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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 open to the general public. Our programme of events include regular talks, book launches, and events run in partnership with other organisations. We hold an Annual Lecture and two highly popular festivals, Africa Writes, the UK’s largest literary festival focused on African writers and their readers, and Film Africa, our annual celebration of African cinema. 

Photo: Siddharth Khajuria

Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:15pm
    Art, Africa and Social Change Thursday 28th November, 2019, 18:30 - 20:15 Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL   Acclaimed British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), delivers the Royal African Society's 2019 Annual Lecture reflecting on art as a means for social change. Shonibare's multi-disciplinary practice explores... more
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
               The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Africa and APPG for Trade Justice are holding a day-long parliamentary symposium on UK-Africa Trade and Brexit in the House of Commons, London. This event is being held in partnership with The Royal African Society and Oxford Brookes University.   This one-day... more