Maya Jama is a rising TV presenter in the U.K.

The stunning brunette was the host of MTV’s True Love or True Lies? having made the leap from radio to television.

Now, she’s landed the role as co-host on brand new Channel 4 series The Circle.

Let’s get to know her a little better – how old is Maya Jama? What is her ethnicity? Why is she god-damn beautiful?

How Old is Maya Jama?

Despite forging a solid career as a renown Radio 1 presenter, and now elegantly moving across to TV, Maya is still very young.

She was born on August 14th, 1994.

She recently turned 24 years old and is dating 25-year-old grime artist Stormzy.

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What is Her Ethnicity?

Maya was born in Bristol, England, where she attended Cotham School as a youngster.

However, she has a mixed ethnic background from both Europe and East Africa.

She is half Swedish and half Somali. Maya has openly talked about her heritage and said that she used to be bullied in school because of her Somali roots.

Speaking in her Soundcloud Receipts Podcast earlier this year, Maya said:

When they asked me where I’m from I used to be like ‘yeah I’m Spanish and Jamaican’ or something like that. And just made a whole completely new background because I didn’t want people to judge me from where I was from.

Maya explains in the podcast that “Jama” is a very common name in Somali, saying it is “the equivalent to Jones in the U.K”.

Maya Jama’s Upbringing

As reported by The Guardian, Maya Jama had a traumatic upbringing.

Her dad was consistently in prison following strings of small sentences that involved violence. Maya cut off all contact with her father from the age of 12 and only recently regained contact with him.

Tragically, Maya’s teen boyfriend was shot and killed in a pub in 2011 when she was 16 years old.

Speaking about the death of Rico Jordan, Maya told The Guardian:

That’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. It was unreal – the sort of thing that happens in films.

Maya has since said that the experience has helped her to better appreciate current boyfriend Stormzy.

Where Does Maya’s Name Come From?

If – like us – you think Maya’s name has a pretty ring to it, then you may be wondering where the name came from.

Maya’s mother was reading a memoir from poet Maya Angelou when she found the inspiration for the baby name.

Maya told Elle:

My mum was stuck for names and when she was reading [Angelou’s book] she was like, ‘I like that name, she’s amazing.’

 

WATCH THE LAUNCH OF BRAND NEW SERIES THE CIRCLE FROM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, ON CHANNEL 4 AT 9 PM.