Black History Month Events 2011

09 October 2011

Greetings Family,

This is the last of the African History Month Event listings for 2011,

In the previous mailout we made an error regarding the Hackney Museum Our African Roots event which is an invite only launch. This mailout is therefore a repeat of the last one including a few additions and corrections. It may NOT be listed in perfect date order so please check it all the way through, we apologise to any event organisers we have failed to include due to space, time or simply details not being given to us in the correct format.

We have also added details of a brilliant film currently screening called The Story of Lovers Rock in selected cinemas now. Please take the opportunity to support its release as well as the various plays, screening, literary, arts, history and cultural events that document our experience with an authentic voice. There are some great exhibitions to check out with our families as well as community workshops and debates that allow us, by participating and donating to help fund and support organisations working for our empowerment.

We need you now more than ever.

Remember, for an AHM event to be valid it should have;

  • A historical focus (from a wide ranging vista including African mathematicians, scientists and inventors, cultural traditions and spirituality to our resistance to enslavement, literature and cultural arts)
  • A focus on African people and culture (this includes Africans in the Diaspora such as the UK, the Caribbean, Brazil or the Motherland – this excludes BME, BAME, BAMER and other so called ‘ethnic’ minorities, etc)
  • Learning outcomes (you can provide some kind of evaluation form for reflection)

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Peace, Love & Justice

Ligali Editor

Please Note: Next week will be the last Nyansapo programme til the end of the year.

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Kiswahili Lessons

When: Every Wednesday – Starting 19 october 2001, 7 – 9 pm
Where: Walthamstow
Adm: 10 weeks beginners Kiswahili course – £50

Language is a powerful tool capable of bringing together a nation.

Kiswahli is spoken in over 14 nations, with over 100 million speakersworldwide

Learn to speak The Perfect Word.

To book in advance call – 07949 850 205

“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture” – Frantz fanon

NAPP Community Action and Petition!

When: Friday 14 October 2011, 10am – 4 pm
Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre / Downing Street


Support: Black Networking Directory


I’d like to introduce a group effort we call black networking, this is where we are attempting to make a networking directory service for our educational centres and black businesses and/or organisations.

We welcome your input, suggestions and contributions towards this endeavour. If you know of such educational centres black businesses and/or organisations that would like to enlist their business card details for the database – we would very much appreciated it.

By DaLegzMan & other like minded family. incl the group from

Peace & Light


Creative, eclectic, funky, vibrant, colourful bold, daring, positive, challenging & much more!

Synergy Designs is always about creating, expression in every form, communicating & a lot more. New items are always on the blueprint as we haven’t started!

Facebook page –

Rebuilding our movement against increasing state attacks and celebrating our resistance.

When: Sunday 23rd October 2011, 12 to 2pm
Where: Lysada Adventure Playground, 2-26 Railton Road (entrance on Montego Close), SE24 0CH

Pan African Society Community Forum (PASCF) invites African organisations and individuals to its Events Committee.  The Events Committee is a sub-committee of the PASCF.

PASCF are against all forms of oppression.  We are anti-imperialist, anti-racist and anti-sexist.  We believe in a just socio-economic system based on the interests of the masses and not the few.  The majority of our community are not involved or aware of the many organisations and individuals seeking to bring about positive change within our communities.  We believe it is imperative therefore that likeminded organisations and individuals intensify their efforts to work together in achieving this objective.  We have identified a minimum number of events that our wider community should take an active part in jointly organising:

·         Kwanzaa
·         African Liberation Day
·         Marcus Garvey African Family Day
·         Pan African Youth Day
·         Owning our building Task Force
·         Community security Task Force

Most of our events eventually will be held in our own building.  We are now focussing on organising Kwanzaa.  Any queries on Kwanzaa will be answered at the planning meeting.  We would like your input to make this a broad based unity event.  We would also like to establish a Kwanzaa Council, whose role would be to promote, oversee, organise and defend the core principles of Kwanzaa.

Each event would have its own coordinating committee which will work with each other in common areas.

Come along to the meeting to share your ideas on how to take this bold unity initiative forward.  First planning meeting:

Yours in unity and struggle

Brother Minkah. / Tel:07944 204 955

Islington Black Business Expo

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington N1 2UD London
Adm: This event is FREE to attend but you must pre-register in order to attend the event.

For any questions please email

Celebrate Black History Month with Islington Chamber of Commerce and Voluntary Action Islington!

Islington Expo will bring the borough together to celebrate the vibrancy and importance of Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) businesses and their contribution to the local economy and Islington’s unique community spirit.
The day provides panel discussions, information and workshops to support local businesses, BME business stalls, workshops and opportunities for networking, with a delicious range of food on sale from some of Islington’s best BME restaurants.


