27 November 2012

Greetings Family,

Welcome to another Ligali newsletter.

This is going to be the last the Nyansapo broadcast for the year, meaning there is only likely to be one more newsletter published in 2012.
As usual there are some great events offering great learning, sharing and caring opportunities. Please try to get out to some of them or better yet, organise some of your own near where you live.

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Peace, Love & Justice

Ligali Editor

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Nyansapo - is the weekly internet based community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. We broadcast honest and progressive discussion of community issues alongside pan African news, current affairs and feature reviews of cultural media and events.

On 27 November 2012 we will be looking at the cost of ;

"Seein Potential"

Nyansapo - On our own two feet

You can listen to archived podcasts of previous Pan African Drum programmes at http://www.ligali.org/nyansapo/drum.php

The Pan African Drum

"Behond, the only thing greater than yourself”
African Proverb, (Father Omoro to son, Kunta Kinte, born of Binta Kinte of the Mandinka tribe, Gambia in Roots)

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

My son hates it when I comb his hair. Every morning I remind him if he does it himself straight after he’s washed then it would be easier but no... instead I have to go through this ritual with him running to mummy for some extra grease and me reaching for the afro comb.

However yesterday morning things were different. He had a cheeky grin on his face and actually volunteered for me to do his hair. It was with great pride he told me that he had remembered to do it himself. I smiled, tidied up and off he went to school.

It made me ponder, can we trigger enlightenment?
In an individual? In a community?

I don’t know.

For a long time I’ve believed that if you put positive information out there, if we remain optimistic in the face of adversity, if we promoted freedom through information instead of enslavement through ignorance, then individually we will all reach a sense of consciousness that would herald a collective renaissance at an opportune if not unscripted moment in our journey.

As an Afromantic, I suppose in my heart I still do hold this belief. However my mind and hard cold logic, is trying to convince me otherwise.

As I look around the current geopolitical landscape I see people everywhere striving for independence. We don’t even need to go further than Europe for examples. In Spain the people of Catalonia want to be independent, in the Britain, the people of Scotland want independence, even in England, many admittedly politically illiterate people want independence from the European Union But throughout all this political upheaval and desire for self determination I find to our shame that only one group still maintains 100% loyalty to a society that continues to expose a racist heart, a society that openly opposes both immigration and multiculturalism, a society that believes challenging anti-African policies and criticising racist rhetoric is ‘political correctness gone mad’.

That group is us, the Africans in Britain. British Africans, the African British community, or Afro-Caribbean’s, or ‘black’ British or English ‘blacks’ or coloureds, people of colour, or just plain ‘monkeys’ depending on which racist football fan or police officer you ask..
From BNP to the English Defence league, the SNP to UKIP. People across the UK feel the need to unite and work together despite their differences to secure their common interests.
Perhaps that is where we have gone wrong. Crime, drugs, educational disengagement, violence, racism, slavery, gun crime, knife crime, disease, gangs... perhaps we are so used to hearing bad news in relation to ourselves we have forgotten what is good.

A fortnight ago whilst on the radio I asked for suggestions of good stereotypes that characterise African people. It was a good experience, no doubt some will accuse me of being ‘racist’ for expressing those things we know or should know that we do well, others, I hope, will simply take notes.


Good Stereotypes

  1. Desire to build and maintain strong families and relationships in the midst of a monocultural space obsessed with the cult of I. Our commitment to long marriages may not be as they used to be but the ambition is still there.

  2. Anentrepreneurial spirit that enables us to survive all hardships, whether we are forced to sell products at the side of the road or offer innovative services that utilise the technology of the day in ways that were never conceived.

  3. A creative streak that enables us to produce magnificent art whether expressed through inks on canvas, sculptures from clay or rock.

  4. A talent for expressing self through wonderful forms of adornment whether creating jewellery through handcrafted pieces using gems, metals and wood or the use of both elaborate and simply elegant hairstyles that embrace our natural beauty.

  5. We are gifted with a unique form of orality, from its archived form as the written word encompassing literature genres exploring mathematics, politics or offering cultural analysis of the sensual phenomenon known as battyriders to its immediate realisation as performance poetry, with our without musical backing. Whatever the genre we have it covered, from fiction with the subtle genius of Yvvette Edwards and Courttia Newland to science fiction with the political and spiritual works of Biram Mboob and Tosin Coker.

  6. The presence of a master alchemist in every home that can utilise the ingredients of a household kitchen to prepare nutritional food that is more than the sum of its parts and herbal medicines that can heal many health related ailments. This includes natural body creams and healthy hair products.

  7. We are ‘quick to forgive’. This was seen as both an advantage and disadvantage. It’s a testament to our spiritual strength but, as in cases where justice has not been secured - also an expression of moral cowardice. Our deep spiritual conviction it was suggested must never be at the cost of preserving our humanity and protecting our dignity.

  8. The organisation skills of African women were praised universally. Using household management as a prime example the phrase ‘women run tings’ were the actual words used. Success is almost guaranteed when this is exported into areas of business management alongside the skills and drive of African men with a strong vision and work ethic.

  9. Our incredible sporting prowess demonstrates we can adapt and more importantly achieve in any environment, no matter what the handicap or inbuilt bias designed to give advantage to our competitors. African people have dominated cricket, golf, football, tennis, boxing, F1 racing, track and field, gymnastics the list goes on. It’s only a matter of time when we will be able to add cycling, chess, swimming and snooker to the list.

  10. We are genius of physical poetry also known as African dance. Whether at carnival, ritual or a party, our natural sense of rhythm, poise, style and technique make dancing an art form, often emulated, never surpassed.

  11. Our myriad of proverbs and cultural sayings represent a superb ability to render complex ideas into simple ‘rubix cube’ like linguistic constructs through use of sophisticated ideological encoding techniques. In a world where social interaction and communication is often limited to twitteresque lengths, that’s a skill arguably even more useful today.

