|Nyansapo – Facing Depression
“If a thing is lost, we start looking for it at home” – African proverb, Tshi
I’ve just finished marking papers for the Lorna Jones annual assay contest (www.lornajones.net) and to be honest I feel good. Every year she thanks us, her judges, but I truly believe that it is we who should be thanking her. You see whenever I read the words of these participating young people from all over the world I can’t help but smile. Lorna does a brilliant job. The topics she provides which are invariably always based around local and international community issues are often thought provoking. From the 8 year old to the 16 year old, you can only but smile when reading their aspirations, their intentions, their potential and possibilities.
It made me think about a conversation I had a few days ago when a friend asked me straight out, ‘Am I happy?’ I looked her direct in the eyes and thinking about being in the UK following my recent month on the motherland I answered ‘No…’
She paused, visibly confused. Concerned even, like many, she had mistaken my confidence and clarity of vision, with acceptance of the mediocre quality of life most of my loved ones endure in the UK.
‘No..’ - I continued. But then as I thought about the look of joy on my children’s face when I return home after having finished working, the reciprocal love I share with my family and friends, the warm embraces I still receive from total strangers for community work I have done, even the simple pleasure I experience after a simple meal and good reasoning session, I added ‘but I am happy.. with the work that I am doing and I am content that I have found my life purpose’.
You see I have strong memories of my life prior to where I am now and despite my relative wealth, comfort and economic stability back in those days, if I’m honest, I wasn’t living, I was simply existing.
In my single days, living in my cool bachelor pad, I had a guilty secret. I used to watch that US legal drama Skinny (Ally) McBeal. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the programme centred on the preoccupations of a neurotic european single female lawyer and her colleagues at work. Each week it introduced a legal/moral dilemma linked to issues of personal angst over the issue of loneliness.
I was obsessed with it, especially when I figured out that I had more in common with the nerdy character John ‘the Biscuit’ who whilst a brilliant lawyer, was totally eccentric with almost zero confidence when it came to interacting with the opposite sex (back then I had a massive crush on Lisa Nicole Carson who played the role of Renee). Fortunately after a couple of series I grew bored with it, a girlfriend then introduced me to her TV bible of modern relationships - Sex in the City, but by then the Toyin you know now was being born and the ridiculous manufactured concept of the immaculate Miss Right and Mr Big went out of my mind to be replaced with the truly romantic, Mr and Miss Not Perfect but Right for each other .
By now I’m pretty sure some of you are reading this and wondering what has any of this got to do with Pan Africanism. In fact if you’re looking for a ‘burn babylon’ piece then please stop reading now.
You see, the reason I wanted to share this with you is because I remember how I felt at the time. Today, is different, I can feel, almost taste, this beautiful resurgence of community activity as many of us respond to the crisis in Haiti. This is not a short term project, but instead a task that requires serious collective commitment to both the humanitarian and political aspects of a campaign to help our family overseas. I suspect some will drop out, but for those who do not, many of you will find yourself on the ground floor of a spiritually uplifting journey. But back then, for myself, pre, becoming engaged with Pan Africanism and community work I remember the loneliness, the massive empty home all to myself, the distraction of gadgets and film, soul dirtying night clubs, the connectivity of the internet to provide me with virtual interaction. I remember that despite my big flash executive car, expensive clothes and fat salary, back then I was truly unhappy. In fact, I was more than that.
I was depressed.
Now I’m not going to tell you my particular fairy tale, some of you already know it, but I will share the results. Today that empty feeling is long gone, I’m broke but spiritually rich, unemployed but always working, sometimes lonely but never alone, but more importantly although I am terribly unhappy with the condition we as a people are in, I am free, and I’m happy to be free, happy to be me.
If you haven’t seen the classic film ‘Burning An Illusion’, then it may be hard for you to understand what I am talking about. Go and watch it.
If you haven’t read the books the Healers (or Two Thousand Seasons) by Ayi Kwei Armah then go and read it.
Go to your local African bookshop and buy a copy. You see until we find the strength to face our depression head on, we often stay stuck in its dangerous loop of negativity.