Battle Scars – Lyrical Combat

When: Heat 2 London: Thurs 13th Oct 2011, 8-1am Tournament Starts 9pm
Where: Jamm (Brixton) 261 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 6LH
(Turn right out of Brixton station Jamm is 10 mins down the road on the right hand side. Junction Loughborough Rd and Brixton Rd)

We still have space for potential champions ya hear!!? After a phenomenal July Heat which saw Menace tear the roof off in the band round then beat his opponent Heckman in the final round by sheer stamina in a lyrical 8 bar continual heavyweight slugging match

The awesome competition of vocal kung fu is back with a vengeance!!!

Masters of the Lyrical Arts
Rappers / MC’s / Poets / Chatters & Singers
Enter the Arena To Do Lyrical Combat
In a Four Round Elimination Contest To the Death- Skill Style and Technique Decides Who Survives

For There Can Be Only One!!!

Battles backed by live band!!!
£150 to heat winner
and a place in the 2011 Grand Final

To win the championship title, a huge cash prize, studio time, recording deal and more.

To Enter Send Pic and sample of lyrical skill to
Battle Scars PO Box 23523 London E13 0UP

Call Lawyer on 07932 922 532 or check for more info Doors 8-1am Tournament starts 9pm Sharp.
Adm: limited advance tickets £5+BF
Available from Ticket Web 0n 08444 771 000 or

Hosted by:
Lawyer Da Black (
Peaches (BBC3 Finishing School of Peckham)

VOTE: Lyrical Healer gets nominated for Best Spoken Word BEFFTA award

Dear friends and family,

I am very pleased to announce that I have been nominated for Best Spoken Word BEFFTA Award. I was shocked and honoured as I put a lot of work into my artistry. It is FREE to vote online, just click this link here: Voting lines close on Friday 14th October 2011.

Thank you for your continued support, my success is not in my own strength. The BEFFTA Award ceremony is on Saturday 22nd October 2011, wish me luck!

Many thanks.

Winsome ‘Lyrical Healer’ Duncan. PURCHASE TODAY: An Inner City Guide To Surviving The Credit Crunch.
Jam packed with more than 100 tips for cost effective living!
Written by Winsome ‘Lyrical Healer’ Duncan.

For more information contact: 07944455010 or visit:

This Week at Open The Gate

Where: Open the Gate, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston London N16 8BJ
When: Open Daily 12 Noon to 12 Midnight, Friday and Saturday open until 2am

• Wednesday 12th October:
– CAPOEIRA class followed by
Mandioca Braba Samba & Choro LIVE

• Thursday 13th October
– LIVE MUSIC: Satsang Live ft. YAK ATTACK

• Friday 14th October:
– REGGAE: Dub Vendor Allstars • Saturday 15th October:
– REGGAE: Nick Manasseh & Brother Culture

• Sunday 16th October:
– SCREENING: Ancestral Voices  scroll down… come on in & enjoy!



Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of event details provided, please check as there may be some errors or changes made since publication.

Customs, Culture and Commemoratives

When: 1 – 29 October 2011
Where: Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX, 9am – 5:30pm

In celebration of Black History Month UK, rare stamp and collectibles dealer Stanley Gibbons will be hosting an exhibition based on the stamp collection of award-winning African-Caribbean creative, Jon Daniel.

Stamps have been sourced by the expert team at Stanley Gibbons to supplement the personal collection of Jon Daniel and will be complemented by a range of autographs and memorabilia from their subsidiary, Fraser’s Autographs.

Image: Photos of Stamps from the African Diaspora in Monograph

The collection, originally inspired by the lyrics of Public Enemy’s, ‘Fight The Power’, features in the October edition of Creative Review’s exclusive publication, ‘Monograph’ and will form part of a wider exhibition being held at Stanley Gibbons flagship store at 399 Strand, London from 1-29th October. The exhibition will also be available to view online at and via a dedicated Facebook page.

From Bronze to Gold

When: Opening 6pm Thursday 13th October 2011
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Revered sculptor ‘Fowokan’ George Kelly and leading artists Alvin Kofi, Ken McCalla, Jennifer Lewis and Eli Anderson document their relationship with the ‘Benin Bronzes’, with new works of sculpture, painting, print and words, presenting their modern narratives.

This is one of the most exciting exhibitions I’ve been involved with.
Make a note in your diaries it only on for a couple of weeks.

