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Nyansapo - is an online community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues. Today's programme on 27 January 2009 will ask the question - Do we still need our own media?

From News to Propaganda? - In a "post racial" era do we still need our own media?

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10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
With the loss of the New Nation and announcements about the end of institutional racism, we are asking whether our community still needs its own independent media? We will be speaking with former editor Lester Holloway about this and related issues.

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


Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu

The cliff at the edge of the mountain top

“Just because it is near doesn't necessarily mean that you’ll get there” – African Proverb, Haitian

Greetings, on 20th January 2009, I received a phone call about history in the making. As many partook in worldwide parties celebrating the inauguration of President Obama, the New Nation, a national newspaper that has served our community for over fourteen years ceased to be. Worst still, this was not even the first casualty of the new alleged ‘post racial’ era. We are not even out of the first month of the year and yet sneaking under the euphoria of Obamania the British government just axed plans for progressive new laws to boost the numbers of African and other minority ethnic MPs because “there was a fear of a white backlash among the voters and party”.

The message is clear, there will be no ‘British Obama’ until national desperation reaches fever pitch level and the need to project a global image of British politics as ‘inspirational’ and ‘transformational’ becomes profound. Until then it’s the business of corruption, exploitation and moral decadence as usual. As Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats accurately observes; “If anyone needed any reminder of how threadbare and weak the creditability of the way we do politics has become, they just need to look at today's headlines”

So focusing back on the New Nation, this time last week we silently lost one of the only national newspapers serving our community and it didn’t even make headline news. Instead of reporting its demise many of our so called leaders were either making rhetorical Obamania sound bites or throwing celebratory parties proclaiming racism is almost over, the snowy peaks at the top of the US civil rights mountain tops were melting. This is ironic. You see one of the major reasons why the New Nation was forced to close was due to lack of advertising revenue, some private but much which traditionally and unwisely came predominantly from local and national government.

Circulation was respectable but in a ‘new’ world order where Trevor Phillips OBE, head of the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission has officially claimed institutional racism is pretty much dead, Britain’s toxic economic and political climate enables proponents opposed to Pan-African progression and multiculturalism to argue there is no longer a justifiable need for ‘ethnic’ media. Picture it like men collectively announcing they are no longer sexist and then repealing all the rape legislation claiming they will no longer be needed. It’s a lie.

Disingenuous apologists making arguments such as this whilst also claiming “Britain is now the least racist country in europe” save the government a lot of cash whilst scoring them brownie points with the illiterate european electorate. Despite its weaknesses, the New Nation openly criticised the racist anti-African actions of the Police, Mayor of London, British government and any other person or institution that attacked our community. Sadly it paid the ultimate price and as a result we no longer have a national paper to hold these institutions to account on a weekly basis. Like most things in life, the paper wasn’t perfect. Yet I honestly feel that over the last few years it had made a serious attempt at reporting on some serious matters affecting us when no one else would. Now it’s gone.

So surely instead of throwing parties for a US president who hasn’t shown the least bit of interest in committing American resources to empower African people in Africa, the Caribbean, let alone the UK and the US, why didn’t our business folk, or any of the other so called “most powerful black Britons” create a rescue package to ensure we at least have an authentic voice expressing our grass root concerns?

Why was it that within days of the Ethnic Media Group collapsing and closing down, the Asian Media and Marketing group was able to purchase the New Nations partner paper, Eastern Eye which caters for the Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi communities whilst making sarcastic comments claiming “Now that we no longer have to subsidise New Nation, I hope that Eastern Eye may at long last have the resources to realise its full potential”.

I believe one of the catalyst of this mass political apathy and duncification of our people has been the extraordinary media coverage of the election and subsequent crowning of President Obama. According to racists and ecstatic ‘black’ people alike, it can now to be taken for given that African people all over the world have finally arrived. Apparently we now have the first real ‘black’ President, apparently leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, Maurice Bishop, Sekou Toure, Norman Manley, Amil Cabral, Thomas Sankara, Patrice Lumumba, even Nelson Mandela don’t count.  

