Inaugural Queen Nzinga Lecture.

A National Association of Black Saturday Schools  and Black History Walks production

This event is sponsored by  Birkbeck, University of London

Saturday 24 November 3pm to 6pm. This event will start at 3pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat

Venue: Birkbeck University WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Tube Holborn/Russel Square,Tottenham Court Road click here for map and to book

Admission free only if booked online via Donations accepted on the day

Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in  an academic setting. Our first lecture will be a double bill featuring Kandace Chimbiri and Dr Michelle Asantewa.

Kandace Chimbiri will speak on Black Warrior Queens of Ancient Sudan. Dr Michelle Asantewa will speak on Black Womens Spirituality and Resistance in English Literature. 

Author, K.N. Chimbiri will give an insight and historical exploration into the lives of women leaders in the ancient Nile Valley. She will provide  a comprehensive introduction to the less-well known ancient kingdom of Kush which was based in what is today's Sudan.  This fascinating ancient civilisation has left behind three times as many pyramids as ancient Egypt.  Kandace will describe  the contributions of some of the great women of Kemet (ancient Egypt) and Kush.  She will feature, amongst others, the Kushite queen Amanirenas who courageously fought the Romans - her victory stele stands today in Room 65 at the British Museum.
Kandace is the author of two self-published childrens titles, The Story of Early Ancient Egypt and Step Back in Time to Ancient Kush (activity book).  Both books are now carried by museums including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Neues Museum in Berlin


Dr Michelle Asantewa will speak on Black Women Spirituality: The Power of Resistance.

Dr Asantewa will highlight several British literary representations of black women who used spiritual practices during slavery/colonialism to resist. Tituoba/Tituba is a black female agitator,  cast aside by patriarchal history, who was accused as one of the Salem Witches and condemned to death. She confessed that she was a witch and was let free whilst her white female counterparts were killed.  In Wide Sargasso Sea (which links to the British classic Jane Eyre) there is a reference to African Spirituality as a power used by Christophine that destabilises the patriarchal "Rochester" character. There will  be a Q and A after both talks





Two Great Films from Africa !! This will be packed!!!!

Sat 10 November 2 to 5pm then 5.30 to 8pm 

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1
Tube: Waterloo

Admission £6.50 best to book early

Maami at 2pm 

Set over a two-day period leading up to the 2010 Football World Cup, Maami tells the story of Nigerian footballer Kashimawo’s return to his homeland and his reminiscences of his hardscrabble childhood in the town of Abeokuta, where his single mother struggled to raise him. Based on a well-known novel, Maami sees veteran director Kelani fuse the energy of Nollywood with the seriousness of Yoruba cultural heritage.Plus Q and A with Director

Phone Swap

The director of the award-winning The Figurine returns with a warm comedy in which two people from different walks of life accidentally exchange phones and have to tread in each other’s paths. Breaking out of low-budget, fast-track Nollywood methods, Afolayan combines strong production values with a warm and witty script. The results combine authentic detail of locale and character with a tale of international appeal.

We look forward to welcoming lead actor Wale Ojo, and hope director Kunle Afolayan will join us for a Q&A. This screening is in partnership with New Nigeria Cinema.


Black Women Make Movies !

Saturday 17 November 2pm to 

This event will start at 2pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat 

Admission free.  First come, First served no booking required.

Donations accepted on the day

Venue: Room B36, Birkbeck University Malet St WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Click here for map Room B36 is at location 1 and the entrance is on the Torrington Square side

This event is sponsored by National Association of Black Saturday Schools and Birkbeck, University of London

Two films one drama, one documentary by black women plus Q&A with Funke Oyebanjo scriptwriter of The Window on films and the academic route to the screen

