Current Role: Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester
Location: Bristol, UK
Area of expertise: Media | Film Production | Historian | Writing
Interested in: Speaking & Training
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David Olusoga

David Olusoga stands out as a distinguished British- Nigerian historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter, and filmmaker with extensive contributions to public history. His academic journey includes a BA (Hons) History degree from the University of Liverpool and a postgraduate course in broadcast journalism from Leeds Trinity University, which laid the foundation for his multifaceted career.

Olusoga’s expertise is evident in his work on various historical documentaries and television programs, where he has served as both a researcher and a producer. Notable projects include “The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire,” which highlighted the contributions of Indian, African, and Asian troops in World War I, and “Black and British: A Forgotten History,” a series that delves into the often overlooked history of Black people in Britain. His ability to bring history to life through captivating storytelling has earned him widespread acclaim and a loyal audience.

In addition to his television endeavors, Olusoga is a prolific author, with several books to his credit. His book “Black and British: A Forgotten History” received prestigious awards, including the Longman–History Today Trustees Award 2017 and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2017. Through his writing, he continues to challenge conventional narratives and shed light on underrepresented aspects of history.

Olusoga’s significant contributions to history and community integration have garnered him numerous accolades, including being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and being featured on the Powerlist of influential Black Britons. Currently serving as a Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, Olusoga remains dedicated to enriching our understanding of history and amplifying diverse perspectives through his research, writing, and television work. His commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in historical discourse resonates deeply, particularly in today’s social and political climate, making him a respected authority and thought leader in his field.