Fortunately, no matter how many people trumpet a fantasy, reality means it doesn’t always sit pretty with the Truth. History has that peculiar yet very admirable trait of being honest with the facts, even when ideologically uncomfortable for those about to learn its lessons. When in 1992, the BBC shut down the multicultural programming unit which specialised in making culturally reflective programs for the African community, there was little support from other so called ‘black’ communities. The subsequent marginalisation and then utter demonisation of authentic African history and culture became rampant throughout the media with the cries “we need our own media” being repeated by Africans of every political, economic background and heritage.

At this pivotal moment we as a community should have learnt from our vulnerability to the decisions of monocultural aspiring media chiefs and formed our own coalition of independent media producers and broadcasters. By now we would have had our own terrestrial TV channel, talk radio and daily newspaper that delivered quality programming and not the entertainment based drivel that currently dominates the majority of the unlicensed FM radio band and the satellite television platform. But we didn’t.

Instead we were pushed to one side as the BBC’s Immigration Programmes Unit that was established in 1965 later transformed into the Asian Programme Unit (APU) meaning the BBC and Asian community could produce their own so called ‘black’ (non-African) cultural output without interference from troublesome ‘West Indians’.

Perhaps then it is ironic that many Asians are in uproar as the BBC has finally pulled the plug on the APU. The future intent of the British Propaganda broadcaster has recently been made public. A BBC press statement just released on the matter announced; "Authentic portrayal of different cultural communities, the inclusion of modern voices and ethnic minority talent development are a crucial part of our commissioning process and therefore departments catering specifically for particular minority groups are no longer required”.

I believe it will take a little while before many within our community truly understands what has happened with the loss of the New Nation. Contrary to popular belief the role of our media has never been just to passively report news or entertain us. It is to educate, empower and more importantly protect the community.

Now the next time our young people are abused through aggressive police stop and search tactics we may have to rely on the kindness of the editors of the Sun, the Mail or the Guardian to inform us of what is going on. The next time there is a death in custody, an abuse of one of us suffering from mental health issues, a racist attack on an elder, exclusions, school closures, the list goes on, unless the BBC or ITV chooses to cover the story most of us won’t even know about what’s going on. Think about this. It could be someone in your family. Likewise, whenever our young people achieve or have stories of success, a new local business forms that is working to empower the community, a community empowerment event launches that addresses grass root issues, we will all have nowhere to go in order for us to be made aware and inspired by their existence at a national level.

Instead, I suspect we will have to put up with endless stories of negativity and anti-African bias about African spirituality, Zimbabwe, poor educational attainment and violent crime. In 2009 we need a weekly independent newspaper, now more than ever. A storm is coming and we are likely to be in the eye of it without even an umbrella to cover our heads. 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.

Comments, Feedback and Complaints


Opinion piece submitted by By Keith W Wint:

Self preservation requires that we begin to understand the workings of politics, which requires us to join a political party and support that party in the same way that we support the church. Some of us understand the church and how its leaders are voted into power. At times you may come to the conclusion, that your leader is not representing the interest of its member, which may then lead to the members taking action to remove that leader and placing a new leader in place who will then represent their interest.

If you are not a member you have no say in who leads that church because you have no vote.  Therefore not any say in who goes or stay. Local government and regional is run in much the same way. We sit back and allow people who do not represent our interest to vote for people on our behalf. The powers to be have recognised that fact long ago and have been taking advantage of this fact.  

Black people’s downfall has been, they have failed to organise on the scale that Marcus Gravy had set the pattern for. We are many small organisations that could become a force to be reckoned with if we were to all come together as one for the benefit of us all as one people.

We remain fragmented but it is not necessarily the need to be that way, if we can establish a national leader. Bernie Grant came close to that call but was removed by the call of death before he could realise his dream.

Many false leaders have risen up, claiming to be the one to lead black people into a just society. We are being attacked from right left and centre by people that wish to hold back the progress of people of colour, by means of subversive actions against us.

We are organising but not centralising such as how the Jews do. Part of this is because our churches do not cooperate together and there are many church’s that call upon the name of Jesus but worship in the name of different religions.