One Love Ken

Our African Roots

When: Tuesday 11th October – Saturday 7th January 2012
Where: Hackney Museum, Ground Floor, Technology and Learning Centre,1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Adm: Free, no booking required

During Museum opening hours, please call the Museum for opening hours.
0208 356 3000 (ask for Hackney Museum)

The whole of humanity has its roots in the great continent of Africa. Civilisation began there. This exhibition explores how Hackney’s Africans, from youth to elders, keep and celebrate their own culture in the heart of our city. Their personal possessions and their stories, along with early maps from the Royal Geographic Society and African objects from the Horniman Museum, will reveal how important it is to retain one’s own identity.

Exhibition: Mosaic 2011

When: Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th November 2011
The Africa Centre, 38 King St., Covent Garden, London WC2E 8IT
Adm: Tickets £15

Mosiac 2011

Mosaic, in partnership with The Africa Centre, present Mosaic 2011 – the home and lifestyle exhibition offering a truly unique platform to showcase your products and services to an audience who are committed to spending money on themselves and their lifestyle! Mosaic are seeking the best of established and emerging businesses owned by African, West Indian and those within the African Diaspora for the 2011 show!!

CONTACT: 0753-055 6819 and click below for information.
NOTES: A weekend packed with everything for your home and lifestyle!!


Community Events

BIS Publications presents

Hip Hop Black Scientists and Inventors

When: Wednesday 12th October 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Balham Library, 16 Ramsden Road, London. SW12 8QY

Greetings, Michael Williams, author of the best-selling Black Scientists and Inventors series of books, will give an insight into how African music effects popular culture, the science of the five elements of Hip Hop culture, the legacy of historical black scientists and inventors, the transatlantic slave trade and how technology and music traveled from the east to the west. Books and educational material will be on sale.

Suitable for All ages: Adults £5 / children 12 and under free

Booking Essential T. 0208 880 9076 or by email:
*Special Black History Month Offer*
SAVE 25% when you purchase your ticket along with a signed copy
of Black Women Scientists & Inventors Vol 1 book for a total of *£10.99*

Word Power  2011

When: 14th-21st October 2011, 10am-9pm
Where: Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High St. London E8 2NS
Adm: FREE (except certain events – check for details)

Black Literature Festival & Book Fair 2011 – ‘Dozens of Authors, Scores of Writers, Hundreds of Readers,  Thousands of Books; All under One Roof’

Also meet Dr Afrika, Dr Stevenson, Khandice Chimbiri, Angela Edgar, Trina John Charles and The Black History Man Robin Walker today, Sunday, 2nd October from 10.00 to 6.00pm @ Black History Live, Wembley Stadium

Checkout this flyer for further info

African Book Market: Showcasing the Stories of a Continent

When: Friday, October 14, 2011,5.00pm – 10.00pm
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
Adm: Free

There will be a Panel discussion taking place at 7.30pm – 9.00pm

African Book Market is an evening book fair designed with the reader of literature from Africa in mind. With the largest array of writing by Africans published in the UK available in one space at discounted prices. All books will sell at max. £5 (paperback), max. £10 (hardback/trade paperback).

A panel of writers and readers including, (Rachida Lamrabet – Morocco), (Leeto Thale – South Africa), (Ike Anya – Nigeria) will discuss books and reading in Africa.

The Effect of Mental health through African history

When: Saturday 15 October 2011, 2pm – 7pm at
Where: Open House, 13 Whitehorn Street, Bow, London E3 4PB.

Get involved with creating your own toolkit to keep you mentally well. Our guest speakers include Toyin Agbetu who will be joined by brothers and sisters with personal experience of living with the challenges of mental health and various professionals within this field.

Writing Our Legacy: Creative  Writing and Advice Workshop

When: 15 Oct 2011, 11am-4pm
Where: The Writers’ Place, New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton
Adm: £20 (£10 for lunch; £10 returnable deposit)

A one day creative writing workshop and advice session.  The day aims to offer the chance for more experienced writers to explore the themes of legacy and inheritance in a relaxed/informal workshop setting, and to get practical advice and tips about the publishing industry.
Writers will have the opportunity to have writing produced posted onto the Writing Our Legacy website.

Participants will also receive a one-year membership to New Writing South.

Book via: or T: 01273 735353

Screening: Jumping the Broom 

When: Saturday 15 October 7-10pm
Where: The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY

Tube: Ladbroke Grove/ Notting Hill
Adm:  £8.50 from Tabernacle available from Thursday 6th book over the phone, online or take a risk and pay on the door last minute !

