David Olusoga

Historian, Broadcaster, Presenter and Filmmaker Who Was Appointed OBE for Services to History and Community Integration

  • Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester
  • Awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to history and community integration
  • Fronted documentary series such as Black and British: A Forgotten History, A House Through Time and The World’s War
  • Published a number of successful books including The Kaiser’s Holocaust, Black and British: A Forgotten History and Civilisations: First Contact/The Cult of Progress
  • Written columns for The Guardian, The Observer, BBC History Magazine and New Statesman

Discover David Olusoga’s biography of published work below.

A House Through Time
A House Through Time
Black and British
Black and British
The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism

David Olusoga is an award-winning author, historian and TV presenter who has made invaluable contributions to black history throughout his career. David has studied a number of hard-hitting topics including the Windrush scandal, slavery and the British Empire writing a number of books and hosting documentaries on the issues. Also, an accomplished BAME speaker, he regularly draws on his own fascinating life experiences to demonstrate to audiences the systematic racism that is still very much prominent in society today.

Previously named as one of the most influential black Britons, David was awarded an OBE in 2019 for his services to history and community integration. David hosted his first documentary in 2014, The World’s War, focusing on the often-overlooked Indian, African and Asian troops who served in World War One. The show was hugely popular with audiences and he went on to release a number of others including A House Through Time, Black and British and the BAFTA award-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. Away from his TV presenting David has also published a whole host of books on similar topics solidifying his position as one of the UK’s most respected voices on black British history.

Born in Nigeria he moved to the UK when he was just five years old. Seeking a better life, the family was subjected to deplorable racist abuse from people in Britain with their home even attacked by the National Front. When booked as a BAME speaker, David is able to recall these experiences in vivid detail wowing audiences everywhere he goes. More relevant than ever, in 2020 his documentaries have received more attention in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and killing of George Floyd.

When hired as a BAME speaker your event will be receiving a truly captivating speaker with David Olusoga. Able to cover a wide range of topics in his own empathetic style, he always leaves an impact.

Official Testimonials

David Olusoga is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“I just thought I would extend my thanks to David for giving us his time and energy yesterday, speaking at the IWFM Conference 2021. The event was a huge success and the feedback from delegates and sponsors has been exceptional! Everyone is commenting on the speaker line up and the quality of the content….Golden Nuggets has been mentioned a few times. In particular, having David close the event was a very important role and even though we ran over, everyone was still incredibly engaged and clearly wanted the conversation to go on longer! So once again, thank you to David for helping us make the 2021 event such a memorable success!”

Emma, EC Events

“David was great, very inspirational and the staff was really buzzing. The keynote sparked great conversations and hopefully we can continue those in the months to come.”

Klaudia, Staffordshire University

“David was amazing.  Everyone loved the session, people felt it was relevant, insightful, current with the world around us today and gave us food for thought. Please pass along our gratitude to David.”

Jessica, Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion, RS Components

“AMAZING! We were absolutely blown away, I’ve had amazing feedback already!… Just some of the feedback I have had: ‘An educational, interesting and thought-provoking start to Black History Month… it’s made me want to educate myself and find out more’, ‘it was really impactful, I’ve seen David Olusoga on a few programmes and he was just as engaging today, it felt special to have someone with recent facts and so much experience of study in this area to explain it all so eloquently’ and ‘one of the greatest speakers we have had in!’… some immediate snippets!”

Jessica, International Technical Service Manager, Premier Foods 

“I wanted to follow up with you following David’s talk yesterday, the event was very successful and David was an absolutely brilliant speaker. Myself and Oli would like to thank you for your support in getting him booked in for our event and please extend our thanks to David also.”

Ella, MRCG, University of Exeter

“David is such a wonderful speaker and of course very professional (which made all of the practical/tech stuff very easy!). We had great engagement as well with over 100 people on the live stream and about 50 more joining to watch on the big screen in our office. Please do pass on our sincere thanks to David for giving up his time for such a compelling, insightful talk”

Jahnavi, Deliveroo

“Thank you, David, it was a privilege to have you and hear your personal story. It was our most anticipated and well-attended event as part of our Black History Month initiative at UBS and for good reason! We have received some great feedback from viewers, many citing it as one of the most insightful and impactful sessions they have watched at UBS. So many left the session having learnt something new about Black British history and gained an understanding of the depth of ideas behind racism in society. We’d love to have you back again!”

Joseph, UBS

“Please pass on my thanks to David and our team for setting up today’s session. Having these opportunities to listen and discuss such important subjects and ones outside of our ‘core’ business is truly valuable and enriches us as a group”

Ornella, Cognizant 

“Yes, all went really well. David was brilliant, and we had a very engaged session and lots of positive feedback and thoughts for the future. I’m sure we’d love to perhaps follow up with him again in the future. Please pass on our thanks”

Helen, Chief Banking Officer, Starling Bank

To enquire about David Olusoga for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@bame-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.