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Television presenter

Samiah Aminwolere

Television presenter

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Blue Peter presenter

Andy Akinwolere

30 November 1982 (age 41) (

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Ayo Akinwolere (born 30 November 1982), previously known as Andy Akinwolere, is a Nigerian-born British television presenter.


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Early life

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Akinwolere was born in Nigeria in 1982, and moved to the United Kingdom with his family when he was eight years old. They settled in Birmingham, where he was educated.


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Akinwolere attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Kings Norton, a suburb of Birmingham, and at Sheffield Hallam University, from which he graduated in 2004, with a BA degree in Media Studies.


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His first job was as a 'runner' for the BBC. He was asked to audition by one of the Blue Peter directors he met whilst eating out with colleagues; he had previously intended to go into documentary-making and radio. Akinwolere began co-presenting the BBC television programme Blue Peter on 28 June 2006. He is now a senior presenter and was nominated for the prestigious Presenter of the Year Children’s BAFTA and subsequently nominated with Blue Peter the following year for Best Factual Programme.

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His first challenge, as a presenter, was to complete a 150-yard abseil and an 1100 ft Hele Bungee. He has presented the show with Konnie Huq, Zöe Salmon, Gethin Jones, Helen Skelton, Joel Defries and Barney Harwood. As a presenter he has had great experience from guest presenting on CBBC’s Safari 8 to the established art show SM:ART. Akinwolere most recently presented the BBC red button coverage of the London Mini-Marathon. Akinwolere also co-presented a show held in front of a 3,000 strong crowd, and hosted Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate 50 years of Blue Peter, the most established children’s programme in the country. He also presented a ceremony in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI during his tour of the United Kingdom in September 2010. He is currently working on programme ideas with BBC Switch and BBC 2.

He took part in the Ready Steady Cook TV programme, competing against fellow presenter Konnie Huq in December 2007. In the same year he appeared on the Weakest Link where he was the fifth to be eliminated.

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He accidentally dropped the star that had topped the 70 ft (21 m) Trafalgar Square Christmas tree for ten years as he was attaching it to a crane, leaving it slightly damaged; nonetheless, he was allowed to try again once it had been taped up.

On 4 April 2011, he mentioned on-air, that he was planning to leave the show, and it was also reported at the same time in his Blue Peter Blog. It had been reported two days earlier in the Daily Mail

On 25 April 2011, Akinwolere was a contestant on Total Wipeout's second Celebrity Special of series 4 but had to quit in The Wipeout Zone because he hurt himself on Killer Surf. He came third in The Qualifier, second Crash Mountain and first in the Dizzy Dummy.

In June 2011, he set a new world record for the deepest location for an open water swim, when he swam more than five miles across the Palau Trench in the Pacific Ocean – the first person to have done so. This was significant as 10 weeks before he was scared of water and said to be 'terrified of swimming open stretches of water.' On 28 June that same year and after five years on the show Akinwolere made his final show on Blue Peter on the day the show was moving to Salford.

In July 2012, it was revealed that he would co-present the third season of Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge alongside Laura Hamilton.

In January 2013 he appeared in a special series of The Great British Bake Off.

From 2014, Akinwolere presents the Inside Out program for the West Midlands

Personal life

Akinwolere has four siblings – three brothers and one sister who live in the United States – and speaks Yoruba in addition to English. His mother and father both lived abroad for a while and he spent a small part of his childhood living in Nancy, France. He has been quoted as saying he has seen 118 different cities around the world. He mentioned on Blue Peter on 8 April 2009 that he shares a flat with CBBC presenter Johny Pitts. He is an amateur photographer and has had pictures published in National Geographic Kids Magazine and the 2010 Christmas edition of Vogue Bambini. He is also a keen collector of rare vinyl and rare music.

World Record Swim

Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere has set two world records for swimming in one of the deepest stretches of water on the planet. Mr Akinwolere swam five miles across the Palau Trench, an 8,000-metre deep abyss in the Pacific Ocean. He is the first person to swim across the deepest part of the trench, and now holds the record for the deepest location for an open water swim. He took three and a half hours to complete his swim. His records were verified by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Until a few weeks before, Mr Akinwolere was unable to swim a length and was terrified of open water. He said: "It's an absolute triumph to have completed this swim, after having had just over 10 weeks of swimming training I still cannot believe how far I've come. "I could not swim a length before this and now I have swum over one of the deepest parts of the world. "All the hours of gruelling training will be worth it if my challenge inspires more children from ethnic minorities to learn to swim."


In 2008 and 2010 Akinwolere was nominated for Presenter of the year at BAFTA Children's Award. BAFTA Children's Awards 2008 nominees

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