  12. African people innovate. Traditionally, African people hate waste therefore before the notion of a green revolution existed in the west, we have been devising ecological principles and practises that conserve and utilise the earth’s resources for both spiritual and practical purposes.

  13. Music. Do I really need to explain? From Makeba to Coltrane, Hendrix to Anne Muldrew, Fela to Marley, Arie to Hill, Hathaway to Doss, Gaye to Simone, Tosh to Rushen, Jackson to Hancock, I could do this all day without once mentioning any of the stale derivative dross that passes for music today.

  14. Our commitment to intellectual and philosophical development is huge. From Cheikh Anta Diop toAyi Kwei Armah. The majority of African people on the planet are multilingual. Not only do most have a mother tongue but they also can communicate in the relevant trading language of their local and international community. This ability often endows the average African with a geo-political perception that is only acquired through travel. In bringing together inquiring minds from all over the world, bodies like the African Science Institute is one of many organisations that cultivates our historic instinct to examine and document the world around us.

    Whilst the names of historical icons like Wangari Maathai, Olaudah Equiano, Walter Rodney, Sojourner Truth, John Henrik Clarke, Ella Baker, Steve Biko and Chancellor Williams should already be household names to us, here in the UK we have contemporary intellectual giants amongst us like Ama Biney, Hakim Adi, Sandra Richards, Kimani Nehusi, Kingslee Daley, Akua Stanford, Robin Walker, Omowale Ru Pert-em-Hru, Afiong Afiong, Henry Bonsu and Onyeka Nubia, that’s not even mining the numerous academic stalwarts like Cecil Gutzmore, Paul Gilroy or Colin Prescod.

  15. Our commitment to freedom and justice also makes us natural born activists and campaigners. Throughout modern history, any campaign that does not have at the very least some token African representation supporting the cause is typically seen as lacking in sincerity. However this must not detract from the fact that we as a people are simply superb at designing education programs for emancipatory thinking, our activists bring an energy and passion that not only influences government but also motivates people. Our only failing is in the fact that we need to learn to redirect this energy into causes that are exclusively ours before seeking to heal the world.  

    Again in the UK we have world class leadership demonstrated by the likes of Asher John-Baptise, Paul Obinna, Ama Gueye, Lorna Jones, Colin Pryce, Neil Mayers, Rosana Lewis, Tony Warner, Kubara Zamani, Seobu and Jedidah Idrisu, Gary Green, Matilda MacAttram, Abiola Ogunsola, Marc Wadsworth, Richard 'Fluid' Smith, Kwaku Bonsu, Kwaku and Awula Serwah, Minkah Adofo, Mandissa Gordon, Matthew Ryder, Cindy Soso, Collin Carter, Stephen Ssali, Lady Leo, the African Heritage Forum, Andrew Muhammad, Glenroy Watson, Pat Green, Asari Sobukwe, Ankhobia, Nia Imara, Jak Beula, Jendayi Serwah, Mark and Charmaine Simpson, Nadia Denton, Michael Williams, Bini, Olu Alake, Mandingo, Asar AnkhAmunet, Marlon Grimz, Patsy (Estien), Gus John, Mia Morris, the more names I add, the more I'm probably upsetting by their omission.

    I could go on and on naming brilliant educators and activists that continue to make a difference to our community or have left an inheritable legacy for future generations to learn from. The point is, it is not for a dishonourable monarch to require them to kneel and bow in order to 'recognise' them and their work, it is for us to do so.

Family, we are at a crossroads, and I believe we need to go back to basics and become the ‘decision makers’ as a good friend of mine would say. Whether that means becoming school governors, media producers or local councillors it is imperative that we are present in all the spaces where decisions are being made about our future.

It’s time for the wigs, masks and other ‘easy lifestyle’ excuses to come off. We need to be independent, willing and able to comb our own natural hair, show our own face.

We are beautiful.

I was fortunate this weekend to attend the KBLA Spotlight dinner and was inspired by the words of the guest David Neita who not only explained why for political leadership to be legitimate, it must act in servitude of everyone, but also that it is up to us to fully utilise the cultural resources in our environment to develop a sense of can do, must do attitude.

The reason I chose to share the ‘good stereotypes’ above is because I am meeting too many people who really believe that we as Africans have never achieved anything, that we are destined to fail. Not just at some things, but virtually everything. It’s as if we have forgotten how many things we are good, no... great at.

Last night I was watching the news and sat with my mouth aghast as James Gleick's The Information was awarded the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. The groundbreaking idea being promoted as revolutionary thinking and deserving of the £10,000 prize money was his book explaining how “it tells the story of information and how humanity uses, transmits and stores it” was somehow, new.

Now, please excuse my ‘objection’, but it wasn’t caused because I had read the book and disagreed with it, no.  It was the notion being promoted that Gleick had somehow shared a unique and “completely new framework for understanding the world around us”.

When the story ended, I looked at my wife and children and recited a poem I had written in 2003 and published in my book Revoetry simply named ‘information’.

One of the things mentioned that I forgot to add to the list is our resilience, how no matter what hardships we face, we still manage to ensure we live beyond mere existence.

Whilst others continue to either claim our current and Ancestral achievements or write our scientific discoveries and cultural teachings out of world history, the Truth remains that we continue to investigate, innovate whilst some others are content to steal, plagiarise and replicate.

Right now I’m feeling tired, lethargic and all out of words. However even as I look out the window into a cold grey sky with tear drops falling from the heavens, the miserable weather cannot diminish the fire in my heart. I can’t but help see our potential. I hope the list sharing some of our goodness does the same for all of you. You see despite the protestations of doomsayers screaming at us to get on our knees and beg/pray for mercy, history teaches us that when we work together behind movements delivering us independent autonomy, we will survive, not only with style, but on a high.

And that’s a fact.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


Toyin Agbetu is a writer, film director, poet, and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.

