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Our Pan African Drum programme on 29 September 2009 we will be discussing the issue of;

Education & Community Development: Should we transform the way that we learn?


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Toyin Agbetu
Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo –Education & Community Development

“To come out of one's house means learning” – African proverb, Kikuyu

Greetings, sometimes when I sit down to put pen to paper (okay, okay… finger to keyboard) I have no solid idea on what I am about to discuss. I just let the words flow through me. But that’s not the same today. Although my head is full of issues to do with family, friends, health, stop and search, immigration and authentic community political representation, the biggest topic in my life right now is education. You see this week I started university for the first time and wow is it an eye opener. Now, although I have given many lectures at various venues, despite what many people assume - I have never been schooled there. In fact, I left the formal educational process at sixth form with just a few o’level passes under my belt. From my teens I taught myself what I needed to survive with the help of my father, sister and supportive girlfriends, from then on I just hit the ground running. Now, just over 25 years later, I am about to re-engage with the educational process by attending ‘uni’ (as the young ones refer to it) under the guise of a ‘mature student’.

I did tell you I was insane right.

Now my first week at ‘uni’ was interesting. Not only did I get to find out how sensitive I am to loud noise masquerading as music, but I was also reminded that those who make the deliberate decision to empower themselves with knowledge are on an important and most likely - life changing journey. This is irrespective of whether the course of study is based at home, school, college, university or a community centre.

I really believe that education is not just a right but also a rite. There are so many different ways of learning but the decision to embrace the discipline of study as a means of self development offers all students a space for reflection and progression - often revealing new pathways to areas in life once believed invisible or closed.

Now this made me think of the troubles so many of our children are facing in todays schools. Those of us with children at ‘Year 9/10’ will know by now whether an exam pass is on the table. And make no mistake, these are the critical years.

Sadly the problem many of us with children this age face is addressing a ‘know-it-all’ teenager attitude that is unhelpful with regards to the learning process. Many of us who have failed to instil systems of discipline through our parenting, will find it very difficult to revert any long entrenched habits of academic laziness or total disaffection at the worst. And when I say discipline I’m referring to our own 3R’s where we cultivate a spirit capable and embracing of Respectfulness, Reading, Writing and independent Research.

However no matter how hard it seems, we must tackle any fear of academic failure that often lies not just within our children but also ourselves. Without stripping away any bravado and openly acknowledging that we need help - we can commit ourselves towards disaster. It’s never too late for us to learn how to do better.

Those of us with younger children still have the option to improve the situation by reducing access to distractions like video games and virtual worlds, television and social networking websites, mobile phone gossiping and of course culturally retarded films and music. Those of us who are older (like me) can engage with strategic board games, physical activities, historical and self empowering documentaries, community workshops and conscious art in all its forms. The reason why we must do this is far more important than mere words can relay.

Our children mimic us.  

That’s how they learn.

From obvious things such as our use of language, to even more character forming traits such as our day to day behaviour, tastes and opinions. 

If we have bad habits, it is likely they will inherit them until - some rebel as they reach teenager stage and challenge them. The opposite is also true in that we can pass on our good practices and rituals if we are living by them consistently instead of practicing them occasionally. Just as we learn from our mistakes, so do our children. And it’s healthy for us all to do so.

The key is to know that success occurs when we work with the firm vision and belief inside that we can and will achieve. The esteemed historian Dr Hakim Adi once said to me – “only we can empower ourselves, no-one else”. Not even the best teacher in the world can defeat this Truth.

Most of us have lived with the message from our parents and Ancestors that we have to be ‘the best of the best’ just to have a fair chance in this world. It’s not right that this is so, but sadly this Truth has become even more relevant now that we are caught in a global recession and securing a good career is even harder to achieve.

But good holistic education is not just about creating personal transformations - it is also about perpetuating progressive social transformation – revolution even. Instead of focusing on the challenges and barriers we face, we can chose to be self determining and embrace those opportunities of learning that present themselves to us with both hands.

Alongside the mantra we often hear that repeats we must create and support our own businesses, I’m stating that we need to simultaneously build and support our own schools, our own colleges and universities based around curricula relevant not only to our worldview but also our day to day survival.  

You see when I say school or university - all I am really referring to is a centre of learning. It could be a hall, a park, a church, a library, a bookshop, even the front room of a house. There are no excuses even for those of us on plantations - work based learning is also possible with a little planning. Opportunities for learning can be created in the most unlikely of spaces even under the guise of training.

However we do need to fund those building progressive institutions of communal study where we can learn and grow in a safe, disciplined and spiritually conducive environment. And as with any community service industry running without robust mechanisms of regulation, there are pitfalls to watch out for. There are many people professing to be teachers and seeking inordinate amounts of cash for what in all honesty are mediocre lessons. Some courses are so short on substance nothing of lasting value can be imparted, others are so long in duration, it should be obvious that the primary objective is to milk the student for extortionate fees for as long as possible! The most important question is to ask ourselves at the end of the course what have we achieved?

This leads me to the question of accreditation.

I love teaching, sharing knowledge, helping others empower themselves is a wonderful occupation. However, is it not time that we became our own academic authorities?  Do we not have the ability to issue the African equivalent of diplomas and doctorates etc, which are recognised both here and back at home? Would we not benefit from having qualifications in topics that are truly relevant to our being and useful not just in some theoretical context but also in the practical application of being involved in the development of our global  community?

I may now be at university but many of the lessons I received to get me this far in life came through people who shared their knowledge in a colloquial manner. From Marifaa to Centerprise, I studied in many a bookshop and library. Some of my teachers were schooled on their specialist topics formally, others not. But what I learned during these life classes’ is that experience and commitment really matters. As such, these practical lessons have remained invaluable to my own growth and more importantly, my approach to community development.

In today’s world, accessing higher education can be very expensive, for some it is also very intimidating. Yet I often meet many people without any formal paperwork who are far more academically gifted than those that have it. I’m hopeful that by the time I have finished my course I will be better placed to help organise and establish with other like minded individuals, a system of peer to peer accreditation that bypasses the bureaucratic mechanisms and barriers put in place by most western education institutions.

The idea was first placed in my head during a discussion on education with the author and inspirational Sista Dr Sandra Richards who often speaks about a University of the Diaspora.  However to make this work, the lessons that are to be taught by any such institution must be based on courses that have relevance to us as a people in our current environment and our long term desired one.

So for example, topic on agricultural studies would also include modules on natural healing, healthy diets and growing herbs and foods in an urban environment. Language development would focus primarily on African culture, integrating modules on Patois to that of Bambara. Authors such as Ayi Kwei Armah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,  Walter Rodney, Toni Morrison, Ousmane Sembene, etc would of course be required reading in literature, whilst community development would be a core subject. Don’t get me wrong, those seeking to read 'Shakespeare' or discuss 'Darwinism v Creationism' would be able to as recreational activities – but any work incorporating these cultural or ideological models would be marked as extraneous text. Now, I know that I may have ambitious dreams but for me - making education relevant and exploring the boundaries of self and our lives is key to good learning.

Irrelevance and cultural inaccessibility are two of the major reasons why so many of us disengage with the systems of eurocentric indoctrination we are programmed with in westernised schools. Young or old, male, female, all pupils must feel empowered after a few lessons – what we are learning must serve some purpose – even if it is only cultural/spiritual and not academia based.

Good educational practices motivate us to attend and study. Today, time and finance are seen as major barriers for us. But that doesn’t negate the fact that often if we feel we have to force it, then something may be wrong with us - the subject or the teacher - sometimes all three.

Thankfully, despite us not yet having our own community ‘Ofsted’ style inspection and reporting system, we can still rely on the testimonials of previous students to act as a testament to the success or failure of any given institution. We can let them tell us the good and the bad. When we listen to them, question them, we should simultaneously be asking ourselves - do they seem to have moved to the level we ourselves are interested in reaching? Word of mouth and research of personal experiences are powerful methods that can help inform our decisions before we commit scarce time and resources to invest in our or our children’s future.

And talking of the future, I suppose I will have to start changing the way I do things whilst I am formally engaged in study. My father once told me that you cannot help those who are unprepared to help themselves. In this society there are so many distractions that can erode our commitment to learning disciplines.  

For those of us with children who seem unwilling to stick to anything we offer them educationally wise I suggest they are lacking in purpose. In this case I would remove all their creature comforts (mobile phone, xbox, ps3, internet) and make them work to earn the right to access their ‘privileges’ as rewards.

For those of us like me who still remain childlike in an area of knowledge due to decisions made when younger…. i suggest you smile. It’s never too late to embrace lifelong education – look for courses deploying teaching opportunities that suit you, but be prepared to break your comfort zone if you really want to grow as an individual. If money is an issue and you can’t afford the full price then ask for a subsidy. Those sincerely engaged in teaching will do their best to accommodate you where possible as their primary motivation is rarely about making money.

Anyway look I have to go now as I’m running late for an evening seminar at 'uni'.

P.s. Does anyone out there have some tips for me and other new students on what to do next? Do I buy an iPod in order to download my lectures? Also did I tell you that I may have to eat humble pie and join that irritating Facebook thing just to gain access to key student forums and African centred societies… Argghhhh!

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. 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.

Rites (Police Watch - Stop and Search)
The Ligali Organisation would like to thank all of you who offered to support the 24 Hr Stop and Search Community Helpline. We intend to have the service up and running by the end of next month.

For all enquiries: Please phone or contact


Ligali Screenings

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

Trailer: Maisha Choices (Solutions Part 2)

The final part of the Maisha Solutions series is completed. There are no screenings organised yet for Maisha Choices (Solutions Part 2) but a ten minute trailer can be watched online via YouTube

Maisha Choice DVD

Copies can be obtained though the Ligali website or by making a donation at;

Maarifa Books

Maarifa Book shop and Information Centre
6 Bradbury Street , Dalston , London N16 8JN

Centerprise Bookshop and Restaurant
136-138 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2NS

Rochelle Holness
Rochelle Holness

Rochelle Holness

On Sunday 25th September 2005, 15 year old school girl, Rochelle Holness left her home to make a call to her boyfriend from a nearby phonebox. Four days later the teenager’s dismembered body was found in bin liners.

