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Greetings Family,

Nyansapo - is an online community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues. Our next Pan African Drum programme on 24 February 2009 will ask the questions;

Was Walter Rodney right, can we make our own history?

Conscious Activism: Making History?


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

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

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10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
In the ground breaking book How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, author and revolutionary Pan Africanist Walter Rodney promoted “conscious activity that signifies the ability to make history, by grappling with the heritage of objective material conditions and social relations”. With the spread of capitalism married to western styled democracy across the world, is this the way forward for the economic, socio-political, cultural and spiritual freedom of oppressed people? We will be discussing this and other related issues with our guest the renowned historian, Hakim Adi.

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


Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Conscious Activism

All man can talk, but na all can do” – African Proverb, Guyana

Greetings, there’s this joke I know it goes;

“What is democracy?”.  “Answer…  the freedom to elect our own dictators.”

Ok so it’s not exactly a brilliant funny ha-ha joke, but it is a sobering Truth.

Last weekend, Saturday 21 February 2009, I attended the Fourth Annual Huntley Conference at the London Metropolitan Archives. This years focus was Remembering Walter Rodney, Revolutionary Pan-Africanist. It was a powerful examination of the legacy of the famous author and provided an opportunity to experience some grounding sessions with a large number of consciously active delegates/participants. 

Harry Goulbourne, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Huntley Archives Advisory Group smoothly guided us from one session to the next which included words of inspiration and education from Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race Relations, Dr Kimani Nehusi, Lecturer at the University of East London, Dr Hakim Adi, the renowned historian, Emma Agyemang, Maureen Roberts and Richard Wiltshire of the LMA. There was much food for thought.

Oware and creative card making workshops kept the children preoccupied as mixed with the groundings were readings and performances from Hatsheput Huntley, Lorianne Tika-Lemba and Carmen Rodney.

As the day came to a close the plenary topic “4 Decades on…. Whatever Happened to the 1968/69 Revolution” haunted me. It made me think of the current situation in Guadeloupe where Elie Domota, head of the Collective Against Exploitation (LKP) is providing leadership for the impoverished Africans of the region by utilising one of the most powerful collective weapon we have against capitalism and democracy. 

No, I am not referring to the ability to tick a box every four years and elect who will control and exploit us next. No, I am of course referring to the ability for workers to organise, down tools and withdraw their labour.

The Strike.

For the past four weeks european governments have been trying to keep quiet the revolutionary actions of the French speaking Africans in the Caribbean who have decided that they no longer wish to feed the hand that slaps them.  Tragically, there has already been loss of life. As you can imagine, the leaders of capitalism are petrified this idea could catch on in their own 'civilised' backyards and have instructed corporate media and state propaganda arms such as the BBC to remain silent or muted on what is today’s socio-political equivalent of the Haitian revolution. This is not the first time we have experienced state censorship in the form of a news whiteout. They did the same when there were consecutive uprisings in France as young Africans refused to kowtow to the repressive policies and actions of the racist anti-African French leader, Nicolas Sarkozy and his predecessor Jacques Chirac.

The Strike.

Two simple words that drives terror into the heart of every capitalist terrorist across the world. Rodney wrote about how a bourgeoisie class who rose to be industrialists and financiers ensured that overtly enslaved peoples “were declared legally free to leave the land and go in search of employment in capitalist enterprises. Their labour thereby became a commodity – something to be bought and sold”.

This is true today as it was yesteryear. It is not even necessary to agree with all that Rodney writes to recognise the unquestionable academic rigour that drives his central thrust with regards to Africa’s (and indeed the worlds) maldevelopment. His analysis of the aggressive exploitation of people and labour by political-spiritual “super-structures” committed to maintaining capitalism and western democracy still stands as an authoritative text today.  

In Colin Prescods’ superb introduction to Walter Rodney, he asked a number of important questions. “If he were here today are we ready? Are we ready to take power and if so how are we going to do it?”

Both Prescod and the powerful keynote speaker Kimani Nehusi spoke about how Rodney’s commitment to the cause of the oppressed was not only to write about the oppressor but also write for the oppressed raising their consciousness.

Which conveniently ties into the fact that the following day I was in the studio of VoxAfrica, a new African owned, Pan African TV station that’s not only streams live on the internet but also, and more importantly simultaneously broadcasts live across Mama Africa via satellite. It was so good to meet up with my friend Henry Bonsu on his new show “Shoot The Messenger” (and yes I have noted the irony after the related BBC fiasco) as we discussed what it means to be African. If you’re free on Sunday between 6 – 7pm watch, contribute become active.

Walter Rodney was a powerful advocate for taking action and using his academic scholarship not for intellectual masturbation but instead for utilising history as a weapon, a tool of empowerment and ultimately - liberation. I agree, I do not see the government as a de facto status, historical omnipotent entity like most view the Creator. The european is not God.

My own dominant view on western democracy and how we live is quite a simple one.

If we are affected by a decision then we should be the ones making it.

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.

