19 July 2011
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This week we will be asking;
"Open Forum: From Sickle Cell to the UNIA"
You can listen to archived podcasts of previous Pan African Drum programmes at http://www.ligali.org/nyansapo/drum.php
The Pan African Drum
“She got pregnant and wanted meat so a pregnant cow was killed for her. When she gave birth, she wanted milk and there was nothing to give her”
African Proverb, Oromo
A couple of weeks ago the Pan African Drum focused on the power of the Word. The topic Literature and Storytelling felt fitting for a radio program where speech is our currency. I was fortunate to engage in the studio discussion with two talented wordsmiths, Griot Chinyere Nwobani and author Courttia Newland. As to be expected, both made powerful contributions on the purpose of literature, the mechanics of the creative process and the spiritual source that enables them to work. Yet as we examined the freedom of storytelling, we also engaged in a debate about restrictions, inhibitions and responsibilities.
In manifesting the word do we need to be mindful of external pressures that seek to divert us from walking a conscious path? I won’t breakdown our honest and frank discussion as you can listen to the reasoning via our podcast but what is clear is that unless we maintain a strong sense of identity in all that we do the very essence of who we are can be lost in the fruitless search for mainstream ‘success’.
I write as someone who has in the past made music for his people and simultaneously created noise for a wider audience that attracted more sales and thankfully paid the bills enabling me to continue producing soulful tunes. It was a compromise I was at the time initially uncomfortable making but now with hindsight accept as an essential part of my journey and spiritual development. I was recently made aware of the struggles many of our most revolutionary artists face in struggling to meet the bills when commercial success fades and their popularity wanes. The story of Elder Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets needing a fundraiser to secure his home is one I feel we should collectively be ashamed of.
Last Poet: Abiodun Oyewole
But I also write this in the context of the furore that is occurring in the mainstream media. A toxic media institution that was established over a century and a half ago has come to an undignified end. The News of the World (NotW) ‘newspaper’ a publication that specialised in racist abuse, sleaze and political machinations that has attacked Africans and other non-europeans has choked on its own vomit.
Yet, many of you will realise it is unusual for me to write or give focus on such a moral pariah without a reason that has relevance to our community. So let me explain. I won’t regurgitate the details of the phone hacking scandal but instead remind us of the capitalist principle - supply and demand.
If I had a addiction to illegal drugs and was prepared to pay a dealer to obtain me these narcotics at any cost, that dealer would then be inclined to use any costs to secure me my drugs irrespective of whether the means were legal or not. It’s a vicious amoral circle justified by proponents of the supremacy of the economic market, it was used to justify the enslavement of our Ancestors, the continued economic exploitation of our Motherland, the political repression of those of us in the Diaspora and of course the methods used to secure ‘news’ for a hungry, sleaze addicted public.
Now I am not for one moment suggesting I have never purchased an item where I suspect it may have been, in part, secured by illicit means, but I can state with confidence that I have not done so on a habitual deliberate basis, for example a paid subscription to a publication that feels no way about harming our community.
The NotW is now history, and yet irrespective of this stunt, if it returns in another guise, its spiritual parent the Sun (or ‘scum’ as it is known in more enlightened circles) and the Times will continue to exist and pour xenophobic parasitical poison into the psyche of a nation that collectively maintains the delusion of being a supreme world power and force for good.
Now I could say leave them to it, that is not our concern but the problem is that I still see a sizable number of our people continuing to purchase these toxic publications. Some use the excuse of reading it for the sports, others claim that other broadsheets are ‘too long’, but the problem with both these arguments is that by purchasing the racist Scum (I will stick to its more apt title) we are feeding the gun with bullets to shoot us. Yes they demean the craft of journalism by producing such celebrity gossip driven drivel, but surely we ultimately demean ourselves by paying to reinvest and consume it.
One of the things I learnt from the reasoning with Bro Courttia and Sis Chinyere this week is that racism is not simply the stereotypical overt expression of hate, but also the deliberate exclusion of stories relevant to our wellbeing, to our knowledge of self, to our experience in a land that often expresses a desire to ‘send us back to where we came from’.
Whilst we often focus on the stories that are included in the mainstream media, we need to be more aware of the stories that are absent. This is the responsibility we all share, whether news, music, films, plays, books or cultural performances, every time we feed the Scumgun with our money, energy and divine gifts, we enable it to shoot and maim those creative spirits who are weaving our bullet proof vest and defensive weaponry.
If what I’m writing touches any part of you then imagine the benefit of a thousand writers and storytellers being free to empower us with not only words, but action to reflect those words.
A one hundred and sixty year institution that schemed, manipulated and abused its ability to do good, that used words to control the powerful, words to oppress the weak and finally tried to steal words through electronic means in order to sell ‘news’ to a greedy public unconcerned about the source of its tittle tattle gossip has now come to an end of sorts.
Imagine if we collaboratively chose to withdraw our support for those that feed on negativity and instead empower with donations those that work to promote positivity amongst us.
Imagine if we came together to finance a Pan African Disaster and Emergency Fund that could not only help our families facing starvation in the Horn of Africa, but also provide bursaries for those struggling in the Caribbean, invest in research for cures to ailments like sickle cell, a fund that could finance investigations into horrendous murders involving the state and deaths in custody, and of course a fund that can support the family and friends of our young people who fall victim to violent crime.
Imagine if we did not purchase the Scum or the equally repugnant Daily Mail for a week, a month, or as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King did with the Montgomery boycott, a year, and instead used the money for something far better instead...
... for our words whether in song, spoken word or plain text form enable us to do just that and more.
I would also like to take a proud daddy moment to congratulate my children Shola, Infinity and Amiri for their excellent achievements at school despite having the most bossiest father in the world!
Imagination by Infinity Agbetu, 10
A special mention goes to my daughter Infinity whose first book Imagination was published on her tenth birthday and is a collection of poems, essays and short stories from her creative nine year old mind.
May the Ancestors guide and protect us.
Toyin Agbetu is a writer,
film director, poet, and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.
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Witnesses 'bullied and browbeaten' by police in Cardiff murder case
Cardiff 3: Yusef Abdullahi, Tony Paris and Steven Miller (left to right) in 1992 -
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Witnesses were "bullied and browbeaten" by detectives determined to make a false case against five men they wrongly believed had murdered the Cardiff woman Lynette White, a jury heard on Thursday.
Police had become convinced that the five were behind the killing of White, who was working as a prostitute, and were determined to make the evidence "fit" the theory, it was claimed.
Three of the five were convicted of murdering White at a squalid Cardiff flat in 1988 but were freed on appeal and came to be known as the "Cardiff Three". Another man was eventually convicted of murdering White.
On trial at Swansea crown court now are eight police officers who are accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by manipulating the evidence against the five.
The jury has been told that the police were under pressure for a result after failing to track down the killers. From November — nine months after White's body was found — the officers began to put pressure on witnesses to change their accounts.
Nick Dean QC, prosecuting, said one of the leading detectives, Graham Mouncher, became convinced that the five had killed 20-year-old White.
Dean said: "Under Mouncher's guidance and with his help the police team from this point engaged in proving that their theories and beliefs were true.
"They were no longer actually investigating the murder, no longer keeping an open mind about who had killed Lynette.
"What they were doing was fitting in evidence to suit their view of what had happened to Lynette."
On the second day of a three-day opening speech, Dean said: "People were brought to the police station often having been given no real choice but to attend. They were kept in the police station for very long periods of time.
"There was a co-ordinated and deliberate policy designed to 'break' some witnesses. The whole process was a team effort — was part of a conspiracy."
The prosecution claim witnesses were "bullied and browbeaten" by detectives. Dean said the witnesses independently described "complex fictitious events". "Their accounts fitted together and complemented each other. This is simply impossible."
Dean added: "The police officers were threatening and intimidating.
These witnesses were given every impression that they had to remain at the police station.
"They were certainly in their own minds, under the physical control of the police officers who questioned them."
White's boyfriend Stephen Miller along with Yusef Abdullahi and Tony Paris were jailed over the killing. Fresh DNA techniques led to the arrest of another man, Jeffrey Gafoor, who admitted to committing the murder alone and was jailed for life in 2003.
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The “Police 13” are John Howard Murray, Paul Stephen, Paul Jennings, Wayne Pugh, Graham Mouncher, Richard Powell, Thomas Page, Michael Daniels, John Brian Gillard, Peter Greenwood, John Seaford, Rachel O’Brien and Stephen Hicks.
THE VOICE: Results of Investigation into sickle cell death kept private
Sarah Mulenga: Victim of discriminatory medical treatment
AN INQUIRY into the death of sickle cell sufferer Sarah Mulenga who paramedics refused to take to hospital is being withheld by London Ambulance Service.
A spokesman for the service said they were keeping the findings private at the family’s request despite a huge public interest in the shocking case which led to two employees being suspended.