It was by share chance that Rochelle’s body was found on the night of Wednesday 28th by an ambulance team that had arrived to treat an injured man on the Milford Towers estate in Catford.

Rochelle’s mother, Jennifer Bennett describes her life as a ‘living hell’ since the tragic loss of her daughter who she says was “My angel, she was full of life, my ray of sunshine and my precious child”. At her memorial service, her friends and family listened as Rochelle’s father, Denroy Holness, who was weeping uncontrollably read a poem written by Rochelle.

Jennifer Bennett is reported on as being hurt by the way in which the media ignored what happened to her daughter whilst giving extensive coverage to the murder of model Sally Anne Bowman who was murdered in the same week. She says: "My daughter is somebody too and deserved just as much recognition and publicity. We as a family felt completely shut off."

Rochelle Holness murderer jailed for life

Frank Ogboru
Frank Ogboru

Frank Ogboru

Frank Ogboru, 43 was another innocent in a long line of African people to die in police custody.

He had been in the UK on holiday for three weeks when he got into an argument with the girlfriend of the friend he was staying with on the night of Tuesday 26th September 2006. Police were called to the flat in Woolwich and he lost his life after four officers forcibly restrained him by kneeling on his chest, knees and feet. The incident was witnessed by several people one said said; "The officers were on top of him, you could tell he was in a lot of pain. The guy kept saying 'I can't breathe'." Another witness said he saw one officer standing with his foot on the victim’s neck as another officer attempted to handcuff him.

An anonymous witness, who saw the incident from her window said; "First there were two officers, then four, then more. It was like they were squashing him. They were pinning him down and handcuffing him. I saw officers with their knees on him and their feet on him. He was just wailing - the kind of sound a dog would make if it was kicked. I thought there were too many of them on him."

The officers chose to ignore his struggle for life and are also accused of using excessive force while failing to call or administer adequate medical assistance when it was clear he needed resuscitation.

Police unlikely to be charged over death of Frank Ogboru

Isiah Young-Sam
Isiah Young-Sam

Isiah Young-Sam

On 22 October 2005, Isiah Young-Sam, 25, his brother and two friends were making their way through the back streets of Lozells in an attempt to avoid conflict following a recent community campaign launch. As they approached home, up to three cars pulled up in front of them and a group of ten to eleven men wearing hooded tops and bandanas got out. Sensing trouble, Isiah and his friends ran from the scene but were pursued by a gang of Asian men who followed them, hurling racist anti-African abuse. Tragically, Isiah, a computer analyst for Birmingham City Council, fell behind and was surrounded by the knife wielding mob. The gang savagely attacked him, punching him as he lay on the floor before stabbing him in the heart. Isiah’s friend, Locksley Byfield, also suffered a non life-threatening stab wound to the backside.

Zepheniah Young-Sam said that he witnessed one of the men throw a punch at his brother, Isiah who tried to retaliate whilst warning his brother and friends to run. When Zepheniah turned back to help his brother he saw him lying on the floor and noticed that some of the mob had run off, leaving two behind.

We Remember… Isiah Young-Sam

Jason Euell
Jason Euell

Jason Euell insists he has no regrets about confronting racist supporter

Jason Euell has spoken about the racist abuse he suffered during Blackpool's 4-3 defeat to Stoke City in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night and insisted he does not regret confronting the supporter that was taunting him.

Euell reacted furiously to the comments that were aimed at him as he sat on the visitors bench at the Britannia Stadium. He had to be restrained by his manager, Ian Holloway, who later described the incident as "disgusting."

"It did hurt," said Euell. "I felt I had to stand up for all colours and creeds and show that we won't accept it. I'm proud that I made a stand. It was a shock to hear what came out of the guy's mouth.

"Racism in football is not dead and buried but it's still a shock to hear that kind of thing in close proximity. There were people near the idiot who didn't agree with it, but there were others who turned a blind eye, which was disappointing."

The supporter was ejected from the ground and Staffordshire Police have confirmed that a 47-year-old man is in custody.

Source: Guardian

Related: BBC

Wilhel Blake
Wilhel Blake

'Humiliated' - 91-year old Jamaican woman grilled for four hours by UK immigration
By Ben Lettman, Thursday 10 September 2009

Family furious as frightened great-gran wets self after detention - The family of a 91-year-old Jamaican woman is outraged after the great-grandmother was detained for four hours and subjected to "patronising" interrogation by immigration officers at Britain's Gatwick Airport in August.

Wilhel Blake was kept in custody by immigration officers for interrogation after once seeing her on a buggy, suspected that she had somehow illegally tampered with the National Health Service system on a previous visit.

Blake's granddaughter, Trish Adudu, who is a BBC journalist and radio presenter, was furious with the immigration officer's actions.

"It's just disgraceful. The fact that they can detain a 91-year-old woman for four hours having come from Jamaica, not have her family be able to represent her in anyway and ask very patronising and scary questions for a 91-year-old - it's disgraceful," said Adudu.

Under Scrutiny

Blake has had previous trips to England and had never come under scrutiny before. She flew to Gatwick to be at her grandson's wedding in Coventry. She arrived at Gatwick at 10:20 a.m. and was detained until 2:20 p.m.

The treatment she allegedly suffered is cause for concern for Adudu.

"She was disoriented because she had been on an eight-hour flight from Jamaica," explained Adudu. "All she accepted from them was a cup of tea. She felt that they were very short with her. She felt very angry. She felt humiliated, distressed and frightened. She's 91, so try and put yourself in that situation - how would you feel?"

Adudu added: "She's really sad. She's been here five times and it's never happened (before). She's over for my brother's wedding and she felt humiliated. She was so distressed that as soon as my brother got her, when she was allowed out, she wet herself, which was humiliating for her because she's a very strong woman.

"She flew first class on Virgin and then that's how she's treated on arrival. They detained her passport and said that they were going to investigate and that's what they do to all people."

Adudu has spoken to her local MP Geoffrey Robinson about the mistreatment that her grandmother received and Robinson has sent a request to the home secretary that the matter be investigated further.


"I said to M Boden, the chief of immigration officer, 'Do you stop people from Australia on a buggy? Do you keep them for four hours?' It's to do with her age. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting. I, for one, will be taking it all the way."

She added: "We want a formal apology and some sort of insurance that this is not going to happen to someone again. Is this how they treat people who are coming from Jamaica?"

A UK Border Agency spokesperson said: "Before allowing someone entry to the UK, immigration officers may question them to clarify their immigration status or to ensure they hold the correct visa for their visit.

"In cases where people are interviewed at the UK's border, refreshments are always offered and passengers are delayed for as short a time as possible while enquiries take place."

Source: Jamaican Gleaner


DNA tests for asylum seekers 'deeply flawed'
By Jamie Doward, Published: Sunday 20 September 2009

Asylum seekers are to be subjected to DNA tests in an attempt to confirm their true nationalities, the Observer can reveal.

The UK Borders Agency believes this will help limit bogus asylum claims made by people arriving in the UK and pretending to have fled war zones so they cannot be deported. But the "Human Prevalence Pilot Project", which is being launched as a pilot and without fanfare, has been fiercely criticised by migrant support groups who describe it as "deeply flawed".

According to the Home Office, the scheme will involve taking "forensic samples provided on a voluntary basis from those suspected of abusing the asylum system". At first, the six-month pilot will target claimants arriving from the Horn of Africa.

The Borders Agency has been concerned for some time that Kenyans pass themselves off as Somalis in the hope of gaining asylum.

But the project could be expanded to other nationalities if successful, a Home Office spokeswoman confirmed. At first it will be used only on those who fail language analysis testing, which has been used for years to determine the country of origin, but is open to legal dispute.

Refugee support groups expressed fury. They are concerned about how DNA testing will work and whether it will be able to distinguish legitimately between the profiles of the many nomadic peoples from eastern Africa.

"It is regrettable that this pilot has been introduced without consultation, as there are obvious pitfalls in trying to prove nationality genetically," said Caroline Slocock, of Refugee and Migrant Justice. She said it "would lead to serious miscarriages of justice".

Sandy Buchan, of Refugee Action, said: "Many of those who seek asylum are two or even three generations removed from the country of origin of their parents and grandparents, and are fleeing areas other than the nation of their birth. A Zimbabwean farmer fleeing persecution may possess the DNA of British relatives; would they be denied asylum on that basis?"

The Home Office spokeswoman said ancestral DNA testing would not be used alone but would be combined with language analysis, investigative interviewing techniques and other recognised forensic disciplines.

Source: Observer


Community Noticeboard

Eric Soul
Wahala: Karengera 'DJ Eric Soul' Kirenga (AfroGroov)

Wahala is Online: Feat Keziah Jones, Bumi Thomas, Nneka, Afro Pop Live

When: Every Saturday, 3PM
Where: Vox Africa


A strange creature between Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and Jimmy Hendricks, the original African Anarchist Keziah Jones has just released his fourth studio album Nigerian Wood (Because Music). With a successful international career spanning 2 decades, the world has yet to catch up with him and his unique brand of music he calls BLUFUNK.

Even though the continent is already a massive fan, the UK is lagging way behind on this one, just because marketing a lyrically gifted African man with a guitar still challenges perceptions and understanding of black music. Wahala gets it!

We go to capture the action live during Jones' rare appearance at the London's Jazz Cafe.

We also meet the new generation of Nigerian movers n shakers with artist Bumi Thomas and cultural entrepreneur Yemi from Afro Pop Live.


