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Greetings Family,

Nyansapo - is an online community radio station hosted by the Ligali Organisation. It is designed to enable honest and progressive discussion of community issues. Our next Pan African Drum programme on 31 March 2009 will ask the questions;

Is it time to strike against taxation enslavement, financial thuggery and Britain's corrupt leaders?

Workers Unite: Against G20 Criminals

Nyansapo

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9pm - 10pm
Pan African News (Mixing international and local news)

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10pm - 11:30pm
Talk of the Day
Workers Unite: Against G20 Criminals. Is it time to strike against taxation enslavement, financial thuggery and Britain's corrupt leaders?

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

Nyansapo - The Pan African Drum

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Toyin Agbetu

Nyansapo – Workers Unite

“The hungry person will not laugh went the server of food breaks wind” – African Proverb, Fulani

Greetings, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most of you to hear that I’ve always opposed bullies. I don’t care whether it’s a man on the street trying to push someone else around or an entire organisation, police force or government trying to make me bend to their will. I don’t like bullies, or as they should more accurately be described in today’s language… terrorists.

Even at secondary school, my inherent willingness to challenge and fight injustice meant I was excused being ‘taxed’ for my dinner money. The bullies who terrorised the school corridors demanded payment from every one too scared to say no. Now I am a grown up I’m disappointed to report very little has changed.

Sadly many of those adult terrorists are now either in prison or worse, in power.  This is a situation that allows them to pass laws that disguises their bribes as ‘bonuses’ and corrupt dealings as ‘competitive tendering’ supposedly on the behalf of public/shareholders (delete as applicable). However the worse legacy of their multi-generational criminal behaviour is the nationwide extortion racket system where they collect ‘protection’ money from the public and business community under the guise of ‘service’ taxes. This is in addition to the £50 ‘migrant’ tax being imposed by the government on those willing workers and students coming into the UK from outside of the EU.

Now you may find this hard to believe but every week there are some who think what I write is too ‘radical’ or too ‘extreme’. They don’t deny the Truth of my words, more the tone. I guess I could dilute it down and just say that due to the economic downturn following the credit crunch, both the respectable economic decision makers of the financial sector and the honourable members of parliament are valiantly seeking a resolution to a global crisis in order to save the world from a life of poverty matching that of the ‘poor underdeveloped’ peoples of Africa.

Stinks doesn’t it.

Truth is, on Wednesday 1 April 2009, a gang of men will meet up in London to decide how best to exploit the labour and rape the remaining earnings of billions of hard working people despite having already been caught stealing from even their own children’s piggy bank leaving them nothing but vapour for their future.  The G20 crew which is led by its charismatic leader, MC Barack ‘The Man’ Obama and the British DJ, Gord ‘Cashwiz’ Brown are determined to ensure they get to keep the trillions in paper (dollars, pounds and euros) as well as the wealthy bling (commercial capital and assets) they have managed to siphon off with colluding bankers, corrupt politicians and the numerous greedy corporate heads they partner with.

Fortunate for us there remains one obstacle in their path preventing them from getting clean away with their nefarious plans and no, it’s not Scooby Doo and those pesky kids.

It’s we, the people. 

Senior officers from the Metropolitan Police force are baiting tens of thousands of protesters to become violent through the release of aggressive confrontational warnings through the media. Some are claiming these tactics are deliberately designed to incite violence. As a precaution, staff working at financial institutions during the G20 summit are being advised to ‘dress down’ for work and not parade in their usual designer clothes to minimise risk of personal attack from ‘angry anarchist activists’. The reality of the situation is that there is much public anger and opposition from the average person on the street to the planned talks by the western leaders where they are expected to promote a public funded ‘stimulus’ designed to kick start (read bludgeon)  the collapsing capitalist system.   

In fluffy wuffy language this means that in preparation for the forthcoming meeting of western leaders in London, British security forces are looking for excuses to criminalise the active elements of public dissent by adopting an anti-terrorism posture. As mass public support for globalisation and capitalism wavers, the US and UK governments are leading the strategy where a planned ‘bailout’ of $11.6 trillion in toxic assets alongside the erection of trade protectionism will be introduced forcing African nations to allow unfair “free trade” for western nations to continue to exploit.

As usual the World Bank, World Trade Organisation and International Monetary Fund institutions will use talk of ‘Aid’, ‘debt’ and ‘loans’ to force any governments opposing these plans to lower trade tariffs that would bring equity and sustainable development to African markets.

For African’s in the UK, those working hard to sustain their families are now all at risk of sudden redundancy. This forces us to slave even harder to own the increasingly worthless pieces of sterling at their plantations. In fact the true value of money has become all the more transparent given that the government has given the Bank of England (massa’s treasurer) a 007 license to print as much money as it wants as long as it disguises it under the ludicrous title of ‘quantitative easing’. Something is wrong.

It may have taken a while for the penny to drop but slowly and surely the tax payer has started to realise that when the government ensures NHS bosses get a pay increase of 7.6% whilst nurses receive only 1.9%, something is wrong.

We, who are also being affected from council tax rises of 3%, effectively leaving our average household £40 worst off are also realising, something is wrong.

Meanwhile government ministers block attempts to allow full public scrutinise of their own soaring expenses whilst they claim for porno films and second homes out of the public purse, the state equalities body run by Trevor Philips haemorrhages senior staff losing all credibility and integrity for its so called ‘fairness’ agenda whilst simultaneously overseeing a cutting of access to benefit services and life saving allowances for the most vulnerable.
 
The government would rather we vent our anger out in a single day of rage, break a few windows and then leave them alone to continue business as usual. I suggest those of us who plan to march/pray/beg (delete applicable) for ‘economic justice’ start thinking smart. As Africans we know how beyond the initial feel good factor all these strategies are proven ineffective approaches when it comes to ‘forcing’ oppressive regimes to bring about any meaningful or long lasting change.

In my opinion the best defence and strategic offence is organisation for action. A local shopkeeper in my area is leading a coalition of local businesses who are collectively refusing to pay a 5.2% increase in business rates demanded by the British government.

The British have a history of using and imposing mafia styled tax demands on innocent people as a means of exploiting and ultimately controlling the resources of others. In many instances throughout time this has led to the death of Africans, from the Hut Tax War, 1898 in Sierra Leone to the Aba Women’s War, 1929 in Nigeria.

Their petition statement to Hackney Council reads “If the government is bailing [out] the banks that exploited us with impunity and also refused to give loans to small business, they should [also] do that to small businesses. We the undersigned businesses have unanimously agreed NOT to pay business rate until the matter is resolved”.

Something about this feels right, very right.

