A Day in Brussels – Meeting Minister Cecile Kyenge, Italy

BEWC premeeting
From left: Light Up a Girl’s Life project manager with Members of the Black European Women’s Council at the EESC.

With roots stemming back to 2007 with The Vienna Declaration the Black European Women’s Council (BEWC) is set to revive itself. The first step was a face-to-face meeting with some of the board members representing Austria, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Meeting with MEP Kyenge
Talking with Minister Kyenge.

In addition to discussing the future of the BEWC we had the honor of meeting with Minister Kyenge, Italy, thanks to our Italian board member, Dr. Susanne Mbiye.

Minister Kyenge's award
Minister Kyenge’s Global Citizenship Award for her groundbreaking work on immigrant rights fro children in Italy.

Minister Kyenge has received global recognition for becoming the first black women in the Italian Parliament and for her position on granting citizenship to the children of immigrants born in Italy. She has also received verbal abuse from her colleagues in Italy.

With Miniter Kyenge
With Minister Kyenge. She is grace personified.

Despite her hectic schedule including plenary and other meetings that day Minister Kyenge greeted each one of us with a warm handshake and parted with a kiss on the cheek. She, I can attest, is grace personified.

Casting Call- Miss Africa Netherlands 2015-2016

Miss Africa Netherlands Pageant

We are pleased to announce the start of the journey to the 3rd edition of Miss Africa Netherlands (Miss Africa Netherlands 2015-2016).

Are you the Next Miss Africa Netherlands? Do you have the Poise, Eloquence, and Charisma? Are you determined to be a Role Model and Ambassador for Change in your Community? Do you have what it takes to be Miss Africa Netherlands 2015-2016? We are looking for you.

This is a once in a life-time opportunity to be the change that you want to see in the world.

Miss Africa Netherlands

Contestants willing to participate by representing their countries can now register. Registration starts 1st February 2015 as from 9am via our website and closes on 15 March 2015. The casting/audition will take place in April at a location to be announced in Amsterdam.

We urge all contestants to visit our website, read and understand all the rules therein prior to filling the application form to become Miss Africa Netherlands 2015-2016 Queen.

We wish you all a fun filled journey to the Crown.

We are also calling on individuals, groups, organizations and business who may be interested to sponsor, volunteer and or become a Matron/Patron, vendors, photographers, MUAs, Designers, Stylists and those willing to advertise with us, to please send us an e-mail indicating their interests.

The Miss Africa Netherlands Team

IBAR in association with the Bronte Parsonage Museum Haworth Present Lost Children: The Black Atlantic and Northern Britain – An Interdisciplinary Symposium April 30-May 1

IBAR in association with the Bronte Parsonage Museum Haworth Present Lost Children: The Black Atlantic and Northern Britain – An Interdisciplinary Symposium April 30-May 1
IBAR in association with the Bronte Parsonage Museum Haworth Present Lost Children: The Black Atlantic and Northern Britain – An Interdisciplinary Symposium April 30-May 1

Learn more about the book The Lost Child.

Author Noo Saro-Wiwa Visits Institute for Black Atlantic Research, University of Central Lancashire


Mon, March 16

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join us for a welcome drink from 6

Buffet dinner served after event

Free to attend – all welcome!


Greenbank Building, Preston (Greenbank Lecture Theatre, UCLan’s Greenbank Building, Victoria Street, Preston PR1 7DR)

Map: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/visit/assets/preston_city_campus_map.pdf

Please book:



Author and journalist Noo Saro-Wiwa will be visiting UCLan to read from her acclaimed book, Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria, and telling us about her writing.

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria was published by Granta in January 2012 to brilliant reviews and was chosen by the Financial Times Life & Arts as one of the best books of the year, and by The Sunday Times as Travel Book of the Year 2012.


Praise for Looking for Transwonderland:

‘Humorous and affectionate … Saro-Wiwa is fiercely honest and compassionate about a country most tourists travel miles to avoid’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Remarkable … in this deftly woven account Saro-Wiwa tells us more about Nigeria than most academics do in a lifetime’ Spectator

‘An affectionate and irreverent guide that peels away many of the clichés that envelop Nigeria’ Observer

Noo is the daughter of the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, the illustrious Nigerian author, human rights activist and environmentalist. She will be signing books after the event.

For any enquiries, please contact Dr. Yvonne Reddick on yreddick@uclan.ac.uk.