We all have one thing in common and that is, that we are all of African decent and we are all subject to racial, Political, institutional discrimination and bullying through local councils, who operate as gangs while taking advantage of black peoples lack of involvement in government issues.

If the same amount of energy was put into securing our rights through local governments then we would not be in the position that we now find ourselves, in this (Unhealthy environment of repression, intimidation, recrimination, manipulation,) quote and demonism along with our characters assignations.

We have great power through the financial power and generosity of all our church’s combined, so until our churches unite for the betterment of ourselves as a people we will continue to be pushed around.

We have rights to what this society has to offer us, based on the fact that our blood sweat and tear built this nation to what it is today. We were begged to come here in the 50s and 60s by then Enoch Powell, to do the jobs that the indigenous population felt was beyond them. But our history within these shores goes back way before, to a time when African Kings and Ambassadors sent and paid for their children to be privately educated here, well before slavery was introduced as a legal form of servitude, which then separated men, women and children from who were free into those who were then slaves to be sold like a lamb, Cow or Chickens which could be used for food or clothes. They used the Bible misinterpretations as to their rights to use other humans in this way and Slaves were prevented from reading the same said bible, in case they would see that it was not the will of God for them to be a slave. For every action there is a reaction and for every non action there is a price to pay.

If you do not use your legs your muscle will forget how to work, then you will loose the use of your legs. If you do not plant seeds nothing will grown, therefore in other words, God helps them that help themselves.

Another fact that needs to be looked at is, while we remain fragmented we are being dismantled borough by borough and Town by Town.  Take a look at all the black organizations that have been dismantled, we have had our own radio station they dismantle it or take control. We have our own housing association they control it and then they dismantle it. 30 pieces of silver is what it took to betray Christ and there always seem to be a price attached to the decline of black organisations. Marcus Garvey set the pace and no other black organization has gone so far until now that we have seen a black president in America.

Community News


African British Male Role Models Urgently Required To Create Heritage Resources

An initiative by a voluntary organisation called the NARM (Naming And Role Model) Project appeals for male role models of African descent closer to home in a week when the world has focused on the first African-American President.

In the wake of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, Brent-based voluntary organisation BTWSC (its acronym is taken from the organisation's first project entitled Beyond The Will Smith Challenge), whose remit include raising aspirations, is launching the second phase of the NARM Project with a new website on January 26, where the general public can nominate British African male role models.

BTWSC has been researching the lives of British role models over the last century, starting from 1907. It aims to unearth especially those that engage in community activities.The second phase opens up the research for members of the British public, irrespective of race, gender or age, to send in their nominations. The Project will publish a free booklet, and a DVD consisting of interviews with the most popular living nominees, and mount a photographic exhibition at Brent Museum over the summer.

We've heard Barack Obama described as the ultimate role model. Whilst not taking anything away from this universally inspirational person, we nevertheless think it's important that we, particularly youths of African descent, are aware of male role models from Britain, says Kwaku, consultant of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported project.

Adds Head of HLF London Sue Bowers: This is an excellent project for a borough that has a high percentage of black and minority ethnic residents. Although there is obviously great attention to black male role models as a result of current political and sporting events, there is also a wealth of other examples over many years which this project will help to illuminate.

Profiles of the nominees and related resources will be posted at, where nominations can also be posted.

Too often, it is said that there are not enough British male role models of African descent. This is simply not true, says BTWSC co-ordinator Ms Serwah. We do not need to continually look outside Britain, to places like America. Britain has countless role models in various fields, not just in music and entertainment. Many are unsung heroes who are doing their best to improve their communities, and we need to highlight them.

The Project is working with young and adult volunteers in researching and recording testimonies from a number of local and, it is hoped, national figures. It is also running workshops with schools and Brent Archive.

Role models will be chosen from the fields of politics, legal, business, the sciences, the judiciary, education, arts, sports, voluntary organisations and charities. BTWSC has already received support from a wide range of organisations and individuals confirming demand for the Project.

While it's important for the Government to do its bit with REACH, we support role modelling projects such as yours, that is done by community organisations, was the endorsement by the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in support of the NARM Project.