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: Update
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Nyansapo: The Pan African Drum

Become Involved

  • Spreading The Word
    Nyansapo is the response of the Ligali organisation following the continuing demise of printed media as an efficient means of distributing community news. We face constant attack, and so with limited resources have to rely solely on recommendations and word of mouth to grow and develop. Please encourage others to listen and if moved, to share their views with our listeners on air or through email.
  • Pan African News Request
    Every week we start the Pan African drum with coverage of the weeks stories from Africa kindly provided to us by the African Development Institute. We would welcome a weekly digest from Africans with links in the Caribbean, South America and europe who could also provide us with a similar resource.
  • News Update
    If there are any stories of events we have failed to cover or we have inadvertently published incorrect information about an issue then please contact us with updates and information.
  • Story Tellers
    We are seeking people who read traditional stories to children to help with a forthcoming radio programme we are working on for the station. If possible please record a short sample of yourself reading a poem or story and email it to us at mail@ligali.org with the subject line ‘Nyansapo – Traditional Voices, Spoken Words’.
  • Poetry / Spoken Word
    We are still asking for poems that have most moved you or you feel best reflects our own cultural, political and spiritual beliefs. It doesn't have to be formal prose, lyrics from a song or spoken word performance are all eligible. Please email the words and name of the artist to mail@ligali.org with the subject heading 'Poetry'.
  • Notting Hill Carnival Working Group.
    If you are saddened or feel our Ancestors have been disrespected and our people manipulated by the way Notting Hill Carnival has been hijacked for financial and political exploitation. If you feel it has now been turned into a annual ritual divorced of dignity and any spiritual purpose then please email us at mail@ligali.org using the subject name ‘NHC09’  to start work on reclaiming back the spirit of what is the largest African organised ceremony in europe. Please only get in touch if you are serious about doing Ancestral liberation work and fully understand the risks.
 

Technical Issues

  • Callers
    Nyansapo is a community radio station with very limited resources, as such we rely on our listeners to become active, get engaged, call and contribute with news items or sharing empowering community information we may have missed. We request all other phone contributions be limited to a maximum of ten minutes to allow others to interact with the programme.
  • Phone Lines
    Sound quality for callers trying to hear responses down the telephone is sporadic, sometimes the line is clear, on other occasions callers cannot hear us making interaction impossible. Our original objective was to provide a low cost phone number for our community to interact through, we may have to resort to using more flexible but expensive mobile communications technology if this fails. Please bear with us whilst we work on solutions.

Nyansapo: Spoken Word Matters


The Nyansapo Listeners DVD List

Last week listeners emailed and called in naming some of the positive Africentric DVD's they recommended watching. If you have any recommendation, please share them.


Viewing Matter:The Nyansapo Listeners DVD List


Recommended Films

Kirikou and the Sorceress

Undercover Brother (Eddie Griffin)

Pride (starring Terence Howard)

Three the Hard Way (Jim Brown Jim  Kelly Fred Williamson)

Akeelah and the Bee

Rosewood

Dead Presidents

The Reading Rooms

Panthers

Get on the Bus

A Great and Mighty Walk

Chisholm 72 Unbought and Unbossed

Three The Hard Way

The Spook Who Sat By The Door

Watermelon Man directed by Van Peebles

Freedom Song starring Danny Glover

Ill Gotten Gains

10,000 Black Men Named George


Most recommended film link last week;

The Obama Deception

It has been described as; "A mental drop kick to the head most of the info presented is easily verifiable. This is two hours long, but well worth watching."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw


Maisha Solution
Maisha Solutions:
Every door has its own key

Screening: Maisha Solutions - Every Door As Its Own Key

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 12pm
Venue
: Woolwich Town hall, Market street, London SE18 6PW

A screening of the film Maisha Solutions (Part One) will be taking place during the African Market Day.

Maisha Solutions: Part One - "Every Door has its own key"
Duration: 1 Hr 45 Minutes
Director: Toyin Agbetu
Produced by the Ligali Organisation

Synopsis:
In a two part documentary, specifically made for a Pan African audience, we follow the writer and activist, Toyin Agbetu as he shares the results of his three year journey across three continents in seek of solutions to the many problems African people currently face as a result of Maafa.

Prior to its premiere screening Toyin announced to audience members; “it is both nervous and humbling to share my opinions, thoughts and feelings in this way, it has a very different [spiritual] energy from the Maafa series, it is an emotional film, and also very personal”.

Rejecting the classic ten point plan method, Maisha Solutions instead features contributions from various voices across the world with a strong emphasis placed upon independent learning and the empowerment of young people and women. The two part film offers insights into various topics and invites viewers to take leadership roles by becoming Pan African community workers that utilise our progressive traditional customs in order to successfully tackle many of the challenges we face today.

Comments and Feedback

 

Greetings Family
 
Thanks for The Pan Afrikan Drum. It was great reading  and I am about to forward it to my contacts in Kenya and Jamaica. I will also sign up for the £12.00 per month sponsorship. When I have settled down a bit I will write something about what I saw in Kenya, especially the total colonization of Afrikan minds by European religion and having to strongly refuse to sit in a room with my people overlooked by images of the demon pope, demon jesus and virgin mary.
 
Anyway I would like to submit this poem which always gets big support from the community as people see their own family situations in it. I had the opportunity to share it with progressive sisters and brothers in Kenya and it was well received.

They Took My Momma and Made Her White
 
They took my momma and made her white
so much so that she hates herself
they took my momma and made her white
and she became ashamed of her colour
ashamed to be Black she favoured white or light skin
 
Anything too Black don't have anything to do with it
said my momma as she reverently watches and admires the queen
her white Christ is on the wall all blond haired blue eyed and smiling
and my Black white momma worships reverently
no room for Black visual images
no room for Afrikan gods
no room for Afrikan religion
because my Black mommas white through and through
 
To New York I went one summer
a Black Madonna and child I did bring for my momma
no thanks did I get
no exclamation of delight
nat even-ah wah dat yu bring
no words were uttered by my parent
to say that's an interesting picture you have there
it made me sad, oh! so sad to realise
that my momma was white through and through
 
I feel so sorry for her
because she thinks that I am mad
for loving Blackness more than anything
more than anything else in this world
she call me up often to tell me
to stap them things that yu saying
to stap attending dem meetings dat yu attending
to stap mixing wid dem people dat yu mixing wid
dem going tu cut yu down she tells me
as if I care
 
Dat nice jab dat yu did have ina de health service
yu give it up an now yu turn nobaddy
mi have tu laugh and remind her of our enslavement
of colonialism and imperialism
of white supremacy which robbed Afrikans
of our minds and our lands and resources
she calls me evil
wishes i'd died at birth
and I have to shake my head in despair
because my mommas gonna go to her grave
and she'll still be white through and through
 
From "In Praise of Our Ancestors" Nzingha Assata (1997)

Keep strong
 
Sis Nzingha


 

Dear Toyin:
 
Brother, it was so lovely to meet and speak with you today. My husband was very pleased to have been able to speak with you and to inform you that many of us are still very much on the path to truth justice and righteousness with and alike yourself.
 
Attached is one of my trademark poems VICTORIOUS Not a victim, as requested.
 
Blessings, Peace, Protection, Righteousness and Prosperity to you always,
Mr David & Mrs Chantel Tagoe

VICTORIOUS NOT A VICTIM

People, if someone is out of order – out of line,
You’ve got to let them know.
If someone’s disrespectful, out of line –
Why would you let them go?
Go without correction.
Go, like there was no detection.
My friends, its time, for a new form of dictation.

It’s happened to me, many a time…
People shoving, pushing, dashing me aside.
In fact it happened (again) today,
Hence why I put pen to paper and DADAA!
I’ve created a RHYME!!!

A Victim, I AM NOT,
Though I’ve felt that way a lot.
Nonetheless, the reality remains:
A Victim I AM NOT.