Related stories:

Please read more about the situation in Guadeloupe here;

You can view VoxAfrica at;

Maisha Solutions: Feedback

Maisha Solution
Maisha Solutions:
Every door has its own key


Have you attended a Maisha Solutions screening. If so please give feedback. Did the film miss any topics you felt urgent? What way forward for Pan Africanism?

Some of the comments on Maisha Solutions (Directors Cut);

'a very informative, well-presented documentary'

‘Very informative and encouraging. Hope this gets widespread publicity amongst our community.’

‘Good inspiration, with new cultural views.’

‘Very good focusing on what we need to do next. Very powerful and emotional.’

Very educational, insightful and thought provoking.’

‘The film was solution designed taking our historical experiences and solutions to the Diaspora and Africa.’

'an insightful, informative and thought provoking documentary'

‘Very inspirational.’

'a fantastic piece of work. Thank you.'

‘another brilliant production. It touched on many important topics from many parts of the world which I liked because it is holistic.’

Comments taken during African History Month (Feb 09) @ BFI South Bank: Maisha Solutions Premiere Screening

Comments, Feedback and Complaints


Feedback on Ligali

"Hello Toyin  and the good people of Ligali.
I have two words for you, Moses Jones and a question. Why? What was the point?
Well actually I know what the point was, any opportunity to show Africans is an unfavourable light is relished by the white media and we are always so willing to help them along. If this isn’t another reason to hate the BBC I don’t know what is. 
I am also still surprised that those fine African actors took those roles after reading the script. I understand that there must have been great excitement at the prospect of staring in a predominantly black mini series and of course our opportunities here are very limited plus we all have bills to pay. Nonetheless I still feel extremely let down by them.
There is so much more to say about the depiction of the characters, the storyline, everything! But as I recall it I am becoming more and more angry and don’t want to swear, so I had better cut this message short.
I would also like to thank Toyin for his demonstration at the slavery bicentenary service. I haven’t been so proud in a long time. I commend you and thank you.
Keep up the excellent work Ligali."


Nyansapo Update

We still need callers to contribute to the programme, not only to bring a rich diverse body of thought to discussions but also to assist us with checking the quality of our telephone communications infrastructure

Last week we set up a twin streaming approach to resolve any issues. As a result we have received several reports that buffering has been almost totally eliminated. Our new changes means that the audio quality of our streaming audio should be also improved. However as a result we also now incur an additional burden of over £50 p/m to maintain the station. If there are at least five listeners happy to make regular donations of at least £12 per month (£3 per week) per radio show we will be able to extend our services to better serve the community.

Some new listeners have expressed an inability to connect to the station shortly after the programme starts. Nyansapo uses windows media streaming and requires some users to install the latest version of windows media player to have the compatible audio codecs to hear the programme.

You can download the software directly from;

Connecting - Mac Users
We would like to welcome our new Mac listeners. We have had several emails from many happy Mac users who are overjoyed at being able to receive the Nyansapo - Pan African Drum broadcast. If we secure regular donations we will maintain this secondary stream and revert back to archiving the show in its original wma format to save server space and increase quality.

Phone Lines
Sound quality for callers trying to hear responses down the telephone is sporadic, sometimes the line is clear, on other occasions callers cannot hear us making interaction impossible. Our original objective was to provide a low cost phone number for our community to interact through. Please bear with us whilst we work on solutions.

Donations and fundraising
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A donation of at least £3 a week would help enable us to expand the station to better serve the community. Whilst the Ligali organisation does not take advertising we will consider programme sponsorship.


War on Women

Following last weeks discussion on supporting International Women's Month, Sister C has forwarded a link to the harrowing 'War on Women' CBS documentary for our community to watch.


Appeal from the International Committee of Blacks Peoples(I.C.B.P) in Guadeloupe

Brothers and Sisters,

Please helps us, french government has give commandement to kill us. The last night they have killed one of the manager of LKP. On Monday 400 militaries polices arrived in more because two weeks ago 2500 militaries polices was been to send and they says we are coming for to break [n word], you ear? to break [n word]!

Pleased turn this message, and send yours supports for L.K.P (Lyanaj Kont Pwofitasion) = Together against profits and benefits. You must to know: white people manage all things in our Countrycontrol ours lifes, decide for us, and now  we have decided to say: "stop profits!" give us ours wages completely, dropped  the prices at every levels because we can't buy foods and education for ours children; they decide to kill us. You must to know that here is just work work for white people, who stole ours lands, ours see sides and beaches. That enough! 

So Majesty family don't forget us, make this message turn for support, the email address is:   or  it's seems me the better is ugtg, because, french government often to cut the lkp link.

Please support us, thanks a lot for your listening. By the way you must to know also, westerners has decided to kill black people in the World because for them, there is too much of us, and they give money to theirs citizens to make babies. So been vigilant. We love you, call ours ancestors for protect us. Stay strong, Guadeloupeans natives greeting you.

Thank you.   

Line HILGROS (C.I.P.N Comité International des Peuples Noirs) = (I.C.B.P) International Comitee of Blacks Peoples


The Len Garrison Sculpture Campaign

In Memory of Len Garrison who died on February 18, 2003
Today, as we commemorate the sixth anniversary of Len Garrison's passing, his family and friends invite you to help pay tribute to Len's vision, life work and contribution to Black British social development and empowerment.

