Great African-Americans Who Were Once In Ghana

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Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay’s) visit to Ghana in 1964: In the photo with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, first president of Ghana. 

Among all the West African countries, Ghana, the country formally called Gold Coast, is one of the famous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from being one of the peaceful countries in West Africa, Ghana has been also one of the most visited countries in Africa by Africans in the Diaspora.

There is a reason Ghana is attracted to Africans in the Diaspora. Echoes of sad music in the air can be heard from Cape Coast, attracting thousands of tourists including African-Americans and other Africans in the Diaspora to visit Ghana, where their ancestors were packed like a sardine into ships for slavery.

Apart from the fact that many Africans in the Diaspora go to Ghana to trace their roots or find their ancestors, Ghana was once under one of Africa’s most powerful and intelligent leaders, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. He was the first African statesman to achieve world recognition when he became president of the new Republic of Ghana in 1960 after Ghana attains its independence in 1957.

He campaigned ceaselessly for African solidarity and for the liberation of southern Africa from white settler rule. His greatest achievement was to win the right of black peoples in Africa, to have a vote and to determine their own destiny. Nkrumah’s popularity which was like a bushfire in the dry season brought him fame and also created a lot of enemies against him.

Many famous African-Americans, including Malcolm X, W.E.B Du Bois, Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou etc. were all in Ghana. In the summer of 1964, Muhammad Ali took a trip to Ghana, a remarkable visit the boxer called “a return to the fatherland.” In the VIP room of the Accra Airport, he was greeted by Ghana’s Foreign Minister Kojo Botsio. According to a report,  about 10,000 African Americans visit Ghana yearly, and almost 3,000 of them live in the capital, Accra.

On February 24th, 1966, Nkrumah was overthrown in a coup, master-minded by the CIA, after surviving many assassination attempts. He fled to the Republic of Guinea to be with his friend Sekou Touré for a number of years and spent his later years in exile in Bucharest, Romania and died on 27 April 1972.

Health: How Africans Survived On Traditional Medicine Long Before The White Man’s Medicine

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The magic tree called Neem

In 1832, the Scottish merchant McGregor Laird led an expedition to the Niger Valley and out of 48 people that accompanied on the expedition, 37 lost their lives. These experiences led to the belief that Europeans could not survive in coastal West Africa, which came to be known as ‘The White Man’s Grave.’ Because Europeans noticed that Africans survived much better in the region from these fevers. Despite malaria killing many Africans as well, they acquired resistance to malaria in their childhood, baffling European physicians.

The loss of 37 expeditioners not only revealed that Europeans can’t settle in Africa that time but also demanded how Africans had been able to survive on that harsh continent of deadly malaria? From generation to generation, ancestors pass on their expertise in herbal medicine preparations to families. One of Africa’s powerful concoctions against malaria is prepared from leaves of a neem tree.

The neem tree, biological name (Azadirachta indica) is a unique tree, and the leaves are the most complex leaves on the planet. The neem tree has over 130 different biologically an active compound. The trees grow in tropical and semi-tropical regions.

About the Neem Tree:

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a tree in the mahogany family. Native to India and throughout Southeast Asia, neem trees grow in tropical and semi-tropical regions. The neem tree grows quickly and can reach heights over 100 ft tall. With its surprising variety of uses and benefits, the neem tree is known as the ‘cure of sickness’ in West Africa, because of its extreme bitterness.

The main components of neem leaves include protein (7.1%), carbohydrates (22.9%), minerals, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, and carotene. But the leaves also contain glutamic acid, tyrosine, aspartic acid, alanine, praline, glutamine and cysteine-like amino acids, and several fatty acids. Without toothpaste or brush, a piece of chewed neem tree gives a clean teeth brush and fresh mouth each morning. Another life-saving tree is the Kuntan tree (Uapacca Guiniensis.) The cover of the tree was used to treat fractured bones.

Enjoying corn porridge without sugar

Asaba

The miracle berry or fruit, known as Asaba in the central region of Ghana, serves sugar because it contains a protein called miraculin that tastes sweet enough to replicate the effect of sugar.

