The IGU Commission on African Studies held its inaugural conference on 17-18 May 2018 at the University of Namibia, Namibia. The conference, whose theme was: What is Africa’s response on global challenges: Understanding drivers of poverty and reducing inequality?, was a huge success and it attracted well over 60 paper presentations as well as posters and panel discussions. The conference began with an address by Professor Kenneth Matengu, Pro-Vice Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Development, University of Namibia. This was followed by an introduction of the Commission by Dr Innocent Moyo (Chair: IGU Commission on African Studies).The major highlight of the conference was when the Minister: Higher Education, Training and, Innovation, Hon. Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi, launched the Commission, much to the delight of the participants who were drawn from all regions of Africa and beyond such as Germany, Finland, USA and UK. The parallel presentations were lively and were constituted of papers from the natural and social sciences, which actually emphasised the nature and scope of Geography as an academic discipline.