to foul language, prejudices and inappropriate behaviour, instead of being the role models they should aspire to become. These kind of things should be exceptions, not the norm. Because I care, I look in the eyes of our children in our streets, buses and tubes. As I try to connect with them, I ask myself if we are not destroying the next Nkrumah, or Malcolm X.

In contrast, I see non-African parents in public who interact with their offspring in a mature, calm and constructive fashion. They either read them a book or they encourage them to develop their analytical skills as they ask them questions and never get tired of offering them answers when their kids go on with their ‘whys’.
Close to where I lived in London, a day without the Police chasing and manhandling our young children, specially our boys, was a rarity. I can’t tell you how many times I was ordered to disperse as Police officers who behave more like thugs showed that they do not appreciate potential witnesses. I wondered what happened to the parents who were supposed to collect the children from the school.

Children are just not simple accessories we bring in this world for an empty purpose. They are human beings the Creator trusted us with so His creation can continue existing till it reaches the end He meant for us. They should be a priority in every decision we make. Just as well, we should protect them from getting caught up in our own personal battles, dramas and traumas.

According to my faith, it is better to have one well raised child, than to have many who are lacking discipline and who will cause their own decadence and yours too. We lost that message somewhere along the way. If our faith does not provide us and our children the spiritual guidance and practical ways to live a decent and dignified life, then there is no use in claiming to adhere to one.

A child can never be blamed for being "difficult" or for "turning bad" or lacking the confidence he/she should have in themselves. We should ask ourselves if we have done all that was needed to be done for our children, to the best of our ability. Did we invest in them from even before conception till they reach adulthood? Did we teach our children their history, their place in the world, how important they are and how they are part of something much bigger than themselves? Did we teach them values and principles such as self-respect, respect of others and responsibility for their actions?
Or were we to busy slaving to help maintain the system that is oppressing us in the first place?
May the ones who are doing the right thing be rewarded for their efforts in raising the future generations.
One love
community activist


Nyansapo Update

Feedback (On the programme broadcast 10 February 2009)

Some callers appear to be using the invitation to share news to call in and block the lines with lengthy speeches or general chat that reveals very little by way of actual news. Disappointingly limited number of callers - can anything be done to encourage people to ring in if only to make brief points?

Some listeners experienced a 17-18 minutes lag behind real time broadcast due to cumulative effect of buffering.

We apologise for the return of buffering. Although we have paid for maximum capacity on our current conection, our audience has doubled again causing our internet bandwidth issues with serving the demand to return. There are only two more options before us after which we will be forced to consider an additional high capacity dsl pipe at the cost of £150 p/m. We will need regular donations to cover this cost.

Some new listeners have expressed an inability to connect to the station shortly after the programme starts. To fix this may require a flushing of browser cookies as one listener suggested the problem was solved after typing "Ligali Nyansapo" into Google to find a direct link for the radio/website in case it is an old link being used. Nyansapo uses windows media streaming and requires users to install the latest version of windows media player to have the compatible audio codecs to hear the programme.

You can download the software directly from;

Connecting - Mac Users
We have also received requests from mac users to incorporate a stream for their computers. Pending funds, Ligali will build additional media servers to provide for this extra demand. In the meantime we are working on a temporary solution. Please remember, we also archive broadcasts in MP3 podcast format to ensure greater compatibility across platforms.

Sound quality for callers trying to hear responses down the telephone is very poor and makes interaction impossible.

We now have two extra phone lines for interaction although we are still receiving reports that it is difficult for some callers to hear the studio despite their own voice being transmitted loud and clear. Most of the quality issues with those calling through our skype line appears to be resolved. We are still working on permanent solutions.

Donations and fundraising
By increasing our bandwidth we now incur higher monthly costs running the station. We also need to build an additional two media servers, one for backup purposes. We are asking anyone who is interested in making monthly contributions to go to

A donation of at least £2 a week would help enable us to expand the station to better serve the community. Whilst the Ligali organisation does not take advertising we will consider programme sponsorship.

Community News



 You may recall receiving similar information last year about our 4 Sight Mentoring Programme, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping us to reach the stage in this service where there it is a need to recruit further volunteers!  

 4 Sight Mentoring is a mellow programme that aims to support African and Caribbean men with mental health difficulties living in the London Borough of Hackney.

