Afua Hirsch

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  • Award-Winning Writer, Broadcaster and Film Maker on Issues of Race and Equality
  • Co-host of "Enslaved" with Samuel L Jackson
  • Writer and host of "African Renaissance," the landmark documentary series on black culture 



Award-winning writer, broadcaster and film maker Afua Hirsch is known for her work on black culture, history, identity and culture in the African diaspora and worldwide.

A journalist from the age of 14, Afua has been a practising lawyer, a war correspondent, and has written multiple cover stories for Vogue, Time Magazine, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, and the UK Guardian Newspaper.

Afua has worked as a TV correspondent, as social affairs editor and anchor at Sky News, and is currently presenting African Renaissance, a 3 part documentary series for the BBC on African art; Enslaved, a 6 part series for Epix about the history of the transatlantic slave trade with Samuel L Jackson; and a podcast series for Audible. 

In addition to her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging - winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize - Afua is the author of Equal To Everything, about the UK Supreme Court, and was a judge on 2019’s Booker Prize. She is currently the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 

Afua is the founder of Born in Me Productions, which creates scripted and non-scripted movies, TV and podcast. 

She is currently based in London.

 

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Afua Hirsch Is Recognized for Her Work on Racial Equality, Identity, and Black Culture

Award-winning writer, broadcaster and film maker AFUA HIRSCH is known for her work on Black culture, history, identity and culture in the African diaspora and worldwide. For using her platform to call attention to problems the Black community faces, Hirsch was named to BBC's Powerlist 2021, which honors the most powerful people of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage in the UK. Hirsch speaks on race equality, identity and belonging, international current affairs, international justice and the law, and Black culture, connecting with audiences by sharing her own experiences as well as presenting engaging historical knowledge. Watch Hirsch's Tedx Talk, "Our Identity" >>
Afua has written multiple cover stories for Vogue, Time Magazine, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the UK Guardian Newspaper. She recently interviewed Naomi Campbell for a Vogue US cover interview, then interviewed Campbell for a live panel discussion at the Vogue Forces of Fashion event.
She's worked as a TV correspondent, as social affairs editor and anchor at Sky News, and hosted African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power, a 3 part documentary series for the BBC on African art. Afua was able to showcase the incredible art, music, and culture that demonstrates the history of Ethiopia, Senegal, and Kenya. Afua co-hosted Enslaved, a 6 part doc series for BBC/Epix with Samuel L Jackson where they retrace the traumatic sea voyage endured by millions of Africans over hundreds of years during the transatlantic slave trade. She also created a podcast series for Audible.
Afua is currently the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In addition to her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging - winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize - Afua is the author of Equal To Everything, about the UK Supreme Court, and was a judge on last year’s Booker Prize.

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Award-winning writer, broadcaster and film maker Afua Hirsch is known for her work on black culture, history, identity and culture in the African diaspora and worldwide.

A journalist from the age of 14, Afua has been a practising lawyer, a war correspondent, and has written multiple cover stories for Vogue, Time Magazine, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, and the UK Guardian Newspaper.

Afua has worked as a TV correspondent, as social affairs editor and anchor at Sky News, and is currently presenting African Renaissance, a 3 part documentary series for the BBC on African art; Enslaved, a 6 part series for Epix about the history of the transatlantic slave trade with Samuel L Jackson; and a podcast series for Audible. 

In addition to her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging - winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize - Afua is the author of Equal To Everything, about the UK Supreme Court, and was a judge on 2019’s Booker Prize. She is currently the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 

Afua is the founder of Born in Me Productions, which creates scripted and non-scripted movies, TV and podcast. 

She is currently based in London.