There was no sugar, yet our ancestors enjoyed herbal tea and cornmeal porridge. A plant which bears small reddish fruit, called miracle fruit, serves as a substitute for sugar. The fruit contains a protein called miraculin that tastes sweet enough to replicate the effect of sugar. After eating berry fruit, everything sour, such as lemon or vinegar tastes sweet in the mouth.

Africa is endowed with many plants that can be used for medicinal. Some of the herbs heal high blood pressure, skin diseases, sore throat, arthritis, digestive problems etc. Many of the drugs consumed throughout the world for health purposes, were manufactured from herbs taken from Africa and Asia because those herbs grow in tropical countries. For example, African ginger is a very powerful medicine.

Many around the world wonder how Africans live, especially those in the villages without electricity. Frankly speaking, there is everything available to make life easy for them just like those living in modern cities. Before health centers were built our ancestors deliver babies at home successfully and the child’s umbilical cord was treated with herbal medicine.

Food Preservation in Africa

Have you ever wonder how Africans preserved food without electricity? If there is no electricity, there wouldn’t be any fridge or storage facilities but the food is best preserved in such a way that it doesn’t get rotten. With smoldering wood, generating intensive heat, which adds a layer of desiccation to preserving qualities, fish, meat and other kinds of seafood are smoked. The heat of the fire dehydrates all the liquid from the fish or meat and makes it last longer without rotten.

Salt and the sun also play a major role in traditional food preservation in Africa. For example, fish are well preserved with salt and Cocoa beans are spread in the sun to dry for many days, before they are exported or used to manufacture cocoa products, such as chocolates, drinks, beverages and body lotions consumed locally.

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Fish smoking is one of the oldest traditional ways of food preservation in Ghana.

The Palm Tree: The Subsistence Of Life In Africa

Below is a link to another article revealing the traditional life in Africa.

https://joelsavage1.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/the-palm-tree-the-subsistence-of-life-in-africa/

HEALTH: Essential Benefit Of Cocoa Products

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Thousands of people use Cocoa products, such as body cream, drink cocoa beverages and eat chocolates, yet don’t know the raw material which chocolate products are derived or how a Cocoa pod or bean looks like.

A journalist holding a Cocoa pod stops few people to see if they can find out what it is. Nobody was able to say what it was. Some said pawpaw and one said mango, that’s shocking because there is a big difference between mango and a Cocoa pod.

Ivory Coast is the leading country in West Africa producing 1.6 million tons of cocoa beans every year, making the country the world’s largest exporter, followed by Ghana. Other countries in Africa where Cocoa is grown is Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which together represent more than 70% of world cocoa production.

In Africa Cocoa is also produced in Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome & Principe. Every year thousands tons of Cocoa beans are exported to Europe and America, which are processed to different consumer products, such chocolate bars, cosmetic products and drinks.

Cocoa trees begin to bear fruit when they are three to four years old, seldom reaching more than 7.5 meters (25 feet) high. There are two harvests in a year when the fruit is ripe. A split Cocoa pod, has the beans embedded in a soft white-jelly sweet tissue, which are dried in the sun. During fermentation the pulp which becomes a liquid drains away leaving behind the beans.

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Cocoa beans used to manufacture cocoa drinks, chocolate, body creams, soaps and body lotions.

The dried beans become raw material for the manufacture of Cocoa products such as chocolate, fertilizer for cocoa, vegetables, food crops, soft drinks, alcohol, Jam, marmalade and other products. It is also widely used in cosmetic products such as moisturizing creams and soaps. In the picture is a full and half pods of Cocoa with fresh beans, when the beans are dry, from which chocolate is derived.

There are many Health benefits of consuming Cocoa Products, following the discovery that they are a rich source of catechins, which are polyphenols of the flavanol group, and which are believed to protect against heart disease, cancer, and various other medical conditions.On the skin, Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants, which help fight free radical, that is stresses and signs of aging. Women, especially Africans claim that Cocoa butter help to reduce stretch marks.

