Dapo Adeola is a British-born Nigerian self-taught illustrator and character designer. His work mostly revolves around creating characters and imagery that challenge gender norms and equality politics in a fun and upbeat manner. He is an avid believer in the importance of representation in the creative arts and raising the profile of Black British illustration talent in UK publishing. He also runs school workshops on the importance of representation in popular media with children from various ethnicities.
His goal is to have more BAME faces in normal spaces, instead of the outdated stereotypical spaces and limited forms of representational narratives that currently exist. He makes his literary debut in 2019 with the picture book Look Up about a young black girl’s fascination with the stars, and a middle grade book, Last Last-Day-of-Summer, about two young black male mystery-solving adventurers. Dapo lives in London.