Michael is a lawyer-turned-journalist who runs Powerful Media Ltd, one of the most respected black-owned businesses in the UK.
Michael, who grew up in south London, left the UK for Nigeria in his early teens, living there for some eight years and qualifying for the Nigerian bar.
After returning to Britain and doing a masters degree in law, followed by a post graduate diploma in periodical journalism, he made the decision to become a journalist and worked on a number of national newspapers, including the Sunday Times and The Observer. He has written for many more, including The Guardian, the Sun, The Mirror and The London Evening Standard. Michael spent nine years as the Editorial Director of Ethnic Media Group, which was at the time the biggest minority ethnic newspaper organization in the UK.
Eleven years ago, he founded Powerful Media, which, while it is best known for its flagship publication, The Powerlist, can also boast two other well-regarded publications, a bespoke recruitment firm, and an events division. Powerful Media is about to make a move into broadcast media and is set to launch a research arm that will focus on the collation and analysis of data about black Britons.
Michael’s interests include cycling, football, photography and travel. He is a diehard Manchester United supporter.