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Greetings Family,

Note: This is the last release of the Nyansapo Newsletter for two months. The Ligali Organisation will not be accepting any new work until August when we will return for African Remembrance Month 2009.  The widely respected community worker and broadcaster Sista C will be hosting the Pan African Drum for a few weeks from 26 May 2009. The weekly topical community programme will broadcast live every Tuesday from 9pm – 12 midnight.

If you cannot access the website then it will be available direct by clicking the link below;
Nyansapo Radio

Nyansapo - is an online community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues. Our next Pan African Drum programme on 19 May 2009 will address the issue of;

Home Grown : Organically Nurturing Talent - Can we do for self?


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

Programme Timetable

There are several ways you can interact with the programme you can;

Call the studio phone line;

0208 1444 708

Send an email to;
Send a text message to; 077286 99049
Call in for free using Skype: nyansapodrum

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

Community announcements and contributions from listeners are welcome.

10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
Home Grown : Organically Nurturing Talent - Can we do for self?

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

Ligali DVD's
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Remember, we can’t continue to be successful without your ongoing support.

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Home Grown: Organically Nurturing Talent

 “cow no know de wort’ a her tail till she lose I’” – African proverb, Jamaica

Greetings, it was only as I was recently putting together a directory of African artists based in the UK that I was reminded how much the feeble excuses used by record labels, ‘urban’ radio stations and some of the ignorant amongst ourselves that – ‘we don’t have any home grown talent’ is total nonsense. I’ve just compiled my 52nd UK based African album and the quality still hasn’t dropped. It’s not just music either, from dance to science, publishing to holistic healing, if we do a little research at grass roots level we will discover there is a fantastic wealth of talent that is not only fit for purpose, but world class in quality and delivery.

However this does not mean that there is not also a greater body of dross out there. Corporate media and its evil partner, western styled democracy relies on the existence of feuds and ‘competition’ to drive its markets. This means the more negative and outrageous a product, the more promotion and thereby - demand it generates. The more corrupt a government and the colluding elite that keep it in power, the more honest artists are oppressed if they dare seek to express and free the political desires of the people they represent. In this environment it is the pimps, cultural bandits and community prostitutes that lead the way. In our current realm this kind of manic cultural warfare is genocidal. It is breeding suicide leading not only to a physical death but also a psychologically and spiritually one too.

Yet whilst this situation exists it is not enough for us to simply claim that ‘the media is bad, the media is racist’. We too have a responsibility to stop feeding the parasites that suck our creative blood dry and instead create and equally as important – support our own artists by building support mechanisms and institutions that promote, shield and ultimately nurtures them.

For far too long we seem to have been obsessed with any cultural works that come from outside ourselves whilst ignoring the gems within our own midst. If we are not being told which African American ‘civil rights’ leaders to revere (and which to fear), we are also being told which music artists are ‘hip’, which books to read and what plays to watch whilst so many other better quality independent acts remain unknown to us both abroad and on our own front doorstep.

A few weeks ago I was present at an event where the artist Kofi Alvin was sharing his beautiful new collection and thoughts on how art can reflect life, the old in the new. It makes me wonder, how many of us are aware of the work of people like Kimathi Donkor the artist, Thabo Jaiyesimi the documentary photographer, Louis Buckley the filmmaker, Abiola Ogunshola the educator, Oladipo Agboluaje the playwright, Onyeka Nubia the author, Ngozi Headley-Fulani the African dance tutor, Kwaku Bonsu the edutainer, Michael Williams the book publisher, Sandra Richards the educationalist, Kubara Zamani the journalist, Sis Njeri Yebiemen the community activist, Henry Bonsu the broadcaster, Akosua Bambara the visual orator, Matthew Ryder the barrister, Elizabeth Anionwu the medical professor, I haven’t even scratched the surface and yet the list goes on.  

If we explore shops like Pempamsie, Maarifa, Centerprise, New Beacon or Muatta Books in London and so many others outside, we are often transported into a world of creative industries where there is a wealth of hidden treasures in need of some light. Admittedly with the loss of one of our genuinely community focused national newspaper this year it has become even more difficult for those without ‘connections’ to get the exposure they need to grow and develop at the rate we, not just they, deserve. 

Yet word of mouth and personal endorsements remain a powerful means of communication that we still can use to find out about those that risk all being true. It was a chance meeting on a train when returning home late one evening that help prompt my last night visit to see Iya Ile (The First Wife).  I don’t think there is a suitable word in the English language that can explain how superb it was. Without a doubt I feel I have just watched one of the best theatrical productions so far this year. It is rare that I am able to laugh so hard tears stream down my eyes whilst simultaneously have my mind and spirit challenged to the point of inspiration and increased political aspiration. And yet this production from Tiata Fahodzi was not some angry African, revolutionary tale of guns and drugs in the ‘ghetto’.  This vibrant and culturally eloquent tale directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr simply depicted the many political and spiritual challenges faced by a modern family in Nigeria. Many of us learnt more about the Yoruba in one evening, than we could ever do by watching a hundred bland BBC documentaries on ‘wild, poverty stricken Africa’. And make no mistake, by observing the challenges faced by the Adeyemi family, we are learning some powerful, occasionally uncomfortable but always necessary truths about ourselves.

