The Elephant in the Room: micro-aggressions

© Ferdinand Orleans-Lindsay 2010

David James Smith’s feature article in the Sunday Times Magazine in early August of 2010 triggered a surprisingly intense churning of consciousness in more ways than he is ever likely to appreciate. His use of the expression ‘micro-aggressions’ to depict the variety of subtle devices deployed by white people in this country (both wittingly and unwittingly), to prosecute the centuries-old pursuit of undermining the dignity of black folk, was particularly incisive.

As chronicled by him, the formulation of ‘micro-aggressions’ to describe all of the little put-downs suffered by blacks at the hands of their white compatriots, seemed so apposite that a creeping respect for the guy was inevitable. In the face of a long held conviction that, no matter how liberal or enlightened, it was literally impossible for a white person to fully understand, how it feels to be black, in a white-majority environment this was no mean feat. That conviction has now been seriously undermined, perhaps fatally. Continue reading “The Elephant in the Room: micro-aggressions”


Equinox Consulting! Celebrating 28 years of service to the black community in Britain

The Equinox Consulting story

The story of Equinox Consulting can be likened to a journey of hard work with a lot of fulfilment along the way; but like all journeys, things do not always go as planned. There are detours and there are new objectives that get set up along the journey.  The business model and the strategy for survival have to be constantly updated especially if like us you have been able to survive two recessions.

We remain in business because there is, and has always been a compelling need for the work we do for our clients, and the demand for our services has enabled us to survive and be successful. Continue reading “Equinox Consulting! Celebrating 28 years of service to the black community in Britain”

A belated Happy Birthday to my late Grandfather – the Honourable Akilagpa Sawyerr

Pudor doceri non potest, nasci potest, (modesty cannot be bought, it must be born), wrote Publilius Syrus in his Sententiae: for indeed modesty cannot be taught, but must be born with the individual.

And so rightly too did Demades, the Greek author, in his writings refer to modesty as “the citadel of beauty and of virtue”.

For many a great man of the older generation unlike those today showed a much greater sense of modesty and humility in the course of serving their nation and race. One of such distinguished patriots of the Gold Coast is the subject of this sketch – THE HONOURABLE AKILAGPA SAWYERR of Accra. Continue reading “A belated Happy Birthday to my late Grandfather – the Honourable Akilagpa Sawyerr”

6th March 1957 – Interdependence – Ghana Union

I wrote this piece  12 years ago for the Ghana Union Newsletter ‘Amanie’ and have made some minor changes to reflect that we are now entering the 54th year of our independence


Independence suggests that one can survive without external and therefore means that there is interval viability.  In the real world everyone needs to interact with others and the benefits of association must therefore be highlighted.

Independence makes more sense when contrasted against dependence.  So for Ghana as the first country in black Africa to attain independence from our colonial masters, the very fact of our independence was very important.  Politicians at the time notably Kwame Nkrumah, however, noted that before we can be viable our independence must be linked with the total liberation of Africa.

Fifty-four years on all other African countries have been liberated but we are yet to fully benefit from our independence. For me this is why Ghana Union has an important role to play in the lives of Ghanaians in London and the UK. Continue reading “6th March 1957 – Interdependence – Ghana Union”