BOOKS BY BEN AROGUNDADE
Ben Arogundade Biography
Beauty History & Culture by Ben Arogundade, Author of 'Black Beauty'.
I AM A WRITER, creative director and entrepreneur. I run my own publishing company, White Labels Books, as well as producing apps for a venture called 365 Positivity.
I was born in London in 1965. I am one of eight children of Nigerian immigrants who came to the UK in 1961. My father, Isola, was a writer, publisher and filmmaker, while my mother, Ade, was a nurse and mid-wife.
After leaving school I trained as an architect at London’s South Bank University. Soon after qualification I branched out into publishing, launching Extract, a cult style magazine about the lives of non-celebrities, in 1996. Following this I worked as a freelance graphic designer and journalist before becoming an author.
My first book, Black Beauty, was released in 2000 to critical acclaim, and became the subject of a three-part BBC documentary. I later wrote and developed a number of television screenplays with actor Laurence Fishburne.
In 2004 I joined a start-up luxury book publisher called Gloria, as creative director. During my tenure I created four super-sized limited edition titles — Pelé, Superyacht, Scarfe On The Wall and New York.
In 2016 I formed my own publishing imprint, White Labels Books, initially as a venture for my own projects. During the previous year I also launched 365 Positivity — which creates health and wellbeing apps.
AROGUNDADE: THE ORIGINS
My surname, Arogundade, after which this site is named, dates back to the battlegrounds of ancient Nigeria. It refers to a king, or oba, who dons his crown in readiness for battle. It originates with the Yoruba — a tribe of over 30 million members, mostly concentrated in the Southwest of the country. There are also many citizens of Yoruba descent spread throughout the US, the UK, the West Indies and Brazil. Yorubas have a reputation for creativity, and professional artists date back over a thousand years.