by Henry Hill
Monday, 12
December 2022
Spotted
16:00

Now Ngozi Fulani’s charity faces the spotlight

Sistah Space is being accused of unusual business practises
by Henry Hill
Ngozi Fulani speaks on ITV.

For a certain sort of charity, publicity is a double-edged sword. While a higher profile can help bring in donations — or exert pressure on local authorities and grant-giving bodies — it can bring unwelcome scrutiny in its train.

The founders of the Captain Tom Foundation learned this to their cost; when online sleuths started looking at their records, the result was an ocean of bad press and a formal investigation by the Charity Commission.


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Now it looks as if Sistah Space, the charity run by Ngozi Fulani — who is currently waging a high-profile campaign against the Royal Family after an incident at an event at Buckingham Palace — might be in for a similar ride, having just paused its operations in the wake of the Lady Susan Hussey affair.

In an eye-popping thread, a Twitter user known only as ‘James’ claims to have done a deep dive into the organisation’s records and practices and uncovered a litany of issues. 

These include: trustees posing as independent examiners to sign off the accounts; accounts being drawn up on the wrong basis; a 4703% year-on-year increase in administrative expenses; the use of donations to buy wares for sale in the charity’s shop; the use of unsubstantiated (and suspiciously round) numbers in grant applications; and much more. Of course, this is on top of the usual stuff about close links to businesses run by family and friends. 

It’s important to note that, at present, we have not seen all the documentary evidence ‘James’ appears to have collected, although they have made a start on showing their working in a second thread. It may be that some or all of it is mistaken, or that a formal investigation finds good explanations for the supposed discrepancies.

But unless the charge sheet has been invented out of whole cloth, it is remarkable that an organisation in a regulated sector could conduct itself in this way, and only get rumbled because its leader secured saturation coverage in the national media.

Charities often enjoy a halo effect with the public and politicians. But their failure to turn a profit too often blinds people to the fact that they provide numerous other avenues for personal enrichment, whether that’s a bloated payroll or the purchase of ‘consultancy’ services from companies run by those involved. 

After a story like the Captain Tom Foundation, or Kids Company, the focus is usually on end-user charities. And there does seem to be plenty of scope for better regulation there, be it restrictions on buying services from connected companies or stricter governance on pay.

But even a better-resourced and more active Charity Commission can’t be everywhere. There ought also to be a stronger duty on the sort of organisations that hand out grants both to do due diligence on the parties receiving their funding, and to make sure money is handed over with a clear plan for how they will be spent effectively, for which charity bosses can be held to account. Sistah Space, having evaded public scrutiny until its CEO found herself on the cover of national newspapers, now has its financial affairs under the microscope. She may now regret ever stepping into the spotlight in the first place.

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Matt M
Matt M
1 month ago

Well that didn’t take long, did it?

Karma’s a b**ch as they say.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt M

Where is “Karma” from ? No, where is she REALLY from ?

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

She should really have INSISTED on finding out.
If only she’d taken a leaf out of Ldy Hussey’s book !
That’s the problem with ‘young-un’s’ today, they don’t listen to their elders and betters, they think they know it all !

WHAT IRONY !

richard goddard
richard goddard
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt M

what is very alarming ,is that non of this background was checked , before inviting anyone from this so called charity to Buckingham Palace in the first place . Another case of positive discrimination I suspect, ,what I find most deplorable is the way Lady Hussey has been abandoned by the Palace . The basic fabric of society our monarchy and our media , are so paranoid about the pseudo racism being peddled by the media, the Meghan Markels, and university campuses , real racism that has existed during the 60s and in my childhood has been decommissioned by so called ” covert racism ‘
As black people , we are now dictated too as too what racism is now , and how and what should offend us .
A new brand of Facist racism has emerged courtesy of Meghan Markel , George Floyd , BLM , all imported from America and infiltrating British society .and is being dictated to us by racists activists !
In the name of racial harmony Britain has abandoned 2 generations of English school girls ,and has now abandoned an 84 year old past friend and Lady in waiting to our beloved Queen who recently passed .
Like Fulani , my parents are both from the West Indies , part of the wind rush generation, as a Real, ” Sister” serving at Charing X hospital , my mother suffered real racial abuse while serving in the A`E Department and also in every day life !
in my opinion , Ngozi Fulani is a fraud and misrepresents racism suffered , past and present!
in fact she practises racism herself discriminating against white europeans who may need her charities help .
Fulani does not represent black people , in my opinion , she and other race baiting activists misrepresent what has been achieved in Britain, a place I’m proud to call my home .
I don’t care what happens to Fulani , I care passionatley that as a monarchy and a country , we care and support Lady H , and eradicate race baiting frauds , who look to stir racial tensions to aid their own despicable self serving agendas .

