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

Our Pan African Drum programme on 27 October 2009 discussed the issue of;

Fatherhood: How do we save our sons from the deadbeat curse?

Nyansapo

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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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Fatherhood: How do we save our sons from the deadbeat curse?

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Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Fatherhood

“One cannot hear a brothers cry and say one is busy" – African Proverb, Igbo

Greetings,

Sick, evil, radical, psycho, madman, marxist, egoist, crazy Pan Africanist, over the past few years I’ve had many labels attached to my name, some highly derogatory, others complimentary. But when people ask me what is my most prized title. It is very simple.

Father.

Now whilst many people may see me as some kind of hero -  in truth, it is only when my children call me baba and look at me in that way I truly take full ownership of that particular title. Last week was my youngest sons fifth birthday. As a family we went out and celebrated first at the Caribbean Scene restaurant and then at a local cinema showing the film UP, the latest 3D offering from Pixar.

I mention UP not because I want to stimulates sales, but because in many ways it reminded me of how often we take our elders for granted, ignoring their accomplishments when the most heroic action they have ever embarked on is not that of buying a house, or receiving some state sanctioned award but instead of being a parent, even if only in a surrogate or mentoring capacity.

My father shaped the man I am today. My mistakes and successes are a combination of my learning’s from him and often in my teens - my defiance. Although he is now an Ancestor, he still remains my greatest hero and continues to guides and protects me with both wisdom and an understanding of the importance of striving to be of good character.  

As young parents, in particularly, young fathers, we often make mistakes, fear of responsibility can make us run from our destiny, fear of being ‘trapped’ by experiences with manipulative and often emotionally immature sisters can often make us bitter towards embracing family life. These are not excuses, women determined to inflict babymamadrama on men out of spite is a real phenomenon, just as boys running away from their role or worse yet replicating the pubescent behaviour of their fathers remains a self perpetuating tragedy. We have to stop this.

We can stop this.

A couple of days ago I witnessed a sista push over a rack of shoes outside a shop after having a disagreement with a shop attendant. What made the incident more disturbing was the profanity that came out of her mouth as she tried to justify her poor behaviour to her young daughter.

Her mother lacked discipline.

Lack of discipline in her actions (behaviour) and perhaps even more importantly, lack of discipline with her mouth (expression). Now, I am so thankful many of the people I am blessed to call friends and family surrounding me strive not to be full of spite despite some experiencing troubled childhoods. Like many men of my generation I too was scarred by being brought up in a lone family, it’s hard to explain what it’s like feeling other children see your family as abnormal because it was not your father, but your mother that was absent. But we survived.

I know I was fortunate, the presence and love of my younger sister in my life saved me from having a loathing of all women. Yes I was at one stage a bullying brother, destroying her dollies for being too ‘girlie’, teasing her mercilessly for not being a boy, but when I came through that phase, I was able to transform the lessons of my childhood by working never to make similar mistakes in my adulthood. I didn’t always get it right, but thankfully every day I watch over my children as they sleep at night, they remain testament to where my hero helped me get it right. My father taught me that we all make mistakes, but that we also all have the capacity to learn, to grow. He told my sister and I that no matter what, money, friends, or sex, nothing is more important than family. Today, I can say with total confidence - he was right.

Let’s share that message with the next generation

May the Ancestors guide and protect us. Ase.

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

 

Nyansapo: News and Updates

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Greetings: Welcome new listeners to Nyansapo. The Pan African drum is broadcast from the UK and attracts new supporters from Africa and the Americas every week. Our broadcast is currently only available online. Our podcasts of previous shows are usually available 24 hours after broadcast.

The radio show is also available by going to Nyansapo on MySpace or clicking either of the links: Nyansapo Radio or Nyansapo Direct Studio Link


Volunteers Needed:

Pan African Drum
We are looking for volunteers to help produce the Pan African Drum programme and newsletter. Those interested will need to be able to research news stories, book guests for interviews and collate information about community events on a weekly basis.

