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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

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 7:15pm to 9:15pm
  Date &Time: Tuesday 17 March, 19:15PM-21:15PM Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Chaired by: Jessica Horn, feminist activist, writer and technical advisor on women’s rights. Speakers: Nimco Ali,  social activist & independent training consultant, co-founder & director of  'Daughters of Eve'; other speakers TBC   2015 has... more
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Date & Time: Tuesday 24 March 2015, 18:30-20:30 Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS Speakers: Tom Burgis, author & investigations correspondent for the Financial Times; Lai Yahaya, lawyer, development economist & policy entrepreneur; Barnaby Briggs, Managing Director, FTI Consulting; Dr Desné Masie, analyst of geopolitical economy. Chaired by: Richard Dowden, Director... more
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
                                                                                                   ©turkairo Date & Time: Wednesday... more