The pair has since quit their roles ahead of a scheduled disciplinary.
The report comes fives months after Miss Mulenga’s death. The 21-year-old died on January 9 after having a sickle cell attack at her home, in Barking, east London.
She was found by her landlady, Chinwe Moneke, who lodged the complaint over her treatment.
Moneke told The Voice: "The ambulance crew did not check Sarah’s temperature or heartbeat. In fact, they did not touch her at all."
She said Sarah, who was usually tidy, was in so much pain that she soiled herself. She claimed it was for this reason that paramedics refused to touch her.
"She screamed twice and begged them to help her but the tall lady [one of the paramedics] told her to stop acting like a child and that she had seen a lot of people with flu [who acted better than Sarah]," Moneke added.
Moneke also claimed the paramedic told the ill woman to get out of bed and "screamed" at her when she failed to do so.
Another ambulance had to be called, and it arrived 45 minutes later, but Miss Mulenga's condition deteriorated and she died later in hospital.
A London Ambulance Service (LAS) spokesman told The Voice: “Our investigation into what happened on January 9 is now complete and we have shared our findings with Sarah’s family.
"The two members of staff who were first to attend Sarah resigned from the Service ahead of a disciplinary process being completed.
"We have informed the Health Professions Council (HPC) about this case. We have a responsibility to do this in relation to cases involving aspirant paramedics as well as registered paramedics."
The family have not responded to attempts to contact them.
In a past interview with The Voice Sarah’s brother Chango Mulenga, 29, of Croydon, said: "It's difficult not knowing what's going on. At this particular time, it’s very difficult and frustrating, because it’s being prolonged. All we want is closure. We want answers as to why things happened in that way."
More Info: http://www.ligali.org/article.php?id=2175
Racist bullying 'replacing sectarianism' in schools
5 July 2011-07-07
Racist bullying in schools is replacing sectarianism, according to the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities.
As part of a new report into the issue, the council questioned children of Asian, African, mixed race or Eastern European origin.
It found that more than half of them were being bullied and that many schools were unable to deal effectively with the problem.
But teachers say they need more help and training to tackle the issue.
Jamelia gets away from racism row on a Florida break with her kids
Jamelia with Tiani, 5 and Teja, 10, in Orlando.
The 30 year-old Birmingham songbird has been taking a break in the States, getting away from the racism storm that blew up back home in Britain after she blasted the police on Twitter.
Last month she vented her frustration on the microblogging site, posting: ‘The police make me f*****g sick. The amount of times I’ve been pulled over for nothing is ridiculous. Racism is alive and kicking people.’
Jamelia recounted a recent incident where she was questioned by police while she sat fuming in her car.
“They checked everything, including my tyre pressure (all legit).
“They then went on to say that they don’t see how this can be my car!
“They didn’t know I was Jamelia when they approached me.
“They just saw a black girl in an Adidas tracksuit and cap, in an expensive car.”
The R&B songbird claimed she is stopped ‘at least once a month’ because of the colour of her skin, and said she was ‘still not over’ the incident.
But a sunshine break can make all the difference, and Jamelia looked smiles better as she played with daughters Teja, 10, and Tiani, 5, in Orlando.
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Lifelong learning in the African American community
Road Scholar is accepting applicants for the fourth annual Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning. The award will be presented this year at the 2011 annual conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) to be held in November in New Orleans.
The $5,000 award is named in honor of the late Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III, world-renowned Pan-Africanist, educator, historian and psychologist, who is an icon for his advocacy of the importance of African history, culture and influence; for his global contributions to education; and for his special affinity for conducting study tours to Egypt for thousands of travelers.
Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in prison for cocaine trafficking
The reggae artist Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in US prison for his role in a cocaine deal. His first trial on the charges ended last September in a mistrial, but in February he was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence, and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offence.
Much of the case hinged on video and audio recordings taken by an informant and by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel.
The informant was paid $50,000 (£31,000) after Banton's arrest in December 2009, along with two others.
One video shown to the jury showed Banton apparently tasting cocaine in a Florida warehouse.
A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000 (£83,705). He and another man pleaded guilty to drug charges in the case.
At Tampa federal court in Florida, Judge James S Moody gave Banton – real name Mark Myrie – the most lenient sentence permitted for the drugs charges. Judge Moody threw out the gun conviction, which would have extended the sentence by five years, accepting Banton was not carrying a gun and did not know his confederates were doing so. Allowing for time served and good behaviour, his attorney said he could be free in six years.
Manning Marable's Re-Invention Of Malcolm X
By Nvasekie N. Konneh
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz: Malcolm 'Omowale' X
12 July 2011
Since the publication of Prof. Manning Marable's book, "Malcolm X, the Life of Reinvention," I have not only read the voluminous book of 600 pages, I have also read many reviews of it written by scholars and reviewers with different perspectives from left to right.
As usual, with any issue such as this, there are those who have overwhelmingly praised it and there are others who have criticized it as an attempt by Prof. Marable to deconstruct the positive image of Malcolm X in the minds of millions of people around the world.
Prof. Henry Louis Gate Jr. has called the book "Marable's magnum opus."
I am one of the millions of people around the world who have been inspired by Malcolm X's epic story of evolutionary redemption. That he was able to overcome life as a common criminal to become one of the 20th century's most celebrated historical figures is very much inspiring to say the least.
Because of this, I am compelled to add my two cents to the great debate that has been ignited by Prof. Marable's book. Before doing so, I will like to give a little background to how I came to know about the man who I consider to be my greatest hero among many in the Pan-African liberation struggle.
I was in Africa in April when I heard on the BBC about Prof. Marable's book. Since returning to the States a month ago, I have been following the debates among critics on both sides.
It was in late 1987 in my home town of Saclepea in north central Liberia when I first heard the name Malcolm X. A friend who had just returned from Monrovia, the Liberian capital, played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches, including "I Have a Dream".
I was mesmerized by the cadence. It sounded great. At a gathering of another friend I mentioned the King speech. One friend said, "That's great but wait till you listen to the real man called Malcolm X." He told me Malcolm was not as celebrated in the U.S. because he was Muslim.
As Muslims, it was a great discovery and it gave us a sense of pride to know that there had been a famous American Muslim called Malcolm X. I had never imagined there was a Muslim in America, let alone a celebrated one. My friend could not tell me any further about the man he considered to be a great Muslim who was assassinated in the US.
After high school I moved to Monrovia in 1988. One day, walking in central Monrovia, I heard a Dr. King speech being played in a record store and went it. When I walked out I had bought the "House Negro, and Field Negro." That became the start of my own journey into the understanding and developing deep appreciation for the man. Later that year, I came across the "Autobiography of Malcolm X." It was the most important book I had read beside the Holy Quran.
A friend named himself Malcolm X and later on named his son Shabazz, after Malcolm X. Malcolm is at the top of my list of the great heroes of the Pan African struggle. In Liberia, I formed the Malcolm X African Disciples (MAXAD) in Monrovia in the early 1990s. We held programs during Black History Month in February and on May 19, Malcolm's birthday.
Every human being goes through different stages of change. The obvious one is the biological one--from infancy to adulthood, and through old age and death. Depending on the environment we live in we go through many stages of change--social, political, religious, or ideological.
In 39 years on earth, Malcolm X went through different stages which may be divided between his lives as: Malcolm Little, Malcolm X, and Alhaji Malik Shabazz.
Malcolm Little was lost in the wilderness of a criminal culture. Malcolm X was the rebirth of the man who had been was lost. This is the Malcolm who became a fierce critic of the White power structure not only in the US but globally. Alhaji Malik Shabazz grew to become a universal campaigner for human dignity. At the end of the day, Malcolm's evolution from street criminal to one of the most celebrated revolutionary figures in the world is the story that has captivated the hearts of millions around the world.
If these changes are what Prof. Marable means by Malcolm’s "reinvention" of himself, it would not matter. It only matters if Malcolm’s evolution was done out of deception. Yet,
Malcolm X, at any stage of his life was the real Malcolm. There was nothing fake about him. In fact, the many changes he allowed himself to go through is what resulted in his celebration by millions of people around the world.
Prof. Marable's book attempts to deconstruct the positive image of Malcolm X that made him an admirable global figure. Malcolm never concealed his negative attributes or experiences.
Prof. Marable goes to great length to prove that the man the world has come to admire and celebrate is far less than a clean figure; to be admired and celebrated as such. There is vigor in digging up the "dirt" about Malcolm; as if Marable angered by all the positive attributes of the man.
For all those who know the man through his autobiography, that's not the case. Malcolm highlighted, to the maximum, his negative past so as to tell people, particularly the young, that they too can turn their lives around. So in a nutshell, the world already knew Malcolm as the once wayward youth who became a liberated and dedicated his life to freeing others.
