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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Request for Proposal - Restaurant & Bar

We are seeking proposals from qualified and experienced operators specialising in African cuisine and beverages to run our restaurant and bar. We welcome applications for the operation of both or the individual spaces.

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Author: Belvin Tawuya

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

  • Echoes Of The Mind: Art Exhibition by Chike Azuonye

    An art exhibition showcasing works inspired by echoes of Chike Azuonye's creative mind, from early childhood to the present. Chike's works are remarkable for their depth of expression and thought. In the artist’s own words “Art has been to me about celebration and immediacy: something to be enjoyed and appreciated.” Read more

  • Meet The Author - Kenny Imafidon

    A one-on-one with Kenny Imafidon, multi-talented author of the groundbreaking book, 'That Peckham Boy: Growing Up, Getting Out, and Giving Back’, a poignant exploration of resilience and redemption, shedding light on the challenges faced by young Black men navigating urban life. From wrongful imprisonment to a transformative journey of self-discovery, Kenny's story is riveting. Read more

  • TALE TONIC EXHIBITION: Celebrating the 10TH Edition of AWAN Festival

    AWAN (Arab Women's Artists Now) Festival in collaboration with The Africa Centre, is proud to present the “Tale Tonic” exhibition, showcasing the paradoxical works of contemporary Egyptian artists Marianne Fahmy, based in Alexandria, Egypt, and Nada Elkalaawy, based in London, UK. The exhibition is curated by Hanya Elghamry, an Egyptian artist and curator. 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

  • Remembering Who You are

    It is easy to be so engrossed in the day-to-day realities of overseeing the operational and governance challenges of an organisation such as The Africa Centre to the extent that we hold detail too close to our face and we don’t step back often enough to appreciate the true magnificence of the heritage and potential of the institution. Read more

  • A Jubilee Line Train to Africa - Celebrating AFCON at The Africa Centre

    My unforgettable visit to The Africa Centre, one of the few venues across London screening the Africa Cup of Nations football matches live. Nigeria's Super Eagles advanced to their eighth AFCON final after a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Bafana Bafana of South Africa. Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali was the hero for Nigeria after he saved efforts by Teboho Mokoena and Evidence Makgopa in a 4-2 shoot-out win. Read more

  • Amandla!

    2024 is going to be a seminal year as it not only marks the 60th anniversary of The Africa Centre's founding, but three African countries will also be celebrating their sixth decade of existence as independent nations – Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of African Remembrance Day. Read more