Ugandas Super Ladies directed by Sam Numatebi

Rose, Leila and Susan are three seemingly ordinary Ugandan women concerned with homes, families and jobs, but they also share the dream of becoming champion rally drivers. In Uganda, women traditionally defer to the men in their families and face discrimination in many areas of life. So the three women face the double challenge of achieving sporting success while fighting prejudice and sexism in the male world of motor rallying.The film documents the journey the women take as they struggle to put together their challenges for the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2009, the most coveted motor sports title in East Africa.They have to overcome the substantial hurdles of raising sponsorship and preparing a race-worthy and competitive car.It is a daunting challenge – and a race with a dramatic outcome. Super Ladies offers a fascinating insight into the heart of modern Uganda

Plus, The Window

Moji dreams of being a window dresser but is held back by her husband Samson and things start to look even worse for her when Samson's second wife arrives from Nigeria to live in their one-bedroomed Peckham flat with them. However the two women,rather than being rivals,form a bond and,after a public show-down at Samson's chieftancy ceremony, attain their independence plus Q and A with Funke Oyebanjo screenwriter




Andrew Muhammad  on the Black History in Planet of the Apes 1960s to 2012 !!

Sunday 11 November 3pm to 5.45pm Part 1

Sunday 25 November 3pm to 5.45pm Part 2

Cottons Caribbean Restaurant, 70 Exmouth Market, Islington EC1 .Tube: Angel

Pay on the door.  £8.00 First come, first served.

Black History Walks is working with Cottons Caribbean Restaurant to showcase African/Caribbean history and promote excellent African/Caribbean food. Enjoy the best in black cinema, have stimulating debates and  sample the delicious weekend buffet.

The blockbusting 'Planet of the Apes' series of films/tv series have many elements which parallel human and civil rights struggles all over the world. Many viewers have consumed these movies and, like the Matrix. not been aware of the coded messages and specific black history references in these films. Over these two sessions Andrew Muhammad: The Investigator, will analyse and demonstrate the double meaning in specific scenes, unveil the hidden agendas and show the black history references that are in plain sight...if you thought the Matrix and Michael Jackson breakdowns were deep, you'll need scuba gear this time !

Since 1994 Andrew Muhammad has been conducting Hidden Truth Tours nationwide and internationally to Kemet (Egypt), Tunisia, Ireland and Spain. Andrew Muhammad has also designed what is widely known as the ‘Hidden Truth Movie Breakdown’. This delivery is based on the Chinese proverb that a picture paints a thousand words.

The movie industry has perfected the art of using signs and symbols to convey many hidden truths to a very unsuspecting and susceptible audience. This type of communication was first invented in Kemet (Egypt) and was used throughout their society. Many Hollywood blockbuster films and cartoons such as The Matrix and Lion King contain secrets that will amaze the viewers. More info on Andrew Muhammad here





How Black People Won World War 2

Sunday 14th October 11am to 1pm then 2pm-5.00pm
Conference Room, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1

Tube: Lambeth North.

A detailed and extensive look at the African and, Caribbean war effort with video clips and interviews with black Spitfire & bomber pilots, Nigerian and Somali troops fighting in Burma, black and asian women secret agents, u-boats in the Caribbean and the importance of Africa's raw materials. Plus numerous heroic stories that were excised from history.

This will be an interactive session with quoted resources, great for adults and kids as WW2 is on the curriculum but black faces are strangely absent

From 11am to 1pm we will be screening films on the black american presence in World War 2. This will include the premiere of the Wereth 11 at 11am, then How Black People Won World War 2 at 2pm.

Wereth 11 This remarkable docudrama, written and directed by Robert Child, chronicles the story of 11 African-American soldiers who were captured and brutally murdered near Wereth, Belgium, by the Nazi SS during the Battle of the Bulge. The men were members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, and their terrible tale has been called one of the least-known atrocities of World War II. Narrated by actor Corey Reynolds, The Wereth Eleven weaves together excellent interviews with WWII veterans and historians, never-before-seen archival footage, and top-notch visual effects (including CGI-animated graphics), while Ken Arnold leads an impressive cast in the reenactments. A winner of the Founder s Choice Award at the 2011 GI Film Festival, DVD extras here include bonus interviews and panel discussions. Highly recommended . Editor s Choice. --Video Librarian