Dotun Adebayo, MBE

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Dotun Adebayo

Dotun Adebayo

Dotun Adebayo MBE, grew up in Tottenham, where he fell in love with radio so much that he took the bus 171 to Bush House at the age of 12 and convinced the producers of Network Africa to use him as a contributor.

He won a scholarship to read Scandinavian literature at Stockholm’s University at 18 and within a year had a weekly feature on Eldorado Max, Swedish Radio’s P3 channel.

Meanwhile he pursued a career as a music journalist writing for the music and national papers in Britain (Time Out, NME, The Guardian, News of the World, The Voice, Evening Standard and The Sun).

In 1992 he founded the book publisher The X Press and had an instant bestseller with his first title Yardie. The BBC later turned one of his most popular books, Baby Father, into a twelve part television series. He has written several books including the bestsellers Can I Have My Balls Back Please and Sperm Bandits.

Dotun has presented continuously on BBC London since 1993, and has had his own programme on BBC Radio 5 Live for nine years. He currently presents Up All Night for the network four times a week.

He was awarded an MBE for ‘services to the arts’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009. On January 20, 2010, he launched the 24-hour black-interest news channel Colourtelly (

Dotun lives in north London with his wife, pop singer Carroll Thompson, and their two daughters Temisan and Omolewa.

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