For all enquiries: Please contact us by phone

 

Ligali Screenings

Maisha Solutions DVD

Screening: Maisha Solutions (Part 1)

When: 27 October 2009, 18:30
Adm: Free Screening
Where: Shortwave Cinema, 10 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN

Maisha Solutions (Part One) - will be screening with a Q&A session as part of African History Month for the BFM Film Festival.

For more details

 

Community Feedback

Isiah Young Sam
Winston Churchill: A 'white' supremacist war mongering racist who believed Africans were subhuman and those with mental health should be killed.

Greetings,

I find the furore about the BNP's appearance on Question time interesting.

The utterances of Nick Griffin and the BNP are nothing new, and it may not be surprising to some members of the public that they appear to be hijacking Winston Churchill as their own. Churchill who was voted the greatest Briton in 2002 is reported to have said and I quote:

1. "I do not admit that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race, has come in and taken its place." Winton Churchill to the Palestine Royal Commission, 1937.
 
2. "I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas, I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes.." 1919

As far as I am concerned it may be a question of plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose.  I am not pleased about Nick Griffin appearing on BBC, but my question is, why has it taken so long for the relevant authorities to realise that the BNP constitution contravenes the Race Relations Act?

Kind regards

Ama Jasna
New African Perspective
http://newafricanperspective.blogspot.com

 

Community Noticeboard and News Shorts

 

BFM International Film Festival

The 11th bfm International Film Festival runs from 6-10th November, and is the UK’s premier film festival dedicated to celebrating black world cinema. www.bfmmedia.com/festival www.bfmmedia.com


 

U.N. Security Council gets 5 new nations

Bosnia and Lebanon will join the U.N. Security Council in January, even though both countries are cited in council resolutions calling for disarmament and political negotiations. Gabon, Brazil and Nigeria also will serve two-year terms in the council, beginning Jan. 1. The five nations -- all were running unopposed -- were easily elected on the first ballot by the 192-member General Assembly. Five of the council's 10 elected seats turn over every year.
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/15/un-security-council-gets-5-new-nations/


 

Undercover job hunters reveal huge race bias in Britain's workplaces
Published in the Observer: Sunday 18 October 2009

Researchers sent nearly 3,000 job applications under false identities in an attempt to discover if employers were discriminating against jobseekers with foreign names. Using names recognisably from three different communities – Nazia Mahmood, Mariam Namagembe and Alison Taylor – false identities were created with similar experience and qualifications. Every false applicant had British education and work histories.

They found that an applicant who appeared to be white would send nine applications before receiving a positive response of either an invitation to an interview or an encouraging telephone call. Minority candidates with the same qualifications and experience had to send 16 applications before receiving a similar response.

The alarming results have prompted Jim Knight, the employment minister, to consider barring companies that have been found to have discriminated against employees from applying for government contracts.
"We suspected there was a problem. This uncovers the shocking scale of it," he said. "Candidates with an Asian or African name face real discrimination and this has exposed the fact that companies are missing out on real talent."

Full Article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/oct/18/racism-discrimination-employment-undercover


 

Bonnie Greer comments on Question Time
(Edited version of an article published by the Times newspaper)

Nick Griffin and many viewers, I’m sure, would have wanted, even expected, me to come across as an abrasive, point-scoring, shouty, finger-pointing black woman. That would have played into Griffin’s game plan, because that is the view of his party.

When I was asked on to the programme, I immediately thought of my father and my late mother-in-law, Joan. My late father, Ben, was stationed here during the Second World War as part of the D-Day offensive. He was born a sharecropper in Mississippi and had lived in a segregated society all his life.

In Britain he discovered a tolerance completely alien to him. He met white working-class people who treated him like a human being and Jamaican airmen who had flown in the Battle of Britain. They were black men who did not have to drink in segregated pubs. Britain, its spirit and its freedom, left an indelible mark on my father. For the 50th anniversary celebrations he returned and had the opportunity to meet my late mother-in-law, Joan. Dad was the second black person she had ever met. I was the first.