 The 4 Sight Mentoring Programme was established in 2007 and to date we have trained a number of volunteer mentors who are now in mentoring relationships supporting mentees to reach their goals. 

We are now eager to increase volunteer mentors for this programme in order to satisfy the demands of the service users.  To do this we are embarking on another free and exciting volunteer mentors training course starting in March 2009.

 This is a unique opportunity to train volunteer mentors to get involved in the community, transferring already learnt previous skills to provide a mentoring service to support the users to reach their full potential, and we are looking for members from a variety of backgrounds in the community to become volunteer mentors.

Please distribute/display the enclosed information leaflet to your data base list and in an area that is easily accessible to your members/public.

 Volunteer/Mentors packs are available on request; if you have any suitable applicants please forward their details to us. 

 Closing date for completed application is the 23rd February 2009

 Many thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Loleta Cumberbatch
4 Sight Mentoring Coordinator
Mellow Eastlondon NHS Foundation Trust
EastONE, 4th Floor, 22 Commercial Street
London, E1 6LP

Tel:      020 7655 4181
Fax:     020 7655 4174


Victims of violent crime (November 2008 - February 2009)

Richard Cox, 20, Stephen Lewis, 15, John Abbey, 26, Shawn Callum, 26


Name, age

Type of incident




Ricardo Cox, 20, from Croydon


Murdered, gunshot wound to abdomen.

Drive by shooting.  Was walking with friend when incident happened.

An 18 year old man has been arrested.


Steven Lewis, 15, from Plaistow


Murdered, fatally stabbed in the chest.

Fight erupted at a party. Steven found on the road.

Three youths, two aged 26 and one aged 17, have been arrested on suspicion of the murder.


John Abbey, 26


Murdered, stabbed in the heart.

Stabbed in Croydon in front of his three-year-old daughter after getting into an argument at a bus stop on the way to see his wife and newborn son in hospital.

Three men have been arrested.


Shawn Callum, 26 of W9


Murdered, gun shot

Shot after a party at a school  in Harlesden.

Three men have been arrested.  Detectives are appealing for witnesses.



Making our voice count

Dear Friends,

It is very important that we make our voices heard.  When Shilpa Shetty was insulted on Big Brother, the Asian community was not silent.  It would be great if people of African descent were to make it clear that offensive language is not acceptable.  At the last count 3000 people had written in support of Carol Thatcher and only 60 in support of the BBC's prompt action in dealing with a racist remark.

Build you please go to and let the BBC know that we do not think it acceptable that people should use racist comparisons simply because they are in a 'private' place.  The distinction between public and private is a silly one, if something is wrong, it is wrong.  Carol thatcher cannot seriously think it is OK to compare a tennis player to a golliwog simply because she was not on air. People in the room complained and she refused to apologise. Please forward this to your network and encourage them to make their voice count. Take Care Nana

Ms Nana Asante Chairperson - Global Village

  Health Matters...

The British government plans to pass legislation be passed at the end of 2009 that completely destroys our human rights to choose our health care and what is more restricts us from simple solutions to minor health impairments which could lead to major ones if not given proper nutrition.

The principle of self medication with herbal/vitamin/mineral food supplements would be restricted to 'prescription only' status, if the Codex Alimentarius is applied in this country.

Since the NHS priorities are ill health diagnosis and treatment, the good health preservation that supplements provide will be inaccessible to the majority of our population and the cost to the NHS will increase, and the health of the population will decline.

  Education Matters...

Home Education

The government has just published Statutory Guidance (revised) for Local Authorities in England to Identify Children not Receiving a Suitable Education. If you are home educating then it is essential that you read this document.    

You can download it at;

  Pan Africanism Matters...

2009 - The Year of Nkrumah: Ideology & practice
The All-African Peoples’ Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) and AJAMU (support wing in Britain Chapter) is dedicating 2009 to Nkrumah’s memory. This short statement sets out some of the objectives and suggestions for joint working. The AAPRP believes that Nkrumahism should be known by all Africans and that together, African organisations can stimulate & build a movement that can change the consciousness of a new generation of Africans.


