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Nyansapo - is an online community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues. The Pan African Drum broadcasts live every Tuesday between 9pm - 12 pm. We discuss pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events. It is an interactive programme so please feel free to call and join in. As ever, your support and feedback, especially constructive criticism is welcome.

Our Pan African Drum programme on 18 May 2010 will be discussing the;

Protecting Our Children : Have we lost the war for the minds of our young people?


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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Protecting Our Children

‘The vulture does not circle without reason’ – African Proverb, Kamba


It’s been quite a while since I’ve written, I hope all is well.

On 17 May 1978 the police in Azania (South Africa) closed the investigation into the death of our heroic Ancestor, Steve Biko. We know now what was suspected then, they murdered him. Yet even as late as 20 May 1986, the evil British prime minister Margaret Thatcher refused to impose sanctions on the racist european regime in Azania despite reports of its barbaric raids by its armed forces into Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

As I walked about on my travels today I wondered at Mother Nature, there is definitely a storm coming and yet earlier today the sun was shining making me want to smile. The music in my ears daring me to dance.

First let me welcome those of you who are new subscribers and volunteers. I also apologise to those of you both family and friends who have been trying to contact with me with little joy.

So where do we start. Well for the last couple of months or so I have been exhausted from work and non stop writing. From finishing assignments for my penultimate semester at university to completing a new book, to be honest there have been days where for the first time in my life I have not felt able to as Steve Biko said… ‘write what I like’.

Not so much writers’ block, more writers’ fatigue, yet there has been so much to share, so much to report back it feels like my responsibility. So I ask in advance that you please forgive me as although I will touch on a couple of topics I think I am going to try and keep this newsletter short and sweet by simply sharing details of some of the many empowering events and activities that will be taking place over the next few weeks.

Why don't Africans vote?

So many people have asked my opinion on the recent elections. To be honest other than the endgame, I found the topic so boringly predictable I deliberately tried to stay away. Nonetheless I think the time has come that we as a community should reflect on our recent actions and collectively evaluate what has been learnt, what have we gained?

You see every four-five years we make the same mistake of listening to our self elected ‘leaders’ who tell us the ‘black vote’ will determine who is in 10 Downing Street. Well if that is true (its not) then surely we’ve just put a bullet in our own heads.

You see irrespective of who you voted for this time the result was the same. One middle class, middle aged, european man got to chose the government of this country for you.

In spite of you.

Not the (majority) electorate, see they had voted and clearly stated they couldn’t agree and didn’t want any of the options put before them. No, the only vote that counted this time was that of Nick Clegg. A man who before the media made him into this Mr. nice guy, the Facebook icon, most people had no idea who he was, let alone his policies. Yet after the televised debates – well… the hype of ‘I agree with Nick’ snuck into our minds and the empty cult of cleggmania was born.

Well, news alert, we got played people, we got played!

You see in seeking power, Nick Clegg did what all ‘modern’ politicians do. He betrayed their conscious, hoodwinked their supporters and in so doing returned the racist Tories to prominence claiming it was new politics, nah.. I was speaking to an elder in his young seventies this weekend and he’s seen it all in this country, he reminded me it was just old politricks. It was well known before the votes had been cast that there would be a hung parliament – [check].

Clegg was the tool both Labour and the Tories used/gambled on to get around it.

So now we have to contend with a ‘never earned an honest days work in his life’ Liberal Conservative (sic) Prime Minister from Eton and his Westminster educated boy and their more accurately described - ConDem coalition party – [checkmate].

The question should not be why don't so called 'black' people vote, it should be why vote for those who continue to regard the 'black' vote as a joke.

Note to self (an a few others):
When politicians say non-EU migrants they mean African or 'dark-skinned' ('black') people, and with the increase in airport taxes on flights to and from the Caribbean and the Motherland, someone is trying their best to make sure we are the last generation who actually remember what it is to be an African residing in the UK.

Let see what happens to the history curriculum at schools and the cultural landscape. In America one education board has already dropped references to slavery (Maafa) in the curriculum in favour of calling it the more innocent sounding “Atlantic triangular trade” and this is where they have an African in the White House. Remember, the Tories also promised to scrap the UK's Human Rights Act and replace it with an British Bill of Rights.

Lets watch this space.  

Protecting our young people

Today there are currently some 2.5 million unemployed people in the UK. Tragically just as with educational attainment, prison population, asylum/immigration persecution, mental health discrimination, illegal DNA retention and of course, racist stop and search - African people are disproportionately disadvantaged by the British state. But for our young people this prevents an even extra burden. What do you do when you have an abundance of time and energy but can’t find a job and have no money?

If you want an answer then we only have to look at some of the young people on the streets of Jamaica and Nigeria for a clue. Sadly these former colonies of the UK continue to have neo-colonial governments that let down their people by following the cultural, political and spiritual dictates of their former oppressor with a vigour matched only by that of a pig eating its own excrement.  