The problems in today’s economy have opened the door to racism. Out-of-work people, people who have lost their homes, their pensions, their sense of self-respect, blame The Other. There is a vacuum, a yawning one, and the poison that is the British National Party is the result. But we can pull back from the brink. The BBC, by allowing Nick Griffin on to its airwaves, has exercised the highest definition of public service: it has informed us all and done so in a public arena. It’s called democracy.

Bonnie Greer is a playwright and deputy chairman of the British Museum

The British Museum continues to hold Ancestral remains and stolen artefacts from Africa and other indigenous peoples of the world. It refuses to return them and employs a senior management team and board of trustees to steadfastly defend its immoral and historic criminal behaviour as British cultural institution

You can read the full article be clicking here


 

South Africa’s european farmers prepare to trek to the Congo

The New Financial Post Stock Market Challenge starts in October. You could WIN your share of $60,000 in prizing.

Fearing land reforms may soon stifle their businesses, white South African farmers are preparing to trek deeper into Africa.

In one of the biggest land deals in African history, the government of the Republic of Congo agreed this week to lease up to 200,000 hectares of abandoned farmland to South African farmers over the next 30 years.

The white farmers, who could lose up to 30% of their land in South Africa over the next five years from land reform, are being invited to start growing corn, cotton and soybeans, and to raise poultry and cattle on the state-run collective farms abandoned more than a decade ago.
A delegation of a dozen farmers is expected to travel to Congo next month to do soil tests and assess the grazing potential of the 200,000 hectares, an area about half the size of Prince Edward Island.
Ultimately, the farmers could gain access to more than 10 million hectares of underused Congo farmland.

Click here to read more


 

IMANI  Event

Where: Isis, 185 Rushey Green, [next to post office] Catford, SE6
When: 4th November 2009, 6PM

Come and have your say at a debate on trust between Black-led organisations.

Organised by Griot Foundation Trust – AGM / account of past year’s work
 
BUFFET - FREE from 6pm.  Reservations essential
 
Contact: 8691 7201  / email: griotonline@hotmail.com


 

Film Night: The Tuskegee Airmen

When: Sat 7th November 2009, 7pm start
Where: Walthamstow E17.
Adm: £6 minimum donation

This film tells the story of WW II's "Tuskegee Airmen," the African-American 332nd Fighter Group of the Army Air Corps. The film portrays the destruction of the racist myth that Africans could not fly complex modern fighters. During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, these men were forced to constantly endure harassment, prejudice, and much behind the scenes politics until at last they were able to prove themselves in combat. 

As always, food and drink will be provided.
For More info/directions call: Tanya  07506 826 243 / Afua 07956 337 391


 

Kwame Nkrumah – Training Course

When: Every Friday, 6.30 Arrival 7pm Start (Youths are especially welcome)
Where: Starlight Music Academy, 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS
Adm: All free of charge

An introduction to the life and ideas of Kwame Nkrumah

Kwanzaa planning meetings – Same venue alternate Mondays @ 6.30pm
For more information: Ring 07940 005 907; email – Panascf@yahoo.co.uk; Website – www.pascf.org.uk 


 

AJAMU session: "Africa Before The Slave Trade"

When:Saturday 31st October 2009, 6pm - 10pm
Where:Chestnuts Community Centre, St Ann's Road, Tottenham, N15 (nearest tube: Seven Sisters - Victoria Line)
Adm: £3 donation requested (children free)

This is a great opportunity to learn about 'real' Africa before the worse holocaust in human history. Discussion and Q&A after with Scholar Robin Walker and Dr Ama Biney

Contact: AJAMU on 07852.937.981 or panafrica@which.net


 

Black History Month

The premier all year round independent comprehensive portal; Celebrating and highlighting Caribbean and African activities, with profiles, articles and news
http://www.black-history-month.co.uk/


 

Hay al Dhoubat club: Fund raising event

When: 14th of November 2009
Where: Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, North London, HA1 2UH

Naglaa Ahmed is organising a Sudanese Afternoon in Committee Rooms 1&2 to raise funds for a young people's club in Sudan.  It would be great if you can support her by taking a stall and inviting your network to attend.  Stalls are £10 only and the entry is £1 to help raise funds.

