RAS News

The RAS News blog features news on our latest activities and selected content from African Arguments Online

Zeinab Badawi, New Chairperson of the Royal African Society
Monday, 1 September 2014
Written by Dele Meiji Fatunla
Senior BBC presenter and host the BBC World News, Zeinab Badawi, has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Royal African Society. Richard Dowden, Executive Director, Royal African Society, said: “It is tremendous that the RAS will have a new Chair who is well known for her commitment to Africa, and her formidable experience as a journalist; I’m now looking forward to working... more
Giraffe at London Zoo
Friday, 29 August 2014
Written by DMF - Website Editor
So the RAS team went out for a long overdue staff outing to ZSL London Zoo last week – some debate was had about the ethical considerations of keeping animals in zoos – on the one hand, many zoos like ZSL now have strong conservation programmes, on the other hand, some animals just don’t seem like they belong in captivity. Nevertheless, we went, and we may even have learnt... more
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Written by Jonathan Derrick
KAYE WHITEMAN, ALL-ROUND AFRICANIST The community of Africa-oriented people in Britain has for many decades formed a little village of its own, including both journalists and academics, both Africans and others. This village has now lost its chief, with the death of Kaye Whiteman on 17 May, a great loss which has also affected countless Africans around the home continent and others. I first... more
Monday, 3 March 2014
Written by Richard Rathbone
  From L to R: Roland Oliver receiving an award from Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966 for his contribution to the study of African History; portrait of Roland Oliver Roland Oliver, who died on 9th February aged 90, was the most significant figure in the construction of what we today regard as African Studies in the United Kingdom. Born in Srinagar in 1923, Oliver went to Stowe School and... more