30 October 2012

Greetings Family,

Welcome to another Ligali newsletter.

As we move into Natural November there are still many opportunities for learning about African culture as well as history through educational workshops and events.

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Peace, Love & Justice

Ligali Editor

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Nyansapo Radio

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

On 30 October 2012 we will be looking at the cost of ;

"An Abusive Silence"

(Please Note: Tonights programme will start at the later time of 10:30 PM)

Nyansapo - On our own two feet

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

The Pan African Drum

"Does anybody refuse to sleep to avoid nightmares?”
African Proverb, Ugandan

Toyin AgbetuGreetings,

I have a confession to make.

I don’t listen, dance or play R Kelly records.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not denying the substantive musical talent Robert Sylvester Kelly possesses but I make a deliberate, political and conscientiousness choice not to support the livelihood of a grown man who but for six years of courtroom shenanigans and ‘the best defence money can buy’ legal technicalities would have been convicted and jailed for his known, videotaped sexual abuse of a fourteen year old child.

What often intrigues me however is the way many people respond to my stance on this matter as if he were their bonafide bredrin. In many instances my personal choice not to play his music upsets those who claim to love both him and his music. When they ask why and I explain my reasons they start getting more defensive, ‘but he’s a born again Christian or ‘he wasn’t found guilty in a court of law’. If I then remind them that several of these ‘born again’ pastors from mega churches have escaped justice after being caught abusing their position with young girls in their congregation, the next statement I get is that at 14 years old they are virtually women. Some argue they were not vulnerable, others, that they either ‘looked’ old enough or even that they seduced these poor helpless men.

Yet the problem is that in most of these cases irrespective of the age of the female, the man is typically anything but helpless. Whether it’s an abusive step parent, an irresponsible teacher or a immoral priest, musician or International Monetary Fund president, in most of these situations the abuse is able to happen and continue occurring due to the fact that the girl/women involved does not have enough influence or experience to know how or why to stop it. In a just world it is the older man’s responsibility not to engage with underage girls or vulnerable women who feel unwilling or incapable of saying “no”. Just as men should not have intercourse with women so drunk they do not remember their own name, they should not be looking at developing school girls as grown women no matter how provocative or “sexy” they may act.

The problem that I wish to address however is that I believe this problem continues to exist because there are others who may be aware of what is going on but chose to remain silent either in fear of the abusers power or from being seduced by their ‘charisma’.

Which brings me back to Kelly.

You see many of us express strong feelings when we hear about cases of sexual child abuse (paedophilia) or rape, yet for me, Kelly is our own ‘Garry Glitter’. A man who believes he can fly because we carry him over our heads, dancing to his tunes and fund him by purchasing his music.

Many of us feel uncomfortable talking about underage sex. The late Aaliyah may have sang “Age aint nothing but a number” but despite us knowing that not to be true, we far too often remain quiet about incest or child abuse amongst family or friends.

But when we do this it becomes inevitable that we are enabling these people to continue indulging with their sick fantasies. Artists like Kelly, try to repay our silence and financial support by giving us three minutes of “happy people” bump and grind and a glimpse into his closet full of drama. But not all of us are so easily fooled, in fact as a father of boys and girls, it is our very own hypocrisy on this matter that makes me feel queasy.

Now I’m sure some of the regular male readers of this article will have stopped reading by now. Even some women who fancy themselves as “jeeps” (ask Kelly) will make excuses for these perverts and argue, he’s only a man what do you expect.

It’s a shame. You see I firmly believe that it is our failing in being prepared to accept less that makes us so complicit in expecting less. We enable injustice to become taboo, and allow our acceptance of abuse to become ‘normal’.

Now before some of you get all haughty taughty with me, this is not about sexual freedom. What mature consenting people decide to do together is not my business, irrespective of whether I find it exciting, kinky, depraved or morally perverted.  

However the key words are ‘mature’ and ‘consenting’. An immature child or indeed woman is not capable or responsible enough to consent to engaging in sexual activity with adults. Those who disagree with me on this fact are indeed aligning themselves to a campaign where a body of men are calling for the legal age of sexual consent for boys to be lowered to fourteen. Why should this bother us? Well consider how the “queer rights” activist Peter Tatchell wrote “Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy.”

Does that feel right to you? Can a nine year old consciously consent to the “great joy” of having sex with an adult?

Last week I wrote about a growing group of African footballers who through their public challenge of racism in the game looked like they may eventually coming into manhood. However this doesn’t mean I have forgotten those previously engaged in so called ‘roasting’ – group sex with women and/or underage girls.  

We often forget the cost to the victims.

For example consider the recent case of Felicia Garcia, a young girl who took her own life by leaping in front of a New York train once a video of her with a group of footballers was posted online. I also remember hearing earlier this year about a video clip that was being sent around mobile phones. The clip was said to contain footage of a girl who may have had mental health issues being sexually active in a public park with several onlookers just standing there filming the incident with their phones.