A sculpture of Len, created by Fowokan George Kelly, is in production. The sculpture will be displayed at the Black Cultural Archives' future home in Brixton - the UK's First National Black Heritage Centre, opening in 2011..

Lottery funds raised so far have enabled the bust to be completed in clay.

Please support our campaign to complete the sculpture in bronze this summer by making a donation by March 31, 2009.

Please help us create this commemorative sculpture for future generations

Thank you for your support.


Supporting ourSelves: 2 Ladies Fundraising for 100 BMOL

On March 15, Natasha Antoine and Sifundo Msebele-Manzini are running in the Adidas Silverstone Half-Marathon on behalf of the 100BMOL. They hope that their efforts will help to raise at least £1000 for the 100. Every donation will go towards assisting and strengthening our mentoring, educational and community and family development programmes.

Please support them. Please Support ourSelves

Thank you


Extracts from BBM/BMC and BTWSC Newsletter Music Congress provides a forum for highlighting black music issues with a British bias, networking and pathway to music industry education. For more information:, BTWSC aims to develop potential, raise aspirations and promote social inclusion. For more information: or 020 8450 5987

At last Colourful Radio is going to be broadcasting on DAB within the next couple of weeks. I popped into their south London HQ last week to be interviewed by Rosemary Laryea, who wanted to know what was happening in the British black music scene. I got her to play rapper Breis’ ‘Identity’ track,  which entertainingly looks as the issue of the multi-faceted Afropean experience. Apart from the morning talks programes by Rosemary, and Henry Bonsu and his crew, Colourful sounds like old (i.e. pirate) Kiss FM. It’s got old Kiss hands like Gordon Mac, I saw Lindsay Wesker broadcasting there last year. It’s certainly music for old school lovers.

You may have heard that the Police in London have been getting venue owners and promoters to provide them with details, such as the names, addresses and phone numbers of all musicians and performers appearing at an event, not to mention the racial profile of the likely audience! One of the questions on the form asks: “Is there a particular ethnic group attending?" One of the opponents of the Form is UK Music head honcho Feargal Sharkey, who says: “In explicitly singling out performances and musical styles favoured by the black community, we believe the use of Risk Assessment Form 696 is disproportionate, unacceptable and damaging to live music,”. If you want to stop this intrusion, join the campaign to scrap Form 696 by signing the petition at

THE STATE OF BRITISH BLACK MUSIC TODAY? The Self Help News online newsletter "giving a voice to the voiceless" has published an article examining the state of British black music. We've published the first part in the BBM eponymous SOBM section.

JUNE IS BRITISH BLACK MUSIC MONTH (BBMM) If you're interested in organising or co-organising a BBMM event: For background, check out BBMM 2008:

You can read or register for the full BMC Newsletter at;

Community News


Victims of violent crime (November 2008 - February 2009)

Richard Cox, 20, Stephen Lewis, 15, John Abbey, 26, Shawn Callum, 26


Name, age

Type of incident




Ricardo Cox, 20, from Croydon


Murdered, gunshot wound to abdomen.

Drive by shooting.  Was walking with friend when incident happened.

An 18 year old man has been arrested.


Steven Lewis, 15, from Plaistow


Murdered, fatally stabbed in the chest.

Fight erupted at a party. Steven found on the road.

Three youths, two aged 26 and one aged 17, have been arrested on suspicion of the murder.


John Abbey, 26


Murdered, stabbed in the heart.

Stabbed in Croydon in front of his three-year-old daughter after getting into an argument at a bus stop on the way to see his wife and newborn son in hospital.

Three men have been arrested.


Shawn Callum, 26 of W9


Murdered, gun shot

Shot after a party at a school  in Harlesden.

Three men have been arrested.  Detectives are appealing for witnesses.


  Health Matters...

The British government plans to pass legislation be passed at the end of 2009 that completely destroys our human rights to choose our health care and what is more restricts us from simple solutions to minor health impairments which could lead to major ones if not given proper nutrition.

The principle of self medication with herbal/vitamin/mineral food supplements would be restricted to 'prescription only' status, if the Codex Alimentarius is applied in this country.

Since the NHS priorities are ill health diagnosis and treatment, the good health preservation that supplements provide will be inaccessible to the majority of our population and the cost to the NHS will increase, and the health of the population will decline.

  Education Matters...

Home Education

Outraged families and support organisations flood the DCSF with 2000+ consultation responses to the elective home education review

The government's review of elective home education, which was announced in January in a blaze of scurrilous spin stating that home education could be used by parents as a cover for abuse and forced marriage, has provoked an unparalleled reaction from home educating families and support organisations, including Action for Home Education and the home educators' network Home Education Forums. Both AHEd and Home Education Forums have strongly rebutted the government's allegations as "vile and unsubstantiated" in their respective responses to the DCSF consultation.

