Love Island star says he can take on Stormzy as he sets sights on Maya Jama

Maya Jama
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There are just a few days to go before the doors to the Love Island villa open on Monday 3 June and 12 young singletons start their summers in the sunshine, looking for romance under the watchful eye of host Maya Jama.

One of the lucky islanders is Ayo Odukoya, a 25 year old model and footballer from Canning Town in London, who is already hoping to be the peacemaker of the group when tensions rise (which they tend to do).

“I'm a very peaceful individual, so I feel like everything can be dealt with a conversation, and I feel like I might be a bit of a peacemaker inside the villa,” he says. “I don't clash heads with people much. I'd say I'm a very easy-going and relaxed person, so I don't think it would be me in the thick of it, to be honest. I'm a very easy person.”

Ayo Odukoya
Ayo Odukoya is one of the new Love Islanders -Credit:ITV

However, Ayo admits that he hasn’t ever watched Love Island, so he may not be ready for how intense things can get under the Spanish sun.

“I haven't watched the show! So I'm not so into the mix of the show and what's going on,” he says. “I've had a look at a few seasons as I was going through the process just to have a look. I've been to a couple of events and seen some girls [from Love Island] out, but nothing has come of it. There was no chat and no interaction, I could see them from afar but that was pretty much it.”

Maya Jama and Stormzy
Maya Jama and boyfriend Stormzy -Credit:Instagram

Ayo does know who the host of Love Island is, of course, and admits he is looking forward to seeing Maya Jama at the villa. “Who’s not, to be honest?” he says. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing her.” He also jokes that he could take on Maya’s boyfriend, Stormzy, given half the chance. “I think I’m a bit taller than him! He’s got the accolades and he’s a rapper, and he’s done well for himself, but yeah!”

While Maya may not be available, Ayo does have a clear idea of the type of woman he would be most attracted to in the villa. “I'm a sucker for a pretty face,” he says. “I'm not too picky, to be honest with you, I just love someone that has a bit about them. Good banter, good personality, good chat.”

“I feel like if I see somebody I really like and everything is flowing in terms of the vibe, the energy she's given me, I feel like I'd fall straight into it, to be honest with you. I love what love looks like and if I could find that in the villa, that would be amazing.”