From the transvestite antics of Ronaldo to the promiscuous STD behaviour of Ashley Cole we also often forget to focus on the aggressors like the footballers in France who face jail for soliciting an underaged prostitute. Or what about depraved actions of Osezua Elvis Osolase, a male recently found guilty of five counts of trafficking three teenaged girls (aged 14, 16 and 17) from Nigeria into europe for prostitution, one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child.

In 2009, the 37 year old married father of two, Jason Hoyte was convicted of 14 counts of indecent assault and a further two charges of sexual activity with children as young as fourover a 20 year period. He groomed them through various Pentecostal churches in our community and later used his job as a Lambeth Council “youth worker” to meet and have sexual contact with young teenagers.

Or what about 41 year-old “basketball coach” Sean Andre Alleyne who on 3 March 2010 was jailed for two and a half years after admitting inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of sexual activity with a child. 

Sadly the depravity doesn’t end there, we also have the case of  the 47 year old “private tutor” Ugochukwu Okorie, who in 2010 was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old and a six-year-old.

We don’t like to talk about this, to remember how real the threat is within our own community. But we must.

Now of course the overwhelming majority of men in our community are not child abusers, but there are those of us who know or suspect a minority who are. The problem with this is that this tiny minority are often charming or influential, they appear confident and powerful and indeed many people assume they would have no need for it as they have no problem attracting women but that’s where we miss the point. It doesn’t matter who well groomed they seem, how sweet their talk is, we need to understand that these characters are not interested in women.

They are interested in children.  

They are not only priests, teachers and so called ‘celebrities’. They are also uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters and yes even mothers and fathers.

When we remain silent on this issue, like it or not, we give support to them and risk denying help to their victims. Now no-one is claiming that we are all perfect or that passion, ‘lust’ or sexual frustration hasn’t led to us making bad judgements, but the sexual abuse of vulnerable people is a violation that transcends the physical. In her book Women in The Gearvey Moment, Sister Nzingha Assata powerfully explains;

“It is common not only for women to be abused, but for little children to be subjected to sexual, physical and emotional abuse. One can see from this just how pernicious oppression is. As far as I am concerned, little children are the most precious gift from the creator and yet, people in society stand by allowing them to be hurt and abused. This is a crime against humanity.”

There is never a good time to address a topic like this so I felt the best time may as well be now. If there is any positive that can come from the notoriety of Kelly and Osolase then it’s the opportunity for us to discuss this topic even if during dinner and hopefully help create an environment where evil such as this does not feel confident enough to thrive in the open. Instead of hero worshiping these people we can at least offer our loved ones that have or are suffering in silence a lifeline of hope.

We owe them and ourselves at least that.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


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

He is on Nyansapo radio every Tuesday between 9-12pm.

He will also be participating in the Q&A following the Hoodwinked screening at King's Place (King's Cross) tonight on Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 7pm.

Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Adm: £6.50 or £4.50 for online bookings

A debate on Africa in Science Fiction on Saturday 20th November 2012, 6.30 - 9pm at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

A PASCF (Brixton) Community Event on Fri 30th Nov  2012

And a DJED Reasoning session on December 14th and on Nyansapo radio every Tuesday between 9-12pm.

Supporting Ligali

Books: Ukweli and Revoetry

Ukweli and Revoetry

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

The Manual: The Rules for Men*

The Manual: The Rules for Men* is available for young men over the age of twenty.
* Contains Adult Themes about Sex, Relationships and Manhood

DVD: Films and Documentaries

Ligali DVD

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Community Noticeboard

Marikana Solidarity Campaign

Junior Nkwelle

Greetings All,

As most of you are aware our solidarity with the Marikana miners continues.

We are pleased enclose the link to the Petition herein:


We encourage you to please sign the Petition, and ask that you share this with your network and also encourage them to do likewise.

Warmest regards
Cecil & Tongogara

Creative Lifestyle Soft Furnishings Workshop:
Making Curtain and Cushions

When: 10 weeks starting on Saturday 20 October -  22 December 2012, 10am - 1pm
Where: St Mary's Community Hall Kent Street London E2 8NU

We also provide 'taster' workshops at the venue of your choice in the following subjects and more: Soft Furnishings; basic sewing skills; hand knitting; cake baking and decorating; interior design; natural hair; children's workshops; seasonal greetings cards; African dance and drumming; relaxation and movement

We also work with children and vulnerable adults

Please book with us by email: oleander@creativelifestyle.org.uk
or call us on 07940325207 or 07956515419

Just check out our website for more information


Afrikan Family Works - Stallholders

Dear Sister/Brother,

We are planning the AFRIKAN FOOD HALL feasibility group launch party on Saturday November 10, 2012. And we have some space for stallholders to promote their products on the night. 

We are looking for sisters or brothers who want an opportunity to promote their products or service for free at this landmark event.

The space is fREE but we will ask for a small donation of £10 to go to good causes we are supporting on the night.

The space is available on FIRST come, first serve basis.

