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.