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Afrikan Quest was established in 2002 as a collective of conscious-minded people based in London and Manchester. The founders were the people who had been documenting meetings, rallies, concerts, lecture tours, ALDs and Kwanzaas.

The driving force behind its establishment was three fold. Firstly, while events were being recorded the material was not getting wide enough exposure as usually a single finished copy would be given to the event organiser and that would be the last time it would be seen or heard in public. Secondly, having been ‘on the scene’ for many years we were aware of the issues that most concerned Afrikan people and the gaps in providing information relating to those issues in both audio and visual form. Thirdly, counteracting negative media portrayal of Afrikans.

The first Afrikan Quest project was exploring ‘Afrikan Concepts of Freedom and Prison’. We conducted telephone interviews with 13 people including a Yoruba priest, political activists, community workers, musicians, students and entrepreneurs asking what the terms meant to them. The telephone interview with Chief Adelekan on Yoruba beliefs on prison and freedom and the ensuing group discussion was produced on CD as a one-hour programme which has been played on local stations. Two more CDs from the other contributors were released as ‘Freedom Chronicles – The Jury Speaks’ on Emancipation Day – Aug 1.

Alongside this we scripted and filmed a drama about a youth released from prison with a tag on his leg after serving a sentence for theft. This was shown at the Afrikan Quest Launch and Youthspeak Open Day, to students at Camden Sixth Form College, staff and patients at the Institute of Psychiatry and parents, pupils and local councillors at a Saturday School all in London. DJ Lujinton, a local DJ, donated tracks from his album, Garvey Son, to the project.

For the next project we interviewed seven Afrikan women about the terms ‘unity’ and ‘community’. These included a Buddhist priestess, the founder of a gospel promotions company, an author, political and community activists. This was also broadcast on local radio stations. There is now a double-CD pack available with all the interviews alongside an interview with Victor Thompson, an entrepreneur, on local and global Afrikan Economics.

UK2USA consists of stories by 28 people about their lives in the UK and what questions they would like to ask Afrikan-Americans.

Nubiart, our arts, social and current affairs show can be heard on Sound Radio 1503AM on Wed at 5-7pm and Sat at 7-9pm and on the net at www.soundradio.info