Jason Okundaye

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Jason Okundaye
Born (1997-01-30) 30 January 1997 (age 25)
Tooting, London, England
🏫 EducationPembroke College, Cambridge (BA)
💼 Occupation
  • journalist
  • columnist
  • author
  • archivist

Jason Osamede Okundaye (born 30 January 1997)[1] is a British writer. He works as a freelance journalist and essayist and has had a column in Tribune.

Early life and education[edit]

Okundaye was born in St George's Hospital, Tooting to Nigerian parents and grew up on the Patmore Estate in Battersea.[2][3] He attended Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School and won a scholarship to Whitgift School in Croydon.[4] He went on to study Human, Social & Political Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge.[5][6][7][8] During his time at the university, he led the Cambridge Students' Union Black and Minority Ethnic society.[9][10]

Okundaye first caught the media's attention following a series of post on social media about racism in the United Kingdom where he claimed racism manifested in all social groups.[11] Following the coverage, Okundaye experienced racist abuse, death threats and rape threats.[12][13]

Career[edit]

Okundaye is a regular contributor to The Guardian, the London Review of Books, Vice, Dazed, i-D, and GQ.[14][15][6] He has also written for NME, the New Statesman, British Vogue, and The Independent.[16][17] He became a columnist for Tribune Magazine in 2020.[18]

He is vocal about a number of social and political issues in the United Kingdom, writing about them from a left-wing perspective. He has written about racism in British society, politics, and Black British LGBTQ+ culture with a specialty in the experiences and history of Black British gay men.[19][20][21] In addition, he covers popular culture and media, as well as interviewing public figures.

He co-founded the digital archive Black & Gay, Back in the Day with Marc Thompson.[22][23]

Okundaye signed with RCW Literary Agency in summer 2020. In April 2021, he announced his upcoming debut book, Revolutionary Acts, which documents Black British gay history and culture from the 1970s to the present. Faber and Faber won the rights; it is set for a 2024 release.[24][25]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Revolutionary Acts: Stories of Love, Brotherhood, and Resilience from Black Gay Britain (2024)

Essays[edit]

  • "Pilgrimage on the P5 Bus" in The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs for Open House London, edited by Owen Hatherley (2020)
  • "Entering the Scene: Finding a community of love" in Black Joy, edited by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Timi Sotire (2021)

Reference[edit]

  1. Jason Okundaye (30 January 2020). "It's my birthday today and I'm 23 years old, which is basically 25, which is basically 30. So please enjoy this picture of me chilling with my age mates". Retrieved 13 April 2021 – via Twitter. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Okundaye, Jason (15 April 2021). "Malachi Kirby". Port Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  3. Jason Okundaye (14 March 2019). "I was born in St George's. Tooting". Retrieved 19 April 2021 – via Twitter.
  4. Roberts, Rachel (30 July 2017). "Cambridge student claims 'all white people are racist' in tweets supporting Rashan Charles protests". The Independent. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  5. "Jason Okundaye". RCW. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Okundaye, Jason. "The photo that shaped me: Jason Okundaye on his childhood home". New Statesman. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  7. Bennett, Rosemary. "All whites are racist' scandal at Cambridge". The Times.
  8. Sanusi, Victoria. "A Black Student Made A Powerful Point About Her Place At Cambridge". Buzzfeed.
  9. O’Leary, Abigail. "Head of Cambridge University equality group brands 'all white people racists' after 'praising' east London rioters in shocking tweets". The Mirror.
  10. Collier, Hatty. "Police drop probe into Cambridge University student over tweets claiming 'all white people are racist'". Evening Standard.
  11. Oluwaseun (21 July 2017). "The rise in right-wing witch hunts against black student leaders has not gone unnoticed". gal-dem.
  12. Mills, Jen. "Cambridge student says 'All white people are racist' comment was misconstrued". Metro.
  13. Okundaye, Jason. "I was accused of saying all white people are racist. This is what happened next..." The Guardian.
  14. "Jason Okundaye". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  15. "Jason Okundaye". Vice. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  16. "Jason Okundaye". NME. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  17. "Jason Okundaye". The Independent. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  18. "Jason Okundaye". Tribune. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  19. Okundaye, Jason. "Ted Brown: the man who held a mass kiss-in and made history". The Guardian.
  20. "I wanted a space where we could represent, honour and celebrate black queer life in the UK". ITV News.
  21. Okundaye, Jason. "Why Hackney Is the Perfect New Home for UK Black Pride". Vice.
  22. Okundaye, Jason. "We tried to carve out our own spaces: how the black LGBTQ+ community of the 1980s and 1990s is being honoured online". GQ.
  23. Mahon, Leah. "LGBTQ+ History Month: Jason Okundaye and Marc Thompson launch digital archive documenting black queer lives in Britain". The Voice.
  24. Comerford, Ruth (19 April 2021). "Faber pre-empts Okundaye's 'beautiful, moving' account of Black gay Britain". The Bookseller. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  25. Raza-Sheikh, Zoya (19 April 2021). "Faber to publish Jason Okundaye's "generation-defining" debut book on queer Black sexuality". Gay Times Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2021.


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