Indeed, it's Prof. Marable who tried to reinvent Malcolm X; whom we knew for 40 years as the criminal turned revolutionary.
What were Prof. Marable's motives?
Was he bothered by the respectability Malcolm X had come to enjoy from people in the US and around the world? All the holes Prof. Marable tried to punch in Malcolm X's image cannot be supported beyond reasonable doubt.
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About the Author: Nvasekie N. Konneh is a poet and writer and nine years veteran of the US Navy. Nvasekie Konneh is the author of a book of poetry, "Going to War for America," about his experiences of surviving the Liberian civil war and time served in the US military. He’s currently the publisher of the Uptown Review Magazine in Monrovia, Liberia which covers Liberian arts, culture and tourism. He can be reached 267 407 5735 in the US or 011 231 657 0507 in Liberia or you can email him @ KonnLove@aol.com or Knvasekie@yahoo.com
Residents back estate demolition
PEOPLE living on a run-down estate have given a council the go-ahead to demolish their homes.
Lewisham council wants to knock down Milford Towers above Catford Shopping Centre in Winslade Way, Catford, and build 1,000 new homes.
As far back as 2006, one of Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock’s election pledges included a promise to improve or build new homes on the estate.
A mayor and cabinet report, to be discussed on Wednesday, says the majority of residents on the estate were “overwhelming positive” about demolition plans, following a consultation last month.
The report also includes plans to open a new Tesco supermarket in the shopping centre, which the council bought for £11.5million in February last year.
Sir Steve said: “You only have to go down to the shopping centre to realise it’s not exactly a hive of activity.
“We’ve been working with Tesco to identify how we can move forward on the redevelopment of the shopping centre and the housing. This is an important stage in that.”
A series of crimes have taken place on the 250-home estate over the last few years, including two notorious murders.
In September 2005, 15-year-old Rochelle Holness was snatched and killed on the estate, while in May 2007, Warren Gray, 24, was shot dead in a stairwell.
Press Release: A Voice For Neli
IMMEDIATE RELEASE SOUGHT FOR WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED AUTISTIC YOUTH
Stafford, VA – 07/05/2011 – A Voice for Neli – a grassroots advocacy group formed to bring awareness to the plight of Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic teen the group contends was wrongly convicted and sentenced to serve time in a Virginia state penitentiary – is urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to pardon the youth.
Latson began his day May 24, 2010 sitting on the grass outside a local library in Stafford, Virginia. Unbeknownst to Neli, while he waited for the library to open, he was also being reported to the police by a nearby school crossing guard as “a suspicious Black male who may have a gun.” Weary of waiting, Neli left the library and was subsequently approached by a school resources officer, Deputy Thomas Calverly, who searched the teen for a gun and having found none, asked Neli for his name. Having voluntarily submitted to the search and perceiving that he may be being harassed, Neli refused and attempted to walk away, saying he had committed no crime. Calverly then grabbed Neli from behind and attempted to arrest him without reading him his Miranda rights or calling for back up. Neli resisted and both he and the officer were injured in the scuffle.
After a three-day trial, Neli was found guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer, among other charges, and the jury recommended that he serve 10 1⁄2 years in prison. At the heart of Neli’s defense was the fact that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant
difficulties in social interaction and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.
The case has raised concerns about how law enforcement deals with the developmentally and mentally disabled. A Voice for Neli contends that Latson had committed no crime when he was accosted, searched, and detained by Deputy Calverly, and that he should have been free to go once the officer determined that he did not possess a gun.
Following his arrest, Neli was held without bail in isolation for 11 days at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Police allowed Neli’s school counselor to visit and she relayed messages and information to Lisa Alexander, Neli’s mother, who was allowed only one visit during that period. According to Alexander, Neli was unable to speak or communicate with her during their brief time together. “He appeared to be in a catatonic state. It was awful,” Alexander says.
As Neli’s time in isolation dragged on, police interrogators found him nonresponsive and disturbed and a judge ordered that he be transferred to a state mental hospital for 30 days of treatment and evaluation. He was later returned to jail for one year and spent eight months of that time in tortuous isolation. Doctors and those who are close to Neli say he is no longer the same young man. He is depressed and deteriorating, continuing to lose the functioning he had before the incident with Deputy Calverly. According to those doctors, Neli is in desperate need of a therapeutic facility, not another of year of suffering in a state penitentiary that houses hardened criminals.
At Neli’s sentencing hearing, Judge Charles Sharp opted to lengthen his incarceration, in spite of overwhelming evidence that Neli’s Asperger’s and poor police training contributed significantly to the events of May 24, 2010. Neli’s attorneys had presented to the judge a comprehensive fully-funded treatment plan that Neli would have been able to take advantage of immediately following the hearing. However, that treatment will now be postponed while he serves his sentence.
A Voice for Neli argues that even if Neli Latson were not autistic, his arrest on May 24, 2010 was unlawful and he never should have been jailed. According to Alexander and fellow autism advocates, it is unconscionable to treat those who are autistic and vulnerable the way Neli has been treated by the Stafford, Virginia criminal justice system. Alexander is urging Gov. McDonnell to respond to the group’s concerns by ordering the release of her son from prison immediately.
Contact: Ola Jackson 540-425-0779
Spokesperson, A Voice for Neli email@example.com
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF BOOK PUBLICATION
Books of Africa Ltd (London, UK) is thrilled to announce publication
of Tsiga, a postmorthus 4
novel by Wilson Katiyo, the famous Zimbabwean author of A Son of The Soil.
To purchase a copy, please contact the publisher, Books of Africa Ltd,
16 Overhill Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 0PH, United Kingdom,
or order online using PayPal at www.booksofafrica.com
For more information about readings, the book or the author, please
contact E. Mah: Email: admin@booksofafrica,
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Author: Wilson Katiyo
Publisher: Books of Africa Ltd
Editors: Nigel Watt and Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo
Date of Publication: 26 May 2011
Format: 210 mm x 134 mm
Number of pages: 208
Libation: Grandma Anderson joins the Ancestors at 113
4 July 2011
Elder Lillian Anderson with her son, Raymond Anderson, looks on. Lillian, at 113 years old, became a supercentenarian when she turned 110. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer
After being blessed to live 113 years, Lillian Anderson said her last goodbye on Saturday morning at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
Raymond Anderson, her only child, told The Gleaner he noticed that she was not eating and she was very sleepy. She was then taken to the KPH on Tuesday.
"I am just happy that she has lived a good life and that she is gone on to a better place, the impact she had on my life was remarkable and I will never forget that," he said.
Anderson also expressed regret for not being with her at the time of her death as he would have wanted to say his last goodbye.
"I'm really saddened that I was not there to see her take her last breaths, I would have wanted to be there at her bedside," he said.
Anderson said she spent half of last Sunday praying and giving God thanks for his blessing towards her. Her level of faith and spirituality was what he admired most about his mother and he is moved by her commitment to God.
"I know I am going to see her one day. She lived an exemplary life and we take hope in the fact that we hope to see her again in the by and by," he said.
Baba Hannibal's Transition June 27, 2011
It is with sadness to report that Baba Hannibal has made his transition Monday afternoon, June 27, 2011. He fought to the very end which is a reflection of his everlasting spirit. We will honor him and his legacy over the next two weekends. Below is a preliminary schedule with updates to follow. We hope that you can attend but if not my father knows the sincerity in your hearts and appreciate your prayers.
My family and I would like to say thank you for over the years you have been a comrade and a friend and he loved each and every one of you and know that he would want you to continue the struggle in liberation of our people in your respective areas. As a family we will continue to move his commitment to youth forward through his non-profit organization Community Youth Achievers (CYA). Thank you so much for your love and support.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CYA online at www.cyavillage.com or by check payable to CYA, P.O. Box 54894, Atlanta, GA 30308. Cards and correspondence can be mailed to P.O. Box 54894. Please see attached bio.
heresa Noni Charles
Baba Hannibal Afrik
Baba Hannibal Afrik (Harold E. Charles, M.Ed.) is a veteran retired Chicago teacher. After 30 years at Farragut High School, and 8 years teaching at Northeastern Illinois University, he became a nationally acclaimed educator with over 50 awards, 3 national awards, and the coveted STAR AWARD from the National Science Teachers Association in 1975.
In 1968, he led the Black Teachers Association in a successful community control movement using the Farragut Black Manifesto as a model. Later in February 1972, he co-founded the Shule YA Watoto (school for children) an independent community institution on Chicago's Westside. This institution succeeded for 31 years through self-reliance.
Among his many leadership positions for 50 years have been: Council of Independent Black Institution (CIBI); Afrikan National Rites of Passage United Kollective (ANROPUK); National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA); Republic Of New Afrika; and The Malcolm X College Annual Kwanzaa Celebration since 1995.
