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Should we recall our historical dreams and nightmares? Do we have....

A Duty Of Remembrance

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Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

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Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – A Duty of Remembrance

“If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the backs of those who came before us”- African proverb, Yoruba

Greetings, I was recently reading trough a book that was sent to me called Again We’ll Rise by BJ Gilwards. Inside it were a collection of inspiring quotations and statements from African people spanning millennia.  It made me think hard about many of the wisdom's we have forgotten, the legacies from our history, the good and the bad, the gains and also the losses.

During January 1999, a gang of eight officers from the British Police Force brutally restrained a young man named Roger Sylvester. In describing their actions the police lied claiming Roger was violent.  However contrary to their statements Roger was seen being dragged limp, naked and handcuffed into a police van by several witnesses. Roger, a council worker stopped breathing and fell into a coma at the emergency psychiatric unit at St Anne's Hospital, Haringey. Six police officers had pinned him down on the floor for about 20 minutes.

Ben Bersabel, a nurse on duty at the time of the assault said he had noticed Roger was being held down on his front and calling out for a doctor. The police ignored Rogers’s pleas for help and as a direct result of their actions he suffered heart and kidney failure, severe brain damage and bruising to his body. Roger, 30 was a mental health service user. He died six days later at the Whittington Hospital.

Roger’s family made several complaints about the abusive actions of the officers. This led to an investigation carried out by Essex Police under the supervision of the racist Police Complaints Authority (PCA) but to no avail. When the discredited PCA was abandoned it was replaced with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which now has overall responsibility for the police complaints system. It is important to note that the British tactic of rebranding old as new is common and even the Metropolitan Police Force has formally changed its name to the Police ‘Service’ in an attempt to soften its brutish image.

Now for many years Roger’s family were denied justice, the British media in an attempt to exonerate the police deliberately mislead the public by reporting state fabrications. A typical story was that published by the BBC with the headline ‘Detained man's drug delirium’. The article reported that ‘Psychiatrist James Griffiths-Edwards who carried out an assessment of Roger Sylvester's case for the Metropolitan Police said he had no doubt cannabis had played a part in Mr Sylvester's behaviour… David Bromley-Martin, representing the police officers involved in the case, [argued] that Roger Sylvester had been suffering from “Excited Delirium"’.

If you are wondering what on earth ‘Excited Delirium’ is, well its a fantasy diagnosis and un-recognised medical condition that is recorded as the official cause in hundreds of custody deaths cases every year in both the UK and US. Unsurprisingly it has only ever been recorded as a ‘medical condition’ in connection with people who have been arrested.

But then after several years of campaigning the family achieved a breakthrough. On 3 October 2003, an inquest jury returned a unanimous verdict and ruled that Roger had been unlawfully killed. In a just ‘civilised’ society the six police officers should have faced murder or at the very least, manslaughter charges for their ‘unlawful killing’ but instead in 2004, a high court judge formally quashed the verdict allowing the police force to once again escape justice after killing innocent Africans.

This is not the only time this has occurred. In a similar case five officers were charged with manslaughter after another African, this time named, Christopher Alder died on a police station in pain as officers left him choking half naked on the floor and made monkey chants. In June 2002 as the case against them was being heard the judge ordered the jury to acquit them.

Now some of you may be asking why is it so important that we remember all this? Undoubtedly there are those in our community who feel we have to ‘move on’ and ‘get over it’. Ironically they would not say this with regards to any non-African commemorating their losses and remembering their Ancestors, in fact europeans take remembrance of their history quite serious as Liverpool goalkeeper Charles Itandje discovered when he was suspended from playing for 14 days after he was caught on camera being disrespectful during last Wednesday's Hillsborough memorial service. So why remember? Well let me explain. In the case of Christopher Alder, it was not until CCTV footage was found that the barbaric inhumane actions of the racist officers were exposed nationally.  That the guilty are not in jail is an indictment of a criminals justice system run by the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats of a racist anti-African government, but that is another matter.  

But this is where it gets interesting. At the time of Roger’s death, the pathologist for the St Pancras Coroner, was the ambitious and controversial, ‘Dr’ Freddie Patel. A loyal supporter of the state, Patel was discredited after his identity was exposed after telling journalists that Roger died as a result of his heart being “swollen by crack cocaine”. If that lie was not enough, the Times newspaper also reported that ‘Dr’ Patel went on to claim that Roger was “flinging himself to the ground” when police called for reinforcements. None of this was found to be true. ‘Dr’ Patel was removed and another pathologist appointed.

Perhaps the name Freddy Patel sounds familiar to you, if so then it’s probably because he is the same pathologist who claimed that Ian Tomlinson, the innocent european protestor who died after being attacked by the police during the recent G20 demonstrations died from a heart attack. None of that was found to be true. ‘Dr’ Patel was removed and another pathologist appointed.

In the case of Tomlinson, members of the public were able to unravel the pack of lies disseminated by the Police, IPCC and pathologist and unearth some of the Truth. Unfortunately in the case of Roger Sylvester the family has not gained access to any incriminating video footage and as a result, Truth and justice has so far, been denied them.

So what is the solution? How do we as a community achieve justice, reparation and ultimately Maat for atrocities committed against our Ancestors? Well the first thing we must do is respect the ritual of remembrance and hold a memorial or commemoration for them every year without fail. For this act to be progressive it must not only be carried out for the victims of Maafa but also the survivors and heroes.

Last Friday 17 April was the anniversary of the Brixton Bombing, this week, 22 April is the anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Bad news is all too easy to report, yet whilst we need our currently woefully poor community media to keep us informed in order to help us defend ourselves from the reality of what is happening to our peoples, we also need a solid counter stream of good news and this more often than not requires research, perseverance and hard work. During the Brixton Bombing security guard Aiah Menjor received several injuries after placing his life at risk to save innocent Africans.

Whilst police officers were just standing at the scene talking, he acted.

Talking about acting I also want to acknowledge and thank another one of our brothers on the scene that day who thankfully survived the blast but was only thirty seconds away from being blown up. One of my own personal inspirations, Colin from South Norwood has consistently ensured our community is informed with the facts and figures about our history not only in this country but across the Diaspora and Motherland. A solid community worker, he consistently engages in extensive research and is forever working hard highlighting the work, sacrifices, tragedies and triumphs of our Ancestors.  Colin, I know you are a humble man and are probably blushing as you read this, but our community owes workers such as you and the countless other brothers and sisters, volunteering and quietly doing the work both in and out of organisations, an immeasurable debt which can not be paid in cash or by simply jumping up, prancing about to ideologically vacuous media and waving our hands about like we just don’t care.  We have to care. If we don’t remember and honour our own Ancestors then who will.

Last week the BBC wrote to me stating they would not reveal the names of their paid employees who violently assaulted me, leading to the Police arresting, abusing and maliciously attempting to prosecute me. In case you don’t know, this all happened at last years Notting Hill Carnival when I and a few family and friends worked to organise a few minutes silence in honour of Claudia Jones and our Ancestors lost to racism through the Maafa. I’ll be there again this year attempting the same thing, maybe some more of you can get involved, email us at mail@ligali.org if you want to help.

You see we need African Remembrance at the very least, once a year. Our own right to dignity demands we collectively remember their names especially in circumstances where the loss has been both tragic and traumatic instead of worshipping those ‘celebrities’ and role muddles the government and its media promotes as ‘black’ British or American idols.

So to those who have passed and whose names we rarely call, please know that not all your children have forgotten your sacrifice. And in remembrance to those of you who are also still with us, I want to thank you, from brother Colin, Aiah Menjor and Milton Hanson to sista Ama Sumani and Elder Rosie Purves, there are so many of you out there who I want to thank for doing the work, and those of you who silently support them, you know who you are. In the meantime I have written to the IPCC making an Freedom of Information (FOI) request for the details of all the cases involving African people who have died in custody that Freddy Patel has been involved in and may have covered up. If we don’t do think this work important, then who will?

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.


