Kayode Damali

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Kayode Damali

BSc, MPSA
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Born (1992-03-27) March 27, 1992 (age 29)
Carshalton, Surrey
NationalityBritish
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationBSc (Hons) Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Alma materManchester Metropolitan University
Occupation
  • Media Personality
  • Entrepreneur
  • Professional Speaker
  • Host and Presenter
Years active2015-present
Known forKnown for starring on BBC One's flagship Programme, The Apprentice (2018)
Television
  • BBC The Apprentice
  • BBC The Apprentice: You're Fired
  • Come Dine With Me
  • Good Morning Britain
Awards
  • Favourite Reality TV Star
  • Top 100 Most Powerful Young Entrepreneurs in the World
HonoursMember of the Professional Speaking Association
Websitekayodekod.com

Kayode Damali, BSc, MPSA (born 27th March 1992) is a British Media Personality, Professional Speaker[1] and Entrepreneur best known for starring on BBC One's flagship Programme, The Apprentice (2018)[2], where he won the Favourite Reality TV Star of the Year[3] at the 14th Annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in Mayfair, London (2019).

Early life

Kayode was born on 27th March 1992 to British parents of Barbadian and Trinidadian descent, both of whom a Educational Psychologists. He was raised in Catford, Lewisham, South London and is the oldest of four siblings.

An avid Footballer growing up, Kayode played at Semi-Pro, District and County Levels whilst attending Forest Hill School[4] (Forest Hill, London), which has bred many talented Footballers, such as Premier League and Champions League Winner, Joe Gomez (Professional Footballer for Liverpool Football Club).

Education

Attending Shooters Hill Sixth Form College after Secondary School in 2008, Kayode got unsatisfactory results in his A-Levels and did not get into University.

Though after going through the UCAS Clearing Process, Kayode attended Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010, where he studied BSc (Hons) Psychology of Sport and Exercise. He attained a First Class Honours degree[5] in 2013, achieving some of the highest marks the University had ever seen, despite him failing College three years prior.

Kayode was then invited to present his research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) (2014), where he impressed academics from around the world and was then subsequently published in the Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research[6]. He was then invited to the Conference the following year, in 2015, as their opening Keynote Speaker.

Career

Vice president and governor

During his final year at University, Kayode ran in his Student Union Elections where he was victorious and won the position on Vice President[7][8] of the Students' Union. He was responsible for organising the union activity in terms of the community, education, employability, sustainability, welfare, and other aspects of the student experience. This role also made him Deputy President, Trustee as well as Governor [9]of Manchester Metropolitan University and was a Full-time position he undertook for a year.

Director

In addition to his position locally at University, Kayode was elected nationally at the National Union of Students Conference as a Director[10]. In this role, he ensured the financial stability of the NUS, giving firm strategic direction to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team, setting internal budgets, management goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. Further to his role as NUS Director, Kayode was elected by the board to also sit on the Nominations Committee[11], providing good governance in the recruitment for all Boards of the NUS Group.

Entrepreneur and host/presenter

After finishing both his positions in Office and following a stint of travelling, Kayode began his career as an Entrepreneur, where he achieved the accolade of being listed, entering straight into the Top 10 of the Richtopia "Top 100 Most Powerful Young Entrepreneurs in the World"[12]. Still continuing his Entrepreneurial ventures, Kayode is also a Professional Speaker, Host/Presenter and Media Personality.

Media career

BBC generation 2015

Kayode was chosen to be part of BBC Generation 2015[13], a cohort of 200 young voters (18 to 24 years old), drawn from across the UK, to contribute to national and regional BBC programming in the run-up to the General Election. Kayode appeared on live on national BBC television and radio stations across the UK.

BBC generation 2016

Following the announcement of the 2016 EU Referendum by David Cameron, Kayode was invited back by the BBC to be part of Generation 2016[14]. Kayode debated alongside many politicians, such as London Mayor Sadiq Khan, on various TV and Radio Stations. In a live television debate on BBC One in Glasgow, Kayode went viral, being described in the Press as the "smoothest talker on TV" after he invited Victoria Derbyshire to join him on a holiday to Europe[15][16], to which she politely declined[17].

Come Dine With Me 2017

Kayode was approached to be on Come Dine With Me[18], where he finished last after clashing with a contestant for disrespecting his carrots[19].

BBC The Apprentice 2018

BBC The Apprentice: You're Fired 2018

BBC The Apprentice: Best Bits 2020

Due to COVID-19, the usual BBC The Apprentice will not be taking place. However, Kayode has been rumoured to appear on a spin-off series called BBC The Apprentice: Best Bits.

