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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 March 2009 will ask the questions;

Is it time African people offered an amnesty for historic crimes?

Remembering: Injustice - Part One: Custody Matters


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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
Remembering Injustice: Part One. Is it time African people offered an Amnesty to europeans for historic crimes?
Listen, interact and call in with your opinions, advice and questions. Authors who call get an extra minute to promote their books!

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

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Remembering Injustice: Part One

“Do not observe what is before and forget what is behind” – African Proverb, Swahili

Greetings, jambo, e kaaro, mornin’, how do you do? Over the past week I have been extremely irritable, and making a few choices and decisions that have reflected my agitated state. I’ve had problems trying to work out what it was that had changed my mood and shortened my attention span until a friend of mine shared an article outlining to me some of the symptoms of sleep deprivation. It read;

“Among the common consequences of a large sleep debt are attentional lapses, reduced short-term memory capacity, impaired judgment and the occurrence of "microsleeps." A microsleep is a short period of time, usually between 10 seconds to a minute in length, in which the brain actually enters a sleep state, regardless of what the person is doing at the time.”

Now I’m not about to go into a long whinge about how hard I work or pontificate about doing long hours. For even though my work is challenging, stressful and often lonely, it is also extremely positive, uplifting and life fulfilling. Yet, whilst I don’t lose sleep at night wondering whether I am doing the right thing I have recently been losing sleep in an all too familiar situation similar to when I initially founded the Ligali organisation and foolishly, willingly allowed sleep to become that luxury that gave way to work.  I was wrong then and am wrong now.

Sleep deprivation has long been recognised by experts in the field as a form of torture. Andrew Hogg, of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture says "It is such a standard form of torture that basically everybody has used it at one time or another."

His comments reflect the fact that the British Army were accused of using sleep deprivation to extract information from suspected IRA members in 1971, the situation with how some Africans are treated once detained in British custody today is no different. Going without sleep is recognised as being “intensely stressful, with unpredictable short and long-term effects. People lose the ability to act and think coherently.”

So why am I writing about this you may wonder. Well it’s because I wanted to take a look at the issue of African death in custody from a slightly different perspective.  Many of us are aware of the habitual abuse and torture of prisoners in custody by British and American troops currently occupying Iraq. But I wanted to draw some parallels with how a person regarded as totally ‘sane’ can be deliberately made to present challenging behaviour that is later used by custody officers to justify murder. I want to explore how some of the most vulnerable people, some, innocent ‘illegal’ migrants others suffering from psychological disorders or mental health issues, can be quickly stereotyped and then treated like hardened violent criminals by a system polluted with corrupt officials and officers, quick with the baton and medication hiding under the justification of using ‘reasonable force’.

The story of Sean Rigg is one of the most recent cases to highlight these practices. The plight of Sean reveals how officers ignored earlier 999 phone call pleas for help and instead arrested him for alleged assault after a passer-by noticed his distressed behaviour. Sean, 40, was physically fit but suffered from schizophrenia. He arrived at Brixton police station in a van at 7.30pm but collapsed and was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later. This occurred during August 2008.

In 2006, Frank Ogboru died after police pinned him down on the street. The incident was witnessed by several people including a 26 year old witness who said; "The officers were on top of him, you could tell he was in a lot of pain. The guy kept saying 'I can't breathe'." Another witness said he saw one officer standing with his foot on the victim’s neck as another officer attempted to handcuff him.

An anonymous witness, who saw the incident from her window said; "First there were two officers, then four, then more. It was like they were squashing him. They were pinning him down and handcuffing him. I saw officers with their knees on him and their feet on him. He was just wailing - the kind of sound a dog would make if it was kicked. I thought there were too many of them on him."

In 2003, Mikey Powell who had been suffering with mental health issues, died after being struck by a police car, hit with a baton and sprayed with CS gas in the Lozells area of Birmingham.

In 1999, Roger Sylvester fell into a coma and died a week after being restrained and arrested by eight police officers after they attended a call reporting him naked and behaving strangely outside his home in Tottenham, London.

In 1998, Christopher Alder, 37, died with his trousers pulled down below his knees as four police officers chatted, made monkey noises and watched him make the transition. He was left lying face down and unconscious in a pool of blood in the police custody suite in Hull.

In 1995, Wayne Douglas, 25, died in Brixton police station, south London from heart failure after Metropolitan Police force officers held him face down and later said he had a knife.

In 1993, Joy Gardner died after Metropolitan police force officers arriving at her home to deport her as an illegal immigrant wrapped 13ft of sticking tape around her head. They claim it was “to stop her biting”.

