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Membership benefits include:

  • Taking part in our meetings, launches and receptions;
  • Receiving quarterly issues of African Affairs;
  • Support the work of the society.

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We run an exciting and extensive programme of events on a variety of topics for audiences with an interest in Africa. Our events are mostly free and open to the general public.

Our programme of events include regular talks, book launches, and business breakfasts for corporate members as well as events run in partnership with other organisations.

We hold an Annual Lecture and two highly popular festivals, Africa Writes, the UK’s first literary festival focused on African writers and their readers, and  Film Africa, our annual celebration of  African Cinema. 

Photo: Siddharth Khajuria

Monday, 1 December 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
'Africa Rising? What will happen when her citizens arise' Annual Lecture with Dr Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Adviser at Open Society Foundations (OSF), Former Vice President of the World Bank (Africa Region) and Nigeria's Minister of Education from 2006-2007 Chaired by Zeinab Badawi, Chair of the Royal African Society   Date & Time: Monday, 1... more
Monday, 8 December 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  The Africa APPG in collaboration with BBC World Service & The Global Health APPG   Combating Ebola: has the media helped or hindered? What role has the media played in the Ebola crisis, from on-the-ground reporting to public information campaigns? How well has the UK media responded to the crisis?   Panellists Solomon Mugera – Editor, BBC Africa Dr... more