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Afrikan education was another thing missed on this trip.

As the home of the John Lynch Afrikan Education Project, and with the visits of Ligali to the city, there is always going to be an opportunity for Bristol’s African people to explore an Africentric worldview.

In this world, African people have history. Big history! And soul-healing and liberation will come from restoring that connection to their ancestors, their land, and their people. The Maafa is an especially heinous crime that not only ripped African people from all these things in the  past, but is robbing them in the present and, as a result will also take their future. If left unchecked!!

However the message is not to convince other people about this Afrikan history. It’s about educating Africans themselves. About themselves.

There are many such African-centred organisations around, but these two (mentioned above) are significant because of their impact on Bristol’s i-ligthenment this year.

Of course they are not much interested in 2007, and see it as an audacious scheme to make yet more money off our black backs (except they wouldn’t really use the term black, but it alliterated!).  This time, the hustle was in the form of all the public funding bids to draw down money on 2007 ticket – when black was the new black.   The Africentic has been working well before two-thousand-and-seven, and will fight on till the battle is done.   “It means nothing to us! ” would be the cry. But interestingly I saw this year Africentric ties grow stronger together. Even if it was just to rally against this European audacity!  

Their view was so crucial to Bristol’s understanding of itself. It was refreshing when they entered the public areana with their African-centred views on t’ telly. I venture they may now go back to being shunned by the public attention-givers in the form of screen and print media, who no longer have their 2007 hook,  but the Afrikan liberation struggle continues.

Meanwhile – on the education issue, if this is a mark for self-knowledge and new truths. It’s a mark for education. 


The term “Maafa” (from the book, “Let The Circle Be Unbroken”, by Dr. Marimba Ani) is a kiswahili word for “disaster” that we are now using to reclaim our right to tell our own story. Maafa refers to the enslavement of our people and to the sustained attempt to dehumanize us. Because the Maafa has disconnected us from our cultural origins, we have remained vulnerable in a social order that does not reflect our cultural identity. 



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