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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. The majority of our events are mostly 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, 25 September 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Date & Time: Monday 25th September 2017, 18:00-21:00 Venue: London Business School, 26 Sussex Place, Marylebone, London NW1 4SA Tickets: £24 - Registration is essential, please book your place on Eventbrite Brought to you by the Professionals for Africa network and the Royal African Society, in collaboration with DLA Piper, ... more
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 6:15pm to 8:30pm
  Date & Time: Wednesday 27th September 2017, 18:15-20:30 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ Speakers: Martin Eigbike (Dalberg Global Development Advisors), Ndubuisi Kejeh (De Charles), Victor Asemota (SwiftaCorp) & Olamide Bada (Jumia Food Nigeria). Hosted by Funmi Iyanda. This event is part of the #... more
Monday, 2 October 2017 - 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Date & Time: Monday 2nd October, 19:15 – 20:30 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG Speakers: Emmanuel Iduma, Irenosen Okojie, Abiola Oni, Ayòbámi Adébáyò.  Chair: Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed Saraba is a literary magazine focused on the work of new writers in Nigeria and... more
Friday, 6 October 2017 - 6:00pm to Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 11:30pm
Africa Writes 2017 Pop-Up: Bristol Friday 6 October 2017 at The Cube Cinema, Dove St S, Avon, Bristol BS2 8JD Saturday 7 October 2017 at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY Bristol, United Kingdom The Royal African Society ’s annual literature festival comes to Bristol! Africa Writes Pop-Up: Bristol presents exciting series of events celebrating contemporary... more
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Date & Time: Tuesday 10 October 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 Venue: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ Godfrey Mwampembwa, a.k.a Gado is a renowned political cartoonist. He joins us to politics and the role of satire in Africa, with a particular focus on speaking truth to power and the build up to, rejection of, and subsequent re-running of the Kenyan... more


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