Maria Okanrende joined the Beat 99.9FM in July 2012. She auditioned while on vacation in Lagos, and after getting a call back, she  hasn't looked back since!  After studying English Literature at university, she received her first taste of the media industry when she scored a unique opportunity to intern at Global Radio, home to some of the UK's most popular radio stations including, Capital FM and Choice back in 2009. Since then, she has had the pleasure of working with the BBC, MTV and Dropout UK, as well as interviewing a wide range of superstars from Bow Wow, Alexandra Burke, Mary J Blige and Tinie Tempah to Wizkid, D'banj, 2 Face, Davido and many more.  Maria played the role of 'Foye' on Season 3 of MTV's Shuga. She also loves food and clothes! Catch Maria on the Beat FM airwaves co-hosting The Morning Rush from Monday to Friday, 6am to 11am.