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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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Events

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, 16 September 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  Date & Time: Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 7-9 PM Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), SOAS   Speakers: Barnaby Phillips, author & senior correspondent of Aljazeera English; Ike Anya, Nigerian public health doctor & writer; others (TBC) Chair: Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society In ‘Another Man's War’,... more
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; Gus Casely-Hayford, presenter, Lost Kingdoms of Africa; others (TBC) Opening on the West Coast of Africa, this episode of Basil Davidson’s “AFRICA: A Voyage of Discovery” film series, traces major developments of African history from the 1880s... more