OCN accredited African History Month Course

BTWSC launches its OCN accredited African History Month Course on Saturday 3rd October, 3-6pm during our Ayekoo family friendly session. The courses take place Saturday 10h, 17th and 24th October, 3-6 at Mission Dine club Centre, Fry Road, (off Drayton Road), Harlesden NW10 4BZ.

Their African History Month Event, is on Monday 19th October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, at the Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, HA1 2UL. We will be featuring achievers of African descent in various fields, including academia, education, politics, the sciences, the voluntary sector.


BFM International Film Festival
2009 line-up announced

The bfm International Film Festival has announced the line-up for its 2009 program.

The festival - which runs from runs from 6-10th November is the UK’s premier film festival dedicated to celebrating black world cinema.

The five day festival will present over 60 films – dramatic and feature length documentaries – which will be screened across four venues in London. The program is divided into five distinct categories; Made in UK, Caribbean Tales, Contemporary, Africa Calling and Political Thought, and includes films from; the UK, USA, South Africa, Ethiopia, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Tanzania, Congo, Canada and Senegal.


Gender Violence Training

When: On Friday's - 11th September - 11th December 2009, 10 am - 1pm

A cross cultural programme of free workshops that offer an opportunity to explore the issue of gender violence/ domestic violence.

The workshops will be held at:
Comberton Childrens Centre, 10 Comberton Road, London E5 9PU

Please book your place on any or all of the workshops by contacting:
Michelle Lowe - 020 8806 0680

At the time of booking please let us know about any particular requirements you may have. Crèche facilities are available. Places are limited.

These workshops are not suitable for women who are currently experiencing gender violence/ domestic violence. Women who want to explore the issues in a supportive environment are encouraged to attend BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS PROGRAMME, please contact Michelle Lowe at the above number.


Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum
Presents the 2009 annual theme and series of workshops

Afrikan Freedom means Defeating Neo-colonialism: Nkrumah @ 100 (1909-2009)

Kwame Nkrumah – Training Course

6.30 Arrival 7pm Start - Youths are especially welcome - All free of charge

An introduction to the life and ideas of Kwame Nkrumah






The importance of understanding and overcoming Neo-colonialism in order to achieve Afrikan liberation.

Cecil Gutzmore



Nkrumah in his early years including the struggle to achieve state power in Ghana.

Kwami Agbodza



How Nkrumah’s control of state power advanced the people of Ghana; how it helped other Afrikan nationalist organisations to achieve state power; and how it was used to progress Afrikans towards greater continental unity.

Asari St Hill



How state power was stolen from Nkrumah and how the loss impacted on Afrikan liberation and other progressive movements in the world.

Asari St Hill



The political growth of Nkrumah after the theft of his legitimate control of state power in Ghana.

Brother Omowale



Consciencism: Nkrumah’s grounded approach to Afrikan spirituality

Kwami Agbodza



Applying Nkrumah’s ideas in the modern world

Sister Affiong

Venue for Workshops: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS

Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436

Kwanzaa planning meetings – Same venue alternate Mondays @ 6.30pm

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


Media Watch


Complaint: BBC Panorama

We have received several emails complaining about the BBC Current Affairs programme. You can make a complaint direct to the BBC about its lack of impartiality by clicking here but we would suggest you complain direct to Ofcom about its offensiveness by clicking here.

Title: Panorama - Europe or Die Trying
Channel: BBC 1
Date / Time: Monday 14/09/09 at 8.30pm

Programme description:
Paul Kenyon travels three thousand miles along the most dangerous illegal immigration route out of Africa. Many die crossing the Sahara, or at sea on the way to a better life in Europe, but can the survivors convince those who follow that Europe in recession is no longer worth the risk?

iPlayer link for viewing:

Points of Complaint

Lack of impartiality
The reporting in the programme was totally biased towards european sensitivities at the cost of accuracy and impartiality. As such instead of focusing on the human interest story, it directly fed ungrounded, yet populist fears that Africans and other non EU migrants are a burden to western nations. The programme makers took a deliberate sensationalist tabloid approach and failed to give any depth of analysis as to why African people feel compelled to leave their home and family to travel to europe. Nor did it expand on the innumerable contributions African people have historically made and continue to make to western development and civilisation.

Offensive & Insensitive
The programme included an offensive scene with Presenter Paul Kenyon standing over the decomposing body of a dead African. The scene which stripped away the dignity of all people for cheap effect was not only distasteful, but also morally repugnant. The programme makers exploited his death asserting the victim himself was to blame for choosing to escape the socio-political prison of impoverishment.

Racist Propaganda
The programme also contained misleading editing and language (narration) promoting racist and/or anti-immigrant ideology. Whilst it was acknowledged that poverty is one of the factors “that propels Africans to europe” the tabloid emphasis of the programme blurred nay buried the plight of asylum seekers and refugees in search of propagating sensationalist propaganda.

Phrases such as “human tide”, “sub Saharan Africa” were all used to describe the people caught in the western media’s long entrenched anti-immigrant tirade. The programme seemed determined to send an overt political message to “economic migrants” in Africa stating that “the european dream is over”.

In an attempt to court favor with the BBC’s domestic audiences, we believe the programme makers deliberately encouraged and included emotive language and knowingly deceived viewers by portraying Ghana as a hotbed of Islamic migrants looking to wage ‘war’ in europe. As you may know, the overwhelming majority of Africans in Ghana belong to the Christian faith. Despite this the programme makers misrepresented this fact to its audiences by giving a pejorative focus on Africans who were Muslim.

Editing was then deliberately deployed to distort the meaning of the words of the Islamic leader Musah Ibrahim who claimed “it’s like a war” on poverty.

Other misleading, insensitive and/or racism invoking statements in reference to African people examples include;

“Ghana is a major contributor of the 50,000 Africans that attempt to make it to europe”
“they listen and sniff the air for the scent of traffic
“they are cheap to deport”
“the dead litter the route”

The tone of the entire programme included much of the imagery and emotive language used to label and dehumanise enslaved Africans during what has been termed the ‘Middle Passage’ during Maafa.


Art Matters

By Ayesha Ogunlabi
By Ayesha Ogunlabi

THE JOURNEY: Ayesha Ogunlabi

When: Thursday 01 - Friday 30 October 2009
Time: Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Where: Alexandra Park Library, Alexandra Park Road N22 7UJ
Booking: 020 8489 1419

Private view and artist talk: Tuesday 20 October, 6.30-8.30pm

Ayesha Ogunlabi (nee Feisal) is an artist of African and Lebanese origin. Her art is an
inspired mix of African culture and personal experiences. Spanning all artistic disciplines –painting, printmaking and photography –her art is a fusion not only of techniques but also inspiration.

THE JOURNEY: Cultural Expressions
When: Thursday 01 to Friday 30 October 2009
Time: Monday-Friday 1-7pm / Saturday-Sunday 12noon-4pm
Where: The Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, N8 9JA
Booking: 020 8489 1419 / Info:

Private view: Friday 02 October, 7-9pm

An exhibition featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artists Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy (MBE), Alvin Kofi and Jerry Blankson. Cultural Expressions highlights the transient nature of people from the African continent, their traditional values and… their cultural expressions.

Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart : Classic African literature by Chinua Achebe

Adannaya Theatre Company brings:
Chinua Achebe's Noble Prize Award Winning book 'Things Fall Apart' to the Stage

When: Saturday 28 November 2009, 9am - 6pm
Location: London

"The novel Things Fall Apart is Chinua Achebe's homage to his Ancestors and the culture of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. Written in 1958, it has been translated into 40 languages and sold more than 2.5 million copies.

Achebe's blend of culture and harsh reality makes for an amazing read that should be required for high-school students. It provides a wealth of information about the culture and traditions of Nigeria, and details about how colonialism was able to tear apart a powerful tribe.

Readers will feel like they are part of the Ibo as they follow their day-to-day activities, but will also realize how quickly things can fall apart. When the tribe stops worshipping the same gods and partaking in the same ceremonies, the results are catastrophic. Things Fall Apart is essential reading for people to comprehend the fragility of humankind.

>> Full Review

To audition for available character roles please contact:

Phone: 07932063233
Web: Facebook

Yaharts Exhibition

Artists Open House Exhibition 2009

When: 3-4 & 10-11 October 2009 / Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
Where: 13 Letchworth St, London SW17

Ken McCalla invites you to view his original artwork. Prints & cards will be on sale alongside new colourful paintings featuring Adinkra symbols.

Collect your exclusive greeting cards for Kwanzaa at the show, they're not available any shops. Also get signed copies of the brand new children adventure picture book Vircheu and the Bow.

Tel: 020 8672 9492


There’s a thin line between love and the Black Arts
In association with The Journey: Cultural Expressions Exhibition

Black Arts

When: 15th October 2009, 7 – 9pm

Join in this lively discussion on issues facing emerging black artists and those wishing to pursue a career in the fine arts. The debate follows a presentation by artist collective Colour and Movement, in association with Alexandra Galleries, and will be headed by a panel of distinguished black artist’s and art practitioners.

Download more details here……

The Original Gallery
Haringey Park
Hornsey Library
N8 9JA

Admission free


Magnificent traditions of Ancient African arts and crafts

When: Thursday, October 22 2009, 7:00pm - 9pm
Where: Marcus Garvey Library

Black HistoryStudies invited you to the event invited you to "'Magnificent traditions of Ancient African arts and crafts

To see more details and RSVP, click this link


Education Matters

Disability Backup Language Code
We, the undersigned, are promoting equality for disabled people and will endeavour to use the positive language in future.

We will not use:


We will use:

Wheelchair bound

People are not ‘trapped’ in their wheelchairs 24hours a day. 

Wheelchair user

The disabled

Disabled people are individuals; ‘The’ denotes a group. 

Disabled People   

Disabled toilet                  

Adding ‘disabled’ before the word implies that the object is not working properly.

