Africa in 2018: Prospects & Forecasts

Monday, 22 January 2018 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 8:00pm

Africa in 2018: Prospects & Forecasts

London: Monday 22 January 2018, SOAS

Edinburgh: Tuesday 23 January 2018, University of Edinburgh

2017 saw some moments of huge significance in Africa. In The Gambia, Zimbabwe and Angola, leaders whose combined years in office amounted to nearly a century finally left power. In Kenya and Liberia, the courts demonstrated remarkable judicial independence around elections. And in countries from Togo to Cameroon to Eritrea – to name a few – citizens demanded change as governments discovered new ways to refuse it and maintain control.

2018 is likely to contain similar pivotal moments. Elections – which have become all the more unpredictable in Africa recently – are due to be held in Sierra Leone, Mali, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and DR Congo. Economically, growth on the continent is expected to reach 3.5% and plans to boost intra-African trade should continue, but progress could be undermined by instability, environmental shocks and fluctuating commodity prices. Conflicts in the CAR, South Sudan and the Sahel stretch on.

Meanwhile, Africa’s young population continues to assert itself not just politically and economically, but culturally. The unpacking and redressing of historical and contemporary violence continues, across film, art, literature and music, where there is an increasing drive amongst the continent’s youth to see their own lives and experiences reflected. This creative energy is, in turn, impacting global culture, where Africans and diasporans are mapping out the kind of continent they envisage for the future.  

Join us for the Royal African Society’s flagship events in London and Edinburgh, delivered in partnership with the British Council, to discuss and debate what 2018 holds in store for the continent.

London: Monday 22 January, 18:30 – 20:00, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS.
Followed by a networking reception. 
Presented in partnership with the Centre of African Studies, University of London
Register - £6 / £10 / Free for RAS members

Edinburgh: Tuesday 23 January, 18:30 – 20:00, Venue TBC, University of Edinburgh.
Followed by a networking reception. 
Presented in partnership with Edinburgh Global and the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

Speakers include Sethembile Msezane (artist, South Africa), Nanjala Nyabola (writer and independent political analyst, Kenya) and others to be announced in January 2018.

Image: Sethembile Msezane, Chapungu, The Day Rhodes Fell (2015)