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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

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
    Date & Time: Wednesday 26th April, 18:00 - 20:30   Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG     In 2017 South Africa celebrates the centenary of the birth of O.R. Tambo, an anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary who served as President of the African National... more
Thursday, 4 May 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Date & Time: Thursday 4th May 2017, 19:00 - 20:30 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG An evening of celebration and discussion in recognition of Dawit Isaak being awarded the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.  Eritrean-Swedish journalist and playwright Dawit Isaak was an active and far-sighted presence on the arts... more
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
  Date & Time: Wednesday 24th May, 19:00 - 20:30   Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG   Speakers: Na Ncube, The Global Native; Ian Scoones, University of Sussex. Chair: Shepherd Mutswiri, Funda   In 1980, Zimbabwe was the second most industrialized country in Sub-Saharan... more
Friday, 30 June 2017 - 8:00am to Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 11:00pm
Brought to you by The Royal African Society Join us for an exciting summer weekend at the British Library celebrating the best of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora. Last year we were joined by 67 guest contributors and writers from 18 different countries, and a London audience of nearly 2000 – African literature fans and newcomers alike. This year we have much more... more
Friday, 27 October 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, 5 November 2017 - 11:00pm
SAVE THE DATES!   Film Africa is Royal African Society annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Now in its seventh year, the festival has become a key platform for African cinema in London and the UK.   From Friday 27 October – Sunday 5 November 2017, we’ll be bringing another exciting film programme of... more
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