Accessible toilet 

Invalid, Spastic

These are negative, hurtful words

Disabled Person  


Implies the person is ‘trapped’

Complex needs, not able to regularly leave the house


Negative word

Impairments, Difficulties  

Suffers from…   Shame,  Pity         

Implies guilt and sorrow

Living with


Identifies that person by their disability, ‘is a down syndrome’



Implies that disabled people are not normal

Non disabled Person

Retarded, Stupid, Slow

Rude, hurtful words

Learning difficulties

Special needs

Some people argue that there is nothing ‘special’ about being disabled!

Additional needs, different needs


There is a range of sight impairments

Visually Impaired


Some people have limited sight but are not totally blind

Partially Sighted

The blind           

The blind denotes a group, not individuals

Blind (people)

The deaf, Deaf and dumb;

The deaf denotes a group, deaf and dumb implies a deaf person may be stupid. Deaf people may have a voice but choose not to use it.

Deaf, British Sign Language (BSL) User


There are different levels of deafness

Lip Reader


There are different methods of communication

Hearing Impaired


Negative image

 Mobility Issues

‘Disabled Services’

Implies that the service is not working properly.

Services for Disabled People

Islington AHM 09
African Youth Education Program

African Youth Education Program

When: Saturdays 9.45am-2pm
Where: London, E17 (Nearest tube: Walthamstow Central, Buses:48,69,97,230,W15

New term starts: Sat Oct 3rd 2009

We are a group of people with a common interest in improving the situation facing African people. Our purpose in coming together and creating the African Youth Education Program is to begin to help to facilitate this process. Our youth are our future - therefore any serious intention of building our community has to start with them.

Our Philosophy
We believe that all of our young people have potential - although what is often lacking is the environment in which this can be properly nurtured.

As adults those educational experiences gained during childhood - whether in a school, or in the home are those which help to shape and determine future adult experiences, expectations and potential. Therefore we recognise and value the role that education plays in shaping childrens and adolescents views and perspectives of the world at large, and their current and future role within it.

We teach:
Self-Development Studies, Maths, English, Kudo and Endeleo

For more information contact:
07958 671 267
07816 277 360


Open Lecture : Home education: rights, childhood and policy-making

Where: Room 801, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H OAL
When: Thursday, 26th November 2009, 5:30—7pm

 6th annual Allan Levy Memorial Lecture adresses Home education: rights, childhood and policy-making. 

Daniel Monk, Senior Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck College, University of London

Daniel writes on a wide range of issues relating to children, education and the law. His work engages critically with discourses of ‘children's rights’, and attempts to create a dialogue between 'child law' and the 'sociology of childhood'. His publications include: The Family, Law and Society (with Baroness Hale of Richmond, Judge David Pearl and Professor Elizabeth Cooke), 2009; and Feminist Perspectives on Child Law (co-edited with Jo Bridgeman), 2000.


The lecture is linked to the Institute of Education’s MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights  and the module ‘Theories of Childhood and Children’s Rights’. For details see

No need to book a place, but if you have any queries, please contact Katherine Tyler,


Igbo Training School

The Igbo Training School runs its next set up workshops this October 2009.
Sponsorship opportunities available  and prospective students should call 07932 063 233.
Please take a read of our latest Newsletter for the month of September09.
Sincere Regards,
Ebere Nwosu
Igbo Training School
+ 44 7932 063 233


The African Market Day

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street , SE18 6PW

Come and experience a taste of Africa and the Caribbean

The African Market Day events began in 2008 and was established to create a positive exchange of business, culture and enterprise within and outside the African and Caribbean Diaspora. The events always play host to a wide selection of exhibitors, performances, music and of course food. To get involved as stall holder or a performer please contact us: / 07908 144 311


Spiritual Matters

The Truth behind Fur Farms

The Ligali Organisation was sent this horrific video showing the abuse of animals in China’s fur farms. The level of cruelty inflicted upon these beings is so inhumane it is unlikely many of us will be able to watch the entire clip. We include this in our newsletter because Pan Africanism is a not just a political movement, but also a spiritual one.  All we ask is that you raise awareness of the extreme wickedness involved and where possible encourage others not to feed these sick industries whether in China or Mama Africa.

Source: Peta


Books on Spirituality (listed in last weeks program)

Tapping the Power Within by Iyanla Vanzant
The Spirit of a Man (a vision of transformation for Black men and the women who love them) by Iyanla Vanzant available via Amazon, also may be at Centerprise or Bro Pepukayi)
Return to the Afrikan Mother Principle of Male Female Equality by Dr Oba T'shaka, (again maybe available via Centerprise, Maarifa Books and bro Pepukayi)
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
The Metu Neter volumes 1&2 by Ra un nefer Amen
There are many other books if people do their research
One love
Sis Nzingha


Pan African: World View

Chavez and Gaddafi
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (L) visits Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at his tent at the venue of the Africa-South America Summit in Margarita Island September 25, 2009.

Africa-South America Summit 2009: Chavez seeks Africa unity?

By Frank Jack Daniel and Fabian Cambero

Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez hosted some of Africa's longest-ruling leaders at a Caribbean resort on Saturday for a summit he says will help end Western economic dominance.

Chavez set a provocative early tone with an announcement on Friday by his government that it is working with Iran to find uranium in Venezuela.

That came amid a fresh uproar and sanctions threats from the West over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Chavez's high-profile summit guests included Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, who is celebrating four decades in office and had a white limousine flown to Venezuela to meet him at the airport. Also present was Robert Mugabe, 85, who has led Zimbabwe since the end of British rule nearly 30 years ago.

Chavez has governed for just over 10 years and makes no bones about his aim to stay in office for decades more while he works to turn Venezuela into a socialist state.

He said the two-day meeting of African and South American leaders, which also includes many recently elected presidents, would help the mainly poor nations build stronger trade ties and rely less on Europe and the United States.

Chavez said Europe and the United States were empires that have imposed poverty on much of the world.

"We are going to create two great poles of power," Chavez told reporters at the luxury Hilton resort on Venezuela's Margarita island. We are "seeking a world with no more imperialism where we will be free, uniting to escape poverty."

The presidents of Brazil and South Africa also attended the summit. Their model of business-friendly economics mixed with a focus on the poor is more popular among many African countries than Chavez's radical message.

The leaders at the summit were likely to agree on supporting stronger links between the two continents and calling for reform of global institutions like the United Nations and World Bank to give poor countries more clout.


Gaddafi, whose entourage arrived in two matching Airbus passenger jets and pitched a Bedouin tent beside the Hilton's pool, on Wednesday told the United Nations that big powers had betrayed the U.N. charter with vetoes and sanctions.

King Mswati III of Swaziland, who was crowned in 1987, was also due to appear on Margarita, among an anticipated 28 African and South American leaders in total.

Their host Chavez seems to be going all out to provoke his foes, particularly Washington. On Friday, Venezuela said Iran, an increasingly close ally of Chavez, was helping identify the South American nation's uranium reserves.

Chavez says he opposes nuclear weapons, but that the developed world does not have the right to stop other countries from developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

A major oil exporter, Venezuela is seeking to widen Chavez's ALBA alliance of mainly Latin American leftist governments to include African states.

Chavez promised this month to build a refinery in Mauritania and sell crude to Mali and Niger in West Africa, a region that is emerging as a major new oil frontier.

Venezuela's opposition is furious at Chavez's alliances.

"Venezuela's dangerous friendship with autocratic and totalitarian governments like Belarus, Sudan, Libya, Zimbabwe, show Chavez's irresponsibility in seeking ties and alliances at any cost, without regard to the pariah state of these regimes," opposition group Mesa Unitaria said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)



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


Profile: Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadāfī (Muammar Gaddafi)

In 2008, the Arab settler Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadāfī (Muammar Gaddafi) is crowned the king of African kings by confused Africans. The following week Gaddafi makes a 'reparations' deal with Italy to hunt and capture African immigrants travelling to europe.

Gaddafi remains seated as he is surrounded by standing Kings

Gaddafi: Africa's 'king of kings'
Published: 29 August 2008

A meeting of more than 200 African kings and traditional rulers has bestowed the title "king of kings" on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The rulers, wearing gold crowns, sequined capes and colourful robes met in the Libyan town of Benghazi in what was billed as a first of its kind.

Col Gaddafi urged the royals to join his campaign for African unity.

Read the full article

Italy Pays Reparations to Libya

By Jeff Israely Tuesday, Sep. 02, 2008

In an unprecedented act of contrition by a former European colonial power, Italy has formally apologized for its past injustices during its 30-year reign in Libya early last century, and agreed to pay $5 billion in reparations to Tripoli. Gaddafi promptly declared Aug 30 — the day the deal was inked in — Libyan-Italian Friendship Day.

Berlusconi insists that Libya has inched back into the international community, and that the hefty dollar figure includes a large portion in investment projects that will benefit Italian companies, including a long planned major highway to link Algeria to Tunisia and Egypt. Gaddafi also announced that Italy will get preferential deals on his country's oil and gas reserves, and threw in the return of an ancient Venus statue taken to Rome during colonial times as a sign of goodwill.

Perhaps more crucially for voters at home, Berlusconi received a written assurance from Gaddafi that his country will do more to stem the tide of illegal immigrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libyan shores, most of whom wash up on Italy's shores.

But not everyone was impressed. "Gaddafi is a dictator," wrote Romano Bracalini in the L'Opinione daily. "He's strengthened politically and can claim victory. This is not a proud day for the Italian Republic."

The agreement also sets an interesting new precedent. Italy also spent time in Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia, which may now demand similar compensation.

Former colonies of other European powers may have reason to study Libya's deal. Algerian newspaper Liberte', for instance, called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to "take heed of the Italian example." The paper L'Expression added that "genocide, torture and crimes against humanity most definitely existed in Algeria. They were the work of colonial France and its military contingent, and lasted 132 years." Le Potential, a daily in Congo, sent a similar message to the Belgium government that once reigned in that country.