To apply please email me Sundjata at progress@theafrikanfamilyworks.net


Mobile:             07783 188 100      
Connect with us twitter @AFWORKS
Find us on FACEBOOK

Fun Vocal Tutoring Sessions For Chuildren

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

AGE: 5yrs and up!


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

Greetings All,

Empower-U is a charitable organisation that was established to Empower You!
Our mission statement is "to re-create village empathy".
We believe this starts with health and healing on every level, including the physical.

Our current project will be delivering a series of 24 Health & Wellness Seminars to you
during Black History Month, leading up to our collaboration with "Natural November" Cultural Health Event on 4th November at Hammersmith Town Hall.
(for more info: www.naturalnovember.co.uk)

In the current economic and social climate, if you feel that we could all do with sharing and spreading more empathy, and "re-creating the village" locally (not just globally), then we look forward to seeing you at one of our seminars or events in the coming months.

Gold Onyx: Children’s Cultural Film Club

Guba Awars 2012

Greetings All

Almanac [Calendar] Dates

The Children’s Cultural Film Club takes place every second Saturday of each month, 2 ~ 5 pm. 

Where: The Edge Hall, 117 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London N17 6UR  
Adm: Children £2.50 (aged 2~20 years), Adults £5.00
[Free if you have a child between 2~12 years]
Plus free popcorn & drink available

Further dates and themes are:~
¨      10 November 2011 Remembrance
¨      8 December 2011 ~ Kwanzaa
¨      12 January 2012
¨   9 February 2012 ~ Black History Month ~ Part One
¨   10 March 2012 ~ Salute Our Women/International Women’s Month and National Black Peoples Day Of Action
¨   13 April 2012
¨   11 May 2012 ~ African Liberation
¨   11 August 2012 ~ Emancipation Day / Marcus Garvey Celebration
¨   8 June 2012 ~ Salute Our Men/ Father’s Day
¨   13 July 2012
¨  14 September 2012 
¨  12 October 2011 ~ Black History Month ~ Part Two
Our sessions are undertaken in a ‘Positive Family Environment’ and we hope to see you, one day. 

Remember Not To Forget that Our Children's Cultural Film Club takes place every second Saturday in the months so put the date in your diary from now!!!

Stay Blessed

Gold Onyx Team
07946 670 949
Facebook ~ GoldOnyx Rntf

African style Self Defence?

Hashima people. Come and find out 2-3pm Kazimba Ngoma Class...Sundays at Chocolate Factory Building D Clarendon Rd Wood Green N22 6XJ

NEW 2013 History Calender - October 22nd!!!

Guba Awars 2012

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




The play, SKINTEETH, it is inspired by one moment in the life of Charlie Williams. After being deemed politically incorrect for terrestial television alongside his fellow funnyman from The Comedians show, the openly-racist Bernard Manning, Charlie Williams was invited on to one of the first black talk shows in Britain, "Black On Black", in front of a live audience. He thought it was an opportunity to get back on the box. And the first part of the programme went well in front of the mostly young black audience. Charlie Williams got respect from them for being one of the first black footballers in top flight footie in the fifties and the first black British stand-up on TV. He seemed to be just the kind of role model that the community needed, an inspiration to us all. Then the audience is shown clips of his stand-up routine from back in the day when he is taking the mickey out of black people and the mood in the studio, as you can imagine, changes.....

The play SKINTEETHis set twenty years later and "Sunshine Charlie", now in his late fifties is preparing for a date with a gorgeous twenty-something woman. She will have the last laugh.
So I'm giving you laughs, drama and a proper slice of black British television/comedy history.
Remember, this will be your only chance to see one of the true black pioneers of black British acting take to the stage.

I assure you, I will NEVER take to the stage again after this. Acting does not agree with me. With just a week to go it is already giving me diarrhea.


Community Events

Mashufaa Classes


Spirit Of A Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A week of Workshops and Activities

When: Tue 30 Oct - Fri 2 November 2012, From 10:30am
Where: Yaa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 2AN

A range of activities for Adults, Young People and Children.

Batik and Printing Workshops
Caribbean Fold Dancing for the over 50's
Contemporary Dancing
Costume Making Workshop
Events Management Taster Workshop
Getting into Employment: CV's and Interviews (Wed 31 Oct, 2-4pm)
Make-up and Face painting for performance
Steelpan Taster Workshops
Storytelling, performance Poetry and Calypso

Email: bookings@carnivalvillage.org.uk

Institute of Commonwealth Studies Seminar:
Roundtable on the right to education

When: Tuesday 30 Oct, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: Room 349 (3rd floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street , London WC1E 7HUA

A Consultation with the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

For more information:
+44 (0)20 7862

Inspirational Youth Presents Succeeding in the Media and Building
Your Enterprise

When: 30 October 2012, 2pm – 5pm
Where: Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Stephen LawrenceCentre, 39 Brookmill Road, London, SE8 4HU

An afternoon providing YOU with a fantastic opportunity to meet, network and learn winning media tips that will give you a competitive edge.
The event will bring under 25's closer to established and respected media professionals and entrepreneurs’. This also includes a tour of the Stephen Lawrence Centre.
The event is open to all, young people, students, under and post graduates,start-ups and media professionals.

