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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. 

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  Kenya Pre-Election Briefing Date & Time: Wednesday 2nd August, 18:30 - 20:00 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Speakers: Njoki Wamai, University of Cambridge; Justin Willis, Durham Unviersity; Edwin Orero, Royal Holloway University & Keni Kariuki, SOAS Chair: Agnes Gitau (GBS Africa)   Kenya, East Africa's largest... 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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