Richard G.

Viv Morgan
Viv Morgan
1 month ago

I could not agree more Richard. Viv

Melody Forrest
Melody Forrest
1 month ago

She wasn’t invited, she attended as the companion of someone who was.

eileen arnal
eileen arnal
1 month ago

Richard, I applaud you for these very astute comments! Well said. I agree that its so harmful to the very important issue of real racism suffered by too many. I do think we became far too easily swayed by American rhetoric on so many subjects and we are not the USA. In fact we are so much more tolerant in the UK. I lived in the USA & we don’t need to follow in their footsteps. In fact they could learn from us! Aside from that I feel this episode has caused mistrust of charitable organisations & totally agree that if anything, Fulani’s Sista Space is discriminating against women in need of help who may not be from a minority racially. How can that be acceptable? These accusations of covert racism should be properly looked at before condemning an alleged perpetrator because of woke, BLM agendas that I believe have caused far more division now than any which existed previously. I am sorry to hear that your Mum suffered so much and I sincerely hope that the mentality & ignorance that existed in that era has largely been eradicated. Sadly, it will always remain to some extent I feel but we must teach kindness, acceptance and tolerance and equality for all our fellow human beings. Thank you for speaking out.
Eileen Arnal

Kate Heusser
Kate Heusser
1 month ago
Reply to  eileen arnal

Sistah Space IS discriminating – because its founders and staff/volunteers have particular skills and insight into the societal pressures experienced by a particular demographic. It would be wrong of them to do otherwise.

Kate Heusser
Kate Heusser
1 month ago

I’m sorry – and ashamed – that your Mum suffered racism in her work as a hospital sister – but not surprised. My late Mum was one of the first nurses to be employed by the NHS, when she qualified in 1948.Living and working in ‘the country’ rather than a large city, it was decades before she came across a nurse from a Caribbean background. That nurse was a ward sister, and she had come to England on the Windrush. She ran the tightest ship, and demanded the highest standards from her ward staff. It wasn’t until both ladies retired that we got to know the ‘Sister Charles’ who had slightly terrorised my Mum as the kind, warm woman she’d had to hide, in order to be the perfect nurse and boss she had felt pressurised by society – as a black woman in a white environment – to become.

carl taylor
carl taylor
1 month ago

The belittlement of racism coming from Fulani and the media didn’t surprise me – sadly, the word (like fascism) has been almost entirely emptied of meaning. What caught my attention was her belittlement of the word ‘trauma’ – what she claims to have experienced when Lady H touched her hair to see her name badge – and the revelation of the hyperbolic Tweet she posted which accused the Royal in-laws of domestic violence. Would someone who was experienced in the very real trauma of her DV clients be so cavalier in the use of these words?

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt M

Thanks to the work of ‘James’ – holy moly, I’m awestruck at his research of this scam charity.

Paul Nash
Paul Nash
1 month ago
Reply to  Ian Stewart

I happened to be up late when James started posting his long and convincingly well documented thread. He had a handful of twitter followers. The next afternoon I noticed he had thousands of followers. That is how much interest the public have in not being taken for mugs by niche special interest charities. There’s now a second thread detailing a barge they have bought “for victims of domestic abuse to be sheltered on” which could barely fit about four of the Charity grifters going down the river on a pleasure ride. Video of the sisters in Barbados threatening to disrupt the elections there if their demands aren’t met (this time accusing the Barbados authorities of Mysogyny), links to family run business in Africa they import goods from to sell to innocent supporters of the charity, it just goes on and on and on. James deserves a medal if this is all proven.

Graeme McNeil
Graeme McNeil
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Nash

What a mug you would have to be to believe an anonymous twitter thread proves anything!

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Nash

Yes, he/she/whatever is a real inspiration. I’ve got lots of time in retirement and know where to look for stuff as a former compliance specialist – this bloke’s example shows what can be dug up.