  • To highlight the work of Nkrumah as a tool to recruit (build the AAPRP, AJAMU & other orgs)
  • To promote Nkrumahism / revolutionary Pan-Africanism - writings and practice as the framework for our liberation – incl broadening the understanding of his critical concepts – e.g. revolutionary African personality; primacy of Africa; need for industrialisation etc
  • To demonstrate that socialism and revolutionary Pan-Africanism cannot be separated
  • To reach a new generation of Africans with the theory and practice – particularly Ghanaians

We welcome feedback and pledges of commitment to the coordination of this work throughout 2009.


Contact AAPRP or AJAMU: or 07852.937.981

Community Events


Father Support Group

When: February 2009
Time: Thursday: 6.00-9.00pm / Saturday: 10.00-2.00pm
Location: Lewisham Way Youth & Community Centre, 138 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London, SE14 6PD
Contact: To reserve your place call Paulette: 0208 692 1577 or Everton: 07946 423 431

Whether you are fully involved with your child’s development, Absent due to circumstances, Absent by Choice and part-time involvement. Come along and meet others who share your concerns, i.e: Family Court, Educational System, Peer Pressure, Career Options and other issues.

Let’s Talk, Let’s Listen, Let’s Action

Refreshment also provided!
Be part of the solution. 


African Odysseys - From Archive Roots to African British shoots

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

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

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

Box Office: 0207 928 3232

For more details go to;


New play on David Oluwale - 31 January 2009

A new play based on Kester Aspden's award winning book The Hounding of David Oluwale telling the story of one of the earliest recorded African deaths in police custody.

  • 31 January-21 February 2009, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
  • 25-28 February 2009, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
  • 3-7 March 2009, Liverpool Playhouse, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BH
  • 11-14 March 2009, New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS
  • 16-21 March 2009, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB
  • 24-28 March 2009, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ
  • 31 March-4 April 2009, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF

Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum:
Afrikan History Month - Malcolm X Workshops

Time: 6.30pm
Venue: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Adm: Youths are specially welcome – Supporting notes available - All free of charge

Dates: Various (See Below)
Friday 20th February 2009
Linking Afrikan Greats: Kwame Nkrumah & Malcolm X

Friday 27th February 2009
What Would the Great Malcolm X: Make of Barack Obama

Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line): Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436
For more info:
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.

Afrikan Liberation Day planning meetings – Same venue alternate Mondays @ 6.30pm


March: Stop Silent Genocide in Dafur

Date: Monday 16 February 2009
Time: 12:00 - 15:00
Location: Victoria Station to Parliament Square, London
Contact: Albert Mukendi - 07870540179

Declaraion from: Nomzama Nubian Women's Int'l Network

Mamafrika int’l

This declaration is an expressed pledge committing the signor to the call of duty to unite Africa.

As the first phase in addressing the brutal sadistic rapes of women and children of the DRC Congo daily carried out by western backed armed gangs in pursuit of controlling mineral wealth required by western countries.

To assist in networking all global Pan African Organisations for the purpose of establishing a delegation of peace negotiators as the voice of the voiceless people of the Congo, to hold talks with leaders of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Nations. To discuss the situation in the CONGO, how we can stop the sufferings of our race and forge peace and stability to the region.

To reiterate acknowledgement that the Afrikan race must represent their own race and solve critical circumstances themselves collectively. To end reliance on any other race to solve our problems, applying lessons learnt from the Rwanda genocide.

To organise peace full demonstrations on global scales that highlight the cause, and raise the voice of the sufferings of our race.

To establish a united front of Afrikan Caribbean and Pacific leaders and leaders of all Pan Afrikan organisations to discuss the sufferings of our race and to forge adherence to collective responsibility from our own leaders in responding to the Congo and other crisis affecting the security of our race.

To call for unity from volunteers to recruiting our men and women to form the international Afrikan community peacekeeping force of negotiators, ground security services and humanitarian workers recruiting a multiracial force of humanitarian workers to work under our administration

To establish the international Afrikan community humanitarian agency FUBU MOVE charity. That establishes collection
central points where supplies are collected and stored for central distribution to those of us in need.
To fund raise to support a supply of medicines, doctors, food and basic supplies to our people in need both in Africa and in the Diaspora.

To design an effective re-education program based on the teachings of Afrikan consciousness using books videos and the World Wide Web.

To forge an spirit of unity among all Nubian (Afrikan) people.


Open discussion: Do We Need Role Models?

Date: Thursday Feb. 19 2009
Time: 6.30-830pm
Venue: Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SF
Contact: (

Young people, parents, mentors and teachers are especially welcome.