An acclaimed Biologist, Afrik performed scientific research in biochemistry for 7 years. After moving to Mississippi in 1999, in 2004, he organized the Community Youth Achievers, Inc., C.Y.A. in Hermanville, Mississippi. He established the Environmental Village Campus as a prototype sustainable community. This young institution is the most unique Afrikan American Tourist Attraction in Mississippi. With a 5-acre homestead, CYA can provide urban & rural survival training through the Outdoor Leadership Skills Project (OLSP), Southern Region.
As an educational consultant for School Tech Services, Baba Hannibal provides over 15 workshops and classes across the country. He is proud of his 37½ years marriage to Mama Marini, who made her transition in 1992. The father of four children, four grandchildren, and 2 great-grand children, Afrik personified the belief hat "Children are the reward of life". Presently, he resides in Hermanville, Mississippi, recuperating from bilateral foot amputations in 2010 but continues his work.
Baba Hannibal received his B.S. degree in biology from Central State University, Wilberforce Ohio in 1955, his M.Ed in teaching of science from Chicago Teachers College in 1962 and an Advance Certificate in Administration and Curriculum from University of Chicago in 1966.
Additionally, he received certificates of achievement from Howard University in Afrikan Affairs and Post-graduate work in Inner city education from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. He has taught all levels from pre-school, GED to graduate school.
Please help me raise funds for Cancer Research
I'm taking part in the 5k Race for Life 2011 on Sunday 17th July at 11am at Hyde Park, to raise money for Cancer Research UK's life-saving work and would really appreciate your support.
Cancer Research UK is entirely funded by the public so whatever you can give really will make a difference. Please take a moment to sponsor me. It's really easy - you can donate online
by credit or debit card at
So far I have raised 20 pounds thanks to the generous donations from two of my friends.
All donations are secure and automatically sent to Cancer Research UK. If you are a UK taxpayer, please tick the Gift Aid box. Gift Aid can increase the value of your donation by at least 25% - at no additional cost to you.
Why not join the girls and take part in the UK's largest women-only fundraising event to help beat cancer? Enter Race for Life today at http://www.raceforlife.org/ and walk, jog or run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. There are events taking place across the country so there's
bound to be one near you.
Thanks and best wishes,
Special funding appeal for Ipaja Community Link’s Summer Camp 2011
Supporting over 100 orphan and vulnerable children
As you may know for the past 4 years I have been in Nigeria involved in community development work with DIFN [a UK based Diaspora led development agency – www.difn.org.uk]
With DIFN I have been mainly involved in the development and operations of our Diaspora Volunteer Scheme which brings Black UK based professionals [mainly of Nigerian heritage] to Nigeria on short term volunteering placements with State and local governments and community based organisations. Up to date we have brought 28 volunteers on short placements of 3 to 4 weeks mainly teacher training, ICT training and counselling training.
One of our main in country partners is Ipaja Community Link.
Over the past 3 years ICL has reorganised to become a community based agency providing support for orphan and vulnerable children and their guardians ensuring they complete universal basic education [UBE] and have access to basic primary health care.
ICL also developing work with a number of schools in the local community on teacher training and adding value to universal basic education by developing ICT Cluster Centres and developing play areas in nursery sections of UBE primary schools.
In August 2011 ICL will be running their yearly Summer Camp.
The main aim of the summer camp is to identify vulnerable children who have just finished their primary school education and prepare them for life in secondary school. The camp provides 3 weeks training in Literacy, Numeracy and Values Education training. We also run sports and craft classes with a view to build up their confidence level.
Last year at our first summer camp we had over 60 students [we had to turn many back owing to limited funds] with 30 of them moving on to our After School Club which holds Monday to Friday during school time and school holidays
This August we will be working with over 100 children at our summer camp and we are seeking the sum of N200, 000 [£800] to run it. Most of the money goes toward providing the children a healthy lunch and provide the neediest with school uniforms and materials for the beginning of secondary school.
Thus we are now seeking community spirited individuals to help us raise the N200, 000 [£800] needed for this year’s Summer Camp
If you are interested or would like to know more please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I will be in the UK from 25th June to 23rd July.
In the UK cheques can be made payable to DIFN and posted to: DIFN, HCVS, 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, London,E8 2LY
or payment can directly be made by card/online are bank details are- :Natwest Bank Plc – East Ham Branch Acct. no.- 70782938 Sort Code: 600718
For record purposes please email me if you decide to pay directly by card/online
Thanks for taking time to read this email and feel free to forward it on to any of your contacts.
Programmes / In Country Manager,
"Creating Opportunities For Participation"
New Mind School: Open Day
New Mind School is now approaching its 15th year of service, offering pre school and primary school education, also after-school services.
Please view our short flash promotional video at: www.newmindschool.org/flash.html
Open Days for parents and guardians of prospective students (aged 3-11) are being scheduled for July 2011, including weekend visits.
Contact us on 02077333975 / 07960691401 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
New Mind School
Would you be willing to give between £1 to £2 per week (£4 to £8 per month) to our fundraising programme? Please visit us at www.newmindschool.org/donate or download our bankers order form here: http://www.newmindschool.org/donate/bankersformnms.pdf
Thank you for your consideration.
KUSH Films Donation Appeal
My Appeal To You
This is why I am APPEALING TO YOU ALL to walk this path with me and stand up to be counted and let us take control or at least have a say in this important part of our global cultural heritage. We should be the one's dictating what our children view on a daily basis and making sure they have wider access to black representative images, plus positive, empowering and revealing programming. Don't let others program your children, then wonder why your children are a particular way! So please do your best to support our 'Donation Appeal' in whatever way you can! Please, please, please! (Every penny makes a pound, just send what you can; even £1 or £5 will make a difference, it all helps!)
Don't You think, you should have unlimited and widespread access to the best International & British black & urban type films - at all times?
Please remember black films tell our story whether real-life or fiction they all emanate from the mind of a person of African descent retelling our cultural stories and these scripts once committed to celluloid catalogue our history and culture for all time. I don't think a lot of us truly understand this or even contemplate it!
That's why Kush needs your help - to bring these benefits to our community whilst at the same time developing an adjacent section of the film/TV industry where we possibly can create jobs for ourselves and new career opportunities for our own children and grandchildren.
Why should I support Kush?
There is one thing I have to say; I know there is a lot of negativity out there and quite a few of you are probably saying why should we support Marlon & Kush, and Kush this and Kush that, Marlon probably will run off with the money etc etc. Well I plan to change people minds and eliminate these thoughts for good and prove them wrong in every sense. Remember I am asking you personally for only a small donation! I will prove I am doing this with blessed, good intentions for the benefit of our community and yourself.
I got nothing but love for all past & present supporters & I look forward to hearing from any of you about my plans and how we can work together.
Please do not hesitate to give me a call on 07961 977 749 or send me an email with any queries: email@example.com
You can also go to www.kushfilms.com or www.iluvblackfilms.com and donate there using secure & safe paypal. Please do whatever you can do to help, no matter how small or big it is! (Please send £1-£5, £10, £20, £50 or £100, whatever you can afford to send, it will be much needed & appreciated)
You can also send a cheque or make a donation straight to our bank account Kush Promotions: HSBC / Sort: 40.06.20 / Acct No: 81529846
Libation: Norval Robotham Pryce
Sunrise: 21st October 1919, Colonel’s Ridge, Jamaica
Arrived in London: 26 June 1951
Resident in Brixton & Tulse Hill for half a century
Sunset: 3rd July 2001, London
Remembered and respected by family and friends
Journalism Diversity Fund
We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds to train as journalists. Bursaries are on offer for those with the potential to succeed in one of the most exciting and rewarding careers around. Applications are now being taken for NCTJ-accredited courses starting between September 2011 and August 2012.
SYNAPSE RESOURCE CENTER – ABUJA VACANCIES
Synapse is a new but fast growing "Center for Psychological Medicine" based in within the Abuja metropolis. Currently retaining the services of a robust mixture of local and internationally trained staff that provide excellent, client focused services. We provide psychological and counseling services, inpatient facilities/treatment, day hospital, rehabilitation, community care etc. We treat all forms of disorders related to your mental health, not limited to:
Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationship difficulties, Sleep problems, Drug and Alcohol addiction,
Hearing voices, Bipolar disorders etc.
In addition, Synapse provides training programmes designed for Health care professionals and the general public. We are in the process of expanding our organization and are looking for exceptional, committed, innovative and highly motivated staff, willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide stellar services within a confidentiality driven service practice. The current (manager & team member) roles available include:
1. Customer/Client Service
2. Business Development
3. Training and consultancy
4. Mental Health (Psychiatric) Nursing
5. Experienced clinical Psychologists and psychotherapists. .
Excellent remuneration packages exist for all roles, and will be commensurate with age and experience.
Kindly send a copy of your resume and a typed response the question below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Psychological medicine is a new and challenging concept in Nigeria, however a much needed service! By working in any of the above teams, how do you intend to contribute to our service development?"
