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Our Pan African Drum programme on 20 October 2009 discussed the issue of;

Word Power : Is now the time for the rise of the scribes?


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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo –Word Power

“One who has strength, she has the Truth – African Proverb, Mamprussi

Greetings, last weekend I was invited to a gathering of a family friend whose mother had reached the age of eighty. As I participated in the celebrations of our elder I could not help but notice the wealth of knowledge that surrounded us. As adults and children alike stepped up to deliver beautiful words expressing love and testimonial of their appreciation she wept. And as her tears moved all around her I started to think about how powerful words are in expressing our thoughts.

Earlier that day I had been at Maarifa bookshop with the family in order to buy a card for the elder. I was deep in reasoning with the wise brother behind the counter when a conscious community worker walked in looking for a text on a particular topic. After a few minutes he was about to walk out when the brother behind the counter asked if he could help. Within a short time there were smiles all around as they found a title addressing the theme he was seeking. Knowledge may have been all around us but it was wisdom that guided us to the answer.

I don’t know about where you live but in Hackney and definitely in the borough of Camden, the librarian, one of the many custodians in the world of words is also under threat. People everywhere are being replaced by Daleks, ok, ok… automatons with book scanners then. If you have noticed the growth of the alleged ‘modernising’ self service systems that is taking place in so called supermarkets, then understand that this cost saving 'revolution' has been extended to books. I think it’s quite ironic that earlier last week there was a late night TV screening of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451– the temperature that books burn (thanks M.A.A). Some say that back in the day the book of this film was banned, most of us now seem to think that this could never happen today – but we are wrong.

If you are one of the millions of internet surfers who use the internet for research then you would have come across the Google search engine. Launched in 2002 and now owner of e-blogging web services and the YouTube video portal, Google now accounts for 70% of all searches of information in the world. This makes it the single most influential online index currently in existence. Yet this is not enough, Google is now digitalising books, scanning them in order to become the dominant repository of all written knowledge in the near future. There has been warning signs. A few months ago an extraordinary incident occurred. The internet giant Amazon that originally made its money by selling paper books launched Kindle it’s e-book reader. The idea is that instead of us buying paper based literature, we will download books to our trendy electronic readers. Kind of like how we are being pushed into no longer buying CD’s (or vinyl) and downloading songs with inbuilt ‘digital rights management’ to iPods and other such mp3 players. If this hasn’t started to ring alarm bells in your head then let me explain why it should.

First of all, how wise is it for us to allow our choice of reading matter to be dominated by the purchasing choices offered to us by anti-African political and corporate institutions? Whose business is it what book we choose to read? If I want to absorb the revolutionary poetic writings of Ahmed Sheikh Gueye or study Kwame Nkrumah’s Politico-Cultural Thoughts and Politics on An African-Centered Paradigm for the Second Phase of the African Revolution. Whose business is that? Books like Fahrenheit 451 alongside the recent sci-fi film Equilibrium despite its tacky matrix-wannabe pretensions highlight a serious issue on the growing creep leading to the total suppression of the freedom of expression alongside the curtailment of civil liberties.


Oh, and, this is not to be confused as some variant of ‘political correctness’ where racists feel aggrieved about restrictions on their ability to offend others.


This is in part, about how ‘lyrical terrorists’ can be criminalised for writing poetry the state describes as "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism". This is about how according to media reports, Amazon, remote deleted George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “1984” from its Kindle ebook readers and then reimbursed angry customers the purchase price for erasing them alongside reader notes the corporation did not own.

With the written word and by implication journalism being tied to political and commercial self serving interests where do we go to get to read literature from those who write without fear. Who tells us about programmes like the governments sinister ‘Prevent’ strategy which is designed to monitor the ‘thoughts and beliefs’ of all those who it deems likely to challenge parliaments authoritarian rule.

