Ayo Akinwolere

Ayo Akinwolere at Great British Speakers

Former Blue Peter presenter, Ayo Akinwolere is now a BBC journalist for the West Midlands. He is a three-times BAFTA nominee and RTS award-winner.

Ayo spent 5 years on Blue Peter where he participated in some of the show’s most dangerous challenges.

On the show Ayo bungee jumped from a helicopter from a height of 11,000 ft in Santa Monica and broke the record for the deepest open water swim the Palau Trench in the Pacific Ocean; an impressive feat considering he had only learnt to swim 10 weeks prior to taking on the challenge.

 Since Blue Peter, Ayo has demonstrated his diversity as a broadcaster, hosting many programmes for the BBC including Teens From A Small Island, Stammer School and World Olympic Dreams, for which interviewed sporting legend Usain Bolt. Currently, Ayo presents the West Midlands strand of the BBC current affairs show Inside Out. He has also reported for The Gabby Logan Show (Channel 5) and World of Weird (Channel 4) and hosted The 100 Greatest Toys for Channel 4 and ITV’s Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge.

 As a celebrity guest, Ayo has appeared on Celebrity MasterChef (BBC), Pointless Celebrities (BBC), Dancing on Ice (ITV1), The Great Comic Relief Bake Off (BBC2) and The Great British Banquet (BBC2).

Furthermore, he has presented at the BAFTA’s annual Young Film Critic Awards and was nominated in two categories at the children’s BAFTAs: Presenter of the Year and Best Factual Programming for his Street Child World Cup documentary.

Ayo is a regular host for the FA Club - a Wembley Stadium hospitality event - where he has co-presented match commentary with past players and specialist guests to a live audience.  Ayo has also reported from the London Mini-Marathon and provided commentary of the South African World cup for CBBC. He also had a featuring role during the London Olympics, where he was the main host for the Olympic Torch Relay. During the Olympics, Ayo interviewed some of the country’s greatest sporting achievers, including Daley Thompson, Lennox Lewis and Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Ayo is the ambassador of Street Child World Cup in Rio and works closely with the U.K pioneering charity Body and Soul which is dedicated to transforming the lives of children, teenagers and families living with, or affected by, HIV.

Ayo is a keen traveller having visited over 120 cities worldwide. He is a keen photographer and his photographs have been printed in the children’s National Geographic collection and Vogue Bambini. Ayo also writes for the digital magazine The Major, a collective space for innovation, interviews and film.

He also guests lectures on media and broadcasting at universities across the UK.

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