Emma Dabiri


Broadcaster, Historian & Bestselling Author

Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian broadcaster, historian and bestselling author. Her latest documentary Hair Power: Me and My Afro (winner of a Cannes Lion Silver award) asked some of the most important questions facing the Black British population.

Emma’s 2021 book ‘What White People Can Do Next. From Allyship to Coalition’ was an immediate Times and Sunday Times bestseller. It is a clever deconstruction of the mainstream conversation around anti-racism. It follows on from her debut work ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ which was an Irish Times Bestseller.

Emma co-presents Britain’s Lost Masterpieces on BBC 4. She presented Virtually History on YouTube Originals, Back in Time for Brixton and the Back in Time Confectioners series (BBC Two), Is Love Racist? (Channel 4) and has made several social history films for The One Show (BBC). She’s appeared on Newsnight (BBC2), Have I Got News for You (BBC2), Jeremy Vine (Channel 5), Book Tube (YouTube) and Mel B’s special edition of Steph’s Packed Lunch for C4’s Black to Front day.

Emma was on the judging panel for the Merky Books New Writers’ Prize 2020-2021 founded by Stormzy which aims to discover unpublished, under-represented writers aged 16-30 from the UK and Ireland.

Emma is a seasoned public speaker and has been invited to present her work at a wide range of cultural institutions from Tate Britain, to the British Museum, to Oxford University, St Andrews and Yale. She gives regular talks and takes part on panels at festivals and arts venues, and hosts a range of live events.


"I wanted to write to thank you for being part of the Being Mixed Race panel during WOW. The debate and discussion highlighted so much and it felt like we covered a lot of ground...we had marvellous feedback from the session"