Educating, Connecting, and Advocating for Africa and its Diaspora since 1964

Our Story

Originally conceived to foster non-governmental relations between newly independent Africa and Britain, The Africa Centre's mission is to educate, connect, and advocate for Africa and its diaspora. Previously located in Covent Garden, London for over five decades, we launched our new HQ in Southwark in June 2022.

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Our Spaces

Whether you're looking to hire a venue for a one-off private event, regular community activities, or somewhere fully equipped to get some work done, The Africa Centre offers several affordable options.

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Invite to Share Memories

As part of The Africa Centre's 60th anniversary celebrations this year, we are inviting members of the public to share their memories of The Africa Centre from back in the day. The collection will form part of a living archive, which will be one of the key legacies of this milestone year.

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Author: Belvin Tawuya

Support Our Children & Young People's Education Fundraiser

The late great Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world". We are raising funds to develop an Education programme for children and young people. Many thanks to DJ MDKay who ran the 2024 London Marathon to help us kickstart our campaign.

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Author: Belvin Tawuya

Location: 66 Graet Suffolk St,, London

Target amount: £10,000.00

Amount raised: £567.94

Our Impact

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Six decades of championing the cause for Africa and its diaspora. We'll be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2024.
£100K The total amount of funding from our latest successful application to the Wolfson Foundation.
8000 The number of people who attended our last free summer festival in Southwark, London in 2018.

Our events

  • Book Launch – Mayowa and the Sea of Words by Chibundu Onuzo

    Join acclaimed author Chibundu Onuzo to celebrate the launch of her debut children’s book, Mayowa and the Sea of Words, in conversation Ellah Wakatama OBE. The evening will include a discussion about the book, a performance of Love Lives Here, the official single for Mayowa and the Sea of Words, and a drinks reception afterwards. Copies of Mayowa and the Sea of Words will be available to purchase and have signed with partner Round Table Books at the event. Read more

  • ALTERING MEMORIES - ERMIAS EKUBE

    Almas Art Foundation presents "Altering Memories," an exhibition by Ermias Ekube at the Africa Centre, London. Featuring works from his career across Addis Ababa, Asmara, Nairobi, and Sweden, the exhibition includes salvaged pieces, lithographs, paintings, and recent works. A documentary on Ekube, known for exploring identity and memory through portraiture and conceptual art, will also be shown. Read more

  • Community Conversations: For Such A Time As This by Shani Akilah

    Join us at The Africa Centre for the launch of ‘For Such a Time As This’ by Shani Akilah. The book explores interconnected stories of young Black British friends dealing with modern life in London, touching on relationships, online dating, workplace racism, and Covid-19 isolation. The event features live readings by Akilah, a panel discussion moderated by @nikkibiyi, and opportunities for networking and book signing. Read more

Testimonials

  • "This organisation is incredible!! I'm in love with you, all the years you've been doing so much for the Black community. I feel inspired and I'm sure this opportunity that I got through you will help me to build a new chapter in my life"

    Gabriella Vallim
    Work In Tech Programme candidadte

  • "The Africa Centre feels like a place of purpose, where people can come together to learn about African culture and other cultures. I see it as the place where African stories will be told, a centre for African excellence"

    Julian Nicco-Annan (Juls Baby)
    Music Producer, DJ, Musician

  • "The Africa Centre is a home to all who are Africans and all those who have a care for the interests of the continent and its people".

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu
    Bishop, Theologian, and Human Rights Activist

  • "Collaboration with The Africa Centre has been really wonderful. Empowering young people through creative action, making connections with great inspirational people, building our school community, and taking steps to decolonise the curriculum"

    Emily Segal
    Teacher, Haberdasher Aske's Secondary School

Opinion

  • CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT

    Cultural institutions like The Africa Centre are vital, yet sustaining them is challenging, especially with reliance on one main funder vulnerable to governmental changes. In the past year, The Africa Centre has hosted diplomats, promoted African culture, and facilitated intercultural exchanges, but faces economic and technological barriers. Inspired by Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois, they advocate for community self-sustaining models. To ensure lasting impact, they've created a Community Forum Read more

  • Africa on a Plate – The Emerging Role of Gastronomy in Reshaping the African Narrative

    At a policy event, a dinner transformed contentious debates into a successful agreement, highlighting food's role as soft power. Soft power, a concept by diplomat Jonathan Nye, relies on cultural influence rather than military might. Nations use cultural elements like food to shape global perceptions, a practice called gastro-diplomacy. Examples include Thailand promoting Thai restaurants and France's emphasis on haute cuisine, both enhancing their international image and influence. Read more

  • Power, Partnerships & Collaboration

    Being asked to partner in major projects is both heart-warming and challenging. Recently, we received fourteen collaboration requests, mostly from unfamiliar entities. Partnerships are crucial for marginalised organisations, enabling significant impacts and cultural exchanges. However, power dynamics can be problematic, especially between Global South and North organisations. The Africa Centre focuses on equitable partnerships, preferring collaborations with its Affiliate Network. Read more