Geraldine Lewis
Geraldine Lewis
1 month ago

This is what my cousin found on this charity:-I copied this from another post.
Morning peoples – hope you are all well – now after yesterdays outrageous episode of race baiting which destroyed the life of an 84 year old woman who has loyally served our late queen for 70 years as close companion and lady in waiting – I thought I would have a look at the so called Charity known as “Sistah Space” and registered by the U.K. Charity Commission in 2018 under the registration number 1179934 –
Now there is very little to see as far as finances are concerned and the income went from virtually nothing to 350k in four years – the sole paid employee of that Charity is one Ngozi Fulani (our race baiter) who receives 65k tax free and there was a further 180k paid out in “expenses” which are not accounted for – and there are no records of where the rest of the money went to and the accounts for three years have always been filed late and the Charity subsequently fined – – now that’s not her real name of course – it’s a West African name and yet the lady was born in the U.K. to Gladstone and Mildred Headley who were both Barbadian by birth – her real name is Mary Headley – apart from that little subterfuge – the Charity wasn’t formed in 2015 it was formed in 2018 and commenced fund raising in 2019 – I can also find no details of a change of name for the lady either so one can assume that she has either previously married a West African or adopted a West African name for effect and dresses as a West African for some reason whilst being Caribbean by nature of her parents and indeed British by birth – all very odd and also suspicious and perhaps the reason why she was so evasive when Lady Hussey attempted to engage with her –
Ngozi Fulani is also on record previously for accusing the Royal Family of being guilty of Domestic Violence against Meghan Markel and for also accusing the Royal Family of being “institutionally racist” her charity had received payments from the Guardian and the Independent for those interviews as it did for the Daily Mail story – now I must make it clear that all charities registered with the commission are bona fida – but that doesn’t mean that they are run properly and it doesn’t mean that someone inside those organisations isn’t helping themselves to a very comfortable lifestyle – people in glass houses comes to mind but either way the woman is a fraud and we should not donate a single penny to her ”charity” – xx

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago

What is sad, if true, is that the charity was ‘probably’ actually doing some good for it’s target group of vulnerable people, who really needed their help, and was probably staffed by several dedicated, selfless, volunteers.

N Forster
N Forster
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

There doesn’t seem to be much evidence of that so far.

Laura Kelly
Laura Kelly
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

Are you being sarcastic?

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago
Reply to  Laura Kelly

No, not really.
I confess, I know next to nothing about the charity, and I am more than happy to admit that I’m possibly wrong, but it would not surprise me if Sistah Space ‘employs’ several volunteers, to provide support and advice to the women seeking their help ? It would be a shame if these ‘minions’, who’s ‘only’ interest ‘might’ have been to help others, in line with the charity’s stated aims, are stigmatised for their association to an organisation, over which they are connected, but otherwise have no say or control over how the organisation is managed and run.
But, I could well be wrong, and the whole edifice might be rotten from the very tip of it’s hair extensions to the garishly painted toenails at the other end.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tom Lewis
tintin lechien
tintin lechien
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

One employee – Marlene! Her daughter was recently drafted in as ‘staff’. Huge salary to themselves.

Lesley van Reenen
Lesley van Reenen
1 month ago

A small point – it is Marlene, not Mary.

Jonathan Smith
Jonathan Smith
1 month ago

If I recall correctly the twitter thread cited four first names in total. One of them was Marlene and one was Mary.

Bell Donna
Bell Donna
1 month ago

It was Mary, then Marion and finally Marlene, her twin sister is Maxine. Farenheit carries a great expose of the whole Twitter thread uncovering Ngozi

Philip van Bergen
Philip van Bergen
1 month ago
Reply to  Bell Donna

What’s farenheit?

Andrew McDonald
Andrew McDonald
1 month ago

I’m sure all of this is true – but a simple search on the CC website shows that the charity’s accounts have been delivered on time (generally), with a 69 day delay on the most recent set; and the total salary plus NIC costs for last year were just less than £30k, so I’m not sure where that 65k salary (‘tax free’) plus £180k expenses figure comes from. The TAR is not well written and there are excuses for poor accounting that are unconvincing, but nothing you won’t see in many small ‘amateur’ charitable organisations growing quickly through public sector support.
I didn’t like this story, but I’d be pleased to see better evidence of the claims against the charity before joining the w*tch-hunt.

