Monthly Archives: July 2012

Stories From A Common Land…

NBA have recently been working with play-wright Mufaro Makubika  collecting information on the creation of the St Ann’s estate in the decade 1966- 1976 for his latest project Common Land.

We are looking for contributions in the form of documents, oral and written testimony, photographs that relate to the specifed date which will assist Mufaro in writing a play.

NBA have organized 9 sharing session in and around ST Anns where people can volunteer their time to share their experiences. There have been 5 session thus far where we have had the opportunity to connect with numerous people and hear some intriguing stories.

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If you would like to participate in this unique  project, and have connections to the St Anns area from 1966-1976   we still have four more session planned where you can come and share your stories.

We will be at:

the Stonebridge Farm Caribbean Day from 12-6pm  on 12th August  you can also enjoy a range of other Caribbean themed activites.

(this is a slight change from our previously advertised date)


5-7pm 15th August: New Arts Exchange 31 Gregory Blvd NG7 6BE

12-4pm 19th August: St Anns Community Orchard  ‘ Activity Day’ Ransom Rd NG3 3PP

12-4 pm 9th September : St Anns Community Orchard ‘Heritage Day’   Ransom Rd NG3 3PP

If you are unable to attend one of our sharing sessions but would still like to contribute to the project please contact us…


Common Land, c/o Bea Udeh NottinghamPlayhouse, Wellington Circus Nottingham NG1 5AF

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Honouring Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974

Born 23 July 1892

Here are a few quotes from Haile Selassie I;

“Imagination, devotion, perseverance, together with divine grace, will assure your success. “

Address on the 18th anniversary of his coronation (2 November 1948)

“In the history of the human race, those periods which later appeared as great have been the periods when the men and the women belonging to them had transcended the differences that divided them and had recognized in their membership in the human race a common bond.”

Address at Haile Selassie I University

“That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; That until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil. “

– Haile Selassie I

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”

  Cited as from an address in Addis Ababa (1963)


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