Number 3  in the US Box Office, made  31 milion dollars but the powers-that-be chose not to  release it in this country as ‘there’s no market for this kind of film ‘ Third ever UK screening ! See video clip

Images of Black Women, BHW and Producer Bishop T.D. Jakes invite you to the marriage of Sabrina  (Paula Patton) and Jason (Laz Alonso, who just might be the perfect couple. Unfortunately, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Mrs. Watson (Angela Bassett) has an upper-crust sensibility that matches her family’s posh estate, where Jason’s straight-out-of-Brooklyn mom (Loretta Devine) seems utterly out of place. When the families gather for Jason and Sabrina’s wedding, it becomes clear that each side has its traditions…and its secrets. When uptown meets downtown, the truth comes out – and only one question remains. Will this couple endure the hysterical and harrowing trials of love and finally jump the broom ?

This film was supposed to have a UK release but like Great Debaters  Miracle at Santa Anna and many other positive black films.. it never happened.  This  is a special  screening to raise funds for a Nubian Jak Blue Plaque to recognise Frank Crichlow, the founder of the legendary Mangrove restauarant. The Tabernacle, an old church was also the centre of black resistance in the 1970’s. The film is rated PG. Make it a group night out with dinner and drinks in the bar/restaurant. 

Islington Black History Month Film Festival

When: Saturday 15th October, 2pm
Where: King’s Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Adm: £6.50 / £4.50 in advance

Traces of the Trade (UK Premier)
In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise.

From 1769 to 1820, DeWolf fathers, sons and grandsons trafficked in human beings. They sailed their ships from Bristol, Rhode Island to West Africa with rum to trade for African men, women and children. Over the generations, the family transported more than ten thousand enslaved Africans across the Middle Passage. They amassed an enormous fortune. By the end of his life, James DeWolf had been a U.S. Senator and was reportedly the second richest man in the United States.

The DeWolf descendants are confronted with dramatize questions: What, concretely, is the legacy of slavery—for diverse whites, for diverse blacks, for diverse others? Who owes who what for the sins of the fathers? What history do we inherit as individuals and as citizens? What would repair—spiritual and material—really look like and what would it take? Secured with the kind assistance of Africa in the Picture, Amsterdam.
(Dir: Katherina Browne, 2008, USA/86 min)
The Story of Maggie Walker            (European Premier)
In spite of humble beginnings in post-Civil War Richmond, Virginia, Maggie Lena Walker achieved national prominence as a businesswoman and community leader. Her business acumen, personality, and lifelong commitment to society fuelled her climb to success. She was the first woman in the United States to found a bank. As a leader her successes and vision offered tangible improvements in the way of life for African Americans and women.
(Dir: Various Legacy Media Institute (Tim Reid), 2011, USA/23 min)
Ancestral Wanderings
A series of four of Jamaican born artist Fowokan’s wanderings or word resonance as he calls his poems. The poems were selected to capture his journey, influences and awakening as an artist: his boyhood days in the Crown Colony hands of Jamaica in the 1940s; his foray into making things with his hands to his decision to become a sculptor after encountering the Benin bronzes on a trip to Nigeria. He later took to the video camcorder and began producing short videos.  Shango Baku, the Shakespearean actor brings life to the words of Fowokan’s Wanderings, powerfully illustrating over 60 years of Fowokan’s development.
(Dir: George ‘Fowokan’ Kelly, 2011, UK/10min)
Booking: 020 7520 1490 /

Nigerian Carnival 2011

When: Saturday 15 October 2011, 10am – 6pm
Where: Marsh Lane Playing Fields, Leyton, London E10 7LE

The Carnival event for 2011 in now a National Event. We have had to move dates at the request of our Special Guest of honour and Nigerian 1st Lady, Dame Patience Goodluck, and her visiting party. Please note the new date. See you there.

Screenings: The Story of Lovers Rock

When: October – November 2011
Where: Various (See Website)

The Story of Lovers Rock is a new documentary film that tells the story of how Lovers Rock music defined a generation in the late 70s and 80s hugely impacting on British Pop Culture. The film which will be released on 30 September 2011 in the UK is produced and directed by award winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz; this marks a return after a 30 year absence.

The feature length documentary contains interviews, comedy sketches, dance, live performances and archive footage which are used to shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it.

Lovers Rock often dubbed romantic reggae is a unique British sound, the genre developed against a backdrop of racial tension, the Brixton riots and sound systems in the late 70s and 80s. It went from a small UK scene to become a global phenomenon through artists like UB40 and Maxi Priest.

Shabazz stated.

“The film connects the music with the children of that era, a generation whose story has rarely been told. Lovers Rock was significant because it provided the space for young people to share intimate feelings through dance which is absent with today’s generation”.