Other

Good Morning Britain (2018)

On December 19th, 2019, Kayode appeared as a Celebrity Panellist on Good Morning Britain debating called "Has Militant Veganism Gone Too far?", where he clashed with Piers Morgan.[20][21]

BBC Radio 5 Live: Twenties Takeover (2019)

After numerous Guest Appearance on the BBC Radio 5 Live, and in partnership with Huffington Post UK, Kayode was invited as a special guest presenter to host the show. He since then now been called a "Friend of the Show" by the regular BBC Radio 5 Live "Wake Up to Money" Presenter Sean Farrington.

BBC Bitesize: Short Film (2019)

Alongside other Social Media Influencers and YouTubers, such as Caspar Lee and Oli White, Kayode featured in short BBC Bitesize piece to help young people with CVs and Entrepreneurism.

BBC Bitesize: Motivation Monday (2020)

With COVID-19 shutting down schools, Kayode was brought in by BBC Bitesize, to create an online series called Motivation Monday, to help children and young people stay motivated[22].

Personal life

Kayode is a Vegan[23]. In December 2019, Kayode appeared on Good Morning Britain, where he clashed with Piers Morgan debating the subject, with Piers yelling at him "it's not your show!"[24][25].

Awards and honours

  • 2013: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Professional Passport
  • 2017: Top 100 Most Powerful Young Entrepreneur in the World[26]
  • 2019: Member of the Global Speaking Federation (GSF)[27]
  • 2019: Professional Member of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA)[28]
  • 2019: Favourite Reality TV Star, at the 14th Annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards, in Mayfair, London[29]

Publications

Filmography

Year Title Role
2015 BBC Generation 2015 Contestant
2016 BBC Generation 2016 Contestant
2017 Come Dine With Me Contestant
2018 BBC The Apprentice Contestant

In the media

  

References

  1. "Meet Kayode Damali - The Apprentice 2018 candidate and marketing manager". The Sun. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  2. "Kayode Damali BBC The Apprentice 2018". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  3. "Screen Nation Hall Of Fame". www.screennation.org. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  4. Porter, Toby. "Ex-Apprentice star Kayode Damali sets his sights on Brexit job opportunities". Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  5. "Kayode Damali - 7 facts about the Apprentice candidate!". Reality Titbit. 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  6. "Damali". warwick.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  7. University, Manchester Metropolitan. "Story, Manchester Metropolitan University". Manchester Metropolitan University. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  8. University, Manchester Metropolitan. "Story, Manchester Metropolitan University". Manchester Metropolitan University. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  9. "Success Magazine" (PDF). mmu.ac.uk.
  10. "NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS (UNITED KINGDOM) - Officers (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  11. "NUS National Conference 2015 Report" (PDF).
  12. Richtopia. "14. Kayode Damali - Top 100 Most Powerful Young Entrepreneurs (Under 25) - Week 14". www.rise.global. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  13. "Generation 2015: Kayode Damali". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  14. "Who are Referendum Generation 2016? A-F". BBC News. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  15. Rowney, Jo-Anne (2018-10-10). "The Apprentice candidate Kayode who appeared on Come Dine With Me". mirror. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  16. "The Apprentice's Kayode Damali took part in Come Dine With Me". Metro. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  17. "Apprentice star Kayode Damali is already famous after appearing on Come Dine With Me and asking out Victoria Derbyshire live on telly". The Sun. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  18. "Apprentice star Kayode Damali is already famous after appearing on Come Dine With Me and asking out Victoria Derbyshire live on telly". The Sun. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  19. "The Apprentice's Kayode Damali took part in Come Dine With Me". Metro. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  20. "Piers Morgan kicks off at Apprentice star Kayode Damali over 'militant' vegans". Metro. 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  21. Keay, Lara (2018-12-19). "Vegans who stormed Waitrose in protest take on Piers Morgan on GMB". Mail Online. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  22. "Motivating Mondays: Top tips and a forecast for the week ahead". BBC Bitesize. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  23. Porter, Toby. "Confident Catford boy Kayode Damali set to shine in the apprentice". Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  24. "Piers Morgan kicks off at Apprentice star Kayode Damali over 'militant' vegans". Metro. 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  25. Keay, Lara (2018-12-19). "Vegans who stormed Waitrose in protest take on Piers Morgan on GMB". Mail Online. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  26. Richtopia. "14. Kayode Damali - Top 100 Most Powerful Young Entrepreneurs (Under 25) - Week 14". www.rise.global. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  27. Damali, Kayode. "Kayode Damali, Former Apprentice". Business in the News. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  28. Damali, Kayode. "Kayode Damali, Former Apprentice". Business in the News. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  29. "Screen Nation Hall Of Fame". www.screennation.org. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  30. "Damali". warwick.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  31. Damali, Kayode. Got a Minute? The Success Mixtape Vol. 1: Lyrics and Workbook.

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