Anne Torr
Anne Torr
1 month ago

Suggest you google ‘Fahrenheit Ngozi Fulani’ to read the substance behind the the information. It is shocking. It is not amateur in the scale of claiming money and employing family (under multiple names). It is pure grift and, for a charity, appears to pull in grants for no discernible benefit to the supposed recipients..

Andrew Wise
Andrew Wise
1 month ago
Reply to  Anne Torr

Just tried Googling that and this article came up 3rd on the list 🙂 and nothing about Fahrenheit
Ironic 🙂

Stephen Follows
Stephen Follows
1 month ago

I thought Gladstone had been cancelled for slavery.

Katharine Eyre
Katharine Eyre
1 month ago

Never complain, and it is much less likely that you will be asked (or forced) to explain.
Looks like this Sistah thought her claimed victim status would form a magical forcefield which would protect her from uncomfortable questions…

Zak Orn
Zak Orn
1 month ago

Place your bets now, £100 says the charity commission do absolutely nothing.

Linda Hutchinson
Linda Hutchinson
1 month ago
Reply to  Zak Orn

More likely that there will be a concerted campaign alleging collusion with the Palace to bring down a reputable charity.

peter barker
peter barker
1 month ago
Reply to  Zak Orn

Even if they do something, it will be called “racist” in certain quarters as obviously this women is a saint.

Glyn R
Glyn R
1 month ago
Reply to  peter barker

The charity is itself a racist organisation as by extending its charitable aid only to abused women of colour it actively discriminates against abused white women. Why is that allowed in a charity? I remember when some philanthropist wanted to set up a charity to aid failing white working class boys, wasn’t allowed to discriminate. This double standard should end.

Last edited 1 month ago by Glyn R
Heidi Mahon
Heidi Mahon
1 month ago
Reply to  Glyn R

But why do so many white working class boys keep failing though and in their own country where they are part of the majority? Perhaps if their families,like other sections of society placed greater importance on education rather than the latest tick-tock trend and being popular it might actually help

Caroline Watson
Caroline Watson
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidi Mahon

Absolutely. White working class children of both sexes fail because their parents do not value education and fill their houses with televisions and other electrical gadgets instead of books. Girls get pregnant and live on benefits, which no one seems to be concerned about, while boys commit crimes, which they are. Boys are also subjected to stereotyping and homophobia from fathers and other older men and grow up believing that education and reading are for cissies and may even be evidence of being gay. In the days when working class boys could do apprenticeships and follow their fathers into traditional industries, most were happy enough and earned decent wages. The destruction of the coal industry and similar occupations has set them adrift.

Douglas McNeish
Douglas McNeish
1 month ago

Sad that you choose to repeat r**ist and classist tropes about white working class people when trying to make a case against the bias of others. But agreed that apprenticeships need to return and should be part of government reform.

tintin lechien
tintin lechien
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidi Mahon

poverty Doesn’t know colour. White kids are actually more vulnerable than the non white ones, in the UK. Years of racism against the whites don’t help either. And these days with diversity in government et al drumming ‘whiteness is evil’ and colonialism is toxic are tou surprised the poorest people are white?

Allison Barrows
Allison Barrows
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidi Mahon

Orchestrated planned obsolescence. Christina Hoff Sommers lays it out in “The War Against Boys”. All part of the plan we’re supposed to think is a conspiracy theory.

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidi Mahon

But why do so many black working class boys keep failing though and in their own country where they are part of the majority? Perhaps if their families,like other sections of society placed greater importance on education rather than the latest tick-tock trend and being popular it might actually help

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago
Reply to  Zak Orn

If I thought you might actually pay it (£100) I might have considered taking you up on it, but it would be less than ‘charitable’ given that you say “absolutely”.
I don’t completely disagree with you, but expect the chief COO will be allowed to ‘quietly slink away’, while the charity continues, with a clean slate, under new management.

Thor Halland
Thor Halland
1 month ago
Reply to  Zak Orn

The Blob, the leftist group think that runs the institutions will decide that prosecution is ‘not in the public interest’.

Stephen Walsh
Stephen Walsh
1 month ago

Meanwhile, the entire mainstream media dutifully reports that Sistah Space has suspended operations entirely due to racist social media abuse. Just if you were in any doubt who the real Establishment is.

