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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

Friday, 3 October 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Date & Time: Friday 3 October, 7-9PM Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), SOAS Speakers: Mick Csaky, Series Executive Producer of the series; David Olusoga, British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker; Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi writer and lecturer in Creative Writing, Lancaster University. Chair: Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, presenter, Lost Kingdoms of Africa... more
Wednesday, 8 October 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
 A woman receives chlorine during UNICEF’s distribution and information campaign  © UNICEF Guinea   Date & Time: Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 7-9PM Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), SOAS   Speakers: Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All; Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London... more
Friday, 10 October 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  Date & Time: Friday, 10 October 2014, 6-7:30 PM Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS   Speakers: Greg Mills, author & Director of the Brenthurst Foundation; Professor Stephen Chan, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS; Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, Senior British Army officer; Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal... more