What We Do

The Royal African Society (RAS) is Britain's prime Africa organisation, based in London. Our goal is to promote Africa globally in the spheres of business, politics, academia, arts and education. As a membership society, we disseminate knowledge and insight and provide networks and culture. We work to promote understanding and equitable relations between Britain, Africa and the rest of the world, developing platforms for dialogue and interaction.


We engage companies working in Africa through our high profile business programme.

We host the esteemed Annual Lecture, as well as over 70 public events with over 8,500attendees every year. 

We administer the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group raising the profile of Africa in Westminster. Chaired by Chi Onwurah MP (Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation & Skills) the APPG currently has over 200 members. 

We run the leading news and analysis site African Argumentswhich has over 100,000 unique visits every month from the world over. In partnership with ZED Books, we also publish the book series of the same name. 

In partnership with OUP, we publish African Affairs, the world’s top journal on African Studies, and have access to the latest research through our joint membership and coordination of the African Studies Association of the UK.  

We organise two highly popular annual cultural festivals, Africa Writes and Film Africa, with a combined audience of 7,000, engaging diaspora communities and helping to mainstream Africa’s creative outputs. 

We have recently launched an Education Programme to engage, inspire and educate children, young people, their teachers and families about the rich cultural diversity of the African continent.

We run the new events listings and cultural blog What’s On Africa.

To become a member and join our network, click here.

Photo: Siddharth Khajuria