Ayodeji Rotinwa is a writer, editor and journalist.
He covers visual art & culture, social justice, sustainable development across West Africa, and increasingly elsewhere. His work often seeks to explore the intersections between these topics.
He has been published widely in print and online media, in titles such as New York Times, Financial Times, Art Forum, Artsy, CNN, Forbes Africa, The Africa Report, Mail & Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, amongst others.
In Nigeria, he contributes to national daily, THISDAY.
He has interviewed and profiled leading personalities such as the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, globally renown visual artists Peju Alatise, Yusuf Grillo, Yinka Shonibare; Hollywood actors: Danny Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, amongst others.
In 2015, he was selected for the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop held and mentored by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
In 2017, he was selected for the inaugural BudgIT Data and Investigative Journalism Fellowship where he produced investigative and deep-dive reportage on public health, social justice and politics.
In 2018, he was selected for the Germany-based Festival Theaterformen Cultural Journalism workshop, tasked to help build a pan-African network to connect, upskill and promote African cultural journalists. The network is currently under construction.
Also keen on communications management for creative industries and arts administration, Rotinwa led on digital communications for Nigeria’s debut entry at the Venice Arte Biennale, known as the “Olympics of visual art.” He was previously Communications Manager for leading contemporary art space, Rele Gallery. He is also interested in Development Communications and has previously led on same for non-profit organizations such as The Future Project, a pan-African youth empowerment platform.
Rotinwa is currently working on developing media platforms and products – across digital, film, video – that converge his interests.
He is currently the Deputy Editor of African Arguments, a pan-African magazine on politics, culture and business.
Header Photo Credit: Emmanuel Oyeleke / taken at Emmanuel Oyeleke Studios, as part of profile documentation by The Future Awards 2017. Rotinwa was nominated for Journalist of the Year.