Best 50 Events African Londoners can look forward to in October 2016


As part of Black History Month Special – and because i’m in the mood; attached within this article are 50+ Events spanning from African-themed Poetry, Networking, Art, Training Courses, Workshops and Investment Summits that you may want to check out this month. This month we have networking events, high scale investor workshops, lots of food pop-ups and West African and Sahel musicals to keep you occupied this month. Enquiries on how to be listed should be forwarded to

Our Africa-themed Events are split into the following categories:

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A) Future Generations: Events for Kids and Young People

B) Film Screenings: Black History Month Showcases + Debates

C) Seminars, Debates and Workshops

D) Book Launch

E) Business & Networking

F) Food, Supperclubs & Dining

E) Live Music

F) Art, Fashion and Poetry

G) Community Showcase

H) Outside London



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A Space of One’s Own – A summary of a conversation between the 2016 Caine Prize shortlisted writers

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With only days left before the winner of the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing is announced on 4th July, the five short-listed writers have been on a whirlwind circuit of public events throughout London, from a panel discussion at the Piccadilly Waterstones, to a “relaxed evening” at the Royal Overseas Offices and appearances at the Africa Writes festival. The first of these events took place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on 28June, 2016. The event was a friendly yet rigorous conversation between the authors, chaired by Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, a cultural historian and curator broadly known for his “Lost Kingdoms of Africa” series on the BBC and currently a Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies (SOAS).

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Event: Book Discussion on ‘City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp’ 27 April 2016, London

Book Discussion on ‘City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp’

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 7:15pm to 8:45pm

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
SpeakersBen Rawlence (author of City of Thorns) & Nadifa Mohamed (author of The Orchard of Lost Souls and Black Mamba Boy)

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aquotesCity of Thorns is a vivid and powerful account, bringing together stories of nine individuals living in the Dadaab refugee camp, northern Kenya. Created 25 years ago to hold 90,000 Somalian refugees, the camp has since expanded to hold around half a million people from several nations. This book interweaves stories of its residents within the wider forces of regional politics and humanitarian aid.

‘Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya where only thorn bushes grow, Dadaab is a city like no other. Its…

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Event: An Evening of New African Fiction, University of Bristol, 20 April 2016

Butterfly-FishBOAT_largetf_final_front_largethe-true-story-of-david-munyakeiAn Evening of New African Fiction:
With Doreen Baingana, Elnathan John, Billy Kahora & Irenosen Okojie

5pm, Wednesday 20 April 2016
University of Bristol, 43 Woodland Road, LT1
Free (no booking required) & refreshments will be provided

Nikesh Shukla hosts a series of literary readings by some of the most exciting voices in African literature today.

Doreen Baingana is the author of short story collection Tropical Fish, which won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize and the AWP Award for Short Fiction.

Elnathan John is one of Nigeria’s best-known satirists.  His first novel Born on a Tuesday was launched to critical acclaim earlier this month by Cassava Republic Press.

Billy Kahora, is Managing Editor of leading literary journal Kwani?.  He is the author of The True Story Of David Munyakei and the screenplays Soul Boy and Nairobi Half Life.

Irenosen Okojie’s debut novel Butterfly Fish

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Event: Teju Cole: Black on All Sides, 22 March 2016, London

Teju Cole: Black on All Sides

22 March 2016 19:00-21:30
Logan Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL


aquotesDecolonising Our Minds are pleased to welcome Teju Cole, world-renowned writer, art historian and photographer, for a talk at the Institute of Education on March 22nd, entitled “Black on All Sides”. We’re delighted to have the SOAS Palestine Society and Spoken Word Society co-hosting and supporting the event.

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