Bernard P. Achampong (Host) Media guru with a portfolio that includes BBC radio producer, speaker and coach Jeanette Kwakye British Athlete and entrepreneur
Emma Stephens -BBC Radio 1 Producer
Austin Daboh- CEO of The Hub Entertainment
Vidal Bull& Alan Adewale -Founders of VA-Garments LTD
Symeon Brown - Journalist, Writer and Activist
Joanna Abeyie - Journalist and founder of Shine Media
Ace- BBC DJ, Sony Gold award winning radio presenter
Tonisha Tagoe - Film Director, Teacher and Photographer

Join us and - Meet those running successfulbusinesses and who work in the media

- Get practical tipson how to grow your business and secure media coverage.
- Learn how to excel in the media
- Hear how the panel members have growntheir business.
- Learn how to get noticedand get support.
Tickets to the event are free. Refreshments will be served.

Book today: http://youthbusinessandmedia.eventbrite.com
For further information email: bookings@inspirationalyou.co.ukor
telephone 07545 156 111. .

Journeys and Kinship

Where: The London Sugar and Slavery Display, Museum of London Docklands
When: November 2012. Check website or call before visiting the LSS, for opening hours.
Adm: Free

Journeys and Kinship explores further the themes of the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery at the Museum of London Docklands through a project between the visual artist Jean Joseph and a group of young Londoners working together with Caribbean Calypso musician, Alexander D Great, and Yvonne Wilson from Equi-Vison.

The display features Joseph’s work Sale Over Centuries, 2010 which consists of plaster face casts of 42 people from the African Diaspora who were born in and/or currently live in London. The casts promote discussion on the structure of faces and show how resemblances carry across generations and geographies.

In response to Joseph’s work the young Londoners explored issues of enslavement, London’s involvement and the African Diaspora. They then created a display which includes their own face casts and original music alongside film and photography documenting the project. This thought-provoking display raises issues around enslavement and life in modern London which remain relevant in today’s capital.


Independence: An Exhibition & Celebration 2012

When: November 2012 - 12 January 2013
Where: Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Adm: Free

Tracing the story of the Caribbean islands from the days of the Arawaks and the Caribs, through to enslavement and abolition and the ending of British rule this exhibition celebrates 50 years of independence for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. This is made personal by memories of local people who remember life before independence. The celebrations of August 1962 are made universal by a look at what independence means to all of us and how we need to value our freedoms. 

THE Pomedy Show: UK Autumn Tour 2012

When: Fri 2 November 2012, 8PM
Where: The Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU
Adm: £15

When: Sat 3 November 2012, 7:30
Where: Hadawi Cultural centre, Great Northern Street, Huddersfield HD1 6BG
Adm: £8/£9

When: Fri 9 November 2012
Where: The Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wiolverhampton WV11SE
Adm: £9 (£7)

An Eclectic Mix of Jamaican Comedy and Poetry - With A Difference - A Jamaica 50th Anniversary Event

UK Autumn Tour 2012 - Tek Kin Teet Kibba Hart Bun

The very exciting and hilarious POMEDY Show which is an official Jamaica 50th Anniversary event is the brainchild of Jamaican Poet, Author and Reggae Artiste, Yasus Afari - Jamaica's Gift to the World.

POMEDY is an eclectic mix of real Jamaican Comedy and Poetry, celebrating laughter, love and learning for the entire family and community. The Pomedy Show skillfully employs Jamaican humour to excite audiences so that we can all laugh and learn together in one love and harmony, especially as we celebrate Jamaica's 50th Anniversary.

Edutainment Promotion

25 Years On...

Anniversary of Black History Month in Britain and the Labour Party’s Black Sections'

When: Tuesday 30th October 2012, 6.00-9.00pm.
Where: Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY
(4 minutes walk or 1 bus stop ride from Harrow & Wealdstone station. Buses 182, 186, 258, 340)
Adm: Free


WHEAT MST in association with Akoben Awards & TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) present 25 Years On...
A Harrow African/Black History Month event marking the 25th anniversary of the introduction of
Black History Month in Britain and  the Labour Party’s Black Sections' work which culminated in the election of the 4 African and Asian MPs in 1987 
Hear from panellists & special guests who were part of working behind the scenes of these 2 historic events

Ansel Wong (London Strategic Policy Unit officer  who helped introduce BHM)
Marc Wadsworth and Roger McKenzie  (Black Sections executives who helped with the election of the first 3 African British MPs)

Chair: Kwaku (Akoben Awards & TAOBQ (The African Or  Black Question) co-ordinator)

Presented by WHEAT MST in association with Akoben Awards 

UK Premiere: Hoodwinked

Film screening followed by post screening panel discussion

When: Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 7pm
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Adm: £6.50 or £4.50 for online bookings

Booking: To book visit www. kingsplace.co.uk or call the box office 020 7520 1490

Hoodwinked is the much anticipated and long awaited sequel to 2007 Best African American
Documentary What Black Men Think.