Click here for full article

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP: Built on the blood of enslaved Africans

Bankers and Slavery: Research Lecture by Dr Nick Draper

When: Saturday 10 October 2009, 2pm to 4pm
The Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL
Adm: Free

On 26 June 2009, the Financial Times published an article titled: Rothschild and Freshfields founders had links to slavery, papers reveal. They are two of the biggest names in the City of London . In the case of Mr Rothschild, the documents reveal for the first time that he made personal gains by using enslaved Africans as collateral in banking dealings with a slaver.  This may surprise those familiar with his role in organising the loan that funded the UK government’s bail-out of British slavers when trans-Atlantic enslavement was formally abolished in the 1830s. It was the biggest bail-out of an industry as a percentage of annual government expenditure – dwarfing last year’s rescue of the UK's banking sector.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild, the banking family’s 19th-century patriarch, and James William Freshfield, founder of Freshfields, the top City law firm, benefited financially from African enslavement, records from the National Archives show, even though both have often been portrayed as opponents of slavery.  The banking magnate organised a loan to the government of £15m, out of a total of £20m it spent in the 1830s on bailing out the slavers after ‘abolition’. At the time, this huge sum represented almost half the government’s annual expenditure – by which measure it dwarfs today’s efforts to shore up the country’s financial institutions.

The chief archivist of the Rothschild family papers reacted with disbelief when first told of the contents of the records, saying she had never seen such links before. 

Dr Nick Draper (UCL) will present some of his research during a Lecture at the Museum of London Docklands.

Event organised by The Equiano Society

Several institutions have apologised for, or acknowledged, their links to slavery including:

●In March 2002, Deadria C. Farmer-Paellmann, a lawyer and activist, launched an unsuccessful legal action against Aetna , a healthcare benefits company, and others for unjust enrichment through slavery. Legislation in California and Illinois prompted several companies to research their past and some to apologise and make atonement gestures.

●In mid-2000 Aetna, prompted by Ms Farmer-Paellmann, was one of the first to apologise for insurance policies written on slaves 140 years earlier.

●In 2002, New York Life, the insurer, donated documents about the insurance it sold to slave owners in the 1840s to a New York library. It also backed educational efforts.

●In 2005 JPMorgan, the investment bank, apologised that two of its predecessors in Louisiana – Citizens Bank and Canal Bank – had mortgaged slaves. The bank made its research public and set up a $5m scholarship fund for African- American pupils.

●Lehman Brothers apologised in 2005 for its predecessors’ links to slavery, while Bank of America said it regretted any actions its predecessors might have taken to support or tolerate slavery.

Wachovia Bank, since acquired by Wells Fargo, also apologised for its predecessors having owned and profited from slaves. It set up a programme offering $1bn in loans for black car dealerships.

●In October 2001 students at Yale University pointed out its past links with slavery. The university noted it had already founded the Gilder-Lehrman centre for the study of slavery.

Brown University has set up a commission to look into links with slavery and how it should make amends.

●In 2006 Tony Blair, prime minister, expressed “deep sorrow” for the UK’s role in the slave trade.

●In June 2009 the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologising for slavery and segregation. The resolution passed includes a disclaimer saying that nothing in it supports or authorizes reparations by the United States.

Essential Reading
Senate Apologises for Slavery

Senate Statement

President Obama
Patricia Scotland: Expected to help 'silence' BAE corruption prosecution.

BAE has 6 days to settle UK bribery case

By Paul Sandle and Grant McCool- February 24th September 2009

British prosecutors want BAE Systems to plead guilty and agree to a substantial fine by Sept. 30 over allegations of bribery and corruption or face possible criminal prosecution, sources close to the case in Britain and the United States said on Thursday.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in London is looking to wrap up a six-year investigation into BAE arms sales in the Czech Republic, Romania, South Africa and Tanzania.

Essentially, British authorities want a guilty plea from BAE and for the company to pay a sizable penalty to resolve the case, the sources close to the investigation said. Otherwise, prosecution would be considered, they said.

A spokesman for SFO declined to comment.

U.S. authorities also have investigated Farnborough, England-headquartered BAE, the Pentagon's No. 5 supplier by sales, for alleged corruption in a 1980s British arms deal with Saudi Arabia valued at up to $85 billion. U.S. Department of Justice officials declined to comment on the British case.

BAE spokesman John Neilson said the company "is providing access to people, information and premises whenever requested" by authorities.

"It wholeheartedly supports a rigorous approach, in the hope that it brings to a conclusion enquiries which, in the case of the SFO, are now in their sixth year," Nielson said in a statement.

SFO's case involves allegations of bribery and corruption in the two Eastern European countries and two African countries going back to the 1990s. In December 2006, the SFO dropped an investigation of allegations of bribery of Saudi Arabia officials in an arms deal.

Then-Prime Minister Tony Blair said the probe threatened national security, but the investigation continued into bribery allegations related to BAE sales to the other four countries.

If the SFO fails to reach a settlement with BAE and decides it wants to prosecute the company, it would send a recommendation to Attorney General Patricia Scotland, who would then decide whether or not the case was strong enough and whether it was in the public interest.

The U.S. Justice Department typically coordinates with foreign governments in cases involving allegations of wrongdoing by countries headquartered on their soil.

The Department of Justice "would love to see those foreign governments enforce existing laws against companies in their own countries," said Joshua Hochberg, a former head of the Justice Department's Fraud Section who supervised all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.

Hochberg, now in the Washington office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, said he had no information on the status of investigations involving BAE. (Additional reporting by Jim Wolf in Washington)


Essential Reading
Britain's failure to tackle corruption damned amid new claims against BAE
Britain's hollow words on corruption
BAE paid £100m to secure South African arms deal, police files allege

Off Shore Oil
Off Shore Oil Platform

China eyes Africa for natural resources
By Thomas Zadvydas - 25 September 2009

Chinese investors are looking toward Africa for natural resources deals.

China is the world's largest consumer of many commodities, including iron, coal, rubber, tin and zinc. However, the country has comparatively little in the way of natural resources. Africa, for its part, has significant oil and mineral reserves, much of them unproven, underdeveloped and underpriced.

"If you look at China, they've been very aggressive in expanding in Africa trying to secure resources," said Miroslav Lazarov, an energy banker at McGladrey Capital Markets LLC who specializes in the oil and gas sector in Africa.

Chinese oil companies Cnooc Ltd. and Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corp. struck a deal with Houston oil and gas explorer Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE:MRO) to purchase a 20% stake in an oilfield off the coast of Angola for $1.3 billion July 17. (The Deal Pipeline subscribers can read the full story here.)

Angola, however, later blocked the deal and now has bought the oilfield for itself. Angolan state oil company Sonangol said Thursday that it would purchase the oilfield, called Block 32, for the same $1.3 billion price tag. (The Deal Pipeline subscribers can read the full story here.)

"Marathon is essentially indifferent; the price is the same," said Raymond James Financial Inc. analyst Pavel Molchanov.

"We will buy the stake," said a Sonangol spokesman quoted in a Thursday Reuters report. The spokesman didn't say when the deal would be completed.

On Sept, 15, China mining company East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau snagged a 50.1% controlling interest in British copper mining business Weatherly International plc for $26.8 million. Weatherly has copper mining operations in Namibia, a country just south of Angola. (The Deal Pipeline subscribers can read the full story here.)

Observers have stated that a lot of African nations like working with China because of the relatively low level of regulatory scrutiny. African countries, in turn, receive much needed infrastructure investment from Asia.



British firm Mabey and Johnson convicted of bribing foreign politicians

By David Leighand Rob Evans, Friday 25 September 2009

A string of foreign politicians and officials were named as having received corrupt payments from a British firm today, as the company admitted it had systematically paid bribes around the world to win contracts.

The bridge-building firm, Mabey and Johnson, is the first major British company to be convicted of foreign bribery. Many of its contracts were financially supported by the British taxpayer.

The conviction by the Serious Fraud Office comes as the fraud agency turns its attention to a bigger target, BAE, Britain's biggest arms firm.

The SFO has given BAE until Wednesday to decide whether to bow to an ultimatum and agree to some version of a plea bargain over long-running corruption allegations.

Richard Alderman, the agency's director, has put his credibility on the line, and, according to Whitehall sources, is committed to asking law officers for consent to prosecute the arms giant if it fails to accept multimillion-pound penalties.

Today, at Southwark crown court, London, John Hardy QC for the SFO, revealed the names of 12 individuals in six countries alleged to have received bribes from the Reading-based Mabey and Johnson.

He said the company paid "a wide-ranging series of bribes" totalling £470,000 to politicians and officials in Ghana.

He identified five who travelled to Britain to collect sums of money from £10,000 to £55,000 from bank accounts in London and Watford.

Ministers and officials in Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Bangladesh, and Jamaica were also bribed, Hardy told the court.

Hardy said that over eight years, the firm gave £100,000 "to buy the favours" of Joseph Hibbert, a key Jamaican official in awarding contracts, one of them worth £14m.

The court was told how the firm, owned by one of Britain's richest families, paid bribes totalling £1m to foreign politicians and officials to get export orders valued at £60m to £70m through covert middlemen.

The Mabey family built up a fortune of more than £200m by selling steel bridges internationally.

The company also broke UN sanctions by illegally paying £363,000 to Saddam Hussein's government from 2001 – 2002.

This first conviction has been hailed as a landmark by the British government, which has been heavily criticised for failing to prosecute any UK firm for foreign bribery. Campaigners said the failure rendered the 1997 pledge to crack down on corrupt exporters worthless.

The firm will pay out more than £6.5m, including fines and reparations to foreign governments.

It pleaded guilty to corruption in a pioneering deal with the SFO. It is the first time the agency has concluded a US-style plea bargain with a firm accused of corruption overseas.

The company said it had reformed itself, stopped making corrupt payments, and got rid of five executives. Timothy Langdale, the firm's QC, said: "This is a new company. It is not the one which made these payments."