Closing date for nominations which count towards the main ranking list from which living nominees will be interviewed for the DVD and booklet, is February 28. Late nominations will be used in supplementary lists and added to the online resources.


National Association of Black Supplementary Schools Appeal

NABSS is looking to locate as many African (Black) run supplementary schools and Black run nurseries and playgroups that are geared towards our children around the UK. Please could information be emailed to

Our community are entitled to have the option of having our children raised and taught within our own institutions and our institutions need our input and support to raise our standards even further.


Nia Imara
Managing Director, NABSS
Tel:07958 348 558

Essay Contest

The Fourth Annual Essay Contest for Children of African Descent 2009

Are you interested in being a judge for a global essay contest?

The only qualifications needed are that you be of African descent and have a strong desire to support and encourage children of African descent.

In an effort to encourage children of African descent in the African Diaspora to achieve a high level of education, to become knowledgeable and informed and to be contributing members of their society, I believe that it is important for us to show them that we, as their extended family, care about them and are willing to support their efforts.  

The Essay Contest for Children of African Descent supports children in the following ways:

Boost self-esteem , encourage critical thinking, focus attention on education, Improve communication skills, encourage a sense of accomplishment , offer opportunities for personal growth and self-expression, offer peer activity in a positive, supportive environment, recognize and celebrate success within the community, public speaking experience (winners) on and Word Power Literature Fair

Contest Begins : 10 January 2009
Essays to Judges:  22 February 2009
All Prizes awarded : March 2009

Contact Lorna Jones at

For information on the Essay Contest for Children of African Descent, go to:
This is a private initiative by and for Africans in the Diaspora founded by Lorna Jones.  (Not a charity)

“It takes a Village to raise a child”

Community Events

Maisha Solution

Screening: Maisha Solutions
This film is suitable for all ages

The premiere screening of the final part of the Maafa Series of films will be taking place during African History Month on 7th February 2009 at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT. A community donation will be requested on entrance. Pre booking is essential and can be done by sending an email to with the subject line Solutions Preview.

Please spread the word and reserve this date in your diaries. The event will start at 12 midday prompt. After the screening there will be cultural refreshments, vendors and workshops for those seeking to become actively involved in specific community empowerment projects. The workshops will be focused for those who want to become actively involved in supporting an existing home education network or join a project to build a village school in the heart of London or Africa.

The 7th February is the anniversary of the passing of Dr Cheikh Anta Diop. We will be holding a tribute to him and those of our Ancestors who dedicated their lives to the work of liberation.


Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum:
Special One-Off Meetings with Visiting Afrikan Activist - Bob Brown

Date: Tuesday 27th January 2009 / Wednesday 28th January 2009
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Adm: Youths are specially welcome - All free of charge
Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436

Bob Brown is an organizer, lecturer, research specialist and writer focusing on progressive and revolutionary movements and organizations fighting for global justice. His primary foci are the Pan-African, National Liberation, Black Power, Solidarity, Peace, Anti-Globalization, Anti-Repression, Reparations and Student Movements.

With 41-years of organizational experience and expertise, Bob is a former member of the Chicago Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, former Director of the Midwest Office of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, co-founder and former member of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and a Midwest Organizer, and an organizer for the All-African People's Revolutionary Party. He has worked with and supported hundreds of progressive and revolutionary movements and organizations throughout Africa, the African Diaspora and the world. He was a Coordinator of Third World Outreach for the million-person Disarmament Demonstration at the United Nations in 1983 and the National Coordinator of Logistics and Operations and National Field Director of the 1995 Million Man March and Stay-at-Home Campaign. He is a member of the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (South Africa) and served as the National Director of its 2000 Local Government and 2004 Presidential election campaigns. Bob currently serves as co-director of Pan-African Roots and the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library.

