The Out of African Campaign, a Heritage Lottery Funded project, presents an especially written body of original work to celebrate the project.


"I am delighted to support the Out of Africa Campaign. There are a good number of top class players from Africa playing in British football, which has increased in recent seasons, but we must not forget the contribution of players in years gone by. It's something that makes us all very proud and why we're pleased to back the campaign" - Demba Ba.

  • Phil Vasili
  • Phil Vasali
  • A History of African Footballers in Britain Click here to read the story

  • Specially written by Phil Vasili for the Out of Africa Campaign

    Phil has worked at the BBC and Channel 4 on a number of dramas and documentaries. He was executive producer on Antonio's Breakfast which won the short film (drama) BAFTA 2006. He recently wrote and directed his first feature film, The Crack' which was also performed as a play at The Camden People’s Theatre in October 2010.

    He has written four books: The First Black Footballer. Arthur Wharton 1865-1930. An Absence of Memory (1998); Walter Tull, 1888-1918, Officer, Footballer. 'All the guns in France couldn't wake me' (2009) and Colouring Over the White Line. The History of Black Footballers in Britain. (2000) and Felt and Batten (forthcoming).

  • Nick Harris
  • Nick Harris
  • Out of Africa: the greatest foreign player in English football Click here to read the story

  • Specially written by Nick Harris for the Out of Africa Campaign

    NICK HARRIS studied African development with a view to saving the world, but ended up a sports writer, currently with the Mail on Sunday. He has worked in France, Japan, Kenya and Scotland, and has written for The Independent, The Sunday Times and others. Nick Harris is the author of 'England, Their England' (Pitch, 2003), later republished as 'The Foreign Revolution' (Aurum, 2006). He is also the editor of www.sportingintelligence.com

    Nick has also won the prestigious Sports Journalist Association (SJA) Internet Sports Writer of the Year Award twice, for 2010 and 2011. He has requested that his fee for this piece be donated to Kick It Out, footballs anti racism campaign.

  • Adrian Kajumba
  • Adrian Kajumbai
  • African footballers and the Premier League: The best two-way relationship. - Coming Soon

  • Specially written by Adrian Kajumba for the Out of Africa Campaign

    Adrian Kajumba is a freelance sports reporter. He was born in London to Ugandan parents, making the Out of Africa campaign an especially significant initiative.

    Adrian studied journalism at Southampton Institute, graduating in 2004. He won the Press Gazette Student Scoop of the Year award in 2005 and began his sports writing career at Southampton’s local newspaper, the Southern Daily Echo.

    Adrian is now an established journalist and works for The Daily Star. He has also written for other publications at a local and national level including The Sunday Times.