So how do we turn towards positivity? Well I believe this only occurs after we learn to become humble enough to share our fears with others, some who are there to help us heal, others, who are there to normalise us, to help us realise the truth is that we were never really alone. Even without the electronic chatter that masquerades as companionship. Stop checking your email, Facebook, twitter, twatter or whatever. Just pick up the phone and contact someone you care about.
Do it now.
Felt good right. That’s because as humans, we are social animals, we are built to interact, not just through the internet, but by using the senses the Creator gave us, be it touch (creativity, intimacy), sight (art, colours), hearing (music, communication), smell (plants), taste (natural food) and that ethereal sixth sense (meditation) that often talks direct to our spirit through our dreams. We can choose not to be alone. It does not make us ‘sad’ or ‘desperate’ unless we are being manipulative.
The Truth is that when we confront depression, we sometimes find that we are really depressed over our own decisions which we believe led to us being alone, that’s often irrespective of whether it’s the loss of a job or a loved one, choices we had to make, or choices that were made for us. As such much depression is borne from bereavement, self doubt, betrayal of those others like us, and ultimately – betrayal of self (we are all inter-connected).
But to simply seek to apportion blame for our predicaments is not useful. Being honest with each other is. I believe that when we start to realise we can collectively burn any artificial illusions of who we claim to be, and instead, accept and learn to love who we really are, then others too, will be able to see us and indeed love us for who we really are - wonderfully normal in our uniqueness.
Depression is often linked to poor mental health, where chemical castration through mediation and various other therapy treatments exist to address the symptoms. Sadly, we live in a society where isolation is so normal, me-centred selfishness is now a way of life, that little resources are dedicated to ensure our collective mental wealth. And yet, if depression is a very normal symptom of loneliness, the longing for a cause great enough to live for, worthy enough to die for - then surely togetherness, regular social interaction, collaborative working and not individualism is the solution to mental wellbeing. But then, I am not an expert, psychologist or doctor. If you want a deeper understanding of why Africans in the Diaspora are blighted by so much depression, please read the seminal works of the late great Franz Fanon.
All that I can share with you is that by striving to be our unique selves in a hostile environment that perpetually seeks to reject us, we will always create a survival space that is at times - lonely. I believe that we harm ourselves if we fail to recognise there is nothing wrong with that. But I am not a supporter of the use of drugs, be it nicotine or alcohol to numb our minds into a chemically induced serenity. Emotional stupor is not a replacement for real emotional support, nor is irresponsible sex a good substitute for proactive vigorous exercise such as cycling, swimming, dancing and even martial arts. We should not allow vanity cultural media to confuse us into believing a healthy desire for meditative solitude is a mask for the bitter taste of involuntary abandonment. But neither should we confuse ourselves by casting a natural requirement for sanctuary, a personal space of solace as an enemy of our need for contact, our natural need for intimacy.
Just because we are often alone doesn’t not mean no-one wants to be with us. No. It just means that we haven’t yet been able to communicate freely with those who do. It is always after I return to the UK having travelled home that I am always reminded that the highly mechanised (not to be confused with civilised) environment and lifestyles we adopt here may make it seem as if life is all doom and gloom, but it’s not true.
Everyone needs a stable, loving, and supportive environment to survive. To create that requires deliberate action. If we don’t have it then we should not be afraid or too proud to seek help to build it. Whether that means spending quality time with someone we know or joining up those who share our interests, anything other than wrongly believing it will always be this way and thus unconsciously, unintentionally making it so.
I don’t know about you but did you smile a couple of days ago when the sun made a brief appearance after weeks of cold bleak weather. Did your mood lift just that teeny weensy bit as the warmth of the sun fell upon your skin? I know that I did. I also saw many others smiling too. Now if we can just marry the beautiful art of smiling and laughing with each other, the healing art of listening and talking to each other with the intimate romance of talking and eating with each other, then after the solitude of facing depression, we would always chose to emerge, tired perhaps, wary almost definitely, but also wise in the knowledge that we are on track towards that happy ending. It does exist.