More Info:

Police face charges over unlawful death in custody
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-face-charges-over-unlawful-death-in-custody-582192.html

Response of the family of Roger Sylvester to the CPS decision
http://www.naar.org.uk/newspages/050616.asp

NCRM – Roger Sylvester
http://www.ncrm.org.uk/campaigns/sylvester.html

Ten years on - memorial for service user Roger Sylvester this Sunday
http://www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=511&Itemid=117

Death by Excited Delirium: Diagnosis or Coverup?
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7608386

Roger Sylvester: Jury rules London police unlawfully killed black man
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/oct2003/roge-o15.shtml

Click here to read the Metropolitan police force 2004 report on restraint and mental health
http:www.ligali.org/pdf/
restraint_and_mental_heath_report_september_2004.pdf

Pathologist in Ian Tomlinson G20 death case was reprimanded over conduct
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/11/g20-pathologist-ian-tomlinson

Crisis at police watchdog as lawyers resign
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/feb/25/police.law1

IPCC: Protecting corrupt police, betraying public confidence
http://www.ligali.org/article.php?id=1824

 

Nyansapo: Update

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Nyansapo: The Pan African Drum


Become Involved

  • Spreading The Word
    Nyansapo is the response of the Ligali organisation following the continuing demise of printed media as an efficient means of distributing community news. We face constant attack, and so with limited resources have to rely solely on recommendations and word of mouth to grow and develop. Please encourage others to listen and if moved, to share their views with our listeners on air or through email.
  • Pan African News Request
    Every week we start the Pan African drum with coverage of the weeks stories from Africa kindly provided to us by the African Development Institute. We would welcome a weekly digest from Africans with links in the Caribbean, South America and europe who could also provide us with a similar resource.
  • News Update
    If there are any stories of events we have failed to cover or we have inadvertently published incorrect information about an issue then please contact us with updates and information.
 

Maisha Solutions

Maisha Solution
Maisha Solutions:
Every door has its own key

Screenings: Maisha Solutions - Every Door Has Its Own Key

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Venue
: Woolwich Town hall, Market street, London SE18 6PW

Please note that there is limited seating available so in order to grantee a space and ensure a prompt start for the screening registration for the film will take place from 10.30 am - 11.30am in order to get everyone seated by 11.45 -11.55am. The film will start promptly at 12'o'clock.

Date: Wednesday 13 May 2009
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Stratford Campus of the University of East London
, E15 4LZ


Toyin Agbetu writer, film director, poet and the founder of Ligali, the Pan African human rights based organisation where he is head of social and education policy, will screen and discuss his recent film, Maisha Solutions (Part One) during the African Market Day at Woolwich Town Hall, 25 April 2009 and a shorter version to facilitate a question and answer session at the University of East London, 13 May 2009.

 

African Remembrance

We remember... Brixton Bombing - 17 April 1999

On 17 April 1999, David Copeland launched a terrorist attack on the African community in Brixton. Using a series of nail bombs to kill and injure hundreds, he attempted to create a bloody ‘racial’ war on the streets of London.

Copeland had placed the bomb inside a holdall near the bus stop outside the Iceland store. At around 5pm community members became suspicious of the unattended bag and suspecting it may be a bomb moved it away from the stalls and onto some wooden pallets. Observing this, Copeland walked back up to the bag, removed the bombs which were contained inside two boxes and placed them onto some wooden pallets at the side of Iceland in Electric Avenue. A police car driving in the vicinity was immediately flagged down.

At 5.26 pm as police officers on the scene were talking to bystanders, Iceland security guard Aiah Menjor put concern of his own safety aside, heroically acting as a human shield whilst leading shoppers to safety. When the devices exploded over one and a half thousand nails of various sizes flew from the bomb like lethal bullets. The lives of dozens of African people were undoubtedly saved by Aiah Menjor taking the full brunt of the blast.

Fortunately no-one was killed, but many of the injuries caused by the explosion were very severe. Some penetrated the bodywork of vehicles parked in the vicinity, others caused multiple lacerations, embedding themselves in the bodies of over forty people. Two people lost their left eye, some suffered a temporary hearing lost due to receiving perforated eardrums, there were fractures to the legs, feet and ankles, one person suffered severe damage to his facial nerve another had three nails in his leg, one at the end of his penis, and more in his bottom, ribs, arm and head. However the most iconic injury was that of the horrific nail embedded in the skull of a 23 month old child. The nail had penetrated into the outer layer of his brain. Miraculously he survived.

Aiah Menjor
Hero: Aiah Menjor - While police were talking, he acted.

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Kelso Cochrane

Kelso Cochrane Memorial Walk and Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Saturday 16th May 2009
Time: 4pm
Location: 12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Adm: Free (first come first served)

Screening will take place following Kelso Cochrane memorial walk (starts 12pm Kensal Green Cemetery)

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

N.B. time of screening is subject to change if procession over-runs

For further information, contact Kate Glinsman by email: kate.glinsman@octaviahousing.org.uk or by phone: 020 8354 5592.


 

Notting Hill Carnival Working Group

If you are saddened or feel our Ancestors have been disrespected and our people manipulated by the way Notting Hill Carnival has been hijacked for financial and political exploitation. If you feel it has now been turned into a annual ritual divorced of dignity and any spiritual purpose then please email us at mail@ligali.org using the subject name ‘NHC09’  to start work on reclaiming back the spirit of what is the largest African organised ceremony in europe. Please only get in touch if you are serious about doing Ancestral liberation work and fully understand the risks.

Who killed Kelso Cochrane?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/4871898.stm


 

Maafa History

Macharia Munene
Macharia Munene

Creators of Kenya’s colonial state
Written by Macharia Munene

April 21, 2009: If one were to examine who had a major impact on the making of the colonial state, several names would stand out.

These can be split into two categories: the creators and its challengers.

Creators would include Charles Elliot, Baron Delamere, Ewart Grogan, John Arthur, Elspeth Huxley, and Louis Leakey. Each was unique. Many were anti-African Social Darwinists, but none can be ignored.

Charles Elliot was one of the earliest colonial administrators.

He determined that British interests could best be advanced by importing white settlers and then giving them land and labour taken from Africans. Making Africans poor was part of his dream of creating a white man’s country, and he was not alone.

There was also Delamere, leader of the white settlers. After acquiring acres of land for agricultural experiments in Naivasha, he became extremely rich and such a trend-setter in settler politics that the main street in Nairobi was given his name.

It was partly due to his agitation that the settlers were allowed a legislative council, LegCo, in 1907 with himself as one of the members.

In terms of colour and adventure Delamere could not match his political rival, Grogan, who walked from Cape Town to Cairo to impress a girl, Gertrude.

Grogan missed appointment to the LegCo because of challenging colonial authorities by publicly whipping three “Kikuyu” in order to show “natives that white men would not stand any impertinence to their women-folk” and, he said, “because I want to.” What Grogan wanted, he often did and this included building Kilindini Harbour and a hospital for his wife, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital. The Mau Mau, he quipped in LegCo, tricked the government by lighting fire in place only to disappear and enjoy meat elsewhere, while watching the British drop bombs.

Missionaries are represented by Arthur, with unsurpassed zeal to put his stamp on the Africans.  

In World War I, he organised mission boys into special “carrier corps” just to prove they were not cowards

Munene is a professor of history and international relations at USIU. .

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Comments and Feedback

 

Greetings,

You are great and wonderful, you just made my day, happy belated earthday and regards to my children, blessed to their mother the queen, guess what I was watching NTA Afrika's biggest TV network, and window to Afrika as it prides itself, and they had this little segment of elders whom were socialising, now it was not the fact that they were socialising that got to me, it was they way they were all in conformity in Aso ebi, all in white lace, it was beautifull and they looked gracefull, like kings and queens.

Maybe we should introduce such here bring us back to one, anyway better get back to the plantation or I might just get the sack.


Janet Alder

In last weeks discussion we discussed Deaths in Police Custody. We received an email directing us to a 10 min video clip of Janet Alder talking on the murder of her brother Christopher Alder. It is viewable here;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEr4F1oyiHg&feature=channel_page
or you can search youtube using the key words “Janet alder”, “death in custody”

 
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 mail@ligali.org with the subject heading 'Poetry'.

 

state revenge

hit us
and we’ll, hit you back
scare us
and we’ll, launch attacks
passing laws
revealing flaws
as we
march to war

A short poem by Toyin Agbetu, 2003

 
Donations Matter
ADAP Bikeathon ADAP: 'Ride for Africa' Bikeathon charity event

Sunday 17th May 2009
Time: 1PM
Donation: £5 (min)

Get fit for summer and sign up to ADAP’s 25 Mile ‘Bikeathon’ Challenge. A charity event supporting education and health programmes in Africa.

Greetings, As summer steadily approaches (we hope),The African Development Association for Progress (ADAP), would like to invite you to take part in our 'Ride for Africa' Bikeathon charity event, in aid of our HIV/AIDS Health Development Programme in Ghana and our Youth Development Programme in The Gambia.

Why not set yourself a challenge and see what you can do to help raise money. Whether you're a novice on two wheels or an expert cyclist, we want you to come and join us for this community event and get fit for summer!

