Maya Jama

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Maya Jama
Maya Indea Jama

(1994-08-14) 14 August 1994 (age 26)
Bristol, England
OccupationTelevision presenter, radio presenter
Years active2012–present

Maya Indea Jama (/ˈmə ˈɑːmə/; born 14 August 1994) is a British television and radio presenter.[1] She has co-presented Trending Live! on 4Music from 2015 until 2017, Cannonball on ITV in 2017, the MTV show True Love or True Lies with Danny Dyer, and the first series of The Circle on Channel 4 with Alice Levine. She presented a BBC Radio 1 show on Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am–1:00pm GMT, and is currently the co-host of BBC One's Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer.

Early life[edit]

Jama was born and raised in Bristol, where she attended Cotham School.[2][3] She is of Somali descent on her father's side and Swedish descent on her mother's side.[1] She was named after Maya Angelou.[4] Jama moved to London at the age of 16 to pursue a career as an actress.[5]


Jama began her career early, as a teenager. She presented the weekly music video countdown on JumpOff.TV in London. She then worked for Sky on TRACE Sports and was later a weekday DJ on Rinse FM. In August 2014, Jama joined MTV as a presenter for The Wrap Up.[1] Additionally, she hosted Copa90's Maya's FIFA World Cup Cities,[6] a travelogue covering the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Jama, likewise, co-hosted the channel's nine-part World Cup Taxi series dedicated to the event.[7][8]

In September 2017 and February 2018, Jama was a guest panellist on ITV's Loose Women.[9] In November 2017, she also became the youngest person to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5 with fellow presenter Marvin Humes.[10] She has also worked closely with The BRITS, hosting their 2017 Pre-BRITS Party and hosting a live Facebook stream from the Red Carpet.

Jama co-presented the Saturday night game show Cannonball on ITV with Andrew Flintoff, Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya and Ryan Hand also in 2017.[11]

In spring 2018, she joined the airstaff of BBC Radio 1, presenting Radio 1's Greatest Hits on Saturdays and co-presenting every Friday with Scott Mills and Chris Stark.[12] Later that year, she was accused of colourism after an offensive 2012 tweet mocking 'dark skinned' women resurfaced; Jama subsequently apologised for the tweet.[13][14]

She hosted her first ever TV show on MTV's True Love or True Lies with Dani Dyer, and The Circle on channel 4 with Alice Levine. She went on to co-present Stand Up to Cancer with long-standers Alan Carr and Adam Hills and, in October 2018, Maya became the team captain on ITV2 rap panel show Don't Hate the Playaz presented by Jordan Stephens. Since then, she has appeared on shows such as A League of Their Own Road Trip and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

She presented her BBC Radio 1 show on Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am–1:00pm GMT, which recently brought Maya to our screens with her first appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, alongside punk legend Iggy Pop and British comedian Jack Whitehall. Jama has also dabbled in acting and comedic roles.[15]

Aside from presenting, Jama has gone on to become an ambassador for lingerie brand Freya and hosting their podcast, When Life Gives You Melons. She also launched her own collection with fashion brand Pretty Little Thing in summer 2018, followed by a second collection in February 2019. She is an ambassador for Adidas, appearing in the European JD Sports Christmas campaign and also an ambassador for the Australian hair care brand, Aussie Hair. She also appeared in a global GAP campaign and in a Spring/Summer 2019 campaign for Kurt Geiger.

In 2018, Jama became an ambassador for Savera UK which operates across the United Kingdom to provide services to individuals from black ethnic minority communities who are at risk of domestic abuse. In 2019, she donated blood for an NHS campaign and was found to have the rare and in demand Ro blood subtype.[16]

In November 2019, she won the People's Choice Award for best dressed star.[17] Jama later opened and hosted the 2020 EE BAFTA red carpet in a 5G powered AR dress.

In May 2020, the BBC confirmed that Jama had left Radio 1 after two years. She said she had "a lot of exciting commitments" happening later in the future, which meant she couldn't continue her time at Radio 1. She decided to not renew her contract.[18] In early June 2020, she began co-presenting the Saturday evening BBC One TV programme Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer.

Personal life[edit]

Between 2015 and 2019 Jama dated British rapper Stormzy; their break-up inspired his 2019 song 'Lessons'.[19]



Year Title Role Slot Station Notes
2014–17 #DriveWithMaya Presenter 4–7pm Weekdays Rinse FM
2018 Scott Mills Co-presenter 1–4pm Fridays BBC Radio 1
2018–20 Radio 1's Greatest Hits Presenter 10–11am Fridays & Saturdays
Maya Jama 11am–1pm Fridays & Saturdays


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Maya's FIFA World Cup Cities Presenter
2015–17 Trending Live! Regular presenter
2016 The Hot Desk 1 episode
2017–18 Loose Women Panelist
2017 Cannonball Co-presenter 1 series
MOBO Awards Co-host Awards ceremony
2018 True Love or True Lies Presenter
Revolution [20] Co-presenter 1 series
The Circle 1 series
Stand Up to Cancer Biennial beneficial charity show
2018–19 Don’t Hate the Playaz Team Captain 2 series
BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards Co-presenter Annually
2020 Sport Relief
EE BAFTA Presenter
Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer Co-host 1 series
The Duchess Sandra Acting Role


  1. ^ a b c "Meet The Wrap Up's New Presenter: Maya Jama". MTV. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Nothing to Prove". VICE. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Maya Jama on her Cotham School yearbook as teachers say she was destined for stardom". Bristol Post. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ Moorhead, Joanna (16 September 2017). "Maya Jama: What made my dad a 'bad' man?". Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Nando's Booth Truths Ep. 5 | Maya Jama, Aitch, Jasmine Jobson and Jay1". YouTube. Nando's UK. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Maya's FIFA World Cup™ Cities Archives • Copa90". Copa90.
  7. ^ "Copa90 Readies FIFA World Cup Programming Slate". Video Ink. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Hyundai offers trip to 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil". Promotional Marketing. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Loose Women - 22/08/2017". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  10. ^ Gamer, George (23 November 2017). "MOBO Awards 2017 reveal hosts and live performers". Musicweek. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Cannonball". ITV. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Maya Jama's 2018 is looking pretty bright as she lands two jobs with Radio 1". Metro. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  13. ^ Akingbade, Toki (20 April 2018). "BBC star Maya Jama under fire as offensive tweets about 'dark skin b*****s' resurface". Metro.
  14. ^ McGrath, Rachel (23 May 2018). "Maya Jama Addresses Offensive Tweet About 'Dark-Skinned' Women: 'Hold My Hands Up, It Was Completely Wrong'". Huffington Post.
  15. ^ "AGIRL: Maya Indea Jama". Brotherhood. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Blood types in the fastest growing demand revealed". NHS Blood Donation.
  17. ^ "People's Choice Awards: Maya Jama wins UK & Ireland best dressed star". Sky News.
  18. ^ "Maya Jama leaves Radio 1". 15 May 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020 – via
  19. ^ Desantis, Marissa (13 December 2019). "Stormzy apologizes to ex Maya Jama in 'Lessons' on new album Heavy Is The Head". Evening Standard.
  20. ^ "Lost in TV - REVOLUTION".

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