Afua Hirsch is a writer, author, TV presenter, documentary maker, and former barrister. Growing up, she read up on global black revolutionaries like Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X, black British scholarship from intellectuals like Paul Gilroy and Stuart Hall, and then interacting with people – people who in some cases even consider themselves the educated elite – who were totally ignorant about how the blatant historical, and racial injustice in our society shaped all of our lives.
Afua’s lifelong quest to grapple with questions of race, class, and gender prompted her to write Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, which became a Times Bestseller and won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize.
In 1999, she finished school and went to St Peter’s College at the University of Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. There she focused on African politics and wrote a thesis on how the traditional role of women in Ghanaian society had shaped post-colonial contemporary national politics.
She is the Wallis Annnenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Afua has done public speaking and events for Google, YouTube, Facebook, the British Library, LSE, the University of Oxford, the Bank of England and the FA.
You can learn more about Afua at her website: https://www.afuahirsch.com You can support her clothing brand Sika here: https://www.sikadesigns.co.uk/You can get her recently published children’s book, Equal to Everything, here: https://www.lag.org.uk/shop/book-title/206209/equal-to-everything–judge-brenda-and-the-supreme-court