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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. 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 largest literary festival focused on African writers and their readers, and Film Africa, our annual celebration of  African Cinema. 

Photo: Siddharth Khajuria

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development Date & Time: Wednesday 19 September, 18:30 – 20:00 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Launch of the latest book in the African Arguments series Taxation has been seen as the domain of charisma-free accountants, lawyers and number crunchers – an unlikely place to encounter... more
Tuesday, 9 October 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
African women’s leadership: Breaking barriers to political participation   The Royal African Society 2018 Annual Lecture by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia and Nobel Laureate.   Date & Time: 19:10 - 20:30, Tuesday 9 October 2018 Venue: Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge,... more
Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
The Last Words of Rowan Du Preez: Murder and conspiracy on the Cape Flats by Simone Haysom Date & Time: Thursday 11 October, 18:30 - 20:00 Venue: London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD In 2012 Angy Peter was bringing up her young children with her husband in Bardale, Mfuleni on the Cape Flats. Angy was an activist, and spent her days collecting... more