From small time hustling on the streets, legitimately selling CD’s and art, to getting involved in drugs, knives and guns, or having promiscuous sex and running away from responsibility when creating innocent babies all over the place. Our young people face a minefield of challenges ahead.

The UK and the US still rank as the worst nations for children to be raised in the western world. As a United Nations reported; “Children growing up in the United Kingdom suffer greater deprivation, worse relationships with their parents and are exposed to more risks from alcohol, drugs and unsafe sex than those in any other wealthy country in the world.”

This is despite the opulence, profligacy and resource security that is present in these so called ‘developed’ nations. How long can this last? Thankfully personal security is high despite perceptions but unlike crime in general, the murder rate in the UK is relatively low, unless you are an African and then it is scarily high. For the moment distractions such as Xbox, iPhone, Facebook and Grime is preventing mischief amongst many, but as we become more frequently blessed by the sun to break the greyness, staying inside will become less attractive to the young spirit, and rightly so. But with no work, there is often no purpose, and with no purpose there is the potential for idleness and youthful mischief. 

The vast majority of our young people are engaged with positive activity, but it remains our responsibility to help all of them especially those who are close to the edge of being involved in low level criminality simply for survival.

These are new times, the police who have been assaulting our children for the ‘crime’ of having fun and talking loudly or the ‘anti-social behaviour’ of hanging together as a group of friends are now supported by a government that not only wants anti-African officers to be less accountable on the streets, but also seeks to remove the mechanisms of accountability brought about following recommendations made following the murder and racist police investigation that followed the murder of our son, Stephen Lawrence.

Whilst Britain remains dedicated to waging illicit wars in other peoples country in order to ‘bring them democracy’ and ‘train them to look after themselves’, the new ConDem government also has plans to introduce ‘voluntary’ National service so that it is our children and not theirs that fights for ‘queen and country’ in order to return to Britain and be rewarded with a plastic medal of dishonour and a box containing their blown off arm or leg as a souvenir. Many say our children need discipline. I agree. But training them to murder people for a living or encouraging them to join the Police in order to assault their own family members is not the kind of discipline in need.

Grounding Sessions

Like many others, I hate war but will fight to protect those we love. Yet as well as defending ourselves we also need to step wisely. Sadly, in our rush to become ‘civilised’ I believe too many of us have forgotten to engage in frequent inter-generational discussions with our young people in order to listen with humility as well as support and guide each other along together not only as families, but as a community. There is no point your child being ‘good’, only to be stabbed by a neighbours child who was neglected and therefore misunderstood. On tonight’s radio program we are going to try and work out how to reclaim the minds, focus and indeed set purpose of our young people, it will be a slow and challenging journey, tiring and perhaps even initially depressing, but ultimately unlike the wasted vote, we can’t and shouldn’t seek to delegate our responsibilities to someone else. I hope you join us along the way.

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.


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Pan African Worldview

Myron Rolle
Myron Rolle

A Great Rolle Model

by Raynard Jackson

Even non sports fans have heard of athletes like Terrell Owens (T.O.), “Pacman” Jones, Mike Tyson, O. J. Simpson or Ben Roethlisberger—for all the wrong reasons.  But, I guarantee that most people have never heard of Myron Rolle.

Who is Myron Rolle?  He is a recent Rhodes Scholar who is finishing his graduate degree in medical anthropology.  He graduated from Florida State University (FSU) in 2 ½ years with a pre-medical degree in exercise science (with a grade point average of 3.75).

So, why is this so newsworthy?  Let me continue.  He decided to forego his senior year of football eligibility to accept a Rhodes Scholarship and attend graduate school at Oxford University in England.  There are only 32 Rhodes Scholarships awarded every year.  He played football for three years at one of the best football schools in the country—FSU.  He gave up his senior year to attend graduate school, thereby deferring by one year his dream of playing professional football (had he entered the draft instead of going to Oxford, he was projected to go in either the 1st or 2nd round).

Rolle has already stated that after his career in professional football, he plans to attend medical school to become a neurosurgeon.  To that end, he has already established his own foundation—the Myron L. Rolle Medical Clinic and Sports Complex ( The clinic will be built in Steventon, Exuma in the Bahamas (where Rolle’s parents are from).  Rolle grew up in Galloway, New Jersey.

Last month, Rolle was drafted in the 6th round by the Tennessee Titans as the 207th overall selection.   There were a total of 7 rounds and 255 people drafted.  What I find fascinating is why Rolle was drafted so low. 

According to several media reports, during the N.F.L.’s annual spring combines (where all the top college prospects work out in for team executives), the word was that Rolle was not committed to football.  This was because he passed up his senior year to go to graduate school.  So, let me get this right—because Rolle is smart and his life consists of more than just playing football, he somehow is not committed to being a good professional football player? 