By the close of the unusually short online consultation last Friday, over 2000 individual and organisational responses had been sent in by 'stakeholders' who have in recent weeks demonstrated their collective outrage at the "irresponsible scaremongering" perpetrated by government minister Delyth Morgan and Vijay Patel of the NSPCC, who was forced to admit on national radio that no evidence exists to support the suggestion that home educated children may be more likely than schooled children to suffer abuse or be coerced into marriage or domestic servitude.

AHEd supporter Clare Murton commented: "Apart from the clear incitement to hatred of home educators that Delyth Morgan's announcement provoked, this review by Graham Badman must represent the straw that breaks the camel's back. Home educators are trying to get on with the important work of bringing up their children, but over the past few years have been repeatedly distracted from that task by unwarranted and vicious attempts to usurp their parental rights.

"Multiple government consultations have concluded that home education is safe, efficient and in no need of tighter legal control and that local authorities need legal guidance. It is astounding, therefore, that they now give credence to slander such as Morgan's. This luckily has not defeated home educators and there will be no 'death by consultation' in our neck of the woods. Instead it has determined the home education community to put a stop to this unprecedented witch hunt.

"No other section of UK community has ever been so impassioned in its response to a DCSF consultation and I am proud to be part of a network of people who really do think that every single child matters."

While there is absolutely no evidence of any link between home education and child abuse, domestic servitude or forced marriage, there is plenty of evidence of the offence caused and anger unleashed within the home education community itself and among non home educating families who perceive the threat to home education as the "thin end of the wedge".

A Downing Street petition submitted by Roxane Featherstone on behalf of AHEd has attracted more than 2000 signatures in a fortnight, while theStop the Government Stigmatising Home Educators group on the social networking site Facebook has more than 1500 members whose comments demonstrate a deep sense of collective outrage. Home education blogs, including the popular Sometimes It's Peaceful, have highlighted what appears to be a state sponsored campaign to persecute a minority group exercising a lawful choice and have strongly criticised some members of the team led by Graham Badman who are to participate in the inquiry as "partial" and "lacking in knowledge or experience of elective home education".

Alison Preuss, spokesperson for Home Education Forums, said: "I have only once witnessed such a mass reaction by the home education community and that was when the former Scottish Executive mounted a similar attack on home educating families north of the border. Overnight, they alienated every home educator across the land - and lost! This latest assault on educational freedom by people for whom child abuse represents a 'nice little earner' has provoked nothing short of fury among law abiding citizens who have in many cases had to remove their children from an unsafe and abusive school environment.

"While the economy tanks, our elderly folk are having to choose between eating and heating, and vulnerable children are being left unprotected due to lack of competence in social services, as demonstrated in the case of Victoria Climbie and the children abused by Eunice Spry (who was a Gloucestershire Council approved foster carer). We have to wonder why public funds are being diverted from frontline services into an unnecessary analysis by bureaucrats of 2000+ consultation responses and an equally unnecessary investigation of a non existent 'issue'. In our view, this whole exercise represents an abuse of public funds."


For more information contact AHEd or Home Education Forums

  Pan Africanism Matters...

2009 - The Year of Nkrumah: Ideology & practice
The All-African Peoples’ Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) and AJAMU (support wing in Britain Chapter) is dedicating 2009 to Nkrumah’s memory. This short statement sets out some of the objectives and suggestions for joint working. The AAPRP believes that Nkrumahism should be known by all Africans and that together, African organisations can stimulate & build a movement that can change the consciousness of a new generation of Africans.


  • To highlight the work of Nkrumah as a tool to recruit (build the AAPRP, AJAMU & other orgs)
  • To promote Nkrumahism / revolutionary Pan-Africanism - writings and practice as the framework for our liberation – incl broadening the understanding of his critical concepts – e.g. revolutionary African personality; primacy of Africa; need for industrialisation etc
  • To demonstrate that socialism and revolutionary Pan-Africanism cannot be separated
  • To reach a new generation of Africans with the theory and practice – particularly Ghanaians

We welcome feedback and pledges of commitment to the coordination of this work throughout 2009.


Contact AAPRP or AJAMU: or 07852.937.981

Community Events


Father Support Group

When: February 2009
Time: Thursday: 6.00-9.00pm / Saturday: 10.00-2.00pm
Location: Lewisham Way Youth & Community Centre, 138 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London, SE14 6PD
Contact: To reserve your place call Paulette: 0208 692 1577 or Everton: 07946 423 431

Whether you are fully involved with your child’s development, Absent due to circumstances, Absent by Choice and part-time involvement.
Come along and meet others who share your concerns, i.e: Family Court, Educational System, Peer Pressure, Career Options and other issues.

Let’s Talk, Let’s Listen, Let’s Action

Refreshment also provided!
Be part of the solution. 


African Odysseys - From Archive Roots to African British shoots

Course: Black Britain
Explore the contribution of African and Caribbean community to the history of film and TV in the UK, Tutor Jim Pines will present an extraordinary range of rare footage, cutting edge documentary, cinema and television drama for your enjoyment and discussion in our digital studio cinema. There will be guest speakers and also the opportunity to learn how to access materials at our free public archive, the Mediatheque.