Screen Nations Awards 2011

When: Sunday 16 October 2001
Where: the O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

Screen Nation has been at the forefront of acknowledging the best in Black British talent for over seven years. Founded by renowned film producer, Charles Thompson MBE, its primary aim is to acknowledge the achievements of those with the industry over the course of 12 months. Hosted by husband and wife team, Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood, the calibre of this year’s recipients promises to be exceptional.

Look To The Sky

By Courttia Newland
Directed by Angela Michaels

When: October – November 2011
Where: Various (Please check website)

In an abandoned building a group of young people are forced to confront the very thing that scares them most. Themselves. The mysterious and complicated culture of inner-city youth is exploded in this gripping new play, which breathes with a raw poetic language and a contemporary soundtrack.

Part street vernacular, part theatrical tradition, at times harrowing and at others searingly true – this is a play about the world of the teenage mind. Novelist and writer Courttia Newland deploys an abstract, poetic narrative style to invigorate this physical and fast paced production.


NARM African British Civil Rights History + CLR James Discussion

When: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 6.30-9.00pm
Where: Centerprise

“There is a general misconception that the struggle for civil rights only occurred in places such as the United States and South Africa. This perception is generally fed by the press, and is perpetuated by history teachers who routinely focus on the American civil rights movement, and do not sufficiently highlight civil rights campaigns in the UK.

Brent-based, pan-London voluntary organisation BTWSC aims to highlight civil rights campaigns in Britain led by African activists during this year’s Black History Month. The NARM (Naming And Role Model) African British Civil Rights History events, which take place across London, will use the BTWSC published NARM book to highlight African British civil rights activists, and campaigns.”

Black History Month Info Day

When: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 11am – 2pm
Where: Shoreditch Campus, London

Our annual cross-college event gives you the opportunity to promote your organisation and services free of charge. This is a great opportunity to reach a very wide range of members of our local community and beyond.
Please contact: 020 7613 9141/ 9056 / 9105

The Pomedy Show

When: Friday 21 October, 7:30 PM
Where: The Drum, Potters Lane, Birmingham B6 4UU / 0121 333 2444

Straight from Jamaica this very successful show will be touring in the UK in Autumn 2011 and during 2012. The POMEDY SHOW will be touring in Jamaica as part of the JCDC 50th Anniversary Programme, and will also tour in the Jamaican Diaspora as part of the build up to and celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

The UK Tour will feature YASUS AFARI, Joan Andrea Hutchinson* and Ping Wing, along with locally based artistes and will be be launched at The Broadway Theatre in Catford, London,  by His Excellency, Jamaican High Commissioner, Anthony

Theatre: 24hr Divas

Where: Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
When: Fri 21 Oct / 7.30pm
Adm: Free 
An intelligent, witty and positive play that looks to question: why do Black women do what they do with their hair?

Tribute to Black Fatherhood

When: 21st October 2011, 6:30 – 9:30
Where: Lewisham Town Hall, Civic Suite, Catford SE6 4GB
Adm: Free

Lewisham Black Fathers’ Support Group & Lewisham Black Staff Forum presents a Black History Month special
Friday 21st October 2011
A Tribute to Black Fatherhood

Nu-Beyond Ltd: Learning By choice!
+ 44 208 480 8068

Nawal El Saadawi Supper

When: Friday 21 October 2011, 9pm
Where: The Frontline Club, 3 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ
Adm: £100 (Limited availability)
You are invited to attend the supper in honour of the 80th birthday for Nawal El Saadawi
Proceeds from the supper will go towards  the new charitable foundation,
The Nawal el Saadawi Foundation for women in the arts.
Tickets can be purchased online

Where Are We Now?

When: 18 – 22 October 2011
Where: Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford,London SE8 4AG
Adm: 020 8692 4446

A Festival of Theatre, Film, Music, Fashion and all things Nigerian!
StoneCrabs in association with the Albany and award-winning playwright Bola Agbajehave produced a week-long festival to celebrate half a century of Nigerian Independence. It will feature a range of activities including an authentic African Market, the premiere of the documentary From Biafra to England, The Burial, a new play by Bola Agbaje and it concludes with a theatrical fashion and music extravaganza.

Screenings: The Interrupters + Injustice (15)

When: Tuesday 18 October 6pm
Where: Birmingham Library Theatre, Chamberlain Square, next to Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham B3 3HQ
Adm: Tickets £4 waged, £3 concessions. Special price for both films on the night – £7 waged, £5 concessions.
Available on the door on the night.

