Africa Centre opens its doors to the public. The official inauguration was presented by Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, then President of Zambia; Cardinal Laurien Rugambwa, the first black African Cardinal; and Margaret Feeny, the Centre’s first director. The ceremony took place in the presence of other African High Commissioners and ambassadors and other high profile figures.



An agreement with Heinemann Publishers led to the launch of every Africa Writers Series book at the Africa Centre, often accompanied by an appearance from the author, including Christopher Okigbo, Gabriel Okarra, Pat Maddy, Sembene Ousmane, Len Peters, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Alex Nguma, Kwesi Armah, and Dominic Marasho, to mention but a few.