Ten weeks from Thu 22 Jan 2009, 18:30-20:30
Fees £86, Conc £43

Archive Africa
A monthly Saturday matinee series of feature films, documentary and world cinema.
Featured films are White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (21 Mar), Africa Addio (25 Apr) . Please book tickets in advance, special screening price of £5 for each matinee screening.

Box Office: 0207 928 3232

For more details go to;


New play on David Oluwale - 31 January 2009

A new play based on Kester Aspden's award winning book The Hounding of David Oluwale telling the story of one of the earliest recorded African deaths in police custody.

  • 25-28 February 2009, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
  • 3-7 March 2009, Liverpool Playhouse, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BH
  • 11-14 March 2009, New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS
  • 16-21 March 2009, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB
  • 24-28 March 2009, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ
  • 31 March-4 April 2009, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF

Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum:
What Would the Great Malcolm X: Make of Barack Obama

Date: Friday 27th February 2009
Time: 6.30pm

Venue: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Adm: Youths are specially welcome – Supporting notes available - All free of charge

Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line): Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436
For more info:
Ring 07940 005 907
email –
Website –

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.

Afrikan Liberation Day planning meetings – Same venue alternate Mondays @ 6.30pm


"I Am Malcolm X" - Resist – Revive – Renew UK Tour

Date: Friday February 27 2009 - Monday 2 March 2009
Location: Birmingham - Bradford - Hounslow - Tower Hamlets
Adm: FREE! All Welcome!

Spaces are going fast - book at

Radical. Revolutionary. Remarkable. Malcolm X lived fighting for an end to racism and died seeking justice for all. Join Malcolm X's daughter and some of urban music's most powerful voices as they spit conscious lyrics, incendiary spoken work and revolutionary poetry to celebrate and revive the legacy of our "shining black prince" - El Hajj Malik El Shabazz.

Featuring... Sr Malikah Shabazz (USA) - Social Justice Campaigner & Daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz

Shaykh Babikir Ahmed Babikir


Kumasi (USA) - Deep poetic West Coast Hip Hop's Rising Star
belikeMuhammad (USA) - Cultural Revolutionary,DJ Extraordinaire & CEO of Remarkable Current 

Mecca2Medina - Britain's Islamic Rap Pioneers

Poetic Pilgrimage - Acclaimed Spoken Word and Hip Hop Duo
Mohammed Yahya - Mozambican Hip Hop Activist
Masikah AKA Feesibilaah - London's Lyrical Maestro 

Muslim Belal - former SMS lyracist & leader 
Lil Mia - Conscious Lyricist with a Maghrebi Vibe  

Co-sponsored by African Development Trust ( for stalls please call/text 07533714938

Friday 27 February / Birmingham
The Drum, 144 Potters Lane Aston Birmingham, B6 4UU
Doors Open: 6:00 pm Show Starts: 6:45
Contact: 0121 333 2400 (Between Barton Arms and The Elbow Room on the A34 Walsall Road opposite Newtown Shopping Centre)
Local buses: 8, 33, 34, 51, 52, 107, 113
Brought to you with the support of Lozells YIP, The Drum & Village Arts

Saturday 28 February / Bradford
The Bradford Playhouse
4 -12 Chapel Street, Little Germany, Bradford, BD1 5DL
(enter from Leeds Road)
Doors Open: 5.45 pm
Show Starts: 6.30 pm
Venue Info: 
Contact: 01274 820 666

Brought to you with the support of: Islamic Relief (Bradford)

Sunday 1 March /Hounslow
Horizons Hall
210 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3TU
Door Open: 5.45 pm
Show Starts: 6.30 pm

Short walk from the mainline railway station in Hounslow on Whitton Road, and a few minutes more from Hounslow Central Tube station. Some parking available via Whitton Road (next to British Legion) as well as on Bell Road and the Treaty Centre Lodge, 210 Hanworth Road (A314).

Brought to you with the support of: Mpower Youth Project

Monday 2 March / Whitechapel
Brady Arts and Community Centre
192-196 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5HU
(off Vallance Road)
“One Tower Hamlets”
Discussion: 5.00 pm
Show Starts: 6.30 pm
Tube:  Short walk from Whitechapel & Aldgate East stations
Buses: 25, 254, 106, D3

This is an event not to be missed

  Anansi and the Magic Mirror

Date: 19 February – 7 March 2009
Time: Performances at 6.30pm, 1.30pm, 10.30am
Location: Hackney Empire Theatre
Adm: Tickets from £7.50 - £15.50 (There are a range of concessions and discounts available)
Info: 020 8985 2424

The naughty spider-man from African and Caribbean folklore is brought to life in a fun-packed family show.
Bring all your family and friends to laugh and learn from Anansi’s antics!