China’s Foreign Minister to Visit Ebola Stricken Countries In West Africa

 

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a news conference after meeting with Singaporean officials in Singapore August 3, 2015

World | Reuters | Updated: August 04, 2015 10:34 IST

BEIJING:  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi leaves this week on a visit to three of the African nations hardest hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Wang will leave on Saturday for a three-day visit to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the ministry said in a brief statement, without giving further details.

Wang is now in Southeast Asia, where he will attend a regional security summit this week. Ebola has killed more than 11,200 people in West Africa since it broke out in December 2013. China, Africa’s biggest trading partner, has sent hundreds of medical workers to Africa and contributed aid of more than $120 million to the anti-Ebola effort, after initially facing criticism for not doing enough.

Many big companies in China have invested in Africa, tapping the continent’s rich vein of resources to fuel the Asian giant’s economic growth over the past couple of decades. About 200 operate in West Africa, where Ebola has been at its most lethal.

A regional security summit this week.

Ebola has killed more than 11,200 people in West Africa since it broke out in December 2013. China, Africa’s biggest trading partner, has sent hundreds of medical workers to Africa and contributed aid of more than $120 million to the anti-Ebola effort, after initially facing criticism for not doing enough.

Many big companies in China have invested in Africa, tapping the continent’s rich vein of resources to fuel the Asian giant’s economic growth over the past couple of decades. About 200 operate in West Africa, where Ebola has been at its most lethal.

© Thomson Reuters 2015

The Persistent Threat Of Ebola In West Africa: An Open Letter To President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Of Liberia

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The helpless President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Is she scared to tell the American government of the medical crime committed in her country against Liberian citizens?

By Johan Van Dongen (Dutch Scientist & Micro-Surgeon)

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Saturday, July 31, 2015, that Liberia’s devastating 14-month Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 4,700 people, is over in the West African country.

The WHO declares: “It has been 42 days since the last confirmed Ebola victim in Liberia was buried. That is twice the 21-day incubation period for the disease to emerge in an infected individual. A national ceremony is planned for Monday.”

But why do outbreaks persist in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone? And why did WHO cautioned that this reality creates: “A high risk that infected people may cross into Liberia over the region’s exceptionally porous borders?”

This is very strange because we know by now that the Ebola virus which was discovered in Liberia is totally different from the one which caused the previous outbreaks in Sierra Leone and Guinea! And when they cross the borders they only could insert the contaminated virus with that specific virus and not the newly appeared virus which contaminated the 17-year-old boy!

So, if anyone thinks the Ebola outbreak in Mano River Basin is something that is a trifle, please let me confidently state to you that the ongoing disaster is far from being something to put on back-burner. This is the time for all residents in the badly affected Ebola  countries to unite to fight those who developed the man-made viruses!

World Health Organisation spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic has now officially informed journalists on what many had suspected was the fearful realization that the new outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, with an index case of a 17 years old schoolboy, was not really ‘new’ after all. The outbreak never really ended in Liberia, something the World Health Organization knew that all along.

“We’re proud of what we collectively managed to do but we need to remain vigilant,” said Peter Jan Graaff, the United Nations Secretary-General, acting as a special representative and head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). The virus is not yet out of the region and as long as the virus is in the region all of us are still potentially at risk.”

On Saturday, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, toured health centers in Monrovia, embracing and taking group photos with health workers. She was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac, the Associated Press reported.

But President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, how long do you want to wait?  Is it not about time to open your eyes and stop embracing WHO and other political, military and medical celebrities, who knew and know that the Ebola and Aids viruses were developed in the bio-medical warfare scene before, during and after the Second World War?

Is quietness not a form of stupidity, when many African leaders, including you, do not recognize the real scientific described origin of Aids and Ebola? Are your citizens not more important than power and money? Are you not aware of the fear and uncertainty you’ve placed your citizens into? What about the future, families, communities, your country, and its economy?

