What We Do

The Royal African Society is a membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today. Through our events, publications and digital channels we share insight, instigate debate and facilitate mutual understanding between the UK and Africa. We amplify African voices and interests in academia, business, politics, the arts and education, reaching a network of more than one million people globally.

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

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

Our Education & Outreach Programme aims to engage, inspire and educate children, young people, their teachers and families about the rich cultural diversity of the African continent.

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

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