Marakisa Youth Development Programme
Constructing a building equipped with learning resources to support the education and development of the youth in the rural village of Marakisa, The Gambia

All participants will receive information containing details of the event, the programmes we are supporting and a sponsor sheet for participants to collect sponsors to help raise funds for a worthy course.

For more info:
Tel: 07904 495 387
Email: enquiries@adap.org.uk
Web:
www.adap.org.uk


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

Support: 3D Project, Spanish Town, Jamaica

3D Projects is a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme based in four parishes in Jamaica —
St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Thomas and St. Mary
. It is dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities. Gerlin Bean a serious Pan-Afrikan sister who returned to JA from England in 1987 and is the Director of this project has been working round the clock to keep it going for our disabled children in Jamaica and the project would benefit from assistance from us here in the UK. Over the years Gerlin has put in hours that most of us wouldn't even consider to keep the services operating, their sources of funding has repeatedly been cut over the years.

3D Projects
Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities
Head Office: 14 Monk Street, Spanish Town, St. Catherine,
Tel.: (876)984-2840, Fax: (876)984-7808
Email: threedprojects@yahoo.com
Website:www.3dprojects.com.jm


  Moyo wa Taifa (Pan Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network):
£10,000 fundraising appeal for the Pan Afrikan
Solidarity Centre, Accra , Ghana

Who?   Moyo wa Taifa was established to rebuild historical bridges and grassroots networks between the Continent and her global Diaspora.   

Moyo wa Taifa is dedicated to mobilizing international advocacy and solidarity on issues of Afrikan self-determination including Debt Repudiation, Women’s Rights, Reparations & Economic Justice.  

What? Organized as a multi purpose community resource base, capacity building space and information hub for campaigners, advocates, groups and organizations, the Solidarity Centre is a dynamic and innovative project dedicated to the promotion of alternative information & programs on Pan Afrikan development.

When? The 1st Moyo Solidarity Centre was set up in January 2006. The Accra Centre is the first of what we hope will be many of such  dynamic Pan Afrikan institutions located all over the Afrikan world.

Why? Our vision is to develop Pan Afrikan resource centres which operate as citizen’s hubs and provide capacity building services.  

How? Your financial support will ensure the success of this project.

Where? We are located in the UK and Ghana with future plans to expand to other regions in Afrika. Help nurture this vision into reality!

Services from the Solidarity Centre will include;

Training courses and capacity building programs  

Media advocacy, sign-posting and information services  

Meeting space for educational programs including workshops, speaking tours, seminars, study groups, lectures, women’s fora

Office space for campaigns and advocacy initiatives 

Hosting visiting groups, delegations, exchange programs and tours                                                                                       

Cultural space for artists, events, exhibitions and screenings

Moyo wa Taifa  (Pan Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network) hopes you can support our work and contribute to the fund.   

“Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it Today” - Omowale Malcolm X

TRANSLATE YOUR SOLIDARITY INTO ACTION

Please donate generously to the Moyo Solidarity Centre

Cheques payable to Moyo wa Taifa,  P. O. Box  27466 ,  London SW9 7WS 

Tel;  07757  060 313    moyowataifa@yahoo.com


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

Support: Baruwa's Primary School, Nigeria

Baruwa Community Primary School has 700 pupils, 7 teachers and 7 classrooms. The school was originally sited in a factory, but the school moved to this site in 2007 and opened on 5 May 2008 - it was not completed, but the Headteacher and teachers believed that it was "manageable". Government funds have not since stretched to complete windows, doors and plastering nor are there available funds to install toilets for the pupils or the teachers or provide a bore-hole for safe drinking water. Currently, pupils and staff go to the toilet in the bush area beside the school (which is often frequented by snakes) and drink water from an exposed well.

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

http://www.ipajacommunitylink.blogspot.com/

 

Community News

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The Global Afrikan Congress (UK) Submission to the UN World Conference Against Racism Review, 2009

Greetings 

THE MINIMUM EXPECTATION FROM DURBAN II

Global Afrikan Congressuk (GACuk) are campaigning to ensure the following are the very minimum outcome to our demands of Durban II; Review process. 
 
1.  Language agreed upon during the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Afrika which declared the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade as a “Crime Against Humanity” must be restored in the United Nations official document 

2  The specific word “Reparations” and the specific phrase “Trans Atlantic Slave Trade” must be restored to the document

3  A permanent forum must be established by and for those who define themselves as “Afrikan” or “African Descendants”

We further note and recognised that the above represent standing still. We will have returned to where we started in 2001. This standing still will give the international community more time to continue doing nothing while our people continue to fall victim to global racism. 

Gee Bernard
GACuk Co Chair and Delegate

Email:   SecretaryGACuk@aol.com
Website:   WWW.Globalafrikancongress.org

Click here to read the full GACuk submission >> 


 

The Somalia 'Pirates' Story
Special Announcement from: BN-W/Educate-Empower

The media's doing the usual hatchet job on truth telling and reporting a bunch of half truths – this time it’s about the "facts" in the Somalia story.  Most of the lopsided accounts told by reporters and anchors tell not one iota of the history of why the Somalis were forced to start “pirating” in 1991, which include these fundamental facts:

  • mostly Europeans and Asians have been illegally stealing fish (aka seafood) from the Somali waters worth hundreds of millions of dollars for many years, which has naturally reduced the food supply for the people of Somalia, and
  • European countries have also been dumping toxic and nuclear wastes into the waters, which has not only caused the human population to suffer rashes, abdominal bleeding, nausea, malformed babies, radiation sickness, cancer-like symptoms, and other ills that are current (and those that will inevitably occur), but it has also caused illness and death among the sea life and endangered species.

These countries are able to get away with this because Somalia has no real government and the United Nations and European Union have done little to nothing to stop the massive thievery through illegal fishing as well as the hazardous waste dumping that’s become a multi-billion dollar industry.

For more background on this now ubiquitous news story, view videos and read the following links:

Black Agenda Report:  Glen Ford's audio/article:  “US Aircraft Elite Navy SEALs Defeat Three Somalis in a Lifeboat ”

Mohamed Abshir Waldo’s essay:  “The Two Piracies in Somalia:  Why the World Ignores the Other?”  Also listen to his Democracy Now! interview.

DaveyD video:  Interview with Somali rapper K’Naan

DaveyD video:  K’Naan interview continued (history)

HardKnockTV video:  Interview with K’Naan

K’Naan’s article: “Why We Don’t Condemn Our Pirates in Somalia.”  Read at Alternet or DaveyD

Johann Hari’s article: “You Are Being Lied to About Pirates.”  Read at The Independent or Alternet

Jeremy Scahill’s article:  “‘Pirates’ Strike a U.S. Ship…But Is the Media Telling the Whole Story?” or RebelReports

Those who've read the few links that's been in the recent BN-W eNewsletters concerning AFRICOM know that this might be a place America may try to put that military base that's currently forced to stay in Stuttgart, Germany, because no African country has agreed to allow it to be based anywhere in Africa.  But, now with the staged U.S. government furor over Somali “pirates” (which is nothing new in those waters) and the corporate media's usual one-sidedness, it appears that America may be scheming up another plan to control Africa and its vast natural resources.

WWW.BANTHENWORD.ORG

WWW.EDUCATE-EMPOWER.COM



Bamana Mali
Bamana Female Figure stolen from Mali, aprox 1935. Expected to sell for $30 - 50,000

Looted African Art to be Auctioned
Sale of priceless African artefacts expected to fetch millions at Sotheby Auction.

Throughout the 19th century european bandits have stolen priceless treasures from the Continet of Africa and sold them to private collectors residing in western nations. It has now been reported that;

"Early-20th-century American sculptor Chaim Gross was among the first collectors of African and Oceanic art in the United States, and many of his prized pieces will be on the auction block. On May 15, Sotheby’s New York will sell 81 lots from the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation Collection, a compilation of rare and ancient African art assembled by the sculptor and his wife throughout the 1940s and 1950s. The Gross Collection’s most important pieces came from Frank Crowninshield, longtime Vanity Fair editor and cofounder of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Crowninshield’s personal collection was the most comprehensive anthology of African and Oceanic art in existence before Chaim Gross purchased the entire collection through private acquisitions from 1940 through 1944.

