Aj Odudu Reveals Getting Into Tv Was ‘Tricky’
AJ Odudu reveals getting into Tv was ‘tricky’
British television presenter AJ Odudu has shared her experience while trying to get into the world of ‘Showbiz’. In an exclusive interview with the mirror she said she often doubted whether she would ever make it in showbiz because TV bosses could not handle her being a Black woman with a Lancashire accent.
The thirty four year old said she refused to betray her Black born roots which caused her some setbacks in her journey to success.
“I found it tricky to navigate my way around a space that sometimes made me feel ‘other’. She said during the interview. “My accent was a big thing, but what was confusing was there were other regional accents – Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac were on BBC Sounds”.
Born in Lancashire to Nigerian parents, Onatejiro Odudu. She took her time and opened up on the self doubt some of the experiences made her go through.
“It was more that I was Black and northern, rather than just northern. It was hard for people to get over that. It was a lot being Black, female and northern all at once. It was tricky at times, I did doubt myself because I was essentially being told to not be me. But all you can do is lean on your support network”.
“There are so many people who do see the good in you.”
AJ Odudu was a presenter on Big Brother ’s sister show, ‘Bit on the Side’. This was alongside Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal.
More recently, she has appeared as a host on ‘The Voice Kids’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. However, she had to pull out of the final of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ after tearing a ligament in her ankle.
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