Prevent which focuses initially on young innocent Muslims demands that youth workers belonging to organisations funded by the state are warned of their duty to spy on young people. It works by colluding agents being employed to reporting on their political beliefs, physical/mental health as well as their sexual activities. From MI5 to the Metropolitan Police Force, from local councils to teaching staff at schools and universities, all are now involved in monitoring through covert surveillance and sharing our personal sensitive data with each other based primarily on the basis of our ethnicity, beliefs and immigration status. If you think that innocent Africans are being excluded on faith grounds then I suggest you read up about the story of Ken Hinds or any of the thousands of young children being harassed daily on the streets by the British police forces, in a strategy that now closely mirrors that of their Nazi (historic) and Israeli (contemporary) counterparts.

As capitalism dies capitalists are getting desperate. Eager to reinvigorate the system they continue to attack free thinkers and provide a wealth of distractions to prevent the majority from organising into one coherent force ready to do the one thing that they most fear will bring about revolution – strike.

I hope by now you have all read Ousmane Sembene’s brilliant book – God’s bits of wood.

But I am not one who likes to fuel conspiracy theories or increase justified paranoia amongst our community so all I ask is that you don’t take just my word for it, research what I write. Read up on those in power and really be aware of what is being done ‘in our name’ whilst we are being made excited by ridiculous stories about the BNP bogeyman. If I’m wrong then please write back to me telling me why, If I’m right then write to others sharing what you have learnt.

Either way, what ever you do please remember to honour those of our Ancestors who were denied the very right to just write.

Which brings me back to the topic of words - the power of them and our impotence without them. Those who know me well will be aware that I view the production of a daily newspaper as a key indicator of the socio-political maturity and independence of any minority community living within an oppressive environment hostile to their very existence. Call it one of Ligali’s Community Development Goals. Sadly despite the existence of multi-millionaires in our community, ministers and councillors in political office, an abundance of academic, cultural and literary talent, the technical know how and pre-existing distribution outlets we have so far failed in accomplishing this simple task and are now embarrassingly behind even newer groups of people who have migrated to the UK within the past ten years.

Without a daily newspaper we as a community remain unprotected, we remain ignorant as we stay uninformed of the news stories that matters to us here and back home. We have no method of honoring our Ancestors through printed obituaries, we remain incapable of launching and sustaining campaigns to raise funds for community projects, track down criminals and enemies of our people, support and critique our art and media programmes, even run national competitions that promote the achievements of our young.

In today’s world where we have the 24 hour internet, free desktop publishing software, media students and thousands of potential journalists armed with mobile phones with in built cameras we are failing not only ourselves, but on our duty to provide a secure environment for our children who face daily attack not only from the police, the security services, a relentless capitalist anti-African media, but also the confused ‘urbanised British’ amongst themselves.

There is no hiding from the fact that we have our own television channels in this country. What disgraces us is that for the majority of the time they peddle nothing but entertainment based drivel, it disgraces us that we own community radio stations where if presenters aren’t forever promoting money spinning dances then they are either talking banality, profanity and vanity or ranting about ‘they did this to us, they did that to us’ instead of reading up on current affairs, being involved in supporting community development projects and explaining that ‘we are doing this.. join us’.

As the late great, Tajudeen Abdul Raheem would say; “Don’t agonise, organise”.

Everyday I am bombarded with hundreds of emails, many sharing news, others asking help, my entire world is dominated by words. Likewise everyday my organisation is attacked through words, I lose thousands of emails over a week, we are attacked with vulgar words, racist words, sexist words, personal words, oppressive words. Those who feel threatened by my words, use physical, political and spiritual force, abusing both people and technology in order to silence us.

In a just world this would be ok, this would be balance, our words of Truth welcome scrutiny, robust challenge, progressive debate, but we don't live in a just world. Today there are not enough secure and conscious minded community outlets with which to publish them so much of the important information that I so desperately want to share to help lift and empower us often stays stuck in my head. I am not alone. Our history, our experience, our wisdom is being lost as fatigue, stress and constant attacks wears down the spirit of resistance in those that at least try.

Which made me think about our elders, those whose life experience often doubles and in some instances triple my own. How do we access that knowledge, information often tempered with the steel of wisdom still capable of maintaining Truth over time. Despite being in the age of Google, Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook the answer remains the same now as it did in Kemet.


Word Power.

Mdw Ntr.