This type of thinking among N.F.L. executives led to one of the most offensive situations I have ever heard of in professional sports.  At the Senior Bowl last January, Rolle had a pre-draft interview with the staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including the head coach (Raheem Morris, the youngest coach in the league—33-- and Black) and general manager Mark Dominik.  During this meeting, a member of the coaching staff asked Rolle what it felt like to desert his team to attend graduate school?  Rolle later told a reporter, “I hadn’t heard that one before.  My initial reaction was a bit of confusion. “   So, he was chosen lower in the draft because he is a smart, well rounded person who is already planning for a future without football.  What message is this sending to our youth?  One N.F.L. executive is quoted as having said, “he’s a better story than he is a player.”

According to Rolle, “The impression I get from people around the NFL – not necessarily in it, but around it – is that the NFL wants players for whom football is their No. 1 priority, their No. 2 priority and their No. 3 priority…For me, I’ve never been someone with a singular talent. I have other abilities and interests and I think I would be doing a disservice to me, my team, my family, everyone who has invested stock in me if I was just so isolated in one thing. … The thing I always try to present to people in the NFL as far as my commitment is that my academics and my concerns at Oxford or as an outside philanthropist can help my football abilities. It can help me be someone more disciplined on the field, help me be someone more balanced and knowledgeable. It can help the other guys if they want to get involved in the foundation or the community rather than going out and partying or getting in trouble somehow.”

There was no public outcry when the story about Tampa Bay became public.  But, let an athlete be suspended for a few games for getting into trouble with the law and people lose their minds.
Has our society really come to the point where being intelligent is now a liability and can actually cause you to be drafted in a later round because your commitment to the game is now in question?
Myron Rolle should be universally lauded and praised for showing us that you don’t have to smart or an athlete; but you can be both.  I find it ironic that at 6’2” and 215 lbs, Rolle plays the safety position.  The safety is the last line of defense before the opponent scores a touchdown.  He truly is the last line of defense against the caricature of the “dumb” athlete.  Right before our eyes, Myron is playing the role of a lifetime, but it doesn’t’ seem like he has much of a supporting cast.  But, if he continues down the path he is on, his choices will be vindicated and he will be viewed as the ultimate Rolle model. 

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm.  He is also a contributing editor for ExcellStyle Magazine (

Don't forget to register to listen to my radio show every Saturday evening from 7-9:00 p.m.  Go to to register and then click on host, and then click on my photo to join my group. Raynard Jackson has been named to Talkers Magazine’s “Frontier Fifty.”  The “Frontier Fifty” is a selection of Outstanding Talk Media Web casters. For those who use skype (, please add me.  My name there is:  raynard jackson


Community Announcement

Spartacus R
Spartacus R

Greetings Global Africans, Family, Friends, Colleagues, Associates and other Well Wishers.

I am sorry to be bringing you bad news at this time but I have to inform you that I have been diagnosed with Cancer of the Blood or in medical terms Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).

I am in the process of receiving treatment for the condition. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of this treatment is to reduce my ability to do as much as I have been able to before the onset of this Cancer. Please do not feel in any way slighted if I am therefore, not able to respond directly to all of your individual questions, by email, text or otherwise. I will however, be placing updates, some answers and other relevant information on my website at as frequently as possible.

To all of you who have supported me in the past, I say “Much Tanx”. I look forward to speaking directly with you and my new friends in the very near future.

In the spirit of Maat, may the Ancestors guide and protect you all on our way.

Love and life
Spartacus R.


Diaspora Volunteering and Placement Opportunities



Looking for volunteering opportunities with ADAP this coming summer? 

ADAP is seeking to recruit the following professions for its summer programme in Ghana! 
- HIV/AIDS facilitators 
- Registered Doctors/Nurses 

For further information, please e‐mail and a member of staff will 
be in touch, or you can call 07405166346.



Diaspora Volunteering Placements

DIFN is pleased to announce the start of their recruitment process for the 2010 Diaspora Volunteering Programme (DVP) and DIFN UK. DIFN is particularly interested in engaging with Teachers, Educators, Teacher Trainers, Project Management Trainers, Community Workers, Youth Workers, Social Workers and Counselors. Placements will last for 3 weeks, and a series of placements will be held between mid July and the end of November 2010. More information regarding the DVP Programme can be found at under “Volunteering”.

Please contact us for an application form, reference request forms and monitoring form. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an information session and interview in the week beginning 31st May 2010.
PS: Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you feel would benefit from this opportunity. Please note that these volunteering opportunities are only open to Nigerians currently living in the UK (this excludes those on a student visa).

