Ore Oduba

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Ore Oduba
Born (1985-11-17) 17 November 1985 (age 31)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Journalist, television presenter
Notable credit(s) Newsround
BBC Sport
Claimed and Shamed
Match of the Day Kickabout
The One Show
The National Lottery Draws
Strictly Come Dancing
Spouse(s) Portia Oduba (m. 2015)
Website http://oreodubaofficial.com

Ore Oduba (born 17 November 1985)[1][2][3] is a British television news and sports presenter, currently working for BBC Sport. He is best known for winning the fourteenth series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

He presented the BBC children's news programme Newsround from 2008 until 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Oduba was born in London to Nigerian parents. His father worked in the oil industry. He was educated at Dumpton School, then Canford School, a co-educational independent school for both boarding and day pupils in the village of Canford Magna, near to the market town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset, in southwest England.[4] He studied Sports Science and Social Science at Loughborough University and graduated in 2008.[5]


Oduba had always aimed for a career in sports broadcasting,[6] and initially joined The Network, an Edinburgh television festival scheme.

Oduba joined Newsround in August 2008, following the departure of Lizo Mzimba and Laura Jones. His first role on the programme was as a reporter and breakfast bulletin presenter. He was quickly promoted to deputy presenter in 2009, filling in for main presenter Sonali Shah in her absence. In 2010, he joined Shah to begin presenting the main Newsround bulletin double-headed. This continued until Shah's departure in November 2011. He has since been joined by reporters Leah Gooding and Hayley Cutts. As part of his role he also presented spin-off show Sportsround. He became the main presenter in October 2008 when the show relaunched. He presented until its cancellation in 2010. The show was replaced by Match of the Day Kickabout which Oduba also presents. Oduba left Newsround in 2014.

Oduba presents sport bulletins for BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live. He has also presented and reported on British Olympic Dreams along with former Newsround co-presenter Sonali Shah. Oduba began a debut presenting solo on the morning slot for the 2014 Commonwealth Games on BBC One and BBC Sport.

Oduba regularly appeared on CBBC studio presentation following his Newsround shift. He has also been a guest on CBBC shows including Sam & Mark's TMi Friday, Hacker Time and All Over the Place.

In the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics Oduba presented a programme called Ultimate Sports Day for CBBC. He has also co-presented live cinema relays from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with former ballerina Darcey Bussell.

On 2 March 2013, Oduba and Sonali Shah appeared on the BBC's Let's Dance for Comic Relief, dancing to Hey Ya! by Outkast. They were eliminated and did not get through to the final.[7]

He plays the role of Nathan in Hacker Time on CBBC. Since 2015, he has guest presented numerous episodes of The One Show.

From 2015–16, he was a presenter on The National Lottery Draws on Saturday evenings and he presented the 2015 New Year Live programme on BBC One.

From 7 March 2016, Oduba took part in a challenge for Sport Relief, called "Hell on High Seas", in which he sailed 1,000 miles from Belfast to London with five other celebrities including Alex Jones and Suzi Perry.[8][9] In 2016, he also presented Sport Relief: Clash of the Titans with Dan Walker. He presented coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics on BBC Four throughout August 2016.

Between October 2012 and May 2017 he presented the daytime BBC One insurance fraud documentary programme Claimed and Shamed.[10] In November 2016, Oduba guest presented an episode of This Morning with Holly Willoughby on ITV. He returned to present a second episode in March 2017.

In 2016 Oduba participated in the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing,[11] where he was partnered with Joanne Clifton. The couple's American Smooth to "Singin' in the Rain" won praise from Patricia Ward, widow of Gene Kelly.[12] In the fourth week the couple were awarded a score of 39 points out of 40 for their jive to "Runaway Baby" by Bruno Mars.[13][14] In the final, on 17 December, after the couple scored the maximum 40 points for both their showdance and their jive, they were announced as the winners.[15]

In 2017 Oduba sat in for Claudia Winkleman and Steve Wright, on their respective BBC Radio 2 shows, on a number of occasions.

Personal life[edit]

Oduba married TV researcher Portia in November 2015.[16] He is a lifelong supporter of Manchester United.[17]

In July 2017, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Loughborough University.[18]


Year Title Role Channel
2008–2014 Newsround Presenter CBBC
2008–2010 Sportsround Presenter
2011–2013 Match of the Day Kickabout Presenter
2012 Ultimate Sports Day Presenter
2013 Let's Dance for Comic Relief Contestant BBC One
BBC Breakfast Sport newsreader / relief presenter
2014 All Over the Place Australia Co-presenter CBBC
2015, 2016, 2017 The One Show Guest presenter BBC One
2015 EastEnders: Backstage Live Co-presenter
2015–2016 The National Lottery Draws Stand-in presenter
2015— Victoria Derbyshire Sport presenter BBC Two
2015 New Year Live Presenter BBC One
2016 Sport Relief: Clash of the Titans Co-presenter
Hell on High Seas Participant
Olympics 2016 Presenter BBC
Strictly Come Dancing Participant BBC One
2016— Claimed and Shamed Presenter
London Marathon Highlights Presenter BBC Two
2016, 2017 This Morning Guest presenter ITV
2017 BBC Young Dancer[19] Co-presenter BBC Two
One Love Manchester Co-presenter BBC One
Tim Vine Travels in Time[20] TBA
World Athetics Championships 2017 Co-presenter BBC One/BBC Two
Guest appearances
Year Title Role Station
2017— Claudia on Sunday Stand-in presenter BBC Radio 2
Steve Wright in the Afternoon Stand-in presenter


  1. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing - Ore Oduba - BBC One". .bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "All about Ore". BBC News. 12 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Who is Ore Oduba? Strictly Come Dancing 2016 contestant guide". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Barber, Marilyn (13 December 2016). "Strictly finalist Ore Oduba is a former pupil of Dumpton and Canford schools in Wimborne". Blackmore Vale. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "2016 - Alumnus Ore Oduba takes to the Strictly stage - Loughborough Alumni - Loughborough University". lboro.ac.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ore Oduba, TV presenter". ideastap.com. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ore & Sonali". Let's Dance for Comic Relief. BBC One. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Hell on High Seas". sportrelief.com. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Celebrity crew set sail around the UK for the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas". bt.com. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Curve Media TV Production". curvemedia.com. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Presenting our fourth Strictly celebrity… Ore Oduba". bbc.co.uk. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Widow's praise for Strictly's Ore Oduba like 'blessing from Gene Kelly himself'". nwemail.co.uk. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ore Oduba receives first 10s of this year's Strictly Come Dancing for 'jaw-dropping' jive". standard.co.uk. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "'Strictly' Judges Give Their First 10s This Series... But Not To Danny Mac!". huffingtonpost.co.uk. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ore Oduba crowned winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2016". independent.co.uk. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ore Oduba celebrates first wedding anniversary with wife Portia". Hello!. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "About". oreodubaofficial.com. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  18. ^ http://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2017/july/ore-oduba-honorary-degree/
  19. ^ "BBC - BBC Young Dancer 2017 line-up revealed ahead of BBC Two Grand Final". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  20. ^ https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/tim_vine_travels_in_time/

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