Contact: 07952 422 389


 

NOMMO: Featuring Bro.Ldr.Mbandaka 

When: Fri 30th October 2009 (Every Last Friday of the Month Thereafter) / 7:00pm - 10:30
Where: Voice Of Africa Radio, 24 Swete Street (Off Plaistow High St), Plaistow E13 OBS
Adm: £3

Coming straight from work? Hot Meals Now Available

Black History Month has become very popular across the UK. For many schools and local authorities, the month has become  a focal point for a very narrow selection of prominent Black or “non-white" figures in recent History (e.g. Martin Luther King, Mary Seacole & Mahatma Ghandi). For others it is merely a celebration of the “Diverse Cultures” that make up Britain. In this NOMMO, we will enlighten you on the TRUE origins of Black History Month and why a correct understanding of History is essential for the survival and prosperity of future generations.

Info: 020 8539 2154 / 07908 814 152 / arm6227@yahoo.co.uk

 

Cultural Reviews: Attacks on African History Month

 

BBC Question Time: Pantomime Edition
Broadcast on BBC1, October 2009

“Never argue with a fool - they will drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience”

The BBC sunk to its lowest depths with the most ridiculous ever edition of what used to be known as its flagship programme for high quality political debate. With host David Dimbleby surprisingly willing to demean himself to act as ringmaster for a highly patronising hour of scripted theatre, four heavily armed opponents joined a gladiatorial taskforce with belligerent crowds both inside and outside the studio arena. Their task? To play tag team in a ritualistic attempt to bully and destroy the credibility of a man who is internationally recognised as the UK’s village idiot.

With both the BBC and panelists repeatedly citing ‘youtube’ references as evidence, their combined hysterical pitch of rhetorical banality actually enabled their foe’s policies to escape without sufficient forensic scrutiny. It would appear the participants of the programme were more excited with just being a participant in the high profile media circus than performing well for their constituents. Griffin no matter how odious his views are, has the integrity to be relatively clear about his views in public unlike the rest of his opponents who save their bigotry and hatred behind closed doors.

In so doing they not only demean themselves, but in choosing the ammunition of emotional theatrics instead of academic vigour also exposed their own egocentric and entirely vacuous political and spiritual morals.


 

Response to: "Malcolm X was bisexual. Get over it."
Original article by Peter Tatchell / Publsihed by the Guardian October 2009

Whenever the desperate queer rights activist Peter Tatchell is craving an egofix we can always rely on the ever dependable liberals at the Guardian to facilitate his belligerent attack on the character of Malcolm X. In a wholly predictable strategy begging a response from the African community he attempts to undermine the legacy of not only Malcolm X but also Alex Hailey. His argument that the exploitative european writer Bruce Perry can write a more authoritative account of the history of one of the greatest human rights activist in American history than a journalist with a full and first hand understanding of the forces that oppress Africans in America borders not only on arrogance but also lunacy. Alex Hailey not only had the required community capital required to conduct authentic interviews corroborating facts but also direct access to the subject of the biography himself. Perry on the other hand relies on the ‘dead men can’t tell tales’ approach to writing what he wants and profiteering of faux-controversy. This is irrespective of the fact that Malcolm’s own family strenuously denies Perry’s rubbish.

Tatchell’s stance reveals not only the racist anti-African ideology he subscribes to, but his own opposition to gender security in a world where sexuality has rapidly become a cultural commodity for selling tabloid newspapers. In short he is the LGBT Pimp that attacks progressive views of those even within his own community (Linda Bellos, Julie Bindel) in order to maintain his own illusion of himself as a champion of the oppressed. Sadly for him, Malcolm’s legacy remains real not an vision, it will continue long after the passing of Tatchell and others who try to catch a ride in his political and spiritual footprints.

But to address the matter at hand, whilst we must always seek to defend the legacy of our Ancestors, it is not always necessary to respond to nonsensical accusations such as these.  You see, the very fact that both Tatchell and the Guardian have chosen African History Month to publish this edacious opinion as ‘headline’ news exposes the very real fact that the real bigots struggling to deal with the reality of gender fluidity are not African - but confused europeans themselves.

