African People and Money
"I have a lasting appreciation of what NAEAP stands for, and perhaps
covertly, how it proposes to historicize the purposeful march of African people
towards their equality of ownership of this resources and commitment to national
Comment by a participant to "African People and Money,"
La Joya, St. Joseph, September 8, 2001
I have had an opportunity to thank those whose took part in and thereby
made our conference, "African People and Money," a success. In my estimation, it was one of the biggest conferences that
brought together many distinguished and sophisticated African persons, all
concerned about looking at the economic/business dimension of our lives.
Now, it's up to us to keep that flame going and find concrete way to
expand what we achieved on September 8. As
we go along we will outline ways in to which we should do so.
In this regard, we would also expect you to send us your ideas about how
we can expand. Incidentally, if
there the names and e-mail addresses of others whom you feel should be included
this mailing please do send them to me. We
have to use every tool to stay together and organize African people's
I am sure you
will like to know we have edited the conference tapes and are able to offer two
versions of them: a thirty minute tape, made for TV; and a 100 minute tape of
all the speakers, including the speech by Bill Campbell, Mayor of Atlanta.
The cost of the 30-minute video is $100 (TT) or $19.95 (US); the
100-minute tape is $200 (TT) or ($35 US). The
audio is $80 ($15 US). You can get
copies of these tapes by calling NAEAP at 868-640-6482 or writing to NAEAP, 3
Bailey Street, Tacarigua, Trinidad, West Indies.
Or, NAEAP, P.O. Box, 812098, Wellesley, MA 02482-0013.
All checks should be made payable to NAEAP.
Also, we are compiling a list of all of the attendees and their business
that will be reproduced in a directory called THE BLACK PAGES. Individual and/or business that would not like their names
and/or businesses to be listed in this directory should write me at email@example.com
and let me know. We intend to have
the directory ready by January 2002. Persons/businesses/professionals,
etc., who would like to take out ads in this directory, should write me at the
email address above and let me know. I
will let you know the cost of the various sizes (1/8; ¼; ½; full page, etc.,)
within a week or so. We also intend
to feature the biographies of about four to eight persons.
If there is anyone who you would like to see featured, please let me
know. If you would like to write a
feature about any business, sports, academic, professional person in this
directory please let me know by October 20.
Also, please let us know if this directory should be available for a
Please let me hear from you on this score.
Also, I have just concluded a book, Afro-Trinbagonians: No Longer
Blinded by our Eyes. Dr.
Kwadwo Osei-Nyame, Lecturer of African Literature at the School for Oriental and
African Studies, University of London, says in his introduction of the book:
"NAEAP's vision and ideology can be located within a familiar African
existential landscape because its own struggle, a struggle to which the essays
in this booklet are committed, is simply another dimension of the South African
experience already mentioned.
This analogy of NAEAP's cause with that of the South African situation
is not far-fetched. As an
ideological project that calls for a transformative politics by affirming a
clearly defined notion of self-empowerment for Afro-Trinbagonians, the
organization is wrestling with very much the same kind of ordeal that Africans
have experienced in South Africa."
Please order a copy of this book $80 (TT); $15 US.
Make checks payable to Calaloux Publications, P.O. Box 812028, Wellesley,
MA 02482. Or, 3 Bailey Street,
Tacarigua, Trinidad, West Indies.
Also, you would be pleased to know that Bill Campbell, Mayor of Atlanta,
will be have a function at City Hall, Atlanta, on our behalf on November 2,
2001. I hope that the Trinidad and
Tobago Society of Georgia, Atlanta, will also host a reception for us on
November 3. Those of you who would
like to attend should let me know or call Dana Bailey Lewis at 868-640-6842.
Such a visit, it seems, is a fitting follow-through for the marvelous
conference we had at La Joya.
Please note that NAEAP is still looking for a home.
We will like to rent (or buy) a building somewhere in the East (between
Tunapuna and Barataria) to conduct our work.
We have outgrown our present space and need to have a new place before
the end of the year.
You may wish to send on this message to your friends for their
Please let me hear from you and allow me to remain,
Selwyn R. Cudjoe, President
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