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  • Taking part in our meetings, launches and receptions;
  • Receiving quarterly issues of African Affairs;
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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

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Date & Time: Wednesday, 23 April, 6-9PM Place: Brunei Suite, SOAS Speaker: Frances Mensah Williams, author & human resources consultant. Respondents: Onyekachi Wambu, Director, Engagement & Policy, AFFORD and Ike Anya, co-founder, Nigeria Health Watch & TEDxEuston. Chair: John Battersby, UK Country Manager, Brand South Africa In recent years there has been a remarkable... more
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Date & Time: Tuesday, 29 April, 7-9PM Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Speakers: Mick Csáky, Episode Director and Series Executive Producer; Chenjerai Shire, Shona tutor, SOAS; Robin Walker, African History specialist & 'Black History Man'; Saran Keita, author, Everyday Life in an early West African Empire. Chair: Gus Casely-Hayford, Presenter, Lost Kingdoms of... more
Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Date & Time: Thursday 8 May 2014, 6:30-8:30PM Venue: British Library,  96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB Tickets: Price: £10, (£8 Over 60s) and £6 Professor Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright, poet and novelist, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. Beyond his successful literary career, Soyinka is well known for his political activism... more
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Date & Time: Tuesday 13 May 2014, 6-8PM Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS Speakers: Richard Dowden, Director, Royal African Society; Desne Masie, Analyst; Xolani Xala, Chairman, ANC London. Chair: TBC Following the passing of Nelson Mandela and 20 years since the end of Apartheid, South Africa’s 2014 national election arrives at a significant moment in the history of the country’... more
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Date & Time: Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 7-9PM Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS Speakers: Lara Pawson, author; Ngola Nvunji, UK-based Angolan journalist and community activist; Keith Sommerville, lecturer, University of Kent. Chair: Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC. On 27th May 1977, a small demonstration against the MPLA, the ruling party of Angola, led to the slaughter of thousands of people. These... more

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