Last edited 1 month ago by Stephen Walshe
tom j
tom j
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephen Walsh

Well that old woman resigned within days of the accusations, I think we could see then where the power was.

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
1 month ago
Reply to  tom j

No idea why your comment got downvoted. You’re right.

Alison Wren
Alison Wren
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephen Walsh

Sounds an awful lot like Mermaids insistence that all their difficulties were down to “transphobia “…..

Mary Garner
Mary Garner
1 month ago
Reply to  Alison Wren

Yes Mermaids

peter barker
peter barker
1 month ago

The Twitter thread (by James) referenced in the 4th para is (as stated) an eye-popper. It’s fairly long but not at all boring and truly revealing (and seemingly well researched). It throws a lot of suspicion on Sistah Space and people associated with it and also raises some wider important questions (eg possible poor vetting by the Charity Commission, well known politicians advocating for Sistah Space’s grants (some of which cannot be seen to have been spent on anything to do with the supposed recipients of charitable services) etc). Well worth reading.

Last edited 1 month ago by peter barker
Philip van Bergen
Philip van Bergen
1 month ago
Reply to  peter barker

It’s not well researched unless there are references. It’s anonymous and I’ve seen it shared around on Twitter and Facebook multiple times by those who don’t bother to cover up their racist timelines.

Thor Halland
Thor Halland
1 month ago

Oh dear, the blob has come to call us racist.

Kerie Receveur
Kerie Receveur
1 month ago

James does provide references. I read the thread in its entirety yesterday.

Philip van Bergen
Philip van Bergen
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerie Receveur

So where are the references? It’s merely statements.

Doubtless there’s the odd grain of truth, as there always are on these things to make them look authentic.

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago

No it’s not merely statements – it’s packed with references and evidence.
Why are you attacking such a fantastic piece of research?

Last edited 1 month ago by Ian Stewart
tintin lechien
tintin lechien
1 month ago

Twitter is not exactly an academic thesis, is it?

Allison Barrows
Allison Barrows
1 month ago

Huh? Racist uses racism to cite racism about racist racism. You’re all a bore, and normal people are on to your grift. We Americans have endured Al Sharptons’s children for decades. First clue: where do they live?

Caroline Watson
Caroline Watson
1 month ago
Reply to  peter barker

I’m not sure what the Charity Commission actually does. I once reported a local registered charity which had clear discrepancies in the accounts and they did nothing. They did not even require an audit.
All sorts of organisations register as charities to avoid paying tax. If they are not operating according to their constitutions and accounting requirements, they are committing fraud.

Fiona Hook
Fiona Hook
1 month ago

I worked for a stinkingly corrupt charity a decade ago. The Charity Commission demanded documentation before they would act. Had they acted there would have been plenty of documentation.

tintin lechien
tintin lechien
1 month ago
Reply to  peter barker

The Charity Comm doesn’t seem to care about black charities but would go after white and serious charities like LGB Alliance or UsForThem!

Lennon Ó Náraigh
Lennon Ó Náraigh
1 month ago

The Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) had its funding suspended for failing to produce financial accounts despite getting tens of thousands in grants from the State. Its CEO is a chartered accountant. But the government found ways of funding it anyway – through a different governmental department. Presumably civil servants don’t read the “Irish Independent” – one of the two main national newspapers – where all of this has been reported.
Generally speaking, the nexus between government and NGOs is something that needs to be looked at, as it is not democratic.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago

Why do the, if true, shenanigans at Sistah Space, and associates, not surprise me, and why do these things only seem to come to light after it can no longer be ignored by those responsible for ensuring shenanigans don’t occur in the first place ?

Is it just me ? Or does it seem that ‘certain’ groups, are subject to a far greater degree of lassitude and ‘incuriosity’ about their activities than might otherwise be the case ? It seems public institutions (whether governmental or media) are quite happy to turn a blind eye, or look the other way, lest they be accused of something or another (an ‘ist’ or an obia).

If, even half of what is written, in the Twitter thread, is true, and the media and authorities chose to ‘not look’, because of the colour of the persons skin (or religion in other instances. Yes Rotherham I’m looking at you) Then we might indeed, need to consider, seriously, the long herd cry of ‘Institutional race-ism”. It just so happens though that the people being ‘oppressed’ are not necessarily the ones making the hullabaloo, but the ‘put upon’ majority.

