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Ekow Eshun is a writer, cultural commentator and award-winning broadcaster.

His book, Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in England and Africa was nominated for the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2005.

Ekow is the former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, a position he held from 2005-10. The former Editor of men’s lifestyle magazine Arena and former Deputy Editor of The Face, his writing has appeared in publications including the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, the New Statesman, Vogue and Wallpaper.

Ekow is co-founder and partner of Bug Cultural Consultancy, a group of writers and business thinkers who specialise in the socio-economics of pop culture. Bug produce reports, research and brand strategy and curate the talks series 37 Things You Need to Know About Modern Britain with the House of St Barnabas.

He is Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on the contemporary art and culture of Eastern Europe and Creative Practitioner-in-Residence at the London College of Fashion.

Ekow appears frequently on TV and radio programmes including Radio 4’s Saturday Review and Front Row. From 2000-2013 he was a regular contributor on the BBC’s flagship arts programme The Review Show.  He has written and presented several documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 including Living on the Line, winner of Best Documentary, One World Media Awards, 2000.

In 2008, he was listed by the London Evening Standard’s as one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People and he places annually in the Powerlist of 100 most influential black people in Britain.

In 2006 he received an honourary doctorate from London Metropolitan University for services to the arts.

You can find interviews with him here, here and here.

Black Gold Of The Sun – Start The Week

Selected Bibliography

Ekow Eshun Interviews Chris Ofili from Chris Ofili (Tate Publishing) 2010

Foreword to Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850 (National Portrait Gallery Publications) 2007

Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in England and Africa (Penguin) 2005

Return to the Planet of the Apes from Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature (John Wiley & Sons) 2001

Introduction to PYMCA: A Matter of Fact (PYMCA) 2000