For the last two years, Voices of the Savannah, have created a uniquely African sound as Hamilton’s arguably premier and only African musical outfit. On Friday, March 4th, the curtains will close as the Band performs one last time at a Music Cabaret honoring Black History Month. They describe their sound as  “a fusion of African blend to their music which ranges from Spiritual, Acapella, Southern African gospel, East African benga, and Jazzy jive.”.  We at Capetown to Cairo are sad to see them go, given that our goal is to see that African music has a place on Hamilton’s music landscape. (Seriously, we might just invite them over for a radio interview to ease our mourning over their departure).

Their first performance was as an impromptu group put together to perform at a fundraiser by nurses going to a medical mission in Kenya. The band members who hail from Kenya and Zimbabwe had so much fun that they decided to keep performing as a band.  After two years, numerous performances across the GTA and some lineup changes as other band members moved on to other endeavours, the group gives us a final chance to enjoy their musical gifts at this free event. Hamilton is the richer for having had them on our musical landscape. See you there Hamilton.

Music Cabaret in Celebration of Black History Month

Friday March 4th 7pm, free entry

Bridges Cafe , McMaster University

performances by: Hamilton Steel-Pan Orchestra and award-winning Hip Hop artist Kae Sun




This is one of the most inspiring scholarships I have come across in a long while. Some of you might not know that for many refugees, coming to Canada can be a financial hurdle. For those whose applications are sorted out whilst still in the refugee camp, the Government of Canada expects repayment for any financial expenses incurred in getting the refugee to Canada e.g. air tickets etc. It began in 1999 at a time when Canada restricted financial aid to citizens and permanent residents. Through the efforts of Maytree, that access was expanded by legislation to include Protected Persons.

So a scholarship that provides financial support to refugees intent on continuing their education rates an A in my books. Here is more info as posted on their website :

“ The  impor  tant  thing  to  remember is  to always have faith in yourself and your ability to overcome adversity. I truly believe that life is a beaut i fu l  s t ruggle. ”Salma Adam, Maytree Scholarship Student

The Maytree Scholarship recipients are a truly inspiring bunch.  To better understand the challenges faced by many of those who find safety and succor in Canada, read their stories here.


Prepare yourself as Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard go for OSCARS!!!

Last year’s announcement that Oscar and Grammy award winner JHud was going to portray Winnie Madikizela (Mandela) opposite Terrence Howard’s Nelson Mandela on the big screen kicked up some dust. Actually that’s an understatement. It kicked off a huge sandstorm of Sahara-like proportions. Why? Most people felt that the power of Madikizela’s story would have been better expressed by South African actors.  The fact that the script wasn’t written with Winnie’s input drew the ire of some. Madikizela is a hugely polarizing figure in South African politics and culture. Whatever you feel about her, I bet you apathy doesn’t describe it. As a child growing up in Africa, Winnie was always this strong larger than life woman who refused to let her husband’s imprisonment make a matyr of her. Despite living and suffering for the cause, I never (remember I was a kid) got the sense that she pitied her lot in any way.

All this to say, that the film trailer really disappointed me. Terrence Howard captures Mandela’s distinct helium-like voice with none of his gravitas nor accent. He really tried and am so hoping the movie will prove me wrong. J Hud is winsome as a young Winnie but once they put on the fat suit and extra makeup………….it was downhill. Winnie has matured beautifully over the years maintaining her beauty, verve and iron will. Yet the mature Winnie, Hudson portrays looks sickly, the makeup was off and so were the prosthetics. For a movie titled : Winnie Mandela: A Life I really hope the full movie captures the Winnie Madikizela in her youth, her activist zenith and her present.

I will still go and watch it. Whaddya think of the trailer?

Hamilton’s premier award show for the Afro-Caribbean community is back. Previous awardees include captains of commerce like Mr. Michael Lee-Chin, our favorite Hamiltonian Honourable Lincoln Alexander and academicians like Dr. Afua Cooper, Dr. Gary Warner and Dr. Patricia Daenzer.