We as a global people have long accepted James Baldwin, Angela Davis and of course Caster Semanya as whole human beings irrespective of western ‘controversy’ over their gender. The true plague of gender and sexuality confusion infecting the world today was borne from the misogynists views of the predecessors of western civilisation. Look past the hagiographic nonsense of eurocentric scientists and ask who is the father of Zeus, of Jesus? Were they conceived out of consensual love? These are the driving narratives of western civilisation. Once there is an open debate answering these questions, exploring the implications of the incestuous spiritual doctrines of european civilisation then perhaps the world will at last begin to have an inkling of where the sick mess of patriarchy and female oppression begun. Get over it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/oct/20/malcolm-x-bisexual-black-history

 

This week in the media:

 

Monday

Channel 4

9pm Race and Intelligence: Science's Last Taboo
In 2007, Nobel Prize-winner James Watson caused controversy when he was quoted referring to research that suggests black people are less intelligent than other races. Rageh Omaar finds out whether there is any truth to those claims, meeting scientists who believe the research supports the view that races can be differentiated as well as those who oppose the idea. Part of the Race: Science's Last Taboo season.

Tuesday

Channel 4

10pm Bleach, Nip, Tuck: The White Beauty Myth
The Body The first of two documentaries examining the lengths to which many people, including pop sensation Michael Jackson, will go to in an effort to `westernise' their bodies and faces. This edition focuses on the emotional journeys of people desperate to change the shape of their body, and witnesses pioneering limb-lengthening surgical procedures. Part of the Race: Science's Last Taboo season


BBC 1

10.35pm Make Me White Watchdog presenter Anita Rani examines the skin-lightening business, now thought to be worth millions of pounds. She examines the pressures within Britain's Asian communities that cause many young people to wish for paler complexions, and exposes under-the-counter creams that contain harmful chemicals causing irreversible damage to the skin


Thursday

Channel 4

10pm The Event: How Racist Are You? Former school teacher Jane Elliott from Ohio re-creates an exercise she employed 40 years ago to teach children about prejudice. Using 30 British adults of different ages and backgrounds, she demonstrates how susceptible people can be to bigotry by asking them to experience inequality based on eye colour. Expert psychologists Professor Dominic Abrams and Dr Funke Baffour observe the proceedings. Krishnan Guru-Murthy presents. Part of the Race: Science's Last Taboo season

Ligali Organisation thanks Bro Chigbo for compiling these details.

 

History Today: "Know Your Enemy" - African Proverb, Swahili

Thomas Cholmondeley
Thomas Cholmondeley: Murdering supremacist

Thomas Cholmondeley: Kenya frees racist serial killer

A member of Kenya's most famous white settler family has been freed from jail five months after being convicted of the manslaughter of an African ‘poacher’.

Thomas Cholmondeley, the Eton-educated son of the fifth Baron Delamere, was sentenced to eight months in prison in May for shooting dead an African named Robert Njoya. The trial, which began in 2006, was one of the most sensational in Kenya's post-independence history, coming just a year after Cholmondeley had murdered game warden, Samson Ole Sisina on his family's 19,000 hectare (48,000 acre) Soysambu estate in the Rift valley.

The first case was dropped by the state, prompting claims of high-level interference in the judicial process. At the time of his conviction for the second killing, Cholmondeley had already served nearly three years in jail. Though he originally confessed to shooting Njoya, Cholmondeley later changed his story, suggesting that a european rally driver friend who was with him had fired the fatal shot when they stumbled across a group of ‘poachers’.

At the trial ‘Justice’ Muga Apondi in his 320 page verdict reduced Cholmondeley’s charge of murder to manslaughter claiming that the defense case had no merit.
“I find as a fact that it was the accused who had shot the deceased resulting in his death,” Apondi said. He continued; "In view of the above analysis I hereby find which I do, that the accused did not have any malice aforethought to kill the deceased."

Upon the release of murdering supremacist, widow Serah Njoya is reported as saying said: "I can't believe that he is free. There is nothing I can do. This is beyond me,"

Original story here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/23/thomas-cholmondeley-kenya

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