Reni Eddo-Lodge

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Reni Eddo-Lodge
Eddo-Lodge speaks at "Warmachine 7:The People's Parliament" in 2014
Eddo-Lodge speaks at "Warmachine 7:The People's Parliament" in 2014
Born (1989-09-25) 25 September 1989 (age 30)
United Kingdom
  • Columnist
  • author
Alma materUniversity of Central Lancashire, Preston
Notable worksWhy I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge (born 25 September 1989) is a British journalist and author. Her writing primarily focuses on feminism and exposing structural racism.

Early life and education[edit]

Eddo-Lodge was born and raised in London by a Nigerian mother.[1] She attended St Anne's Catholic High School in Enfield.

She studied English Literature at University of Central Lancashire, graduating in 2011. While at university, she became involved in feminist activism and the 2010 student protest movement.[2] She was president of the University of Central Lancashire students' union until 2012,[3][4] and was an elected member of the National Executive Council of the National Union of Students from 2012 to 2013.[5]


As a freelance journalist, Eddo-Lodge has written for a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Voice, BuzzFeed, Vice, i-D and Dazed & Confused.[6]

In December 2013, Eddo-Lodge appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour to discuss the year in feminism alongside activist Caroline Criado Perez.[7] During a discussion on intersectionality, Criado Perez seemed to imply that Eddo-Lodge was involved in online abuse of other feminists.[5] Although Criado Perez apologised for the way her comments could have been interpreted, former Conservative MP Louise Mensch accused Eddo-Lodge of "bullying".[8] Eddo-Lodge has also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves, discussing feminist issues. In April 2014, she was a judge in the BBC Woman's Hour Power List 2014.[9]

In 2017, Eddo-Lodge completed her debut book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race; released by Bloomsbury Publishing, the polemic was made available in bookshops and online in June 2017.[10] Initial reviews were positive, with 2015 Booker Prize-winner Marlon James writing that it was "essential" and "begging to be written".[10] The book won the Jhalak Prize in March 2018.[11]

In January 2018, Eddo-Lodge was chosen as one of seven prominent British women to be photographed for British Vogue, to mark the centenary of British women winning the right to vote.[12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award or recognition
2010 Highly commended, Channel 4 News Young Blogger of the Year[13]
2014 The Guardian Top 30 Young People in Digital Media[14]
2014 The Root 30 Viral Voices Under 30[15]
2014 Elle Inspire 100[16]
2015 MHP 30 to Watch Award[17]
2018 Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour[11]
2018 The polemic Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race topped a public poll of twenty books shortlisted by the UK Booksellers Association on the most influential book written by a woman[18][19]
2018 Bread and Roses Award for Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (joint winner)


  1. ^ John, Tara (15 November 2017). "Reni Eddo-Lodge on the Underplayed Realities of Racism In the U.K." Time. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  2. ^ Walker, Danna; Rossi, Lisa (28 July 2014). "Twitter Glitter: 5 Who Shine and How They Do It". American Journalism Review. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Where are they now? Presidents Edition". ULCANSU. University of Central Lancashire Students' Union. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. ^ UCLan SU. "Post". Facebook. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b Brinkhurst Cuff, Charlie (27 May 2017). "Author Reni Eddo-Lodge on white feminism, activism and her new book". gal-dem. gal-dem. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Reni Eddo-Lodge". Felicity Bryan Associates. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Caroline Criado-Perez, Laura Bates, Allegra McEvedy's perfect hangover food". BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour. BBC. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. ^ Hudson, Rykesha (6 January 2014). "Ex-Tory MP Attacks Black Feminist On Twitter". The Voice. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Woman's Hour Power List 2014 – the panel". BBC Radio 4.
  10. ^ a b Eddo-Lodge, Reni. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  11. ^ a b Flood, Alison (19 March 2018). "Reni Eddo-Lodge wins Jhalak prize for British writers of colour", The Guardian.
  12. ^ Wiseman, Eva (20 January 2018). "Meet The New Suffragettes". Vogue. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Channel 4 News announces its Young Blogger of the Year". Channel 4 News. Channel 4. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  14. ^ Hern, Alex; Andrews, Matt; Shepherd, Jack (16 March 2014). "The top 30 young people in digital media: Nos 30-11". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  15. ^ Moore, Terron (8 August 2014). "30 Viral Voices Under 30". The Root. Gizmodo Media Group. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  16. ^ "ELLE Inspire 100". Elle. Hearst Communications. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  17. ^ "MHP reveal 30 to Watch winners for 2015". Engine. Engine Group. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  18. ^ Reni Eddo-Lodge polemic tops poll of most influential books by women. The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  19. ^ c Book Week: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race wins poll. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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