African Bonsai Association

In the mid 1980s John Naka from the USA approached Derry Ralph to form the African Region under the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF). The WBFF's goal is to promote and actively exchange, Bonsai creativity, technology and information and the promoting of international friendship and goodwill.

In April 1987 the first steering committee from various countries around the world, convened in Osaka Japan to consider the establishment of a
World Bonsai Friendship Federation.

On 6 April, 1989, the inaugural meeting of the WBFF was held in Omiya Japan. 32 Countries participated. A draft Constitution was presented under an umbrella organisation known as African Bonsai Association which was accepted, and Africa was included as a WBFF founding member.
Every 4 years ABA requests one of the regions to host a convention of International Standards. The following Conventions have been hosted.
1 st African Bonsai Convention Pretoria 2002
2nd African Bonsai Convention Cape Town 2006
3rd African Bonsai Convention Durban 2011
4th African Bonsai Convention Stellenbosch 2015
5th African Bonsai Convention Pretoria 2019
Forbidden Branch Trophy 2021

The 10th World Bonsai Convention will be held in
Kuala Lumpur
28 – 31 Aug 2026

Every year World Bonsai Friendship Federation, hosts a WORLD BONSAI CONVENTION or REGIONAL CONVENTION.

Our mission to promote and diffuse throughout Africa, a living art that can be appreciated by all peoples actively exchange knowledge, technology information, etc., related to the art of bonsai among countries of Africa, thus advancing international friendship and goodwill.

Member of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation(WBFF)

African Bonsai Association

6th African Bonsai Convention Stellenbosch 2026


South African Bonsai Association

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