All submissions must be sent no later than 18th July 2011. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews scheduled for 25th-28th July 2011
Riplington & Associates
23 Cairo Street
Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent
Office: +234 96232121 (Mon- Fri, 9-5pm)
Tel: + 234 1760 5167
Mob: +234 807 850 3887
Mob: +447529629811 (UK)
*"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do
nothing." (Edmund Burke)*
New PhD Funding Opportunity in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Cardiff
School of Social Sciences open only to applicants from the Caribbean and Guyana.
The School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for the Professor Howard Jones Bursary (Research Masters & PhD Studentship) in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.
Cardiff is internationally recognised as being among the very top tier of Britain's research intensive universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading universities.
Thanks to a generous donation by the family of the late Professor Howard Jones (1918-2007), Head of the Department of Social Administration 1969-1984, the School is delighted to be able to offer the following bursary, in memory of Professor Jones and in recognition of his professional links in the areas specified.
The Professor Howard Jones Bursary (Research Masters & PhD Studentship) – available to applicants from the Caribbean and Guyana starting in September 2011*. Applications are invited from exceptional candidates for the Professor Howard Jones Bursary Research Masters and PhD Studentship available from September 2011. Applicants must be interested in pursuing the highest standards of research in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.
Applicants must have an upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualifications.
Candidates will be considered for entry onto the MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Criminology Pathway) in 2011/12 in the first instance, with a view to progressing to doctoral training from 2012/13 to 2014/15.
Tuition fees for the Research Masters and PhD will be covered by the School of Social Sciences. The Professor Howard Jones Bursary will provide the successful candidate with an annual stipend of £13,590 for the one year of the Research Masters (2011/12) and for each of the 3 years of the PhD (2012/13 – 2014/2015).
How to Apply
Applicants must complete Cardiff University’s Postgraduate Application Form, which can be found at: http://www.cf.ac.uk/for/prospective/pg/apply/sendingapplication/index.html
Please note: we will only accept fully completed application forms and CVs will not be considered. Where English is not the applicant's first language, we do require an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent TOEFL.
With the expectation that candidates will progress after the Masters onto a PhD, potential applicants must produce a detailed initial outline description of their preferred research topic (typically 2-3 pages) which will form the basis for assessing the application, together with the completed application form and references. The research proposal will also be the means by which applicants are paired with potential supervisors. It is important that proposals are clear and concise, and should not be presented in less than a size 10 font.
Please contact: Dr Matthew Williams in the School of Sciences via email at WilliamsM7@cf.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)29 208 74853.
Closing date for applications is 30th July 2011.
References will be sought and telephone interviews will be held before the end of August 2011.
*Applicants can apply and defer entry until 2012/2013.
Good news there is still one-or-two places available on the;
BIS Publications 1 Day Intensive Course for African / Caribbean Writers
who want to Self Publish Successfully. Friday 29th July 10:30-4pm
Register at: http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk/
Fund your ‘unfundable’ ideas
When: Monday 18th July 2011, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Where: Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, London, E8 4AA
Many People are successfully raising amounts from £500 - £10,000 through crowd funding, to fund creative projects that are getting turned down by banks, funders, investors and sponsors.
Crowd funding has quickly become one of the most feasible fundraising models to help you develop or sustain your creative projects; from producing paintings, documentaries, theatre productions and music tours to festivals.
Individuals pledge small amounts (from £20 - £5,000) to help make ideas or projects they admire happen.
Join us at this session to find out:
* What crowd funding is
* How crowd funding can work for you
* The Pros and Cons of crowd funding
Hear from the founders of three of the UKs leading Crowd Funding platforms for creative projects:-
Gregory Vincent founder of Sponsume
Ed Whiting and Hen Norton founders of WeDidThis
Michael Troughton founder of WeFund
You know you’ve got a great idea. Everyone says you’re onto something. But your project just doesn’t fit the criteria of funders, investors, sponsors or banks. Maybe Crowd Funding could be a way for you to raise the funding you need.
For further information please contact us:
E: hatch (at) hatchevents.com
T: 0207 193 4577
BIS Publications present Readers Are Leaders - Get Black Folks Reading
Register at http://www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk/Readers.html
Please pass on these opportunities to friends, family and colleagues. Thank you in advance.
Access to legal advice in the police station
The Law Society has written to Ken Clarke expressing concerns about the implications of a new power in clause 12 of the bill, which has the potential to prevent access to legal advice in the police station.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are proud to extend an invitation to join us at our event to present 'The Weekly World Media Brand'
An Evening of Information, Networking and Business
Please accept this invitation and circulate it to relevant contacts and friends.
Weekly World Ltd
tel: 0208 4079917
Afridiziak Theatre News
Afridiziak Theatre News has teamed up with Sadler's Wells to offer our readers a special offer to get discounted tickets to see Fela!
Following its sell out success at the National Theatre and a triple Tony Award-winning run on Broadway, FELA! arrives at Sadler’s Wells this summer, bursting with colour, infectious live music and exuberant dance. READ MORE/GET TICKETS
Legal aid cuts leave immigration clients stranded
The Law Society has warned that the closure of the Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) will leave thousands of clients without representation. Firms interested in taking on urgent IAS work should contact the Legal Services Commission (LSC) by midday on Monday 18 July.
Find out more
New Children Books For this Summer:
One Thing About History Is: Maiza and Mastura meets Alexander Miles the Inventor by Natasha- John Baptise, RRP £6.99
Maiza and Mastura meets Alexander Miles the Inventor is the first in the One Thing About History Is... series. They are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction children adventure stories. They aim to teach children about the hidden contribution of black inventors. Maiza and Mastura are taken to a land far off into a place called Historyland through their favourite world history book where they learn about a black inventor who solves problems for them. The inventors and their inventions are based on historical facts.
Singer/Songwriter Natahsa says "...I am more accustomed to writing songs as I have worked with many recording artiste such as Desmond Dekker, Light of the World, Sister Sledge and others. I have put to use my creative nature and written these books in a poetic fashion. I have every confidence that the One Thing About History Is ... series will make a big difference, it is important that we educate our children to be more than what they are presumed to become. I've heard it said many times that with knowledge comes power...".
Now taking advance orders at only £4.99
"...Fabulous books regarding African history..." - Nora, School Teacher at Northumberland Park School
"...We need something like this for our school..." - Niambi Boniswa
"...excellent! As soon as its published I will purchase, I love these types of books" - Mark
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How To Make Education Pay and Unlock Your Child's Genius
When: Saturday 16th July from 5pm to 7pm
Where: Goldsmiths College, London University, Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW In room 3.05 in the New Academic Building. (Enter the building via the Laurie Grove Gate)
Can you inspire, educate and help children achieve their full potential? Do you feel that you could run an exciting education business?
If you have a passion for business and education then work with the award winning Simon Education brand which has over 25 years experience in the education world! Your business will consist of a range of innovative educational services and the selling of high quality education books and resources?
This wonderful business opportunity will show you how you can gain freedom, job satisfaction and ongoing training. Be part of this amazing social enterprise that has helped over 11000 families throughout the UK, Caribbean and Africa.
So are you the dedicated entrepreneur that your community needs?
The presentation will be delivered by David Simon, the award winning educationalist and author of the best-selling books, How to Unlock Your Child's Genius and How to Unlock Your Family's Genius.
DIFN’s Update & Development Awareness Event:
Creating Opportunities for Participation – In Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Development
When: Saturday 16th July 2011, 2pm to 6pm
Where: Lemon Tower, Hackney Community College, Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street, Hackney, London, N1 6HQ
· Hear from DIFN’s Programme Manager who has just returned from Nigeria exploring how the UK Nigerian community can invest in the socio-economic development of unemployed youth and other marginalised groups through our new initiative Diaspora Investment – A social enterprise initiative aimed at increasing employment opportunities in Nigeria while at the same time enabling Nigerian in the UK to be involved in Nigeria based investment opportunities.
· Meet Abiola Sanusi a leading Educational Consultant in Nigeria who will speak on employment opportunities in Nigerian top private schools.
· Listen to Bunmi Ade who will inform you of her Solar power project for poor families in Modakeke and find out how DIFN can assist you in your own Nigeria focused development projects
· Finally hear from DIFN of up and coming volunteer schemes and opportunities to participate in Ipaja Community Link’s work with over 100 orphan and vulnerable children in Lagos
Refreshments will be provided
Please pass on to others - Thanks
Programmes / In Country Manager,
"Creating Opportunities For Participation"
Learn to Braid, Twist and Cornrow
When: Saturday 16th July 2011, 10.45 - 4pm
Where: 1 Dryden Court, Renfrew Road, SE11 4NH
Adm: £35 (lunch included)
For tickets visit: www.naturallynubian01.blogspot.com
Or call: 07533966335
Youth Development Course
When: Saturday 16th July 2011,
1-5 Hinton Road,
London SE24 OHJ
Greetings to all!