Delivering a "Masterclass: Independent Filmmaking for Liberation" PASCF (Brixton) Community Event on Friday 30th Nov  2012, 7PM @ 365 Brixtone Road, London , SW9 7DA

And hosting a "Community Reasoning Session" at DJED on Friday 14th December 2012

By Toyin Agbetu, 27 May 2003

what if ..
all energy is kinetic information
and we all only exist to process that information
and those who live do so by transforming that information

what if..
every action can be expressed as a transmission of information
every dream and desire a manipulation of that information
every truth or lie based on interpretations of that information

what if..
we’ve valued ourselves by the quantity of that information
instead of valuing ourselves on the quality of that information
instead of liberating ourselves by sharing and spreading, raw information

what if
an artist is a person who manipulates old information
a consumer a person who assimilates new information
and commerce the means to dilute and pollute… all information

what if..
our future is the persistence of true historical information
our children are simply the transformation of genetic information
whether we live or die is based on free movement of that information

information is power?

or is power…. information?

Supporting Ligali

Books: Ukweli and Revoetry

Ukweli and Revoetry

"Overall Ukweli brilliantly reflects the range of issues Afrikans engage with – philosophy, history, economics, biology, physics, astronomy, art, music, dance, film, literature, spirituality and silence. It brought back memories of the high quality of discussions we use to have in the late 1980s and early 1990s when there was a resurgence in interest in Nile Valley civilisations led by Dr Josef ben Jochanan, Cheikh Anta Diop, Theophile Obenga, Maulana Karenga, Jacob Carruthers, Molefi and Mariamu Asante. Even the issue of Afrikan vegetarianism is addressed in the book." - Nubiart Diary Review

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* Contains Adult Themes about Sex, Relationships and Manhood

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Essay Contest: Judges Needed

For the last seven years, the annual Essay Contest for Children and Young People of African Descent has encouraged and supported our young aged between 7 and 16 years in their educational development wherever they are in Africa and the African diaspora.

Participating in this contest is a great way for children you work with to practice their reading, critical thinking and writing skills by expressing themselves on historic and contemporary issues that affect them and their wider communities.  

All participating essayists receive constructive feedback on their essay from Judges who are all of African descent and located throughout the world.  If you are interested in supporting the contest then please don't hesitate to get in touch through the website www.lornajones.net

Three Continents One History

Three Continents One History is an exciting project and series of radio documentaries and interviews that examines the role that Birmingham (UK) played in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Maya Angelou says, “Take a day to heal from the lies that you have told yourself, and the ones that have been told about you."

by Rebecca Hemmings

Join the protagonist Melissa on her journey to find Ma’at (the truth). Her passion to search for the hidden stories of the remarkable, resilient women of her past is fired up during a drama class. Her tutor Ginnie seems almost offended when Melissa states that she will be researching the lives of African heroines as opposed to the Europeans familiars.  

With the help of family, friends and the community, Melissa cuts open the proverbial coco-yam to expose the truth about; Ngola (King) Nzinga of Angola, Prophetess Kimpa Vita of Congo, Cecile Fatiman & The Haitian Revolution, Solitude from Guadeloupe, Queen Nanny of the Maroons and Yaa Asantewaa. The play delves deep and reveals the drama of the boisterous battles, the rambunctious rebels and the emotional trauma these women endured.

Note: this play is not based on fiction but real lives. You owe it to yourself to find out the truth.

Only a knife knows what the inside of a coco-yam looks like. (Those who investigate and research something understand the subject.) West African Proverb

Click here to listen:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AEr2AW9yew&feature=youtu.be

Kizala: Greetings again everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

We wanted to let you know that some of the calendar titles have nearly sold out, due to our online sales.  If you are buying calendars as gift items for Christmas, you need to take action NOW.

We have listed the current stock levels opposite.  We are operating a very strict stock control regime so all website and pre-paid calendars will be taken out of the delivery on arrival.  Calendar requests will be filled provided there is stock available, but pre-paid items will necessarily take priority.If you have not done so already, we would suggest that you get in touch as soon as possible to either pay for, or put in your calendar requests so that we can best manage the stock.  Whilst we may be able to order more calendars it is likely that they would not arrive until after Christmas.  

You can see the full range at www.kizala.com  and you can either order online or by telephone on 020 8688 2601 and you can either collect them or we can post them to you.Also, please don't forget to place your orders for the large 33oz Tortuga Rum cake - £29.99, by this Monday 26th November.  The good news is that we shall also now have some of the small cakes available in store which will not need to be pre-ordered, but they are not of a sharing size!Please take action about the calendars and the cake as soon as possible as we don't want anyone to be disappointed.Have a blessed day and warm regards

From everyone at Kizala

Saturday Schools and Home Tuition!

Simon Education

Saturday Schools Open All Over London

North London
· Brent: Bridge Park Leisure Centre, Brentfield, Harrow Road NW10 ORG (11 am -t1pm)
· Haringey: OK Foundation, 1st Floor, Holcolme Road, N17 9AA (11am—1pm)
· Islington: John Barnes Library, 275 Camden Road, N7 OJN (11am—1pm)
· Waltham Forest: Hale End Library, Castle Ave, Highams Park E4 9QD (2.20—3.50pm)
· Hackney: Home tuition only — 079 0456 4010

South London
· Lambeth: Elmgreen School, Elmcourt Road, SE27 9B7 (11am—1pm)
· Lewisham: St Dunstan’s College, Stanstead Road, Catford SE6 4TY (12pm—1pm)

We offer:

  • Private Tutors in English, Mathematics and Science ( 5 to 16 years)
  • Support & Educational Resources

Some tutors also offter:

  • Spanish and Dutch for children aged (5-16 years)
  • Online Support
  • Provide Educational Resources for sale: "How to unlock your Child's Genius" and "how to unlock your Family's Genius"

We will:
1. Build your child’s study skills.
2. Raise your child’s self-esteem.
3. Develop your child’s thinking skills.
4. Provide teacher pupil ratio of 1:12

Contact details are 079 0456 4010 or www.simoneducation.com
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Exams: Sats, 11+ and GCSE
Tutors: Degree qualified & CRB checked

Eku isimi eni o eyin ara mi gbogbo. Se dada ni?