Tolu Lapite
Diaspora Volunteering Programme Officer
Development Impact For Nigeria
C/o HCVS, 84 Springfield House
5 Tyssen Street
London E8 2LY

020 7923 1962


Community Noticeboard


African Market Day - August 2010

Dear Friends

Once again thank you all for your continued support of The African Market Day events, since announcing the next date of The African Market Day on the 14th August 2010 taking place at Hampstead Town Hall we have sold over half of our stalls and there is now a limited amount of stalls remaining.

We do not want any of you to miss out on the next event so If you are interested in exhibiting at the event then please get in contact so we can send you an application form.

Remember to join our Facebook page for regular updates on The African Market, community events, photos and much more....

Help us reach one thousand fans and more!

Kind Regards

The AMDNetworks Team

0203 393 5735


Zimbabwean Mbira Instruments

Greetings family, I hope this finds You all well.

Just hoping for Your kind assistance in a small matter.  The mbira is an ancient instrument in the spirit of the Shona Bantu peoples of the zrea now called Zimbabwe.., (who originated & migrated from Tanganyika below Nubia in waves from the early ADs.)  This instrument is an intercessory tool, central in most activities to tap into the spirit realm carried out by my peoples.  It is a very simple instrument, on which Your progressively & personally learn to express Yourself in intricate ways, as You let Your soul speak through it.  Here is an example of its play in the hands of an amazing soul, Forward Kwenda;

As it goes, I was doing some Mbira recordings in Zimbabwe last year & in the process, managed to connect with some renowned families to originate instrument-grade mbiras for use by the band.  This followed my frustration with some of the ready made ones more commonly available.  The long and short being that I now have the great fortune of having a selection of what I consider excellent mbira.  The instruments I have, are of the 23/24 key Mbira dzaVadzimu variety - in about 5 tunings, (A, B, G & F#,) including Nyamaropa, (a tuning sympathetic to instruments tuned in "Western" scale.)

Ndiripo Zvangu,

Gudo Guru | Tanganyika VV


Wanted: Play Director and a book illustrator - Can you help?

Ayan Mahamoud, who is based in Oxford House is working on developing a short play and needs a Director for the first week of June. Ayan is also looking for a book illustrator.

If you can help, please email:


5 a side football tournament

Peace all
As you know, I am arranging a charity business 5 a side football tournament to raise money for the people of haiti (10 teams in total).  Many of you are aware, that i have been organising football tournaments for the teachers of Islington for the last four years.  These tournaments were very, very successful.  In February 2010 I organised the first teachers football for Haringey.  This was also a great success.  I have also work with The "make a wish" foundation charity and the Sickle charity.
The business 5 A side event, will be happening on May 22nd 2010 At North humble park secondary sports hall.  I have some teams already in and willing to compete for this fundraiser.  I would like to know if you would like to enter a team.  The plans for this fundraiser are moving quite quickly.  I have secure the venue,referees,additional officials and refreshments for the tournament.  If you would like put a team in please let me know a.s.a.p.  The minimum donation and team entry fee to go to a registered charity (SOS village charity) is £125 (£25 will go to the cost of covering the hire of the hall)  
Please e mail me back to let me know if you are interested in entering a team(5 players in total on each team) or please let other teams and businesses know about this event
Just to clarify this tournament is for over 18's only. Let the games begin

Contact Kehinde at the Green Primary School

Agnes Sina-Inakoju
Memorial: Agnes Sina-Inakoju

Agnes Memorial fund

Expected to get A grades in her GCSEs at Haggerston School in Hackney, Agnes Sina-Inakoju was shot in Hoxton about 7.15pm on Wednesday, 14 April.

Hackney-based youth organisation, The Crib, has set up a memorial fund to help the family of 16-year-old Agnes and is now appealing for donations. Agnes was a Youth Rep at the Crib, and as manager Janette Collins says, ‘always getting involved and always helping out with organising the club’s activities. Before her untimely death, Agnes was organising a Consequences Programme, looking at cause and effect with gun and knife crime.’

Since 1999, the Crib has been an open door to Hackney’s young people. Activities include helping young people set up social enterprises around fashion design and catering, and mentors young people to aspire for more. Above all, the Crib is a place to go for many of the borough’s young people. The Crib has also been successful in bringing together children and young adults from different Hackney postcodes.

The Crib is actively involved with Hackney Council for Voluntary Service (HCVS), the borough’s leading voluntary and community sector support agency. It is one of four organisations which are part of HCVS’s Inspiring Young Hackney programme, funded through Big Lottery Fund.  The programme is designed to improve employment and training opportunities for local young people

HCVS are supporting The Crib with administering this fund.  The Crib has the full support of Agnes’ family who are grateful that the community has come together. Through the Agnes Memorial Fund, the Crib would like to set up counselling facilities for bereaved families and young people with first hand experiences of homicide. Together with point blank, the Crib are currently setting up a website in memory of Agnes.