Just when are we going to believe God’s Word?
When are we going to act in His accord?
          ‘More than Conquerors,
          Victors’, He said.
A Victim. ‘No Sa’!
People, we best come correct.

Disrespectful; hateful; vengeful and envious.
Allow philosophies, historical bondages down to people’s issues 
                                                                             with your race,
The colour of your face, your skin…
These are not enough for you to put up with things,
That ignorance creates.

The Principle is: do unto others as you would have them do to you.
Do You wish to be shoo’d, misused, boo’d, abused,
Because your neighbour has a ‘1st Class’ in rude?

Well, the answer is simple.
It’s all a matter of principle.
Don’t watch my skin, my height or my features.
You best watch your manners and remember who you see here:
                             I AM VICTORIOUS;
                        A sample of Love in Motion.
                        You should be extremely cautious,
                        In how you approach My Notion.


© 2005 TRUTHbTold(Chantel Clarissa)
ctagoe@hotmail.co.uk
www.myspace.com/creationsexpression -- also on facebook.com

Donations Matter
3d Project
3d Project: Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities.

Support: 3D Project, Spanish Town, Jamaica

Greetings Afrikan people
  
3D Projects is a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme based in four parishes in Jamaica —
St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Thomas and St. Mar
y. It is dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities.

Gerlin Bean a serious Pan-Afrikan sister who returned to JA from England in 1987 and is the Director of this project has been working round the clock to keep it going for our disabled children in Jamaica and the project would benefit from assistance from us here in the UK. Over the years Gerlin has put in hours that most of us wouldn't even consider to keep the services operating, their sources of funding has repeatedly been cut over the years.
 
I know that many are feeling the pinch from the Credit Crunch but i'm sure that any support given will go a long way to ensuring that those from the poorer sections in Jamaica have this service to use. 
 
Please send any contributions directly as outlined in the documentation and we look forward to your support
 
Sister Nzingha Assata

3D Projects
Dedicated to the Development of persons with Disabilities
Head Office: 14 Monk Street, Spanish Town, St. Catherine,
Tel.: (876)984-2840, Fax: (876)984-7808
Email: threedprojects@yahoo.com
Website:www.3dprojects.com.jm


3d Project
Baruwa Community School:Due to lack of funding in some classes there are 20 pupils to one teacher

Support: Baruwa's Primary School, Nigeria

Baruwa Community Primary School has 700 pupils, 7 teachers and 7 classrooms. You can do the maths. The school has no toilet and no safe drinking water. ICL is working with teachers, parents and community leaders to raise the awareness of the challenges faced at the school and raise funds to facilitate the installation of toilets and a bore-hole.

Baruwa Community Primary School, one of the only government-owned public primary schools in the area and not that far from the office of Ipaja Community Link, has recently become one of the key areas of work for staff. The school has over 700 pupils, but just 7 classrooms and 7 teachers.

The school was originally sited in a factory, but the school moved to this site in 2007 and opened on 5 May 2008 - it was not completed, but the Headteacher and teachers believed that it was "manageable". Government funds have not since stretched to complete windows, doors and plastering nor are there available funds to install toilets for the pupils or the teachers or provide a bore-hole for safe drinking water. Currently, pupils and staff go to the toilet in the bush area beside the school (which is often frequented by snakes) and drink water from an exposed well.

Please think about donating, you can send a cheque in the post payable to DIFN and post it to Ade Fashade at 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyson Street, London, E8 2LY. Many of these children are part of the OVC support programme and ICL want to do all that we can to make their lives better.

http://www.ipajacommunitylink.blogspot.com/


 

Nyansapo - Donations and fundraising

The Nyansapo radio station is now exceeding our monthly bandwidth allocation and having to incur extra costs to maintain the station. We also need to build an additional media servers, one for backup purposes. We are asking anyone who is interested in making monthly contributions to go to www.ligali.org/aboutus/donations/.

If only a few listeners were happy enough to make regular donations of at least £12 per month (£3 per week) we could improve the width and quality of our broadcasting service. Whilst the Ligali organisation does not take advertising we will consider programme sponsorship.


 

BCA fundraising appeal

Lambeth charity Black Cultural Archives (BCA) has been collecting community archives for over 20 years. Previously stored in Coldharbour Lane, BCA is now fundraising to convert Raleigh Hall in Windrush Square, Brixton, into a permanent home for its collection of historical material relating to black Britain, as well as providing a much-needed educational resource for schools, students and the general public.

The charity needs to raise £2.3m for the dream to become a reality.

Paul Reid, Director of BCA, said:  “Throughout the UK, we are losing important heritage assets through poor or insufficient appropriate storage conditions. Important hidden heritage such as ephemera, documents and photographs, together with interactive and “living history” elements such as oral and video testimony is deteriorating in lofts, garages, suitcases, plastic bags along with the fading memories of our Elders.

“We’ve worked so hard to get where we are and there’s still a lot to do to reach our remaining fundraising target. I’m confident that we will be able to achieve this and build a centre that we can all be proud of."

The project is of local, national and international significance and is a unique and much needed repository for African and African-Caribbean heritage. The state-of-the-art building will explore the multi-dimensional aspects of African and African-Caribbean experiences in the UK. The BCA will tell the big stories and the hidden ones too; personalising the experience so we can all be inspired by the wealth of experience. The centre will provide the right setting to display artefacts and present programme that will tell stories from unique perspectives.

The overall capital project costs are £6.5m. £4.2m has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lambeth Council, which has also gifted a 99-year lease for the currently derelict Grade II listed Raleigh Hall.

BCA are required to raise the additional £2.3m to enable the building works to begin in the spring of 2010. BCA needs the community to support their fundraising efforts through donations, sponsored runs, walks, auctions etc to help them reach their target by November 2009.

BCA aims to lead the heritage and cultural sectors and the general public towards a greater understanding and enjoyment of Black heritage and the training of black archivists through its Black traineeship scheme.

The facilities on offer will include a Black Studies reference library, two exhibition spaces, interactive technology, education rooms, bookshop, café and BCA will work with artists to take heritage outside into the outdoor public space. The archive catalogue and examples from the archive will be accessible on-line.

The new centre anticipates 40,000 visitors a year. The archive will focus on late 20th century life in Britain as experienced by people of African and African-Caribbean descent but the organisation as a whole as a broader remit to provide a wealth of activities.

For more details about BCA and its fundraising efforts click on www.justgiving.com/bcaheritage

Community News

 

News Shorts

Gilligan probes Starlight Music Academy for investigative attack
Disgraced journalist Andrew Gilligan has been exposed seeking to launch a media attack against the decision of the London Development Agency to support a group of community organisations based in Kennington, London.  Using his credentials as writer for the Evening Standard newspaper, Gilligan obtained an intrusive interview with director Shanice Duffus seeking information for his article.

It is believed that Gilligan plans to use the London tabloid to spearhead a campaign to obtain the permanent eviction of several community organisations catering for the need of African children. Nicknamed ‘Gullible Gilligan’, the writer was forced to resign as a BBC employee and seek work with tabloids following nationwide criticism directed at him after the Hutton report found him guilty of fabricating evidence in his report during the run up to the Iraq war. Gilligan was the defence and diplomatic correspondent for BBC Radio 4's Today programme. He has since conceded some of his story was wrong, and apologised for it. The Hutton inquiry investigated the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly.