Introducing the MKYCC 1-day Yorùbá Workshops in London

Learn Yorùbá in London (MKYCC) will be holding 2 Introduction to Yorùbá Language workshops in East London on 1st December. Each workshop will be 2 hours in duration and is mainly for people from 16 years upwards looking to learn an ancestral tongue. The aim is to bring awareness to one of West Afrika's most widely spoken languages. As a matter of fact, Yorùbá is probably the most-spoken Afrikan language in the UK based on sheer numbers of Naija! The workshop will also imbue confidence and cultural identity.

What will be learnt?
*Counting from 0-10 in Yorùbá
*Respect for Elders
*Yorùbá Folk Songs
*Yorùbá Alphabet
*Simple everyday phrases

Kindly note that these workshops will be for both absolute beginners and advanced beginners and are not for Nigerians only. The workshop costs £5 per person and promises to be grand.

When? (Nigbawo?): 1st December 2012
What time? (Ni asiko wo?): 10-12pm and 2-4pm
Where? (Nibo?): Hart Culture CIC, Thames Refinery (Tate & Lyle), Factory Road, Silvertown E16 2EW

Kindly contact me for more details please. Spread the word (E pin kakiri o)

Ese o, eku abase.

Petition: Racism in Academia

We thought you may want to be among the first to know that a new campaign has just been launched in the UK against the racial exclusion of black academics and professors from equal job opportunities at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The petition at Change.org has already been signed by prominent academics, poets, filmmakers, writers, and others from all walks of life and from different parts of the world, including the USA.
Oxford and Cambridge are being accused of systematically and racially excluding black academics from equal job opportunities through institutional racism and a process of selection which favours candidates with similar characteristics to the existing white dominated academic staff. Oxford and Cambridge have only a very small handful of full-time black academics, only at lower levels. As the oldest universities they should be leading by example. Meanwhile, a large number of British black academics are working in senior positions at America's elite universities. According to a study published last year, there are about 14,000 British professors in the whole of the UK but only approximately 75 are black. There is no shortage of black PhD graduates but most of them have had to go into intellectual exile in the USA, Canada, and other countries escaping what they see as the institutional racism that still exists at the heart of UK's leading universities.

You can see the petition here:
The highly respected South African anti-Apartheid activist, poet, and now leading academic, Dr ABNER NYAMENDE, has offered his support to the campaign by signing the petition expressing that he too continue to face racism as a black academic in white dominated South African universities. Nicole Franklin, the award-winning African-American filmmaker and producer, editor and director of television has also lent her support, as have others.
Many in UK's Black communities now consider equal access into academia as one of the most important civil rights issue of our generation.
Meanwhile here are just two of the many media reports on institutional and direct racism against black academics in UK universities:
1. Black lecturers: Victims of racism: BBC News
2. Report Reveal Pay Bias against black lecturers: The Guardian newspaper

Afrikan-Caribbean Market Day: Raising money for Lupus UK

Market Day

When: Sunday, 2nd December 2012, 12.30pm - 3.00pm,
Where: Wood Green Central Library, 187 - 197A High Road, London N22 6XD

Greetings All,

I am sharing in the hope that you will attend and share the info with your network, and in the awareness that our support is very necessary!

Sis Jackie

The African Scientific Institute (ASI)

ASI is in the initial stages of planning a 3 day Forum in Lagos, Nigeria, June - August, 2013 timeframe, as a follow up to ASI’s Energy Forum held in Washington, D.C. in September 2012.

There have been countless studies and reports about developing Nigeria's infrastructure, providing reliable energy, food security, and developing Nigeria's human skills capacity. While ASI acknowledges the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and World Bank findings that power and transport infrastructure are the most binding constraint on doing business in Nigeria, ASI knows that people need skills to implement policies and build these necessary infrastructures. Agriculture, for example, represents 40 percent of Nigeria’s gross domestic product and could be sustained as the country’s leading employer. Part of our Forum will address human skills capacity building while stressing opportunities for development and initiate a monitoring program of existing development efforts.

This Forum will also initiate follow-through mechanisms to continuously engage Nigerians and the African Diaspora in Nigeria’s development.

We are excited to come to Nigeria and work with our counterparts. More than 100 of ASI’s Fellows are Nigerian, of whom more than 80 live in Nigeria.

Some of our initial planning thoughts include:

Planned Topics, SPECIFIC TO NIGERIA, include:

Capacity Building in Nigeria
•    Status report on research and development (R&D): This will provide background information on Nigeria’s knowledge-base and possible gaps to be addressed at the Forum.
•    Commercialization of ideas from research and development projects: We want to enhance the development of commercially viable research findings to bridge the gap existing in Nigeria and increase its input in the world’s scientific knowledge base.
•    Education:  Build on numerous relationships to advance technical and vocational education that will complement results of basic ….education.
•    Job creation: this will meaningfully engage the youth with the potential to help with crime reduction.

Infrastructure and Energy Development Capacity Building in Nigeria
•    As recently presented in our Washington, DC Forum in September 2012, ASI will show how the African Diaspora can collaborate in Nigeria’s future energy development. We will also discuss Nigeria's infrastructure requirements and next steps being addressed to resolve vital issues such as coastal and interior floods, bridges and roads, etc. The facilitator(s) will encourage lively discussion within various sessions of the Forum in round table format, with inputs from all attendees.

Food Security
•    Increased food production and more efficient distribution systems
•    Better management practices to include irrigation, use of improved varieties of seeds, with effective extension services
•    Food preservations and processing for increased productivity
•    Food security achieved through better marketing strategies and efficient distribution chains.