We are pleased to present an inspirational and powerful Youth Development course
WEEK 1: MY WALK MY TALK – The Power of Communication
WEEK 2: MY TEMPLE - My Body, My Sanctuary
WEEK 3: WHO ARE YOU? - Spiritual and Black - Unlocking the Power within You
WEEK 4: I CAN - Setting personal career life goals
Course Facilitators: Nicola Muhammad and Alison Johnson (Transforming Outcomes)
For those aged 13-17 years or 18-25 and interested in developing personal skills.
Limited spaces exist in each group
Contact Sandra on 07508790172
Registration Deadline: Thursday 14 July 2011
A small charge of £20 exists to cover costs.
The Annual Winston Davis Benefit Cricket Match
Including teams from Birmingham and London playing 20/20 competition for the Tony Leslie Cup
When: 17 July 2011, Start: 12.30pm
Where: Bristol West Indies CC, 65 Gordon Road Whitehall Bristol BS5 7RD
Adm: Adults £5 Children £3.00
Contact: Steve Stephenson 0790-1996175; Ahmed Kazi 0121-523-6836; Trevor Samuels 0789-0712427; Carl Gillings 07789965771; Bob Baker 0794-7380426; Charles Robinson 0796-7029442
The Institute of Regenerative Truth (IRT) EVENT
When: Sunday, 17th July 2011, 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Where: London Road building of London Southbank University, 100 - 116 London Road, SE1 6LN
Class room A9 (classroom on the left opposite lecture theatre)
Welcome and programme review by MC (Ahk) Brother Immanuel
1.00pm - 1.05pm Opening prayer & Introduction of keynote speaker by MC
1:35pm – 3.35pm Crown Doctor Atur Khazriel IRT Seminar One Part A
“Truth-Literacy.” As the principle institute of higher learning for the Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, IRT’s unique curriculum verifies the extraordinary dynamics of African Edenic Indigenous Knowledge Systems and, it’s social transforming power As the principle institute
3.35pm -4.10pm Vegan cuisine by (Ahkote) Sister Adalyah
4.10pm – 5.20p Crown Doctor Atur Khazriel IRT Seminar One Part B
“The Truth About the Brain, African Spirituality and how to Boost the Brain’s Performance.”
5.20pm - 5.45pm Vote of thanks by Ahcote Roneeyah & moderator for
Questions and Answers
Free Will Offerings in support of Kingdom of Yah projects
5.45pm Closeout Prayer
IRT classes are held under the auspices of The African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Jerusalem.
(For more information visit www.kingdomofyah.com or call 07903086174)
‘Edge Hall Boot Sale’
When: Sunday 17 July 2011, 8am-2pm
Where: Edge Hall, 117 bruce grove, Tottenham, London
Every 3rd Sunday in the month
Stalls such as Books, Clothing [Including African Garments], African Arts & Crafts, Herbal Remedies, Films, African Fabrics, Jewellery & Odd Items etc.
Tel: 07535 564 465
Working For The Community ~ Promoting Progress
Sunday Lectures: Robin Walker
When: Every Sunday 3.30-5.30pm
136-138 Kingsland High Street,
London E8 2NS 020 7254 9632
Come and listen to one of Great Britain's leading authorities on African History. Robin Walker, author of 'When We Ruled' and 'Before The Slave Trade' will lecture on great black leaders who influenced and ignited his interest in Black History. From Chancellor Williams to Cheikh Anta Diop and many more.
DVD's of Robin Walkers previous Sunday lectures will be on sale @ £10 Please spread the word
Afro Futures: Screening of Pumzi + Q&A with dir. Wanuri Kahiu
Where: British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
When: 19th July 2011, 6.30pm
Adm: £6 / £4 concs -
This is a rare opportunity to see one of the finest short films to come out of Africa in recent years. And hear from its Director, Wanuri Kahiu, who has already been identified in a recent stateside article as one of the twenty most important new directorial talents in film.
When: 20th July - 28th August 2011, Tue - Sun at 7.30pm / Sat and Sun Mats at 2.30pm
Where: Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
Adm: £15 - £50 (Group discounts available) / Booking / info: Sadler's Well Box office / 0844 412 4300
FELA! tells the true story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. Watch the video trailer, featuring Jay Z, Spike Lee, John Legend and more talking about the show.
Planning meeting Day of action against the increasing violent crime When: Wednesday 20th July 6-8pm
Where: Greater London Authority,
The Queen's Walk,
London SE1 2AA
SACRYD is holding a planning meeting on Wednesday 20th July to plan a co-ordinated Day of Action against the increasing violent crime in our communities.
We are calling on all communities to participate in a Day of Action. We are hoping that such a campaign will drive home these issues right onto the agenda’s of local authorities, regional and central government. Our point is to visibly demonstrate our anger and concern at the continued deaths of our young people and physically demonstrate in a creative way the sheer human cost to communities.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th July 6-8pm @ City Hall, CR9
If you want to be part of the solution, then please come along to this meeting to find out what you can do in your area to support this day of action!
Chinara Enterprises Ltd
The Historiography and Africanisms of today’s Myths and Traditions
When: Thursday 21st July at 6.30pm
Where:Croydon’s Bistro and Lounge Bar, Dooglebud’s, 79 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CRO 2JJ
Adm: First 10 pre-sold EARLYBIRD tickets £6.50 (more on the door) Young People £5 entry
Croydon Supplementary Education Project PresentsIn Conversation with Robin Walker.
Robin Walker will discuss and explain this topic both from a historical and a 21st century perspective.
Come, hear the facts, and join in the conversation.
Hot refreshments on sale & Recommended Books for sale
SPREAD THE WORD !!!!!!!!!!
Festival of Yoruba Arts
When: 23 July 2011, 12 Noon - 9PM
Where: Clissold Park, Church Street, London N16 9HJ
Festival of Yoruba Arts is an annual open air summer event celebrating the rich, vibrant and colorful tradition and cultures of the Yoruba’s, in its traditional and contemporary art forms through a variety of artistic mediums of cultural, aesthetic and educational value.
This year the festival will be held at Clissold Park, Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, the same venue as last year, and will offer heart-pounding entertainment, action packed presentations, performances and delicious food everyone has come to expect from the festival.
The event features traditional drummers, dancers, masquerades, arts and crafts exhibitions, workshops, presentations, cuisine and live performances from artists from around the world, whose music and performance art is influenced by Yoruba culture and traditions and embodies the spirit of Yoruba. Colour! Sounds! Movement!
Community Mentoring Programme
Graduation Ceremony 2011
When: Saturday 23 July 2011, 11AM - 1PM
Where: London South Bank University,
London Road Buildings, 100 - 116 London Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6LN
On this our 10 year anniversary, the 100 Black men of London (100BMOL) are proud to hold their Graduation Ceremony for our 2011 CMP.
From humble beginnings, our Community Mentoring Programme now consists of:
The 'Me I Can Be' programme - a core life skills schedule focussing on issues such as self identity, effective expression, guns knives & violence, goal setting, etc.
The 'Youth Leadership Academy' - a higher life-skills programme focusing on issues such as career development, conflict resolution, money management.
The 'Peer Mentoring Programme' - our highest level programme where our mentors learn to become mentors to their own peers and how to deliver a mentoring session.
The new 'Parents in Partnership' Programme - a community discussion forum for parents to share knowledge and experience and debate issues of the upbringing of children.
This will be a full graduation programme with all our Diamonds and Parents marking their remarkable achievement.
Please join us and celebrate
Kitchen Treasures: Make Natural Skin and Hair Products
When: Saturday 23rd July 2011, 11.30 - 4pm
Where: Cottons - Rhum Shack, 70 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QP
Adm: £12 (food available)
A CORDIAL INVITATION:
For tickets visit: www.naturallynubian01.blogspot.com
Or call: 07533966335
Akeba African & Caribbean Cultural Fun Day
When: Sat, 23rd July 2011 from 12-8pm
Where: Lewsey Park, Luton LU4 0PF
We welcome everyone to attend the 5th Annual Akeba African & Caribbean Cultural Fun Day on Sat, 23rd July 2011 from 12-8pm at Lewsey Park, Luton LU4 0PF.
As a London 2012 Open Weekend Event we will be counting down "one year to go" tropical style - with limbo, oware, dominoes, chess and draughts competitions (trophy prize for each one) and a chance for the community to join the longest conga line and break a local record.
There will be an African & Caribbean Arts, Crafts and Gift Market, Hot Traditional food & refreshments, workshops, exhibitions/displays and live performances from local and national African & Caribbean Entertainers including a Youth Talent Showcase, African Heritage Fashion Show and Carnival Costume Showcase.
Or just have a lazy day in the sun with music and a picnic for the family.