If you would like to make a donation and contribute to the Agnes Memorial fund: Please send your donations to Agnes Memorial Fund, C/o HCVS 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen street, London E82LY. Please make any cheques payable to ‘The Crib’.

For more information please call Katy Palmer at HCVS on 020 7923 1962 or see the attached press release.


‘Creativity in your hands – Achieve your New Year’s resolution!’

Creative Lifestyle

Interior Design - Cake baking and decorating - Floristry - Hand knitting - Sewing skills and fashion design - Natural hair - Soft furnishing - Card and Gift design - Textiles printing/painting - dyeing - Recycling projects   

Creative Lifestyle CIC is here to help! We are running creative hands-on workshops and short courses for anyone wishing to learn skills to achieve wonderful creations. Sewing techniques & fashion design, soft furnishings, hand knitting, card & gift design, natural hair design and many more!

Creative Lifestyle CIC aims to bring creativity back into the community. We provide short ‘taster’ creative workshops.

Our project enables beneficiaries to tap into their creative energy and develop their creative options whether it be career driven or for practical home use. We have developed an intensive short program of workshops which caters for busy people who would like the option to take our creative courses as an evening class.

All workshops and courses take place at the heart of the Bethnal Green community, at our modern Oxford House studios (Derbyshire street, E2 6HG).

We will shortly be running African dance and interior design workshops.

To sign up with us for one of our courses and to get more information, please contact us:

0207 749 1105 or email us:

Our website address is:

Get in touch with us to start your creative journey with us today.

Creative Lifestyle CIC - bringing creativity back into the community!


Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

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

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


Community Events - May 2010


Black And World History Courses
When: Starting Sunday 16 May 2010 and Thursday 20 May 2010
Where: Walthamstow, London E17

Our unique series of 17/18 week courses are divided into 3 sections to cater for everyone.

Classes are held on: Sundays (Beginners-11.00am-1.00pm, Intermediate -1.30-3.30pm, and Advance 5.30-7.30pm) and on Thursdays (beginners only -7.00-9.00pm).

Our courses are an excellent introduction and progression into self-development providing a realistic insight into our history, present day situation and future. Our courses are popular and have been running for over 13 yrs. 

The beginner's course is a concise factual course covering areas of history and modern days, the various areas that govern our existence. It is providing facts a solid foundation on which to build. Destruction of Black Civilisation by Chancellor Williams is a must read for the course. 


We highly recommend that you attend an early enrollment and induction session in order to have enough time to prepare yourself and start research for the course

To reserve a place on a course please contact Afua on:
020 8808 7547/07956 337 391 or via email:
Please click on the following link for further details
We look forward to hearing from you.

Screening: In the Land of the Free
When: Tue 18 May / 7.30pm
Rich Mix, Screen 3
£8.5/£6 concs

Dir: Vadim Jean / Narrated by Samuel L Jakson
Click to book  online or call our Box Office on 020 7613 7498

In the Land of the Free... is a documentary feature narrated by Samuel L Jackson that examines the story of three extraordinary men who appear to have been targeted by the prison authorities for being members of the Black Panther party and because they fought against the terrible conditions and systematic sexual slavery that was rife in the prison.

Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State penitentiary.
They are known as the Angola 3.
Herman and Albert are still in solitary confinement after thirty seven years.
How could this be?
In America.  Today.
See this film because they can't.

The film is directed by Vadim Jean (Leon the Pig Farmer, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather) produced by the Mob film company (Terry Pratchett’s Colour of Magic, Stone of Destiny) Gold Circle Films (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, White Noise, A Haunting in Connecticut) and UKTV’s Yesterday films.

More details and trailer on
Click here to find out about the history of the Angola 3 and the legal cases.

Debate: ‘Sir Philip Mitchell and the Indian Ocean: moral sentiments and strategic theory in East Africa's decolonization, 1946-1949’
When: Wednesday 19 May, 17:30 - 19:00
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, The Court Room (Senate House, First Floor)
Speakers: James R Brennan (University of Illinois)

Ben Okri in conversation
Wednesday 19 May at 7.30pm
Where: The Barbican Library, London

Award winning novelist and poet, Ben Okri will be in conversation with literary activist and publisher of SABLE, Kadija George at The Barbican Library in London.

After several earlier novels, Okri won the Booker Prize in 1991 with his watershed novel The Famished Road and has attracted a host of international awards and acclaim since that first major success. More recently he has published a novel, Starbook and a book of short stories, Tales of Freedom. He is Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN, a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre, and was awarded an OBE in 2001.

Tickets £6.00 (£4.00 concessions) available from the Barbican Centre Box Office on 020 7638 8891 or online


Kadija George
Mobile: +44 (0)7980 269 138

Book Launch: Where Does Racism Come From? An Educational Guide
When: 19 May 2010

Where Does Racism Come From?
You may have been asked this question, or often wondered yourself.

