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African History Month in the UK events on 15 October 2012: Mental health through African history | Jumping the Broom | Black Myth Versus History | Tribute: The Godfather of Afro-Beat Fela ‘Anikulapo’ (The King) Kuti and more

The effect of Mental health through African history

When: Sat 15 October 2011, 2pm – 7pm
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 the writer, artists-activist, filmmaker and founder of Ligali, the Pan African human rights organisation. He will be joined by brothers and sisters with personal experience of living with the challenges of mental health and various professionals within this field.

Screening: Jumping the Broom

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

This is a special screening of Jumping the Broom 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.

Black Myth Versus History

When: Sat 15 October 2011, 15:00 – 16:00
Where: Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

Join documentary film maker, educator and academic theologian, Dr. Robert Beckford, and a panel including Bonnie Greer to discuss two and a half decades of Black British identity. Organised in collaboration with Talawa Theatre Company.

Tribute: The Godfather of Afro-Beat Fela ‘Anikulapo’ (The King) Kuti

Fela Kuti

When: Saturday 15 October 2011, Doors open at
Where: The Queen’s Head Pub Stockwell – South London. Nearest Tube Stockwell Stn
Adm: £3.00 B4 10.30 PM

UrbanJazz – UK, in association with Colourful Radio present their Tribute to The Godfather of Afro-Beat Fela ‘Anikulapo’ (The King) Kuti this Celebration of African music is an absolute must with live Performances supplied by Afrobeat All-Stars Featuring ‘Ayan De First’

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Book Launch: Books of Africa

When: Saturday October 15th from 1300 -1500
Where: Willesden Green Library Centre, High Road, London NW10.

Dieudonné Gnammankou, who has done extensive research on the role of Africans in European history, will launch “Black Star, the African presence in early Europe” by Runoko Rashidi. This is a well-researched account of the many outstanding people of African origin in Europe from Roman to more recent times. Nigel Watt, former Director of the Africa Centre, will launch “Tsiga” a posthumous novel about a former freedom fighter struggling to survive in post-liberation Zimbabwe by Wilson Katiyo and speak about the background to the book.

Nigel is also giving a talk on Burundi on Friday 14th at 1640.

Brent BHM website is To order the books or for further information contact:

Emmanuel on 020 8364 7903, Nigel on 020 8693 6426

AJAMU session : “Uprising and Social Networking”: The Power of Social Networking to Mobilise Positive Action

When: Saturday October 15th from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Chestnuts Community Art Centre, St Ann’s Road, Tottenham, London, N15
Adm: £3 donation at the door (although no-one will be turned away) and all youth have free entry.

It’s been just a few weeks since Britain was rocked by several days of large scale uprisings (commonly referred to as ‘riots’). It was clear that the uprisings were orchestrated using tools like Twitter and Blackberry Messenger and we’ll be investigating how such tools can be used to help create positive social action and organisation.

Social media was also used to help coordinate the massive student demonstration last November which saw tens of thousands of mainly young people marching in London. Kanja Sesay, the NUS Black Students Officer has been invited to give some insights on this.

For further info, contact 07852 937 981 or email or find us on Facebook: “Ajamuinfb”

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