Nana Akua

Nana Akua

One of my earliest memories of wanting to be involved in television was as a seven-year-old girl, sitting in front of the TV and pretending I was on it!

In my schooldays, I attended and all-girls convent schools in the UK. My family moved to the US as my father got a job on Wall Street. It was in America I discovered Oprah - up to the Meghan Markle interview, I wanted to host a show which was the UK equivalent!

My career in radio started by accident. I had wanted to be a trader like my father, but a former partner suggested television and radio, so I applied for a job at Kiss 100 as a graduate trainee sponsorship assistant.

It's where my journey started, and I then moved to Capital Radio to set up Capital Interactive. One day, I switched off my computer and saw my reflection in the screen and I knew I had to pursue my dream presenting. I quit my job at Capital and managed to negotiate a trainee position as a DJ at The Capital Radio Café. From there I got my own Drivetime Show on Fusion 107.3, and I haven’t looked back since.

My first break into TV was Bid and Price Drop, hosting live auctions five days a week, which was for four hours of live TV a day. The experience was invaluable, and I combined that role with Sky Vegas, presenting live gameshows, collectively accumulating more than 10,000 hours of live presentation. I moved onto presenting the prime-time Holiday Show on BBC One, alongside the Money Show pilot for BBC Three.

During the past eight years I've been working at the BBC, presenting national, regional and local radio. I was also a panellist on the Jeremy Vine show on Channel 5 and a regular on ITV's Good Morning Britain. Outside of work, my huge passion is fitness. I created LadyXsize, a fitness guru and brand which has helped keep me on track.