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


Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle
'Lyrical Terrorist' found guilty
Data on politics, sexual activity and religion gathered by government


Nyansapo: News and Updates

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Ligali Screenings

Maisha Solutions DVD

Screening: Maisha Solutions (Part 1)

When: 27 October 2009, 18:30
Adm: Free Screening
Where: Shortwave Cinema, 10 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN

Maisha Solutions (Part One) - will be screening with a Q&A session as part of African History Month for the BFM Film Festival.

For more details

Yolanda and Theo Molemohi
Yolanda and Theo Molemohi

Yolanda and Theo Molemohi

Yolanda Molemohi, aged 4, and her two-year-old brother Theo Molemohi were found by their mother at a flat in Whalley Range, Manchester on Wednesday 14 October 2009. The two children had been strangled and were taken to hospital where they crossed over to join the Ancestors. A 37-year-old father, Petros Mwashita who was separated from the children's mother has been arrested.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with their family and friends.

Louisa Marks

Lousia Marks (1960 - 2009)

Born in 1960 Louisa 'Markswoman' Mark was voted top female reggae vocalist of 1978 ahead of Marcia Griffith. Her sweet vocal style and updated rock steady rhythms have made her a Queen of Lovers Rock.

The fledgling singer cut her first record at the age of 15 for sound system operator Lloyd Coxone, 'Caught you in a lie', proved a huge hit amongst the reggae-listening audience, a heartfelt cry of misplaced trust, then followed by another monster success entitled 'All My Loving'. Despite popularity, Louisa quit recording for over 18 months because of contractual desputes.

She was then linked up with house producer and A&R manager for Trojan Records Clem Bushay, veteran of the UK reggae scene, cutting her next hit 'Keep it Like This'. Again the song was well received but poor promotion proved disillusioning and despite the terms of her one year contract she declined to record further. Once free from Trojan, Louisa Mark music began to take off.

Her rendition of Michael Jackson's 'Even Though You're Gone' was released on the Bushays label and sold well. She followed this up with 6, Six Street penned by Joe Charles, Clem Bushay and The In Crowd, which hit the number one spot in its first week of release. Louisa died of poisoning on Saturday 17th October 2009 in the Gambia where she was living at the time.

RIP Louisa - a true legend

To share your memories and post your tribute click here


Source: Blacknet UK - Love life, Love Culture, Love...

Isiah Young Sam
Isiah Young Sam

Isiah Young Sam

On 22 October 2005, Isiah Young-Sam, his brother and two friends were making their way through the back streets of Lozells in an attempt to avoid conflict following a recent community campaign launch. As they approached home, up to three cars pulled up in front of them and a group of ten to eleven men wearing hooded tops and bandanas got out. Sensing trouble, Isiah and his friends ran from the scene but were pursued by a gang of Asian men who followed them, hurling racist anti-African abuse. Tragically, Isiah, a computer analyst for Birmingham City Council, fell behind and was surrounded by the knife wielding mob. The gang savagely attacked him, punching him as he lay on the floor before stabbing him in the heart.


Community Noticeboard: Shorts


Word Power Festival 2009

Dozens of authors, hundreds of readers, thousands of books. All under one roof featuring leading writers, historians, poets, publishers, distributors, book sellers dealing with African Caribbean literature from all over the world.

Bonnie Greer, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing (author of The Isis Papers), Dr Haki R. Madhubuti (Founder and editor of Third World Press), Nia Reynolds, Paul Ifayomi Grant, Wayne B. Chandler, Dr Marimba Ani, Anthony T. Browder, Sister Nzingha Assata, Jacob Ross, Dr Robinson Millwood, Onyeka, Paul Simons, Nathaniel Agbahowe, Debii Mckoy, Charles Emeka, Anton Marks, Dan Obachike, Dr William 'Lez' Henry, Queen Afua plus many more.

