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About Royal African Society

Royal African Society Royal African Society The Royal African Society is Britain's prime Africa organisation. Our goal is to promote Africa in business, politics, culture and academia. We are a membership society that works to foster better understanding and strong relationships between Britain, Africa and the world. Our in-depth knowledge of the continent and our collaborative approach to programmes and partnerships make us the first choice for anyone who wants to engage, understand, celebrate or learn more about Africa. Our diverse and engaged membership body is made up of people and organisations, big and small, who are passionate about Africa and its future. Among our members are people from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds, both Africans and non-Africans, including business leaders, eminent academics, politicians, civil servants, teachers and students, health professionals, journalists and writers, artists and musicians. Our membership is open to everyone - we'd like you to join us. 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 Arguments, which 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.
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