These are only a few of the stories of brutality and injustice at the hands of British officers. Sadly their respective campaigns for justice are given little coverage in the national media. But as I mentioned earlier, this abuse by British forces is not limited to the UK, or indeed, British europeans. In Germany, police force officers are even more sadistic.

In 2005, an African man named Oury Jalloh was arrested for drunken behaviour and taken to the police station. Once there, Oury was searched, a blood sample was taken before he was locked up in a cell with his feet and hands tied to the bed. Several hours later a fire alarm in the cell went off and cries for help were heard coming from the cell. By the time someone went to check on him, the charcoaled body of Oury was burnt beyond recognition. A strong anti-African culture runs throughout Germany, Oury was a Sierra Leonean asylum-seeker.

There is a strong historic component to these stories. If you have time please research the story of the atrocities carried out against Africans enslaved by europeans in the Caribbean, the children in Azania (South Africa) or even the Herero people murdered in Namibia by German officers.

From 1904-1908, over sixty five thousand Africans were massacred after uprising against european oppression and exploitation, many were forcibly held in detention in mass concentration camps. But whereas in 2004, German minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul offered an apology of sorts and recognised her nations actions as that of being perpetrators of genocide, Britain has not done so.
It still refuses to do so.

This is despite Britain’s history of enslavement and colonial oppression. In fact a week ago on the BBC’s topical debate show Any Questions the perverse question of whether “we” should still be proud of the actions of “its” empire was debated and promoted by invited retired army generals. It was a morally repugnant programme.

This barbaric attitude against any form of national repentance is ingrained in the cultural psyche of Britain. It is what allows a collective amnesia towards events typified by the brutal British oppression of the Land Freedom Army uprising in Kenya during the colonial era.

Ironically this case study is a perfect example of the British strategy of using forced custody, abuse, torture and death as a means to control and oppress innocent African people. As recent as 24 April 1954, British officers stopped, searched and arrested over 70,000 Africans. As a result, over 30,000 Kikuyu men were held in custody without trial or having being convicted of any crime. They were held by the British in forced detention camps (prisons),  the families of the arrested were then pushed into overcrowded native reserves (ghettos). Does any of this sound familiar?

This is no isolated incident nor was it focused solely at African men.  The British have long held and abused innocent African women in detention, few of us know of the history of the Aba Women’s war of 1929 in Nigeria. This is where British forces shot and massacred protesting women throughout  south eastern Nigeria, burning down entire villages as collective punishment for them uprising against British oppression and extortion. Some 25,000 African women faced colonial repression at the hands of the British and their agents. Between December 1929 to January 1930, at least 50 were killed.

Please don’t just take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

Sadly too many of us are unaware of our history and remain just as ignorant to the ramification of the continuation of African abuse and deaths in custody linked to the British politics of immigration, racism, mental health stereotypes and state extortion.  

Fortunately cultural activists such as the brilliant Dipo Agboluaje continues to bring these and other tales relevant to our knowledge of self to light. His latest work, the Hounding of David Oluwale reveals the history of how an innocent man was sent to jail after being persistently harassed by two anti-African police officers named inspector Geoffrey Ellerker and Sergeant Kenneth Kitching. Both racist thugs in state uniform made it their business to repeatedly beat and abuse David without provocation, his dead body was found in the River Aire in Leeds, May 1969.

40 years on, we are still denied justice for the crimes committed against Africans by British officers, despite many of these atrocities continuing today on the streets of the UK. Yet with regards to the Shoah (Jewish holocaust), people from that community rightly so, continue to hunt down Nazi war criminals irrespective of the current age of the perpetrator or how long ago the crime was committed. Last week BBC broadcaster and Voice newspaper columnist, Dotun Adebayo disgracefully asserted the African community was responsible for the New Cross Massacre. How long are we supposed to remain silent as people disrespect the memory of our Ancestors every day.

Next week will be the anniversary of when the British tried to celebrate their villains and rouges in a sick ritual of glorification taking place in Westminster Abbey.

Yes I am tired, but I can never forget, my spirit guides me never to let certain wrongs go unchallenged.

I don’t believe in revenge but I do believe in justice, in Maat, and as such I often wonder whether I will ever be able to sleep well content with the knowledge that we as a people, especially those of us in the UK, are working hard enough to locate and convict those who have committed heinous crimes against our Ancestors, and continues to do so against our children, our friends, our families and ultimately, ourselves. This is not over.

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.

Nyansapo: Update.
Nyansapo: The Pan African Drum

Nyansapo is a community radio station with very limited resources, as such we rely on our listeners to become active, get engaged, call and contribute with news items or sharing empowering community information we may have missed. We request all other phone contributions be limited to a maximum of ten minutes to allow others to interact with the programme. We also ask that new callers recommend a book or film with their contribution.

