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AYO AKINWOLERE IS A 3 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 AS THE PRESENTER OF WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS STRAND INSIDE OUT.
Ayo’s natural aptitude for sport has seen him report on the London mini-marathon and the South African World cup for CBBC and the Great Birmingham 10k for Channel 5. He presented the BBC documentaries Teens From a Small Island, Stammer School and World Olympic Dreams and has appeared on shows such as Celebrity Masterchef (BBC 1), The Great Comic Relief Bake Off and The Great British Banquet (BBC 2). Ayo’s extensive credits include Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge (CiTV), Children in Need (BBC Birmingham) and World of Weird (Channel 4).
A keen traveller, he has visited over 120 cities across the globe producing for BBC World’s Travel Show. As a writer he’s 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 of an open water swim by battling more than 5 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 his phobia of deep water and the fact he only learnt to swim 10 weeks prior to the challenge. He also created Swim Challenge, a movement looking to address the dwindling numbers of swimmers in Britain, particularly among young ethnic minority city-dwellers.
Ayo works closely with several charities and is the Ambassador of Street Child World Cup in Rio and Body and Soul. As a member of BAFTA Ayo presents their annual Young Film Critic Awards and has worked with the RSC hosting their live schools broadcasts.
BBC World’s Travel Show, Blue Peter.
Swim Challenge, London mini-marathon, South African World Cup, Birmingham 10k.