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David Olusoga

David Olusoga


David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. An award-winning presenter and documentary maker, David’s most recent series include The World’s War : Forgotten Soldiers of Empire (BBC 2) and Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2).

David is the author of The World’s War (Head of Zeus, 2014), the co-author of The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism (Faber & Faber 2010), and was a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History. He is currently writing a new history of slavery, 5000 Years a Slave (Head of Zeus), and White Slavery & the Black War, a new history of the British colonisation of Tasmania. David is a regular writer for The Guardian and The Observer and has written for The Nation and BBC History Magazine.

David Olusoga presented the major BBC2 series A Black History of Britain, from slavery to the twentieth century, from the Windrush Generation to the country today. His contribution to landmark BBC Arts series Civilisations explores contact, trade, interaction, empire and race.

Following his Liverpool-based BBC series A House Through Time David Olusoga moved on to tell the story of a Georgian end-of-terrace property in Ravensworth Terrace, Newcastle, on his native Tyneside. Starting the story from around the time the house was built in 1824, David explored the often complex lives of the owners and inhabitants from pre-Victorian times right up to the present day – with some extraordinary revelations along the way.

The third series of A House Through Time in 2020 features an eighteenth century house in Bristol at Olusogabook10 Guinea Street telling stories from its history from a young runaway slave to a Second World War fraudster. The show is now confirmed for a fourth series, with David heading to Leeds a city in which his parents lived during the ’60s.

For Black History Month 2020 David teamed up with the BBC’s CBeebies to read Coming to England by Floella Benjamin – it’s available on iPlayer.

In November 2020 David interviewed Barack Obama to discuss the former President’s upcoming memoirs in Barack Obama Talks To David Olusoga. The interviews will be in sound and TV formats on BBC radio, television, World Service, and online.

Appearing on Desert Island Discs in January 2021 David told Lauren Laverne the story of growing up on Tyneside. He thanked ‘tough kid’ Paul Gascoigne for stepping in to help when his family was subjected to racist abuse and intimidation. Gascoigne had told the Daily Mirror last year ‘I hated bullies – and I did not like what was happening’. Celebrating his North East heritage David spoke on Tyneside in 2019 at The Sage Gateshead with Dan Jackson, author of The Northumbrians.

Specialist Speakers is speaking agent for David Olusoga. In 2020 David Olusoga was Specialist Speakers number one Most Booked Speaker.

In 2021 Black History Month will once again run from 1st Oct to 31st Oct.


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