Dir: Steve James USA 2011 2hrs 5mins

Cast: Ameena Matthews, Ricardo ‘Cobe’ Williams, Eddie Bocanegra

Chicago, Illinois, suffers a higher than the US average proportion of gun crime. CeaseFire is an anti-violence initiative which seeks to reduce street crime by using outreach workers to interrupt potentially violent situations. Steve James (Hoop Dreams) followed three of these workers for a year, each of whom was previously involved in gang crime. Offering no easy solutions, this compelling documentary is hard to forget.

Winner: Special Jury Award – Sheffield Documentary Film Festival 2011

Winner: Grand Jury Prize – Miami Film Festival 2011

‘knuckle-biting reportage, incisive on both the causes and consequences of violence’ – Total Film


FREE SCREENING – Injustice (15)

Dir: Ken Fero, Tariq Mahmood, UK 2001 1hr 40mins

In 1969 David Oluwale became the first black person to die in police custody in Britain. Many others have died since then, yet none of the police officers involved have been convicted of these deaths. This is a powerful account of the relentless struggles of the families who when met with a wall of official secrecy unite to demand justice. The film uses exclusive footage to document the fight to retrieve the bodies for burial, the mockery of police self-investigation and the collusion of the legal system in the deaths.

‘One of the most powerful films ever made in this country’ – The Guardian

The film will be followed by a discussion featuring filmmaker Ken Fero and representatives of the victims’ families including Tippa Naphtali, cousin of Mikey Powell and Marci Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg

0121 303 4681 <>

Winner: Film Society of the Year 2010 & Best Film Programming

BIFS is supported by the British Film Institute Transition Fund.

Tribute Soukous Night In memory of the legendary
REMMY ONGALA 1947-2010

When: Saturday 22nd October
 Passing Clouds, Dalston, London

We are honored to invite you to a very special tribute night for one of Africa’s greatest singers, the mighty Remmy Ongala who sadly passed away on 13th December 2010.

“He was a superstar in East Africa, and in the 1980s and 1990s he reached European and American audiences with albums for Real World, a label founded by Peter Gabriel, and international tours that included many appearances at Mr. Gabriel’s Womad (World of Music and Dance) festivals.” – New York Times, January 18, 2011.

To celebrate Remmy’s music and life we have invited the original members of his band Orchestra Super Matimila, lead by Kawele (Africa Jambo) and featuring soukous superstars Saidi Kanda, Fiston Lusambo, Rama Kayimanda, Billy Mwangura, and Malinga, Kiniki, Rissa Rissa, Eugene Makuta, and Claudia Bakisa.

Also very special guests on the night include Baba Adesose Wallace (Ibile/ Tribe Of Doris), and Torera Mpedzisi (Mbira legend)!!

Your DJs on the night are: African music don DJ Wala Danga (Africa Centre/ Limpopo Club), Mister K (Africa Centre) and Planet man (Little Blue Ball/Passing Clouds).

Destination Mogadishu

When: 22 October 12pm – 6pm
Where: RichMix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

London’s only free lunchtime Pan African Family adventure chugs in with a dazzling experience of Africa and the Diaspora.

All aboard the MWALIMU EXPRESS as we pull in to African cities and bring you awesome music from around the continent – balafon, mbira, talking drum, molo, oud and kora are just some of the instruments to be featured live by the amazing musicians we meet at each destination plus Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt on the dex spinning the tunes. Come listen to the stupendous storytelling sessions, play Oware, the compelling African game of strategy, watch Screen Station films and join in far out family arts workshops.

MWALIMU EXPRESS is brought to you by The Shrine

Somali Week Festival LaunchPoetry & Discussion, Book Presentation:

When: Saturday 22nd October 2011, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Where: Oxford House, Derbishire street, London E2 6HG
Adm: £10
(In Somali and English)

The theme for this year’s festival will be introduced by Sarah Maguire, Director of the Poetry Translation Centre followed by a presentation from Dr Mpalive-Hangson, reader in English and humanites at Birkbeck Universty. Then Mahamed Haashi Dhama ‘Gaarriye’ will launch SWF 2011.  This event will pay particular tribute to the work of Musa Ismail Galaal  in the context of translation and the exposure of Somali litrature.

We invited academics, researchers and people who have known or worked with Musa Galaal, to write about his life and work and we will launch a short volume containing contributions by Martin Orwin, Alexander Zholkovsky, Georgi Kapchits, Sheila Andrejewiski, Anita S Adam, Sarah Maguire and Jama Musse Jama with the preface of Professor Ioan M. Lewis.  This volum will also contain translated works of our guest artists in honour of the role Muse Ismail Galaal played in research, preservation of indigenous knowledge, Somali history, culture and heritage.

