The Oxford University Africa Society (AfriSoc or OUAS) focuses on African affairs at the University of Oxford. AfriSoc seeks to set the agenda for the future of the African Continent by providing a platform for students hailing from or interested in Africa to critically engage. Above all, AfriSoc is a community of change agents passionate about Africa.

Our Society came to life in 1958 and has become the platform for the discussion of African contemporary issues.  It became a vibrant forum within the University at times of many African states becoming independent after decades of colonialism.

The society is an official student club of the University of Oxford (registered through the Proctor‘s Office on an annual basis) with Professor Wale Adebwani, the Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and the Director of the African Studies Centre as its Patron and Senior Member.

The activities of the society are regulated by the University Standard Constitution and the Africa Society By-Laws, consolidated in this document.

Afrisoc term card, MT 1959
Term card of the Oxford University Africa Society, MT 1959

Meet the Team

The Society is led by a President elected once a year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Trinity Term. They are supported by a Committee which is elected or appointed in the course of each academic year.

Ghanaian, DPhil candidate in Comparative and International Education

Simphiwe L Stewart

General Secretary & IT Manager

Swazi, DPhil candidate in Geography and the Environment

Zambian, MPhil Public Policy

Nada Kurdi

Vice President

British, DPhil Candidate in Chemistry

Olayinka Makinwa

Social Secretary

Austrian, MSc in Social Anthropology

Scholarship and Access Portfolio

The Scholarship and Access Portfolio is a sub-committee of the Oxford University Africa Society, focused on increasing access to African students to Oxford University. Read more about the team members and about their activities.

Rocco Zizzamia

Scholarship and Access Secretary

South African, MPhil candidate in Development Studies

Ghanian, DPhil candidate in Education

South African, DPhil candidate in Economics

Boingotlo Gasealahwe

Boingotlo Gasealahwe

South African, Msc student in Economics for Development

Ugandan, MPhil candidate in Development Studies

Tosca Tindall

Tosca Tindall

British, Undergraduate student in Social Sciences

Previous Administrations

We are forever indebted to all those who have helped develop the society before us.