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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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Sign up for RAS membership today to join a growing network of individuals committed to Africa's advancement in the 21st century. 

Who can become a member of the Royal African Society?

Anyone. Our members are drawn from all walks of life and include Africans in Africa, Africans in the diaspora, as well as people from a wide range of professional backgrounds, artists, writers and activists, politicians and business people. You can join the RAS whether you’re a student or someone with a professional interest in Africa, and you can join if you’re interests in the region are personal. We run a diverse range of events and programmes, so whether your interests are in business, politics, or the arts, you’ll find something here. We offer both individual and corporate membership.

What are some of the benefits of being an RAS member?

Our membership benefits offer you a great opportunity to learn more about Africa today. In addition to access to events where you can interact with many of the people and organisations shaping the continent today, you would also enjoy

  • Discounted subscription to Africa Confidential
  • Discounted subscriptions to the Africa Journal
  • Free access to SOAS Library, the world’s largest reference library on Africa
  • Free subscription to African Affairs, the world’s leading Africa Journal (£338)
  • Receive Africa in the News, an electronic commentary on the week’s top Africa stories – delivered to your inbox every Friday

What am I signing up for as an RAS member?

Becoming a member of the RAS means you’re supporting a strong voice in Britain and throughout the world for Africa’s advancement in the 21st century. You’re also signing up to be part of the most dynamic, influential and [yes] fun organizations promoting Africa in business, culture, and politics today. Join Today.

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