Tuesday 27th: Afrikan Perspectives on the Current Zionist Invasion of Palestine

Wednesday 28th: Afrikan Reparations in US Satan & Global Afrikan Liberation Developments

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

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


Brixton Conference on Mental Health

Date: Saturday 7th February
Time: 3 pm - 6 pm, (doors open: 2.30 pm)
: 1-5 Hinton Road, Brixton, London SE24 0HJ
Adm: £10 (£6 limited concession tickets available for children and persons aged under 18), ticket with New Mind School donation, £20
Contact: 020 7501 9800/

This conference will be presented by The Nation Of Islam. Although primarily aimed at mental health practitioners, parents, and those working with young and vulnerable people, the conference will tackle issues relevant to us all, including advice on the maintenance of good mental health during this time of economic crisis, and navigating the UK mental health system.

Conference contributors include: Malcolm Phillips (Psychologist and Manager of the Oremi Centre), Polymin Muhammad (Nation of Islam Ministry of Health), Matilda MacAttram (Director of Black Mental Health UK), Rameri Moukam (Pattigift African-Centred Mental Health Centre)


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 Cuba: An African Odyssey (31 Jan), Night of Truth (21 Feb), 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;


Nkrumah@100: The Changing Face of Neo-colonialism

Date: Friday 30th January 2009
: 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 of charge

Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum Presents the 2009 annual theme and series of interactive Workshops 2009 - Youths are specially welcome – Supporting notes available.

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

For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email –


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.

  • 31 January-21 February 2009, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
  • 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

In the Mix: Sunday Free Jazz by Soweto Kinch 

Date: Sunday from 25 January – 29 March
Rich Mix Bar, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
020 7613 7490 /

Rich Mix is proud to present its new partnership with Soweto Kinch that will bring a new flavour each week to Rich Mix Bar; a selection of guest artists and performers, taking jazz to the next level.

Each week this free event will welcome award winning musicians playing the finest jazz music as well as well as new writing and the cross-genre sound of theatre and performance. There will also be opportunities to perform alongside the musicians and a range of theatre makers from the UK and beyond.

Soweto Kinch  (

 Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including two MOBOs, four BBC Jazz awards and a Mercury Music Prize nomination.

“Mr Kinch demonstrates what England has to teach [the USA] about narrative Hip-Hop. Don’t sleep on Mr Kinch.” (The New York Times)

Rich Mix’s overall artistic aim is to have a holistic approach to art and culture drawing on the wisdom and traditions found in the heritage of the local community, with particular reference to Black, Asian and Minority ethnic (BAME) and marginalised groups.


NCV Trust in association with Mellow, East London NHS Foundation Trust and NVSC invites you to

A Minds Eye (Learning Event): Young African Men and Mental Health

Date: 11th February 2009
Time: 9.30 am to 3.30pm
Venue: West Ham Football Club Conference Centre, London E13
Contact: To register email: / 0208 519 9500

Several speakers will be talking about transforming practice to secure emotional well-being. They are Victor Adebowale, Paul Obinna, Barry Mussenden, Simon Letchford and Norma Johnson

Young African and Caribbean men over represented in mental health statistics. They are;

Far more likely to be forcibly detained
Far more likely to be diagnosed as schizophrenic
More likely to be given invasive treatments
Less likely to be offered talking therapies

To reverse these statistics require earnest, focused and earlier action from schools, health and social care providers, third sector organisations, the criminal justice system local authorities and the community.

This Event, which has been shaped by young black men will:
 - Be facilitated by the Mind’s Eye Steering Group of young black men.
- Draw upon the experience of national experts and local best practice to identify what works
- Assist delegates to shape an improved personal and organisational responses
- Facilitate the delivery of services that better match the needs and aspirations of young black men
- Enable earlier intervention to support the building of individual resilience
- Enable delegates to foster a focused and multi-agency response

This event is FREE and will benefit all practitioners who work with or are training to work wit or are training to work with young black men. Attendance by young black men is actively encouraged.