Award winning filmmaker and activist Janks Morton states about his new film:

“For over four-hundred years, the majority of white society has used many tools to reinforce a
message that the people of African descent are less than, not equal to or not good enough. In this modern era of information, the media, government and special interests use statistics to further promote the message of black inferiority. What troubles me most is that we as
people have internalised the misinformation, embraced the myths, and perpetuated
the stereotypes, sadly reinforcing a collective misperception of our own identities.”

BAME Men in the News Media (hosted by ITN)

When: 31 October 2012, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: 200 Gray's Inn Road, London. WC1X 8XZ

An evening to meet and hear from senior news professionals from the BBC,
Sky and ITN. This is for 18-24 year old Black and Asian males who want to get into
news media.

Speakers include
Clive Myrie – BBC Reporter
Marcus Ryder – BBC Reporter
Ashish Joshi – Sky News Reporter

Spaces are limited and priority will go to those who express a written
interest to info@inspirationalyou.co.uk.


Family Workshop: Jamaican and Trinidadian independence

Where: Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
When: Wednesday 31 October 2pm-4pm
Adm: Free drop in workshop for families

Fun for families during Autumn half term

Explore Jamaican and Trinidadian independence in this workshop with a professional story teller. Create your own independence inspired artworks or stories exploring what it means to you and your family to be independent and living in Hackney. 

Remembering Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

An African British musical genius & pan-Africanist

When: Wednesday Oct 31 2012, 2.30-4pm.
Where: Streatham Library for Lambeth schools

Wednesday Oct 31 2012, 6.30-8.30pm.
Where: Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road, SW15 2DR. 020 8871 7090

When: Thursday Nov 1 2012, 2.30-4pm.
Where: Brixton Library for Lambeth schools

SamuelColeridge-Taylor was born on 15th August 1875 in Holborn to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father who was a doctor. He moved to Croydon as an infant.

Best known for his choral composition, ‘Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’, Coleridge-Taylor was also a pan-Africanist who introduced African sensibilities into classical music.

For more information: Awula Serwah  btwsc@hotmail.com

Black History Month Operatic Celebration

When: Wednesday 31 October 2012, 19:00
Where: St Georges Church, Hanover Square, SW1 1FX
£20.00, £30, £80* (*includes post performance supper)

The Black British Classical Foundation present an Operatic Gala of Arias, Songs & Spirituals

With Grace Nyandoro, Byron Jackson, Nadine Mortimer-Smith, Ronald Samm, Hyacinth Nicholls


The Second Anniversary of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020

When: Wednesday 31st October 2012, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
(please allow at least 15 minutes to go through security)
Where: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Make Every Woman Count cordially invites you to The Second Anniversary of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 Also to celebrate the 12th Anniversary of the UNSCR 1325
Hosted by SOAS Centre for Gender Studies

This event will mark the publication of MEWC’s annual report which summarises the
progress made by African countries regarding women’s rights & gender equality on the
continent during the second year of the African Women’s Decade

Chair: Professor Nadje Al-Ali Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS University
Rainatou Sow Founder &Executive Director of MEWC
Marie-Claire Faray Common Cause UK, DR Congo
Voices of African Women Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
Mama Khadija Hussein Founder & Chairperson of Sudanese Mothers for Peace
Chitra Nagarajan Director of Gender Action for Peace & Security (GAPS UK)
Betty Makoni Founder & Executive Director of “Girls Child Network”

Speakers/Discussions to be followed by a reception

Please RSVP, by sending an email toevent@makeeverywomancount.org


Exhibition: Tokio Aoyama: "We Are The 99%"

When: 1 November 2012, 6:00pm until 10:00pm
Where: C
re8 Lifestyle Centre 80 Eastway, London E9 5JCH
Adm: Exhibition & Opening Party: Free Entry

You are invited to experience the striking, potently unique visual art of Tokio Aoyama. For two weeks only Kizito Arts Movement and Ancient Future proudly present Tokio’s “We Are The 99%” exhibition.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/511922832171162

Shaping the Future: Getting the best for BME children and young people

When: Friday 2 November 2012 from 9.45am-4:00pm
Where: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP
Adm: £10, free places available for parents, young people and small voluntary sector
Booking: Booking essential visit www.rota.org.uk. Creche facilities available on the day

Following on from the success of ROTA’s Shaping the Future seminars and picking up from where The London Schools and the Black Child conferences left off, Islington BME
Forum collaborates with ROTA again this year and partners with Black Educators Network and The Asian Health Agency to bring a thought provoking day exploring actions to close the inequality gaps for Black and Minority Ethnic young people in education.
We will hear from Black and Minority Ethnic young people, parents and leaders in education
touching on:

• How teaching can be enriched for modern day multicultural classrooms to ensure equality in
teaching practices

• Supporting parental engagement to influence race equality in schools and in their child’s

• Raising the voice of BME young people in shaping the future of education.

