Listed as one of the BBC’s broadcasting stars of the Future 2017, Emma Dabiri is a presenter, social historian and writer.

Emma has previously presented Back in Time for Brixton and the Back in Time Confectioners series (BBC Two), Is Love Racist? (Channel 4) and has done a number of social history films for The One Show (BBC). She currently co-presents Britain’s Lost Masterpieces (BBC4). On radio she has hosted BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review and Front Row and her first Radio 4 documentary Journeys in Afrofuturism first aired in June 2018.

Emma’s debut book Don’t Touch My Hair will be published by Penguin, Allen Lane, in 2019. She is a columnist for The Dublin Inquirer and is one of the BBC’s Expert Voices. She has also had work published in a number of academic journals and newspapers. Emma’s interdisciplinary work crosses African Studies, art, sociology, history, film, literature, theatre, popular culture and music. She is a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS.

She gives regular talks and takes part on panels at festivals and arts venues. Emma also DJs 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. {…] You’ll be really pleased to hear that we had marvellous feedback from the session.

Jude Kelly (founder of WOW and former artistic director of Southbank Centre)

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