Get involved early to assure your inputs are addressed.
Lee O. Cherry
President and CEO
African Scientific Institute


More Black Success ebooks


I have just published a new ebook on Amazon Kindle, ASIN B009YJTA9U.  Stories from More Black Success contains three interviews which I previously published in More Black Success. 

plus check out this short audio: 

Remember Your Greatness

I will be grateful if you will please circulate this information. 

Thanks very much for your help. 

Kind regards,
Books for Truth-Seekers

Fun Vocal Tutoring Sessions For Children

When: Every Friday, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Chestnuts Community and Arts Centre, 280 St Ann's Road, Tottenham,  London  N15 4A5

AGE: 5yrs and up!


For Further info and to affirm committment for sessions please use the
contact details below.
MOB: 07440668069
email: vocalsessions17@gmail.com


Paid 3-6 Month International Teaching Placement Sixth Form Vacancy, Lagos, Nigeria 

An international sixth form college based in Lagos, Nigeria has applied for a Skilled Professional (Science - physics and biology specialism) to join their science department for 3- 6 months placement as part of the International Teaching Placement Programme. It is an excellent opportunity for those on sabbatical, retired or thinking whether to apply for a permanent post abroad. The start date is January 2013. 

Host Institution's Responsibilities towards Skilled Professional (SP)

  • are responsible for FREE non-family or host family accommodation;
  • are responsible for return airfare ticket, visa fees , vaccinations and local medical insurance;
  • pay the SP a monthly stipend of £750 and N100,000.00 local allowance
  • provide the SP with arrangements and a schedule commensurate with their skills and abilities as well as offering opportunities to observe and learn about school life and education systems in the host country;
  • ensure the SP and purpose of the international placement programme are known and understood by the wider school community;
  • ensure that transportation is arranged for the SP¡¦s arrival at and departure from the airport or station designated by the host, and, throughout the visit, coordinate daily transportation to and from the school;
  • appoint a supervisor within the school structure to take responsibility for guiding the SP throughout the visit, as well as acting as point of contact for Riplington & Associates and host families (if SP is staying with host families);
  • provide suitable space and resources for the SP's  use;
  • ensure an adequate structure is in place for orientation and regular discussion of mutual goals and expectations between the SP and the school;
  • provide a free lunch for every day the SP spends with the school;
  • prepare and/or complete all necessary paperwork for Riplington & Associates in a timely manner;
  • coordinate with Riplington & Associates on the resolution of any problems encountered.

For more information, you may visit http://www.randaedu.com/randaedu/itpp.php

NEW 2013 History Calender - October 22nd!!!

Guba Awars 2012

Featuring the stunning work of artists Alvin Kofi and Ken McCalla, the 2013 Black History Calendar boasts 365 significant events in Black History as well as the independence days of all the countries in Africa and the Caribbean.


The Africa Centre is open!

Africa Centre

We are excited to announce possible plans for the Africa Centre’s relocation. Currently, we are negotiating for a new building in Westminster, which will enable us to secure the Centre’s future whilst providing the opportunity for additional programming, and to build on the centre’s recent success and regeneration.

At the moment, we remain at 38 King Street until any move is finalised. The Africa Centre’s arts and cultural programme continues to run and develop, including our popular film programme, the Africa Centre Comedy on Sunday nights, and various other talks and cultural events, as do our various hires and partnership events. 

We’re also delighted to be able to offer an Africa Café at our shopfront, courtesy of the renowned Jollof Pot, which serves delicious food, coffee and other delicacies.

While continuing to work on securing our future, we would like to reassure you that we will keep you informed as soon as there are further developments.

If you would like to make your voice heard on the Africa Centre’s relocation, please do not hesitate to contact us. The trustees are more than happy about feedback. Please send us an email to mailto:info@africacentre.org.uk

You may have heard about a planning application being made for our home at 38 King Street – we hope this is granted, as this will unlock the potential for our future.

In the meantime we hope you come and join us for one of our films, comedy nights or various forthcoming events or visit the café Jollof Pot serving drinks and delicious food at 38 King Street.

See you soon at the Africa Centre,

The Africa Centre team

Every Sunday, 8pm, at the Africa Centre - The best in African & Caribbean Comedy from the UK & beyond

9 December 2012, 2.30pm - Screening: Madame Brouette

Free, suggested £3 donation
Book here: http://madamebrouette.eventbrite.com/#

Please also go to www.africacentre.org.uk for details

Community Events

Mashufaa Classes


Spirit Of A Warrior

Date: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.00 per lesson

Mashufaa is a martial are created for the mental, physical and spiritual upliftment of a generation of people who have become detached from themselves! Mashufaa is about living a life with light through the sweat of training.  Sweat lets you know you are alive.

Remember Mind, Body and Spirit are one.  Train to live and live to train. Mashufaa Classes will take place from at The Albany Theatre (Plum Room) nearest Rail: Deptford or DLR Deptford Bridge.

Monday and Fridays*
Time: 7 - 9:30pm
Venue: Lord Morrison Hall, Chestnut Grove (off Scales Rd), Tottenham, London N17 9ET
Travel: Tube: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove
/ Buses: 243, 341, 149, 259,279

*Adults and Children
with the children's classes, We encourage learning through positive encouragement and use games and skills to reinforce the martial arts techniques that they learn.

Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk

For further details please contact us on: 020 8808 7547 / 07956 337 391 or, via email on: info@mashufaa.co.uk


DJED: Lectures & Workshops

When: Every Friday, 8PM
Where: DJED enterprises, 10 Adelaide Grove, Shepherds Bush, London W12 0JJ
Adm: £5

Friday 30th November - Brother Abeng - ASTRONOMY & THE BIBLE PT1

Friday 7th December - Brothr Abeng - ASTRONOMY & THE BIBLE PT2

Friday 14 December - Brother Toyin Agbetu

Phone: 0208 743 1985

Public Meeting: Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign

When: Tuesday 27th November 2012,  6.30pm – 9.00pm
Where: Karibu - Education Centre, Gresham Road, London, SW9 7PH

Greetings All,

Do not make the slaughter of Afrikans protesting for their rights an issue that we remain silent about. Most of us saw televised 34 striking miners at the Marikana Mines in South Afrika being machine-gunned to death and 78 injured.


Please join the Public Meeting organised by the Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign:

Sis Jackie
On Behalf of the Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign

Black History Studies: Is this the oldest living civilisation?  

When: Wednesday 28th November 2012, 6:30
Where: PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN
Adm: £5

The oldest relations to the first human beings are still living today in central and east Africa. There is strong suggestion that the Ancient Egyptians were descended from this civilisation. London-based cultural researcher and writer Felicity Heywood travelled to Uganda earlier this year to hear and record some of their stories. Come and hear her reports of the Batwa, a people who are landless, and trying hard to keep their original culture alive amidst external pressure to conform.In a small corner of the most populous country in Africa, billions of dollars of crude oil flow under the feet of a desperate people. Immense wealth and abject poverty stand in stark contrast. The environment is decimated. The issues are complex, the answers elusive.

There will be a discussion after the presentation with Felicity Heywood. Bring a pen! 

The documentary will start at 7.00pm. Hot food will be on sale.

Women at the top: Diversity Master Class

When: Wednesday 28th November, 6pm-9pm
UK Supreme Court

This prestigious panel will be discussing issues affecting the career paths of women in law; such as women at board level, entering the profession, maintaining a legal career and alternatives to law. 

This event is open to all and promises to provide a fantastic opportunity to meet established and respected legal professionals; network and gain tips that will give you the competitive edge in the legal market place.

The event also includes a tour of the Supreme Court and an opportunity to gain CPD points.     
The evening will be chaired by Garry Green (Barrister, Tooks Chambers)Speakers
Courtenay Griffiths QC (25 Bedford Way)
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC (2 Hare Court)
Judy Khan QC (Garden Court Chambers)
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff (President of the Law Society)
Her Honour Judge Taylor (Judicial)
Caryl Longley (General Counsel, Deloitte LLP)
Sarah Bailey (Solicitor at Arts Council England)
• Hear from leading practitioners about their efforts to encourage diversity in law.
• The future of diversity and the opportunities available to get ahead.
• The recent changes within UK law.
• Discuss how we can get more women working at board level.
• Get practical tips on how to become a partner and rise through the ranks quickly.
• Hear how the panel members established themselves and sustained their career.
• Learn how to get noticed and get support.
Tickets: http://womenatthetop.eventbrite.com
For further information email: bookings@inspirationalyou.co.uk  or telephone 07545 156 111.
Refreshments provided by Deloitte.

Windrush Legacy Flm Meeting

When: Thurs 29TH November 7.30PM - 1OPM (FILMS STARTS 8PM)
Adm: £5 / unwaged £3 Refreshments available.

Brent Central CLP is delighted to host a WINDRUSH LEGACY FILM EVENING

For all Members, friends and local residents

We will be screening the documentary ' A Charmed Life ' by Patrick Vernon OBE
Labour Councillor for Hackney and founder of Every Generation Media.
Patrick will be available for a discussion afterwards.

To reserve your place contact Janice Long 0208459 7435 (email bcclpsec@yahoo.co.uk )

PASCF (Brixton) Workshop: Masterclass: Independent Filmmaking for African Liberation

When: 30 November 2012, 7pm
Where: 365 Brixton Road, SW9 7DA
Adm: Free

Toyin Agbetu from the Ligali Organisation will be delivering a workshop exploring why and how new technology can make independent filmmaking a reality for those engaged in African liberation work.

Leeds Finest: Showcase for Young People

When: 30th Nov 2012, 7pm
Where: Seven Arts Centre, Leeds LS7 3PD
Adm: £5 Adults, £3 Children

Come along and support this showcase of the talent of some of our young people in Leeds.

One Love


Michael Jackson Part 3 by popular demand

When: Friday 30 November 7 to 9.30pm
Kensington High Street area

Bigger venue, larger Screen, proper cinema seats. Get details and guarantee your seat online or risk it and pay more on the door click here to book !

For more info contact info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk


The Interrupted Journey: Part V

When: Saturday 1st December 2012, 6:30 PM
Where: Willesden Library, 95 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SF

The Ancient Order of The Nyahbinghi: N.N.C (UK) 5th A.G.M

When: Saturday 1st December, 2012, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: The Theorum Music Complex, 385 High Road,Willesden, London, NW10 2JR


The Ancient Order of Nyahbinghi is an Ivine and Universal Principle; that is built on a foundation of infinite love, as the Universe itself, it transcends all boundaries.
The Nyahbinghi Order is patterned after the "Tree of Life", a connection between all created beings in this matrix. The connection does not require space and time - it is instantaneous providing us with the ability to read each other minds therefore knowing what is happening..
I&I Order was established with the over-standing that we are on a journey to find and unite Self into Oneness, the Heaven that I&I seek, the internal King-man/Kween Womb-man. I&I know that there is no place on earth more holy than the Temple of the Most High, (body).

The Nyahbinghi Principles governs all created beings on the physical level in their different forms and attributes on this third dimension plane. I and I did not come from this earthly plane, but came from the Heavenly Father, the infinite realm of the subjective manifested into the objectiveness of Mother Earth. I&I are from the vibration frequency of Love, for the Messiah consciousness (Christ) is Love, and Love is the Most High. The Love and Unity the Nyahbinghi expresses to share is based on equality and justice that are the central pillars of Righteousness.