Among the highlights of the sale is a Soninke hermaphrodite figure from Mali, believed to be from 12th to 15th century, and estimated to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000. The figure is one of only a small group of works that can be traced to a specific workshop in the western Sudan region. A Senufo kneeling female figure from the Ivory Coast, shown, is expected to sell for between $250,000 and $350,000. Totals from the sale are anticipated to exceed $4 million. (www.sothebys.com)"

To see the 81 items, go to http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotDetail.jsp?lot_id=159529876


 
 

News Shorts

Sky News apologises after racist comments accidently broadcast live
Former England coach Dick Best could find himself in hot water after making a racist remark live on Sky Sports News. Best made the comment about England full-back Delon Armitage as he was being interviewed at Heathrow airport ahead of today’s Lions squad announcement.
Best’s Lions XV was presented on screen before he was asked about his choice of Armitage on the wing ahead of Ireland’s Tommy Bowe to which he replied: “You've always got to have a coloured boy in the team.”

Sky Sports News presenter Millie Clode later apologised, saying: "[Best] made remarks that he thought were off-camera. We would like to apologise for any offence this may have caused."

The incident bears all the hallmarks of a racist outburst by former football manager Ron Atkinson about Chelsea player Marcel Desailly in 2004.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/news-comment/sky-apologise-for-bests-racist-quip-1671807.html

 

Pan-African World View

Cynthia McKinney
Political Activist: Cytnthia McKinney
A Submission from Cynthia McKinney:
The Economy,From Soros and Greenspan to Napoleon's Waterloo,And a Tip of the Hat to Haiti, Too


Hello!

I'm connecting with you once again from Haiti after spending an absolutely splendid day at a school of over 500 students that has been supported for the last seven years by members of a California local of one of our national unions.  The children greeted us in Kreyol, French, and English showing us the efficacy of people-to-people missions in instances where U.S. policy is absolutely abominable.

The Haitians rightly feel a sense of betrayal at the way their neighbor to the north has treated them because they know that they helped our country in the Revolutionary War in its Battle of Savannah and again they helped us against the Brits in the War of 1812.  Seven Haitians are counted among the Tuskegee Airmen.  Haitians know that they sent ships, soldiers, and ammunition to the liberators trying to free Latin America from Spanish colonialism and Hugo Chavez has embraced them and thanked them for their help.  But they also know that they are being punished because they defeated Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Empire, and symbolically, the white race.  In its policies, the United States seems to have chosen race over right.

Interestingly, throughout my education in International Relations, I was taught that the first defeat of a white country by a country of color came in the 1905-6 defeat of Russia by Japan.  Nowhere at the University of Southern California or The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy was there an acknowledgment that the textbooks were wrong and that the first defeat came one hundred years earlier at the hands of the Africans who defeated the leader of the French Empire.  It took my Haitian friends to school me on that.

But when the Haitians defeated Napoleon, they also defeated the backers of Napoleon.  And who were these people who were the financial backers of Napoleon?  Pierre Branda, an economist and author, has written several books and articles on Napoleon:  Le prix de la gloire:  Napoleon et l'argent (The Price of Glory: Napoleon and Money); "Les finances et le budget de la France napoléonienne" (Finance and the French Napoleonic Budget); and "Le testament de Napoléon: une affaire d'argent avant tout" (The Testament of Napoleon:  Above All, a Money Affair).  Branda writes that "[m]oney was one of Napoleon's most important allies.  At several moments, he used it to forge his own destiny." 

From Branda we also learn that after France's defeat in Haiti, finance became Napoleon's all-consuming goal.  Eventually, finance turned against Napoleon and the international "merchants, industrialists . . . major banks (such as Barings) and speculators (such as the Rothschilds)," gave their support to Britain who defeated Napoleon in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo.  Branda concludes, "it is up to readers to judge whether this 'hidden war' which Napoleon waged either with or against money deserves to stand alongside the more famous military campaigns."

**Important side note:  Louisiana at this time was a part of the French Empire, where commerce included the transfer of Haitian slaves onto the US mainland.  In fact, from the time of the first slave revolts in Haiti in the 1780s, many French slave owners took their Haitian slaves with them to Louisiana to escape the revolts.  And during our Power to the People campaign, as we drove over the southern bayous, this aspect of our intertwined history came alive for my friend, Daveed, in the names of the places from southern Alabama to New Orleans.  In this way, the Louisiana Purchase not only facilitated Napoleon's military finances in advance of an invasion of Britain, but created the problem of "containment" of "Haitianism" for U.S. slaveholders, the origins of current US policy toward Haiti.  The Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803 and the slaves in Haiti defeated the French in 1804.**

Indeed, I have always said that the fundamental question we must ask is who is going to finance our revolution?  Certainly, you won't see the scions of capital financing our side.  And if you do, then you have to wonder about the commitment to our values of those who take their money.  The key to understanding history is also to understand whose revolution was financed, and by whom.  We must be willing to finance our own revolution.

Napoleon had this to say about finance:

"When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that vies is above the hand that takes.  Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain."  I found this quote in Matthias Chang's book, "The Shadow Money Lenders," which I highly recommend to you and will quote later.

Now, all of this is relevant because we find ourselves in the same situation as Napoleon after the loss of Haiti:  The scions of capital are making their move against us.  In fact, President Obama's economic advisors are hastening our day of reckoning.

George Soros, who recently told "the Australian" that making $4 billion in the last two years, despite the financial crisis, was "in a way, the culminating point of my life's work" characterizes Russia, Venezuela, and Iran as the "enemies of the prevailing world order."  Soros asserts that he's having "a very good crisis," but interestingly projects a significantly less bright outlook for the United States.  In fact, he compares the current situation to the demise of the Soviet Union.

In my last message, I likened President Obama to Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the Soviet Union.  A reader responded that President Obama might be more like Boris Yeltsin, the first President of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.  This certainly bears investigation.  But either way, the course is clear that big changes are underway.

I can only guess what the endgame is.  But George Soros is one of President Obama's advisors that we should be listening to.  He says  that he is hopeful that President Obama will propose increasing the capital of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to include the issue of Special Drawing Rights to facilitate the international creation of money by the IMF.  Under the proposed scheme as described by Soros, countries will get an allocation that they can draw at a very low interest rate.  International credit creation, he calls it, ostensibly for the benefit of the developing countries.  Hmm, isn't this expanding to a global scale exactly what is wrong with the U.S. financial system? 

According to Soros, under this scheme, the developed world would provide the money in order to stimulate domestic demand in poorer countries so that the poorer countries can buy products from the developed world.  According to Soros, the U.S. has the Federal Reserve and the credibility to print money, and this proposal is a kind of redistribution of resources that empowers the poorest.  (I'm transcribing directly from a Soros video posted on youtube.)  According to Soros, this is the moment that this instrument should be used.  If Obama makes this proposal, it will show that he has the leadership and the vision to restore confidence and protect the poorest and the richest countries and make everyone feel that they are better off. 

On April 2, 2009, President Obama proposed just such a scheme as Congressman Gregory Meeks, head of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade seconded the idea.

Matthias Chang has some ideas about what that endgame might be.  I'll conclude with some quotes from his book, "The Shadow Money Lenders:"

The Objective of the Shadow Money Lenders

"And while the Europeans are screaming that an over-valued Euro will hurt European exports, Britain is quite contented to having a strong currency.

"The reason is obvious.  The benefits of the pound taking over the dollar as the global reserve currency far outweighs the short and immediate dislocation in export earnings.

"Britain's historical ties with the corrupt, fascist and retarded Muslim regimes in the Middle East were critical in this global financial strategy.  The 'petro-dollars' would be switched to 'petro-pounds' and once more Britania will rule the waves!

The Problem of the Shadow Money Lenders

"But the US and Britain did not foresee that Saddam in the 1990s and now Iran would dump the dollar in the oil trades and opt for Yen and Euros as the preferred alternative currency.  The pound was not even considered. . . . But when events turned out against their expectations, they joined hands to ravage Iraq and to threaten Syria and Iran as well as Lebanon."

What the Shadow Money Lenders Will Do to Ensure Victory

"The policy of 'controlled chaos' will be implemented and we will witness in major cities of the USA, UK and Europe of street battles, orchestrated by the Intelligence Services, between the white folks and the immigrant population.  In the USA it will be against the Latinos and then the blacks . . . In the UK and Europe, it will be against mainly immigrants from Turkey, the Northern Mediterranean states and Pakistan and they are essentially Muslims.  There is therefore, the added fuel of Islamic radicalism, which in the first place, was the creation of the Western intelligence services."