My educational guide answers this question across four easy to understand stages. It covers over 2500 years of history, and condenses thousands of pages of books and journal articles in to 44 pages. 

I explain where the ideas behind racism came from, who came up with them, what they said, and what legacy their ideas have left in the 21st century.

The aim is provide the means for people to improve their understanding about racism and its origins, and for this information to become more widely known. Please read on for more details about the educational guide and other work we carry out.

Many thanks,

David Dalgleish
Author of Where Does Racism Come From?
Director, PHULL Ltd.

Screening: Sus
Where: Apollo Cinema, 19 Lower Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, SW 1Y 4LR / Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ

When: From 7 May 2010

100 Mothers Movement: I Can Project
8 week course designed to empower unemployed African women.
When: Every Thursday 9.30am – 2pm. (Induction Day: 20th May 2010, 10am-1pm)
Where: Walthamstowe E17

Course start date: 3rd June 2010

£50 Cash in completing course, Free lunch and refreshments. Work placement, updated CV
A free ‘pathway plan’ outlining goals, a cance to make new friends. A chance to win many prizes including a weekend away to Wales!
For more info: 07958 671 267/07932 435 118

Exhibition: Nyemike Onwuka: "Elegant Urban Decay"

When: Thursday 20th May 2010 (Private Viewing) / Friday 21st May till Wednesday 26th May 2010 Exhibition continues
Where: ARC Gallery, Barge Belle, 11 Hale Wharf, Ferry Lane, London N17 9NF

The work of Nyemike Onwuka is influenced by notions of both beauty and decomposition, and, in particular, the fusing together of the two in the creation of what he calls ‘Elegant Urban Decay’. Women are a prominent subject-matter within his body of work and, within these paintings; there exist a disjunction between the attractive subject(s) and artistic techniques that are not conventionally associated with beauty. The exhibition, is set to open in the context of our 2010 programme, Nigeria 50-Art of a Nation, in celebration of Nigeria’s 50th independence birthday, and forms  the 1st   instalment  of  five 5 major exhibitions at the arc Gallery showcasing Nigerian artists


John Egbo
arc artistic director

arc (Gallery) +44 208 808 7741
arc (Office)   +44 208 885 1252
arc (mob)      +44 07988802314

PASCF Workshop: The History of Afrikan Liberation Day
When: 21 Friday May 10
Where: Starlight Music Academy, 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS

Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436
Kwanzaa planning meetings – Same venue alternate Mondays @ 6.30pm
For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email –; Website – 

Presented by Asari St Hill (Claudia)

Trailblazer Programme Presents - Tree of life

When: Saturday 22nd May 2010, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
: New Hope Church, 14 Rectory Road, London, N16 7QT

Trailblazer aims to improve access to Talking Therapies for African & Caribbean men in Hackney and East London. It is a collaboration between Mellow, 4Sight network, Psychology and psychotherapy service at east London NHS Foundation Trust Trailblazer used a visual talking therapy tool called Tree of Life.

With its roots in Narrative Therapy, the ‘Tree of Life’ intervention is based on the idea of using the tree as a creative metaphor to re-story one’s life in ways that are not re-traumatising; participants are able to talk from a position of strength, reconnect with their history, acknowledge their skills and abilities and get in touch with their hopes and dreams for the future.

The event will share the inspiring stories and experiences of men who attended the programme and its impact on their well being

If you would like to attend, please contact Patricia Olumoko on 078171 74407 or Email

The Griot Way Training Weekends
22 May 2010 at 10am to 23 May 2010 at 4:30pm
Where: PMA Community College

Event Description:
The Griot Way Training Weekends in an Afrakan Storytelling course, for adults, presented by Chi Creation Stories. Its aim is to encourage people in the Diaspora to learn the skills and the power of storytelling to delve deeper into their heritage by retaining a greater knowledge of the Griot Way. We will explore how the magic of storytelling can enhance education and develop identity and be used as a debate tool!

Yaaba Funk and Grupo Lokito in association with Malamu Music Club
When: Sat 22 May / 8pm / Bar / £5 adv / £7 door
Where: Rich Mix

Malamu Music Club are a collective of inspiring groups and DJs from London's burgeoning afro pop influenced scene.  Yaaba Funkare London's premiere 21st century Ghanaian highlife explosion, cut with a strong dose of afro-broken-beat and more than a hint of dub.  Also Grupo Lokito explore the ancient connections between Cuba and Congo through equal measures of salsa and Congolese rumba.