Bandwidth, donations and fundraising
We are now exceeding our monthly bandwidth allocation and having to incur extra costs to maintain 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

If only a few listeners were happy enough to make regular donations of at least £12 per month (£3 per week) we could improve the width and quality of our broadcasting service. Whilst the Ligali organisation does not take advertising we will consider programme sponsorship.

Phone Lines
Sound quality for callers trying to hear responses down the telephone is sporadic, sometimes the line is clear, on other occasions callers cannot hear us making interaction impossible. Our original objective was to provide a low cost phone number for our community to interact through, we may have to resort to using more flexible but expensive mobile communications technology if this fails. Please bear with us whilst we work on solutions.

Nyansapo: Listeners Corner

The Nyansapo Listeners List

Some of the qualities identified by male Nyansapo listeners sharing what they love about African women

The African women take on motherhood
The fact that African women never give up
The confident way that African women carry themselves
The sense of pride African women have in themselves
The shape of the African women’s body
The beauty and resilience of African women
The spirit of African women

Nyansapo: Reading Matters

Reading Matters Books
Reading Matters:The Nyansapo Listeners Book List

The Nyansapo Listeners Book List

Following our reading matters programme on the 3rd March 2009, listeners have been emailing or calling in the five most influential books they have read.

Remember, we can also help our authors and publishers by going to our local libraries and ordering a copy of their books. As tax payers we fund these institutions and until the government starts enforcing ‘subversive literature’ bans we are entitled to have access to positive reading material that reflects our own cultural, political and spiritual beliefs.

Dear Friends,
Just thought I might send in my list of books.
First of all thanks for the opportunity to say a few things about Per Ankh.  The programme certainly threw up a few more subjects for debate.  Ayekoo!!

  1. The Healers - Ayi Kwei Armah
  2. Their Eyes were Watching God - Zora Neal Hurston
  3. 1984 - George Orwell
  4. Black Skin, White Masks - Franz Fanon
  5. The West and Rest of Us - Chinweizu
It was really difficult choosing 5 books because so many have touched different aspects of my life.
For those who are interested in learning more about Per Ankh, I may be contacted on -

01371 822 983  or via e-mail:

The website is

Some of our books are available from me via Amazon - just search for the title and when you go to the 'marketplace' click on  'gueye_ama'.

Here is the first edition of the readers list.

Malcolm X speaks on Afro-American History
Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey - Edited by Amy Jacques-Garvey
Africans at the Crossroads: Notes on an African World Revolution - John Henrik Clarke
Enemies: The Clash of Races - Haki R. Madhubuti
Race First – Tony Martin
The Healers – Ayi Kwei Armah
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
1984 – George Orwell
West and the Rest of Us: White Predators, Black Slavers and the African Elite: Chinweizu
Black Skins, White Mask – Frantz Fanon
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
How They Made A Million - Tony Wade
From Superman to Man: Joel Augustus Rogers
Black Scientists & Inventors Series - BIS Publications
Paul Robeson - Here I Stand
Harry Hayward - Black Bolshevik
Jenny Hammond - Fire From The Ashes
Jenny Hammond - Sweeter Than Honey
Langston Hughes - I wonder As I wander
Roots – Alex Haley
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Noughts & Crosses. Malorie Blackman
Ugly - Constance Bristow
The Bible
The Kebra Nagast - Translated by E. A. Wallis Budge
Introduction to African Civilization - Wallis and Higgins
The Robots Rebellion - David Icke
Getting Black Folks to Sell: George Trower-Subira
The Making of a Pan- Africanist Lawyer - Dudley Thompson
The Beginning/666 Leviathan By Dr Malaki Z York
Ancestors: Hidden Hands, Healing Spirits - Ra Ifagbemi Babalawo
Enoch The Ethiopian by Indus Kemit Kush
The 11 Laws of Gods by Neter Amen
Psycholpathic Racial Personality by Bobby E Wright.
As a man thinketh - James Allen
African Holistic Health- Llaila Africa
Confessions of an economic Hit –John Perkins

Books where the accuracy of author/title is in question
Not Stupid – Angela Austin
Rastafarian – An open challenge to the Church – Ras E sb MacPherson (*Not sure of author/title accuracy)
Our story – Various editors

Comments, Feedback and Complaints


Victims of Violent Crime - February 2009


Name, age, picture

Type of incident




Shawn Callum, 26 of W9

Shawn Callum

Murdered, gun shot

Shot after a party at a school  in Harlesden.

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



Michael Simon Wright, 17,

Michael Simon Wright

Murdered, stabbed

Found with fatal stab wounds opposite Maryland railway station in Stratford, east London.