For more info:
Tory Troll
http://torytroll.blogspot.com/2009/03/visit-from-andrew-gilligan.html

Starlight Music Academy
www.starlightmusicacademy.com


Trevor Philips under pressure to resign as equality chief
The controversial chairman of the governments Equality and Human Rights Commission faces mounting pressure to resign after two commissioners and the body’s director of strategy resigned following disapproval of Phillip’s bizarre managerial style and financial irregularities involving the disappearance of £30,000 worth of computer laptops. Phillips who has no support from the community he is employed to protect is instead backed by his close friend the disgraced Labour politician and current government business secretary, Peter Mandelson and cabinet minister Harriet Harman. With an annual £70 million of public money wasted through his administration he has been widely criticised for leading the organisation on a nebulous agenda of ‘fairness’ instead of using the law to focus and act on inequality and discrimination.


 

Award Ceremony: Annual Essay Contest for Children of African Descent 2009

A note from award founder, Lorna Jones;

Thank you all who came and participated in the Awards Ceremony yesterday.  It was lovely to see so many of you.  I hope you enjoyed the day.  I am delighted that so many of the children chose to read their work to allow all in attendance the pleasure of hearing from their own voice their viewpoints on these important topics.  Some needed a little more prodding than others but we were all delighted they chose to read in the end.

Previous winner's privilege went to Sindiwe Mvubu who won the oldest age category last year.  Her programme consisted of showcasing talent in the young as three young poets from Claudia Jones Organisation shared their beautifully-written work with us. 

We were also delighted by the young musicians at Vuka Afrika. They are available for bookings. 

Thank you for your programme, Sindiwe.  I hope other winners will take up the opportunity to present their own programme next year.

Florianne Fidgenon, an amazing young talent who is only in year 5, not only won her age category (8 - 10 years), but bravely read the overall winning essay written by a much older child in Burkina Faso (Ollo Pascal Kambou).  Well done, Floriane.

Thank you Nia Project for coming all the way from Ipswich - despite the horrendous trip you had getting to us.  Also for Mapambano Academy who came in from Bristol. 

A special THANK YOU to the Claudia Jones Organisation for bringing about 30 children to the Awards Ceremony and making the effort to support the Awards Ceremony for the second year running.  Your poets were a sheer delight to listen to.  Keep up the good work with Our children at Claudia Jones Organisation.

Thank you Judges who spoke directly to the children with such positive, supportive and encouraging sentiments.

Thank you all for making the Awards Ceremony such an uplifting event.

Winners

Very well done to the following winners:

Floriane Fidegnon (8-10 years)
F. Anselme Oualbeogo (11-13 years)
Ollo Pascal Kambou (15-16 years)

The winning essays were truly excellent this year.  Ollo wrote an amazing essay in French which was translated into English to allow English-speakers to understand what Ollo had to say on this important topic. 

As is customary, prizes were awarded to winners overall irrespective of country.  In addition, one of our Judges (thank you, Mr. Ryder) kindly offered prizes to the top contestants in the UK.

A Special Thank you to Mr. Salya who mobilised over 40 children to participate this year therefore allow us our first French-speaking contestants. Also to Sydney in Uganda for submitting over 100 contestants from across Uganda. 

I do hope you will choose to participate in the Essay Contest for Children of African Descent 2010.  Thank you again for your support of this initiative as we seek to encourage and support Our children.

http://www.lornajones.net/

  Victims of Violence – March 2009
 

Date

Name, age, picture

Type of incident

Details

Outcome

22/03/09

Ian Newtion, (aka Scoobie Santino – reggae singer), 45yrs,

Scoobie Santino

Murder - found with his neck cut in Greenford, West London.

The delivery driver, who had a hit single Cash Money in the 1990s, was heading home after finishing a gig at a nearby club when he was attacked.
The singer was found collapsed in a pool of blood by a member of the public at around 9am. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Anyone with information was asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  Education Matters..
nabss logo
Conference organised by: National Association of Black Supplementary School (NABSS) and the Black and Other UK Home Educators (BAOHE)

Home and Supplementary Education Conference - 6 June 2009

Greetings,

Black and Other UK Home Educators and the National Association of Black Supplementary Schools have got together to put on a conference to update the public about  home education and the availability of supplementary education for Black children.

This event will be held at the Hackney Museum on Saturday 6th June 2009 from 11am till 4pm.

We are inviting individuals and organisations in these fields to join us and take part in this event so we can give parents the best information that is available.

There is a wide range of media available for presentations including a Plasma TV and Powerpoint presentation facilities. This will be a FREE event with light refreshments available.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to take part.

Black and Other UK Home Educators
Rehena Prior
Managing Director

http://www.blackandotherukhomeeducators.tk
E-mail: info@blackandotherukhomeeducators.tk
Tel:07960491963
Skype: rehenaprior

NABSS
Nia Imara
Managing Director

Tel:07958 348 558
info@nabss.org.uk
www.nabss.org.uk


 

Excelsior College: Affordable Independent Education

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Your child can now have an early independent education in a personalised, friendly, family atmosphere with common values. Our customising delivery of the national curriculum is designed to best suit their abilities and help them realise their potential. we achieve this by applying a lively and investigative pupil centred approach to learning.

High Standards, high expectations and pride in self are nurtured to become a part of the children's identity.

Affordable Education

Age Group 3-11

Excelsior College is a non denominational nursery and primary school for children from 3 to 11 years old. The school was first opened in 1989. We aim for excellence in education and the development of every child’s unique potential. Building in each a capacity and eagerness to learn as well as the personal traits of character that is the basis of well rounded and forward going children. Achieved in the most unlikeliest of locations.

Don't delay, call and visit us, we welcome your interest.

Excelsior College, Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham N17 8JL

Telephone: 0208 365 1153

Website: www.excelsiorcollege.co.uk
Email: info@excelsiorcollege.co.uk

  Art Matters...
 

The Hounding of David Oluwale

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I’ve just came back from watching the superb play, The Hounding of David Oluwale based on the book by Kesper Aspden and I still find it difficult to talk let alone write about it. I’m not sure whether it’s because I feel uncomfortable about not knowing much about this tragic but important piece of history or am just angry that many of the issues that occurred several decades ago leading to the murder of an innocent man are still current issues affecting the descendants of African immigrants living in Britain today.

David Oluwale played by Daniel Francis was an African who in 1949 came to UK from Nigeria with hopes of realising a dream in the heart of empire. Mis-educated to believe Britain was a civilised nation with opportunity for all, he planned to train as an engineer and return home to help his family and people.

Tragic circumstances prevented this and on 4 May 1969 his body was found in the River Aire at Knostrop in Leeds. The two Leeds police officers, Geoff Ellerker and Ken Kitching who continuously harassed, beat and eventually murdered him were found guilty of causing him physical harm but on directions from the judge acquitted of manslaughter. Unsurprisingly, for a British court, David Oluwale was repeatedly likened to a wild animal, during the November 1971 trial. This remains a racist stereotype that has plagued investigations into the deaths of African people in the UK ever since.

