Maya Indea Jama (born 14 August 1994) is a British television and radio presenter. 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 currently presents a BBC Radio 1 show on Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm GMT.
Jama was born and raised in Bristol, where she attended Cotham School. She is of Somali descent on her father's side and Swedish descent on her mother's side. She was named after Maya Angelou. Jama moved to London at the age of 16 to pursue a career as an actress.
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. Additionally, she hosted Copa90's Maya's FIFA World Cup Cities, 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.
In September 2017 and February 2018, Jama was a guest panellist on ITV's Loose Women. In November 2017 she also became the youngest person to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5 with fellow presenter Marvin Humes. She has also worked closely with The BRITS, hosting their 2017 Pre BRITS Party and hosting a live Facebook stream from the Red Carpet.
She hosted her first ever TV show on MTVTrue 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 Roadtrip and Big Fat Quiz of the Year.
She currently presents her BBC1 Radio 1 show on Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 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.
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 operate 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.
In November 2019, she won the People's Choice Award for best dressed star Recently Maya opened and hosted the 2020 EE BAFTA red carpet in a 5g powered AR dress.