Locals said the victim, described as a stocky black man.

Murdered, gun shot

Shot in the head after leaving his house.

Police officers found the victim with fatal wounds at Barry Road near the junction with Underhill Road, East Dulwich.

There have been no arrests.

If we have missed anyone out or you see an error please let us know by contacting us at

3d Project
Jibrin Ibrahim: Director for Centre for Democracy and Development
Deepening Democracy:  Return of the militariat

Jibrin Ibrahim director of the Centre for Democracy and Development explains why Militarism is not copatible with good African governance.

I started this column with a recollection of Nigeria’s first coup and the impact of the military in ruling and ruining Nigeria. I spent last week in Guinea, observing the antics of the new military junta, a rude reminder of the dangers of the militariat.

The Sierra Leonean political scientist, Jimmy Kandeh coined the term “militariat” to describe the process of political decomposition that followed the capture of state power by young conspiratorial junior officers in Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia.

They take over power on an anti-corruption ticket and become very corrupt themselves. They always leave a trail of blood and destruction behind them.

Like Oliver Cromwell, their political philosophy is dictatorial and sadistic - “Nine citizens out of ten hate me. What does it matter if the tenth alone is armed?” Guinea has been ruled by three people since Sekou Toure said no to the French in 1958.

He was in power for 26 years from 1958 to his death. Lansana Conte took over and ruled for 24 years until his death on 22 December 2008 when Captain Dadis Camara took over as the youngest person to take over power in the country.

The Centre for Democracy and Development and the West African Civil Society Forum had organised a conference aimed at mobilising civil society in the Mano River Union (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast) for increased engagement in the search for democracy.

Guinean civil society was however split right down the middle and many argued that Dadis Camara should be allowed more time to clean the society of the “narco traffickers” that have made Guinea and Guinea Bissau the major transit points for South American cocaine seeking new routes to Europe.

Each night, Guineans are hooked to the television watching their young President and the head of the anti-drug agency interrogate generals accused of being drug traffickers and producers of pornographic films.

The high point last week was when the son of the late President, Captain Usman Conte was humiliated on television for being a major drug dealer providing cover for South Americans to bring in drugs through military air strips.

“We need more drama,” Guineans seem to be saying. The problem however is that drug trials on television with a serving president as chief interrogator cannot be a serious attempt to fight crime.

I was appalled when I heard President Camara shout at a general on prime TV - “shut up, you don’t look like a sincere man” - What do sincere men look like? How can the President be prosecutor and judge?

Meanwhile, he has refused to commit himself to the calendar proposed by the international contact group to organise elections and hand over power by the end of this year. Rather, he is asking for two years to destroy the drug gangs, unravel corruption, review the constitution, develop infrastructure, improve public morality and the rest of that sad familiar story.

It is clearly an agenda to perpetuate his rule. Guinea has had more than its fair share of arbitrary rule. Under Sekou Toure’s 26-year rule, plots against the regime were imagined on a monthly basis and an estimated fifty thousand people were killed as suspected coup plotters.

I drove past Camp Boiro where most of these people including Diallo Telli, the first General Secretary of the OAU were killed. It looked so serene and innocent, located between a mosque and the general hospital. And yet, that is one of Africa’s worst sites for torture and mass murder.

Lansana Conte maintained all his colleagues from the colonial army in the service and disregarded the rule that officers should retire at sixty or after thirty-years service. Then, the old generals virtually all recruited their children into the army thus establishing a veritable and reckless military ruling class.

Just before I left Guinea, the President of Guinea Bissau, Joao “Nino” Vieira was gunned down by rampaging soldiers who suspected him of being complicit in the assassination of the chief of army staff.

We should note three facts.

First, both Guinea and Guinea Bissau are militarised states that devote over 40% of their national budget to maintaining the army.

Secondly, both countries are prime movers of cocaine and the dealers are army generals.
Thirdly, the rank and file of the army in both countries are often not paid their salaries. They are wallowing in poverty.

Indeed, Dadis Camara built his popularity in Guinea after organising a mutiny to force the government to pay soldiers’ salaries. Militarism is not only bad for the people - it’s terrible for the army.

ECOWAS and the African Union have been putting pressure on the Guinean junta to organise elections and go back to the barracks by the end of this year. The international contact group will return to Guinea on 17th March to keep the pressure on.

Guinea needs all the pressure possible to get the military out and the people back into politics.

3d Project
3d Project: Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities.

Support: 3D Project, Spanish Town, Jamaica

Greetings Afrikan people
3D Projects is a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme based in four parishes in Jamaica —
St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Thomas and St. Mar
y. It is dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities.