So. Am I happy? The answer is no. I’m tired. There is far too much work to be done by far too few, and the ugliness in the world still threatens the happiness of our children and their future survival.
But am I unhappy?
Well the answer is also no. You see although I may not know your name, perhaps only ever having seen your face on a passing train. I know that with you, in action on our common interests, I am, we are, far from ever truly being alone. And that makes me smile.
May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.
Toyin Agbetu is a writer,
film director, poet, and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.
Nyansapo: News and Updates
The Pan African Drum
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Pan African World View
African History Month 2010: Know Your Enemy
Ed West: Opponent of African people, history & culture
|Boris Johnson is right to cut funds for Black History Month, an event that provokes contempt and racism
By Ed West, 18 February 2010
Whatever Boris Johnson does now, he’s already secured my vote. The Guardian reports that he has slashed funding for a series of high-profile multicultural events, at the same time as ploughing £100,000 into a new venture to celebrate America:
“Figures seen by the Guardian show that the London mayor cut funding for Black History Month, a series of events staged in October to celebrate black culture in the capital, from £132,000 to £10,000, though city hall insists the previous figure was £76,000. Africa Day’s £100,000 grant from the London Development Agency was axed completely and a decision to cut funding for the St Patrick’s Day celebration was roundly criticised last year.
Funding for Jewish events was halved to £50,000, while a decision to cut funding for the St Patrick’s Day celebration was roundly criticised last year.
Ken Livingstone, who supported multicultural events throughout his mayoralty, described the decision to cut funds for Black History Month as “outrageous”. “These were all events that helped bring London together,” he said.
Johnson was accused of “subsidising wealthy Americans” after the Guardian reported earlier this year that the development agency, the mayor’s economic arm, had allocated £75,000 to USA Day. It emerged yesterday that the mayor has agreed to top this up with a further £25,000 from the Greater London Authority (GLA), bringing the total to £100,000.
Johnson has previously defended the move as part of a drive to attract more American tourists to the capital. Other events to benefit from a cash boost include St George’s Day which increased from £100,000 to £136,000, courtesy of the GLA.”
Black History Month is an example of pork barrel politics and also an expression of tribalism – we are now a nation with different national historical narratives for different people.
BHM not only doesn’t bring people together, whatever local politicians have to say – it provokes contempt and racism, since any “achievement” that has to be promoted by taxpayer-funded propaganda is psychologically put into the junk folder by most intelligent people. Which is a shame, because African, Caribbean and black American history is interesting and significant enough without Haringey council’s help.
That same contempt is increased by the justification often aired that black history is necessary to raise the self-esteem of young black boys, as if they get into gangs because they’re not taught enough about Mary Seacole or that Roman emperor who may have been black or maybe North African, no one’s too sure.
History is about telling the truth, not raising self-esteem – we don’t teach Irish kids that St Brendan discovered America in a boat made of stone, as my granny claimed, because it would make them feel better, or Chinese pupils that they were first into New Zealand. But the multicultural history being taught at many British schools, and being promoted by many government-funded bodies, is in the same no man’s land between history and myth. And too often “self-esteem” is a euphemism for ethnic chauvinism and its offspring, politically motivated pseudohistory.
History, if it has any political purpose – and it’s impossible to teach entirely neutrally – should be about bringing a country together, not splitting it up into different “communities”, each with its own version of events. If people want to get together to promote their views or interests, they should do so in private and with their own money. Boris Johnson has made a good start tackling the monster of multiculturalism, and let’s hope David Cameron follows in May and takes it on nationally. Who knows, maybe he’ll start by winding up the monstrous Equality and Human Rights Commission. That really would be a moment in history.
Source (Full unedited article):
United Haitians in the UK
Notice to the community, from UHUK
15 February 2010
We wish to thank the community deeply for your generosity of spirit on behalf to the Haitian people. Your donations, both financial and tangible, are greatly appreciated and are being used to better the lives of many in Haiti.