Yet whilst this play is hung around the premise of revealing the horrific details from the investigation into David Oluwale’s death, it simultaneously achieves the remarkable feat of telling us about David Oluwale the man, the person, the human. We may not even be sure about Oluwale being his real name, but his life in unquestionable.

Oladipo Agboluaje’s masterful adaptation for the stage not only brings much passion to the topic but also restraint and subtlety, tactically avoiding the use of ‘burn babylon’ clichés to allow actor Daniel Francis, to powerfully illustrate the path from hopeful immigrant to that of a man unfairly locked up for eights years in the Menston ‘mental’ asylum, during which time he was subjected to electro-therapy treatment and heavy antipsychotic tranquillisers.

Dipo Agboluaje ensures his harrowing descent after being released back onto the streets and being made jobless, homeless and eventually brutalised by a imperialist social system built on raw anti-African ideology is both compelling although very painful to watch. However this is not a tale about police barbarity, nor is it a play about racism.

It would have been easy, almost lazy to simply focus on reminding people that since David Oluwale’s case not a single police officer has ever been successfully prosecuted for murder even when inquests have returned verdicts of ‘unlawful killings’. From Frank Ogboru to Christopher Alder, from Rocky Bennet to Sean Bell, despite the impotence of the Macpherson report following the bungling of Stephen Lawrence’s murder there has been little progress on this matter. No lessons learnt.

But playwright Dipo skillfully avoids the moralising and sticks to the task at hand. In so doing he addresses the police hounding whilst crafting a play about hope and dreams, a play about dignity and the human desire for love, security and justice. A play about the life of 38 year old, David Oluwale, an African. Get to know him.


The Hounding of David Oluwale play brings injustices of deaths in custody to the stage
http://www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=548&Itemid=117

David Oluwale Memorial Appeal,
c/o Max Farrar,
Macauley 106,
Leeds Metropolitan University,
Headingley Campus,
Leeds, LS6 3QS

m.farrar@leedsmet.ac.uk
0113 812 3984

  Health Matters
 

Psoriasis Reality
Not many people know it but African people can develop a condition called chronic psoriasis. It is non contagious but can be seen as unsightly. It is not unknown for sufferers to be told to cover their lesions as it could scare the children.

It is still possible to live as full a life as full as possible but there are many restrictions. Many never go swimming for fear of other people’s reaction, although a sufferer may love swimming. It becomes required to wear dark clothing so that if lesions bleed they won’t be noticeable. In some cases it is necessary to wear clothes that cover the body from shoulder to ankle no matter what the weather.

Psoriasis is more than just a skin condition; it is a long term chronic condition that can have a profound social and psychological impact on those who live with it.  

Psoriasis is a serious, chronic inflammatory systemic disease (CISD), which may cause co-morbidities such as cardiovascular heart disease and diabetes.

It is vital that people with psoriasis have access to the latest treatments to manage their psoriasis and long term health.

If you would like to offer support for those living with this condition ten please add your name to the petition.
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/PsoriasisReality/

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

Mashufaa Classes

Date
: 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

Wednesday
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

Thursdays
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

Email: info@mashufaa.co.uk
Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk
Tel: 07956 337391/ 07715 942734

Community Events

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New play on David Oluwale - 31 March 2009

A new play adapted by Dipo Agboluaje based on Kester Aspden's award winning book The Hounding of David Oluwale telling the story of one of the earliest recorded African deaths in police custody.

  • 31 March-4 April 2009, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF

 

Seminars/talks on African (Black) Britain

Venue: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 28 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DS
Time: 6 to 7.30pm

April 15 - Maghan Keita, Villanova University: The return of the Black Knight: the African in the construction medieval and renaissance European identity

May 13 - David Clover, Librarian, ICS: Dispersed or destroyed: archives, the West Indian Students’ Union and public memory

June 10 - Cliff Pereira Black and Asian Community voice and Local History - The Bexley example


 

Dr Sebi UK Tour: A Holistic Herbal Healing Events

It is with great disappointed we are sad to inform you that Dr Sebi’s office has cancelled this series of events at the very last moment. They’ve expressed their interest to come to London soon.


 

Restoration and Realisation of Self course in pictures

Date: March 2009
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Walthamstow E17
Adm: £6.50 donation (food will be available on sale)

2nd Saturday of Every Month

A composition of images, audio and video

This is a course for beginner, an introduction for participants in World History from a Black perspective: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americans, the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks, Romans. We will explore the global black experience and relate this to the here and now. The civilisations of Europe, the Dark Ages, politics of economics, the politics of race and nationalism, culture and identity, religion and spirituality.

Participants will learn about themselves, as they explore through themes and visual representation and then relate this to themselves and the present.

The course runs for 13 sessions

For more information: 07958 671 267 or 07816 277 360

Challenging assumptions and building for the future.


 

Screening: Grove Roots

Date: Monday 30 March 2009
Time: 6:30pm
Location: HistoryTalk, Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Rd, W11 4AH
Adm: Free (first come first served)

Grove Roots unearths the rise of the Notting Hill Carnival, the fruition of 'Frestonia' and the lives of unique local figures such as Claudia Jones and Peter Rachmann.Featuring the voices of renowned screenwriter Richard Curtis as well as other local musicians, artists, community workers and residents, the film tells the story of the Ladbroke Grove area from the 1958 race riots to the ethnically rich place it is today. Made by 8 local, young people with the help of the Octavia Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Screenings also taking place:

Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate W11 3JQ
Tuesday 7th April at 7.30pm

Avenues
3-7 Third Avenue W10 4RS
Friday 24th April 7.30pm

12 Acklam Rd, W10 5QZ
Saturday 16th May 4pm
Event will take place following Kelso Cochrane memorial walk (starts 12pm Kensal Green Cemetery) N.B. time of screening is subject to change if procession over-runs.

RBKC Town Hall, Lecture Theatre
Horton Street, W8 7NX
Friday 22nd May at 6.30pm

Lexi Cinema
194b Chamberlayne rd
NW10 3JU
Tuesday 16th June at 6.30pm


 

Black Screen Britian

Date: Tuesday 31st March 2009 / 7th April 2009
Time: 11.30am
Where: BBC Radio 4 and on BBC i-player for 7 days after broadcast

Programme 1: Less than 50 years ago a passionate bedroom kiss between a white man and a black woman in a popular television soap opera was the stuff of tabloid headlines. So risqué that, in fact, once the news broke, the kiss was cut.

Inter-racial relationships were just one of the many taboos that early black actors had to deal with - as Burt Caesar discovers in the first of two programmes exploring how immigrants from the Caribbean were depicted in British screen drama.  He talks to some of the pioneering generation of black British actors about what it was like to play black characters in the 1950s and 60s, a time when the new Caribbean presence was still a curiosity for audiences in this country.

Programme 2: By the 1970s the prevailing screen images of black people were as muggers and thieves or as the butt of comedians’ jokes. But, as tensions between young black men and the police escalated in cities across the country, a small number of black writers and film makers started to challenge these stereotypes and tell their own stories. Their task was not easy but, as Burt finds out in this programme, the body of work they created now provides a valuable alternative view of black lives in Britain.