Gerlin Bean a serious Pan-Afrikan sister who returned to JA from England in 1987 and is the Director of this project has been working round the clock to keep it going for our disabled children in Jamaica and the project would benefit from assistance from us here in the UK. Over the years Gerlin has put in hours that most of us wouldn't even consider to keep the services operating, their sources of funding has repeatedly been cut over the years.
I know that many are feeling the pinch from the Credit Crunch but i'm sure that any support given will go a long way to ensuring that those from the poorer sections in Jamaica have this service to use. 
Please send any contributions directly as outlined in the documentation and we look forward to your support
Sister Nzingha Assata

3D Projects
Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities
Head Office: 14 Monk Street, Spanish Town, St. Catherine,
Tel.: (876)984-2840, Fax: (876)984-7808



3d Project
Baruwa Community School:Due to lack of funding in some classes there are 20 pupils to one teacher

Support: Baruwa's Primary School, Nigeria

Baruwa Community Primary School has 700 pupils, 7 teachers and 7 classrooms. You can do the maths. The school has no toilet and no safe drinking water. ICL is working with teachers, parents and community leaders to raise the awareness of the challenges faced at the school and raise funds to facilitate the installation of toilets and a bore-hole.

Baruwa Community Primary School, one of the only government-owned public primary schools in the area and not that far from the office of Ipaja Community Link, has recently become one of the key areas of work for staff. The school has over 700 pupils, but just 7 classrooms and 7 teachers.

The school was originally sited in a factory, but the school moved to this site in 2007 and opened on 5 May 2008 - it was not completed, but the Headteacher and teachers believed that it was "manageable". Government funds have not since stretched to complete windows, doors and plastering nor are there available funds to install toilets for the pupils or the teachers or provide a bore-hole for safe drinking water. Currently, pupils and staff go to the toilet in the bush area beside the school (which is often frequented by snakes) and drink water from an exposed well.

Please think about donating, you can send a cheque in the post payable to DIFN and post it to Ade Fashade at 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyson Street, London, E8 2LY. Many of these children are part of the OVC support programme and ICL want to do all that we can to make their lives better.

Community News

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Victor Anichebe: Abused by Police for window shopping

News Shorts

Police confront African footballer for looking in shop window
A 20 year old African footballer, has received an apology from the police after he was confronted by police force officers after he looked in a jewellers shop.

Victor Anichebe, a £15,000 a week Everton striker and his friend, Lee were accused by Cheshire police officers of ‘attempted theft’. Officers attempted to grab the crutches he was using in order to stop him from ‘escaping’. Witnesses said the police had been heavy handed and confirmed suspicions that they had only be questioned and detained because they were African


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

Home and Supplementary Education Conference - 6 June 2009


Black and Other UK Home Educators and the National Association of Black Supplementary Schools have got together to put on a conference to update the public about  home education and the availability of supplementary education for Black children.

This event will be held at the Hackney Museum on Saturday 6th June 2009 from 11am till 4pm.

We are inviting individuals and organisations in these fields to join us and take part in this event so we can give parents the best information that is available.

There is a wide range of media available for presentations including a Plasma TV and Powerpoint presentation facilities. This will be a FREE event with light refreshments available.

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

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

Nia Imara
Managing Director

Tel:07958 348 558

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

Mashufaa Classes

: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.50 per lesson

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

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

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

Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Boy Scouts Centre (
Near Bruce Castle Park), All Hallows Road, London N17 7ADTube: Travel: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove / Buses: 123, 243, W4

Time: 7:15-8:45pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734

Community Events


New play on David Oluwale - 16 March 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.

  • 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


Screening: Cabin in the Sky

Date: 17 March 2009
Time: 6:30
Location: BFI Southbank
Adm: £6

Hello everyone!

Reminder that the Kings Scholar lectures and screenings start this evening in NFT1 at Bfi, Southbank.

Described as embarrassing and enchanting, offensive and scintillating, Cabin in the Sky is the most successful and accomplished of Hollywood's 'all-black musicals'.

It affirms the pastoral values of simple Southern "coloured" folks while offering the unbeatable allure of fantastic hot jazz. Folksiness rubs shoulders with the most sophisticated exponents of African-American music: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Ethel Waters.

This is a new partnership with Kings College, London

For info | links visit:



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

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


Protest: Liberty Forum oppose corruption

Date: Wednesday 18th March 2009
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics (Nearest Station: Holburn)

The Liberty Forum UK will be attending an event hosting General Olusegun Obasonjo, former Nigerian ruler at the London School of Economics. We shall be registering our protest in a very civil manner as guaranteed by the laws of the United Kingdom. Our aim is to continue our tradition of making the United Kingdom uncomfortable for Nigerian Corrupt misruler’s as we did when campaigning against President Musa Yaradua last year. See link bellow.
We believe Obasonjo is not worthy of the statesman status he his now enjoying, we shall in due course be releasing statements chronicling the grounds the international community should not honour a corrupt man who left Nigeria in the hands of his fellow corrupt ruling cabal in Nigeria and a clueless President rigged into office under the joint supervision of Obasonjo and Professor Iwu.

