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Seyi Rhodes

Seyi Rhodes is an investigative journalist and captivating speaker who has always been fascinated by cultural change and social upheaval. His ultimate goal is distil his experience in some of the most uncertain and challenging parts of the world to help his audience find the resilience they need to manage the current climate of uncertainty and change.

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About Seyi Rhodes

Seyi Rhodes speaks about diversity, sharing his experiences and helping companies to focus on how to create a more diverse work force. And he also enjoys sharing his knowledge of ethical travel and working in hostile environments. Often referred to as ‘unique’ Seyi is full of amazing stories and ideas.

 

Biography

Seyi Rhodes has reported from the length and breadth of the world, creating an impressive body of work which explores unique stories and fascinating individuals.

Born in the UK and raised between Nigeria, Trinidad and Spain, he attended boarding school in the UK.

Following his time at university Seyi began his career as a TV current affairs researcher and Assistant Producer. During this time he investigated subjects like teenage gangs and con artists for documentaries broadcast on the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. Many of his jobs involved secret/covert filming, door-stepping. Furthermore, they were often multi month-long investigations.

Seyi also spent three years as Matthew Wright’s sidekick on Channel 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’. During this time, he interviewed a full spectrum of people. These included Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp on the red carpet but also, and  more crucially, he interviewed audience members in the studio. This ignited his passion for discovering untold stories and highlighting the plight of those whose voices are not often heard.

Inspired by these experiences and opened up the opportunity for Seyi to present more than 20 episodes of Unreported World for Channel 4.

Multilingual Seyi speaks and understands several languages (French, Spanish, a bit of Portuguese and Creole). This has aided his ability to create an on-camera rapport with people from the jungles of Myanmar to Brazilian Favelas.

Seyi’s documentaries are hugely impactful

Many of his films have also had a huge impact on the countries in which they were made. His film ‘Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers’ still gets tens of thousands of views a year (eight years after it was made).

Whilst in Trinidad his challenging interview style led to the sacking of a government advisor. For Haiti his film ‘The World’s Worst Prison’ has become a rallying call for criminal justice reformers and government officials. In addition, his 2017 film about a mudslide in Sierra Leone has become the centrepiece of the British Council’s ‘Environment Week’.

The same year saw him called as a witness in a war crimes tribunal at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The trial made use of raw footage shot by Seyi and his director in Ivory Coast in 2011. Film that contained him interviewing and spending time with the country’s Minister of Youth Charles Ble Goude – accused of war crimes.

Other TV works includes Seyi reporting on numerous episodes of Channel 4’s Dispatches. He investigated cheating in schools and challenging government ministers about their changes to benefits.

His most recent film, Sex on the Beach was broadcast on C4 in 2020.  Viewers watched as he investigated the Gambia in West Africa as the go to destination for older British women hooking up with younger Gambian men. An activity which often makes tabloid headline news. Seyi looked at the stories behind the front pages and met the people behind the one-night stands and whirlwind weddings.

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