The McMaster community has repeatedly yielded various winners in the Youth Achievement and Community Service categories. For 3 consecutive years, awardees included executives of the McMaster African Students Association (MASA)including yours truly.  Speaking from experience, the awards are a great networking experience and simply inspiring. The youth achievement award comes with a scholarship/bursary so get crackalacking. If you know any outstanding community members or youth, pass on the info below so that they can apply.


  1. Nomination form filled by nominator describing nominee’s background, career and present activities accompanied by a resume/biography not exceeding 3 pages
  2. Nominator must describe in less than 300 words how the nominee has contributed in the category in which they have been nominated
  3. 3 letters of support from individuals or organizations whose views validate the information supplied by the nominator.
  4. contact the website for information on where to send your dossier and to download the application form


Youth Achievement:
The successful youth (16-24 years of age) must demonstrate involvement in activities that enhance the nominee’s growth and development. This award is presented as a bursary and or/academic scholarship for furthering the recipient’s studies in a post secondary institution or trade institution. (Recipient must be graduating high school in the same year of being awarded this honour)
Criteria to be considered will include:

  • Record of activities/achievements, which other youth can use to enhance their own growth and development.
  • Evidence of discipline, leadership and commitment (ambassador for youth in a wide arena and a positive role model)
  • Demonstrates a keen sense of self and can articulate the nominee’s desired goals.
  • Maintains a good standing in their educational pursuit.

Community ServiceThe successful candidate must have a record of voluntary community involvement and service that has contributed to the development and advancement of the community.
Criteria to be considered will include:

  • Significant in enrichment of lives of individuals and groups, over a period of time
  • Demonstration of commitment and dedication
  • Exceptional volunteer service through community organizations
  • Significant impact of contributions on the community

Business / Professional Achievement

The candidate(s) must currently be involved in the business sector either as an
entrepreneur or contributor or demonstrate excellence in a profession.

Criteria to be considered will include:

  • Significant contribution to the business community through a record of outstanding achievements
  • Evidence of on-going leadership in the business/profession
  • Creation of employment opportunities contributed new ideas, processes & practices that has added to the general body of knowledge in the nominee’s field and serves a framework for other practitioners.
  • Broader significance of nominee’s contribution to the community.

The African-Canadian Christian Network has been working with Upper Canada College (UCC) for the last 5 years to enhance the educational opportunities for inner city boys of African-Canadian descent. This initiative enables selected boys to complete their secondary school education at this prestigious institution with support through their Financial Aid program.  As some of you may know, UCC has an accelerated program for which tuition for the day program is between $27,000 – $29,000 annually, and the boarding between $48,000 and $50,000.  UCC also boasts of a 100% placement rate at post secondary institutions, such as McGill, Queen’s and Western—the top 3 universities of choice selected by the students. So far, we have been successful in placing students in both the boarding and day programs.  The young men are all doing well, and the first group will be graduating next year.

This year, in preparation for the 2011 school year, we are seeking candidates who may qualify for Grades 7, 8 and 9. The process is quite competitive and the number of new intakes accepted at UCC each year for the grades for which we are interviewing are as follows:

· Grade 7     Birth year 1999           40 – 50

· Grade 8     Birth year 1998           0 – 5

· Grade 9     Birth year 1997           15 – 20

Time is of the essence and we urge you to encourage family, friends and organizations who know young men who may qualify to take advantage of this opportunity.  Once you have identified these young men, have them forward the requirements to us no later than November 24th.

In selecting candidates, UCC looks at the consistency of the performance of the students and place great emphasis on Math and French.  Even though the ACCN may qualify them for an interview at UCC, they must pass their interview process as well as perform well in the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

The ACCN looks for the criteria set by UCC, namely:

§ Academic ability and achievement

§ Co-curricular potential (athletics, art, leadership, etc.)

§ Personal and social development

The recommended boys should have a B+ average or higher and should follow the process outlined below:

1.      IMPORTANT NOTE: While the UCC application can be found and submitted online at, the parent MUST complete and submit the application attached to this e-mail to the ACCN.  Applications submitted directly to UCC cannot be retrieved and considered for this opportunity through the ACCN.

