Quote of the week
'..The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground...they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us...'- Alexandre Dumas - Diaspora
Grenfell Tower follow up: Prof Imafidon speaks out

Prof Chris Imafidon’s home was in the shadow of Grenfell Towers so he experienced the events as they say ‘close to home’. A close friend of his died in  the fire. He believes the total number of fatalities (rumours on the ground suggest about 500) is being suppressed explicitly to prevent rioting. However I would suggest that this wording as used by senior civil servants and confirmed by David Lammy MP is code for something more brutal. Prof Imafidon…

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Steven Reiner & Anne Kruger: Fake News- SHAME ON YOU!

Steven Reiner and Anne Kruger, professor of Journalism at Stonybrook University School of Journalism, and Anne Kruger, lecturer Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong have with others produced an online course on News Literacy They have focussed on the importance of news literacy and the critical role of journalists in respect to the importance of verification. However there is no sense of self awareness. There is no understanding of how the established news media has already…

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Grenfell Tower 14 June 2017 – in memoriam

I went earlier today (25 June 2017) to visit Grenfell Tower site. This is far more chilling in reality than in the photographs. It has the impact of a large concrete grave. Even today that smell and sense of death lingers. I wandered over to the local Methodist Church where the flowers and tokens of remembrance are emotionally powerful. I was in Lagos when it started and felt a sense of horror. I had been in the past chair…

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UK Terrorism Alert!!

As we come up to the General election in the UK it is crucially important that we identify some key issues. Theresa May has said that we are fighting for our values and she mentioned democracy and pluralism as key values. But she did not mention freedom of speech. History shows us that we loose our freedoms one at a time if we are not careful and that those who do not care for these values will seek to…

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Apartheid police as organised crime – now we know!

Apartheid era officials stole a 25 metre sophisticated printing press, bombed the building to conceal their theft, reassembled the printing press at police Head Quarters and then began printing counterfeit money a court case reveals (note 1 and 2). Jeremy Vearey and Andre Lincoln were officers in ANC’s intelligence organisation who busted the group. Much of this is now playing out in a court in Western Cape. US intelligence became involved as these officials  had been counterfeiting US dollars. It…

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Harry Greaves – RIP

It is over a year since Harry’s body was found on a beach in Liberia and no explanation has been found to date.   Harry and I were at prep school  together in England  or to be more precise in Langton Green in Kent. Harry Augustus Greaves Jnr as he wished to be known then (he emphatically insisted on the American  postfix jnr having the same name as his father). Our headmaster, Mr Bairamian, or Bob as we called…

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Yinka Shonibare MBE – Gallery opening 27 sep16

Yinka Shonibare  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yinka_Shonibare) is a wonderful artist and my good friend. His work is often breathtaking – cutting across many cultures, but fundamentally African. There are some who might ask how is Shonibare so fundamentally African – basically there is a place where you arrive at  in terms of artistic  creation that whatever you do reflects who you are  and you have no need to  imitate or reflect. That is Shonibare. Whatever he does is African  – you may…

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Jerry Lockspeiser – book launch – 12 sep 16
wine jerry lockspeiser

Its  a welcome evening with my good friend Jerry Lockspeiser (http://www.harpers.co.uk/jerry-lockspeiser/1000.bio) . Jerry  has shown great devotion to Africa and has donated and helped schools in Sierra Leone. He is also major supporter of Action Aid. Tonight he is launching his new book on wine. ‘Your wine questions answered’ or  as he subtitled it in his introductory talk ‘everything you wished to know about wine but were too embarrassed to ask!’   Its on Amazon -. Jerry was a major…

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