Contributors include: actors Earl Cameron CBE, Mona Hammond, Cy Grant, Joan Hooley, Rudolph Walker, writer Michael Abbensetts, film makers John Akomfrah OBE, Menelek Shabazz, Alrick Riley, sound recordist Albert Bailey, commentators June Givanni, Dr Jim Pines and Baroness Lola Young.

Please note: Most of the films discussed in this series can be viewed free of charge at the BFI Southbank's Mediatheque in London or at the Quad in Derby


 

Screening: Quilombo Country

Date: Tuesday 31 March 2009
Time: Doors Open 6:30, Screening starts 7PM
Location: PCS Learning Centre, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria
Adm: £4 per person for each event. Food and refreshments on sale.

Black History Studies presents “Quilombo Country,” the award-winning feature documentary about Brazilian villages founded by escaped and rebel enslaved Africans. Brazil was brutal and deadly for millions of Africans. But many thousands escaped and rebelled, creating settlements in Brazil’s untamed hinterland. Today these communities struggle to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression. “Quilombo Country” tells the story of these communities, with rare footage of festivals and ceremonies that blend Catholic, African and native Amazonian rituals and customs, and examines issues of political identity, land rights, and racial and socioeconomic discrimination. Narrated by Chuck D, leader of the iconic hip hop band Public Enemy.

There will be an entry fee of £4 per person for each event. Food and refreshments on sale. Places for the film screenings are limited, so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.

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

(Please note, photographs will be taken at this event and may be used for promotional purposes).

We would appreciate if you could forward this information to all who you believe will be interested.  We look forward to seeing you for another exciting night of Black History Studies

Regards

Mark and Charmaine Simpson

A second screening will take place in North London on;

Date: Thursday 2nd April 2009
Location: Parish Room at St Michael's Church, Bounds Green Road, London N22 8HE. (Directly behind the Church on the corner of Bounds Green Road). Nearest Underground Station: Wood Green Station - Piccadilly Line. Doors open at 7.00pm.
Time: 7:30pm


 

Race in the Modern World Conference:
Nawal el Saadawi in conversation with Kadija (George) Sesay

Date: 3 April 2009
Time: 1pm - 2 pm
Location: The Small Cinema  in the Richard Hoggart Building of Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK

Nawal el Saadawi in conversation with Kadija (George) Sesay for an international conference on race discourses and contemporary identitieson

Confirmed speakers include Les Back, Bryan Cheyette, Paul Gilroy, Kenan Malik and Nawal el Saadawi

*Additional allocation of concessionary tickets now available from the Stephen Lawrence Trust*

http://www.gold.ac.uk/rmwc2009/


 

Seminar: Making Money From Music: Intellectual Property, Income Streams, The Media & Marketing

Date: Thursday 2 April 2009
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Press Centre, Accra

Making Money From Music aims to focus on lessons learnt from last year's seminar. It will break down the key points of Copyright, particularly for journalists to have a better handle on reporting Copyright and music industry practice; highlight key income streams within the Ghanaian market and potential abroad; and explain how the interplay with the media and proper marketing has the potential to make Ghanaian music a strong seller at home and abroad.

To join musicians, music industry practitioners, journalists, IP (Intellectual Property) lawyers, Government representatives and other stakeholders, please check; http://www.btwsc.com/eventdetail.php?eventId=31.

Forum: Ghana First

Date: Thursday 2 April 2009
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Press Centre, Accra

Veteran diplomat KB Asante will present his 85th Birthday personal reflections as part of the launch of Ghana First, a non-partisan forum (for background and booking: http://www.btwsc.com/Ghana_First). Ghana First is a separate event with Kwaku from BBMC alongside Ms Serwah, the Ghanaian born barrister and co-ordinator of pan-London voluntary organisation BTWSC.


 

Film Boutique Screening: Rebound

Date: Thursday 2nd April
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Three Sisters Public House, 35 Queensdown Road, Hackney, E5 8NN
Adm: Contact - 0208 533 3308

Kush Promotions & ‘The Three Sisters’ Screening Room Presents Thursday Nite ‘Film Boutique’ and the UK Premier screening of Rebound - The Story Of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (15) starring Don Cheadle, James Earl Jones, Forest Whitaker, Michael Beach & Eriq LaSalle. Come along and enjoy Free Popcorn & drink, Guest Performances, Giveaways, Music & Networking all in a great atmosphere! 

Special Exclusive screenings forthnightly on each 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, including Short & Feature Films, Celebrity Attendances, Food, Music & Socialising all in 1 venue!

Limited amount of tables / Also purchase select DVD’s on the night! 

For Further info Call Kush: 07961 977 749 / email: info@kushfilms.com / www.kushfilms.com


 

Black Women Hair Skin and Beauty

Date: Sat 4th April 2009
Time:
12pm-5.00.pm
Location:
Museum in Docklands, DLR West India Quay
Adm: Free

This event  is always packed to see why click http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dmUVXGfJ4Yc 

In association with Inspired Black Women, three films and workshops on the history and legacy of the beauty of black women. 

Films include:Sisters on the Light/Dark Thing (beauty), Black, Bold and Beautiful (hair), Yellow Babes (skin)

We will also have reports on the experiences of Black British women in Senegal, Somalia and Norway and men will be asked as to what they find attractive in women. For video on amazing and heroic women from the diaspora click here

Heroic Black Women

www.museumindocklands.co.uk


  Screening: Nubian Spirit: The African Legacy of the Nile Valley

Date: Saturday 4th April 2009
Time: 7pm
Location: Centerprise Bookshop, 136-138 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS
Tickets: £3

Tel: 0207 254 9632

Nubian Spirit is a rare documentary by director Louis Buckley which unravels the legacy of ancient Sudan through an exploration of the  history and spiritual mythology of the original peoples of the Nile Valley. Digging deep into the regions contribution to modern civilization, it looks at such disciplines such as astronomy, architecture and science showing how what is now a war torn part of Africa, once rose to prominence in former times.

Features interviews with leading pan-African scholars Robin Walker, K.N Chimbiri, Anthony Browder and Dr Kimani Nehusi.

Screening will be followed by a discussion with the Director.


 

New Mind School Fundraising Performance

Date: Saturday 4th April 2009
Time: Doors open: 3.30 pm - Programme 4 pm - 6 pm
Location: 1-5 Hinton Road  Brixton  London SE24 0HJ
Adm: Tickets £5 and available from New Mind School

The students of  New Mind School invite you to watch their performance of recitation, poetry, song, rap, ballet and more - in the cause of healthy living!

New Mind School

Fundraising Performance

“EAT RIGHT!”

“THINK RIGHT!”

Food and refreshments on sale.Free parking on Hinton Road from 2 pm onwards.

Tickets £5 and available from New Mind School, Suite 9 Warwick House, Overton Road, Brixton London SW9 7JP

 Telephone: 020 7733 3975 / 07960 691401

Email: info@newmindschool.org

 Support Independent Education


 

Black History Studies: British Museum Tour

Date: Sunday 5 April 2009
Time: 10.30am- 12.30pm or 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Adm: £10 per person

Greetings,

Just a reminder to say, there is just two weeks to go until our next tour of the British Museum. If you have not yet booked your place, please do so as soon as possible.

All are welcome to the tour of the British Museum, designed by Black History Studies. During this two hour tour, we will take you around the Museum, sharing their detailed knowledge about the artefacts on display.

