An Affiliate of the International
Union of Geological Sciences

The history of the society

The Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) was founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in December 1973 as a result of the initiative taken by the late Prof. R. Black (at that time Chairman of the Department of Geology, Haile Sellasie Ist University, Addis Ababa) and Prof. Oyawoye of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The idea of the importance of such a society was first expressed at the conference on African Geology hosted by the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan in 1970 to mark the tenth anniversary of its establishment. It was at the end of the Ibadan conference that a decision was taken to establish a geological society of Africa. The society is about 35 years old and the first president was Prof. M. O. Oyawoye of Nigeria and the first Secretary General was Dr. S. M. El Rabba from the Sudan. Twelve members of the council were carefully selected to cover a wide geographic range and, with the help of UNESCO, the council held its first working meeting in July 1974 at the Addis Ababa University to define the working mechanism for the society. 

The Society is affiliated to the International Union of Geological Sciences. It supports the establishment of national geological societies and the development of close links with other national associations. Through its membership and its affiliated societies, it assists and promotes training courses, workshops and conferences. It also participates, through its membership, in international research programmes in Africa and is particularly concerned with the application of geoscience to mitigate the social and economic problems affecting the continent. The Society issues a newsletter to its members and contributions are always welcomed by the Editor.The society organizes general conference (colloquium) on African Geology at regular two years intervals. The theme of the conferences is usually centered around an assessment of the geology and mineral resources of the continent. The proceedings of the conferences are published by the host country on behalf of the society.

Membership of the Society is open to individuals and institutions and new members are always welcomed. It is aimed particularly at practicing earth scientists and companies working in Africa and others with interests in African geology and related subjects, including training, development and environmental issues. Inquiries should be made in the first instance to the key officials whose addresses is given under council members (2008-2012).

The Geological Society of Africa has survived mainly as a result of individual initiatives and commitment. The only source of financial support is the International Union of Geological Sciences to which we extend our appreciation. 

adopted from Kogbe, C. A. (1989): A brief history of the Geological Society of Africa. Terra Nova, vol. 1, issue 5, pages 399-401