When: Saturday 22 May 2010, 1pm - 6pm
Where: Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17 – 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

First anniversary celebration (6 Jan 1961 – 25 May 2009) The first anniversary celebration of the life and legacy of Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, pan-African friend, comrade, brother and inspiration to so many, is to be held in London on:

The celebration is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

The celebration is jointly organised, in the spirit of Pan-Africanism, by friends of Tajudeen, including his widow Mounira Chaieb, Justice Africa, the Centre for Democracy and Development, the Pan African Development Education and Advocacy Programme, the Royal African Society and Pambazuka News.

The day will comprise speeches on the life and works of Tajudeen, the launch of a book of the compilation of Tajudeen’s postcards entitled 'Speaking Truth to Power' ( ) , performance poetry and traditional African music and the launch of the Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem Educational Trust.

We welcome all other organisations, groups and persons who wish to join our efforts to honour and continue the work of Tajudeen.

'Forward ever, backward never' Kwame Nkrumah (1909–72) 'Don't agonise, organise!' Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem (1961–2009)

AJAMU Session: Celebrating African Women's Contribution to African Liberation and Unity
When: Saturday  22nd May  2010 (6pm- 10 pm) 
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15, London, England (nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line, buses: 279, 259, 341, 67, 41)
Adm: Entrance:  £3 Donation (children free) 

Guest speakers:  
Maxine Davis: All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party 
Maxine Mohammed: Nation of Islam
Representative from the Convention Peoples Party (UK & Ireland) 
Sista C: Pan-African Society Community Forum

Invited speakers:
Representatives from the Cuban, Venezuelan & Nicaraguan Embassies
Featuring cultural artists 
Contact us: or 07852.937.981

Decolonization Seminar

When: Monday 24 May, 17:30 - 19:00
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, The Court Room (Senate House, First Floor)

A discussion of John Darwin's The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830–1970 (CUP, 2009) held jointly with the Imperial and World History Seminar, featuring Carl Bridge (KCL) Jon Wilson (KCL) Philip Murphy (Institute of Commonwealth Studies) and Richard Drayton (KCL), with a reply from John Darwin (Oxford)


Screening: In the Land of the Free
: Tuesday 25th May, Doors Open - 7.30pm / Film starts: 8.00pm
Where: The West Green Learning Centre, Tottenham, London, N13 3RB
(Nearest tube: Seven Sisters & Turnpike Lane / Buses: 67, 41, 341, 230)
Adm: £6 Buy tickets in advance

In the Land of the Free… is an astonishing documentary feature that examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King. They are known as the Angola 3 and have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary in the USA. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement after 37 years.

How could this be?  In Obama’s America - Today?

In the Land of the Free…
is a documentary feature narrated by Samuel L Jackson that examines the story of these 3 extraordinary men who claim to have been targeted by the prison authorities for being members of the Black Panther party because they fought against the terrible conditions and systematic sexual slavery that was rife in the prison.  Herman and Albert were subsequently convicted for the murder of a prison guard, Brent Miller.

There was no physical evidence against them. The main eyewitness was bribed and promised his freedom by the warden in exchange for testifying and another key witness was a legally blind, mentally retarded sociopath.  A bloody fingerprint from the scene was shown not to belong to Herman or Albert and yet never tested against the rest of the prison population.

One man understands their plight more than any other. Robert King, also an active member of the BPP, was also held in solitary at Angola under investigation for involvement in the same Miller murder… even though he wasn’t even in the prison when it happened.  The prison authorities used this as their reason for keeping him in solitary confinement for 29 years. He was subsequently accused of the murder of another prisoner in Angola, again convicted by an all white jury on the evidence of unreliable witnesses who all subsequently recanted, before his conviction was overturned in 2001. Since then he’s worked tirelessly all over the world to help bring justice for Herman and Albert.

Robert King will be coming to London to launch the film. Before touring the UK to promote the cause of the Angola 3 and release of the film in UK on March 26th 2010

The film is directed by Vadim Jean (Leon the Pig Farmer, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather) produced by the Mob film company (Terry Pratchett’s Colour of Magic, Stone of Destiny) Gold Circle Films (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, White Noise, A Haunting in Connecticut) and UKTV’s Yesterday films.

Further information can also be found at:

Screening: A Charmed Life
When: Wednesday 26th May 2010 at 7pm
Where: The Hartley Centre, 267 Barking Road,London E6 1LB.
Adm: Free (Donations welcome)

Director Patrick Vernon, presents an inspirational story of Eddie Marlon Noble, a Jamaican airman who lived from 1917 and died in East London in 2007. Eddie shares his many tips and strategies for overcoming adversity which restores a sense of pride and self respect. His story is a source of inspiration for all.

Places are limited, so if you would like to book a place for the film screening, please email Keshia Harvey at by 19th May 2010.

