Presenting on television is too many times derided for being an easy job of simply speaking in front of a camera, informing the audience of the next item in the program. We often fail to acknowledge the psychological responsibilities on the part of the presenter to deliver his or her words in a way that keeps the audience interested. From your posture to the cadence of your voice, keeping the audience interested in your content is a battle for the 30 minutes or one hour you have allotted to your show. One presenter who has shown extraordinary capabilities for this is Maya Jama, a television presenter for MTV and Channel 4.
Apart from her television presenting work, she is also famously known as one half of one of UK’s biggest celebrity couple, with the other half being Stormy, the rapper. Maya Jama is also an entrepreneur who has her own fashion brand. Learn more about the life of Maya Jama by reading below.
Maya Jama’s Bio
Today, she is a celebrated rising television presenter many are looking up to, but the beginnings of her life were rough. She was born to a Somalian father and a Swedish mother in England, specifically Bristol on August 14, 1994. She was raised in the same city alone by her mother due to her father’s continued absence from her life as a result of his criminal and violent lifestyle. Under the direction of her mother, she attended Cotham School.
Maya Jama did not attend a university because her career started very early. As a teenager who always had interesting in presenting, she began presenting for JumpOff’s weekly music video countdown before she got a job on TRACE Sports, an affiliate of Sky Broadcasting Company and as a weekday DJ on Rinse FM.
Her current fame and rising profile is the resultant effect of experiences she gained working for different broadcasting programs like Copa90 where she hosted a travelogue titled Maya’s FIFA World Cup Cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. She was also a presenter for MTV’s The Wrap Up. After her Copa 90’s gig, she gained a lot of popularity and ended up hosting other shows like Channel 5’s documentary, Swipe Right for Sex.
Her rising profile was acknowledged by Hello Magazine in 2016 who gave the award for Rising Star of the Year. In 2017, she co-hosted the prestigious MOBO Awards and appeared as part of the panel on ITV’s Loose Women. Also in 2017, she has turned out to be one of her most significant years, she hosted a Saturday Night Game Show, Cannonball for ITV.
In 2018, she got her biggest hosting and presenting gigs yet. She joined BBC Radio 1 as part of their airstaff, co-presenting Radio 1’s Greatest Hits. Having worked with MTV in the early stages of her career, she got another opportunity by hosting True Love or True Lies alongside Danny Dyer. She is hosting The Circle with Alice Levine, a Channel 4 show.
Outside of her primary career as a presenter, she is also a fashion model who has worked with brands like GAP, Adidas and Freya. For Freya, she is also a global ambassador and a host for their podcast, When Life Gives You Melons.
Partner or Boyfriend – Stormzy
Maya Jama has been dating Stormzy (Michael Ebenazer Omari Owuo) for three years although the couple only made public their relationship after a year of dating. As one of the biggest musicians in the UK, their relationship has furthered helped her popularity although, from red carpet pictures, the two thus seem to be very in love with each other with Stormzy once releasing a song about her as a 22nd birthday present.
The two have also been rumored to be engaged but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Maya Jama was raised by her mother because of her dad’s perchance for getting in jail for most of her young life. She spent a lot of time during her childhood years going to see her father in prison. In a recent documentary, she explored her relationship with her father and how her father’s brother took care of her while her father spent most of her formative years in jail.
She has one brother, Omar.
Five Other Facts to Know about Maya
1. She is named after Maya Angelou
Maya was named after the famous poet as a result of her mother reading one of her famous poems, I Know Why The Caged Birds Sings.
2. Height – How tall is she?
The average height for a woman is considered to be 5 feet and 3 inches but Maya Jama is 5 feet and 8 inches,
3. Maya Jama is an entrepreneur
Having modeled for a few other brands, Maya has capitalized on her fashion experience and her popularity to launch her own fashion brand, Pretty Little Thing in 2018.
4. She is also an actress
Maya Jama has no interest in stopping in her pursuit of excellence and her latest venture is acting. She has made a cameo and brief appearances in some films, playing comedic roles.
5. And a philanthropist
Maya Jama is an ambassador for Savera UK which is dedicated to providing services for individuals who need it in the Black Community.