Who is the day for? This conference will provide an excellent developmental
opportunity for teachers to facilitate more effective and inclusive learning environments for
multicultural classrooms. The event will also be of use to educators, parents, governors, young people and representatives from education authorities.

PASCF (Brixton): Surviving Racism in the Workplace

When:            Friday 2nd November 2012, 7.00pm for Refreshments & Prompt Start @ 7.15pm
Where:          365 Brixton Road, London SW9 7DA

Extending love and best wishes and a gently reminder that you are invited to join the Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum (PASCF) at our workshop this Friday, 2nd November 2012, between 7.00pm – 9.30pm at 365 Brixton Road, SW9 7DA (on the corner of Gresham Road and Brixton Road).

Many of us experience work places as sites of racial oppression and injustice and in this Friday’s workshop our renowned Brother Devon Thomas supports us in - ‘Surviving Racism in the Workplace’.

Come, listen, question and develop our survival strategies.

Presenter:  Brother Devon Thomas Pan-Afrikanist Historian,
                       Campaigner, Community Activist and Executive Director of
                       Lambeth Enterprise

Come along and bring your family and friends; join us for refreshments at 7pm and a prompt start at 7.15pm.

Please spread the word. Please also see also attached info about our upcoming workshops.

Warmest regards
Sis Jackie
On Behalf of the PASCF

African Heritage Forum: How Educators in Primary Schools Present African History & Heritage

When: Saturday 3rd November 2012, 7pm
Where: Centerprise, 136/138 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS

More than 40 London teachers, educationists, parents, children and community workers are expected at the Launch of a Report on‘ How Educators in Primary Schools Present African History & Heritage.

TO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE. Please TEXT 07508 903 634 (with full name)

The Report is published by the African Heritage Forum



When: Saturday 3rd November 2012, REGISTRATION 10.30am -5.00pm
Where: London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, N7 8DB (Room TM237)

To mark Black History Month this symposium will provide an overview of the analysis by Dr Walter Rodney in his book How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, (1972). The aim is to acknowledge the contribution made by Dr Rodney in contextualising the deliberate strategies of underdevelopment of Africa by Europe during the colonial and postcolonial periods. It will revisit his work in relation to Africa’s social and economic position today and consider the implications of neo-colonialism in the struggle for self-determination and economic independence.


  • Dr Ama Biney, African and Caribbean Political Historian, author of The Political and Social thought of Kwame Nkrumah,
  • Dr Kimani Nehusi, Guyanese Scholar, Cultural and Community activist, featured in the documentaries 500 Years Later, Maafa,Mother Lands and Nubian Spirit
  • and  London Met's Professor Clem Seecharan, foremost scholar of Indo-Guyanese/Caribbean experience and author of several books including Tiger in the Stars: The Anatomy of Indian Achievement in British Guiana, 1919-29; Sweetening Bitter Sugar: Jock Campbell, the Booker Reformer in British Guiana, 1934-66 and From Ranji to Rohan: Cricket and Indian Identity in Colonial Guyana, 1890s-1960s.

Includes - Screening: W.A.R Stories documenting Rodney's life followed by a extended solutions focussed discussion.

There will be a screening of W.A.R Stories a film by Clairmont Chung based on his life as a world renowned African Historian, political activist and scholar. A well-travelled pan-Africanist,
Rodney’s oratorical skills advocated the cause of the working peoples of his native Guyana.This “grounding” with ordinary people for whom he sought justice and equal rights posed a challenge to the Burnham regime, eventually leading to his assassination.

RSVP: Dr Michelle Asantewa: michelleyaa@yahoo.com/m.asantewa

Natural November 3

When: Sunday 4th November, 11-7pm
Where: Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London, W6 9JT
: £10 in advance, £15 on the door, 1st 100 tickets purchased online will receive a goody bag
Children under 16 & OAP’s: Free entry (ID required)

A special selection of seminars, (holistic) services & stalls (Exhibitor enquiries: go to Contact page)

Featuring special guests:
Alim Kamara, BASHIYRA, Black History Studies, Black History Walks, the Greenelight Academy of Healing, Israel Ajose, Stephen Ssali Tamale, & Urban Flavours


Celebrating family history in East London

When: 4 November 2012
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green, London E1 6LA
Adm: Free

To attend please RSVP patrice@everygeneration.co.uk or egeninfo@tgis.co.uk

Come and celebrate Every Generation Media's 10th birthday with our East London Routes family history day.

As 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of independence for Trinidad and Jamaica and the 25th anniversary of Black History Month, we play tribute to:

  • The stories we know. 
  • The histories we've dug for.
  • The generations we've learnt from. 
  • The heroes and heroines we applaud. 

