Who is Maya Jama?
Maya Indea Jama is a well-recognized English television, and radio presenter, and DJ. Jama co-presented BBC One’s Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer together with Peter Crouch and Alex Home. She is the presenter of the BBC Three competition Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star from the third series (2021) onwards.
From 2015 until 2017, she co-presented Trending Live!, Cannonball on ITV in 2017, and the MTV show True Love or Ture Lies in 2018. As well as the first series of The Circle alongside Alice Levine on Channel 4. In radio, she hosted #DriveWithMaya from 2014 to 2017 on Rinse FM and co-presented Radio 1’s Greatest Hits. She also presented her eponymous show, Maya Jama on BBC Radio 1 from 2018 to 2020. Jama was revealed as the new host of the ITV2 dating reality series Love Island in 2022.
How old is Maya Jama?
Maya Indea Jama is 29 years old as of 2023, having been born on August 14, 1994, in Bristol, England. She shares her birthday with celebrities such as Bryce Hall, Steve Martin, Mila Kunis, Halle Berry, Jack Manifold, Marsai Martin, Jennifer Flavin, Catherine Bell, Ander Herrera, Chris Perez, and many others.
Maya Jama Family
Who are Maya Jama’s parents?
Maya Indea Jama was born in Bristol to a Somali father and a Swedish mother, Sadie. Her mother gave birth to her at the age of 19 and named her after the US author and poet Maya Angelou. Her father was imprisoned for most of her childhood, for violence-related crimes including pub brawls and fights. She quit visiting him at the age of 12, trying to forget him for a decade. Her father’s side was very supportive of her and she claimed that she and her brother always felt normal as they lived as if they were not missing out on anything.
Does Maya Jama have siblings?
Jama was born to her parents into a family of two children and has one brother.
Maya Jama Education
Jama attended Cotham School in Bristol, where she was brought up by her mother.
Maya Jama Partner
Jama dated British rapper Stormzy between 2015 and 2019, and their break up inspired his 2019 track ”Lessons”. It was then reported that she was dating NBA player Ben Simmons in 2021. However, the couple reportedly ended their engagement in August 2022.
Maya Jama Children
Jam has been linked to several relationships but does not have any children of her own to date.
Maya Jama Height
Jama has a curvaceous, stunning, and sexy body with a height of 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) and a weight of 132 lbs (60 kg).
Maya Jama Career
Jama moved to London to pursue a media career, initially as an actress, then as a TV presenter and fashion model in 2012. Acting had been her first ambition, but she realized that becoming a presenter might suit her better. Jama’s early role models such as June Sarpong and Davina McCall. She started her presenting debut as a teenager, presenting the weekly music video countdown on JumpOff TV, and then worked for Sky UK on TRACE Sports. Jama then hosted Maya’s FIFA World Cup Cities for Copa90, a travelogue covering the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014. She hosted the Copa90 nine-part World Cup Taxi series dedicated to the event. She then joined MTV as a presenter for The Wrap-Up in August 2014.
Maya served closely with Brit Awards, hosting their 2017 Pre-Brit Wards Party and hosting a Facebook live stream from the red carpet in February 2017. She then co-presented the Saturday night game show Cannonball on ITV alongside Frankie Bridge, Andrew Flintoff, Radzi Chinyanganya, and Ryan Hand in September 2017. Jama was a guest panelist on ITV’s Loose Women in September 2017 and February 2018. She then became the youngest person (then 23) to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5 with fellow presenter Marvin Humes in November 2017.
Maya Jama 2018-present
Maya co-presented the first series of The Circle on Channel 4 alongside Alice Levine in September 2018. She then co-presented Stand Up to Cancer alongside long-standers Adam Hills and Alan Carr. Jama also became the team captain on the ITV2 rap panel show Don’t Hate the Playaz presented by Jordan Stephens. She appeared on A League of Their Own Road Trip together with actor and comedian Tom Davis in 2019. Jama then appeared on Channel 4’s The Big Fat Quiz of the Year in 2019 and 2020.
Maya presented the Saturday evening BBC One TV program Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer in early June 2020. Later the same year, she co-presented BBC One’s New Year’s Eve program The Big New Year’s In. The BBC revealed that she would be the new presenter of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star in January 2021, replacing former presenter Stacey Dooley, who presented the first two series of the program. In February 2021, she appeared as a celebrity guest judge during the second series of RuPaul‘s Drag Race UK. It was then revealed in September 2021, that she would be the host of Simon Cowell’s new music competition gameshow Walk The Line. It was later revealed in October 2022, that she would take over from Laura Whitmore as the presenter of the ITV2 dating reality series Love Island.
Maya Jama Radio
Jama hosted #DriveWithMaya, a weekday show on Rinse FM, between 2014 and 2017. She then joined BBC Radio 1, presenting Radio 1’s Greatest Hits on Saturdays and co-presenting every Friday alongside Chris Stark and Scott Mills in 2018. Jama presented her own show, Maya Jama on Fridays and Saturdays on BBC Radio 1 from 2018 to 2020. The BBC then confirmed in a statement that she had left Radio 1 after two years on May 15, 2020.
Maya Jama Other Work
Maya hosted When Life Gives You Melons, a podcast available to streaming platforms in partnership with Freya Lingerie in 2018. It featured her interviewing all-female guests about work, life, and relationships. Her guests included Vick Hope, Cherry Healey, Vanessa White, Anna Richardson, Katie Piper, Laura Whitmore, and Gemma Cairney. The same year, she 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.
Jama then donated blood for an NHS campaign and was found to have the rare and in-demand Ro blood subtype. In June 2018, she launched a successful clothing collection with PrettyLittleThing, followed by a second collection in February 2019. Jama is also an ambassador for Adidas and appeared in the European JD Sports Christmas campaign. Additionally, she is an ambassador for the Australian hair care brand Aussie. Jama then appeared in a global GAP campaign and in a Spring/Summer 2019 campaign for Kurt Geiger. In December 2020, she launched her own face and eye mask range, MIJ Masks, with the first release selling out within 24 hours.
Maya Jama’s Net Worth
English professional television, radio presenter, and DJ, May has been active from 2012 to the present. She has served on TV and radio and has garnered an estimated net worth of around £1.5 million as of 2023.