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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

Monday, 5 October 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Date & Time: Monday 5 October 2015, 18:30-20:30 Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Speakers: Professor Nic Cheeseman, Oxford University; Professor Stephen Chan OBE, SOAS; Dr Phil Clark, SOAS. Chaired by Professor Catherine Boone, LSE   Join us for the launch of Democracy in Africa which provides the first comprehensive overview... more
Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
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Monday, 2 November 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  Date & Time: Monday 2 November 2015, 18:30-20:30 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Speakers: Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate, author & political analyst; Anthony Mockler author of Haile Selassie's War; other speakers TBC   Haile Selassie I was a descendent of King Solomon and a forerunner of African unity... more