  Anansi and the Magic Mirror

Date: 19 February – 7 March 2009
Time: Performances at 6.30pm, 1.30pm, 10.30am
Location: Hackney Empire Theatre
Adm: Tickets from £7.50 - £15.50 (There are a range of concessions and discounts available)
Info: 020 8985 2424

The naughty spider-man from African and Caribbean folklore is brought to life in a fun-packed family show.
Bring all your family and friends to laugh and learn from Anansi’s antics!

Suitable for children aged 6+


Pynter Bender by Jacob Ross

Date: 20 February 2009
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Location: Borders, 94-96 Briggate, Leeds, UK, LS1 6NP
Contact: 0113 24 24 400 - Kadija George / 07980 269 138

Hear Jacob read from his fascinating new book, Pynter Bender in collaboration with SABLE LitMag At Borders in Leeds.

Set in and around the cane fields of Grenada in the Carribean 'Pynter Bender' is about the conflict between the world of men and women, men who walk away from their families and from the cane fields and their women who forbear. It brilliantly describes the birth of a modern West Indian island and the shaping of its people as they struggle to shuck off the systems that have essentially kept them in slavery for centuries.

With him, writers from Peepal Tree Press with new books, including Khadijah Ibrahiim reading from her poetry chapbook, Rootz Runnin. Based on her childhood, growing up in Leeds and Simon (symurai) Murray reading from Kill Yourself Now: True confessions of an Advertising Man (a novel as memoir detailing his time in the ad industry)

For more information contact: 0113 242 4400.


Conference: Remembering Walter Rodney - Revolutionary Pan Africanist

Date: Saturday 21 February
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Location: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB
Adm: Free - booking required in advance

October 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of Walter Rodney’s assassination.  His death was the catalyst which gave birth to the Bogle-L’Ouverture publishing house.  The 2009 conference will explore Walter Rodney’s influence and legacy.



What Malcolm X told us about Israel & Why we support the Palestinians -our Perspective

Date: Saturday 21st February 2009
Time: 6pm - 9.30pm
Location: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15
(nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line)  
Adm: £3 donation requested

Speakers from: AJAMU & AAPRP  International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) Rock Around the BlockadeWe are going to show some film footage about the formation of zionist Israel and the unquestioned support of the United States to terrorise the Palestinians. We will illustrate the role of zionist Israel in Africa, what Malcolm X said and what we can learn from history. Come, learn & have your say.   You will have the opportunity to express your views and debate with the panel.

Contact: AJAMU on 07852.937.981 or  

100 Years of Kwame Nkrumah (born 1909) 2009 - A year dedicated to promoting his ideas & practice (Look out for the info, events and activities this year organised by the AAPRP & AJAMU)


African Victims of the Nazis

Date: Sunday 22 February
Time: 13:00-16.30
Place: Imperial War Museum
Adm: Free entry. First come, first served.

What we know today as the Holocaust was researched, rehearsed and refined in Africa with African people long before 1939. Although it is hardly mentioned, German people in their colony of Namibia stole land from African people and when they fought back, built railroads, labour camps and medical experiment labs in Namibia in order to work them to death or experiment on their bodies to see how they were able to cope with heat. This happened in 1906 and the German government even apologised in 2004. This underviewed documentary states the case with detailed testimony from Namibian and German people and evidence from German secret files.

There were also Black people in Germany before, during and after WW2 . Some even joined the army, some were entertainers, thousands were sterilised and a vast number were sent to the gas chambers. Curator Nia Reynolds, author of Black Victims of the Nazis, will give an illustrated talk about these issues.


Seminars/talks on African (Black) Britain

Venue: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS
Time: 6 to 7.30pm

February 19 - Julia Bush, Northants Black History Association and University of Northampton: Sharing the Past: community historians at work

March 18 - Miranda Kaufmann, Christ Church, Oxford: The African Presence in Britain 1500-1640

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

May 13 - David Clover, Librarian, ICS: Dispersed or destroyed: archives, the West Indian Students’ Union and public memory

June 10 - Cliff Pereira Black and Asian Community voice and Local History - The Bexley example


MANDiNKA presents CLOSE UP with CASPIAN Alongside NU VIBEZ

Date: Thursday 26th February 2009
Time: 7:30pm Show time 9pm - 11:30pm
Adm: £5 on the guest list by texting full name to 07944 090 805 /  £7 on the door
Location: Vibe Live Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL


Special guests MANDISA, STACEY SKEETE & book author GEMMA WEEKES talking about "LOVE ME"


DJ: Rhodium 07852 271 488 (Phat Kontrolaz) 

Catch him every Sunday on 6pm - 8pm

OR Limited free tickets from


A Charmed Life: Eddie Noble Film

Dates: 26 February 2009 - 26 February 2009
Times: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, London, E8 1GQ
Admission: Free
Contact: Please book your place - 020 8356 3000.