The SFO investigation continues to look into whether individuals should be prosecuted.

Overseas politicians and officials named as recipients of bribes from Mabey and Johnson


Ato Qarshie (former roads minister) £55,000

Saddique Bonniface (minister of works) £25,500

Amadu Seidu (former deputy roads minister) £10,000

Edward Lord-Attivor (chairman inter-city transport corp) £10,000

Dr George Sepah-Yankey (health minister) £15,000


Zina Andrianarivelo-Razafy (permanent representative at the UN) $5,000

Lt-Col Jean Tsaranasy (former public works minister) £33,000


Joseph Uriah Hibbert (former works minister) £100,0000


Antonio Gois (former general manager state bridges agency) $1.2 m

Joao Fucungo (former director state bridges agency) $13,000


Carlos Fragoso (former head of DNEP, directorate of roads and bridges) £286,000

Source: Guardian


Rites of Passage: Training, Healing and Meditation

Akoben: Symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

Mashufaa Classes
Spirit of the Warrior

: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.50 per lesson

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

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

Monday and Fridays
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

Time: 7-9:30pm
Venue: Boy Scouts Centre (
Near Bruce Castle Park), All Hallows Road, London N17 7ADTube: Travel: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove / Buses: 123, 243, W4

Time: 7:15-8:45pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734


Community Media: Pan African


Pan African People's Phone In

When: Sunday
Time: 22:00 - Midnight
Where: Galaxy Radio 99.5 FM (

Number for on-air discussion: 07908 117 619

The Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in is a space for themed interactive discussions conducted over the airwaves and cyberspace.  The themes are focused around issues affecting Afrikan people both locally and globally.


Africa Speaks with Alkebulan / Sister Ekua (aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)

Where: Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) / 94.3FM
When: Every Monday / Wednesday 8-10 pm GMT

Number for on-air discussion: 0208 180 2523


New African Magazine

Where: Newsagents
When: Monthly

The worlds most authoritative, best selling Pan African magazine.

  Pambazuka News
The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in AfricaYou can help Pambazuka News become independent. Become a supporting subscriber by taking out a paid subscription. Donate $30 a year


Shoot The Messenger

Where: Vox Africa
When: Every sunday, 6-7PM

Current affairs on the Pan African TV channel with Henry Bonsu


Community Events


Doing the Right Thing: An Exploration of the Cinema of Spike Lee

When: 30 Sept 2009, 18:30 – 20:30
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, Studio
Adm: £36.00 (£26.60 concs)

This four-week course will offer a critical perspective on the life and work of this leading independent director.

Tickets 020 7928 3232


Super Dads - Capturing my Heritage Project for Young Fathers

When: Monday 28th September 2009

Mighty Men of Valour in conjunction with CALAT are running a free course for young fathers called. "Super Dads" Capturing My Heritage Project for Young Fathers. It is aimed at young men or fathers under who would like to engage more with their children.

For further information contact Mighty Men of Valour on: 07958 770 779 or email

  African and South Asian Britain Seminars

Where: Room G32, Senate House, (Institute or Commonwealth Studies, University of London), Russell Square, London WC1
When: September to December 2009: 6 to 7.30 pm
Adm: Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.

7 October, Bill Gulam,  The "academy" and black labour 
4 November, H.E. Ross, Black People Don't Sail
2 December, Cliff Pereira, Black and Asian Community Voice and Local History. – the Bexley Example.

Norman Beaton Free Screening (For Elders): Playing Away
with special guest, film director Horace Ové

When: Thursday 1st October 2009, 2pm 
Where: Southbank, Waterloo, NFT 1

Join our special screening of  Playing Away,  a classic film from veteran director, Horace Ove  who will attend the event. A cricket match is held in an idyllic Suffolk village  between  the local team and a visiting West Indian team from Brixton, London. The game leads to new friendships but also unexpected hostility with passion and underlying tensions rising to the surface. This screening - supported by the City Bridge Trust - is free for over-60s; otherwise tickets are available at normal matinee price.

To book tickets, please contact the box office on 0207 928 3232 from 11 : 00am.

You can find out more about our event on the 1st October on our web site.


Law Society: BHM Launch Event

When: Friday 2 October 2009, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Where: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2
Adm: Free entry  

The Law Society is celebrating Black History Month for the first time this October 2009. Join us for our programme that includes addresses by high profle black lawyers; food, drink and entertainment; networking opportunities with successful black lawyers

To register your attendance for any of the event please


Dr. Runoko Rasidi Lectures

Where: Casp Hall, 14, Badsworth Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 0JY (near Camberwell Green)
When: Thurs 1 October - Friday 2 October 2009, 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Adm: £5.00 at the door (each evening)

Part 1 : 7.15pm to 8.45pm. Topic: African Presence in Early Europe

Part 2 : 7.15pm to 8.45pm. Topic: The Nile Valley Presence in Asian Antiquity

Runoko Rashidi's guided tour: Egypt & Nubia

When: Saturday 3 October 2009, 10.30am to 12 noon.
Where: British Museum, Russell Street, London, WC2B 3DG
Adm: £10: Pre-booking necessary.

African Queens in Antiquity (Nefertiti, Nefertari, and others)

When: Sunday 4 October 2009, from 2pm to 4pm.
Where: Museum in Docklands, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL
Adm: £5: Pre-booking necessary

Dr Runoko Rashidi is an historian, world traveller, and public lecturer focusing on the African presence globally and the African foundations of world civilisations. He is particularly drawn to the African presence in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and has coordinated historic educational group tours to India, Aboriginal Australia, the Fiji Islands and Southeast Asia as well as Egypt, Ghana, Turkey, Jordan and Brazil
Contact: Arthur Torrington - Mobile. 079 8511 0501.                  



Ayekoo Session

Ayekoo Sessions

When: Saturday 3rd October, 3-6pm
Where: Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road, Harlesden NW10 4BZ.
This is the last Ayekoo session for this year so don't miss it.

The topic for discussion is What Is African History, and we will launch our OCN accredited African History Overview Course taking place, Saturday 10th October, Saturday 17th October and Saturday 24th October, 3-6pm, at Mission Dine Club.



The Past Speaks

The Past Speaks

When: Every Saturday (1PM - 3PM)
Where: CLR James Library, 24/30 Dalston Lane E8
(3rd - 24 Oct)
Hackney Central Library,1 Reading Lane, E8 (7th - 28 Nov 2009)
Homerton Library, omerton High Street, E9 (9-30 Jan 2010)

The Past speaks is a free interactive series of 3 history workshops cumulating with an exhibition of participants work at three libraries in Hackney starting at CLR James Library at 1pm on 3rd Oct 2009.   The workshops explore the social and political experience of Black Britons over a period of 3 centuries through focusing on three leading authors of their times: Mary Seacole (19c), Peter Abrahams (20c) and Onyeka.

Runoko Rashidi
Runoko Rashidi: Historian
Runoko Rashidi: London Weekender

Ancient Future in conjunction with Muatta Books present Runoko Rashidi

When: Saturday 3rd October 2009 - Sunday 4th October 2009
Where: Happy People Restaurant - 160 Page Green Terrace, High Rd Tottenham, London, N15 4NU
Adm: £10 per night

Part 1 (Sat 6pm - 10pm): Indigenous Global Presence in the Ancient & Modern World
Part 2 (Sun 4pm - 8pm): Indigenous Global Presence in the Ancient & Modern World

Runoko Rashidi is a historian, research specialist, writer, world traveller, and public lecturer focusing on the African presence globally and the African foundations of world civilizations. He is particularly drawn to the African presence in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and has coordinated historic educational group tours to India, Aboriginal Australia, the Fiji Islands and Southeast Asia as well as Egypt, Ghana, Turkey, Jordan and Brazil. Rashidi’s presentations are customized and suitable for all audiences and ages, and are lively, engaging, and vividly illustrated.

Runoko is the author of Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations, the editor, along with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima of Rutgers University, of the African Presence in Early Asia, considered “the most comprehensive volume on the subject yet produced”, and a major pamphlet titled the Global African Community: The African Presence in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. In 1995, he completed editing Unchained African Voices, a collection of poetry and prose by Death Row inmates at California’s San Quentin maximum-security prison. In December 2005 Editions Monde Global released Runoko’s latest work and his first French language text, A Thousand Year History of the African Presence in Asia.

His historical essays have been prominently featured in virtually all of the critically acclaimed Journal of Civilizations anthologies edited by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, and cover the broad spectrum of the African presence globally. Rashidi’s Journal of African Civilizations essays include: “African Goddesses: Mothers of Civilization,” “Ancient and Modern Britons,” “The African Presence in Prehistoric America,” “A Tribute to Dr. Chancellor James Williams,” “Ramses the Great: The Life and Times of a Bold Black Egyptian King,” “The Moors in Antiquity,” and the “Nile Valley Presence in Asian Antiquity.”

Included among the notable African scholars that Runoko has worked with and been influenced by are: John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson, Yosef ben-Jochannan, Chancellor James Williams, Charles B. Copher, Edward Vivian Scobie, Ivan Van Sertima, Asa G. Hilliard III, Karen Ann Johnson, Obadele Williams, Charles S. Finch, James E. Brunson, Wayne B. Chandler, Legrand H. Clegg II, Dr. Toni Humber, and Jan Carew.

He believes that his principle missions in life are to help make Africans proud of themselves, to help change the way Africa is viewed in the world, and to help reunite a family of people that has been separated far too long.

As a scholar, Runoko Rashidi has been called the world’s leading authority on the African presence in Asia. Since 1986, he has worked actively with the Dalits (India’s Black Untouchables). In 1987, he was a keynote speaker at the first All-India Dalits Writer’s Conference, held in Hyderabad, India, and spoke on the “Global Unity of African People.” In 1998, he returned to India to lecture study and sojourn with the Dalits and Adivasis (the indigenous people of India). In 1999, he led a group of seventeen African-Americans to India, and became the first ever non-Indian recipient of the prestigious Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Award. On December 5, 2002 Runoko Rashidi was granted an honorary doctor of divinity degree by the Amen-Ra Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, California.