A Solution Antithetical to the Shadow Money Lenders' Vision

"China's economy is built on the sound principles of hard work and prudent financial management, the cornerstone being savings--on a massive scale. . . . China has recently launched a Sovereign Wealth Fund amounting to US$200 billion!  Just pause and think--in just under 30 years, China has been transformed from a rural agriculture-based economy to become the world's factory.  The West took over 200 years to become an industrial power, and in the process plundered the world's resources through wars of conquest.  The West's economic and military power was built on the sweat and broken bones of the millions of slave labor from Asia and Africa.  China's transformation is therefore unique, a change brought about without wars or colonial exploitation.  No wonder, the United States and Britain fear China's rise.  The recent intense disinformation, that the global imbalances are the result of China's growing surplus, is an attempt by the G-7 countries to white-wash their failed policies and to cover up their fraudulent global banking Ponzi schemes."

On 60 Minutes, Alan Greenspan admits that he's diversified his currency holdings.  That means he's not holding only dollars the way most of us are.  He won't be hurt by the endgame the way we will be.  Matthias writes, "Soros is Mary Poppins when compared to what Alan Greenspan has committed on behalf of his Masters.  He has destroyed the lives of millions."

I'll conclude with the 1992 quote Matthias uses from George Herbert Walker Bush:

"'If the American people ever knew what we have done, we would be chased down the street and lynched.'"

And oh, that family-owned Barings Bank, chartered in 1762, that financed the Louisiana Purchase and Britain against Napoleon's Waterloo?  It failed in 1995, and at the time, the failure was blamed on a single rogue trader with bad luck.

I think I need a drink now; I propose a toast to better luck and a people-powered, people-financed revolution!
  Victims of Violence – March 2009
 

Date, Name, age, picture, Type of incident, Details

Outcome

22/03/09

Ian Newtion, (aka Scoobie Santino – reggae singer), 45yrs,

Scoobie Santino

Murder - found with his neck cut in Greenford, West London.

The delivery driver, who had a hit single Cash Money in the 1990s, was heading home after finishing a gig at a nearby club when he was attacked.

The singer was found collapsed in a pool of blood by a member of the public at around 9am. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Anyone with information was asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

Home and Supplementary Education Conference - 6 June 2009

Greetings,

Black and Other UK Home Educators and the National Association of Black Supplementary Schools have got together to put on a conference to update the public about  home education and the availability of supplementary education for Black children. This event will be held at the Hackney Museum on Saturday 6th June 2009 from 11am till 4pm.

We are inviting individuals and organisations in these fields to join us and take part in this event so we can give parents the best information that is available. There is a wide range of media available for presentations including a Plasma TV and Powerpoint presentation facilities. This will be a FREE event with light refreshments available.

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

Black and Other UK Home Educators
Rehena Prior, Managing Director

http://www.blackandotherukhomeeducators.tk
E-mail: info@blackandotherukhomeeducators.tk
Tel:07960491963
Skype: rehenaprior

NABSS
Nia Imara, Managing Director

Tel:07958 348 558
info@nabss.org.uk
www.nabss.org.uk


 

Excelsior College: Affordable Independent Education

Take the first steps in your plans to educate your child, give them a head start with a solid early years foundation.Your child can now have an early independent education in a personalised, friendly, family atmosphere with common values. Our customising delivery of the national curriculum is designed to best suit their abilities and help them realise their potential. we achieve this by applying a lively and investigative pupil centred approach to learning.High Standards, high expectations and pride in self are nurtured to become a part of the children's identity.

Affordable EducationAge Group 3-11Excelsior College is a non denominational nursery and primary school for children from 3 to 11 years old. The school was first opened in 1989. We aim for excellence in education and the development of every child’s unique potential. Building in each a capacity and eagerness to learn as well as the personal traits of character that is the basis of well rounded and forward going children. Achieved in the most unlikeliest of locations. Don't delay, call and visit us, we welcome your interest.Excelsior College, Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham N17 8JLTelephone: 0208 365 1153

Website: www.excelsiorcollege.co.uk
Email: info@excelsiorcollege.co.uk


 

Home Educators Annual Camping Trip

Come and camp with us at Burnbake camp site Studland Bay Dorset

Where: Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone, Corfe Castle, WAREHAM, Dorset, BH20 5JH
When: 19-26th June 2009 - Come for the weekend Friday to Sunday or for the whole seven days
Prices:
1 adult with tent and car £8.00 / Extra adults(16 years and over) £3.00 Per person per night
Children (3-16 years ) £1.50  Per person per night / Pup Tent/Boat/gazebo/Extra Car/Extra Large Tent £2.00


http://www.btinternet.com/~burnbakecampsite/

Facilites
Two purpose built buildings, containing washing, showers, WCs sinks and for washing-up.Also laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. For mothers, there's a baby room with changing and bathing facilities. The site has a chemical disposal point for those with chemical buckets.A safe play area for children with slide and swinging tyres. A sports field for athletic campers. Pets are welcome. Dogs can be exercised in the adjoining woods, but must be kept on a lead on site.

Children remain the responsibility of accompanying parents/guardians at all times 

The campsite requires a 20% non refundable deposit with your booking form, the remainder due by 5th June 2009 

For more info please send an email to  baoukhe@gmail.com 


  Art Matters...
 

Alvin Kofi
Lost But Not Forgotton

Alvin Kofi has been a practising artist for over fifteen years. His activities have been diverse including work on the latest Nina Simone compilation, Garvey’s Last Soldier book cover, illustrations for magazines and murals for private and commercial interiors. He also teaches in schools and colleges and has developed his own workshop programmes on art. The subjects and themes of his work have varied over the years but his knowledge and understanding of African art and its culture has earned him recognition both as an artist and lecturer. His style, distinct and unique, presents cultural African ideas in a contemporary bold and graceful manner. His latest collection Lost But Not Forgotton reveals how the past has weaved itself into ur conscious expression.

http://www.myspace.com/kofiarts
http://www.alexandragalleries.com/catalog.php?category=30
http://www.tempolefineart.co.uk/gallery/16/1/


 

Sulei Enejo

Sulei Enejo is an artist with 6 years design experience, his last full-time employment was with the University of London’s Marketing department and his role as a designer/illustrator was across the board. He excels at tasks that involve working within a group or an individual basis and his ultimate goal is to produce a positive product and service.

He now freelances and has since worked on Levi roots! Reggae Sauce, Nokia, Illustrations for Al Yosuf Motors DUBAI and numerous Story books and graphic Novels. He is located in London, United Kingdom but is willing to re-locate where a specific project requires him to.

Specialties

  • Illustration
  • Art Direction
  • Print

Check out his website at; http://www.coroflot.com/sulei

 

  Health Matters
 

Petition: Hands of our Rice

Rice is daily food for half of the global population. It has been grown around the world for over 10,000 years and is cultivated in 113 countries. For millions of people rice is not just a food - it's a way of life. Most countries have shied away from allowing risky experimentation with the world’s most important staple crop and at present, no GE rice is grown commercially anywhere in the world.

But Bayer, the German chemical giant, has genetically manipulated rice to withstand higher doses of a toxic pesticide called glufosinate, which is considered to be so dangerous to humans and the environment that it will soon be banned from Europe. Bayer's genetically engineered (GE) variety of rice will put our health, our agriculture and our biodiversity at risk.

In the coming weeks, the European Union will also decide whether or not this GE rice can enter EU countries, appear on supermarket shelves and end up on our dinner plates. If the European Union approves the import of Bayer GE rice, farmers in Africa, the US and elsewhere may soon start planting the manipulated crop.

Stopping GE rice is not just about consumer choice or the environment - it's a lot bigger than that. It's a matter of global food security, human rights and survival.

Source: Edited from Greenpeace Email/Website
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/genetic-engineering/hands-off-our-rice/hands-off-our-rice

 

Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

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

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

Date
: 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

Wednesday
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

Thursdays
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

Email: info@mashufaa.co.uk
Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk
Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


 

Afrikan Yoga
Reconnect to the source classes with Pablo M Imani

Sunday 1-2.30pm, Fitness First Tottenham, 570-590, High Rd, Tottenham N17.

Monday 7pm- 8.30pm, Bizspace, Shakespeare Business Centre, 245a Coldharbour Lane, SW9,Room 101 (note please come 15min early for this class)

Tuesdays 8.30pm - 10pm, SOAS- School of Oriental & African Studies, Student Union, University of London, Russell Square WC1(Students welcome discount prices)

Wednesdays  6-7.15pm, The Alchemy Centre,Unit 101 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden, NW1

Are you free in the afternoon? you can allways check out the healthy work out class.