Word Power International Black Literature Festival & Book Fair Voices of the Diaspora 2009
24th 25th October 2009 at Ocean 270 Mare Street, Hackney London E8 Admission: Free - time: 10.00am-6.00pm

Closing lecture: 31st October 2009 by Dr Frances Cress Welsing, Author of The Isis Papers, the Keys to the Colors Venue: Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8, 2NS
Admission: £15 at the door. £12 and £10 conc. in advance Time: 6.30-10pm

For more details

Contact: / Tel: 020 7254 9632


Unite Against Colonial Injustice:
Caravan Festival of African Masquerade - Masks and Music Parade in 2010

Help is needed! Get involved in the preparation of the Caravan Festival of African Masquerade - Masks Parade and Music in Jena, 4th - 6th June, 2010

Appeal for a Caravan Festival – For the Rights of Refugees and Migrants in Europe

Africa is not far from us – Unite Against Colonial Injustice Save Lives: - Protest against the brutality and deaths of the refugees and migrants by the EU - Frontex and the barbaric policies of Fortress Europe

A Political "Funeral" in remembrance of the refugees and migrants who died in the sea and at the borders of Europe, and those persecuted, criminalized, deported and brutalized by the police and the fortress Europe policies: the victims of the consequences of national and international injustice in and death in the fortress within Europe. >>>

We will not allow any of the victims to have died without a trace.

Update of information on proposals, actions, discussions and program:

Fela on Broadway
Fela on Broadway

FELA! on Broadway

Now Playing

Venue: Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 West 49th Street, New York, NY, USA 

FELA! the critically acclaimed musical comes to Broadway. A provocative hybrid of dance and Broadway musical,

FELA! features the Afrobeat music of Fela Anikulapo–Kuti, a book by Jim Lewis and the direction and choreography of Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones. FELA! uses stirring Afrobeat music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), to tell the story of Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s visionary staging, FELA! is the most original new musical on Broadway.

Enter the extravagant, rebellious world of a legendary musician.

His Passion Ignited a Generation. His Music Fuelled a Revolution. His Legacy Inspires the World.

Come for the music. Come for the dancing. Come awaken your soul.

Book your tickets now.For further information, tickets and reviews visit - 

  Origin: Rites of Passage

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

New Initiatives' ORIGIN African rites of passage programme is enrolling for our 2010 programme. The details are on our site but have a look at the Forest School feature too (retreat last weekend)


Bro. Pablo.


African History Month Studies


Black History Month is held every October in the UK to promote the knowledge of Black History and the contribution that people of African and Caribbean origin have made to society. Black History Month in the UK was founded by Akyaaba Addai Sebbo in 1987 who worked for the Greater London Council.

We believe that Black History should be celebrated all year round!

“For me, every month is October. But Black History Month is like a mountain that has been submerged in the ocean- the mountain representing knowledge- and then re-emerges. What we need to do is to continue to study, and to celebrate, so that the mountain always remains in view.”- William Seraile, Professor of Black Studies.

Please find below details of the events that we will be hosting in October 2009 please contact us via

There is an admission charge of £4 per person. Refreshments will be on sale.


Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum: Nkrumah @ 100 (1909 - 2009)
Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism

An introduction to the life and ideas of Kwame Nkrumah, all events are free of charge with a 6.30 Arrival 7pm Start - Youths are especially welcome.






The political growth of Nkrumah after the theft of his legitimate control of state power in Ghana.

Brother Omowale



Consciencism: Nkrumah’s grounded approach to Afrikan spirituality

Kwami Agbodza



Applying Nkrumah’s ideas in the modern world

Sister Affiong

Venue for Workshops: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS

Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436

Kwanzaa planning meetings – Same venue alternate Mondays @ 6.30pm

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


Natural Food & Natural Talent

Greetings one and all! Attached you will find details of a glorious event 'Natural Food & Natural Talent' happening at the 'Spirited Palace' 105 church street, Crystal Palace, on Sunday 25th October 2009. From 4-9pm. This plans to be 'an evening of Joy and Splendor' for the whole family, so come prepared to feast off of the sumptuous food and wholesome Edutainment and workshops from some of Londons finest...

Arrive early for a prompt start and finish, with a bumper 'Ital' Feast to close the evening! there !! and bring ya friends and family!!
Matanah - All Oneness productions - 020 8768 0609 / 07939474507
Asafo - Amanzi Healing Foundation - 0208 299 8845 / 07733884055

Olive Morris
Olive Morris

Do you remember Olive Morris?