The day before catching Iya Ile, I was cycling with a team of volunteers across London from Dalston, Hackney to Thornton Heath and back in the windy rain during the annual ADAP (African Development Association for Progress) Bikeathon. As we zoomed past South London, I spotted but couldn’t stop to greet the lyrical wordsmith Ty. It made me think of other UK based artists like Amen Noir, Akala, Blind Alphabetz, Kevin Haynes, Shaka Marday, Soweto Kinch, Wunmi, David J and yes even Dizzee Rascal the urbanicon himself - he might not be dropping conscious lyrics (yet…) but with a little guidance… well you know I love it when our young people flex like that!

You see for several years now, Kwaku and the Black Music Congress have campaigned and organised for every June to be recognised as ‘British Black Music Month’. This is a simple but powerful initiative that gives support to those of our young people who are struggling to get recognition for their work and instead get little support from the mainstream media which in truth contributes to driving those who have found refuge in studios, artist management, marketing and creative industries back onto the streets, to hustle and in some cases turn to crime. Fortunately not everyone is so blind.

Mayor David Miller, on behalf of Toronto City Council, recently proclaimed June 2009 as "Black Music Month" in order to recognise the unique historical contributions made by Toronto-based African Canadian musicians and those who keep our music alive. Miller recognised “music is a universal language that is a source of inspiration and is one of the greatest expressions of the human spirit that touches our hearts and enriches our lives.”

Miller is not an African.

Why is it that those outside our community can often see and appreciate the good we ourselves fail to recognise in own own. I’ll be gone for a little while and hope that during that time, those of you that support the works of Ligali step up and help those sincere others also working on our behalf.  Loyalty is hard to find amongst a people taught for millennia how to self harm by being self loathing and treacherous. Spiritual loneliness and self imposed isolation is often a by product of this pain. Yet it is within ourselves to turn the tide and start healing by supporting calls to make every June African Music Month, we can progress our freedoms and paint a bright future for the next generation by using African Liberation Day as a rallying cry to organise for success. The diversity of our creativity and science is a wonderful asset which we have yet to fully capitalise on. Yet to prevent stagnation, cultural cul de sacs and poverty of ideas caused by the narrow confines of our current socio-political condition, we have the ability to dig deeper inside and bring out the best not only in ourselves, but others with a similar progressive worldview. You see when it comes to the issue of fully realising Pan African ability, I don’t just believe, I know that we can do better.  

We can do for self. 

May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.

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


Nyansapo: News and Updates

Nyansapo: The Pan African Drum

Newsletter Update

Sista C

The widely respected community worker and broadcaster Sista C will be hosting the Pan African Drum for a few weeks from 26 May 2009.

The weekly topical community programme will broadcast live every Tuesday from 9pm – 12 midnight.

Remember: If you cannot access the Ligali website then the radio show will be available direct by clicking the link below;

Nyansapo Radio

Help With Promotion

If you have watched and felt empowered by any of our films then we are asking if you could go to your local library and ask them to obtain a copy for their shelves. If you work in media we are requesting you write a review or ask your editors to consider doing a feature on the topics contained in our films. If your local African bookshop does not have a copy and is willing to collect donations on our behalf then please ask them to contact us. If you attend or are involved in the running of a Saturday or after school club then please consider arranging a screening of our films to the children and their parents.

We cannot continue to do the work without us being in support of each other, we will not be successful in realising our aspirations without first achieving unity of purpose.


Maafa History

Kelso Cochrane

Kelso Cochrane Memorial Walk

Remembring Kelso Cochrane
On Saturday 16th May 2009, 4pm a walk in remembrance of Kelso Cochrane took place after songs and tributes were made during the memorial event at Kensal Green Cemetery.


Victims of Violence - April 2009



Name, age, picture

Type of incident




Oluwaseyi Christopher Sunday Ogunyemi, 16,

Stabbing - died from multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Died after he was stabbed several times on an estate in Lambeth.

Neighbours said up to 30 youths, many of them armed, were involved in the street fight and said it was sparked by an earlier knife attack.

Detectives continue to question two men aged 21 and 25 on suspicion of murder. A 17-year-old boy remains under arrest in hospital.
A second 17-year-old boy has also been arrested on suspicion of assault. All four suspects suffered stab wounds.
A fifth youth, a 15-year-old boy originally arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail.

July 2008

Court case update!

Shakilus Townsend, 16

Stabbed and beaten

Shakilus Townsend was killed at the hands of his love interest's rival.

He was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed in the chest in a cul-de-sac in Thornton Heath, South London, last July.

He had followed a 15-year-old girl that he claimed to be in love with to the neighbourhood where a gang waited for him. The attack was arranged by the girl's 18-year-old boyfriend Danny McLean.

Mr McLean, 18, claimed to have stabbed the victim in self defence when a knife was drawn on him. The girl and other gang members involved deny the charges.


Comments and Feedback


Dear Friend,

We are currently organising our “African Street Market” which will be taking place 25th July 2009 in central London.

If you or your organisation is interested in exhibiting or taking part please send us an email so we can send you further information.

The website is currently being updated and will reflect new information over the next few days.

Kindest Regards,

0203 393 57 35

Traditional Voices, Spoken Words

Poetry / Spoken Word
The Ligali Organisation is still seeking poems that have most moved you or you feel best reflects our own cultural, political and spiritual beliefs. It doesn't have to be formal prose, lyrics from a song or spoken word performance are all eligible. Please email the words and name of the artist to with the subject heading 'Poetry'.

"the writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society's weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved in shaping its present and its future."

Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995)

Democrazy Falls by Toyin Agbetu

Only a fool believes in democracy
and the hypocrisy of aristocracy
where only the few can afford ‘equality’
as they peddle the ‘dream’ of meritocracy

Only a fool believes an election
is determined by the electorate
whilst the true campaign money of corporates
eclipses GDP’s of the global unfortunate

Only but,
fools believes that its the tool that deceives..
that in a world of political science,
with characters borne from media giants
that it’s, legitimate for a nation of millions
to be represented by only three candidates.
So who is the tool…
when…dem all crazy fools?

Written by Toyin Agbetu, 4 Oct 2004,  in response to President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair’s  claims of wanting to spread US style democracy all over the world.


Community News

Mau Mau
British government fights to avoid justice for African freedom fighters

British fight to deny justice as Kenyans veterans push for reparations

Five elderly Kenyans detained and allegedly tortured during the Mau Mau independence uprising of more than 50 years ago are to issue a reparations claim against the British government in London next month.

Today the Mau Mau War Veterans Association and the Kenya Human Rights Commission said that three men and two women, all in their 70s or 80s, would be the lead claimants in a case to be lodged at the high court on 23 June.

If they are successful, thousands of other people imprisoned and abused during the 1950s and early 1960s could be added to a potentially huge class action suit.

More than 150,000 Kenyans were held in appalling conditions in detention camps during the uprising against the British colonial administration, according to recent studies. Tens of thousands of people were killed or died of disease or starvation, while torture of prisoners was routine and brutal.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission said it had documented in detail 40 cases of castration, severe sexual abuse and unlawful detention, and these actions "resulted from policies which were sanctioned at the highest levels of government in London".

Tom Kagwe, acting deputy executive directive of the commission, said to at a press conference in Nairobi: "The actual number of Kenyans who ­suffered this barbaric treatment at the hands of British officers in fact runs into the thousands."

More than two dozen elderly Mau Mau veterans attended the announcement, including the two women selected as lead claimants. One of the women was 15 when she was imprisoned in a detention camp for four years for supplying food to Mau Mau fighters. Two of the five claimants, who are all expected to go to London for the hearing, never took the Mau Mau oath yet were wrongfully imprisoned for years, according to Dan Leader, a barrister with Leigh Day & Co, the London law firm bringing the suit. "These claimants are representative of the people caught up in the brutal repression of the Mau Mau period," said Leader. "We hope that the government treats these claims with the seriousness they deserve and realises that it is time to apologise and compensate Kenyans for this stain on British history."

In a letter to Leigh Day, the British government said the claim was invalid because of the time that had elapsed since the abuses. In addition, it said that any liability resulting from the colonial administration had passed on to the Kenyan government at independence.

But the commission said that the time lag had been unavoidable because the Mau Mau had remained a banned organisation in Kenya until 2003. The uprising caused thousands of deaths in fighting among Kenyans, which successive governments were eager to gloss over, meaning that the Mau Mau veterans have never been fully acknowledged for their crucial role in the independence struggle.

Paul Muite, a Nairobi lawyer and former MP who is helping with the case, said the claim was not only about money but also to allow the veterans "to regain their self-respect and dignity as freedom fighters".

For More Information

  Obama to make first African visit in July
By Kwasi Kpodo
Saturday, May 16, 2009; 10:46 AM

ACCRA (Reuters) - Barack Obama will visit Africa for the first time since being sworn in as the first black U.S. president when he travels to Ghana in July, a trip many Africans hope will herald powerful help for their poor continent. Ghanaians celebrated Washington's decision to choose their country for Obama's presidential debut in Africa, where he is a hugely popular figure.

They said the visit represents a chance for Ghana, which expects to start producing oil in 2011, to press its claims for greater engagement with the West.

Obama will visit the former British colony on July 10 and 11, Ghana's foreign ministry said in a statement.

For more info

Blue Diamond
Petra Diamonds: A 7.03 carat internally flawless, fancy vivid blue diamond.

The Plundering Continues...
South Africa: Diamond Sold For Record U.S. $9.4 Million

A seven-carat blue diamond discovered at the Cullinan diamond mine near Pretoria has been sold in Geneva for a record price of nearly U.S. $9.5 million.

The owners of the mine, Petra Diamonds, said in a statement Wednesday that the price fetched at a Sotheby's auction - $1.3 million per carat - set "a new record price per carat for any gemstone sold at auction and the highest price for a fancy vivid blue diamond sold at auction."

Sotheby's said the diamond had drawn particular interest from Hong Kong, New York, London and Geneva.

The stone is, in diamond traders' terminology, an internally-flawless "fancy vivid blue" weighing 7.03 carats. It was cut from a 26.58-carat rough stone found last year.

In a deal first announced in 2007, a consortium led by London-based Petra Diamonds bought the Cullinan mine from De Beers Consolidated Mines. The consortium included a South African black empowerment partner company, Thembinkosi Mining Investments (Pty) Ltd.

The mine has long been renowned for the quality of its diamonds, the most famous of which is the Cullinan diamond, which was discovered in 1905 and at 3,106 carats is still the largest gem diamond ever found. Two diamonds cut from the rough stone, the Great Star of Africa and the Lesser Star of Africa, are in the British crown jewels.