The film premiere of the life and times of Hackney resident Eddie Martin Noble (1917-2007).
The documentary examines Eddie's perspective and values of inspiring young people and gives a historical perspectives and values of inspiring young people on issues around colonisation of the Caribbean racism in the RAF during the war, the colour bar and racial inequality in post-war Britain.

Director: Ros Gihan Williams & Patrick Vernon / 64min /2008 / UK.

For more information on the film visit


Alliance of Afrikan Women Invites the afrikan family to a...

African (Black) History Ball

Get out your finest clothes and come share the evening with one another
Date:  Saturday 28th February 2009
Time 7.00pm until late
Venue: Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, London, SW9 7HP
 Tickets: £20.00 - includes food and non-alcaholic drink, wine available for sale
Tube: Victoria Line to Brixton
Buses: 35, 45, 3, 196, 133, 333, 159, 109

Entrance will be by ticket only
Contacts: Nzingha – 07908203533 -, Valerie - 07507581517, Winona – 07985618771


BAP New Show: The House Of Plays

Date: Saturday 28 February 2009
Time: Doors open 7.30pm show starts 8pm
Location: The new Sixth Form Centre, White Hart Lane, Tottenham N17
Adm: Adults £7.50, Young people 17-25 years £3.50, Under 16's £2.50 must be 8 years upwards

Dear BAP Friends 

ATTENTION: BAP NEXT PRODUCTION: House Of Plays is coming soon. Get your tickets!! 

You will see 5 very explosive plays and some very funny comedy sketches. The plays will be judged by celebrities and certificates will be handed to the winners. The categories are: Best Devised Play, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Come and see which actor wins.

This show is suitable for a family audience who appreciates good quality theatre productions.

Judith Jacob is our guest Artistic Director for 'House Of Plays'.

Tickets are on sale now! Make sure you book yours  to avoid disappointment. BAP: 0208 809 6878 or


Season of Lost Love II

Date: Saturday 28th February 2009
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: New Initiatives, 55 Wellington Road, Stockwell, London SW9 0NB
(Nearest Station: Clapham North on the Northern Line)

Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of the BEST KEPT SECRET welcome to the near year. 200-9 or 200-mine… LET THE YEAR BEGIN…

I can’t believe it’s been a year since the SEASON OF LOST LOVE LP was launched. And to be honest I and the BKS team really appreciated and loved the spirit the discussion the performances and the food that emanated from last year’s event and we would love the opportunity to hit you with part II.

I thank you for all the comments recommendation critique and feedback I’ve had over the CD. And would like to share an evening with you all again.

We have been thinking of different ideas to include that can take the creativity, the discussion and performances up a notch so get ready.

SOLL II will also serve as a partial fundraiser for ADROP a new project planning to be built in Ghana to assist the education and development of young people, which will be connected to the New Initiatives project in South London that runs its own programs for young people. You will hear more about that in the coming weeks of our correspondence and of course on the night.

Two guest panelists will be...
Bro. Pablo head of Origin and founder of New Initiatives Youth and Community Association

Patricia Benjamin Life Coach & Motivational Speaker...  

To confirm attendance and qualify for concessions email

If you want to get on the open mic please email in advance...

As of last year there are limited places available will be guaranteed through confirming your attendance via email as the places are limited. The first 10 MALES and 10 FEMALES to confirm their places will guarantee concessions entry. More packages will be available and will be announced as the time draws near.

Please reply with your names and email addresses. If you put down any guests that plan to come with you, please put their email address also so I can correspond with them.


Ps Please feel free to fwd far and wide…
Contact 07702 784 246 for any information or interviews regarding event.