Suitable for children aged 6+


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

March 18 - Miranda Kaufmann, Christ Church, Oxford: The African Presence in Britain 1500-1640

April 15 - Maghan Keita, Villanova University: The return of the Black Knight: the African in the construction medieval and renaissance European identity

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


MANDiNKA presents CLOSE UP with CASPIAN Alongside NU VIBEZ

Date: Thursday 26th February 2009
Time: 7:30pm Show time 9pm - 11:30pm
Adm: £5 on the guest list by texting full name to 07944 090 805 /  £7 on the door
Location: Vibe Live Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL


Special guests MANDISA, STACEY SKEETE & book author GEMMA WEEKES talking about "LOVE ME"


DJ: Rhodium 07852 271 488 (Phat Kontrolaz) 

Catch him every Sunday on 6pm - 8pm

OR Limited free tickets from


A Charmed Life: Eddie Noble Film

Dates: 26 February 2009
Times: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, London, E8 1GQ
Admission: Free
Contact: Please book your place - 020 8356 3000.

The film premiere of the life and times of Hackney resident Eddie Martin Noble (1917-2007).
The documentary examines Eddie's perspective and values of inspiring young people and gives a historical perspectives and values of inspiring young people on issues around colonisation of the Caribbean racism in the RAF during the war, the colour bar and racial inequality in post-war Britain.

Director: Ros Gihan Williams & Patrick Vernon / 64min /2008 / UK.

For more information on the film visit


Alliance of Afrikan Women Invites the afrikan family to a...

African (Black) History Ball

Get out your finest clothes and come share the evening with one another
Date:  Saturday 28th February 2009
Time 7.00pm until late
Venue: Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, London, SW9 7HP
 Tickets: £20.00 - includes food and non-alcaholic drink, wine available for sale
Tube: Victoria Line to Brixton
Buses: 35, 45, 3, 196, 133, 333, 159, 109

Entrance will be by ticket only
Contacts: Nzingha – 07908203533 -, Valerie - 07507581517, Winona – 07985618771


BAP New Show: The House Of Plays

Date: Saturday 28 February 2009
Time: Doors open 7.30pm show starts 8pm
Location: The new Sixth Form Centre, White Hart Lane, Tottenham N17
Adm: Adults £7.50, Young people 17-25 years £3.50, Under 16's £2.50 must be 8 years upwards

Dear BAP Friends 

ATTENTION: BAP NEXT PRODUCTION: House Of Plays is coming soon. Get your tickets!! 

You will see 5 very explosive plays and some very funny comedy sketches. The plays will be judged by celebrities and certificates will be handed to the winners. The categories are: Best Devised Play, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Come and see which actor wins.

This show is suitable for a family audience who appreciates good quality theatre productions.

Judith Jacob is our guest Artistic Director for 'House Of Plays'.

Tickets are on sale now! Make sure you book yours  to avoid disappointment. BAP: 0208 809 6878 or


Season of Lost Love II

Date: Saturday 28th February 2009
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: New Initiatives, 55 Wellington Road, Stockwell, London SW9 0NB
(Nearest Station: Clapham North on the Northern Line)

Ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of the BEST KEPT SECRET welcome to the near year. 200-9 or 200-mine… LET THE YEAR BEGIN…

I can’t believe it’s been a year since the SEASON OF LOST LOVE LP was launched. And to be honest I and the BKS team really appreciated and loved the spirit the discussion the performances and the food that emanated from last year’s event and we would love the opportunity to hit you with part II.

I thank you for all the comments recommendation critique and feedback I’ve had over the CD. And would like to share an evening with you all again.

We have been thinking of different ideas to include that can take the creativity, the discussion and performances up a notch so get ready.

SOLL II will also serve as a partial fundraiser for ADROP a new project planning to be built in Ghana to assist the education and development of young people, which will be connected to the New Initiatives project in South London that runs its own programs for young people. You will hear more about that in the coming weeks of our correspondence and of course on the night.

Two guest panelists will be...
Bro. Pablo head of Origin and founder of New Initiatives Youth and Community Association

Patricia Benjamin Life Coach & Motivational Speaker...  

To confirm attendance and qualify for concessions email

If you want to get on the open mic please email in advance...

As of last year there are limited places available will be guaranteed through confirming your attendance via email as the places are limited. The first 10 MALES and 10 FEMALES to confirm their places will guarantee concessions entry. More packages will be available and will be announced as the time draws near.

Please reply with your names and email addresses. If you put down any guests that plan to come with you, please put their email address also so I can correspond with them.


Ps Please feel free to fwd far and wide…
Contact 07702 784 246 for any information or interviews regarding event.

Purchase Season of Lost Love through
Download Season of Lost Love on itunes or


Battle of Adwa Commemoration

Date: Sunday 1 March 2009
Location: Karibu Education Centre, Gresham Road, Brixton SW2 (Nearest Tube Brixton)

Be there to learn about the History of the Battle of Adwa and how the Facist Italians were defeated.

Edutainment, Lecutres around Health Issues, Raffles, Ital Food on sale.

Special Guest Artist in the House from 5pm onwards.

One Perfect Love

Wolete Gabreal


Public Meeting: Help save our community space...

Date: Monday 2nd March 2009
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: 44-46 Offley Road,
London SW9 0LS

We urgently need your support!! 

We are under threat of losing our much needed youth community building at Offley Rd where we run weekly dance classes, singing lessons, drumming workshops music production classes, acting classes, song writing sessions, health lecture workshops, provide band rehearsal space and IT service. 

