Lola Adesioye

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Lola Adesioye is a writer, commentator, broadcaster and singer/songwriter born in London, England, to Nigerian parents.


Adesioye attended Rosemead Preparatory School and James Allen's Girls' School, prestigious private schools in Dulwich, South East London. She excelled academically and musically at both, becoming Head Girl at the former and a Music Scholar and Head Girl at James Allen's Girls' School. At James Allen's Girls' School, Adesioye participated in the European Youth Parliament and competed on the debating team.

Adesioye studied Modern and Medieval Languages (Italian and Spanish) at Robinson College, Cambridge, before changing to Social & Political Science. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and was later awarded an honorary master's degree by the university.

At Cambridge University, Adesioye was politically active within her college and the Cambridge University Students' Union, holding elected office for two years as Anti-Racism and Ethnic Minorities Officer respectively. She was involved in the creation of Cambridge University's Little Black Book, an award-winning book for students of colour that was used by the UK's Department for Education and Employment as part of its race relations initiative at the time.

In 2004, she appeared in a primetime BBC documentary series Black Ambition,[1] which followed the lives of eight black Cambridge students in their final year.


Adesioye is an international writer whose commentary and analysis on UK, US and African society, politics and culture has been published in the New Statesman,[2] The Guardian,[3] The Economist,[4] BBC, CNN,[5] The Huffington Post,[6] TIME magazine, The Washington Post′s,[7] Forbes Africa, and EbonyJet.[8] She regularly appears as a talking head on TV and radio, including CNN,[9] MSNBC, the BBC, Channel 4 and BET.

Adesioye was one of the founding editors (Deputy Editor) of NBC's African-American news site and was a Contributing Editor for AOL Blackvoices before it became Huffington Post Black.

She has been described[10] as one of "11 black commentators you should be following" and has been named one of Nigeria's top wordsmiths.[11]

Adesioye's grandfather, Ebun Adesioye, was one of the pioneers of journalism and PR in Nigeria[12]. Her maternal great grandmother, Chief Wuraola Esan, was a famous Nigerian senator and educator, the first female member of the Nigerian National Assembly, and became part of Nigerian nobility when she was given the title of Iyalode - "King of the Women" - and acquired the rank of a high chief.


After Cambridge, Adesioye worked in the music industry at major record company Atlantic (formerly known as East West) Records and dance/urban label Ministry of Sound, before moving into project managing large-scale branded international music events. She was project manager of the team – alongside Live Aid and Live 8 producer Kevin Wall – behind multimillion-dollar award-winning global music show, Nokia New Year's Eve, for Nokia and MSN before going on to pursue a career in the media. She continues to perform as a singer/songwriter.


  1. ^ Gordon, Bryony (7 January 2004). "People Say: You went to Cambridge?". The Telegraph. London.
  2. ^ Lola Adesioye page at New Statesman.
  3. ^ "Lola Adesioye Column Archive". The Guardian. London. 4 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Much still to do". The Economist. 14 February 2009.
  5. ^ Adesioye, Lola. "Nigeria Needs More Than New Leaders to Change". CNN.
  6. ^ Adesioye, Lola. "Lola Adesioye". Huffington Post.
  7. ^ Adesioye, Lola. "Column Archive".
  8. ^ Adesioye, Lola. "London's Burning: As a Brit Living Abroad, Writer Lola Adesioye Shares Her Take on Some of the Issues And Solutions". EbonyJet.
  9. ^ Adesioye, Lola. "UK activist speaks about London Riots".
  10. ^ The Atlanta Post: 11 Sharp Black Commentators You Should Be Following Archived 31 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Gausi, Tamara. "10 Nigerian wordsmiths you oughta know". AfriPop Magazine.
  12. ^ Ebun Adesioye [1]

External links

  • Column Archive at The Guardian
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