Contact us for details of stalls and coaches leaving from various locations.
SABLE LitMag at the Harlem Book Fair:
CONTEMPORARY BLACK BRITISH WRITING
When: 23 July 2011, All day
Where: West 135th Street 5th Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd, New York
CONTEMPORARY BLACK BRITISH WRITING
"Is Black British writing an area of literature that is gaining ground and credibility in its own right? It has moved away from being seen as either 'urban' by male writers or about family relationships by women writers. With more diverse content, writers are winning major awards and becoming more willing to adopt the 'Black British' genre, instead of the 'Post Colonial' one. The panel will talk about this new movement, literally and geographically and where it fits amongst other literatures.
Panelists Kwame Kwei-Armah, (Theatre), Koye Oyedeji (Fiction), Kadija Sesay, (new writers/new developments), Dorothea Smartt (poetry).
Aurelio / Danyel Waro / Carlou D
When: 23rd July,7.30pm
Adm: £12 - £18
Where: Barbican Centre. Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Booking/info: Barbican Box Office / 020 7638 8891 (10am-8pm Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm Sun)A concert of fresh and emerging global voices.
Honduras-born Aurelio Martinez, is a major figure in Garifuna culture, a fusion of West African and Central American musics. Awarded AfroPop’s Best Newcomer of the Year.
Poet, musician, activist and Womex 2010 Artist Award winner Danyèl Waro hails from Réunion Island where he is a celebrated champion of Creole culture for his fusion of Malagasy and African rhythms.
An outspoken voice from Senegal’s hip-hop generation Carlou D brings spiritual roots music straight from Dakar.
FreeStage: Suhbagiyya and Tamikrest (4-7pm)
When: 24th July 2011, 8pm
Where: Pizza Express Jazz Club
Adm: £15 + booking fee
Booking/ info: pizzaexpresslive.co.uk / 08456 027 017
Off the back of a hugely successful UK tour with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Muntu Valdo plays a special show in the intimate surroundings of Pizza Express Jazz Club.
Muntu’s debut album Gods & Devils was described by NME as "a rapturous record that shudders with joy and passion" Muntu will be performing his new Warners album The One & The Many, praised by the Daily Telegraph for its "sensitive guitar playing and dreamy voice with distinctively textured, self-created loops and rhythms...this Cameroonian one-man band produces a compelling sound".
The One & The Many is out now on Warners - www.myspace.com/muntuvaldo
AGMP Presents: The Okayafrica Invasion!
With: BAJAH & THE DRY EYE CREW
FOKN BOIS [M3NSA + Wanlov the Kubolor]
+ Special Guest AFRIKAN BOY Where: Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1
When: 28th July 2011, 7pm
Booking/Info: agmp.co.uk / seetickets.com/Tour/BAJAH-THE-DRY-EYE-CREW / www.ticketweb.co.uk
BAJAH + THE DRY EYE CREW:
African superstars Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew conquering the global airwaves with their international debut album and their unique sound, which blends the swagger and funk of hip-hop, the passion and energy of dancehall, and the socially conscious vibe of reggae. planetbajah.com
They are the audacious, politically incorrect, comedic, unapologetic rhyming beasts whose antics in Coz Ov Moni, the world’s first Pidgen musical, captivated audiences globally in 2010.
BIS Publications 1 Day Intensive Course for African / African Caribbean Writers who want to Self Publish Successfully
When: Friday 29th July 2011, 10pm to 4pm
Where: Voluntary Action Islington, 200A Pentonville Road London N1 9JP
Adm/Cost: £89.99 in advance | Early Bird £59.99 (concessions available)
Have you ever wanted your writings published? Do you have a manuscript written but its still in your head or maybe its already on paper?, You’ve heard friends and family say its great! and should be in the bookshops.
Do you write children stories for your child(ren) and they just love them. Are you a spoken word performance poet or you just write poetry for fun and now you would like to put it in book form?.
Have you written or would you like to write an autobiography, biography, a crime story, science fiction piece, a How To book, a children story, poetry book. Whatever your fancy this one day intensive course will give you all the tools you need to have a successfully published book which can be bought in major book stores and online stores such as Amazon, W.H. Smith and Barns & Nobles.
On this course you will learn:
• How to create a best-selling African Caribbean book
• How to get your potential best-seller published
• How to get your book selling
• This course is for authors who are tired of receiving rejection after rejection from publishers
• This course is for authors who want more control over their book(s), and want to self publish and reap all the benefits of a best-selling book
• How to get your book published in other countries
• How to see your book published in other languages
• This course is for authors who want to know how to make real money from their books
• This course is for authors who want to know how they can retire early from writing a best-selling book
If any of the above appeals to you then this course is for you. This course will be delivered by professionals in the industry. Hear this information for the first time, from first hand from a leading UK African Caribbean publisher.
No matter what educational background you have, if you have a story to tell you will have readers who will want to know. So don't waste time register today!!!
Please note that this course will be taught in small numbers so unfortunately we can only register those who sign up early. We do apologize in advance if you haven't been accepted.
For more information or to register call: 0845 226 4066 or 07903 791 469, email@example.com
Publishers of the Best-Selling Black Scientists & Inventors Series
Oku Ekpenyon: A Motivation talk
When: Saturday 30 July 2011, 2pm
Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX
Oku Ekpenyon MBE, a Historian and Educationalist. She is a former Head of History of an Inner London Secondary School and delivers in service training on Black British History. She is currently Chair of Memorial 2007 whose purpose is to erect a permanent memorial to honour and commemorate the millions of unnamed enslaved Africans and their descendants whose enforced labour contributed to laying the foundations of the Industrial Revolution and the legacy of economic prosperity from which Britain continues to benefit to this day. She campaigned for the installation of the portrait (courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery) of the Black Shakespearian actor Ira Aldridge at the Old Vic in September 2004. In July 2007 she was responsible for the bi-centenary production at the Old Vic marking Aldridge's birth. Oku initiated and campaigned for the Royal Mail commemorative stamps that marked the bi-centenary of the Parliamentary Abolition of the Slave Trade in 2007 and continues to campaign for Black representation on English banknotes.
The Feminine Sacred Sexuality: African Traditional Practices
When: Sun 31 July 2011
Where: Navarino Mansions, Dalston Lane E8 1AJ
Adm: Free Even, Please bring food to share
Sister circle presents a women’s only event with Sis penny.
Womb Exercise’s, vaginal Cleansing and Clearing, ovarian Breathing
Contact: 07956 134 370 / 0794 7838729
UNI-HOOD PRESENTS: IN HONOUR OF OUR PARENTS
When: Saturday 30th July 2011, Doors open from 7.30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm
Where: The Edutainment Palace 1-5 Hinton Road Brixton (Loughborough Junction) SE24 0HJ
Adm: Tickets: 16+: £10 Under 16s: £5
Purchase your tickets here: http://www.edutainmentpalace.talktalk.net/
Info & Tickets: www.edutainmentpalace.talktalk.net
African Remembrance Day
When: 1 August 2011, 12 noon to 5pm
Where: Queen Mother Moore School, Nelsons Row, Clapham, London SW4 7JR
“Celebrating the birth of South Sudan: remembering the victims of slavery”
There will be prayers, libation, Drumming, poetry and Singing
3 Minutes Silence Observed at 3PM
Free admission, Please bring food to share
Info: Roy: 07891 400412 / Jolomy 07903 900101 / Jan 07912 171201
Africa Fashion Week
When: 5th and 6th August 2011
Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate London EC2N
For the first time in history, the city of London will be hit by a two-day Tsunami of an event that will showcase everything that defines fashion from an African point of view. The event is known as Africa Fashion Week London. It will be held between 5th and 6th August 2011 at the Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate London EC2N and will make history as the biggest platform ever dedicated to African inspired fashion in Europe.
Africa Fashion Week London will give equal opportunity and priority to top international fashion designers alongside new and emerging designers who use African fabrics in their designs, are inspired by African culture and art, sell to the African market or have ties to Africa. The new and emerging designers will be showcased in an event known as Revelation Show within the AFWL. Africa fashion week London is a project designed to create a loud and wide exposure and propagation of style, beauty and fashion from an African perspective, in European environment, thereby creating an atmosphere for cultural exchange; a fusion of western and African cultures, through fashion.
Africa Fashion Week London is organized by Ronke Ademiluyi of Rukkies Concept and produced by Mahogany Productions.
For General Enquiries please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Media Enquiries please contact: email@example.com.
Collectivelly Black: Family Fun Day
When: Sunday 7th August 2011, Start – 2pm Break – 4pm Finish – 7pm
Where: Hyde Park, London W2
Guests are asked to bring their own food and refreshments for the dinner break, which starts at 4pm. The main activities will be: Softball; Football; Cricket; Tug-of-War; Waterfights; Giant Snakes & Ladders; and supervised Special Games for younger children.