How to get there?

Happy People Restaurant - 160 Page Green Terrace, High Rd Tottenham, London, N15 4NU
Tube & Train: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line 4 mins) / South Tottenham (London Overground 1 min)
Buses: 73, 76, 149, 243, 318, 349, 476 (Stop directly outside building

-Vendors Welcome! –

 For more information contact Ancient Future: Tel: 07506481509 / 07956134370



Egypt in its African Context

When: 3-4 October 2009 (For times contact organiser)
The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, is pleased to announce the forthcoming symposium, Egypt in its African Context, to discuss, assess and interpret the African elements of ancient Egyptian culture.

Key speakers:

Dr Sally-Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Antiquities, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
Professor Adebayo Folorunso, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr Shomarka Keita, Research Associate, National Human Genome Center, Howard University and the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, USA
Dr. José Lingna Nafafé, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Birmingham University, UK
Dr Kimani Nehusi, Senior Lecturer, Cass School of Education, University of East London, UK

Dr Karen Exell, Curator, Egypt and the Sudan, The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

  Workshop: Invisible Theatre

Where: London UK
When: 8th – 11th October 2009

An intensive fun-packed charged weekend workshop suited to people who want skills experience & knowledge in creating issue-based scenes that are performed in public without the public knowing the scenes have been staged.

Come and lose yourself within the mysteries of invisible theatre and learn techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed and those pioneered by Augusto Boal, Keith Johnston, Clive Barker and many others.

Led by Tony Cealy

The workshop costs £90.00 Spaces are limited.

For workshop information guide and booking form go to or contact + 44 (0) 7956 877358


Who I Am & What I Do Networking Session

When: Friday 9th October, 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Food will be served from 7.00pm to 7.30pm
Where: Sajna Restaurant, 30 Osborn Street, Brick Lane, London E1 6TD. Restaurant is 2 minutes walk from Aldgate East tube station.

Adm: £10 if payment received on or before 6th October, £15 after 6th October and at the door.

Event is free for those on Event Planning course, but you need to confirm attendance by 5th October so you can be put on guest list.


Halala Women of Fancy Stitch Halala: Contemporary Indigenous Tapestries

When: 9th October – 12th December 2009, Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00
Where: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

Not to be missed this October is the showcasing of African embroidered art works from Fancy Stitch, a non profit job creation organisation in Southern Africa. The brain child of Maryna Heese an artist living in Ingwavuma, the job creation organisation gives employment to over 400 women in the area; this will be the third international showcasing of their work. The works of art tell the stories of these women, which are stories of survival in the face of adversity, stories of strength and perseverance and stories of hope, all told through the imagery and kaleidoscope of colours and stitches.

Ingwavuma is a remote and rural place in Northern Zululand, high in the mountains bordering both Swaziland and Mozambique. It is plagued by the scourge of HIV/AIDS and high unemployment. Yet amongst all that, Fancy Stitch is a beacon of hope in this community. Many of these women have had their lives devastated by the reality of living in a community that has been ravished by HIV/AIDS, where a conservative statistic shows that one in three people are infected by the disease and subsistence living is a daily reality.

These women have had their lives changed by the trade of their hands and their stories and the hope that they hold on to will all be on display at this, their biggest ever international exhibition, featuring a collection of seven years worth of individuals work and their story told through interviews and film.

This will be the first exhibition by the group in the U.K. showing the scope and range of works they produce and a number of these will be available to purchase.

More details of the group and their work can be found at

Fancy Stitch


African Odysseys Screenings: Playing Away
+ Introduction by Horace Ové (TBC)

When: Sat 10 October 2009, 14:00
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, NFT 1

Adm: Matinee tickets £5 (free for seniors)

Inspiring films from the hip-hop youth of Dakar to the cinematic infuence of Spike Lee

UK 1986. Dir Horace Ové. With Norman Beaton, Robert Urquhart. 100min

In this funny and poignant drama, a West Indian cricket team from Brixton plays an away match against a local team in a suffolk village.

Tickets 020 7928 3232 /

Feminism In London - 2009

Feminism in London 09

When: Saturday 10 October, 9:30am-5pm
Where: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R 4RL ( Nearest tube: Holborn)
Adm: £4.50 waged, £2.50 unwaged (pay on the door) - £1 discount if you register in advance

Pornification, the pay gap, eating disorders...

Where do we go from here?

If you are a woman or a pro-feminist man, come along to join the discussion. 

Speakers include

Susie Orbach, Beatrix Campbell, Gunilla S. Ekberg, Sabrina Qureshi, Marai Larasi, Claudia da Silva, Denise Marshall, Rebecca Mott, Mawete vo Teka Sala, Kate Smurthwaite, Finn Mackay, Southall Black Sisters, Femi Otitoju, Akima Thomas and more >>

Workshops include

Activism training, What's wrong with prostitution?, Raising children in the age of porn, What are the issues for pro-feminist men? Racism and sexism, Feminist self defence, Poverty and motherhood: how society undervalues women's work, and more >>

This is a child-friendly event

For information about childcare and accessibility, see Practical Stuff.

Cabaret evening and raffle

The day will be followed by a cabaret evening in a Central London venue where

the raffle will be drawn. For details of the lineup and the great raffle prizes, see

Cabaret Evening.


BTWSC OCN African History Overview Course

When: Saturday 10th October, Saturday 17th October, Saturday 24th October, 3-6pm
Where: Mission Dine Club, Fry Road, (off Drayton Road), Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ
Adm: £30 if paid on or before 10th October.

What: Accredited African history course, covering topics including African empires and civilisation, some factors leading to enslavement, The 1807 and 1833 Acts, African freedom fighters & Abolitionists and their crucial role in ending physical enslavement.

For more information:, 020 8450 5987


An open debate on the Black Arts:
“There is a thin line between love and the BLACK ARTS”

When: Thursday 15th October 2009, 7 – 9PM
Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, Crouch End, London N8 9JA
Adm: Free

Artists and creative people from the community are invited to an event presenting solutions to the issues that are facing young and up-and-coming artists who choose a career in the fine arts.
The evening will include a presentation of selective artwork.

  Screening: The John Akii-Bua Story: An African Tragedy

When: Thurs 15 October 2009, 7.30pm
Where: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA (Screen 3)
Adm: £8 / £6 concs

Dir: Dan Gordon 2008 / UK / 90mins

At the Munich Olympics of 1972, John Akii-Bua became the first African to win gold in an event under 800 metres. This is the story about that amazing triumph - and what happened next. John Akii Bua returned to Uganda carving the name of its military ‘President’ Idi Amin into genocidal notoriety.

For more information visit

For tickets, please call the Rich Mix Box Office on 020 7613 7498

or visit


African History Month Event

When: Friday 19th October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Refreshments from 6.15pm to 6.30pm
Where:  Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, HA1 2UL

Family friendly African History Month event featuring achievers of African descent. There will be some poetry and rap.

For more information:, 020 450 5987

  Black British Perspectives: Music

When: Tuesday 20 October
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: The Venue, Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD
Tel:0113 222 3400
Music and arts critic Kevin Le Gendre asks guests, singer Sheila Chandra and music manager, Kwame Kwaten (formely of D'Influence), how hard have black and other multi-ethnic British artists had to struggle to be recognised over the years, in order to break through in the mainstream on their own terms? Are there still enough Black powerbrokers in the music industry and media to ensure that original Black voices are given a platform to do what they feel is progressive without pandering to expectations from 'inside' and outside their own community?

Rsvp by 16 Oct

  Electric Africa

When: 23rd October 2009, 5.30pm
Where: Ernst & Young, 1 More London Place, SE1 2AF

I am writing to invite member organisations of THE NETWORK to the Association for Black Engineer's (AFBE-UK) annual seminar 'Electric Africa' hosted by The Ernst & Young Black Network (EYBN) at Ernst & Young, 1 More London Place, SE1 2AF on 23rd October 2009 at 5.30pm

This seminar is to discuss sustainable development in Africa in relation to energy supply. It will ask questions about the differences in Energy supply in the West and Africa and why Africa appears to be unable to benefit from natural sources available to them.

The debate aims to identify the current challenges as well as the potential opportunities for development of the power industry in Africa. The focal point will be to discuss economic viable solutions affordable to the African society.

Our Keynote speakers for the evening are Patrick Clarke, Director of Connections at EDF energy, Dr Peter Mason, Technical Director for international dams and hydro power and Mark Tomlinson, senior Fellow at the World Economic Forum?s Energy Poverty Action.

The debate will be followed by a drinks/networking Reception. It will be a good
opportunity to network with other professionals!!

I would also like to request for the assistance of member organisations of THE NETWORK in promoting this event by forwarding the attached flyer to members of their respective networks. RSVP by clicking on the link below;

Many Thanks and Regards,

Nike Folayan
(Chair-For Association for Black Engineers, UK)
Email address:

Encouraging and inspiring people of Black/African Origin in Engineering.
Displaying relevance through business and community action


Word Power: International Black Literature Festival & Book Fair
Voices of the Diaspora

When: 24th - 25th October 2009
Time: 3-6pm
Where: Ocean, 270 Mare Street, Hackney London E8
Adm: Free

Dozens of Authors, hundreds of readers, thousands of Books. All under one roof.

Featuring leading writers, historians, poets, publishers, distributors, book sellers dealing with African Caribbean literature from all over the world.