However, we would like the community to stop all tangible donations (clothes, food, medical supplies, etc) at this time. Every available storage space is now full and this venue can no longer accept any more donated items. We are now in the process of arranging to ship collected items to Haiti, to be distributed by our partners there.
We will notify the community when spaces become available again, as well as which items are required.
Please continue to attend our events, follow developments in Haiti through the media and support Haiti through money donations using our website (www.uhuk.org).
On behalf of the Haitian People,
Mesi Anpil (Thank You Very Much)
‘Creativity in your hands – achieve your New Year’s resolution!’
‘I’m gonna learn something new’. ‘I will take up a new hobby’. Sounds familiar? Are any of these one of your New Year’s resolutions? Sadly, not many people actually achieve the resolutions they set out for themselves.
Creative Lifestyle CIC is here to help! We are running creative hands-on workshops and short courses for anyone wishing to learn skills to achieve wonderful creations. Sewing techniques & fashion design, soft furnishings, hand knitting, card & gift design, natural hair design and many more!
Creative Lifestyle CIC aims to bring creativity back into the community. We provide short ‘taster’ creative workshops.
Our project enables beneficiaries to tap into their creative energy and develop their creative options whether it be career driven or for practical home use.
We have developed an intensive short program of workshops which caters for busy people who would like the option to take our creative courses as an evening class.
All workshops and courses start mid-January 2010 and take place at the heart of the Bethnal Green community, at our modern Oxford House studios (Derbyshire street, E2 6HG).
Make your New Year’s resolution happen in 2010!
We offer several workshop sessions per week for four, six or 12 weeks as a repeating rolling programme in the following areas:
· Interior Design · Cake baking and decorating
· Floristry · Hand knitting
· Sewing skills and fashion design · Natural hair
· Soft furnishing · Card and Gift design
· Textiles printing/painting/dyeing · Recycling projects
We are currently running hand knitting, natural hair design, greetings cards, children’s workshops as group workshops as well as ‘one to one’ workshops should they be required.
Our prices for individual classes start from £72 for a course consisting of 5 weeks of one subject. Prices for ‘one to one’ and group/organisational workshops will be assessed according to the requirements.
We will shortly be running African dance and interior design workshops.
To sign up with us for one of our courses and to get more information, please contact us:
0207 749 1105 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our website address is: www.creativelifestyle.org.uk
Get in touch with us to start your creative journey with us today.
Creative Lifestyle CIC - bringing creativity back into the community!
As you may be aware the next African Market Day is taking place on the 8th May 2010 at Hampstead town hall if you would like to participate as an exhibitor please can you fill in the attached booking form and return to us. We have begun taking bookings and cannot reserve a stall for your business until we have received confirmation from you.
If you would like to participate in the African Market Day as a performer or as a volunteer please contact us.
Become a fan of our Facebook page to view updates about the African Market Day promote your business, connect with other fans and tag your business, yourself or products in our photographs. http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-United-Kingdom/The-African-Market-Day/113570383623
We value your participation in the African Market Day events and look forward to seeing you on the 8th May 2010.
The AMDNetworks Team
BIG UP HAITI
19th Feb (NB 7-11pm )
This event is growing by the minute with now a special Song for Haiti added and the raffle looking really interesting with tickets fo rmajor show and great cds amongst the prizes + Calypsonians almost literally off the plane from Trini Carnial, African roots, Original Fugee Joe Di Marco, a host of bands from Platform and so much more...
Thi sis to make sure you know it runs between 7-11pm (doors and bar from 6) so that you are sure to reach in good time....
See you there! Only £5
and come hungry so you can hae a delicious roti (£1 cover price going to UHUK)
Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in conjunction with the Black & Asian Studies Association seminar series on African & Asian Britain
Held at Senate House, Malet Street. London WC1 from 6 to 7.30pm
24 February, room G35
Carl Hylton, Positive African self-identity and the 2007 bi-centenary year
The seminar focuses on some of the psychological, philosophical, cultural and sociological issues that enable people of African descent to survive in a positive manner in the United Kingdom and the wider western diaspora. Arguments are illustrated by reference to the development of a 2007 bi-centenary African-centric community project based in Leeds
Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation
Akoben: Symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.