Fundraiser: Ogidi Womens Association

When:  22nd October 2011, 5pm – 1pm 
Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, London, N17
18+  £10 (price includes food and  refreshments)

This is a fundraising event for the rural development project in Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria
The Project aims to;

  • Support the provision of clean water
  • Support social enterprise initiatives for deprived widows

Live entertainment, including cultural dance from Ogidi women.
For further information;Mrs Rose Nwufo 07963892330

Lambeth Life through the Lens – Creative Writing workshop with Courttia Newland

When: Saturday 22 October, 10am – 4pm
Where: Minet Library. 52 Knatchbull Road. SE5 9QY

Using Harry Jacobs wonderful book, and collection of photographs of Brixtonians from the 1950s to 1990s you will do fun exercises, and imagine a world gone by. Discover real life characters and how life was lived in this vibrant corner of south London. A practical workshop for writers of all levels.

Courttia Newland is the author of six books. His latest, A Book of Blues,
was published in March 2011 and nominated for the Frank O’ Conner Award. He also writes for the stage and screen.

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Spartacus R (nee Roy Bedeau) Memorial Lecture

Where: Karibu Centre Brixton
When: 23rd October 2011

On the day there will be a presentation of Spartacus’ work, particularly some of his literature, music  poetry, and his short film “The Ankh”

13th Annual GAB Awards 2011

When: Sunday 23 October 2011, 5pm – 11.30pm
Hilton London Paddington, 146 Praed Street, London W2 1EE

Femi Okutubo invites you to the GAB Awards was founded in 1999 by The Trumpet newspaper (Britain’s largest distributed Black newspaper) against the backdrop of huge negative publicity being flaunted by the UK mainstream media, among many others.
Our firm belief is that African countries like other nations of the world have their bad eggs – but these bad eggs constitute a very insignificant percentage in relation to the numerous Africans who are changing and impacting lives positively around the world. It is totally out of order to portray the vast number of Africans as fraudulent, lazy and benefit cheats – when we are excelling in areas including but not limited to: The Arts, Media, Banking and Finance, Architecture, Sport, Entertainment, Politics, International Relations, Health, Business, but to mention a few.
The GAB Awards is therefore a forum where the best of Africa and friends of Africa come together to network and showcase the very best that Africa has to offer. The event also rewards excellence within the community through the awards event.

Job Ben Solomon: Islam, Slavery, Class and Change in Eighteenth Century Senegambia

When: 25 October 2011, 5.30pm for 6pm start
Venue: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, Room S264, Second Floor,
South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Adm: Free (booking essential)

Ayuba Bin Suleiman Jallow, known in England as Job Ben Solomon, was a highly educated Gambian cleric and Islamic scholar. Like many others, he sold fellow Africans as slaves to European traders. On 27th February 1730, he himself was captured and sold into slavery. Through a biography written by Thomas Bluett in 1734 and later writings of Francis Moore (1738) and others, a lot is known about Ayuba Jallow’s remarkable experience as slave, free-man and returnee to Gambia. Gibril Faal uses the life of Ayuba Jallow as historical reference to examine the conditions, contradictions, conflicts and change in Eighteenth century Senegambia. Amongst other things, the lecture will cover: the spread and localisation of Islam and Sufism; the interaction between the local marshall and intellectual classes with European traders; and the phenomenon of the slave-scholar.

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Screening: Viva Riva! (15 cert)

When: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 – 7:00pm / Hall Two
WhereKings Place 2011, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Adm: £4.50

For charismatic criminal, Riva, a sudden burst of stolen wealth ignites an exhilarating, hedonistic and perilous journey through one of the most intriguing cities in Africa – Kinshasa. Multi-award winning VIVA RIVA! expertly combines fresh rhythm, violence and eroticism and ignites a new wave of African cinema, whilst demonstrating the intelligence, wit and technical accomplishment of European cinema. VIVA RIVA!

An Islington Black History Month special screening to mark VIVA RIVA DVD Release on October 17th

NARM African British Civil Rights History + Key Activism & Campaigns

When: Wednesday Oct. 26, 6.30-8.45pm
Where: Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, HA1 2UL.
With Dr Hakim Adi on WASU (West African Students Union) and activism of its members

The Place We Call Home and Other Poems – Book launch with Professor Kofi Anyidoho

When: Thursday 27th October, 5pm-7.00pm
Where: Room B102, Brunei Gallery Building at SOAS
Renowned Ghanaian poet Kofi Anyidoho’s latest collection is both a lamentation and a celebration, documenting epic events in world history ranging from the abolition of slavery to the tragedy of Sep­tember 11, 2001.
Anyidoho tells us that the title of the work came to him more than a decade ago as a collage of voices and memories that he carried with him on his many travels, knowing that there was one place that he could claim as his own, a place of emotional anchor in a haunted, turbulent world.
The book is accompanied by two CDs, allowing us to savor the poet’s resonating voice in a powerful live performance.
Publisher, Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd. To purchase books visit

