Afua Hirsch is a prominent figure known for her diverse accomplishments in the fields of writing, broadcasting, and law. She is an award-winning writer and broadcaster with a focus on culture, social justice, identity, and anti-racism. As the founder of Born in Me Productions, she is involved in creating scripted and non-scripted content for television, movies, and podcasts in collaboration with Fremantle.
In her career as a journalist spanning over two decades, Afua has held various significant positions, including being a senior correspondent for The Guardian and an editor at Sky News. She has also contributed as a freelance writer to esteemed publications like the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Vogue. Her work in television includes presenting and producing non-scripted documentaries, such as “African Renaissance,” a BBC series on African art, and “Enslaved,” a 6-part series about the transatlantic slave trade, featuring Samuel L. Jackson.
She has also hosted a podcast series for Audible. Afua has authored several books, with her bestselling work “Brit(ish): On Race, Identity, and Belonging” earning her the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize. Other notable books include “Equal To Everything,” focusing on the UK Supreme Court, and “Empire: Look Again.” Recognized for her significant contributions, Afua holds honorary doctorates from London’s South Bank University and The University of Oxford Brookes.
She is also a Master of the Bench at the Honourable Society of Middle Temple for her contributions to the law. Currently, Afua serves as the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She divides her time between London, Accra, and Los Angeles, reflecting her international influence and engagements in various parts of the world.