Devastated Maya Jama reveals her grandfather has died and says ‘heaven gained another angel’


BROADCASTER Maya Jama has announced the passing of her grandfather today.

The 25-year-old took to her Instagram Stories to share the devastating news with her 1.6million followers and said that heaven has “gained another angel” in the wake of his death.

Maya shared four heartfelt stories dedicated to her grandfather with the first being a shot of the sky and “RIP Grandad” written across it.

The second post was a picture of her and her brother Omar with their grandfather in happier times.

While in the third story, she shared a throwback photo of her grandparents with her father as well her uncle and aunt alongside a heartfelt caption.

She penned: “Real g’s immigrated from Somalia and built a life for themselves, started working, started a family, bought a house.

“Pretty sure they were one of the first Somali families in Bristol.”

In the same post, Maya also remarked on her similarity to her grandmother.

Finally, the BBC presenter posted a photo of her grandfather’s passport photo as a young man, with “Gained another angel” written underneath alongside several love heart emojis.

Maya and her brother Omar were raised by their mother Sadie, who is of Swedish descent, in Bristol.

She then made the move to London aged 16 in order to pursue her broadcasting career and set up her own YouTube channel alongside landing a gig as a presenter for JumpOff.TV.

Maya then became the host of MTV Base show, The Wrap Up, before moving on to host MTV Essentials and MTV News.

She’s gained more and more popularity over the years, especially when she hosted a travelogue called Copa 90’s Maya’s FIFA World Cup Cities during the 2014 World Cup.

Maya then hosted the Friday and Saturday 10am-1pm show on BBC Radio 1 before leaving in May.

The TV star has previously been candid about her relationship with her father, who she cut ties with when she was just 12-years-old following his repeated incarcerations.

In 2017, she fronted BBC documentary, When Dad Kills: Murdered in the Family, which explored how children are affected if they have a parent in jail.


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