We'll have children's arts activities, author readings and debates on family values, preserving our history and choosing our heroes and heroines.  National Archives will throw open their treasure trove of old photos of the Caribbean and we'll be running a workshop on tracing Jamaican, African and English family histories by people who have done it.

Contributors include: authors Patrice Lawrence, Jacqueline Walker ('Pilgrim State') and Kerry Young ('Pao'), Hackney campaigners Ian Levy and Pauline 'Hackney Heroine' Pearce, equality campaigner Simon Woolley, cultural campaigners and historians Arthur Torrington CBE, Nubian Jak,Stephen Bourne, Oku Ekpenyon MBE, and Angelina Osborne, family historians Guy Grannum and Hilary Porter, National Archives Caribbean Through A Lens Team  Sandra Shakespeare and Sara Griffiths, Cllr Michael Jones, one of the youngest politicians in London, Guardian journalist Hugh Muir, Joy Francis from Words of Colour and Patrick Vernon OBE, founder of Every Generation.

Every Generation www.everygeneration.co.uk
Twitter @EveryGenMedia and @HaggerstonR
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/402353989822527/

Black history on the streets of London

When: 6 November 2012
Where: Senate Room, first floor, Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1  6 to 7.30 pm

Black history on the streets of London: a virtual walk through 5 different parts of the city, bringing the past to your doorstep

This will be a sample of all the walks, from 1500 BCE to 2000 by Tony Warner,  Founder of  Black History Walks UK

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.
(Contact: Marika.Sherwood@sas.ac.uk)

The First Grader screening & open discussion

Where: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP
When: Friday 9 November 2012, 6-8pm.
Adm: Free

Screening a heart-warming film set in Kenya, though it has its heart-wrenching moments.  Kwaku leads a post-screening discussion on education and liberation struggles. The film, directed by Justin Chadwick, chronicles 84 year old Kimani  Maruge’s quest to take up the Kenyan government’s promise of free education for all, by enrolling in primary school. Actress Naomie Harris plays a sympathetic school teacher. It’s a true story of the power of education and the shocking untold history of British colonial rule in Kenya. There will be books on sale.

BTWSC in association with WSDG. To book: btwsc@hotmail.com, www.ahmfirstgrader.eventbrite.com

Discussion Forum: Shifting control of humanitarian aid spending to people affected by disaster


When: Wednesday 7 November 2012, 7PM - 9PM

How can disaster funds collected from ordinary people be controlled by people affected by disaster and spent by them in their countries? In Haiti, hundreds of thousands still live under tarps and the $10 billion donated to the earthquake disaster appeal in 2010 has been spent. Where did all the money go? What can ordinary people do to change this situation? What can we do to make a difference for people in disaster affected areas?

We invite you to join our presentation and debate on how to take power here so that people can take power over there.

Free light refreshments 7.30 – 7.45. [Hot drinks and food can be bought from downstairs Café until 9pm]

Places are limited and pre-registration at griotonline@hotmail.com is essential by noon, 31 October 2012

Rail: Forest Hill is on the London Overground line between Highbury and Islington and West Croydon / Crystal Palace line which offers a high frequency service. The station is also well served by trains from Central London, Croydon and Surrey.
Buses: 185, 197, 122, 176, 356



7.00 Arrivals and registration
Introduction to Griot, plans and elections
7.30 15 minute buffet
7.45 Presentation and debate on control of humanitarian aid by ordinary people and people affected by disasters
9.00 End of evening

GRIOT FOUNDATION TRUST, 1059517, www.griot.org.uk

DJED: Lectures & Workshops

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

Friday 16th November - Dr Jack - DANGERS OF DAIRY PRODUCTS & WHEAT

Friday 23rd November - Andrew Muhammed - MICHAEL JACKSON PT3

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

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

Friday 14 December - Brother Toyin Agbetu

Phone: 0208 743 1985

Runoko Rashadi: Afrikan Presence in Asia


When: 15 November 2012, 6PM
Where: Navarino Gardens,
Adm: £8 / £5 (Conc)

Ancient Future & Muatta Books present 
Runoko Rashidi: The Black Presence in the East
Come along and hear a presentation on his new book about the African Presence in Ancient Asia

Contact: 07956 134 370 / 07506 481 509

African History Weekend with Runiko Rashidi

When: Fri 16 November 2012, 7pm to 9:30
Where: Dooglebud’s Bistro Lounge Bar, 79 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CRO 2JJ
Adm: Free

When: Sat 17 November 2012, 7pm - 9:30
Where: Centerprise, 136, KINGSLAND HIGH STREET, LONDON, E8 2NS
Adm: Free

When: Sunday 18 November 2012, 4:30 - 7pm
Where: Learie Constantine Centre, 43-47, Dudden Hill Lane, London, NW10 2ET
Adm: Free

Come along and hear presentations on his new book about the African presence in Ancient Asia.

