Dele Meiji is a researcher, writer and communications strategist. He is currently Director of Research and Knowledge Management at The Initiative for Equal Rights. He was formerly Head of Communications at the Royal African Society, and before that led communications for Pearson PLC’s Diversity & Inclusion department, including promotion of its award-winning graduate programme. His non-fiction writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The Guardian, New Black Magazine, Modern African Generation, New African Woman, and the New African. His stories and poetry have been published in a variety of publications including the anthology Velocity: The Best of Apples & Snakes, and in magazines such as Saraba, and Open Road Review.
He was a founding member of Mythical Syllables, and an early active member of Malika’s Kitchen, both poetry collectives based in London, performing at various venues, including the prestigious Battersea Arts Centre, for Apples & Snakes. He was a founding member of the Save The Africa Centre Campaign, to revitalise the Africa Centre, one of London’s oldest Africa focused charities, spearheading the campaign’s communications and digital strategy, and publication of the campaign’s report, ‘Bring What You Love’. He founded the Yoruba Conversation Club initiative, and has an ongoing interest in the development and health of African languages, and Yoruba culture. In 2005 He was appointed founding editor of Modern African Generation, a print magazine aimed at young Africans in the Diaspora. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, with a degree in African Studies and Politics, where one of his proudest achievements was re-establishing the School’s student newspaper, The SOAS Spirit in 2003/4. He holds a Masters in Sociology from City University, London. He is a member and trustee of the Britain Nigeria Educational Trust, and was a member of the advisory panel for the British Library’s exhibition on West African literary culture, Word, Symbol, Song.