It sometimes seems to me that those people, and institutions, most invested in stamping out race-ism, at each and every opportunity, are also the same people, and institutions, ‘unwittingly’ promoting it.

Syari Nasari
Syari Nasari
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

Yes, you have it right, and the media are guilty too. I would have known nothing of the Headley woman’s ‘secret identity’ were it not for Unherd, though I confirmed it woth the Telegraph, after my blogger friend (rossrightangle) picked it up from Unherd. It’s a shocking cover-up by most other media

Loyd Leifman
Loyd Leifman
1 month ago

Just someone using their color to insinuate racism.In my opinion her so called charity is racist because she only deals with people of color.If a White person running a similar charity and stated Whites only,she’d be the first to cry racism.

Cathy Carron
Cathy Carron
1 month ago
Reply to  Loyd Leifman

What’s baffling is that the Royal family & their staff don’t do better research to sort out the grifters.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 month ago

I have heard it said that Ms Falani was carrying a tape recorder about her person, during this confrontation.

Can this really be true?

Graeme McNeil
Graeme McNeil
1 month ago

I have heard it said that you simply invented this stupid theory.
Can this really be true?

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme McNeil

In a word: NO.

j watson
j watson
1 month ago

A tape recorder Charles? You really are showing your age. You’ll be insinuating she recorded it on a gramophone acetate next.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 month ago
Reply to  j watson

Yes, I’m a senior member of the WFD Cohort!*

(Waiting for Death.)

Atticus Basilhoff
Atticus Basilhoff
1 month ago
Reply to  j watson

Don’t be absurd! Does anyone realize how difficult it is to surreptitiously record another with an Edison Gem without calling attention to one’s self? I think I shall have to invest in one of those small tcassette decks 007 used in Thunderball.

tom j
tom j
1 month ago

Yes, I have no evidence one way or the other, but I have also heard that she recorded the confrontation (which is Charles’ point, but thanks for the tech tips everyone)

Anna Knowles
Anna Knowles
1 month ago
Reply to  tom j

A ‘transcript’ of the conversation was issued, which pre-supposes a recording of some kind; but maybe there has been a misunderstanding or misuse of the word ‘transcript’ and it is no more than the apparent recollections of Fulani and her companions.

tintin lechien
tintin lechien
1 month ago

I doubt it because there are numerous grammatical and syntactic errors in the ‘transcript’! Also, assuming Lady H is educated and well versed in the English language she probably wouldn’t have repeated the banal questions. One more example: when she asked Ms Fulani he heritage / ethnicity, she would never have used the example of spending time in France, because it would not make logical sense. Spending time in a foreign country doesn’t make you a native. If she had said, for example I was born in Paris but my parents moved us all back to London when I was 4….

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago

There is growing evidence that she engineered the ‘set up’, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if she recorded it.

Paul S
Paul S
1 month ago

Yes, but which account was the money REALLY resting in?

Mark Pinkerton
Mark Pinkerton
1 month ago

Surely there needs to be an investigation into this whole ‘charity’ business.
As a retired person watching daytime TV, I am constantly being asked to open my wallet to help donkeys with cleft palates; but with no idea of how much goes to the donkeys and how much to the CEO of the charity.

Andrew Buckley
Andrew Buckley
1 month ago

This whole sorry episode annoys me. What type of person treats an elderly lady who has served her country well as she saw fit for decades? Hopefully the publicity that Marlene Headley hoped for will come back to bite.
And, surely, said woman should be being berated for cultural appropriation? Sounds like she want to be seen as British (with Caribbean roots) and yet choses to call herself by a, primarily, Nigerian name and wear East African dress.
Bit mixed up in my view.

Jerry K
Jerry K
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew Buckley

Given all these very diverse signals, one might well wonder where she thinks she is really from…

R S Foster
R S Foster
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew Buckley

In addition, the two parts of her Nigerian name are derived from two quite different and mutually antagonistic peoples resident in that Country…not just appropriation, but incoherent appropriation at that…

Thor Halland
Thor Halland
1 month ago

The worrying thing would be if large scale fraud was detected and her not being prosecuted.

Allison Barrows
Allison Barrows
1 month ago

A Londoner named Marlene Headley dressed in gaudy fake African garb couldn’t possibly be a fraud, could she? Looks like the race hustle we Americans have to put up with has crossed the pond.