We expect a large turnout, so offers of volunteers to supervise events or to provide equipment is welcomed. Please contact CB asap.
Please do not bring any pets with you for the safety of the young children.
Creative Writing Residential in Wales
When: 8-13 August
Where: Ty Newydd, The National Writers Centre for Wales
For: 16-25 year olds
Futureversity with SABLE LitMag will be taking a group of dynamic young writers on a creative writing residential. Tutors are the acclaimed and prize winning tutors Dorothea Smartt (poetry) and Jacob Ross (fiction) and Kadija Sesay (SABLE LitMag publisher) to guide you towards publication. Working with professional writers, you'll generate lots of new material. The course is open to young people at any stage of their writing lives.
100 BMOL: 100 Book Club
When: Thursday 11 August 2011, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: London South Bank University, London Road Buildings, 100 - 116 London Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6LN
An evening of readings, debate, spoken word poetry and music to celebrate books. Featuring Alex Wheatley, Walter Moseley, Olympic legend Tommie Smith & more
FAIR/SHOWCASE: Black Music Records & African Crafts Fair X/Community Fun Day
WHEN: Saturday July 16, 1-6pm 2011
WHERE: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (by John Buck House & back of Newfield Primary School. Willesden Junction or Dollis Hill. Buses 18, 206, 226, 260, 266, 487)
COST/BOOKING: Free entry.
Come and have an enjoyable day at the 10th incarnation of this fair. All are welcome - it’s family friendly atmosphere for fun, buying and selling, plugging something, trying something different, having a say or showing off your talent on the mic!
The place for African crafts, clothes, food, posters, books, live music, karaoke, free African drumming lessons by Brother Kofi, open mic for artists, organisations and vendors, face painting, bouncy castle, clown, oware games, and an opportunity to find out your Ghanaian day name. Artists and label owners, do business on a community tip - just get a stall and sell your CDs or old vinyl, etc! In association with BTWSC and Voice Of African Radio 94 FM.
A stall costs £15 before July 13 2011 (afterwards £20). For more info or to book: www.britishblackmusic.com firstname.lastname@example.org
CALO Festival 2011
When: 19-21August 2011
Where: Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, Wood Green
The First Ever 3-day Caribbean Festival To Be Held In the UK!
CALO is the First Ever Festival of Caribbean Carnival Arts, Music and Cuisine to be hosted in the UK. For three days, August 19th - 21st in the Great Hall at Alexandra Palace, in Wood Green will be transformed into a warm and festive Caribbean microcosm reflecting the colour, diversity and energy of this region.
CALO Festival celebrates all aspects of Caribbean lifestyle and features several key activities that are unique to this dynamic region.
Click on the link below for further information.
CLUB/SHOWCASE: Back 2 Da Future Music Presents June Is Black British Month Showcase & Party @ Moonlighting Nightclub
WHEN: Tuesday July 19 2011, 10pm-3am
WHERE: Moonlighting Nightclub, 16 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR (Tottenham Court Road)
COST/BOOKING: Special BBM guest list pre-booked price £3 (£10 at the door)
Back 2 Da Future Music Presents June Is Black British Month Showcase & Party @ Moonlighting Nightclub is the official BBMM2011 wrap-up club session with DJ Prezedent, KMT, Seani B and co. on the ones and twos playing a special set devoted to British black music, and nice vibes.
Includes guest artist performances by Glamma Kid, Chardel, Blak Twang, Lloyd Brown, Babyboom, Mr Willians, Juxci-D, and Rodney P.
Come and party, as we also commemorate the twenty-first anniversary of Prezedent’s Ragazine column and see off the end of BBMM2011. Pre-bookers get a massive discount to this historic West End club, which is £3, instead of £10 at the door. It takes place Tuesday July 19 2011, 10pm-3 at Moonlighting Nightclub, 16 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR.
UNIA Blue Plaque unveiling
When: Wednesday 17th August 2011, 2.00-4.00pm
Where: 53 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DD and 2 Beaumont Crescent, London. W14 9LX
Narrative Eye invite us all to the unveiling of the United Negro Improvement Association Blue Plaque.
The UNIA was a global organisation that worked tirelessly for the interests of African people in the UK and worldwide. Under the leadership of Marcus Garvey and his wife Amy Jacques Garvey, they assisted African People in realising that self-determination under the face of an oppressive system was the key to their personal and community success. Marcus Garvey lived a large part of his life in Britain and died on British soil.
This plaque is important because it is a uniquely successful way of connecting this notable organisation with the present and the future. This plaque will ensure that the great work that the UNIA did in this country cannot be denied or forgotten.
The unveiling will take place on 17th August 2011 at Beaumont Crescent, London, W14 9LX. Attendees will meet at 53 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DD at 2pm where a Blue Plaque already exists commemorating the house where Mr. Garvey lived and died. Participants shall then make their way to the unveiling and hear words from speakers Professor Augustine John and Mr. Linton Kwesi Johnson. The event will conclude at approximately 4pm.
Narrative Eye hope that we will all be able to to join in this truly historic afternoon.
Marcus Garvey Afrikan Family Day
When: Saturday 20th August 2011 @ 12 noon
Where: Max Roach Park, Brixton Road, London SW9 7ND
Libation, dancing, singing, drumming, poetry, children’s activities, dynamic speakers, solidarity messages, cultural performers, Afrikan market and foods
Come and join us on the day:
Bring your family and friends - Entry is free
For more information contact the Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum c/o:
14, Gowlett Road, London SE 15 4HY. Phone: 07944-204-955. Email: email@example.com; Website: www.pascf.org.uk
National Black Supplementary Schools Week 2011
When: 21-27 August 2011
Where: Centerprise, Dalston
"Past Present, Future"
6th Annual Haitian Revolution Memorial Lecture
On the 220th Anniversary of the Cayman Woods Ceremony
When: Friday 26th August 2011 @ 6pm – 8.30pm
Where: Henry Thomas Room (TG30) , Tower Building , London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road , London N7 8DB
Adm: Entry is free
This year's lecture will be delivered by:
Mario Joseph, Haiti’s most prominent human rights lawyer, has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti since 1996. He and the BAI represent political prisoners and victims of political violence, train other lawyers to do the same, fights to make Haiti’s justice system work for poor people. He has often been the only lawyer who will take poor people’s cases for free.
Advocate of Haiti’s down trodden
Mario was the lead lawyer for the victims in the Raboteau Massacre trial (Haiti’s most complex criminal case) resulting in the conviction of 53 defendants, including the de facto dictatorship’s top military and paramilitary leaders. Three members of the military high command were deported from the U.S. to Haiti to face charges in Raboteau, including the former Assistant Commander-in-Chief, the highest ranked soldier ever deported from the U.S. He also provided expert testimony in the US court’s prosecution of Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel Constant (previously convicted in the Raboteau massacre case). These efforts contributed to a historic damage recovery of $430,000 for the Roboteau victims in May, 2008.
In defence of Haiti’s political prisoners
Under Haiti’s brutal and unconstitutional Interim Government (2004-2006), Mario represented political prisoners, including top former government officials, journalists and grassroots organizers. His courageous advocacy generated frequent threats resulting in his family being forced to leave the country and Amnesty International issuing an urgent action on his behalf in October, 2004.
Rail: Holloway Road station (Piccadilly line) is two minutes walk away, while Highbury and Islington station (Victoria line & British Rail) is 6-8 minutes walk. Bus: The 43, 153, 271 and 393 buses stop close to the tower building.
Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in
Every Sunday - 7-10pm
or go to: www.pascf.org.uk and click on link
Kwaku: British Black Music
Every Monday 11am-2pm
Africa Speaks with Sister Ekua (Aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)
Every Wednesday, 8-10 pm BST
Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) 94 FM
Phone: + 44 (0) 208 180 2523 or + (44) (0)7961573 883
Text phone: + (44) (0)7904 899 195
Spirit Of A Warrior
Date: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free. Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson. Members £2.00 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
*Adults and Children
with the children's classes, We encourage
learning through positive encouragement
and use games and skills to reinforce the
martial arts techniques that they learn.
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross / Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177
For further details please contact us on: 020 8808 7547 / 07956 337 391 or, via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nyansapo - In service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors
LIGALI is a Pan African, human rights organisation. It is maintained and funded entirely
by friends and family of the Ligali organisation, donations are welcome as we need your help to
keep it running.
NYANSAPO is the name of one of the many Adinkra symbols in Akan culture, it is a knot that is so intricately tied it is said that, “only the wise can untie the wisdom knot”. This ebe (proverb) points to the fact that only wisdom affords one the ability to see parts in relation to the whole within which they belong. Wisdom breeds patience, and the insight needed to untangle complex issues and arrive at just solutions grounded in divine order without profaning Ancestral culture in the process.
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Ligali, PO Box 1257, London E5 0UD. Tel: 020 8986 1984