New community radio programme launched

The Nubian Acoustiks Show is a brand new show starting Monday 18th May on or you can tune in to 93FM between the Hours of 9pm - 11pm. The show will present topical issues from a Black perspective and look to engage with the community/listeners on subjects ranging from Fashion, lifestyle, culture, history,education and entertainment.

The Nubian Acoustiks show will have a section every week called Marcus Seh! Looking at some of the Philosophy and Opinions of Hon Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

Every week your HOST Karl X will inform the listeners about historical information via one of our many Black Scholars - Tonight in our Warrior Scholars section we will be playing Dr Ben Jochannan who gave a lecture on the Scramble for Afrika.

We will also pay homage to our Ancestors - In Remembrance of Our Ancestors  we will focus on a famous ancestor who through their work broke down the walls of injustice, inequality and raised the consciousness of Black people i.e; Sylvester Williams, Claudia Jones, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Ira Aldridge, C R James, Nat Turner, Nanny of The Maroons, Ann Zingha Henrique Dias,  Walter Rodney and many more.

In between you will be entertained by Conscious Muzik (Reggae, Hip Hop, Poetry and Nu Soul).Please call in on ; 07931 744 453 or e-mail your views to:

Log on and be prepared to be challenged, each one teach one.

"Let no voice but your own speak to you from the depths; let no influence but your own rouse you in time of peace and time of war.  Hear all but attend only to that which concerns you" 

Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

"NATURE first made us what we are and then out of our own creative genius we make ourselves what we want to be.  Follow always that GREAT LAW. Let the SKY be your limit, and Eternity our Measurement. There's no height to which we cannot climb by using the active intelligence of our own mind. Mind creates, and as much as we desire in NATURE, we can have through the creation of our own minds."


Art Matters...

Crown Wearing


Ken Yahw McCalla has produced art works in a wide range of mediums over the last 20 years, from theatre set designs to potato printing. In whatever tool is used, his skill in visual communication has opened and excited the viewer in ideas based on energies uniting. Drawing on his rich cultural heritage, he shares his development and overstandings as a displaced being.

Ìyà-Ilé by Oladipo Agboluaje / Femi Elufowoju Jr


An unmissable theatrical party, Ìyà-Ilé is the long-awaited prequel to the hugely successful The Estate, which is currently being adapted for film. A vibrant mix of comedy, political satire and family intrigue, Ìyà-Ilé is packed with witty dialogue and the wonderful music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey.

Oladipo Agboluaje’s most recent plays include The Christ of Coldharbour Lane and the five-star hit The Hounding of David Oluwale. Tiata Fahodzi were last at Soho with the sell-out hit Joe Guy in 2007.

Contact: Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London W1 - 020 7478 0100


Pan-African World View

Malcolm X
Malcolm X: Pan-African Freedom Fighter

Malcolm X, Barack Obama & Oginga Odinga
By Norman (Otis) Richmond

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz(Malcolm X) would have been 84 years old on May 19, 2009. Africans in New York City have made a pilgrimage to Malcolm's gravesite every year since February 21, 1966. While it is unlikely that U.S. President Barack Obama will acknowledge Malcolm’s joining the ancestors, people from Cape Town to Nova Scotia and Brazil to Brixton definitely will.

Malcolm was assassinated 44 years ago, on February 21, 1965, because of his attempt to internationalize the African American struggle for self-determination.
Unlike other U.S. presidents, President Obama knows who Malcolm was and what he stands for. Like many males with African roots President Obama was moved by Malcolm’s life story. A cursory reading of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father will prove this point.

President Obama is truly an African American; parts of his roots are with the Luo people in East Africa. The Luo are an ethnic group in Kenya, Eastern Uganda, and Northern Tanzania. The Luo are the third largest ethnic group (13%) in Kenya, after the Kikuyu (20%) and the Luhya (17%). The Luo and the Kikuyu inherited the bulk of political power in the first years following Kenya's independence in 1963.

When Malcolm visited African in 1964 he visited Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It was during that trip that he met with Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta, Uganda’s president Dr. Milton Obote, President Julius K. Nyerere and Muhammad Babu of Tanzania. Babu, Malcolm and Leroi Jones (now Amiri Baraka) held a meeting during this period in New York City. Malcolm talked about meeting President Kenyatta, Malcolm however, was also aware of Kenya ’s Oginga Odinga.

When Malcolm was killed in 1965 Kenyatta was still in power and Odinga and Kenyatta were still comrades. Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga (1911 –January 20, 1994) was a Luo Chief, who became a prominent figure in Kenya's struggle for independence.

He later served as Kenya's first Vice-President, and a member of Kenya African National Union (KANU) and thereafter as opposition leader.

Odinga's son Raila Odinga is the current Prime Minister, and another son, Oburu Odinga, is Assistant Minister for Finance in the 2008 Grand Coalition government. Odinga was Vice President of Kenya in 1964-66, but in 1969, he was placed under house arrest, due to his opposition to the KANU government.

Odinga had an impact on human rights groups in the United States. While he was in the U.S., the State Department took him on a tour of America. The last stop was Atlanta, self-described as “The City Too Busy to Hate.” Odinga was housed at one of Atlanta’s two non segregated hotels.

When the activists of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) heard about Odinga’s visit, they decided to “pull his coat” and provide him with information that would be neglected by the State Department. They visited Odinga’s hotel room and shared stories and songs of the human-rights movement to acquaint this African visitor with how the United States treated her African population.