The protest will start 6pm and end 8pm.

Please you can come with your own home made placard as the press will be on ground to cover the event. We have also had a break through with the Congolese community offering to join us in solidarity on the day.
If you lose your way on that day call 07951402986.
Getting to get the London School of Economic is easy. Come out of Holborn underground station, turn left and ask anyone for the LSE New Building. We will be displaying a Nigerian flag and the 3 hours protest is expected to be peaceful and orderly.
Many Thanks.
Kayode Ogundamisi.

**"Truth is not only violated by Falsehood; it may be equally outraged by Silence"**.



Restoration and Realisation of Self course in pictures

Date: March 2009
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Walthamstow E17
Adm: £6.50 donation (food will be available on sale)

2nd Saturday of Every Month

A composition of images, audio and video

This is a course for beginner, an introduction for participants in World History from a Black perspective: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americans, the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks, Romans. We will explore the global black experience and relate this to the here and now. The civilisations of Europe, the Dark Ages, politics of economics, the politics of race and nationalism, culture and identity, religion and spirituality.

Participants will learn about themselves, as they explore through themes and visual representation and then relate this to themselves and the present.

The course runs for 13 sessions

For more information: 07958 671 267 or 07816 277 360

Challenging assumptions and building for the future.


“Every Child Matters”: What is its Relevance to African Children?

Date: Thursday, 19th March 2009
Time: 13:00pm – 4:30pm (including lunch)
Location: London Councils, 59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • What are the specific needs and priorities confronting African children in the UK today?
  • How does Every Child Matters respond to African community concerns about the safety and well being of their children?
  • What role can African community and faith organisations play in promoting the Every Child Matters agenda for the benefit of the children in our community?

This workshop will aim to generate an in-depth exploration of the above issues. Members and other participants will work in groups to identify some of t he ways African community and faith organisations can actively contribute towards ensuring the ECM agenda works better for African children in London.  

To register for the event and for further information on the Safeguarding African Children Network (SACN), please contact: Justin Bahunga, Policy Officer, AFRUCA.Tel: 0207 704 2261, Email:

The Safeguarding African Children Network

The Safeguarding African Children Network has been established by AFRUCA to provide an opportunity for mutual learning and support among African communities and faith organisations working in the area of or interested in the safeguarding of African children in London. The Network also aims bring to the attention of policy makers and practitioners issues and concerns regarding the protection needs of African children and their own experiences and expertise in addressing them.

AFRUCA - Africans Unite Against Child Abuse
Unit 3D/F Leroy House
436 Essex Road
London N1 3QP

tel: +44 (0) 207 704 2261
fax: +44 (0) 207 704 2266


White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

Date: Saturday  21 March 2009
Location: BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall), Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)

Adm: ₤5
Phone: 0207 928 3232 / 

King Leopold II of Belgium in the early 20th century turned the Congo into a vast rubber-harvesting labour camp in which he killed millions and amputated the hands of tens of thousands while claiming he was civilising the African. Although represented in the west as typical "african savagery" the chopping off of hands was promoted by white people as a means of terrorising Africans to collect rubber in order to make Europeans rich. This is why  one of the world's richest countries is home to such misery today. This award winning documentary sets the context for understanding   the crisis in Kivu, the 5 milllion Congolese deaths in the  last ten years and why Patrice Lumumba was assassinated by Western governments. The Congo was also crucial to the winning of World War 2. 

Followed by panel discussion

**Congo refugee crisis. The British government is sending Congolese people who have escaped violence in the Congo to seek refuge in the UK, back to the Congo even though there is proof that those who have previously been returned have disappeared never to be heard of again. This is soon to happen to 9 year old Tony and his mother Mirielle who have been arrested and locked up in a detention centre. To find out why they are deporting such people  click here

To stop it happening sign the petition here


Welcome Back?

