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  • 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. The majority of our events are mostly 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. 

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
"Too young to matter? How the youth will shape Africa’s future" The Royal African Society Annual Lecture 2017 delivered by Professor Carlos Lopes   Date & Time: Tuesday 17th October 2017, 18:00 - 20:30   Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre and Suite, SOAS, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG   Speaker: Professor Carlos Lopes, development... more
Monday, 23 October 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    Mobilising Through Messaging: Democracy and the Digital Space in Kenya ASAUK 2017 Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture delivered by Dr Duncan Mainye Omanga, Moi University, Kenya Date & Time: 19:00, Monday 23 October 2017 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre,  SOAS, University of London The growth and penetration of the internet in Africa, coupled with the popularity and... more
Friday, 27 October 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, 5 November 2017 - 11:00pm
SAVE THE DATES!   Film Africa is Royal African Society annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Now in its seventh year, the festival has become a key platform for African cinema in London and the UK.   From Friday 27 October – Sunday 5 November 2017, we’ll be bringing another exciting film programme of... more
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