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
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
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
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross / Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177
Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734
Annual Huntley Conference
The 2010 Annual Huntley Conference:
Young, Black and British: Identity and Community through the Generations
Where: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R OHB
When: 20 February 2010, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Adm: £5, Students and Children free
The 2010 conference will highlight materials from the Huntley collections on supplementary education and will include young people invited to share their experiences and reflections. Black youth experience from the 1960s to the present. Caribbean parents who fought to provide supplementary school education for their children. Black British youth in 2010. The 'gaps' between the generations.
Featuring: 'Postcode Wars' a film by Park View Academy Students
Jacob Ross, Author of the novel Pynter Bender
Andrew Muhammad, The Investigator!
Leslie Braine-Ikomi, Archive collection
Understanding Copyright in the Digital Age Workshop
When: Sat 20 Feb - 6.00-8.00pm
Adm: Free event
Have you ever written a song, created a journal or even designed your own clothes & wondered how do I register, protect license or even receive royalties from my creativity? Come along and find out more.
Speakers: Gary John - Freelance Copyright Consultant / Olu Adedeji - Founder of the The RightCopy
Operation Sankofa Dolls
London Black Dolls Showcase
When: Saturday, 20 February 2010, 2pm – 5pm.
Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London
Introducing London’s first showcase of black dolls event!
Operation ‘SaŋkƆfa’ Dolls – ‘I want one just like me!’ – is organising an event to showcase African dolls to the public. This event is being held in the Bernie Grant Arts Centre on Saturday, 20th February 2010, Doors open at 2pm – 5pm.
The inspiration behind Operation ‘SaŋkƆfa’ Dolls is the result of several black women and men who often found it difficult to find dolls which they, or their children could describe as looking ‘just like me’. They discovered that there were not that many black dolls on the British market and the ones that were available were often imported from America. There is currently a huge gap in the British market as there are few dolls available that reflect young black children, back to themselves.
The Operation ‘SaŋkƆfa’ Dolls event will be the first in a series of networking opportunities particularly directing parents, educators and anyone else with an interest in buying black dolls on navigating the current market and helping raise awareness about its prevalent issues. The event will also allow market leaders, newcomers and private collectors to showcase their dolls and present their dolls to their target audience.
As well as walking around the venue and viewing and discussing the different dolls on show, there will also be poetry readings, talks and videos discussing topics such as our first dolls and the meaning they hold. Operation ‘SaŋkƆfa’ Dolls welcomes people of all backgrounds to take part in this exciting event.
‘SaŋkƆfa’ – Se wo were fir dza osom bo a, san ko fa. (If you forget something valuable, go back and fetch it.) 1 – Fante (Ghana) proverb
Contacts: Natasha – 070 142 28712 / Ama – 070 100 33347
Emashi African Dance: Celebrate 25 Years
Emashi African Dance Celebrate 25 Years
When: 20 February 2010,16:00 - 21:00
Where: 2nd Floor, Northwold Community Hall, Northwold Estate, Upper Clapton Road, London E5 9SA
Operation Sankofa Dolls
Bradford Black Film Club: Maafa Legacy
When: Wednesday 24th February 2010, 7:30 Prompt - late
Where: FACE, Mary Seacole Court, 89 Park Road, Bradford, BD5 0SW (Adjacent to the back of St Lukes Hospital)
Celebrating February 2010 Black History Month
BRADFORD BLACK FILM CLUB Would like to invite you to our next film showing: ‘Maafa Legacy’.
Toyin Agbetu the director of this film will be present for the discussion after the film. If you missed him the first time - DO NOT MISS HIM AGAIN!!!
Maafa Legacy exposes the euro-academic view that British slavery was just ‘trade’ as a lie and reveals why the crimes both past and present that continue to be committed against Mama Africa and her children stand as the most heinous ever in World history. This documentary also provides a retrospective view of Wilberfest 2007 and explores the enduring legacy of the Maafa on African people residing in the Diaspora.
