David Olusoga

Historian, author, presenter and BAFTA winning film-maker

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, author, presenter and BAFTA winning film-maker. He is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and presents the long-running BBC history series A House Through Time.

He produced and presented the award winning series – Black & British: A Forgotten History,  Union With David Olusoga and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. Among his other presenting credits are The World’s War, and The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files, Extra Life- a Short History of Living Longer and the landmark BBC arts series Civilizations.

He is the author or co-author of seven books including – Black & British: A Forgotten History, which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2014. Black & British A Short Essential History was a Waterstones Book Of The Year, Non-Fiction winner at the Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards 2021 and Book of the Year, Children’s non-fiction at the 2021 British Book Awards. His other titles are The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism, Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress and A House Through Time.  He writes journalism and comment for The Observer, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Voice and BBC History Magazine.

David is a recipient of the BAFTA Special Award, the British Academy’s Presidents Medal and the Norton Medlicott Medal For Services to History. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, The Royal Society of Literature, The Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society.


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