How long will you continue to believe in liars and people like Peter Jan Graaff from the WHO, who declared that Liberians are Ebola free? And when he stated that the transition to Ebola-free status was a “monumental achievement,” then President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , you must read my book “Aids and Ebola the greatest crime in medical history against mankind,” and articles on the blog of the Ghanaian investigative journalist, author, and writer Joel Savage.

Yes! President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, you must do that, because the complete scientifically development of Aids and Ebola viruses are well explained in the book, to bring out the truth and stop the Africans claiming Aids and Ebola are curses from God. Africans don’t deserve any punishment or curse from God, than those who developed the viruses and planted in Africa.

Tolbert Nyenswah

Tolbert Nyenswah, who led Liberia’s much-criticized response to the disease, said late Thursday that finally ridding the country of Ebola was vindication for leadership that had taken such a beating during the darkest hours of the epidemic when critics complained about slow steps taken to halt the spread of the deadly virus. “Today, the same people (critics) are using us as a success story,” Nyenswah said.

In Washington, the White House on Saturday congratulated Liberia on the achievement, but cautioned that: “(we) must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases.” That statement alone confirms Liberia is still not free from Ebola.

The U.S. military, which was quick to respond to the crisis, built 11 clinics across Liberia, many by contract and trained 1,500 health workers. Yet by the time the work was completed in late December, the disease was on the decline. Last month, The New York Times reported that only 28 Ebola patients were treated at clinics built by the U.S. military, but President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  they only treated 28 patients for the record, and to ask why does Liberia need thousand soldiers to take care of only 28 patients in the neighbourhood of diamond and gold mines?

Peter Jan Graaff from the WHO

The WHO spokesman Peter Jan Graaff has now confirmed that: “Genetic studies of the virus in the ‘latest’ outbreak in Liberia is identical to the one that used to kill in Liberia few months back and which is the same virus that continues to kill in both Sierra Leone and Guinea.” But that is a lie President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf!

Because none, (I repeat, NONE) of the Liberians now with new Ebola infection in Liberia ever traveled to Sierra Leone or Guinea. It means the virus has been right inside Liberia quietly all this time. Whether new or old virus, they were all genetically engineered in laboratories.

Conclusions

The WHO Spokesman is now saying the infection of the 17 years old boy was likely acquired from a ‘non-identified transmission within the community’ or from a survivor still carrying the infection in other body fluids long after the blood tested negative for the virus. But there is also another possibility, so fearful to contemplate that the virus has now modified itself so much, genetically engineered by men of course, so that it can delay the onset of symptoms in those it infected.

What do I mean by ‘delay the onset of symptoms?’ Let me explain. Viruses can exist for stated periods in humans before they start manifesting sickness in the infected human. For example, the HIV virus can exist for years in a person before it causes the manifestation of clinical signs of HIV-AIDS.

Now, prior to this Outbreak, Ebola was known to manifest symptoms within 2 to 21 days of infection. This particular MRU outbreak had an average of 9 days between infection and symptoms. So, if it is now suspected to be scenario for ‘new index case’ of a teenage boy in Liberia, this MRU Ebola virus is now with the ability to exist for more than 21 days in a human before it manifests symptoms of Ebola sickness, then I can easily say we have a major situation on our hands in the MRU basin, to say the words from Tolbert Nyenswah.

Add to this, if the huge number of survivors living in MRU basin are possible carriers of the dreadful Ebola virus in body fluids like male semen or in the placenta of the foetus in wombs, we might have a serious nightmare unfolding in the Mano River Union basin also in the future.

http://www.amazon.com/AIDS-AND-EBOLA-Greatest-Medical-ebook/dp/B00QZCYMSS

Lassa Fever: “The Virus Exists In Laboratory Since 1930’S, Before Discovery In Nigeria 1969”- Says Prof. Johan Van Dongen

By Johan Van Dongen and Joel Savage

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Lassa Fever is another medical bioweapon against Africa

 

Lassa fever, an arenavirus is an acute viral illness that typically occurs in blacks in West Africa. The illness was discovered in 1969, when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria, according to the CDC, but how can Africa trust the Center for Diseases Control, when in collaboration with America, World Health Organization and Europe, responsible for the Aids and Ebola crimes?