On the earthly plane the Nyahbinghi administrators are those who are living an ital life of loving, to establish the internal King-man of Heaven. They are those who serve the Most High in the irites of Truth, living by the Laws of Nature in harmony with all living beings above and below.

I&I must be aware that the physical temple is the dwelling place of the living I Am as I Am, the microcosm of the macrocosm, (as above so below) where He sits upon His throne in the tabernacle situated in the head of every living being. The physical temple has 9 gates; these gates are found in all the cosmic laws, senses and elements (as within so without). What about the 7 seals, the 7 physic centre? They are the gateway to the heavens which go beyond the physical plane.

I&I Ancient Fathers overstood the nature of this cosmic living, that purity have no second nature.. The ancient Kamet, Ethiopia and all over the continent know their purpose on this earth...  (Ras I-Kleve, N.N.C (uk)

London: Race, Racism and Resistance on Film

When: Monday 3 December 2012, 5.30 – 8pm
Where: London South bank University, Keyworth Centre
Adm: Free

Lecture and debate series
Are you a student interested in current debates on race, film and broadcast media?
As part of the Generation 3.0 project, which aims to end racism within a generation, Runnymede is organising a series of free lectures and panel debates on of race and racism on our cinema and television screens.

The team will be in each city for one evening only, and each event has been tailored to the specific local histories of the host city. Help yourself to free refreshments from 5.30pm before enjoying a lecture delivered by an expert in representation of Black African, Caribbean and Asian People on screen. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion featuring notable public figures.

In London our featured lecturer is Imruh Bakari. He is a filmmaker, Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester, where he lecturers in Film & Media Studies and co-curator of Big City Stories, an archive film compilation charting the African-Caribbean presence in London.  Panellists include Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors), Himesh Patel (EastEnders) and Victoria Ijeh. Victoria has an MA in Producing Film and TV. She has made several short films and documentaries including the award winning Sickle Cell aired on BBC 2. The debate will be chaired by Dr Rob Berkeley, Runnymede Director.

These events have been organised with the support of the BBC, BFI, Media Trust, Black Cultural Archives, North West Film Archives, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Punch Records.

To book your free ticket, go to www.runnymedetrust.eventbrite.com or email ojeaku@runnymedetrust.org for more information


Literary Bites launch with author Dreda Say Mitchell

Dresa Say Mitchell

When: Wednesday 5 December 2012 (7pm-9.30pm)
Yum Yum Thai Restaurant, Stoke Newington, London

Literary Bites is a new initiative by Words of Colour Productions, connecting aspiring scribes with published writers over great food.

At each event, an established author will read from and discuss their work over a carefully sourced and quality menu that is affordably priced. Guests will also be able to network with other budding writers as well as be part of a memorable literary experience.

We are pleased to announce that the award-winning crime writer Dreda Say Mitchell will headline our launch event on Wednesday 5 December 2012 from 7pm-9.30pm in the Orchid Lounge at Yum Yum, an award-winning Thai restaurant in Stoke Newington, London.
Dreda, award-winning author of the acclaimed Geezer Girl and Hit Girls, will read from her work, talk about her journey from working in education to writing bestsellers, and take questions from guests. There will also be an opportunity to win a signed copy of one of her novels.

About our guest author

Dreda Say Mitchell is the author of five novels. Her first book Running Hot was awarded the Crime Writers Association’s John Creasey Dagger for the best debut crime novel in Britain in 2005. Her second novel Killer Tune was voted one of Elle’s top 10 reads in 2007, while her fifth book (Hit Girls) was voted a top 10 book in 2011 by Reviewing The Evidence. Dreda also contributed a short story, The Hotline, for the Mystery Writers of America’s anthology Vengeance, edited by Lee Child. She was recently honoured as one of the 50 Remarkable Women in Britain by campaigning agency Lady Geek.

Price and menu selection

To book your ticket (priced £25) for the Literary Bites launch, click here. Please email us your menu selection, full name and contact details by 12 midday on Wednesday 5 December 2012 at info@wordsofcolour.co.uk. This will help us make the night run smoothly.
For more information visithttp://literarybites1.eventbrite.co.uk/

BIS: How To Market Your Book And Create The Demand

When: Thursday 6th December 2012, 10am to 5pm
Where: VAI, 200A Pentoville Road, London N1 9JP
Adm: £79.99 for the Morning or £79.99 for the Afternoon.
Or do both courses and save over 13% (for just) £139.99

BIS Course

There has never been a better time to write, publish and sell your own book(s).
Register now whilst there are still places at: www.bispublishingcourses.co.uk

For more information tel: 07903 791 469


When: Thursday, 6 December 2012, 6.30pm
Where: Bishopsgate Institute,230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

You are invited to come and celebrate with Richard Hart
founding member and Honorary President of Caribbean Labour Solidarity 
and member of the Socialist History Society

the launch of his new book

published by Bogle-L'Ouverture Press with the Socialist History Society

(nearest tube Liverpool Street or check this link for map and details of how to get there:

Black History Studies presents the Official UK Premiere of

Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin

Hidden Colours 2


Friday 7th December 2012 in London
Saturday 8th December 2012 in Leeds 
Friday 14th December 2012 in Wolverhampton
Sunday 16th December 2012 in Luton

Where: Various

'Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph Of Melanin' is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent.This installment of Hidden Colors goes into topics such as:
  • The Global African presence
  • The Science of Melanin
  • The truth about the Prison Industrial Complex
  • How thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America
  • The hidden truth about Native Americans
  • And much more

Featuring Booker T. Coleman, James Small, KRS-One, Michelle Alexander, Phil Valentine, Runoko Rashidi, Tariq Nasheed, Tony Browder, Umar JohnsonHidden Colors 2 is directed by New York Times best selling author and film producer Tariq Nasheed (Hidden Colors, The Eugenist)


Afford Fundraiser: Autumn 2012 Film Fundraiser  

When: Friday, 7 December 2012
Where: The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Rd), London SE11 4TH
Adm: Tickets are £15 in advance, either from WeGotTickets , or direct from the Museum (020 7840 2200) or email info@cinemamuseum.org.uk

Doors open at 17.00, for canapés conversation and private tours of the Museum. Screening will begin at 18.30.