Bonnie Greer, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing (author of The  Isis Papers), Dr Haki R. Madhubuti (Founder and editor of Third World Press), Nia Reynolds, Paul Ifayomi Grant, Wayne B. Chandler, Dr Marimba Ani, Anthony T. Browder, Sister Nzingha Assata, Jacob Ross, Dr Robinson Millwood, Onyeka, Paul Simons, Nathaniel Agbahowe, Debii Mckoy, Charles Emeka, Anton Marks, Dan Obachike, Dr William ‘Lez’ Henry plus many more


Law Society: BHM Quiz Night

When: Thursday 29 October 2009, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Where: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2
Adm: £15 per team of six or £3 per person

The Law Society is celebrating Black History Month for the first time this October 2009. Join us for an opportunity to network with others in the legal profession and raise money for the Sickle Cell Society

To register your attendance for any of the event please

Reparations Awareness Symposium

When: Saturday 31st October 10am - 5pm (prompt start)
Where: Queen Mother Moore Saturday School Hall, The Methodist Church, Nelson’s Row, Clapham Common, SW4 7SR (Tube: Northern Line to Clapham Common / Buses: 35, 37, 45, 155, 137)
Adm: Entry is free, donations welcomed (towards cost)

On sale will be refreshments, books/DVDs and other stalls

Come and hear powerful speakers such as such as Bro Cecil Gutzmore, Sis Nzingha Assata and speakers from GACuk and help plan what must be done to achieve justice for yourself and your ancestors in the form of reparations

DEMAND REPARATIONS NOW: Reparation comes from the word ‘repair’. It seeks to identify and redress those wrongs against Afrikan people so that those who suffered will enjoy justice and full freedom to assist their development on more equal terms. For further information contact Nzingha on 07908 203 533

Sponsored by: GAC UK, Alliance of Afrikan Women & CACFO (Croydon)


Lecture: Dr Frances Cress Welsing

When: 31st October 2009
Time: 6.30 - 10pm
Where: Centreprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, London E8, 2NS
Adm: Tickets £12 adv - £15 on the door

A lecture by Dr Frances Cress Welsing, author of The Isis Papers, the Keys to the Colors


The African Market Day

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street , SE18 6PW

Come and experience a taste of Africa and the Caribbean

The African Market Day events began in 2008 and was established to create a positive exchange of business, culture and enterprise within and outside the African and Caribbean Diaspora. The events always play host to a wide selection of exhibitors, performances, music and of course food. To get involved as stall holder or a performer please contact us: / 07908 144 311



When: Sunday 8 November 2009
Were: Seebo’s Banquetting Suite, 761-763 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4QS
DOORS: 7:00PM  Cabaret Show: 9:30PM Dancing Til 3:00AM
Adm: Free

The G MaG 10th Year Anniversary Gala Dance is now scheduled to be held on Sunday 8 November 2009. This Celebrity Gala will host a variety of artists from the differnet types of Black music (Reggae, Soca, R&B, Gospel, Hip-hop, Jazz, African) who will perform a song or two in celebration of the magazine’s ten years. There will also be Poets, Comedians & Dancers and we’re expecting over 30 performers for the night.

ENTRY to this event will be FREE for ALL who want to attend... Special invitation will be sent to prominent figures in the Music, Entertainment, Sports and Business fields under (email and text) RSVP invitation. 

We're expecting that the artisans performing will do so as a special contribution to the magazine for the continuous promotion it has given the industry over the years. FREE Refreshments will be provided for Perfomers.

Marcia Griffiths will be a ‘special guest of honour’ at this event. She will open the show andsay a few words - meet and greet some of the artists and fans alike. She will also be presented with an AWARD from the G MaG Crew for her outstanding services to Reggae music.

PLUS a MEDIA WEEK in London is being planned for most of the artists attending the Gala where they will get the unique opportunity to promote their new albums, tours and whatever else they are doing. Three Days of Media for PRINT, RADIO & TV - local and national newspapers and magazines - BBC & Community Radio - BBC, ITV, Sky Networks and Internet Television channels... to give maximum exposure to the artists, the magazine and to Reggae music.

Below is a list of the Artists/Performers who have already confirmed their attendance....

*More to be confirmed later....

Lascelles James - Reggae/Jazz Saxophonist (UK), Dennis Alcapone - Rocksteady Toaster (JA), Winston Reedy -  Reggae Singer (UK), Sylvia Tella - Reggae Singer (UK), Blackstones - Reggae Group, Backing Band - Ruff Cutt (UK), *D’Angel - Bashment Deejay (JA), *Romain Virgo - Reggae Singer (JA), Isiah Mentor - Roots Singer (USA), Stevie Face - Reggae Singer (JA), MBC (Make Boys Cry) - Reggae Group (JA) , Fresh P - Bashment Deejay (UK), Gappy Ranks - Reggae Sing-jay (UK), Kele Le Roc - R&B Singer (UK), *Sharon St. Louis - Gospel Singer (UK), Scrappy - Soca Singer (UK), *African Simba - Roots Sing-jay, *Tenastelin - Roots Singer (UK), Aaron Kedar - Roots Sing-jay (UK), Clinark - Reggae Singer (Bermuda/UK), Black Slate - Reggae Band (UK), Bryan Bailey - Poet (UK), *Jacinth Francis - Poet (UK)

DJs / Selectors:
LA CJ, Prezedent, LG Brown, DJ Cowboy, TC Fords

Because of the uniqueness of the events, this will greatly enhance and give very good promotion to any future show in the UK for the artists involved.

More details including Sponsors, Hosts and MCs will follow shortly.

G MaG… The Ultimate Magazine for BLACK ENTERTAINMENT… Music... Culture… Lifestyle and MORE… [Formerly GARGAMEL MAGAZINE]

  Black British Perspectives: Style

Date: Thursday 12  November
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Impressions Gallery. Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD
T:08450 515 882

Carol Tulloch, Reader in Dress and the African Diaspora at the University of the Arts, London will be in conversation with design consultant Avis Charles, and artist Susan Stockwell, to consider the issue of style and 'blackness'. Is 'Black Style' a term that retains cultural currency? Are the dress styles presented on the black body associated with black culture incorporated into contemporary art?

Rsvp by 9 Nov


ADAP: African Development Awareness Day

Peckham Cosmetics: Fined for selling skin poisions to customers

When:14th November 2009, 3pm - 8pm
Where: The West Green Learning Centre, Langham Road, London N15 3RB

ADAP will be staging its first African Development Awareness Day to educate and inform members of the African/Caribbean Diaspora community living in the United Kingdom, about ADAP's developmental programmes taking place on the African continent.

We hope to spread awareness and shed 'light' through various guest speakers, workshops and presentations, including informing you on the many investment opportunities currently taking place in Africa, and how you could become a part of growing team of dedicated individuals helping to bring about positive change within our communities.

Entertainment on the day will be provided by the renowned comedian; Prophet Kwaku Bonsu, music by Segge Dan of Black Britanyaa, and a host of performers.

TELL a friend to TELL a friend and SPREAD the word.


African Odysseys Screenings: A Charmed Life

When: Sat 14 November 2009, 14:00
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, NFT 3

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

Inspiring films from the hip-hop youth of Dakar to the cinematic infuence of Spike Lee

A Charmed Life: UK 2008. Dir Ros Gihan Williams and Patrick Vernon. 64min

A warm and inspiring documentary that examines the life of London resident eddie Martin noble.

Tickets 020 7928 3232 /

  Workshop: Education 4 Liberation

Where: Taking place in London UK
Saturday 14th November 2009, 10.00am – 6.00pm

Arts Practitioner, Tony Cealy has developed a series of popular education techniques for exploring experiences of Oppression. This intensive hands-on one-day workshop uses complementary approaches based on concepts of the organizing practices of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (TOO).

 This workshop will be of particular relevance for educationalists, therapists and arts practitioners.

We will actively explore how to use Augusto Boal’s techniques to empower ourselves or others who are marginalised in society.

The workshop costs £40.00 Spaces are limited.

For course guide & to book go to or contact + 44 (0) 7956 877358  

  Black British Perspectives: Stage

Date: Monday 30 November
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: North Light Gallery, Brooke's Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR 
T:01484 340003

"The past should not just form the basis of conversations and discussions but serve as the foundation for future artistic works and as the crust of work that organisations use to communicate theatre to schools and further education." (Michael McMillan).
Michael McMillan, stage writer, artist and scholar, along with invited guests, actor and Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi, Femi Elufowoju jr. and choreographer and Artistic Director of Jonzi D. Productions, Jonzi D, discuss this, and other issues, such as the need to find new creative approaches to looking back into history and the lack of a suitable discourse on black stage performance and how the matter can be tackled.

Rsvp by 27 Nov

Black British Perspectives: Literature and Publishing

Date: Monday 7 December
Time: 2-4pm
Location: City Inn, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, LS1 4BR
T:0113 241 1000

Nii Parkes, author and publisher, along with invited guests, writer and publisher, Margaret Busby and author, Diran Adebayo will discuss the dual needs of writers and publishers to retain an independent voice, and discuss the best means to express that voice.

Rsvp by 16 Oct


Screening: The Hunger Season

When: Thurs 10 December 2004, 7.30pm
Where: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA (Screen 3)
Adm: £8 / £6 concs

Dir: Beadie Finzi 2008 / UK / 74mins

A new documentary on the food crisis gripping the planet. A young teacher and his pupils struggle to survive the worst drought ever in Swaziland, southern Africa. The film connects their fate to the Swazi government, the UN agencies and ultimately Western governments, whose actions will determine the future of one small community.

For more information visit

For tickets, please call the Rich Mix Box Office on 020 7613 7498

or visit


African Odysseys Screenings: The End of Poverty?

When: Sat 12 December 2009, 14:00
Where: BFI Southbank, SE1, NFT 1

Adm: Matinee tickets £5

Inspiring films from the hip-hop youth of Dakar to the cinematic infuence of Spike Lee

The End of Poverty?: USA 2008. Dir Philippe Diaz. 104min. EST

Tracing colonial history, this flm challenges a system in which one person’s comfort depends on another’s misery

Tickets 020 7928 3232 /

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