Date: Saturday 21 March 2009
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1 (Tube: Lambeth North)
Free entry: First come,first served

1946 after African people had fought and died all over the world for Britain those still in England were told to go back where they had come from. On this day we will tell the untold stories of the post-war generation with films, audio clips and testimony from war veterans who were also veterans of the Civil Rights movement in Britain. As an African in the post-war years you were:

  • refused bank loans
  • refused jobs
  • restricted to live in bombed out areas
  • blocked from buying homes
  • harassed by police
  • refused entry to churches
  • refused service in pubs, hotels, restaurants
  • forced to pay a higher mortgage than whites
  • spat at on public transport
  • attacked by the general public
  • treated as if stupid in schools

War veterans such as Billy Strachan, Sam King and Connie Marks used their organising skills to fight such discrimination. We will focus on how such obstacles were overcome and if the lessons have been learned/remembered by the present generation .


Lecture on Queen Nefertari and the African women of Nubia

Venue: Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
: 21 & 22 March 2009
Time:1pm to 5pm

Nubia Museum’s Deputy Director Mrs Thanaa Hassan Mousa, Head of Education Department will lecture on Queen Nefertari, and other Nubian women. The presentations will include details on their contribution to Nubian society. I SHOULD ADD THAT NUBIA MUSEUM is in ASWAN, EGYPT. Thanaa is an Egyptologist (and a Nubiologist, to coin a phrase).

The Programme includes Performance Poetry; LOUIS BUCKLEY’S Presentation of the film, NUBIAN SPIRIT; and other features.  



International Women's Day Special 

Date: Saturday 21st March 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


Stella Dadzie - author of heart of the Race: Black Women in Britain
Global Women's Strike - International Women's Movements
Zohra Moosa (Fawcett Society) - Race & Gender in women's lives

We are going to have an interesting session about the role African / Caribbean women are playing in struggling for women's and our people's rights. You will hear about the state of women in this country and reflections on resistance in other countries. 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)


Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Monday 23rd March 2009
Time: 7pm
Location: Portobello Film Festival, 3 Thorpe Close,London W10 5XL
Adm: Free (first come first served)

Grove Roots unearths the rise of the Notting Hill Carnival, the fruition of 'Frestonia' and the lives of unique local figures such as Claudia Jones and Peter Rachmann.Featuring the voices of renowned screenwriter Richard Curtis as well as other local musicians, artists, community workers and residents, the film tells the story of the Ladbroke Grove area from the 1958 race riots to the ethnically rich place it is today. Made by 8 local, young people with the help of the Octavia Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Screenings also taking place:

Methodist Church,
240 Lancaster Rd,
W11 4AH
Mon 30th March at 6.30pm

Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate W11 3JQ
Tuesday 7th April at 7.30pm

3-7 Third Avenue W10 4RS
Friday 24th April 7.30pm

12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Saturday 16th May 4pm
Event will take place following Kelso Cochrane memorial walk (starts 12pm Kensal Green Cemetery) N.B. time of screening is subject to change if procession over-runs.

RBKC Town Hall, Lecture Theatre
Horton Street, W8 7NX
Friday 22nd May at 6.30pm

Lexi Cinema
194b Chamberlayne rd
NW10 3JU
Tuesday 16th June at 6.30pm


Black Women Hair Skin and Beauty

Date: Sat 4th April 2009
Museum in Docklands, DLR West India Quay
Adm: Free

This event  is always packed to see why click 

In association with Inspired Black Women, three films and workshops on the history and legacy of the beauty of black women. 

Films include:Sisters on the Light/Dark Thing (beauty), Black, Bold and Beautiful (hair), Yellow Babes (skin)

We will also have reports on the experiences of Black British women in Senegal, Somalia and Norway and men will be asked as to what they find attractive in women. For video on amazing and heroic women from the diaspora click here

Heroic Black Women


Africa Addio

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

Africa Addio (Italy 1966) Part of the Mondo Caine school. This is the film that preceded the banned and hated Goodbye Uncle Tom and was said to be so racist that the filmakers made Uncle Tom to prove they were not, in any way, racist.  This shock-documentary alleges to show the turmoil following the fall of colonialism and how Africans coped without their benevolent European masters.

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

Followed by panel discussion

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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


IBW Screening: From A Whisper

Date: Friday 27th March 2009
8.00pm (85 mins)
The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR  (nearest tube Kilburn on the Jubilee line)
Contact: Box Office 0207 328 1000
Adm: £8.50/£7.00

From a whispher is an endearing tale of two parallel lives of an artist and an intelligence officer; both indirect casualties on the August 7 US Embassy attack in 1998.  They find comfort in the help  they give each other to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones who they have been mourning for the last 10 years. Q&A with Director Wanuri Kahiu.


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Thacmho: Development Day

THACMHO Development Day

Date: Thursday 26th March 2009
Time: 12:30 - 4:00pm
Location: Exmouth Community Centre, Braysford Square, London E1 0SG

Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organisation warmly invites you to our development day. An event designed to give us an opportunity to plan our future activities. We are inviting past and prospective partners to lunch and our guest session so that they can have a better understanding of our organisation as a whole. Their input will enable our membership to effectively plan our 2009-2010 programme.