2. Additionally, they need to submit the other application materials that include:

· Birth Certificate (copy only)

· End-of-year School Reports for the last two years (copies only)

· Candidate Statement (attached to this e-mail and can be downloaded at

· Candidate photo (passport size)

3. Please have the students’ teachers complete the Teacher Evaluations.  Copies are attached to this e-mail and can also be found

Once completed please send to the ACCN

· Electronically, after scanning all the requested information to

· By special delivery to the office of the African-Canadian Christian Network, 549 Oakdale Road, Unit 1, Toronto, ON M3N 1W7

· By Canada Post to the office of The African-Canadian Christian Network (ACCN), 549 Oakdale Road, Unit #1, Toronto, Ontario M3N 1W7.

· We can be reached by phone at 416-744-3084.

The Selection Process

A committee of educators who volunteer with the ACCN will review the applications and invite boys who fit the criteria to an interview at the ACCN’s office on November 27th, 2010.  After the interviews, the names of the final selection of candidates will be submitted to UCC by the ACCN.  They will contact the boys chosen for an interview at their campus.


SSAT is a requirement for entry for the boys at UCC.  We encourage  parents to register their child (qualified by the ACCN)  to complete the SSAT by December 11th, 2010.  More information on the SSAT can be found at  The e-mail address is

Financial Aid at UCC

Consideration for Financial Aid is available to eligible parents.  Awards may cover up to 100% of tuition fees. Qualified candidates must complete and submit the Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS), which is attached to this e-mail and also available at


Final Decision

The ACCN will notify all candidates about the decision made regarding their son during the first week of December.  The UCC will invite the qualified boys for an interview at their campus. Applicants selected for admission will be notified in writing by UCC.

We Thank You

We recognize that this is a rigorous process, but also a tremendous and historic opportunity for youth from the community to leave a legacy behind at UCC. We look forward to your nominations. Please feel free to circulate this e-mail widely.  We thank you for your support and attention to the process.

Please contact me if you require any additional information.

Cherryl Lewis
Executive Director
African-Canadian Christian Network
P: 416-744-3084
F: 416-742-7966

A TIME THERE WAS: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony

Tuesday, November 9 at 7 PM

2009, 87 minutes

With A Time There Was: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony, Donald McWilliams returns to his time as a national serviceman in 1950s Kenya to craft a strikingly original film essay on the Mau Mau Rebellion — one of the most contentious final episodes in British imperial history.

Director Donald McWilliams will be in attendance for a discussion following the screening.


NFB Mediatheque
150 John St. (at Richmond St. W)
Toronto (Osgoode subway station)
M5V 3C3

Hours of Operation
Monday – CLOSED (as of September 1, 2009)
Tuesday, Wednesday 12 pm – 7 pm
Thursday – Saturday 12 pm – 10 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

AMREF’s 2010 CIDA Internships

AMREF is currently recruiting for 1 intern for a 5-month placement:

AMREF Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Society for International Health, is now recruiting for 1 government-sponsored internship in support of Health Systems Strengthening in AMREF’s office in Tanzania.

We’re looking for a Project Support Officer for a 5-month placement with the AMREF Tanzania country office in Dar es Salaam to begin in begining to mid-November, in partnership with the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) and with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through its 2010/2011 International Youth Internship Program (IYIP).

To be eligible, interns must:

* be 30 years of age or under at the time of application;
* possess a university degree or college diploma by the time the internship starts;
* be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person granted refugee status in Canada;
* be legally entitled to work in Canada;
* not be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits;
* be in good physical and emotional health as attested to by a medical doctor;
* agree to obtain appropriate immunizations and arrange for travel/health/life insurance;
* agree to arrange travel to the host country and obtain the necessary visa and work permit, with the assistance of CSIH;
* not be an active employee of any government department, agency or organization at the time of completing the internship;
* be available and committed to working overseas full-time for the full duration of the internship;
* have no other obligations or commitments which might interfere with the successful completion of the internship.