  Ancient Future & Muatta Books present…
The Science of Music, Drumming & Dance: A Day of Readings, Ritual & Divination

Date: Sunday 15th February 2009
Venue: Happy People Restaurant - 160 Page Green Terrace, High Rd Tottenham, London, N15 4NU
Adm: 3pm – 9pm - £7 / £5 Concessions
Contact: Ancient Future - 07983442876 / 07956134370

Soul - Sound - Healing - Movement

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


Bro. Kimani Nehusi- Libation: An African Ritual of Heritage
Afro Groove & Bro. Nia- Jazz & Spirituality
Errol “Lonestar” Gibbons - Hip Hop History through Imagery
Sis. Omilani - Rituals of an Oshun Priestess
Ifa Leke - Healing Vibrations of the Drum
Bro. Derick - The Singing Bowl
Bro. Dennis - African Dance & Martial Arts


Chief Lloyd – Spiritual Medium
Osunwummi – Cowry Shell & Crystal Ball Readings
Bro. Clyde – Astrological Readings
Luis Fernandez – Tarot
Israel Ogun – Astrological Charts & Tarot

 Vendors Welcome


New National Curriculum and the Possibilities for Real Black History in Secondary Schools

Date: Monday 9th February 2009
Time: 6.45pm to 9.30pm.
Venue: PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 170, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1)
Adm: There will be an admission charge of £4 per person.

This highly important presentation highlights how the National Curriculum really has changed. The new programme which is now in effect stresses the need to teach parallel developments in world history, calls for the teaching of pre-colonial African civilisations and mentions the need to teach the resistance to the slave trade. The result is that there is bigger opportunity than ever to get real Black history into schools.

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY. Refreshments will be provided. For further information and other enquiries about the event, you can call or text us on 07951 234 233.

In order for us to manage seating and room layout, we would be grateful if all who are attending this event could confirm their attendance in advance. Please confirm via email how many of you will be attending this event. Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation


African Victims of the Nazis

Date: Sunday 22 February
Time: 13:00-16.30
Place: Imperial War Museum
Adm: Free entry. First come, first served.

What we know today as the Holocaust was researched, rehearsed and refined in Africa with African people long before 1939. Although it is hardly mentioned, German people in their colony of Namibia stole land from African people and when they fought back, built railroads, labour camps and medical experiment labs in Namibia in order to work them to death or experiment on their bodies to see how they were able to cope with heat. This happened in 1906 and the German government even apologised in 2004. This underviewed documentary states the case with detailed testimony from Namibian and German people and evidence from German secret files.

There were also Black people in Germany before, during and after WW2 . Some even joined the army, some were entertainers, thousands were sterilised and a vast number were sent to the gas chambers. Curator Nia Reynolds, author of Black Victims of the Nazis, will give an illustrated talk about these issues.


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

February 19 - Julia Bush, Northants Black History Association and University of Northampton: Sharing the Past: community historians at work

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


bfm Film Club: 13 Months of Sunshine      

Date: Sunday 1st February 2009
Time: 4pm
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square).
Tickets: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members

13 Months of Sunshine (Dir: Yehdego Abeselom)  is a romantic comedy, and Ethiopian green card story with a twist. Solomon and Hanna enter a marriage of convenience. Solomon dreams of opening a coffee shop with the money acquired, and Hanna is looking for a better life in America. During the year-long naturalization process, they find that the marriage of convenience becomes complicated through love, jealousy and the clash of cultural values each must face in following their dreams.

Dur: 102min / US, 2008 / Language: Amharic with English Subtitles / 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


African (Black) Women’s Work-Life Balance Development Group

Date: Thurs 29th Jan 2009

12 week support programme starting Feb 2009

We continue to experience increasing pressure to meet the demands of living; Causing family and relationship division. Increasing unemployment, crime and a flat-lining education system; means we as African (black) people are the least economically stable and most easily marginalised.

 In preparedness for survival in a continuing economic meltdown, what can we do to sustain ourselves, how will cultural knowledge, understanding and wisdom provide a frame to build faithful rise and success?

 Find out more at our open days:

No additional charge /  Refreshments available  

To book a place:

CALL 07735057069/ 07958 671 267


Places are limited


Annual Huntley Conference

Date: Saturday 21st February, 2009
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue:  London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB


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


African Market Day in May 2009

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


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 all our other issues, technical and otherwise to be resolved early in the new year.

As ever, your support and feedback, especially constructive criticism is welcome.

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

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 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.

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