Douglas McNeish
Douglas McNeish
1 month ago

Will Marlene be called out for cultural appropriation for masquerading as a Nigerian?

Denis Stone
Denis Stone
1 month ago

In her TV interview (I think BBC) when she was blowing all this into the spotlight, Ngozi Fulani almost immediately used the expression “in my culture”, meaning non-British, and then quickly went on to say “my heritage is African”. So when asked where she was from, however unthinkingly the question may have been asked, why didn’t she take the moral high ground and say that her heritage was African but that she was born in Britain and this is where she belongs. She could easily have built on a statement like that to support her cause.

And how sad that our mainstream media just fell into the elephant trap.

Last edited 1 month ago by Denis Stone
Ray Ward
Ray Ward
1 month ago

Kids Company came to mind before I saw it mentioned: similarly, an apparently “good cause”, but which always looked dodgy to me: utterly dominated by one person, with an odd name and of bizarre appearance, whom nobody dared criticise for fear of being accused of racism. The questions as to why Marlene Headley, born in Britain of West Indian parents, chose her seemingly African dress, appearance and (exotic) name are very appropriate indeed, and may similarly have been chosen to deflect close examination of her and her organisation by making would-be critics likewise afraid of being called racist.

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Jerry K
Jerry K
1 month ago
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Douglas McNeish
Douglas McNeish
1 month ago

Why start a for-profit company when you can use a charity for tax-free economic enhancement of its principals? BLM has demonstrated how effectively donations can be applied to building the founders’ property portfolios in their pursuit of the Marxist reform of society – while continuing to collect donations. While the jury is out on whether multiple identity African/West Indian/British Fulani has been inspired by this business model, her admiration of BLM has been voiced.

Rachel Taylor
Rachel Taylor
1 month ago

A lesson to children everywhere. There’s good money to be made in Charity.

Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
1 month ago

This is what should happen when rich privileged people denounce others in the name of victimhood.

Jeanie K
Jeanie K
1 month ago

I wonder if these revelations will affect Charles’ invitation to Ms Headley for a chat at Buckingham Palace.

Brenda Ellis
Brenda Ellis
1 month ago

Having seen several so called charities who existed solely for their own benefit, I believe James who spent a week investigating Sistah Space is probably correct. But we need all the references and a good journalist to investigate this org. The Charity Commission is toothless. No real scrutiny of charities. Most charities r corrupt. France has NO charities, so should we.

Steve Tica
Steve Tica
1 month ago

I would call the IRS on ngozi fulani to see if she has been diverting funds for financial benefit’s into secret accounts. I mean if she didn’t make a big deal of her so called ordeal and sold her story to the media she wouldn’t be in this situation but people like her can’t keep their mouths shut and try to milk it.

Middle March
Middle March
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Tica

The IRS is a U.S. organization. It sounds like a U.K. agency is on this.

Graeme McNeil
Graeme McNeil
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Tica

Of course you would. Maybe you should get the CIA and NYPD on the case too?!?!?
In reality we have a few anonymous tweets that are too vague to even be debunked. The real investigation needs to be into institutional racism within the royal family and its hangers on.

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme McNeil

Ah I see you’re trolling the comments with your own agenda Graeme. Again you claim the tweets lack evidence when they are in fact the most precise takedown of an organisation I’ve seen on social media, with extensive evidence in the most pedantic detail.
So I wonder why you have it in so seriously for the Royal family that you abandon factual information completely. Trump is looking for mates I hear….

Wim de Vriend
Wim de Vriend
1 month ago

O dear, another American industry has hit British shores: Scam charities; and apparently for the Racism industry BLM has set the example, with its principals spending the funds on expensive real estate, all over the place. It doesn’t seem to be a new phenomenon, since many years ago already, Eric Hoffer described the process: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

hayden eastwood
hayden eastwood
1 month ago

Funny, no mention of this in the Guardian today. Who’d have thought.

Dilly Bradley
Dilly Bradley
1 month ago

Just type in Sistah Space on the Charity Commission website and download the accounts. Interesting preamble – it works closely with BLM through its arm I think called Black Liberation Movement registered as a community benefit group.

Dilly Bradley
Dilly Bradley
1 month ago

Accounts signed off by Ngozi herself. I looked for but failed to find the signature of an independent auditor. Perhaps someone has better glasses than me.