Wednesday 1-2.30pm Thursday 12-1.30pm & 6-7pm, Brixton Recreation Centre, 27 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London SW9

Contact: Pablo M Imani
Afrikan Yoga "Reconnect to the source" 
www.afrikanyoga.com
www.myspace.com/afrikanyoga
+44 (0)7972715170

 

Community Radio: Pan African

 

Pan African People's Phone In

When: Sunday
Time: 22:00 - Midnight
Where: Galaxy Radio 99.5 FM (www.afiwestation.com)

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in is a space 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.


 

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

www.voiceofafricaradio.com

 

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
Venue:
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

Afrikan Liberation Day (April) - Workshops
Youths are specially welcome – All free of charge

Friday 24th April 2009 @ 6.30pm
Malcolm X and the 54th anniversary of Bandung - Internationalism strengthening nationalism

Friday 1st May 2009 @ 6.30pm
The revolutionary significance of May Day

Friday 8th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
International class analysis, European workers
& anti-Afrikan racism

Friday 15th May 2009 @ 6.30pm
Contrasting the approaches of Presidents Nkrumah and Obama

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 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


May 13 - David Clover, Librarian, ICS: Dispersed or destroyed: archives, the West Indian Students’ Union and public memory

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


 

Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Avenues, Friday 24th April 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Location: 3-7 Third Avenue W10 4RS
Adm: Free (first come first served)

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

Screenings also taking place:

12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Saturday 16th May 4pm

Event will take place following Kelso Cochrane memorial walk (starts 12pm Kensal Green Cemetery) N.B. time of screening is subject to change if procession over-runs.

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

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


 

The return of the Black Knight: the African in the construction medieval and renaissance European identity

Date: 15 April 2009
Time: 6 to 7.30pm
Location: ICS, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS

Dr Maghan Keita, Professor of African History and Director of Africana Studies, Villanova University, Pa. USA, the author of many articles and books, including Race and the Writing of History, is the next speaker at the ‘Black Britain’ seminars.  


 

ADAP DVD Empowerment Programme

Date: Sunday 3 May 2009, 10 May 2009
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Location: Centreprise, 136-138 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2NS
Adm: Free admission

An introduction to African awareness, development and empowerment. Join the ADAP family for the screening of carefully selected edutainment DVDs, covering many aspects of the African experience.

Discover our ancient and glorious past, understand the current political and economic circumstances of Africans in the diaspora, learn more about your own self-development and finally, be entertained with constructive Black entertainment.

Screening Programme:

03 May -
Marcus Garvey: U.N.I.A The History and Black Nationhood - See the largest Pan- African Organisation which created 10 million members world wide and undestand its impact on the Pan-African movement.

10 May -
The Real Mckoy (comedy series)
Take a trip back to the 1990's when African-Britain used to have belly-laughs to a positive Afri-centred comedy series. Screening the finest comedic talents in the African diaspora.

Contact:

Email: enquries@adap.org.uk
Web: www.adap.org.uk
Tel: 07904 495 387 or 07846 026 165



 

A Free Mental Health Well Being Event

Date: Tuesday 21st April 2009
Time: 10.00AM - 3.30PM
Location: Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA

A free day event that will launch the evaluation report of the 4Sight programme that promotes the mental well being of African and Caribbean men.

You will hear from 4Sight members how the programme has improved their mental well being and supported their recovery.

The event will showcase the work of the 4Sight programme and its approach.

Motivational speakers, Inspirational Poetry and Lunch

To register or for more information contact:-
Tigist Teferi on 0207 655 4170 or email mellow.centre@eastlondon.nhs.uk


 

Kakatsitsi Drummers

Date: 21 April 2009
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Adm: FREE!
Info: SOAS concert website / Email: musicevents@soas.ac.uk / Tel: 020 7898 4500

Kakatsitsi are a group of traditional drummers, dancers and singers from the Ga people of Southern Ghana. Their music takes traditional rhythms and chants from their own Ga tradition, rearranging them with influences of a variety of other West African cultures.



Yasus Afari

An Evening With Yasus Afari: Jamaica's Gift of Vision

Date: Wednesday 22nd April 2009
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Doncaster Little Theatre, 1 King Street, Doncaster DN1 1JD


YASUS AFARI is hailed as one of Jamaica’s national treasures and he is currently on a world tour as Jamaica’s cultural ambassador, while promoting his best selling books and CDs.YASUS AFARI literally means “The Creator’s Gift of Vision”. Through his Dub Poetry, Reggae Music, Story Telling, Comedy and other creative talents YASUS has been inspiring, touching lives, edutaining and uplifting people through the Caribbean, Africa, USA, Brazil, Columbia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Currently, YASUS is in the UK promoting his new book and CD – the Jamaican best seller: “Overstanding Rastafari: Jamaican’s Gift to the World” and “Revolution Chapter1”.YASUS will be appearing for the first time at Doncaster’s Little Theatre on Wednesday 22nd April in a not to be missed rare opportunity, that promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.

Make sure you are there to witness Jamaica’s Gift to the WorldEdutainment Promotion / Learning Links International

www.yasusafari.biz

Tickets: £6.00 or £8.00 on door.Box Office: 01302 340422      

Mon - Fri 4pm-8pm      Sat 10am-2pm.For more information contact Tim Brown
Timtabrown@aol.com or www.bmeforum.net


  Lost But Not Forgotten

Date: Friday 24th April 2009
Time: 7.30pm to 10pm

Where: Pempamsie, 102 Brixton Hill. SW2 1AH

KOFIART with the support of Pempamsie invite you to view the new collection of cards & prints, studies of life by the artist Alvin Kofi

“LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”
We have always made every day life look good

This collection celebrates the present, revealing how the past has weaved its way into our conscious expression. On this special evening, Kofi talks about the new collection and why it is important to reflect our culture and tradition within our creativity in these troubled times. Pempamsie invites you and the creative people within our community, to hear Kofi’s views and present your own as we reflect on this subject.


  The Caribbean-EU EPA: A Model Agreement?

When: 22 April 2009
Time:
1pm-5pm
Where: The Royal Commonwealth Society, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP

This free conference will assess the nature of the Caribbean-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), assessing where we are now with its implementation, and looking forward to the future. Speakers will also explore its implications for other ACP members in Africa and the Pacific, currently negotiating similar deals with the EU.

Opening remarks (& Chair):              
Andrew George, MP (West Cornwall & Scilly) –
Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt, Aid and Trade

Keynote address:                               
David O’Sullivan (Director General for Trade – European Commission)

Panel One: The Caribbean-EU EPA – an Overview

Chair: Patsy Robertson

Ambassador Henry Gill – Director-General of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery
HE The Hon Burchell Whiteman, OJ – High Commissioner of Jamaica
Dr Tony Heron – University of Sheffield

Panel Two: Where are we now? Implementation

Chair: Dr Peter Clegg

Edmund Lawrence – Managing Director of the St Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank
John Rapley – President, Caribbean Policy and Research Institute
David Jessop – Director of the Caribbean Council

Panel Three: The African and Pacific EPAs

Chair: Dr Amanda Sives

Christopher Stevens – ODI
Dr Paul Goodison – Formerly Brussels Research Office (TBC)
Roy Rodrigues – Commonwealth Secretariat

RSVP: publicaffairs@rcsint.org / 020 7766 9202


 

B.L.A.K. FRIDAY: White Men’s Wealth=Black Women’s Poverty: Trade, Aid & Gender

When: 24 April 2009
Time: 7pm - 7.30pm start -  10.30pm finish
Where: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ

Greetings to all , In this BLAK Friday session, Tony Warner asks if you have ever wondered why your one English pound translates to 100+ Jamaican dollars or 250 Naira? This interactive session with videos and analysis explains in detail how rich European countries get richer by making poor African countries poorer, how you contribute to that impoverishment and what you can do to stop it. Brother Tony will sample  the work of Helen Wangusa, John Pilger, Walter Rodney, Hugo Chavez, Naomi Klein, Donna St Hill & Oliver Tambo to show the impact of European financial policies on African women around the world in general but in Jamaica, Ghana and Haiti in particular.