Our space is also used for community meetings and seminar events.

Also invite your press contacts..


African Women Resistance Leaders 1600-2000

Date: Friday 6th March 2009
: Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road SW2. Tube: Brixton.
Adm ₤5 

Brother Tony will detail black women from all over the world who have resisted slavery, colonialism and racism . Women do not get the historical credit they deserve. This event will give the  audience video and documentary evidence of the who, what and why of 40 female fighters who used guns, pens or placards. Bring notepad and pen and be on time.  Women  include:  Queen Nzinga, May Jemison, Dora Akunyili, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Una Marson, Edna Ismail, Lieutentant Sanite Belair, Althea Gibson, Mavis Best, Fawzia Hashim,Leyla Hussein,Edna Ismail, Benadita Da Silva, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Dr Patrica Bath, Professor Elizabeth Anionwu and many more. Proceeds  toward the Girl Child Concerns School in Kaduna state Nigeria where £200 sends a poor  girl to school for one year.

For video sample click here then click African Proverb
A BlackStarliner production,


Ayekoo Networking Session
Date: Saturday 7th March 2009.
Time: 3PM - 6PM
Location: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road (by intersection of Drayton Road and Longstone Avenue), Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ
Adm: £5 per person

The first Saturday of the month family-friendly networking session for individuals and families. This month's speed networking topic is Who Are Some Of The British African Male Role Models? includes quiz, prizes and short presentation/workshop.

Family-orientated First Saturday of the Month sessions for individuals and families to chill, play games, network, listen to music, and occasionally story-telling, debates, film shows, etc, plus African style meal cooked on the premises by Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye and staff.


Cross Cultural Event: Million Women March
: Saturday 7th March 2009
Time: Meet at 12pm
Location: Portman Square W1H (Nearest Tubes: Bond St, Marble Arch and Baker St)
Info: 07727 419 634

March Route: Oxford St, Regent Street, Picadilly.

Rally and Celebration: 2:30-5pm Waterloo Place (Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Charing Cross)

2009 National Women's March In Celebration of International Women's Day


Do you want an end to violence against women?

Will you join us to demand a safer future for women?

We are marching to remember every woman whose life has been destroyed by violence.

We are marching because it has to stop!

Together we can end violence against women

Violence devestates the lives of women, their children, families & communities

By the time you ave finished reading this another woman would have been seriously injured by her partner or ex-partner

Only 5.29% of rapes reported to the police result in the perpetrator being convicted in court


Up to 1,420 women per year are trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation

Two women are murdered every week by their partner or ex partner

One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute

One woman a month is murdered through so called ‘honour’ killing

Together we will end male violence against women


To Sir With love and the East End

Date: Sat 7th March 2009
Museum in Docklands (Tube: Canary Wharf. DLR : West India Quay)
Adm: Tickets in advance £15 whole day. £10 afternoon only
0207 0019844 to book

To Sir With Love was written by Barbadian E.R Braitwaite, a World War 2 veteran, about his life as a black teacher in the 1960's.It was made into a hugely successful film starring Sidney Poitier. This informal  study day will explore some of the issues in the book; the black post-war presence in London's East End;  the film itself and its depiction of life in the East End. Join us for a discussion of all this with  a panel of speakers  and take another look at the 1967 film. Speakers will include Burt Caesar (actor, writer and broadcaster), Professor Michael Fielding (professor of education at the Institute of Education, currently creating a Centre for Radical State Education), Alfred Gardner (East End historian and ex pupil at St George-in -the-East), Michael Newman (teacher and global citizenship project worker in Tower Hamlets) and Jim Pines (film historian and author). A Musuem in Docklands event.


Book Signing: Dwain Chambers - Race Against Me

Date: Tuesday 10th March
Time: 7 -10 pm
Location: Centerprise Trust, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS
Adm: For more info contact 020 7254 9632

Dwain Chambers will be signing his autobiography 'Race Against Me'


Raimi Gbadamosi Conversation Pieces at Tate Britain

Date: Thursday 12 March 2009
Time: 14.00–15.30

Artist and theorist Raimi Gbadamosi challenges the way art objects relate to the viewer particularly in relation to questions of race, language and power. In this talk and gallery tour, Dr Gbadamosi asks crucial questions of the Tate Collection in relation to his own practice: 'What do I do? What did they do? And what do we all do now?'.
Tate Britain  Manton Studio £5 (£4 concessions), booking recommended 

Please visit for booking


Palestine and Africa. Whats the connection?