Dear colleague,

AFFORD would like to invite you to join us at our Africa-Gives Autumn 2012 Film Fundraiser on 7 December 2012 at The Cinema Museum in Kennington, with writer John Carlin as special guest.  This is a fundraiser in support of the Africa-Gives initiative – to develop an online platform that enables young Africans in the UK to connect with, and support, their peers in Africa to be self-enterprising via structured mechanisms. Africa-Gives is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Africa-Gives is an initiative that seeks to create and develop mechanisms for young diaspora Africans, between the ages of 18 to 35, to connect with Africa by contributing time, money and skills while building a relationship with the continent.  The main goal is to enable young diaspora Africans to mobilise significant resources – money, time and skills – for development in Africa.


You can also hear a podcast introducing Africa-Gives and the fundraiser. 


Please help spread the word by forwarding to your friends and colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Best wishes,

PASCF Workshop: Understanding Pan-Afrikanism

When: Saturday 8th December 2012, 4pm to 8pm
Where: West Indian Association of Service Personnel, 163 Clapham Manor Road, London SW4 6DB
Trains: Clapham Common, Clapham North (Northern Line) & Clapham High Street (BR) / Buses: 35, 37, 50, 88, 137, 155, 322, 345, 349 & 417

For more information: www.pascf.org.uk; pascfevents1@gmail.com; 07944-204-955

The Lover's Rock Celebration Concert!

When: Saturday 8th December 2012
Where: The Magnolia Banqueting Suite, 13-15 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH
Adm: Pay on the door

Two major players from two differents sectors of the music industry have teamed up to stage a grand pre-Christmas event! Renowned UK musical maestro, Anthony Brightly has teamed up with the DJ known as The Lover's King, Roy Medallion to bring you some of the cream from the UK Lover's Rock scene, while Anthony will celebrate 40 years in the industry and Roy medallion his birthday!! Performing on the night


100BMOL: Health and Wellness Conference 2012

When: 8 December 2012
Where: Parkview Academy, West Green Road, N15 3QR
Adm: Free

Join us for a day of debate with Keynote Speeches, Panel Discussions, Screenings, Workshops, Exhibitors, Sport & Exercise for all, as we identify work out solutions to the health & wellness challenges facing the Black community today. Topics include:  
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Sickle Cell Anaemia
  • Nutrition
  • Diabetes Management
  • Mental Health
  • Bone Marrow Donation
  • Fitness & Activie Living
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Obesity
  • Traditional Medicine
  • Cholesterol
  • Sport
  • Wellness
  • And More.......

Who Regulates the Regulator - Breaking The Silence

When: 8 December 2012, 9am-5pm
Where: The Holiday Inn, LKondon, Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Adm: £75

The Society of Black Lawyers invites all legal practitioners to a one-day conference that will challenge both the SRA and BSB about their regulation with respect to minority lawyers. There will be 4-6 CPD points available and it will be attended  by QCs, Judges, Diane Abbott and John Page, President of the NBA.  

International Multidisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Conference

When: 8th & 9th of December 2012
Where: London South Bank University

Dear ALL,

Hope all is well.  As the date for the 2nd G-KEN conference is approaching fast, I’m now writing to kindly remind you to register using the following online booking form by clicking on:  http://www.nesglobal.org/wshop/.

As you may already know, attendance to the conference is free of charge and we will provide Refreshments and Networking Lunch during the 2 days events.  However for logistical purposes we need to know the exact number of attendees – it is therefore paramount for all attendees to register ASAP.  Feel free to pass this message to fellow Ethiopia and friends of Ethiopia, if you think they will benefit from attending such conference.

If you are already registered, I do apologize for bothering you again and kindly ignore this message.

Regards, Amare (on behalf of G-KEN organizing committee.

Presentation: Stronger Families Build Stronger Communities 

When: Monday 10th December 2012 
PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN

Lets take a stand and take the necessary steps to strengthen and protect families. Let us provide a stable foundation for our children and our children's children.  

These events have been selected to inspire, challenge and to provoke serious thought and discussion. 

Charmaine Simpson
Chief Executive
Black History Studies
Educating the community to educate themselves

African Odyyseys: Mugabe, Hero or Villain?

When: 2pm to 5pm. Saturday 15 December 2012
Where: BFI Southbank. Belvedere  Road SE1

Do not delay booking, 60% seats already gone

An essential film for anyone interested in Pan Africanism, media manipulation,reparations and white supremacy. In his directorial debut, Roy Agyemang explores the reality behind the headlines in a feature-length documentary. What was intended to be a three-month project about Robert Mugabe, the leader of Zimbabwe, turned into a life-changing three-year project. With unprecedented access to Mugabe and his entourage and drawing on a wealth of news footage, including Bob Marley's historic appearance at independence celebrations in 1980, this personal, highly accessible and often amusing film raises wider serious issues about the relationship between African leaders and the West in the fight for African minerals and land

For more info contact info@blackhistorywalks.co.uk


About Ligali

Revolutionary Pan Africanism Working

Nyansapo - In service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors

LIGALI is a Pan African, human rights organisation. It is maintained and funded entirely by friends and family of the Ligali organisation, donations are welcome as we need your help to keep it running.


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NYANSAPO is the name of one of the many Adinkra symbols in Akan culture, it is a knot that is so intricately tied it is said that, “only the wise can untie the wisdom knot”. This ebe (proverb) points to the fact that only wisdom affords one the ability to see parts in relation to the whole within which they belong. Wisdom breeds patience, and the insight needed to untangle complex issues and arrive at just solutions grounded in divine order without profaning Ancestral culture in the process.

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