BIS Publications’ How To Market Your Book(s) & CREATE The Demand

When: Friday 28th October 2011, 12:30 to 4pm
Where: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

Screening: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

When: Friday 28 October 6.30pm-9.00pm plus Q and A
Kensington Library Theatre, Phillimore Walk, off High St Kensington, London W8 7RX.
Online tickets only £8.00 click to book 

“Simply astonishing from start to finish !!”
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is unique. It gathers together a treasure trove of original film footage produced for Swedish television and shot in the US during that tempestuous period of American history, when the Black Power movement, anti-Vietnam-war protests, rebellious students, and a general resistance to authority captured the attention of the world — especially in Sweden, where in the words of filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, documentary-makers reacted “with a combination of commitment and naïveté” to the upheavals across the Atlantic. 

Found in a basement these are 40 year old never-before-seen interviews with Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Huey P Newton, Kathleen Cleaver, Eldridge Cleaver, Harry Belafonte, Bobby Seale, Minister Farrakhan. Also featuring Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Mario Van Peebles.
Further screenings on 29,31 Oct. 4,5,6 November

NARM African British Civil Rights History + Henry Sylvester Williams & Co.

When: Friday Oct. 28, 6.30-8.45pm
Where:  Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.

Screening: Miracle at Santa Anna (15 cert)

When: Sat 29 October 2-5pm 
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1

Black World War Two troops in heroic action movie never released in this country .Starring Laz Alonso, Michael Ealy, Derek Luke and directed by Spike Lee. See it on the big screen with Q an A afterwards Also at 11am on the same day Black British RAF War Hero Cy Grant who was also an actor, will be featured on the big screen with a two hour review of his biggest films plus Q and A with those who knew 

Community Action Meeting

When: Sat 29 October 2011, 3p-5pm
Where: Unity Centre, Church Road, London NW10
How Can Parents Prevent Youth Crime? We can do something together!                                     
Youth crime and gang activity is now a national concern! In Brent we  have seen an unacceptable rise in the level of youth crimes and gangs.  Our sons, nephews, uncles and brothers may be involved and our daughters too!  The problem is complex but we can do something about it  – praying will not be enough we need to take action!
Guest Speakers: Cristia Esimi-Cruz – Community Gangs Prevention Worker, Jenavi Omoma – Addaction & Davis Williams

The Black Hair Film Series with debate & workshop

Where: Tricycle Cinema,269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
When: Sun 30 Oct, 2.30pm
An IBHM event, the Black Hair Film Series is a fun & educational family afternoon on Black Hair and Beauty with  film screening and discussion, a natural hair workshop, make-up & hair demonstration stalls.

Films include: the ultimate black Hair film “My Nappy Roots
After screening discussion:
“Resisting the perceived sense of beauty for black women and girls”
GuestsAngie Le MarRegina Kimbell (director, My Nappy Roots, USA), Sherry Dixson(TBC) & Margot Rodway-Brown (Adornment)
Natural Hair Workshop: interactive, visual & fun workshop on the Three Fundamentals to maintain natural hair.

The Conscious Music Mini Discussion & Freestyle Session

When: Sunday Oct 30, 2-4.30pm
Where: Gayton Library, 5 St John’s Road, Harrow On The Hill, HA1 2EE.



When:SUNDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2011, 2-6pm
Adm: £5


CONTACT: 07947 838729 / 07956 134370

Merle Collins: Long Awaited New Book: The Ladies are Upstairs

When: Friday 18 November 2011, 7pm
Where: Waterstones Leeds, 93 Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5AP.
Adm: Free 

In a long overdue visit to the UK, Grenadian poet and fiction writer, Merle Collins  will be
reading from her new short story collection
The Ladies are Upstairs 

With support from ‘Inscribe’ writers : Simon Murray, Desiree Reynolds and Seni Seneviratne.

Merle Collins is a mesmerising reader. She is the author of two novels, Angel and The Colour of Forgetting, two collections of poetry Because the Dawn Breaks and Rotten Pomerack and a collection of short stories Rain Darling. She is currently Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Maryland. Her critical works include “Themes and Trends in Caribbean Writing Today” in From My Guy to Sci-Fi: Genre and Women’s Writing in the Postmodern World, and “To be Free is Very Sweet” inSlavery and Abolition.

About Ligali

Revolutionary Pan Africanism Working

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

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

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

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