BLAK LIBERATION AFRIKAN KNOWLEDGE


 

Africa Addio

Date: Saturday  25 April 2009
Time:
2pm-5.00pm
Location:
BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Adm:
Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Contact:
Phone 0207 928 3232 www.bfi.org.uk/southbank Africa Addio (Italy 1966)

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

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

To join our list e-mail etf@100bmol.org.uk


 

African Market Day

African Market Day

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

Come and experience a taste of what Africa and the Caribbean has to offer.Exhibitors will be displaying Jewellery, Arts and Crafts, Music, Hair and Beauty, MarketingLive performances by Zil'o'ka, Kay Young, Kersha Bailey,Church Boyz and many more

Contact:
enquires@amdnetworks.com
AMDNetworks
www.amdnetworks.com
0203 393 57 35 / 07908 144 311


 

Screening: Africa Addio

When: Saturday  25 April 2pm-5.00pm
Where: BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1 Tube: Waterloo.
Adm: Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Contact: Phone 0207 928 3232 / www.bfi.org.uk/southbank 

For Sneak Preview of Addio and feedback from the previous 450 strong audience click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hxlVz3tqG0

Many people grew up with the Tarzan image of Africa and this informed their views of the so-called 'dark' continent. While some were able to unbrainwash themselves others were not and now fail to see how much of the imagery in mainstream TV Hollywood movies and computer games reinforces the same negative message of Africa in more sophisticated ways. This shock-documentary, alongside DW Griffiths Birth of a Nation, helps to show exactly what  styles of representation of black people are accepted  willingly and unknowingly by those who consider themselves informed and 'conscious'. This film has not been screened for 25 years and is essential, if uncomfortable viewing for those who wish to understand and combat racism. Screening followed by panel discussion with Colin Prescod Chair of Institute of Race Relations, Mark Goodman and  Karen Alexander


 

Seminar: Coping with Loss caused through violence in the Community

When: Saturday 25th April,2009
Time: 10.00 a.m.-1.00p.m (Registration 9.30 a.m)
Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Adm
: £10

SEMINAR Leader:  Patsy Mckie

Patsy Mckie is the Founder of the organisation ‘Mothers Against Violence’  in Manchester. She and other mothers who have suffered the tragic loss of children through gang violence  have been offering support to grieving parents who have had similar experiences.

The organisation aims to involve people at every level of society, and especially children in schools. Ms Mckie says “There is an enormous strength when people come together to join their vision, talent and energy in their aim to transform a part of the hurting society in which we live.”  She calls for fathers also to become involved in the movement for change.

 Please confirm attendance: Tel 01372 376894    /  07783700423


 

African- British Civil Rights Heroes 1596-2006 

When: Sunday 26 April 2009
Time:
1pm-4.30pm
Where: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1 ( Tube: Lambeth North)
Adm:
Free entry: First come,first served

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

In association with www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk and 100 Black Men of London  www.100bmol.org.u

The bias in schools gives the impression that racism and civil rights was an American issue and totally ignores the struggles Black British people endured. For example;

  • Oxford/Regent Street refused to employ black people
  • Black and Asian kids were bussed out of local schools so that there would not be "too many" of them
  • Racial attacks were a daily occurence and ignored by police
  • Black people had to pay more for houses and more for mortgages
  • There were documented calls for black schools in the 1700's
  • In the 1790's a group of  Africans in London  were lobbying the government for abolition
  • In 1820 a Jamaican in London bought guns in order to overthrow the government

Every area of life was contested at great cost. This presentation will give you the names and achievements of those who fought against British racism over the last 400 years. Please bring pen, pad.

To join the mail list e-mail etf@100bmol.org.uk 

For video on amazing and heroic women from the diaspora click here Heroic Black Women 

Olive Morris site  http://rememberolivemorris.wordpress.com/



 

II International Conference and Exhibition of Development Cooperation

Date: 27-29 April 2009
Location:
Dakar, Senegal 
 

This conference will serve as a gathering place for NGOs, cooperation and development institutions, United Nations agencies, aid-receiving African countries, and firms that contribute equipment for cooperation, development, humanitarian aid projects and emergencies, so they can present their activities and exchange experiences. On the other side the conference will be a point of reflection on the development problems, especially in the African continent. Through conferences, roundtable talks and showcases there will be an opportunity to debate cooperation and development subjects.

For more information, contact Juan Carlos Collado, co-general director, at jcarlos.collado@ceet.es or visit http://www.developmentcooperationdakar.org/inicio_ing.html.


African Market Day

Exhibition: INTO THE LIGHT with Dorrett McKoy

When: April  27th 2009
Where:
Bluemountain Sop and Cafe, 18 North Cross Road East Dulwich N22

Bluemountain Presents INTO THE LIGHT a new exhibition with Contemporary Artist and Painter    Dorrett McKoy.

Dorrett was born in Jamaica where she grew up with her grandmother until the age of ten. Dorrett has never lost her passion for her homeland and still holds fond memories of those early childhood years.

 Dorrett has always painted as a hobby and has exhibited her paintings, sculpture and screen printing at some of London’s top venues including The Horniman Museum, Brixton Gallery and Croydon Library. This exhibition of paintings reflects Dorrett’s passion for the sun. Dorrett loves life and believes every experience is valuable and should be lived with passion. The strong, bright vibrant colours reflect her view of life.

For more info on Dorrett McKoy please visit www.77unltd.com


 

In The Mix: Sunday Free Jazz By Soweto Kinch

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

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.

www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_inthemix_soweto.htm

Programme

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 (www.myspace.com/sowetokinch)

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  (http://www.myspace.com/shabakahutchingsBarbados-born 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  (www.myspace.com/femitemowo) 

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

www.richmix.org.uk


 

LC3 - Showcase by London Contemporary Dance final-year students
Arts and Culture Dance

Date: Wed 29 April | Venue 1
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Rich Mix, Shoreditch, East London
Adm: £5.00

LC3, the performance group for final-year students from London Contemporary Dance School’s BA (Hons) degree programme, comes to Rich Mix on Wed 29 April.

LC3 was established in 2007 to offer insight into London Contemporary Dance School’s work for aspiring students and young people through a series of free performances. For the dancers in LC3, the tour is an opportunity to gain invaluable performing experience.  Directed by Patricia Rianne, the company features 46 dancers, who alternately perform at various venues throughout the tour. 

Repertoire for the tour is comprised of work choreographed by the students themselves, performed alongside pieces by master dancemakers Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham and Siobhan Davies: 

  1. -                             Alston’s Hymnos piece was created in 1988 and reconstructed for LC3 by former Richard Alston Dance Company member Kate Price, it has music by Peter Maxwell Davies.
  2. -                             Cunningham’s Fielding Sixes consists of 64 phrases, repeated in sixes at a rapid tempo, each phrase being varied in movement and accent and has been reconstructed for LC3 by ex-Merce Cunningham Company dancer Jeannie Steele. 
  3. -                             Featured in the first programme of performances the newly formed Siobhan Davies Dance Company gave in 1988, White Man Sleeps has been featured on the A-level syllabus and has been reconstructed for LCDS by former Siobhan Davies dancer Sasha Roubicek.

For press enquiries, please contact Shakira Hylton, Marketing Assistant at Rich Mix on 020 7613 7661 or via e-mail at shakira.hylton@richmix.org.uk

2009 LC3 PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

29 April                     Rich Mix, Shoreditch

29 & 30 April             Manoel Theatre, Valetta, Malta

6 – 8 May                 3rd International Meeting of Dance Universities, Madrid, Spain

21 – 25 May              Orvieto, Italy

30 May                     Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London


 

Ancient Dedication or Contemporary Education?

Date: Friday 1st May 2009
Location: Castle Lecture Theatre, South Bank University
Time: 6.30pm Doors – 7pm start 10pm finish
Adm: Free Entry – Love Donations accepted.

Institute of Regenerative Truth in association with Nu-Beyond & Black StarLine present a seminar entitled Ancient Dedication or Contemporary Education?

For further details contact: irtevents@yahoo.co.uk


 

Ayekoo: Ghana First (London Launch)

When: Saturday May 2 2009, 3-6pm
Where: Mission Dine Club Centre Fry Road (by Longstone Avenue/Drayton Road intersection) Harlesden London NW10 4BZ
Adm: Free (a meal costs £5) - Booking is NOT essential, although it's useful to know in advance who is attending.

To join concerned Ghanaian citizens, friends of Ghana, elders, community activists a) click on the Your Feedback button below, b) select Book Me from dropdown menu, c) enter your name and email address d) and enter in the Your Comments box your phone number and If you require more than one place, place add name, email, phone number for each person. You may add any comments or query in this box. Please note that the launch may be photographed and/or audio-video taped.

The launch in London will present feedback from Accra as a starting point

About The Project: Ghana First
A non-partisan forum that calls on Ghanaians, friends of Ghana and pan-Africanists to help build a better Ghana

Click for more information about Ayekoo session.


 

Elliott Rivera: Channelling With The Ancestors

When: Saturday 2nd May 2009
Time: 7pm
Where: Private Venue
Adm: The cost of the event will be £35 ( A non refundable deposit of £20 will be required and the balance to be paid on the date)

Info: If you would like to book for this event please contact: Ancient Future at info@ancientfuture.org.uk   
 

Greetings to all my Brothers and Sisters:

I would like to invite you to an evening of “CHANNELLING WITH THE ANCESTORS” led by Elliott Rivera

During this program I will call upon one of my Ancestors/Guides to speak through me in order to provide you with helpful information and if needed healing and or a private word with you.