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
1 month ago

Best news of the day!

ben arnulfssen
ben arnulfssen
1 month ago

I was waiting for someone to mention Batwoman and Kids Company. The “charidee” sector is rotten with grifters of this sort.

Nkosi-whatever-she-calls-herself is well known to Buckingham Palace. She had her photo taken with then-Prince Charles some years ago.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago

GOOD GRIEF !
It seems that ‘somebody’ at Unheard (a moderator) has had a sense of humour bypass. Satirical wit, even ‘acerbic’ satirical wit, has long been part of the British media landscape ( Not to mention, the likes of Charlie Hebdo) speaking truth to power. It would seem, however, that this’Punch—ing up is considered a little too ‘low brow’ for this august publication.
WHAT ? Was so wrong with the most popular comment in this thread and it’s (humble, if I say so myself) reply, that it needed removing ?
That was poor play, indeed, Unheard. Most unimpressed !

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

Thank you.
It seems ‘somebody’ with a sense of humour, has returned to the office, and reinstated the most popular posts.

Graeme McNeil
Graeme McNeil
1 month ago

An anonymous Twitter thread is the source for this article? LOL!

peter barker
peter barker
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme McNeil

Have you read that thread and do you have any information that invalidates the findings on there (those findings being very well detailed and obviously fairly well researched)?
Would you bet on any Charity Commission findings clearing Headley/Ngozi and her associates of any wrongdoing? Certainly I’d bet on them finding some irregularities/wrongdoings. .

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
1 month ago
Reply to  peter barker

It wouldn’t be the first time that pre-conceived prejudice has got the better of otherwise ‘intelligent’ people, only for them to end up looking like twits., even if it seems improbable in this instance.

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Philip van Bergen
Philip van Bergen
1 month ago
Reply to  peter barker

Anyone can post crap anonymously. Unless there are references as to where this information was sourced, then it’s not bona fide or well researched.

Middle March
Middle March
1 month ago

Agree on the anonymity, but the level of detail in the findings is impressive. I think that’s why this commission is looking into whether the accusations are true.

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago
Reply to  Middle March

I think Philip and Graeme may be the same person. It’s happened on comments before.

Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
1 month ago
Reply to  peter barker

Check out Graeme’s comments all over this thread. He’s quite persistently trying to discredit a piece of work as ‘vague’, ‘lacking evidence and references’ – when the writer couldn’t have provided more evidence and references.
Maybe it’s Ngozi’s brother?

N Forster
N Forster
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme McNeil

Graham, it’s way past your bedtime. And it’s a school night. Come on, ‘jamas on and night nights.

j watson
j watson
1 month ago

Bit of deflection strategy going on here. It may be some dodginess about this Charity. No doubt the spotlight that she’s sought is going to illuminate more than just the issue she raised.
But if there is anything dodgy, and reading everything so far nothing proven in truth, why didn’t Palace check it out before the invites? Who else are they letting into these functions? One suspects much more corrupt parties manage to bask in some regal glow…didn’t HRM take a suitcase of cash off some disreputable last year as just one example. So let’s be even-handed here folks or can look like we only pile in when the skin pigmentation is different.
Regardless of Fulani’s ‘virtues’, Hussey’s actions and words were witnessed. Stupid and crass. The fact she’s been fired shows that’s how HRM saw it. But I understand her daughter now one of Camilla’s ‘companions’ (as opposed to Ladies in Waiting as they think that’s of an antique term now), alongside 5 other white, privately educated others. Hmm, moving slowly to the 21st Century aren’t we.

Anna Bramwell
Anna Bramwell
1 month ago
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She was the guest of a friend but oresumably was still vetted. The friend helped her write down her notes. But I dont remember interviews with the friend; who was he or she, and which charity did they represent?

ben arnulfssen
ben arnulfssen
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna Bramwell

Buckingham Palace know who she is. She has been active around the “cultural charities” scene for many years and met Prince Charles in 1997.

Graeme McNeil
Graeme McNeil
1 month ago

I am looking forward to the long overdue investigation into institutional racism within the royal household. Prince Philip’s regular racist comments, the treatment of Meaghan Markle and her children, and now this old bat harassing guests at the palace.
Something is rotten at Buckingham Palace and we need to get to the bottom of it. Ngozi Fulani has done us all a service by bringing it to light (again!).