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  • Taking part in our meetings, launches and receptions;
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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. 

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Are Remittances the Silver Bullet to Tackle Vulnerability in Somalia? Date & Time: Thursday 17th January 2019 Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG The importance of remittances to the household economy across Somalia is well-recognized. What is less well understood is the relationship between remittances and the relative... more
Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria Date & Time: Thursday 24 January, 19:00 – 20:30 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Throughout its history, Nigeria has been plagued by religious divisions. Tensions have only intensified since the restoration of democracy in 1999, with the divide between Christian south and Muslim north playing a central... more
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Africa in 2019: Prospects & Forecasts London: Tuesday 29 January, 18:30 - 20:00, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS. Edinburgh: Wednesday 30 January, 18:30 - 20:00, University of Edinburgh 2019 is set to be another eventful and unpredictable year in Africa. Politically, all eyes will be on the general elections in Nigeria and South Africa. But several other countries are also... more
Tuesday, 5 February 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya Date & Time: Tuesday 5th February, 19:00 – 20:30 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Launch of the latest book in the African Arguments series.   From the upheavals of recent national elections to the success of the #MyDressMyChoice feminist movement, digital... more