Wednesday 21 October 2009, 7pm, Brixton library

Did you know Olive Morris? In 2007 Lambeth Libraries and Archives joined up with artist Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre and community activist Liz Obi to uncover the hidden history of one of Lambeth’s unsung residents. Lambeth Council has one of its main buildings named after her and yet Google found little or no information on her. This has now changed and hundreds of people have contributed their memories to the Remembering Olive Morris blog.

An exhibition of the work associated with Do you remember Olive Morris project will be taking place from 25 November 2009 – 24 January 2010 at the Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH For full details and further events visit:



Somali Week Festival 2009

Friday 23 October – to 31st October 2009
Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
Kayd Somali artist and culture in partnership with REDSEA-ONLINE.COM, a range of national, international and local community organisations is pleased to present the Somali Week Festival as part of Black History Month.

The Festival events will take place at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG from 23rd to 31st October 2009.

The SWF is an established festival within the Somali community in London, nationally and internationally. It celebrates and explores the uniqueness of Somali art and culture. The festival will showcase this year mix of poetry, prose literature, Plays and music which will be presented by artists, while also allowing ample time for discussions between artists, professional guests and audiences. SWF will present and celebrate Somali arts and culture by featuring international and UK-based artists of the highest calibre in a vibrant programme of events.

SWF 2009 will explore the theme of arts censorship and creative freedom of expression throughout the extensive programme of events, whilst the festival’s programming aims to celebrate artists’ creativity, it will also discuss the important role that art can play within society.

We are proudly expecting a range of guests including renowned Somali and non-Somali artists, academics and commentators: Ahmed Saleebaan Bide, Abdilahi Hirsi “ Baarleex”, Amina Abdilahi, Kinsi Haaji Aden , Maryan Mursal, Hudayd. Kuluc, Dararamle, Hon. Kerry McCarthy, MP, (TBC), Gaadaco, Abdi Bahdoon, Prince Abdi, Aar Maanta, Shuki shacni, Ali Hassan Adan “Ali Banfaz“, Hussein Hersi Adib “Buun Hirsi“, Jama Musse Jama, Warsan Cismaan, Kaltuun Bacado, Anab Ismail,  Ahmed Abdilahi awale, Beeldage, Abdiftaah yare, Mustaphe TITI, Abdirahman Yusuf Arten , Warsan Shire, Mahamoud “Jango“, Faysal Anbalash, Ismail Aw-adan, Mahamed Jamac Kayd, Nimco Deggan, Nimco yasin , Ali Seenyo, Yusuf Dheere, Abdilahi Osman shafey, Said Ali Shire, Abdirahman Mahamed Abtidoon, Omar Haaji Bile, Mahamed Baashe, Abdikariim Raas, Martin Orwin, Aisha Luul, Mahamoud Shiekh Dalmar, Suad Armiye, Abdiaziz Ali Ibrahim “hildhibaan, Rashiid Sheikh Abdilahi “Gadhwayne”, Mahamed Hassan “Alto” , Abdilahi Awed Iggeh, and many more.

For more information about the Festival’s Programme visit;

www. or
call 07903712949. More information about the program or/and stall please email to festival manager


History Today: "Know Your Enemy" - African Proverb, Swahili

Jonathan Jansen
Jonathan Jansen: University vice-chancellor pleads forgiveness

South Africa university drops racist video charges

Published by Times Live: 19 October 2009

South Africa's ruling party on Saturday criticised a university rector's decision to drop disciplinary charges against four european students whose video humiliating African workers sparked a race outcry last year.

The home-made video, filmed in a former european-only hostel, showed five African workers taking part in initiation-like rituals which included kneeling to eat food into which a student had urinated.
"In a gesture of racial reconciliation, and the need for healing, the University of the Free State will withdraw its own charges against the four students," University rector Jonathan Jansen said in his inauguration speech late Friday.

The African National Congress, however, rejected the decision.

Source: Click here for the full article

Video of racist incident
'Urine Stew' Students 'Not Racist'

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