Afua Hagan

Afua Hagan TV & Radio Presenter, TalkTV Presenter, also regularly appearing on ITV, BBC, LBC, Times Radio and talkRADIO, TEDx Speaker, Diversity and Inclusion Speaker, Event Host, Moderator, Royal Commentator


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  • My personal journey
  • On race, ethnicity and culture
  • Inclusivity in the workplace
  • On effective communication to bring about real change
  • On social mobility

Afua Adom's Biography

Opinionated, charismatic and provocative – Afua Hagan is one of the leading voices on diversity in Britain.

A TV News Anchor, Commentator, Journalist and award-winning Broadcaster, Afua is in high demand, regularly appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, the BBC, Sky and CNN. She is a Presenter for TalkTV, appearing on The Talk and hosting The Royal Tea, part of her work as a distinguished Commentator on the British Royal Family, featuring on UK and international outlets.

Afua also appears on STV, Yanga! TV, LBC, Times Radio and talkRADIO and has been honoured for her work in Broadcasting by the Black Women in Business Awards. Afua is an excellent Diversity and Inclusion Keynote Speaker and Moderator. In 2024 she delivered a hugely successful TEDx Talk on Diversity and Inclusion, titled “Too Dark for Daytime TV” 

A passionate and experienced journalist, Afua hosted the TV show “Sustainable Energy” for CNBC, wrote a column for The Voice Newspaper and was Editor-in-Chief for Glam Africa Magazine.

She moved to London from Glasgow aged 17 to study journalism at City University. After specialising in broadcast and music, Afua found herself working at T4 and PopWorld before moving on to the dizzy heights of 60 Minute Makeover on ITV. She grew bored of decorating strangers’ homes in an hour or under and made the leap to music publishing where she worked for Blue Mountain Music under the watchful and legendary eye of Chris Blackwell.

Following her passion as a writer, Afua landed a job at Blackhair as Editorial Assistant, rising to be Editor after only a year. She became the Features Editor for Pride magazine and a Producer and Anchor for Arise News. After switching to ABN TV, she produced and presented the popular show Young & Rising and launched Entertainment Weekly. Afua is a great supporter of the UK and international music scene, especially in the world of Afrobeats and was the host of The A-List on The Beat 103.6FM.

Afua is a brilliant keynote speaker covering issues such as Diversity, Black Lives Matter and Equality for Women and continues to work as an Event Host and Moderator. Clients have included Retail Week, the NHS, Cambridgeshire Police, Compare the Market and Inmarsat.

Afua lives and works in London. In her spare time she likes to make up dance routines with her daughter, have manicures and read crime novels.


My personal journey

In this talk I will let you into my personal journey as a broadcaster and journalist and the impact the events of 2020 had on my career. On a really personal level it was tough, being a Black woman living in a world that seemed to hate Black people. What happened afterwards, was also tough.  

It was great to be offered platforms to speak about what happened and what I felt should happen next in terms of talking issues of diversity and inclusion in the UK. But I often felt like a token. And I often wondered to myself, am I on this channel because I am a Black, dark-skinned female journalist who can talk about race and ticks a box or am I on this channel simply because I am a good journalist? 

I still have those questions today. Lots of companies came out to support the idea of Diversity and Inclusion in those days and weeks after the death of George Floyd. They rightly recognised the need for change. But it’s much more than – let’s hire more Black folks! It’s not just inviting Black people to have a seat at the table, but asking them to be part of the decision-making team on who’s at the table in the first place. That’s real inclusivity. 

You might have a lovely working culture and a great office environment but are you truly inclusive? Do you have Black people in the upper echelons of the organisation making decisions? 

On race, ethnicity and culture

In this talk I look at difference between race, ethnicity and culture and how that affects the way that we interact with people. Now, you would be forgiven for thinking that race and ethnicity and more or less the same thing. But they actually mean very different things.

We sometimes use the words culture, ethnicity and race interchangeably, and whilst there is some overlap between the terms, it’s important to know the differences between them, and to use them correctly. 

When you distinguish what separates race from culture and ethnicity, it becomes apparent that racism, apart from being hurtful, just doesn’t make sense. Both race and ethnicity, it's argued, are socially defined. Neither is biologically valid.

But even more than that, when we examine the genetics of different racial groups, there’s more genetic difference within any one racial group compared to the average between them, and yet amongst all of us, we are so remarkably similar (99.9% alike in fact). Yes, there may be some value in grouping people into racial groups, but at the end of the day, we have much more in common with each other than we don’t.

Inclusivity in the workplace 

In this talk I will outline how workplace diversity is currently a very hot topic amongst businesses right now – even more so since 2020. 

The modern workplace considers workplace diversity a crucial element of success and happiness in the office and are advocates for social improvements. Building a diverse workforce can be a challenge for some businesses, but there are solutions to create a sense of harmony and unity among different people and teams.

Organizations should aim for inherent and acquired diversity. Inherent diversity is biological traits such as race, gender, and sexual orientation, while acquired diversity is things you gain from experience like religion, cultural experiences, and situations that make an impact on your thought-process. 

The benefits of workplace diversity greatly outweigh the barriers you may have to cross to get there. There are many benefits to workplace diversity, and many studies that prove the positive impact that diversity will have on your office.

On effective communication to bring about real change

In this talk I will emphasise that it’s really important to communicate it to someone when you don’t agree with them or they will think you are aligned with their racist beliefs.  Have the courage to challenge them on this. 