He responded, “Uhuru,” the Swahili word for “freedom.” Following their visit to Odinga the SNCC delegation went to the Toddle House restaurant near the hotel. They sat in to protest the restaurant’s “whites only” policy, and 17 were arrested.

”Immediately after these events, Knoxville’s Matthew Jones, a SNCC worker, wrote a song, “Oginga Odinga of Kenya,” telling this story. Odinga described the racial situation in America as “very pitiful.”
Soon the Toddle House restaurants chose to desegregate,” recalled Jones in an interview.

“Oginga Odinga of Kenya,” became one of Malcolm’s favorite songs. Malcolm and the legendary human rights leader Fannie Hamer of the Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party shared the platform at a church in Harlem. The Freedom Singers of SNCC performed various songs, including “Oginda Odinga of Kenya.”

One of the reasons over ninety percent of the African population in the United States gave their support to President Obama and not Senator Hilary Clinton was his opposition to the war in Iraq. Africans in American have always been in the vanguard of opposing imperialist wars. The great Nevis–born, African Caribbean leader Cyril Briggs who helped found the African Blood Brotherhood in 1919 was fired from his job at the New York Amsterdam News for speaking against World War I.

Contrary to popular belief, it was Malcolm, not Martin Luther King, who first opposed the war in Vietnam. Malcolm was the first African American leader of national prominence in the 1960s to condemn the war. He was later joined by organizations like the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) and the SNCC, The Black Panther Party, the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the Republic of New Africa.

This was in the tradition of David Walker, Henry Highland Garnet, Martin R. Delaney, Bishop Henry McNeil Turner, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey Cyril Briggs, Claudia Jones, Ella Baker and Paul Robeson.

Malcolm continued this anti-imperialist tradition. He continued in the anti-imperialist tradition and to link the struggles of African people worldwide. King always maintained that,“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. He came out against the Vietnam War after his famous April 4, 1967 speech at Riverside Church in New York City.

What direction will President Obama take on international affair? Will or will he not send troops to Afghanistan? What stand will he take on the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)? Which tradition will he follow? Will he take an anti-imperialist stance like Malcolm and Odinga or will he follow in the footsteps of his fellow American presidents?

Time will tell.



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 Media: Pan African


Radio: Pan African People's Phone In

When: Sunday
Time: 10:00 pm - Midnight
Where: Galaxy Radio 99.5 FM (

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in is a space hosted by community worker and activist Brother Omowale for themed interactive discussions conducted over the airwaves and cyberspace.  The themes are focused around issues affecting Afrikan people both locally and globally. 

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in regularly features guests from revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist organisations.  From time to time others including non-Afrikan guests will be invited to contribute. The activities of all guests will be examined on the basis of their relevance to Afrikan people locally and worldwide.  Interviews and presentations with guests will set the scene for the more general discussion (in the second half of the programme) where listeners will be invited to phone in, ask questions and contribute.


TV: Shoot The Messenger

When: Sunday
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Shoot The Messenger is a weekly one-hour discussion and phone-in programme hosted by journalist Henry Bonsu which explores a subject of interest to Africans at home and abroad.

Radio: Africa Speaks with Alkebulan / Sister Ekua (aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)

Where: Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) / 94.3FM
When: Every Monday / Wednesday 8-10 pm GMT

Number for on-air discussion: 0208 180 2523


Activity Based Workshops: Political & Empowerment


Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)
Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum Presents the 2009 annual theme and series of workshops
Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)

Time: 6:30pm
44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS - Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436
Adm: £Free

Friday 22nd May 2009 @ 6.30pm
The 1966 anti-Nkrumah coup & US Satan in Ghana today

Friday 29th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
Building effective links between Continental & Diasporan Afrikans

When we were oppressed under slavery and colonialism our ancestors knew it; they knew that they had to remove these oppressive systems in order to be free.  It is a massive contradiction that despite the fact that we are actually living in the neo-colonial phase of history, most of us do not know what it is.  The problem this poses is that if we do not know it, we cannot understand it; if we cannot understand it, we cannot consciously do anything to challenge it; if we cannot do anything to challenge it, we cannot get rid of it; if we cannot get rid of it, we will remain stuck in it; if we remain stuck in neo-colonialism, Afrika cannot be liberated and we will not be a free and self determining people.  The critical task before us therefore, is to raise our collective level of consciousness of the nature of neo-colonialism and how to defeat it in Afrikan communities everywhere.


Community Screenings

Hip Hop Revolution

Hip Hop Revolution plus Hip Hop Scientists + Inventors and the 5th Element

When: 24th May 2009
Time: 6:30pm sharp – 9:30pm
Adm: £10 (Discount of £3 if you attend both evenings)
Where: Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High St London, E8 2NS (Railway: Dalston Kingsland / Buses: 149, 243)

Contact: BIS Publications on: 0208 880 9076 / Centerprise on: 0207 254 9632 for tickets.
You can purchase on-line by emailing:
Please be advised space is limited. First come, first served.

A groundbreaking documentary about Hip Hop Culture in apartheid and post apartheid South Africa. Also a presentation by author Michael Williams of the best-selling Black Scientists & Inventors books discussing the scientific contributions of Africans in all endeavors including Hip Hop and the 5th Element plus black short films


Community Events


Seminars/talks on African (Black) Britain

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

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


Exhibition: Images of Studio One - Jamaica

When: 1st May to 20 June

Reggae lover and a photographer, Roman Vesper was lucky to live in Jamaica for many years and began to take photos of vintage record artists while working at Studio One. 'The main aim of this exhibition is to keep those who laid down the foundation of reggae music in the public consciousness.