Launch of BBMM 2010, Networking, The Great British Black Music QUIZ, performances by Bridget and Tayshan!
When: 28th May 28, 7-9pm
Where: The Space, Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden Green NW10 2SF 
Adm: Free, but food will be on sale

To book and for more information:

PASCF Haiti's leading human rights lawyer tells us what's really going on in Haiti
When: 28 Friday May 2010
Where: Starlight Music Academy, 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS

Presented by Mario Joseph, (Jackie)

Screening: Arugba
Friday 28 May, 18.30
Where: British Museum, Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Adm: £3, concessions £2

Adetutu, a beautiful young priestess, is selected to carry the sacred calabash at the Osun Osogbo festival. The calabash can only be carried by a virgin, and after being abducted by three men, her chastity and suitability is questioned.
Director: Tunde Kulani
Nigeria, 2008, 95 minutes.

When: Friday 28 May, 6-8pm
Where: Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG (nearest underground station: Russell Square)
Centre of African Studies, SOAS, & HURST Publishers cordially invite you to the launch of
(Essays in Honour of Professor I.M. Lewis) 

Milk and Peace, Drought and War offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship on Somalia and Somaliland, one that transcends the usual boundaries and presents readers with a timely, incisive and compelling introduction to Somali culture, history and politics.
An introduction describes I.M. Lewis' career and discusses the legacy of over fifty years of his scholarship, assessing its impact on Somali society's view of itself and those of the academic and policy communities.

Breast Cancer and Women of African Descent (plus Q & A with Sister Abi)

: Saturday 29th May 3.00pm-5.00pm
Where: Roxy Bar, 128 Borough High St SE1,(next to Sainsburys) London Bridge Tube
Adm: £5.00. 

This presentation aims to empower women with information to help defeat breast cancer. It will cover: 
* The reality of risk rates for black women; how white women skew the risk indicators
*5 steps you can take to reduce your risk , 
*How not breast feeding can increase your risk
*What food and lifestyles increase liability
*The signs that ensure early detection.
*How such information is difficult to access (there has only ever been one study on how cancer affects black women in the UK) Bring pen, pad and be on time.

Sister Abi holds a first degree in Medical Bio-chemistry, a masters in Clinical bio-chemistry and is pursuing another masters in Public Health. She is currently Programme Manager for an infomatics project for a major cancer charity and will be in the next edition of the New African Woman magazine for her cancer prevention work.

African Liberation Day March: One Africa ! One Nation! One billion strong!
When: Saturday 29 May 2010
Where: From Camberwell Green to Peckham Square London, England.

This is a Call to all freedom loving Africans and our allies, to join this African Liberation Day mobilization as part of our efforts to take our destiny in our own hands.

African people are scattered all over the world, but if we unite we are more than one billion strong. In unity is where our power lies and where our salvation will come.

The struggle for a united and socialist Africa will come through revolution that is led by a conscious black working class, organized in its own interest, with its own revolutionary Party.

That international Party is the African Socialist International. The conditions of existence of our people demands revolutionary solutions.
Contact: Luwezi Kinshasa
Tel: 0786 229 4364,

Stunning Nu Jazz poster art
Where: Afro Hair & Beauty Live, Business Design Centre, Islington N1
When: 30 - 31 May 2010 10 - 6pm

"Contemporary pop art or lounge art", is how Mandy Reinmuth describes her work. A complete mixture of styles, from ambient, trip hop, acid and nu jazz her work is enriched with Latin American and African influences. Be the first to see these striking images at Afro Hair & Beauty Live where we will be exhibiting these striking prints plus many of your old favourites at stand 105 in the Lifestyle section. Look out for these, and other works by Mandy, appearing on our website in June.

Afro Hair & Beauty Live celebrates 29 years of showcasing the very best brands and suppliers of hair and beauty products. The show is designed to help and guide you through a complete hair, beauty, lifestyle and health regime. See and learn from the experts, watch hair and fashion shows from new and established designers, get a makeover or simply buy products at great prices. This is a fun event for all the family. Lots of free hair and beauty products for you to grab with stage shows and demonstrations throughout the weekend.  Afro Hair & Beauty Show

Black British Civil Rights Heroes 1596-2006 
When: Sunday 30 May 1.30-5pm 
Where: Conference Room, 1st Floor Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd. Tube: Lambeth North.
Adm:Free entry.First come, first served.

The bias in schools gives the impression that racism and civil rights was an American issue and totally ignores the struggles African- British people endured. For example :
* Oxford/Regent Street refused to employ black people
*Black and Asian kids were bussed out of local schools so that there would not be "too many" of them
* Racial attacks were a daily occurrence and ignored by police
* Black people had to pay more for houses and more for mortgages
* There were documented calls for black schools in the 1700's
* In the 1790's a group of Africans in London were lobbying the government for abolition
* In 1820 a Jamaican in London bought 450 guns in order to overthrow the government
Every area of life was contested at great cost. This presentation will give you the names and achievements of those who fought against British racism over the last 400 years. Bring pen,pad and be on time.


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