“Because the clinical course of the disease is so variable, detection of the disease in affected patient is very difficult, that’s why it can be used as a biological warfare agent.”- Prof. Johan Van Dongen

History of Lassa Fever

There are seven deadly diseases of concern; the three most unpredictable are Lassa fever, Marburg virus disease and Ebola virus disease. In this article the epidemiological and bio-warfare aspects of these diseases are discussed, with particular emphasis on exportation from their indigenous areas in Africa and on the occurrence of secondary cases.

Any of these diseases for instance could be brought into Canada or the United States of America, inadvertently or by aeromedical evacuation.Between 1972 and 1978, there were seven occasions when Canada could have been involved with handling cases of Lassa fever.

The Government of Canada purchased several bed and transit isolators. The units with filtered air under negative pressure, accommodated the infectious and patients were transported and cared for without any health hazard to the attendants or the environment.

The plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) has been used routinely in serological studies with such arena viruses

These plaque reduction neutralization tests (PRNT) were used in the forties of the last century, long time before the first outbreak in 1969, in Lassa, Nigeria, in order to look for a biological warfare product.

The first scientific publication about the Lassa virus was written by C. Armstrong in 1934, as “Experimental lymphotropicchorio meningitis of monkeys and mice produced by a Lassa virus encountered in studies of the 1933 St. Louis Encephalitis Epidemic, Public Health Rep. 49: 1019 -1027 (1934).”

Nowadays Lassa fever is an acute and sometimes severe viral hemorrhagic illness endemic in West Africa. One important question regarding Lassa fever is the duration of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody after infection. We were able to locate three people who worked in Nigeria dating back to the 1940s, two of whom were integrally involved in the early outbreaks and investigations of Lassa fever in the late 1960s, including the person who was isolated from Lassa virus. Two people had high titers of Lassa virus-specific IgG antibody over 40 years after infection, indicating the potential long-term duration of these antibodies. One person was likely infected in 1952, 17 years before the first recognized outbreak.

Background of Lassa virus

Though first described in 1934 and later in the 1940s and 1950s, the virus causing Lassa disease was not publicly identified until 1969. The virus is a single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the virus family Arenaviridae. About 80% of people who became infected with Lassa virus have no symptoms. One in five infected of the disease is very severe, where the virus affects several organs such as the liver, spleen and kidneys.

It is said that normally Lassa fever is a zoonotic disease, meaning humans can become infected when in contact with infected animals. The animal reservoir, or host, of Lassa virus is a rodent of the genus Mastomys, commonly known as the “immaculate rat.” Mastomys rats infected with Lassa virus do not become ill, but they can shed the virus in their urine and faeces. But the rats were infected by scientists, such as Cooper in 1961, and many others in laboratory and later set free in the the environment, for example in Lassa, Nigeria, to prey on humans, in order to see the effects or find the result.

Because the clinical course of the disease is so variable, detection of the disease in affected patients is very difficult, that’s why it can be used as a biological warfare agent. However, when presence of the disease is confirmed in a community, prompt isolation of affected patients, good infection protection and control practices and rigorous contact tracing can stop outbreaks.

Lassa fever or Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF) is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus and first described in 1969 in the town of Lassa, in Borno State, Nigeria. Lassa fever is a member of the Arena viridae virus family, similar to Ebola clinical cases. The disease had been known for over a decade but had not been connected with a viral pathogen. The infection is endemic in West African countries, resulting in 300,000 -500,000 cases annually, causing approximately 5,000 deaths each year. Outbreaks of the disease have been observed in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra leone, Guinea and the Central African Republic.