Screening discussion with director Toyin Agbetu
For more details call: 01274 391136 or 07534 649467
Supported by FACE (Federation of African & Caribbean Elders) in association with (ACNAP) African Caribbean Neighbourhood Action Planning Group
When: Sat 27 Feb - 3.00-5.00pm
Adm: Free event
Generations is an African cultural organisation engaged in vital projects on the mother Land. We will be hosting a meeting for individuals to come along and find out about the work that we do and also an opportunity to become member.
For the events below, please book in advance by contacting us on: 020 8509 7598 or 07939 540 826 or by email: email@example.com
African History Course:
Ancient African Civilisations taught by Ama Biney here at HISTORYtalk
When: Saturday 13th February, 10am-1pm (and runs for four Saturdays until 6th March)
Where: Ladbroke Grove.
The course is entitled Ancient African Civilisations and I have attached more information to this email.
020 7792 2282 / www.historytalk.org
Origin: Rites of Passage
Origin - Rites of Passage
When: Now enrolling, Wednesdays 17th and 24th February.
Time - 6.30pm onwards, details below
Where: 55 Willington Road, Stockwell, SW9
Contact: 07956 904 401 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviving the love affair for couples and singles
When: Sat 27th February ’10, 9pm - Til Late
Where: PALM BLISS Restaurant & Wine Bar, 706 Leabridge Road, Leyton 6AV
Adm: £5 B4 11pm, £10 thereafter
FREE ENTRY for the 1st 20 KWEENs to arrive!!!!
10% of all proceeds will go towards www.uhuk.org HAITI APPEAL!!!
The 14th Tale
The 14th Tale
When: 9 February - 13 March
Where: National Theatre
The 14th Tale tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to the rooftops of Dublin and London. Written and performed by Inua Ellams, a Nigerian-born performance poet/spoken word artist, Ellams vividly brings to life the characters that punctuate his upbringing, offering an intimate account of the trials of adolescence and what it means to be a young, African male in London today.
The Power of the Media:
How news shapes our perspectives & dictates our actions!!
When: Saturday 20th February 2010, @ 6pm - 9pm
Where: Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15 (nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line)
Adm: £3 donation requested (children free)
Join the discussion incl video or audio footage of news. The way Africans are portrayed in the worlds' media is a big factor in the way we and others see us. Come and let us have your view.
Main Speaker: Sista Vuyiswa Ngqobongwana (Press TV Presenter & formally of Channel 4)
Contact: AJAMU on 07852.937.981 or email@example.com
Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation
|Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation
When: Saturday 20 February 2pm-5.00pm
Where: BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall),
Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Adm: Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Never before seen blockbuster movie about African indepedence filmed from an African perspective !
From the director that brought you “Killer of Sheep,” and “To Sleep with Anger.”
Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation tells the story of Sam Nujoma, the first president of Namibia, who fought for his country's Independence from South Africa. Burnett uses a visionary cinematic language to present sixty years of African history through the eyes of an extraordinary man. This daring film is the first to be produced by the government of Namibia, a remarkable economic effort and and a gamble on African cinematography.
Charles Burnett's Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation tells the rise to power of Nujoma (Carl Lumbly), a prominent leader in Namibia's struggle for independence from South Africa, and that country's first president. Opening when Nujoma was 16 years old and the country is under constant oppression from South Africa, the young man learns that he is the direct descendant of royalty. He sets off to live with an aunt, and befriends a religious man (Danny Glover) who has maintained a low profile after legal troubles stemming from a suspicious car accident. Eventually Nujoma, in the face of severe racism, forms the SWAPO political movement that, with the assistance of some foreign governments, eventually earns Namibia its independence.
Phone 0207 928 3232 / www.bfi.org.uk/southbank
NOMMO: US Atrocities in Haiti
When: Fri 26th February 2010, 7:00pm - 10:30
Nommo is the, monthly interactive session for the Afrikan community, presented by the Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement. On the last Friday of every month, you can rap, reason and re-energise with like-minded Sisters and Brothers through film, music and the spoken word in its many forms.