Purchase Season of Lost Love through
Download Season of Lost Love on itunes or


Battle of Adwa Commemoration

Date: Sunday 1 March 2009
Location: Karibu Education Centre, Gresham Road, Brixton SW2 (Nearest Tube Brixton)

Be there to learn about the History of the Battle of Adwa and how the Facist Italians were defeated.

Edutainment, Lecutres around Health Issues, Raffles, Ital Food on sale.

Special Guest Artist in the House from 5pm onwards.

One Perfect Love

Wolete Gabreal


Cross Cultural Event: Million Women March
: Saturday 7th March 2009
Time: Meet at 12pm
Location: Portman Square W1H (Nearest Tubes: Bond St, Marble Arch and Baker St)
Info: 07727 419 634

March Route: Oxford St, Regent Street, Picadilly.

Rally and Celebration: 2:30-5pm Waterloo Place (Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Charing Cross)

2009 National Women's March In Celebration of International Women's Day


Do you want an end to violence against women?

Will you join us to demand a safer future for women?

We are marching to remember every woman whose life has been destroyed by violence.

We are marching because it has to stop!

Together we can end violence against women

Violence devestates the lives of women, their children, families & communities

By the time you ave finished reading this another woman would have been seriously injured by her partner or ex-partner

Only 5.29% of rapes reported to the police result in the perpetrator being convicted in court


Up to 1,420 women per year are trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation

Two women are murdered every week by their partner or ex partner

One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute

One woman a month is murdered through so called ‘honour’ killing

Together we will end male violence against women


Book Signing: Dwain Chambers - Race Against Me

Date: Tuesday 10th March
Time: 7 -10 pm
Location: Centerprise Trust, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS
Adm: For more info contact 020 7254 9632

Dwain Chambers will be signing his autobiography 'Race Against Me'


bfm Film Club: NO! The Rape Documentary (UK Premier)   

Date: Sunday 15th March 2009
Time: 4pm
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square).
Tickets: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members                             

International Women’s Month Special

If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would heal itself, it must complete the work [NO!] begins.  
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, The Color Purple

One out of three women in the United States will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. NO!  an award-winning documentary, unveils the realities of rape, other forms of sexual violence, and healing in African-American communities, through intimate testimonies from Black women victim-survivors.  Formed through commentary , archival footage, performance poetry and dance;  NO!  sheds public light on what is a rarely discussed topic , including incest  and the way in which rape has been used as a weapon of homophobia .

NO!  will be introduced by Ayanna Serwaa, an Empowerment Therapist who actively works with groups, organisations and individuals to 'heal the scars of violence'

Winner “Audience Choice Award” at the San Diego Women Film Festival, and the “Best Documentary Award” at the India International Women’s Film Festival.   


Dir: Aishah Shahidah Simmons
94min / US, 2006
Language: English
Cert: 12A
Book: 0207 930 3647 or online at
By Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus
By Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 176

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


African Market Day in May 2009

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Venue: Woolwich Town hall

As you may already know this is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to exhibit and sell goods, promote a service and network with like minded people and is a superb occasion for the community to engage with one another. The event is free to the public and will have a variety of activities through out the day and you will have the opportunity to participate in the “Business Spotlight”. The Business Spotlight gives businesses or organisations the opportunity to have a segment where you will be ‘interviewed’ live on stage and tell the public about your business or organisation. There is also a range of advertising packages in association with AMDNetworks to suit your business needs. There are limited spaces available so if you or your organisation is still interested in exhibiting, performing, “Business Spotlight”, advertising or partnership working please contact us using the details below.

0203 393 57 35 / 07908 144 311


Images of Black Women Film festival

Date: 27 -29th March 2009
Location: The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR (nearest tube Kilburn on the jubilee line)
Contact: Box Office 0207 328 1000

Friday 27th march 2009 - 8.00pm (85 mins)

Saturday 28th March -" Secret Life Of Bees"
2.45 pm - 4.35pm(110 mins)

Saturday 28th march"Hair Piece" + "Alma's Rainbow"
4:45 - 6:30pm (10 mins + 85 mins)

Sunday 29th March - 11:00am-1:00pm Adult workshop by DFG:  Documentary film production

Sunday 29th March
1:30pm - 2:15pm Short Film Competition Award

Sunday March 29th 2:30pm - 4:15pm
AFRO SAXONS By Rachel Wang(84 mins)

Sunday March 29th 4:30pm - 6:30pm(97mins.)
Johnny Mad Dog by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire

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