The Lassa virus plaque assay satisfied the criteria proposed by Cooper in 1961 for determining satisfactory plaque technique

The plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) has been used routinely in serological studies with such arena viruses as Junin, Machupo, and Parana. However, difficulties have been encountered in using the PRNT for LCM virus, while conflicting views have been expressed about the reliability and efficacy of the test with Lassa virus.

 

Lassa fever medical crime

Johan Van Dongen is a Dutch scientist who revealed that Aids and Ebola were bio-weapons against Africa by America

“I don’t want a name for myself, but I will not allow CDC to continue fooling the world”- Prof J. van Dongen.

They therefore investigated and evaluated the plaque assay for Lassa virus. In addition, the suitability of the PRNT for determining the potency of a serum and its efficacy in passive immunization for the treatment of Lassa fever was also investigated. The Lassa virus plaque assay satisfied the criteria proposed by Cooper in 1961, for determining satisfactory plaque technique. Lassa virus plaques appear within 3 days of inoculating Vero cell cultures.

By day 5, the plaques are clearly defined, discrete, and measure 1.5 to 2.0 mm. In the plaque reduction neutralization test, the use of native non-inactivated serum was required for a reliable and reproducible determination of serum antibody titer. The potency and suitability of a serum for Lassa fever serotherapy was determined by the use of a constant serum-varying virus (CS-VV) and/or a constant virus-varying serum (CV-VS) PRN technique.

Questions for readers to ask Center for Diseases Control

How is it possible that the Lassa virus which is known in the thirties, forties and fifties in laboratory circumstances, the first official outbreak occurred in 1969, in Lassa Nigeria? CDC can fool the public or the world that the disease was first discovered in Nigeria, 1969, but they can’t fool Johan Van Dongen.

This finding is similar to the first outbreaks of the Marburg virus in 1967, in Germany and the Ebola virus in 1976, in Africa as described in: “Aids and Ebola the greatest crime in medical history against mankind” amazon.com.

Portugal: The Scramble For Africa

This is the history of the Portuguese colonisation of east and west Africa – what is now Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. The 19th century colonial scramble for AfricaA” found Portugal weak, vulnerable and completely unprepared to deal with the new realities foisted on it by the signatories of the Conference of Berlin in 1884.

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Between then and the end of World War I, Portugal’s colonial ambitions rose and fell. This carefully researched book documents the events of Portugal’s colonial expansion into the African continent, the characters and personalities, the wars and battles, and the gradually changing social structure of the colonies.

The Author

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Paul Southern

Following an induced labour some time in the 1960s (due date: Halloween night), I had my subscription to a normal life revoked by itinerant parents, who moved from city to city. Lived in Liverpool, Belfast, London and Leeds, then escaped to university, where I nearlydied of a brain haemorrhage. After an unexpected recovery, formed an underground indie group (Sexus).

Met the lead singer through standing on a bee. Made immediate plans to become rich and famous, but ended up in Manchester. Shared a house with mice, cockroaches, and slugs; shared the street with criminals. Five years later, hit the big time with a Warners record deal. Concerts at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Melody Maker front cover, Smash Hits Single of the Week, Radio 1 and EastEnders. Mixed with the really rich and famous.

Then mixed with lawyers. Ended up back in Manchester, broke. Got a PhD in English (I am the world’s leading authority on Tennyson’s stage plays), then wrote my first novel, The Craze, based on my experiences of the Muslim community. Immediately nominated to the Arena X Club (the name Arena magazine gave to a select group of creative, UK-based men responsible for shaping the way their readers lived and enjoyed their lives).

Wrote a second book, Brown Boys in Chocolate, which predicted the London bombings. Fell foul of the censors and subsequently gagged by the press. Got ITV interested in a story on honour killings and inter-racial marriages and was commissioned to write a screenplay (Pariah) based on my life story. ITV balked at the content.

Subsequently, trod the wasteland before finding the grail again: a book deal with children’s publisher, Chicken House. Killing Sound, a YA horror set on the London Underground, was published by them in September 2014

http://www.amazon.com/Portugal-Scramble-Africa-Paul-Southern/dp/094699563X/