Ayo Akinwolere

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Ayo Akinwolere is a three-time BAFTA nominee and RTS award-winning broadcaster, who has made the leap from Blue Peter to being the BBC’s face of investigative journalism in the West Midlands for the weekly current affairs show, Inside Out.

Ayo’s natural aptitude for sport has seen him report on the London Mini-Marathon and commentate on the South African World Cup (CBBC) and the Great Birmingham 10K for (Channel 5). He was the main live host for the Olympic torch relay in London 2012.

He has fronted BBC documentaries: It’s a Dog’s Life, Teens From A Small Island, Stammer School and World Olympic Dreams.

Ayo’s extensive credits include ITV’s Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge, World of Weird and The 100 Greatest Toys (Channel 4), and Children in Need (BBC Birmingham). He has appeared on Celebrity MasterChef (BBC), The Great Comic Relief Bake Off (BBC2) and The Great British Banquet (BBC2).

A keen traveller, he has visited over 120 cities across the globe producing for BBC World’s Travel Show. He has had several publications and blogs on the BBC Sport Website, The Daily Telegraph and The Huffington Post on subjects close to his heart.

In his final year at Blue Peter, Ayo set a new world record for the deepest location for an open water swim by battling more than five miles over the Palau Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the first person to do so. This incredible feet of endurance was made more significant due to Ayo’s phobia of deep water and the fact he only learnt to swim ten weeks prior to the challenge. He also created Swim Challenge, a movement to address the declining numbers of swimmers in Britain, particularly among young ethnic minority city-dwellers.

Ayo is also a regular host for Wembley Stadium’s hospitality event, the FA Club, where he presents match analysis at England games, alongside ex-players and guest pundits, to an audience of sponsors.

In 2016, he live hosted the main stage at Shell’s Make The Future London: a festival of ideas and innovation held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. One of the highlights included interviewing the famous footballer Pele.

Ayo works closely with several charities. He is the ambassador of Street Child World Cup and Body and Soul. As a member of BAFTA, Ayo presents their annual Young Film Critic Awards. He has worked with The RSC hosting their live school broadcasts. He also guest lectures on media and broadcasting at universities across the UK.

Ayo Akinwolere is available for live presenting, panel discussions and awards hosting.

Twitter @AyoAkinwo

Thank you for everything, Ayo did an amazing job and we were really happy of his work!

Huawei Product Launch in Paris 2016

5/5 for the overall experience….Our students loved him…[they] found the talk inspiring and they really liked Andy.

Andy Coustick-Deal, Speakers for Schools

Ayo’s a really enthusiastic guest speaker, which people certainly enjoyed….Ayo’s talk was motivational enough anyway and it certainly inspired me to try a new challenge!

ASA Swimming Club

As a producer with TBA, I run the live show at the FA Lounge at Wembley Stadium. The lounge hosts between 400 and 600 corporate sponsor guests at each live match fixture held at Wembley.

I have worked with Ayo on four shows in the last 7 months including the FA cup semi-finals and the FA cup final. Ayo is always pleasure to work with, he is very professional and collaborative. There are several segments to the show including audience interaction, pitch side interviews with high profile pundits and presenters along with pre and post-match analysis. Ayo is a highly charismatic presenter and brings lots of energy to the room which our FA clients really love and is the reason why they choose him time and time again.

Emily Campbell, TBA 2016

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