Date: Friday 13th March 2009
Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road SW2 (Tube: Brixton)

A special presentation sampling the work of Ben Bousquet, Tony Tee, Lord Balfour, Edward Said, Golda Meir, John Pilger,Tony Benn, Chaim Weizman, Noam Chomsky, and John Henrik Clarke to examine the background to the recent attacks on Gaza. Unusual and little known facts such as the following will be ilustrated with video evidence in this interactive session
West Indian Troops in WW1  defeated the Turks in winning Palestine for the British,
Palestinians fought in WW2 for  the British, Uganda and Guyana were considered as homeland nations for European refugees, Ethiopians were relocated from Africa to Israel  Sudanese government sent  aid to Palestinians, while in Darfur there is a lack of aid for Sudanese people The British blocked holocaust survivors from landing in Palestine in 1947

A BlackStarliner production, with

bfm Film Club: NO! The Rape Documentary (UK Premier)   

Date: Sunday 15th March 2009
Time: 4pm
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square).
Tickets: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members                             

International Women’s Month Special

If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would heal itself, it must complete the work [NO!] begins.  
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, The Color Purple

One out of three women in the United States will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. NO!  an award-winning documentary, unveils the realities of rape, other forms of sexual violence, and healing in African-American communities, through intimate testimonies from Black women victim-survivors.  Formed through commentary , archival footage, performance poetry and dance;  NO!  sheds public light on what is a rarely discussed topic , including incest  and the way in which rape has been used as a weapon of homophobia .

NO!  will be introduced by Ayanna Serwaa, an Empowerment Therapist who actively works with groups, organisations and individuals to 'heal the scars of violence'

Winner “Audience Choice Award” at the San Diego Women Film Festival, and the “Best Documentary Award” at the India International Women’s Film Festival.   


Dir: Aishah Shahidah Simmons
94min / US, 2006
Language: English
Cert: 12A
Book: 0207 930 3647 or online at
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

BFM: or contact Film Club Co-ordinator Nadia Denton at 


White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

Date: Saturday  21 March 2009
Location: BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall), Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)

Adm: ₤5
Phone: 0207 928 3232 / 

King Leopold II of Belgium in the early 20th century turned the Congo into a vast rubber-harvesting labour camp in which he killed millions and amputated the hands of tens of thousands while claiming he was civilising the African. Although represented in the west as typical "african savagery" the chopping off of hands was promoted by white people as a means of terrorising Africans to collect rubber in order to make Europeans rich. This is why  one of the world's richest countries is home to such misery today. This award winning documentary sets the context for understanding   the crisis in Kivu, the 5 milllion Congolese deaths in the  last ten years and why Patrice Lumumba was assassinated by Western governments. The Congo was also crucial to the winning of World War 2. 

Followed by panel discussion

**Congo refugee crisis. The British government is sending Congolese people who have escaped violence in the Congo to seek refuge in the UK, back to the Congo even though there is proof that those who have previously been returned have disappeared never to be heard of again. This is soon to happen to 9 year old Tony and his mother Mirielle who have been arrested and locked up in a detention centre. To find out why they are deporting such people  click here

To stop it happening sign the petition here


Welcome Back?

Date: Saturday 21 March 2009
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1 (Tube: Lambeth North)
Free entry: First come,first served

1946 after African people had fought and died all over the world for Britain those still in England were told to go back where they had come from. On this day we will tell the untold stories of the post-war generation with films, audio clips and testimony from war veterans who were also veterans of the Civil Rights movement in Britain. As an African in the post-war years you were:

  • refused bank loans
  • refused jobs
  • restricted to live in bombed out areas
  • blocked from buying homes
  • harassed by police
  • refused entry to churches
  • refused service in pubs, hotels, restaurants
  • forced to pay a higher mortgage than whites
  • spat at on public transport
  • attacked by the general public
  • treated as if stupid in schools

War veterans such as Billy Strachan, Sam King and Connie Marks used their organising skills to fight such discrimination. We will focus on how such obstacles were overcome and if the lessons have been learned/remembered by the present generation .


Images of Black Women Film festival

Date: 27 -29th March 2009
Location: The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR (nearest tube Kilburn on the jubilee line)
Contact: Box Office 0207 328 1000

Friday 27th march 2009 - 8.00pm (85 mins)

Saturday 28th March -" Secret Life Of Bees"
2.45 pm - 4.35pm(110 mins)

Saturday 28th march"Hair Piece" + "Alma's Rainbow"
4:45 - 6:30pm (10 mins + 85 mins)

Sunday 29th March - 11:00am-1:00pm Adult workshop by DFG:  Documentary film production

Sunday 29th March
1:30pm - 2:15pm Short Film Competition Award

Sunday March 29th 2:30pm - 4:15pm
AFRO SAXONS By Rachel Wang(84 mins)

Sunday March 29th 4:30pm - 6:30pm(97mins.)
Johnny Mad Dog by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire


Africa Addio

Date: Saturday  25 April 2009
BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Phone 0207 928 3232 

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

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African Market Day

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Venue: Woolwich Town hall

As you may already know this is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to exhibit and sell goods, promote a service and network with like minded people and is a superb occasion for the community to engage with one another. The event is free to the public and will have a variety of activities through out the day and you will have the opportunity to participate in the “Business Spotlight”. The Business Spotlight gives businesses or organisations the opportunity to have a segment where you will be ‘interviewed’ live on stage and tell the public about your business or organisation. There is also a range of advertising packages in association with AMDNetworks to suit your business needs. There are limited spaces available so if you or your organisation is still interested in exhibiting, performing, “Business Spotlight”, advertising or partnership working please contact us using the details below.

0203 393 57 35 / 07908 144 311

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