People do have short memories and it is clear that many of these icons of Jamaica's history are being forgotten. Many of these singers and musicians have passed away since I left Jamaica in June 2004. And I see this exhibition as a way of also knowing them. All of the artists were great wonderful people and freely told me stories and how they lived their lives.

So here is my photographic tribute to them'.

Exhibition runs at Centerprise Gallery from 1st May to 20 June

Plus poetry by the I-Storians featuring Ngoma Silver, Dimela and Oma-ra of the Hackney Writers Group

For further details contact:
Emmanuel Amevor 020 7254 963


In The Mix: Sunday Free Jazz By Soweto Kinch

Date: Every Sunday from 29 March
Time: 2 – 5pm
Rich Mix | 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Rich Mix is proud to present its continued partnership with jazz and hip hop artist Soweto Kinch. A selection of guest artists and performers, including Femi Temowo and Shabaka Hutchings, take residence in the Rich Mix Bar to create laid back sessions that are fast making Rich Mix the place to be on a Sunday afternoon.


Sun 5 April, 14 & 28 June

Soweto Kinch

Sun 12 April, 7 & 21 June

Shabaka Hutchings

Sun 19 April – 31 May

Femi Temowo

Soweto Kinch (

Award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including two MOBOs, four BBC Jazz awards and a Mercury Music Prize nomination. “Mr Kinch demonstrates what England has to teach [the USA] about narrative Hip-Hop. Don’t sleep on Mr Kinch.” (The New York Times) Shabaka Hutchings  ( clarinettist and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is a member of experimental contemporary jazz group Zed U who are due to release an album mid 2009. He is also part of jazz legend Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors and has performed on his recent album Afropens as well as alongside jazz outfits Polar Bear, The Heliocentrics, Anthony Joseph and Tomorrow’s Warriors. “Shabaka Hutchings is going places.” The Guardian 

Femi Temowo  ( 

Femi Temowo is a guitarist ‘par excellence’. After graduating from Middlesex University, where he studied Jazz, he was approached by Soweto Kinch to join his then brand new quartet. Femi is a regular guitar tutor at Tech Music School, a contemporary music institute based in West London. He also gives master classes and seminars all over the UK and Europe as part of ‘The Urbanator Project,’ a music education programme founded by violinist Michal Urbaniak.“One of Europe’s finest and most sought after guitarists” Time Out


Ìyà-Ilé (The First Wife)

Date: 14 May - 20 June 2009
Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London W1
Adm: £10
Contact: 020 7478 0100

New play by Tiata Fahodzi, It's 1989 in Lagos. Political hysteria and social change are sweeping Nigeria. Chief Adeyemi's wife Toyin is turning 40 and, behind the mansion walls, the household is preparing for her party. But there are other distractions. Their troublesome sons, returning from college, are more interested in seduction and starting revolutions than their parents' disintegrating marriage. Meanwhile Helen, the ambitious house girl, is waiting for her chance...

An unmissable theatrical party, Ìyà-Ilé is the long- awaited prequel to the hugely successful The Estate, which is currently being adapted for film. A vibrant mix of comedy, political satire and family intrigue, Ìyà-Ilé is packed with witty dialogue and the wonderful music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey.

Written by Oladipo Agboluaje / Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr


Jude Akuwudike, Antonia Okonma, Javone Prince & Chucky Venn

with Babatunde Aleshe, Tobi Bakare, Estella Daniels, Marcy Oni & Nick Oshikanlu

An unmissable theatrical party set in 1980s Nigeria, this is the prequel to sell-out hit The Estate.
See it first:

Tickets from £10 til Saturday 23 May

then increases for later performances.


Book Launch: George Padmore: Pan-African Revolutionary, edited by Fitzroy Baptiste and Rupert Lewis

When: Tuesday 19 May
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Where: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS

This will be a round-table discussion with two of the contributors,  

Hakim Adi, Reader, Middlesex University


Marika Sherwood, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

and two exciting PhD students,

Christian Hogsbjerg, working on 'CLR James in Imperial Britain, 1932-1938' at the University of York


Leslie James, researching 'A Biography on George Padmore', at the International History Department, LSE


Black Cultural Archives: Oral Histories of the Black Women's Movement and Documenting the Archives

When: Tuesday 19th May 2009
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, London SW9 7PH
Adm: £Free, To book your ticket please call 020 75828516, or email including your name and a contact number, how many places you would like to reserve, and where you heard about the event.

On Tuesday May 19th BCA will host an evening of presentations and performances at the Karibu Centre in Brixton. Starting at 6.30pm, the event will include a hot buffet and will finish by 8.30pm. There will be presentations on our oral history project on the Black Women’s Movement in Britain, the launch of the new online archive catalogue and a hot Caribbean buffet.

Please RSVP if you’re planning to come, as we’d love to see you but we do have limited capacity. Also feel free to forward on to anyone you think may be interested.


SERTUC Film Club will screen THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… (2 Episodes)  

When: Thursday 21 May 2009
: 7-10pm
Adm: Free

2 Films (from 4 part series) by Colin Prescod made for Channel 4 at the beginning of the 1980s:

·         FROM YOU WERE BLACK, YOU WERE OUT describes the condition in the 1950s in Ladbroke Grove a decaying inner London area.