I can tell you that this will be a great session something to remember for a while and maybe even something we can offer again in the future.

Blessings,

Brother Elliott - theansestors@hotmail.com

This event is limited to no more than 15 people because of the intensity of the session.

Elliott Rivera

Elliott Rivera is a Santero and Spiritualist. For more then 30 years he has been working as a Spiritualist/Medium. Elliott was initiated as a Santero over 17 years ago in New York City. He is a priest of Yemaya and was initiated in Palo Mayombe over 23 years ago. Elliott lives in Amsterdam, where he gives workshops on Santeria, Eggun (Ancestors) and Energy Work.

FAQ:

What is Channelling?

Channelling is the ability to allow a spirit, guide, Orisha or ancestor to enter the person’s body in order to give advice or healing to a person.

Will others share with my private talk?

NO! Spirit will always speak in a low voice or guide you away from ear shot.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask and I will address them as soon as possible. My email address is: theansestors@hotmail.com


 

African (Black) and World History Courses

Date: Sunday 3 May 09, 11.00am and Thursday 7 May 09, 7.00-9.00pm
Location: Walthamstow, London E17
 
Our courses are an excellent introduction and progression into self-development providing a realistic insight into our history, present day situation and future. Our courses are popular and have been running for over 12 yrs.

Our unique series of 17/18 week courses are divided into 3 sections to cater for everyone. Classes are held on:
Sundays (Beginners-11.00am-1.00pm, Intermediate -1.30-3.30pm, and Advance 5.30-7.30pm) and on Thursdays (beginners only -7.00-9.00pm).

Beginners
- an introduction for participants in World History from a Black perspective: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas , the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks and Romans. We will explore the global Black experience and relate this to the here and now. The civilisations of Europe, the Dark Ages, politics of economics, the politics of race and nationalism, culture and identity, religion and spirituality. Participants will learn about themselves, as they explore through seminars, discussions, themes and issues and then relate this to themselves and the present.
Minimum donation: £75.00 Concessions @ £65.00/unemployed/students Intermediate- for those who wish to take their understanding and
knowledge of black history and its interconnectedness to the world a stage further.
Minimum donation: £75.00 Concessions @ £65.00/unemployed/students

Advanced-for those who are already extremely knowledgeable about themselves and see clear links between their own lives and history. Participants have already challenged conventional views of history and understand the different perspectives and concepts.
Minimum donation: £77.50 Concessions @ £67.50/unemployed/students

Advance bookings only.  Book early to avoid disappointment! We will be hosting enrolment & induction sessions for our Black and World History. You will have to attend an induction session before commencing the course.  Enrolment will involve completing an application form and payment of course fee.

The induction will provide you with details about the course, the code of conduct and the commitment required of yourself to successfully complete the course.

To reserve a place on a course please contact Afua on 020 8808 7547/07956 337 391 o via email: thinktank_27@yahoo.com.
www.onyeka.co.uk


 

Ancient Future & Muatta Books Present - The Ancestral Experience

Location: Happy People’s Restaurant, 160 Page Green Terrace, High Road Tottenham N15 4NU
Date: Sunday 3rd May 2009
Time: Doors Open: 3pm
Adm: £7 (£5 Concessions)

A day of readings, lectures & workshops celebrating our Ancestors, the Nkisi’s and Orisha’s…

·        Guest Speakers
·        Workshops
·        Psychic Readers
·        Astrology
·        Healing
·        Tarot
·        Numerology
·        Arts & Crafts
·        Books, DVDs & Spiritual Supplies

Featuring:

·       Sis Osunwummi – Yoruba Priestess
·       Elliott Rivera – Santeria and Palo Priest
·       Sis Omalani – Oshun Priestess
·       Bro Israel – Ogun Initiate & Occultist
·       Joe Blackmann – Esoteric Teacher
·       Plus More… Full details coming soon.

Contact:  info@ancientfuture.org.uk

07983442876 or 07956134370

VENDORS WELCOME (Please call for bookings)


 

Black History Walks 

Where: Next Walk in the St Pauls/Bank area
When: Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 2pm / Sunday 17th  May 11.15am and  2pm 

In 100 minutes your guide will take you through hundreds of years of the African presence, and contribution, to London’s way of life. Discover secret alleyways and enormous buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways which the owners do not want you to know. Find out about black loyalists and African revolutionaries. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics which are still evident in the very streets and buildings of the oldest part of London.

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

Where: Next Walk in Trafalgar Square
When: Bank Holiday Monday 4th  May 11am 

Millions of people walk through WC2 (Trafalgar/Leicester Square area) every day and have no idea of the centuries of African history under their feet. In 2 hours your guide will uncover the black presence and influence in the area. African Princes, Generals, Resistance Fighters, Civil Rights Leaders, Pilots, Nurses and Sailors all make an appearance. We will also highlight the links between Africa, China, India and the Caribbean and explain how history was whitewashed and racism institutionalised.

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk



 

bfm Film Club: African Shorts Programme

Date: Sunday 10th May 2009
Time: 4.15 pm
Location: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square).
Adm: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members

Book: 0207 930 3647 or online at www.ica.org.uk / By Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus / By Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 176

Dir: Various / Dur: 17min/2008/UK; 25min/2007/UK/Nigeria; 65min/2007/US

Language: English / Subtitles

Cert: 12A

An eclectic mix of short films from the 10th BFM International Film Festival.

The award winning Survivor (Dir: Nicole Volavka), a tale of friendship made on fragile emotional grounds in the world of London’s night cleaners. Fast paced Area Boys (Dir: Omelihu Nwanguma), lifelong friends Bode and Obi decide to sever the ties to their life of crime for good, but their plans fall apart before it’s began. Sensual Movement (R)evolution Africa  (Dir: Joan Frosch and Alla Korgan), riveting stories of nine African choreographers who unveil soul shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of the 21st century through dance.

 Screening will be followed by a discussion with Directors (tbc).

BFM: www.bfmmedia.com or contact Film Club Co-ordinator Nadia Denton at nadia@bfmmedia


 

Ìyà-Ilé (The First Wife)

Date: May 14-June 20 2009
Location:
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

www.sohotheatre.com
http://www.tiatafahodzi.com/


 

London Business School Africa Day

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date:
16 May 2009

London Business School’s Africa Club is delighted to invite you to Africa Day 2009.

The conference will take place on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at London Business School from 9AM to 5PM, with a gala dinner to follow.

The eighth annual Africa Day conference will focus on the "Investment Climate in Africa: Navigating the Global Downturn". This year, our four panels will discuss:

1) Innovative Financing in Africa
2) Natural Resources: Curse or Blessing?
3) China's Growing Influence in Africa
4) Growth Sectors Beating the DownturnKeynote speakers will include Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Chairman, Metis Capital Partners), Ebenezer N. Essoka (CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa), Ahmed Heikal (Co-Founder, Citadel Capital), and Omari Issa (CEO, Investment Climate Facility for Africa).

For updates, please visit http://www.londonafricaclub.org/africaday


 

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

and

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

and

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




 

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

When: Thursday 21 May 2009
Time
: 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:  sertucevents@tuc.org.uk / 020 7467 1220


 

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  www.100bmol.org.uk


 

Black History Walking Tour

Date: 7th June 2009
Time: 11.00am

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

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


 

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:
OFORI AMPONSAH
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  www.100bmol.org.uk


 

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum broadcasts live every Tuesday between 9pm - 12 pm. We discuss pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events. It is an interactive programme so please feel free to call and join in.

Thank you for your patience as we redevelop our internet communications infrastructure, we are currently working on solutions to address all issues of buffering and audio quality. We expect to resolve all our other issues, technical and otherwise soon. As ever, your support and feedback, especially constructive criticism is welcome.

Ligali - in service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors

www.ligali.org

Ligali is a Pan African, human rights organisation founded by Toyin Agbetu in early 2000, it was named in remembrance of his beloved late father Ligali Ayinde Agbetu who taught him to take pride in his African heritage and challenge those opposed to universal human rights. The Ligali and African History Month websites were subsequently co-developed by former Ligali member Emma Pierre-Joseph for our community, to be used by our community. It is maintained and funded entirely by the Ligali organisation but we do need your help to keep it running.

Supporting Ligali

Ligali DVD's
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