On behalf of the Oxford University Africa Society (AfriSoc), I welcome you. This student-run organization is a hub of debate and discussion for issues relating to Africa and for celebration of the diversity and culture therein.

AfriSoc provides a link to the continent for all African students and those connected to the society by lineage, research or interest. In addition, we foster a sense of community amongst these students and provide a strong and legitimate voice on issues pertaining to Africa at the university and beyond.

First founded over 50 years ago, the society has weathered many changes while striving to maintain excellence in its principles. Following a 2-year hiatus, the society was re-launched in 2009, and under the very astute leadership of Kingwa Kamencu and Idris Bello, has re-established its position as one of the most vibrant and influential societies at the university. In the past years, we have grown our membership significantly, having over 350 members currently.

Our list of exciting events have included the Afro-Bop, African Food Night, numerous speaker events, debates, and the highlight of the year, the PanAfrican conference, The 2012 conference was on the theme ‘Building Capacity for a New Generation: The Case for Youth Leadership in Africa’ and attracted over 300 delegates as well as such eminent speakers as Arthur Mutambara (Deputy PM Zimbabwe), Lamido Sanusi (Central Bank Governor, Nigeria), Hadeel Ibrahim (founding Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation) and many others. The conference provides a platform to bring together scholars, business leaders, politicians, and students to interrogate a thematic issue on Africa.

This year, we will continue to expand this tradition and build on the established momentum.

To our new aspiring young leaders, students and colleagues in Oxford, we welcome you to Oxford, where we hope you will consider your part in helping shape the future of Africa.

To prospective leaders, the society is here to support you along every step of the way, and we hope you will reach out to us if you have any questions about the University, Colleges, scholarships, or general questions of life in Oxford and the UK.

To our corporate sponsors, in addition to direct opportunities to build relationships with Africa Society members and the greater Oxford community, partnering with the Africa Society offers ample opportunities to raise awareness about the great work your organization engages in across the African continent. We hope you will seriously consider becoming a corporate sponsor of our society for the 2012-2013 academic year and beyond.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon.

Melvin Mezue
President, Oxford University Africa Society (2012/2013)