The tour will take place on Sunday 5th April 2009. There is a choice of two tour times. Option 1 is from 10.30am- 12.30pm and Option 2 is from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. The price for the tour is £10 per person (which covers the tour plus the tour booklet that you will receive at the end of the tour).

Numbers on each tour are limited, so allocation will be on a first come first served basis and we anticipate that there will be a lot of demand for this tour. If you would like to attend the tour of the British Museum, please email us for a booking form.

(Please note that photographs will be taken at this tour that may be used for promotional purposes).

We would appreciate if you could forward this information to all who you believe will be interested. 


 

The Black and World history course in pictures - Part II

Date: Saturday 11th April 2009
Time:
7pm-9pm
Location: The Nub

A composition of images, audio and video for beginners

 


 

Robert Mitchell and Omar Puente

Date: Sat 18 April 2009
Location: Rich Mix Bar
Time: 8pm
Adm: £10, £8 concs

Contact: http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_mitchellpuente.htm

Tickets on sale now on 020 7613 7498
Online booking http://www.viewtickets.co.uk/venue_tickets.asp?vid=16942

Pianist Robert Mitchell’s subtle touch and fertile imagination shine in collaboration with Cuban violinist Omar Puente’s feverish rhythmic energy. Drawing together elements of jazz, classical and Cuban music, Robert and Omar create an unprecedented sound for jazz. The pair have played together since 2003 and recorded their critically acclaimed album Bridges in 2006.

Robert Mitchell (http://www.myspace.com/robertmitchellmusic)

Robert Mitchell is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger and teacher. His most recent album, The Greater Good, was winner of the Best Jazz Album 2009 at the Giles Peterson Worldwide Awards. He has worked alongside many musicians such as Steve Coleman, Courtney Pine, Greg Osby Norma Winston, Steve Willianson, Ty and DJ Pogo. His first international commission – REALM (Portrait for Left Hand Only) – was premiered by classical pianist Ivo De Greef in Lisbon, Portugal in 2008.

Omar Puente (http://www.myspace.com/omarpuentefiffe)

Omar Puente has been touring internationally as a musician since he graduated from Instituto Superior de Arte in his native Cuba. He has been living in the UK since 1998 where he has played alongside national and international jazz musicians such as Courtney Pine, Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrer and Omara Portundo, as well as John Williams, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Eddie Palmieri and Latin artists such as Ruben Gonzales and the Afro Cuban Allstars.


 

Africa Addio

Date: Saturday  25 April 2009
Time:
2pm-5.00pm
Location:
BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1 (Tube: Waterloo)
Adm:
Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Contact:
Phone 0207 928 3232 www.bfi.org.uk/southbank 

Africa Addio (Italy 1966) Part of the Mondo Caine school. This is the film that preceded the banned and hated Goodbye Uncle Tom and was said to be so racist that the filmakers made Uncle Tom to prove they were not, in any way, racist.  This shock-documentary alleges to show the turmoil following the fall of colonialism and how Africans coped without their benevolent European masters.

See for yourself if any of these styles of representation of black people which were deemed offensive then are still current in news reports or Hollywood films but accepted as 'normal' by viewers who have no knowledge of their history.

Followed by panel discussion

To join our list e-mail etf@100bmol.org.uk


  bfm Film Club: Nubian Spirit: The African Legacy of the Nile Valley

Date: Sunday 5th April 2009
Time: 4pm
Location: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square).
Tickets: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members

Nubian Spirit is a rare documentary by director Louis Buckley which unravels the legacy of ancient Sudan through an exploration of the  history and spiritual mythology of the original peoples of the Nile Valley. Digging deep into the regions contribution to modern civilization, it looks at such disciplines such as astronomy, architecture and science showing how what is now a war torn part of Africa, once rose to prominence in former times.

Features interviews with leading pan-African scholars Robin Walker, K.N Chimbiri, Anthony Browder and Dr Kimani Nehusi.

Screening will be followed by a discussion with the Director.

Winner “Audience Choice Award” Pan African Film Festival 2009.            

Dur: 74min /Sudan &UK, 2008

Language: English

Cert: 12A

Official Website: http://www.blackninefilms.com/newindex.html

Book: 0207 930 3647 or online at www.ica.org.uk

By Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus

By Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 176

BFM: www.bfmmedia.com or contact Film Club Co-ordinator Nadia Denton at nadia@bfmmedia.com. 


African Market Day

African Market Day

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 10- 5pm
Venue
: Woolwich Town hall, Market street, London SE18 6PW

Come and experience a taste of what Africa and the Caribbean has to offer.

Exhibitors will be displaying Jewellery, Arts and Crafts, Music, Hair and Beauty, Marketing

Live performances by Zil'o'ka, Kay Young, Kersha Bailey,Church Boyz and many more

Contact:
enquires@amdnetworks.com
AMDNetworks
www.amdnetworks.com
0203 393 57 35 / 07908 144 311


 

400 Years of African British History

Date: 26th April 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Explore the history of African people in the UK, who arrived long before the MV Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in 1948.  Discover more about those born in Britain who fought against British racism over the last 400 years.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London  www.100bmol.org.uk


 

II International Conference and Exhibition of Development Cooperation

Date: 27-29 April 2009
Location:
Dakar, Senegal 
 

This conference will serve as a gathering place for NGOs, cooperation and development institutions, United Nations agencies, aid-receiving African countries, and firms that contribute equipment for cooperation, development, humanitarian aid projects and emergencies, so they can present their activities and exchange experiences. On the other side the conference will be a point of reflection on the development problems, especially in the African continent. Through conferences, roundtable talks and showcases there will be an opportunity to debate cooperation and development subjects.

For more information, contact Juan Carlos Collado, co-general director, at jcarlos.collado@ceet.es or visit http://www.developmentcooperationdakar.org/inicio_ing.html.


 

In The Mix: Sunday Free Jazz By Soweto Kinch

Date: Every Sunday from 29 March
Time: 2 – 5pm
Location:
Rich Mix | 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Adm:
£Free

Rich Mix is proud to present its continued partnership with jazz and hip hop artist Soweto Kinch. A selection of guest artists and performers, including Femi Temowo and Shabaka Hutchings, take residence in the Rich Mix Bar to create laid back sessions that are fast making Rich Mix the place to be on a Sunday afternoon.

www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_inthemix_soweto.htm

Programme

Sun 5 April, 14 & 28 June

Soweto Kinch

Sun 12 April, 7 & 21 June

Shabaka Hutchings

Sun 19 April – 31 May

Femi Temowo

Soweto Kinch (www.myspace.com/sowetokinch)

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

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

 Shabaka Hutchings  (http://www.myspace.com/shabakahutchings)

 Barbados-born clarinettist and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is a member of experimental contemporary jazz group Zed U who are due to release an album mid 2009. He is also part of jazz legend Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors and has performed on his recent album Afropens as well as alongside jazz outfits Polar Bear, The Heliocentrics, Anthony Joseph and Tomorrow’s Warriors.