Special writing workshop with Noo for UCLan staff and students

Noo will be running a special writing workshop from 15.00 to 16.30 on the 16th of March, for UCLan staff and students. Noo will be answering questions about her writing, the publishing industry, and a career in writing. Room TBA.

Frantz Fanon: Concerning the Psychoanalysis and Cosmopolitanism of Violence

18th March 2015, 1pm to 7pm

University of Warwick (A0.28, Millburn House)


Frantz Fanon, the son of Martinique who first fought for colonial France in World War Two and then against colonial France in Algeria, is taken as the preeminent thinker of decolonization. Although Fanon died in 1961, his work and life still stir debate and discussion today about the lived reality of racism and the nature of violence and revolution in the post-colonial world. This one-day symposium and screening of Göran Hugo Olsson’s documentary Concerning Violence is designed to engender critical and collaborative engagement between researchers, students, practitioners, and activists with an interest in Fanon’s work and its contemporary connotations. This symposium seeks to establish dialogue between different disciplinary perspectives, such as psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, and histories of globalization, on Fanon’s two major texts Black Skin, White Masks (1952), and The Wretched of the Earth (1961) and his lesser known works such as the essays contained within A Dying Colonialism (1959) and Towards the African Revolution (1964).

Paper Presentations from:

Dr. Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary, University London)

Dr. Sheldon George (Simmons College, US)

Professor Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary, University London)

Chair: Dr. Julie Walsh (Warwick University)

Film screening introduced by Mireille Fanon Mendes-France:

Göran Hugo Olsson’s documentary Concerning Violence (2014).

Roundtable Discussion

Mireille Fanon Mendes-France (Frantz Fanon Foundation)

Professor Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick University)

Dr. Sheldon George (Simmons College, US)

Dr. Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University)

Dr. Peter Nevins (the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis)

Chair: Dr. John Narayan (Warwick University)

It is not necessary to register for this event, but to help us get a sense of likely numbers we’d be grateful if you could email one of the organisers if you are planning to attend (either Julie.walsh@warwick.ac.uk or j.c.narayan@warwick.ac.uk ).

Black Power in a Caribbean Context

Monday, 23 February 2015 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Venue: Pavilion Room, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Speaker(s): Dr Kate Quinn (UCL)
Convenor: Dr Halbert Jones (St Antony’s College)
Series: North American Studies Seminar Series

Kate Quinn is Lecturer in Caribbean History at the Institute of the Americas, University College London. Her publications include Black Power in the Caribbean (2014) and Politics and Power in Haiti (2013).

Scholarship and popular perceptions of Black Power have been dominated by the North American movement. However the Caribbean also experienced significant Black Power upheavals in the same period as its powerful northern neighbour. In this seminar, Dr Quinn will examine the region-wide Black Power movement in the Caribbean, focusing in particular on its relationship with black activism in the United States and Canada. It will explore what ‘Black Power’ meant in the majority black and multi-ethnic societies of the Caribbean; and the differences, overlaps and tensions between Caribbean and US Black Power. Witnessing the proliferation of the symbols, styles and rhetoric of Black Power on the streets of Kingston, Nassau and Port of Spain, many contemporary observers dismissed Caribbean Black Power as an American importation of little relevance to Caribbean society. However to characterize the Caribbean movement as merely imitative does justice neither to the local dimensions of Caribbean Black Power nor to the transnational contexts in which it emerged.

Cecilie Kyenge, Member of European Parliament, Italy

Cecilia Kyenge, MEP, Itlay
Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/124801/KASHETU_KYENGE_history.html

In 2013 Cecile Kyenge was named to the Black Women in Europe Power List after her appointment to Minister of Integration in Italy. During that time she endured abuse from her colleagues.

Cécile Kyenge Kashetu is a Congolese-born Italian politician and ophthalmologist. She is the Minister for Integration in the current Italian government. She has founded an intercultural Association (DAWA) to promote mutual awareness, integration and cooperation between Italy and Africa, particularly in her country of birth, the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is also the spokesperson of the association “March First”, which works to promote the rights of migrants in Italy. In February 2013 she was elected member of the Chamber of Deputies for the Democratic Party in Emilia-Romagna. Two months later she was appointed Minister for Integration in the grand coalition government formed by Enrico Letta, becoming Italy’s first black cabinet minister. She supports the introduction of a Jus soli law to grant citizenship to children of immigrants born on Italian soil.

Ms. Kyenge pictured with her daughters.

On 25 May 2014 she was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).  Visit Minister Kyenge’s website (in Italian).