WORLD AFRO DAY® AWARDS 2018

TV PRESENTER OF THE YEAR

Recognises on screen talent, that have achieved success as presenters, contributors or experts on television. They also positively identify with wearing their Afro textured hair or African hairstyles as part of their on screen persona. This combination, helps to challenge the myths in mainstream society, that Afro hair is unprofessional and unattractive.


2018 WINNER:
DAVID OLUSOGA

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2018 NOMINEES

  AFUA HIRSCH  Journalist & Author  Afua Hirsch is an author, journalist and broadcaster. Former Guardian correspondent for West Africa, she was also social affairs editor for Sky News, and practised human rights law. Currently a columnist at The Guardian, presenter on Sky News’s The Pledge, a regular panellist on CNN Talk, and guest on Good Morning Britain, Newsnight, Question Time and Channel 4 News, she has also presented four separate documentaries this year, including a feature length Channel 4 documentary about British heroes. Afua often speaks on themes of representation, race and social justice, and her bestselling first book on these themes, Brit(ish) was published in 2018 by Jonathan Cape, and is the winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize.  Beginning her writing journey at the age of 15, as a journalist for The Voice newspaper, Afua describes this as the period when she “discovered the power of having a voice…of using the media to reflect the narrative”.  Afua states that of the many platforms celebrating black achievement, World Afro Day, which she describes as  “a new movement”  holds a particular importance, as it is  “the first to centre the value of authenticity, of representing black culture and heritage…of speaking truth to power”.

AFUA HIRSCH
Journalist & Author

Afua Hirsch is an author, journalist and broadcaster. Former Guardian correspondent for West Africa, she was also social affairs editor for Sky News, and practised human rights law. Currently a columnist at The Guardian, presenter on Sky News’s The Pledge, a regular panellist on CNN Talk, and guest on Good Morning Britain, Newsnight, Question Time and Channel 4 News, she has also presented four separate documentaries this year, including a feature length Channel 4 documentary about British heroes. Afua often speaks on themes of representation, race and social justice, and her bestselling first book on these themes, Brit(ish) was published in 2018 by Jonathan Cape, and is the winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize.

Beginning her writing journey at the age of 15, as a journalist for The Voice newspaper, Afua describes this as the period when she “discovered the power of having a voice…of using the media to reflect the narrative”.

Afua states that of the many platforms celebrating black achievement, World Afro Day, which she describes as “a new movement” holds a particular importance, as it is “the first to centre the value of authenticity, of representing black culture and heritage…of speaking truth to power”.


  DAVID OLUSOGA  TV Presenter & Author  David Adetayo Olusoga is a British Nigerian popular historian, writer, broadcaster and filmmaker. His historical subjects have focused on military history, race and slavery.  Realising that black people were much less visible in the media and historically, including in the Ladybird Book of Roman Britain, Olusoga became a producer of history programmes after university, working from 2005 on programmes such as  Namibia Genocide and the Second Reich ,  The Lost Pictures of Eugene Smith  and  Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner? .  His career in TV began in 2014 with The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire, about the Indian, African and Asian troops who fought in the First World War, followed by several other documentaries and appearances on BBC One television's The One Show.  In 2015 Olusoga co-presented  Civilisations , a sequel to Kenneth Clark's 1969 television documentary series  Civilisation , alongside the historians Mary Beard and Simon Schama.  Also a writer, Olusoga is the author of the 2016 book Black and British: A Forgotten History, which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award 2017 and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2017.

DAVID OLUSOGA
TV Presenter & Author

David Adetayo Olusoga is a British Nigerian popular historian, writer, broadcaster and filmmaker. His historical subjects have focused on military history, race and slavery.

Realising that black people were much less visible in the media and historically, including in the Ladybird Book of Roman Britain, Olusoga became a producer of history programmes after university, working from 2005 on programmes such as Namibia Genocide and the Second Reich, The Lost Pictures of Eugene Smith and Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner?.

His career in TV began in 2014 with The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire, about the Indian, African and Asian troops who fought in the First World War, followed by several other documentaries and appearances on BBC One television's The One Show.

In 2015 Olusoga co-presented Civilisations, a sequel to Kenneth Clark's 1969 television documentary series Civilisation, alongside the historians Mary Beard and Simon Schama.

Also a writer, Olusoga is the author of the 2016 book Black and British: A Forgotten History, which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award 2017 and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2017.


  DR. ZOE WILLIAMS  TV Presenter & Health Expert  DR. Zoe Williams graduated from medical school in 2007 and currently practices as an NHS General Practitioner, in London. Her portfolio GP career involves her holding multiple roles, including Public Health England Lead Clinical Champion for Physical Activity, RCGP clinical champion - Physical Activity and Lifestyle, and CCG clinical associate - Obesity and Lifestyle. Zoe’s ambition has always been to combine her dedication to medicine, her passions for health and fitness, as well as to succeed in a career in media.  Zoe had her first taste of media success when she was selected out of thousands of applicants for a role on  Sky 1’s Gladiators , becoming the popular and undefeated ‘Amazon’, before going on to become resident doctor on ITV’s popular daytime show,  This Morning . She has presented across the BBC network, including BBC News broadcast  Horizons  and  Trust Me , I’m a Doctor. She specialises in debunking the confusing world of medicine, in a fun, entertaining way.  In 2009, Zoe founded the organisation  Sportsgirls , which aims to increase the physical activity of teenage girls by inspiring, educating and motivating them to be healthier and more active. In 2013 workshops were also developed for boys and the organisation was renamed  Fit4Life .

DR. ZOE WILLIAMS
TV Presenter & Health Expert

DR. Zoe Williams graduated from medical school in 2007 and currently practices as an NHS General Practitioner, in London. Her portfolio GP career involves her holding multiple roles, including Public Health England Lead Clinical Champion for Physical Activity, RCGP clinical champion - Physical Activity and Lifestyle, and CCG clinical associate - Obesity and Lifestyle. Zoe’s ambition has always been to combine her dedication to medicine, her passions for health and fitness, as well as to succeed in a career in media.

Zoe had her first taste of media success when she was selected out of thousands of applicants for a role on Sky 1’s Gladiators, becoming the popular and undefeated ‘Amazon’, before going on to become resident doctor on ITV’s popular daytime show, This Morning. She has presented across the BBC network, including BBC News broadcast Horizons and Trust Me, I’m a Doctor. She specialises in debunking the confusing world of medicine, in a fun, entertaining way.

In 2009, Zoe founded the organisation Sportsgirls, which aims to increase the physical activity of teenage girls by inspiring, educating and motivating them to be healthier and more active. In 2013 workshops were also developed for boys and the organisation was renamed Fit4Life.