Where: Voice Of Africa Radio, 24 Swete Street (Off Plaistow High St), Plaistow E13 OBS / Nearest Tube: Plaistow (District Line) 5 mins walk
Adm: £3 - Under 21's FREE
Info: 020 8539 2154 / 07908 814 152 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Fuboh invite you to ‘One Heart Beat’ Drumming Session
When: Saturday 27th February 2010, 5.30 - 9.00pm. (Doors close @ 6.00pm)
Where: The Harrow Club.187 Freston Road. London W10 6TH. Tube to Latimer Road. Buses: 295 & 316.
Adm: £2 Min donation
Greetings brothers, once again 'fuboh' invites you to the session. If u have ur drum bring it n come! Or £3 if u need to hire a drum!
To book ur place contact - 07956 673255.
Have no fear just come - bring our man children too.
One Heart - The Blackheart Man.
Black History Walks
The Audacity of World Freedom: Black History Walks
When: Sunday 7th March 2010, 11am and 2pm
Adm: £6.00 adults £3.00 children
Millions of people walk through Trafalgar/Leicester Square area every day and have no idea of the centuries of African history under their feet!!
Black History Walks offers guided walking tours of the African history of London. Walks take place in St Pauls/Bank, Docklands, Trafalgar Square, Elephant & Castle and Notting Hill area from March to November.
Walk Good Promotions in partnership with Black History Walks will be organising several Nelson Mandela commemorative walks around Trafalgar Square throughout the year. The first walk is on Sunday 7th March at 11am and 2pm.
In 2 hours your guide, Tony Warner, Founder of Black History Walks highlights the links between Africa, China, India and the Caribbean as you 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.
Group bookings available and families welcome. Black History Walks is an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge of world history and the overlooked contribution Black people have made in the communities within British society.
A maximum of 25 people per walk is permitted, so please book early to avoid disappoint. Walks last approximately 2 hours so wear comfortable shoes.
£6.00 adults £3.00 children
To book please email email@example.com with your preferred time and number of places you require. You will then will then receive confirmation and joining instructions.
For more information please visit http://www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk/walks.html
Women of Change Conference and Film Premiere
When: Saturday 6 March 2010, 12-5pm
Where: The London School of Economics (LSE), Hong Kong lecture theatre, Ground floor, Clement House, WC2A 2AE
The Octavia Foundation in conjunction with the Heritage Lottery Fund and LSE Arts at the London School of Economics would like to invite you to the film premiere of “Hidden Herstories”, a youth-led documentary film about Octavia Hill, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Claudia Jones and Jayaben Desai
The screening starts at 12.15pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the film-makers, a free lunch and a panel discussion. Confirmed speakers include: Nzingha Assata, Jenny Bourne, Brenda Dean and Vanessa Walters
The event is free but places are limited
We have had an overwhelming amount of interest so far
please reply to this email ASAP to book your seats
For more info visit: www.hiddenherstories.org / www.octaviafoundation.org.uk
The truth about Haiti
The Truth About Haiti
When: Sunday 7th March, 2pm - 5pm
Where: The Drum Arts Centre, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU
Adm: £5.00 Donation
All money raised will be donated to the ‘United Haitians in the UK’. For more information on this charity visit: www.uhuk.org
We are constantly being told by the media that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We are not told how this happened...... How did Haiti get so poor?
Professor Robert Beckford hosts this important exploration of Haiti’s past, present and future. Through a series of lectures, presentations and discussions with audience participation, you will learn the truth about Haiti and its unique story.
Professor Robert Beckford (Host) / The Haitian Revolution - Panyin Ewusi (Educator)
Reparations: Haiti First! Haiti Now! - Cecil Gutzmore (Lecturer & Political Activist)
Media coverage of Haiti Earthquake – Propaganda or Truth?
Toyin Agbetu (Journalist/Director and founder of Ligali, a Pan African Human Rights Organisation)
United Haitians in the UK - Find out how your money will help HAITI!
For more information Telephone: 07867 727 245 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org