A study by Alvin Kofi: Lost But Not Forgotton

Studies of Life by Alvin Kofi: Lost But Not Forgotton

Date: 27-29 March 2009
Time: 12-9 pm
Venue: Alexandra Galleries, 115 Melfort Road, Thornton Heath Surrey, CR7

Special soft opening on the 27th. Come, enjoy, talk and meet the artist.

For more info: 07961 422 061 / 0208 249 5807
Email: /


IBW Screening: The Secret Life of Bees

Date: Saturday 28th March 2009
2:45-4:35pm (110 mins)
The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR  (nearest tube Kilburn on the Jubilee line)
Contact: Box Office 0207 328 1000
Adm: £6/£5

The Secret life of Bees is based on the Best Selling  book by Sue Monk Kidd set in 1964, South Carolina.  It's an  enchanting parable of hope and love.  Singing sensations  Queen Latifah, Alicia Keyes and Jennifer Hudson star alongside British  born and Oscar nominated  actress Sophie Okonedo brings the bewitching tale by Gina Prince Bytheswood to life.


Dr Sebi UK Tour: A Holistic Herbal Healing Event

Date: Saturday 29th March 2009
Location: The Tabernacle, Powis Square, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY (Tube: Westbourne Park/Ladbrook Grove Buses:7,70,58,23,31,28,328)
Contact: Kathy or Ian - 020 7043 7530/07506929554 / email:
Website: /

Date: tbc
Time: tbc
Location: Bristol
Adm: £5 plus an opportunity to have a consutlation with Dr Sebi's team or a treatment by our Bristol based practitioners.
Contact: 07770891988 (JLAEP) or 0117 9396645 (BDA) for more information.

The John Lynch Afrikan Education Programme In partnership with The Black Development Agency, River Nile & Associates brings to YOU alternative perspectives on health, medicine and a full explosion of myths relating to cause & cure of many ailments.

(Please ring JLAEP for info on costs of treatments & consultations) PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!! LISTEN OUT ON UJIMA RADIO 98fm SUNDAY 2 - 4 PM for the radio interview with Dr Sebi & news on the event.

African Market Day

African Market Day

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

Come and experience a taste of what Africa and the Caribbean has to offer.

Exhibitors will be displaying Jewellery, Arts and Crafts, Music, Hair and Beauty, Marketing

Live performances by Zil'o'ka, Kay Young, Kersha Bailey,Church Boyz and many more

0203 393 57 35 / 07908 144 311


400 Years of African British History

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

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

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


Walter Tull and Other African Footballers 1890-1990

Date: 23rd May 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Explore the life of Walter Tull, footballer and the first African officer in the British army who served during the First World War.  Take the chance to see a new film made about this exceptional officer who died on the battlefield. We will also look at the achievements of other African footballers throughout the twentieth century.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


Black History Walking Tour

Date: 7th June 2009
Time: 11.00am

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

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


400 Years of African Female Leaders

Date: 27th September 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Women in war or peacetime do not always get the historical credit they deserve. Through film and documentaries find out about African women who have led the resistance against slavery, colonialism, and racism.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London


Moyo Afrika Study Tours (MAST) 

Date:  August 6th–15th 2009  (register before 30th March 09)
Location: Ghana ( West Afrika )
Cost: $1,200 per person
Contact:, Sis Njeri +44 (0) 7757 060313Study African History, Culture & Heritage during a Stimulating 10 day study tours;
2009 Dates
Kwame Nkrumah Centenary Study Tours
Open Dates for Centenary Anniversary Tours (See next page)
September 2009            (register before 30th April  09)
October 2009                 (register before 30th April 09)
You can also join our annual scheduled tours in February, April, June, August & October! An exciting opportunity for you if;·         you wish to develop your knowledge & experience of Afrika
·         you seek to reconnect & develop your networks within Afrika
·         this is your 1st trip home to the Motherland or West Afrika
·         you want to explore opportunities & options for Repatriation
Package includes;

  • Accommodation (Double and Triple Occupancy)
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner
  • Ground Transportation in Ghana
  • Entrance to Tour Sites and Tour Activities
 Package does not include;
  • Airfare,  Travel Insurance and Visa Fees

MAST is organised by Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan Afrikan advocacy and solidarity organisation dedicated to rebuilding historical bridges between Afrikans on the Continent and the Diaspora and developing global people 2 people solidarity networks.
Sign up today by form, phone or e-mail!  
Indicate tour of your choice. Contact us for details, Sis Njeri +44 (0) 7757 060313


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