Effective communication is key here. The journey towards communicating better starts with us honestly regarding ourselves. It’s easy to think that all the problems of the world, when it comes to bias are external but we can and must seek out the propensity of injustice that lurks inside us and work towards eradicating it. This is not about beating ourselves up over things we may have said or thought and then becoming stuck in a virtuous cycle of guilt. It’s about admitting that we have to make changes. We have to consider how our own prejudices prevent us from acting justly and fairly. We cannot address biases until we admit we have them ourselves.

On social mobility

Social mobility is a concept that holds immense importance in today's society. In this talk I will talk about how social mobility promotes a fair and just society, where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and improve their quality of life. It encourages individuals to work hard, acquire skills, and pursue education, as these factors play a crucial role in determining one's social mobility.

In a society that values social mobility, individuals are motivated to strive for success and make positive changes in their lives. They are encouraged to dream big and believe in their potential, knowing that their efforts will be rewarded. The belief in upward social mobility instills a sense of hope and optimism among people, creating a society where everyone has a chance to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Moreover, social mobility promotes diversity and equal representation in various sectors of society. When individuals from different backgrounds have the opportunity to move up the social ladder, it leads to a more inclusive society. Different perspectives and experiences contribute to innovation, creativity, and overall societal progress. Social mobility ensures that talent and potential are not limited by one's socioeconomic status or background but are recognized and nurtured.

Furthermore, social mobility has a positive impact on the economy of a country. When individuals have access to opportunities for upward mobility, they are more likely to earn higher incomes and contribute to economic growth. Increased social mobility leads to a more productive workforce, as people are motivated to acquire skills and education that align with the demands of the labor market. This, in turn, fosters economic development and reduces income inequality.

In conclusion, social mobility is a powerful concept that encourages individuals to strive for success and make positive changes in their lives. It promotes equality of opportunity, diversity, and economic growth. By valuing social mobility, we can create a society where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential and contribute to a better future.

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Afua Hagan testimonials

Harprit Hockley

NHS England

I just wanted to drop a quick note to say how fabulous Afua was. She really brought a fresh perspective, energy and positivity to the session.

Agatha Kennedy


Afua’s talk was great. The audience really appreciated her openness to share her experiences and we had some excellent questions. Afua answered them brilliantly.

Rachel Power

Head of Internal Comms at IQ Student Accommodation

Afua, it was brilliant to hear your stories and experiences and to learn and understand more about Black History. Thank you again. Your talk helped to open minds.



Afua, thank you so much again for taking the time to do the talk today. It was super useful for me in HR but also the whole team has been singing your praises on how great and insightful it was.



Very insightful and thought-provoking! Eye-opening, enlightening talk - thank you.

Pauline Phillips


We were extremely happy with Afua and the presentation she gave. The flow of the presentation was great and weaving in BHM history was also very informative.

Andrew Webb

Malvern Festival of Ideas

Afua Hagan is a warm and generous person who speaks on equality and inclusion with knowledge and authority. She has a great ability to engage with audiences both in a formal and informal setting and her contribution was greatly appreciated by Festival attendees.

Caroline Thomas

Director of HR, B&Q

Afua’s stories and experiences come from the heart and really hit home - how we all have a responsibility around racial equality as everyone deserves to be who they are.

Emily Ashton


Please can you pass on our thanks to Afua for such an inspirational and educational talk. I personally haven't stopped thinking about it and have had such good feedback from everyone.

Holly Keogh

Producer talkRADIO

It’s rare that you come across such a standout talent as Afua. She often contributes to topics on shows across talkRADIO and has a reputation for being reliable, outspoken and a brilliant broadcaster. She has a thorough, eloquent and often feisty approach which is why she is so sought after. It’s always a pleasure to have her on the station.

Tom Fredericks

Programme Editor, ARISE News

Afua is a passionate and energetic journalist who works tirelessly to give a voice to those who would otherwise not be heard. Her dedication to the cause of fair and impartial reporting is exemplary. Her burning desire for inequality and social injustice to be highlighted across the spectrum is extraordinary. And she has succeeded in getting all those issues heard on a wide range of platforms with her intelligent, well-informed and brilliantly articulated contributions. A wonderful colleague and an inspiration to us all.

Fiona D’Sa


Thank you for the inspiring talk with Inmarsat! As a first generation British Indian, I was able to draw parallels to the experiences and challenges you faced and was truly inspired to hear how you overcome and face them.

Sandra Igwe LLB MBA SSE

Founder & CEO of The Motherhood Group

Thank you so much for speaking at Black Maternal Health Conference UK yesterday - wow, you were fantastic! Your presentation was truly inspiring and provided us with a wealth of knowledge that we can use in our future endeavors. Of course, your enthusiasm for Black Maternal Health and equity for Black mothers was contagious, and everyone in attendance was captivated by your words. We are so grateful for your time and effort, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future. Once again, thank you for making our conference such a success.

Kayeligh Fazan

Founder, The International Retail Academy

Afua, thank you for facilitating the discussion. You are incredible at what you do. I was in awe at your curiosity. composure and beautiful energy.

Irene Bamgboye


We are extremely happy with everything; Afua’s talk was informative and engaging. She captivated the audience throughout and it was an absolute pleasure to host her.

Anna Njie

Go Africa Community Hub CIC

Thank you Afua for joining the panel discussion yesterday at London Metropolitan University. You were amazingly humorous and gave brilliant tips on resilience in the media industry as a beautiful black woman! Thanks so much for your contribution making the occasion a high level memorable event!

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