·         A TOWN UNDER SIEGE focuses on how Southall organised to resist racist and fascist attacks between 1976 and 1981.

·         + Discussion with Filmmaker; Colin Prescod

We take this opportunity to invite you to attend, and request (please) your help with circulation to colleagues, friends and any other interested links. Free admission event (all welcome).

Registration essential: / 020 7467 1220


African Liberation Day (ALD): Honour Nkrumah

When: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15 (nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line)
Time: 5pm - 10pm
Adm: £5 donation requested (children free)

When: Saturday 30th May 2009
African Liberation Day in solidarity with PASCF; APLO; AAPRP; AJAMU and others in South London (venue to be confirmed - Call: 07940.005.907)

Global Economic Crisis calls for Pan-African Unity: Build one united socialist Africa

Kwame Nkrumah CPP (Ghana)
PANAFU (Sierra Leone)
All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (AAPRP)
African Peoples Liberation Organisation / Pan-Africa Society Community Forum (APLO / PASCF)
Global Women's Strike

Invited speakers:
Cuban Ambassador
Venezuelan Ambassador
Cultural stalls; cultural artists; raffle; light refreshments & snacks
Sorry - no childcare programme!

We are going to have great evening commemoration of the 51st observerance of ALD. We have a great line-up of speakers. We will identify the causes of the economic crisis, the collapse of 'old style' capitalism and its impact. We will debate the impact in England and what we can do about it.

We will also demonstrate the alternative examples in socialist countries, with a particular focus on what Africans can learn from the various struggles around the world.

You will have the opportunity to express your views and debate with the panel.

Contact: AJAMU on 07852.937.981 or

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

Tony Wade
Tony Wade

In conversation with Tony Wade: The Adventures of an economic migrant

When: Saturday 23rd may 2009
Time: 6:30pm sharp – 9:30pm
Where: Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High St, London, E8 2NS (Railway: dalston Kingsland Buses: 149, 243)
Adm: Entrance £10 (discount of £3 if you attend both evenings)

In conversation with Tony Wade MBE, author of 'How they made a million' 'The dyke & dryden story' and his recently published book 'The Adventures of an economic migrant'.

Tony Wade is one of the founding - fathers of Afro Hair & Beauty industry in the UK and europe. Tony Wade will impart his experiences of Black entrepreneurship, Black Business in the UK, from retailers to manufactures; he will also show how we can use the methods learnt in the Afro hair & Beauty industry to create a black publishing industry and more in the UK. Tony will explore what the UK black community need to know about entrepreneurship and business.

Phone to book speak to savina at Bis Publications on: 0208 880 9076
Centerprise on: 0207 254 9632 for tickets.

You can purchase on-line by emailing:
Please be advised space is limited. First come, frst served. Best to book early.
In association with Bis Publications - Design by savina

Exhibition: Ken McCalla's Spring Open Studio Weekened

When: 23-24 May 2009
Time: 10 am til 10 pm
Where: 13 Letchworth Street London SW17

As the season changes & the light brings rejuvenating energies I’ve created some new images to start this years 1st exhibition theme of Spring & Rebirth.  Bank holiday weekend looking for some cultural inspiration, come bring friends & family to my Spring 2009 Open Studio Exhibition where you can view and buy a variety of artwork for your home or as that special gift. A unique selection of greeting cards are also available.
Hope to see you there.

One Love Ken


Walter Tull and Other African Footballers 1890-1990

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

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

In association with www.blackhistorywalks and 100 Black Men of London


Community Action Forum

When: 26 May 2009
Where: Willesden Library, Willesden High Road, London NW10 2ST
Time: 6PM

A forum to encourage people who share similar concerns (violence and young people) to come together and create realistic solutions.

Contact: Davis or Elizabeth - 0208 438 1520

African Liberation Day 2009
Afrikan Liberation Day 2009: Nkrumah@100

Afrikan Liberation Day
Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)

Day 1: Building effective links between Continental & Diasporan Afrikans

When: Friday 29th May 2009

Where: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436

Adm: Youths are specially welcome – All free of charge

Day 2 (Main Event): Afrikan Freedom Means Defeating Neo-colonialismNkrumah@100 (1909 – 2009)

When: Saturday 30th May 2009
1pm – 7pm
Where: St John’s Church Hall, Meeting House Lane, Peckham, London SE15 2UN
Nearest Rail: Peckham Queen’s Road (British Rail) / Buses: 21, 36, 53, 136, 172, 171, 436, 453, P12, P13
Adm: Youths are specially welcome – All free of charge

Libation, dancing, singing, drumming, poetry, children’s activities, dynamic performers

Keynote Speaker Direct from Ghana – Kwesi Pratt

Plus Panel Speakers & Solidarity Messages

 Afrikan Liberation Day planning meetings – Offley Road every Monday @ 6.30pm

For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email –; Website – 

Organised by: Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum* Southwark Black Parents Forum*All-Afrikan People’s Revolutionary Party.  Sponsored by: *Afrikan Hebew Israelites* George Jackson Socialist League* Global Afrikan Congress*Moyo Wa Taifa

  The State Of The Nigerian Nation Symposium

When: Friday, 29 May 2009
Time: 09:00:am - 05:00:pm
Where: London Metropolitan University Stapleton House Holloway Road London N7 8HN
Adm: Free

To ensure that a seat is available for you please confirm attendance or participation by registering @ / Tel Daytime; 07951402986 / Evening; 02030150739

Event Speakers: Oluwole Soyinka, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Affing L. Affiong, Femi Falana,
Sowore Omoyele, Okey Ndibe, Moderator: Sola Adeyeye


Key Speaker    

Professor Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka
 is a Nigerian writer, poet and playwright. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, the first African to be so honoured. In 1994, he was designated United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of African culture, human rights, freedom of expression, media and communication.  

