Henry Bonsu is a British African broadcaster who has made waves at home and abroad.
An Oxford languages graduate, he was a producer on Radio 4’s Today, Britain’s biggest current affairs programme. He has also presented shows on satellite TV channels Vox Africa, BET International and Press TV – and been an analyst on Sky News, Al Jazeera and Arise News.
He began his career as a print journalist writing for specialist UK newspapers like The Voice and the Caribbean Times, then The Daily Express, The Times, The Guardian and the London Evening Standard.
After famously being called “too intellectual” by BBC London, Bonsu invested heavily in Colourful, a new independent radio station targeting the UK’s black communities. It was a painful and expensive lesson in the perils of media ownership.
Henry now uses his broadcasting experience in his new role as an international MC, specialising in global economic development.
He has hosted summits at the UN General Assembly in New York, in Brussels, The Hague, Kigali, Mexico City, Abidjan, and in Incheon, Korea.
In July 2015 he led eight events at the landmark Financing For Development conference in Addis Ababa, introducing the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Jim Kim, the president of the World Bank.
A keen athlete and sports fan, he has anchored major sporting ceremonies like the Best of Africa Awards and fundraisers for the Kanu Heart Foundation – and interviewed many sports stars, including Didier Drogba, Linford Christie, Christine Ohuruoghu, Sebastian Coe, and Ashley Cole.
As well as cultural and development events, Henry Bonsu hosts major business gatherings like the African Banker Awards and the Global African Investment Summit.
His corporate clients include Maersk, KPMG and Cartier International for whom he has facilitated conferences and ceremonies on issues ranging from sustainability to diversity.
In line with his personal interest in health, Henry sits on the Equality and Diversity Committee of England’s National Health Service.