To RESERVE A PLACE, text: 07508903634

British Museum: Guided Tour by Dr. RUNOKO RUNOKO

When: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2012 from 11am to 1pm
Adm: TOUR CHARGE: £10 per person on each day
A rare opportunity to experience a BRITISH MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR by world famous historian Dr. RUNOKO RASHIDI at the BRITISH MUSEUM
Come along and see ancient African figures, and hear about their lives and
times in Ancient Egypt, Sudan and Nubia.
We will tour Room 4 (Ground Floor/Ancient Egypt/African Presence in the ancient Greek and Roman World) on Saturday and on Sunday (Room 65: Ancient Egypt, Sudan and Nubia).
To book your place, email: windrush.event@gmail.com

Black Book Swap 2

When: Saturday 17 November 2012, 12.00noon - 5.00pm at
Where: Cottons, Exmouth Market
Adm: £3.00 (early bird offer)

Book your ticket at: http://blackbookswapnovember2012.eventbrite.co.uk

Our first Black Book Swap was a roaring success.  We were overwhelmed not only by the huge turnout – over 200 people who attended, but also by the massive number of books swapped.  Our feedback survey revealed just how much you all enjoyed the event.  All the supportive and encouraging comments made us blush!  Even better 96% of you wanted a follow-up event.  Buoyed-up by that wonderful response we are doing it again.  

Please do come and join us!  And do tell your friends!

We are delighted to welcome an eclectic line up of talented authors to Black Book Swap 2,:

Dorothy Koomson the UK's most successful Black author whose latest book 'Rose Petal Beach' was published last month.

DD Armstrong an emerging talent who wrote 'Lynch’s Road', a novel set in west London that paints a gritty picture of urban life. 

Courttia Newland a well established writer whose new book 'The Gospel According to Cane' will be published early next year.

Noo Sara Wiwa, author of ‘Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria’.

As well as hearing from novelists you’ll also have the chance to learn about new non-fiction
from Andrea Stuart whose family memoir 'Sugar in the Blood' was published earlier this year to considerable critical acclaim and Jenny Garrett a motivational coach who recently published Rocking Your Role, a how to guide for female breadwinners.

As before we’ll have a large selection of books to swap or buy so remember to bring along
books that you’ve enjoyed and are willing to part with.  

Organised by a collective of London based book lovers, Black Book Swap is open to all.

Book now at http://blackbookswapnovember2012.eventbrite.co.uk for the £3.00 early bird offer.

For all the latest news see: www.twitter/BlackBookSwap

Africa in Science Fiction


When: 20 November 2012
Time: Universal Mind Control (6.30pm-7.45pm); Parable of the Talents (8pm-9pm)
Where: Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Price: Free (but ticket required incurring an online transaction fee of £1.75 or £2.75 if by phone)
Booking: Visit here
Tel: 0844 847 9910

The Creative Word, in partnership with Words of Colour and Southbank Centre, is hosting this exciting double bill of African sci fi in literature and film. The first event, Universal Mind Control, looks at how literature and poetry addresses the African diaspora cosmology and futuristic worlds while Parable of the Talents explores sci fi movies and tries to unpick what is African sci fi. Words of Colour’s executive director Joy Francis, award-winning novelist Courttia Newland and Toyin Agbetu will chair the events with leading artists in the field including playwright Oladipo Agboluaje, filmmaker Kibwe Tavares and authors Tosin Coker and Biram Mboob .

Please note - this free event requires a ticket. You can reserve your ticket online (£1.75 transaction fee) or by phone on 0844 847 9910 (£2.75 transaction fee). Transaction fees apply per transaction, not per ticket. You can also reserve your seat without a transaction fee by visiting one of our Southbank Centre Ticket Offices in person.

Diabetes Charity Dinner & Dance!


When:  Saturday 24th November 2012 from 7pm
Where:  The Holiday Inn - Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Adm:  £45 dinner and dance, £12 dance only

The St. Lucian Diabetes Project UK is a registered charity and will soon be celebrating their 10th anniversary! The Project promotes the health and wellbeing for diabetics, by providing health education on the prevention and management of diabetes through public workshops and clinics as seen in this video.

Every 2 years a team of volunteer doctors, nurses and podiatrists that specialise in diabetes visit St. Lucia to run these workshops to empower and educate both medical staff, patients and the general public on the island.

If more people took the approach of "prevention is better than cure", then this attitude would drastically reduce the amount of diabetes cases. One of the sure signs on the road to diabetes is obesity, especially belly fat Keeping your weight under control, a balanced diet, reducing your sugar intake and very importantly, excercise will reduce the risks of diabetes.

The charity's forthcoming Dinner & Dance event is an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Project to continue the brilliant work that they are doing. Please support a worthy cause by either attending the event, making a donation or simply fowarding this Eml on to 10 friends!

Contact: Mary 0758-867 7504 / Ben 07973 124 191 / Sharon 07956 492 477 www.SaintLuciaDiabetes.DJMrP.com

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

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

Toyin Agbetu will deliver a workshop exploring why and how new technology can make independent filmmaking a reality for those enagged in African liberation.

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