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu former Executive Chairman of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the government commission tasked with countering corruption and fraud. Under Ribadu's administration, the EFCC has charged prominent bankers, former ministers, Senate presidents, high-ranking political party members and large-scale 419 gang operators.    

Affiong L. Affiong is Secretary General of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan Afrikan Women's Solidarity Network based in the UK and Ghana . Her political life began as a student activist in the Nigerian student union movement in 1983 at the University of Ibadan and at the University of Lagos in 1987.   In 1990, she relocated to the UK where she is active within the Black community where she has worked as a political organiser, campaigner and community advocate on race, immigration, employment and other anti discrimination issues in the community.  

Barrister Femi Falana. President of the West African bar Association. Femi Falana is acknowledged as a credible and consistent voice in the ongoing campaign for a just rule of law in Nigeria. He is highly regarded as a strong and effective pillar against rights abuses and tyrannical rule as well as an advocate of good governance in Nigeria and across Africa.    
Sowore Omoyele.  Omoyele Sowore is a Nigerian who has spent the last years working to promote human rights and democracy in Nigeria, and to stop the militarization and violence that multinational oil companies have brought to his country. He is the publisher of the anti fraud on line magazine Sahara Reporters New York.

Okey Ndibe is a novelist, poet, political activist from Yola, Nigeria. He is the author of Arrows of Rain, a critically reviewed novel published in 2000. Ndibe relocated to the USA in 1988, where he founded African Commentary, an award-winning and widely acclaimed a magazine. He is a published poet, and a former associate professor of English at Bard College at Simon's Rock.
Event Moderator:   
Professor Sola Adeyeye former Nigerian law maker, scientist, pro democracy activist, social justice campaigner and renowned for Human Rights Campaigns.
Other invited speakers:
Representatives of the Nigerian High Commission
London Metropolitan University Business School   
NLF Convenor Kayode Ogundamisi


The Future is Elsewhere (L'avenir est Ailleurs)
When: Saturday  30 May 2pm-5.00pm

Where: BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall), Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Adm: ₤5, best to book early / Phone 0207 928 3232 in association with Images of Black Women,MnMn Begay and Somalis Unite

The recent riots in Martinique and Guadeloupe were largely glossed over by the British media, but they represent the most serious uprising by exploited black people since the 1937 riots in the English speaking Caribbean. This film explains in detail the many similarities there are between the Windrush generation and what is known as the Bumidons. The Bumidon were invited to France in the 1960's to do menial jobs while rich white French people were sent to the Caribbean to occupy the best land and employment. It features Aime Cesaire and  shows the economic oppression operated by Sarkozy, who has suddenly appointed the first Black women ever as Minister for Overseas Territories.(Islands in the Caribbean are considered part of France)

The film will be followed with Q and A with a panel representing French Caribean, Black Parisians and French-speaking Somalis from the East African country Djibouti. This major event takes place in the 450 seat flagship luxury cinema. As this is the first event of its kind bring, your friends,family and kids to see some positive images of the Caribbean and find out what is going on.

Make sure to book in advance


Workshop: Book Writing

Where: The Big Green Bookshop, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London, England N22 (across from the Barclays Bank, the centre of the Wood Green High Road).
When: Thursday 11th June 2009
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Adm: Free

Refresehments Available

So You Want to write a book? Don't know where to start?  This FREE Introduction Evening is open to everyone! (4-week course begins on July)

Brought to you by MYROD: Kwame M.A.McPherson, Writer, Author, Entrepreneur

For further details: Kwame 07932 829 019 or email: ,  


International Food Fair

When: Sunday 21st June 2009
Time: 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Where: Wealdstone High Street. 

The idea is to have food from around the world to raise awareness of the rich diversity within the borough.  It will be a great opportunity for Harrow residents and visitors to taste food they have not tasted before.  We are looking for participants from different communities, community organisations, voluntary organisations, restaurants etc to take stalls.  We are suggesting that organisations and businesses use it as a marketing opportunity to publicise their organisation, projects, food, venue etc.  Any support you are able to give with publicity will be appreciated.


ANANSEKROM 2009: A Ghanaian Cultural Extravaganza

Date: Saturday 25th July 2009
Time: 11am – 8pm
Location: The Orsett Showground, Grays, Essex

Noble friends present Anansekrom 2009 - A Ghanaian cultural extravaganza. Activities will include:
Durbar of Chiefs, Drum Master Class, Story Telling, Traditional Ghanaian Games, Traditional Drumming and Dancing, Hip Life African Artifacts, Traditional Dishes, Puppet Show, Table Tennis Tournament, 5-A-Side Football, Cross section of Black Stars Football Team in attendance

Live in Concert:
Performing all his hits

For more Information, Ticket Bookings & Stalls, please contact:
07951 644 296, 07845 500 038, 07759 459 771, 07985 148 436, 07534 148 464, 07810 740 227
Email: info@noblefriends.ord


400 Years of African Female Leaders

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

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

In association with www.blackhistorywalks and 100 Black Men of London


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