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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, 2 February 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
  The APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development & The Africa APPG panel discussion on Mitigating a major food security crisis in West Africa: The impact of Ebola on agriculture and rural livelihoods Monday 2nd February, 16:30 – 17:30 With Arif Husian, Chief Economist, World Food Programme Larissa Pelham, Emergency Food Security & Vulnerable Livelihoods Adviser,... more
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - 5:15pm to 8:00pm
Date & Time: Wednesday 11 February 2015, 5:15-8:00PM Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE   We are delighted to host Former President Olusegun Obasanjo as he launches his autobiography ‘My Watch’. Join the Former President and Richard Dowden as they discuss his life in service from his time as the country’s military... more
Friday, 20 February 2015 - 8:45am to 8:00pm
    Date & Time: Friday 20 February, 8:45AM-8:00PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG     Conference hosted by the Centre of African Studies, University of London supported by SOAS, The Africa Centre & Brand Communications     A diverse selection of high-profile speakers drawn from academia and... more