Meet Maria Okanrende, co-host of the very popular “Morning Rush” show on the Beat 99.9FM in Lagos, TV personality, host and actress!
Maria originates from Ogun state and was born in London, England. Yearly Christmas trips to Nigeria with her family created an opportunity to snag an audition with the Beat 99.9FM. She moved to Lagos and began hosting the show right away. Later on, she played the role of “Foye” on popular MTV drama Shuga which highlights real issues faced by young adults including sexually transmitted diseases, relationships, family dynamics, HIV, society stigma, family planning, domestic violence and more.
She’s worked with Jumia, DFNG and Dress Me Outlet as a fashion ambassador and has also created campaigns with Jumia Food, Pandora, Trace TV among others.
Check out her new web series “Maria’s Matters” on mariaokan.com! There she discusses topical issues with celebrity guests such as money, relationships and domestic violence with Yemi Alade, Lil Kesh, Olamide, Gideon Okeke, Uti Nwachukwu, Bovi…
Maria is very passionate about creating immediate change in contemporary society as seen in the project she created with Trace TV. On camera, Maria interviewed young women who had been sexually abused at the hands of lecturers while at university.
Maria has hosted music shows, fashion shows, red carpets as well as interviewing entertainers including 2Face, Dbanj, P Square, Bovi, Olamide, Phyno, Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage Genevieve Nnaji, Funke Akindele Bello, Mary J Blige, Jidenna, Sauti Sol, Vanessa Mdee, AKA.
She has also interviewed various political figures.
Catch Maria on the Morning Rush with Olisa and Osi every weekday morning: 6am – 11am.