 “Shabaka Hutchings is going places.” The Guardian

 Femi Temowo  (www.myspace.com/femitemowo)

 Femi Temowo is a guitarist ‘par excellence’. After graduating from Middlesex University, where he studied Jazz, he was approached by Soweto Kinch to join his then brand new quartet. Femi is a regular guitar tutor at Tech Music School, a contemporary music institute based in West London. He also gives master classes and seminars all over the UK and Europe as part of ‘The Urbanator Project,’ a music education programme founded by violinist Michal Urbaniak.

“One of Europe’s finest and most sought after guitarists” Time Out

Rich Mix

Rich Mix is a dynamic, cross-cultural arts and media centre in the heart of the East End of London. This vast former garment factory now houses a three-screen cinema; exhibition, events, education and work spaces; a café; a broadcasting centre for BBC London; recording and music training studios; and a 200-seater performance venue.

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

www.richmix.org.uk


 

African (Black) and World History Courses

Date: Sunday 3 May 09, 11.00am and Thursday 7 May 09, 7.00-9.00pm
Location: Walthamstow, London E17
 
Our courses are an excellent introduction and progression into self-development providing a realistic insight into our history, present day situation and future. Our courses are popular and have been running for over 12 yrs.

Our unique series of 17/18 week courses are divided into 3 sections to cater for everyone.

Classes are held on:
Sundays (Beginners-11.00am-1.00pm, Intermediate -1.30-3.30pm, and Advance 5.30-7.30pm) and on Thursdays (beginners only -7.00-9.00pm).

Beginners
- an introduction for participants in World History from a Black perspective: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas , the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks and Romans. We will explore the global Black experience and relate this to the here and now. The civilisations of Europe, the Dark Ages, politics of economics, the politics of race and nationalism, culture and identity, religion and spirituality. Participants will learn about themselves, as they explore through seminars, discussions, themes and issues and then relate this to themselves and the present.
Minimum donation: £75.00 Concessions @ £65.00/unemployed/students

Intermediate- for those who wish to take their understanding and
knowledge of black history and its interconnectedness to the world a stage further.
Minimum donation: £75.00 Concessions @ £65.00/unemployed/students

Advanced-for those who are already extremely knowledgeable about themselves and see clear links between their own lives and history. Participants have already challenged conventional views of history and understand the different perspectives and concepts.
Minimum donation: £77.50 Concessions @ £67.50/unemployed/students

Advance bookings only.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

We will be hosting enrolment & induction sessions for our Black and World History. You will have to attend an induction session before commencing the course. 

Enrolment will involve completing an application form and payment of course fee.

The induction will provide you with details about the course, the code of conduct and the commitment required of yourself to successfully complete the course.

To reserve a place on a course please contact Afua on 020 8808 7547/07956 337 391 o via email: thinktank_27@yahoo.com.
www.onyeka.co.uk


 

London Business School Africa Day

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date:
16 May 2009

London Business School’s Africa Club is delighted to invite you to Africa Day 2009. The conference will take place on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at London Business School from 9AM to 5PM, with a gala dinner to follow.

The eighth annual Africa Day conference will focus on the "Investment Climate in Africa: Navigating the Global Downturn". This year, our four panels will discuss:

1) Innovative Financing in Africa
2) Natural Resources: Curse or Blessing?
3) China's Growing Influence in Africa
4) Growth Sectors Beating the Downturn

Keynote speakers will include Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Chairman, Metis Capital Partners), Ebenezer N. Essoka (CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa), Ahmed Heikal (Co-Founder, Citadel Capital), and Omari Issa (CEO, Investment Climate Facility for Africa).

For updates, please visit http://www.londonafricaclub.org/africaday


 

African Socialist International rapid worldwide growth

What: First North American Regional Conference of the African Socialist International
When: May 22nd-24th, 2009
Where: The Carlos Rosario Charter School NW, Washington, DC
Contact: Lisa Watson, 612.203.6621, media@alduhuru.org, www.alduhuru.org   

On the weekend of May 22-24, African organizers from across the U.S. and Canada will converge on Washington, DC for a conference recognizing African Liberation Day with the theme, "One Africa, One Nation: Separated by Colonial Slavery, Reunited by Revolutionary Resistance!" The event, organized by the African People's Socialist Party, will serve to establish the North American Region of the African Socialist International (ASI), a worldwide party uniting African workers to liberate Africa and its people wherever they have been dispersed.

Another conference will take place simultaneously in Manchester, England to consolidate the ASI's presence in Europe. The ASI Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa who will convene the conference in England said, "We are redefining what a legitimate liberation organization is in the African world today. We're building a Party that does not recognize artificial borders between African countries and people. We start from the reality that Africans everywhere are citizens of one African nation whose homeland must be freed and unified for the nation to exist and prosper in the world."

These conferences come on the heels of a successful West African ASI regional conference held in October 2008. Attended by over 500 people each day and characterized as the largest socialist gathering in the region since the 1930s, the conference resolved that all multinational corporations and all Western military and military intelligence agencies such as AFRICOM must immediately withdraw.

ASI Director of Organization Chernoh Alpha M.Bah, now in Kenya preparing for the East Africa regional conference scheduled for April, stated, "We are faced with a defining moment in history which demands our collective effort as a people to further deepen the crisis of imperialism. The struggle for socialism is a genuine struggle for popular democracy and creation of a new world in the hands of African workers and poor peasants."

Diop Olugbala, lead organizer of the ASI Conference in Washington, DC sees the series of regional conferences, which will continue in southern Africa this July, as indicative of the growing popularity of African Internationalist political theory throughout the world. "From recent rebellions demanding an end to French colonialism in the Caribbean, to black community resistance against police terror in U.S. cities like Philadelphia and Oakland, to African working class-led farming projects in Zimbabwe; African people are demanding an end to the oppressive relationship that has fueled the economic systems of the U.S. and Europe for so long."

African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela will present the keynote address to the African Liberation Day / ASI North America Conference. Dr. Aisha Fields, Director of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), will speak on the group’s food, energy and economic sustainability projects. Conference attendees, coming to Washington from campuses and black working class communities across North America, will take with them the tools to build these and other programs in their areas, in anticipation of the deepening economic crisis.

To schedule an interview with Chairman Omali Yeshitela, Luwezi Kinshasa, Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, or Diop Olugbala, contact Lisa Watson at 612.203.6621 or media@alduhuru.org. For more information visit www.alduhuru.org.


 

Walter Tull and Other African Footballers 1890-1990

Date: 23rd May 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Explore the life of Walter Tull, footballer and the first African officer in the British army who served during the First World War.  Take the chance to see a new film made about this exceptional officer who died on the battlefield. We will also look at the achievements of other African footballers throughout the twentieth century.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London  www.100bmol.org.uk


 

Black History Walking Tour

Date: 7th June 2009
Time: 11.00am

Beginning at Imperial War Museum London’s From War to Windrush exhibition, join Tony Warner as he guides you on a tour of the African history of Lambeth and Southwark. This 90 minute walk links Imperial War Museum London to the Cuming Museum in nearby Elephant and Castle.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London  www.100bmol.org.uk


 

400 Years of African Female Leaders

Date: 27th September 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Women in war or peacetime do not always get the historical credit they deserve. Through film and documentaries find out about African women who have led the resistance against slavery, colonialism, and racism.

In association with Tony Warner and 100 Black Men of London  www.100bmol.org.uk


 

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