Aminatta Forna is an author, broadcaster and journalist. Her books include The Devil that Danced on the Water (Harper Collins 2002), shortlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize 2003, and Mother of All Myths (HarperCollins 1998).
Formerly a television reporter, Aminatta has presented and produced numerous television programmes for the BBC including the arts and culture magazine programmeThe Late Show andthe BBC political flagship On the Record. She has won several awards for her television work, and in 1996 directed and presented a documentary on Africa’s art: ‘Through African Eyes’, a PBS/BBC co-production, which today is shown to students of African art and culture in universities across the USA. Her documentary series ‘Africa Unmasked,’ which examined many of the themes of her recent book, The Devil that Danced on the Water, aired on Channel 4 in November 2002.
Aminatta has hosted radio series including An Essential Guide to the 21st Century(World Service), The Travellers Souk and In Living Colour (BBC Radio 4). She is a contributor to several newspapers including The Independent and the Guardian. In 2003 she was a judge for the Macmillan African Writer’s Prize.