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Olusoga Class (Year 5)

David Olusoga OBE

As an award-winning author and presenter, David Olusoga OBE has sought to make history inclusive, expansive and diverse. 


Olusoga was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and British mother. After migrating to the UK with his mother at the age of 5, he was raised in Gateshead in the North of England. He studied the history of slavery at the University of Liverpool and is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester. He often talks about growing up in poverty and his experiences of racism from a young age influencing his decision to focus on Black history as he continued his studies. 


Through his writing and broadcasting, Olusoga has made sure topics such as Windrush, slavery and the Empire are talked about, allowing us to recognise how our past may have seen injustice but we can shape our future to be different. He has written many books about Black History, including 'Black and British: A Short, Essential History', which can be found in our school library. He was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to history and to community integration.


Find out more about David Olusoga here: David Olusoga