Born in London, England, Maria Okanrende was shuttling between TV reporting gigs when she was asked to audition for a presenter spot at the Beat 99.9 FM in Lagos, Nigeria. She auditioned while on vacation and hasn't looked back since!
After studying English Literature at university, she received her first taste of the media industry when she scored a unique opportunity to intern at Global Radio, home to some of the UK's most popular radio stations including, Capital FM, Choice FM and Heart FM back in 2009. Since then, she has had the pleasure of working with the BBC, MTV and Dropout UK, as well as interviewing a wide range of superstars from Bow Wow, Alexandra Burke, Mary J Blige and Tinie Tempah to Wizkid, D'banj, 2 Face, Davido and many more.
Maria plays the role of 'Foye' on Season 3 of MTV's Shuga. Catch Maria on the Beat FM airwaves co-hosting The Morning Rush from Monday to Friday, 6am to 11am.