Class is officially in session for teacher and former Bachelor contestant Michelle Young starting Oct. 19 when The Bachelorette Season 18 commences. One of the 30 contestants vying for her heart is Nayte Olukoya, who fittingly and coincidentally used to be a volunteer teacher’s aide.
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the 27-year-old now lives in Austin, Texas, where he works. Nayte is a “6-foot, 8-inch Adonis of a man” who is “always the life of the party” and has “a smile that sparkles like the stars,” according to his ABC bio.
Will Nayte and Michelle spark up connection in the premiere that grows into romance by finale time? He just might be one to watch. Here’s everything we know about Nayte, so far.
Nayte studied at Eastern Washington University, graduating in 2019 with a BA in Business Administration and Minor in Africana Studies. According to his LinkedIn, he started working as an account executive at Indeed after graduation, and he was promoted to senior account executive in January 2021. Prior to that, he was a bartender and an AT&T sales rep through college.
He’s also done some volunteer work, including a 10-month stint as a teacher’s aide in Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska in 2014 and 2015. Fingers crossed that shared passion for working with children will be one of the things that brings him and Michelle closer together.
Nayte’s Instagram & Puppy
Nayte’s Instagram page (@KingBabatunde) is a full of pictures of his English Cocker Spaniel puppy, which he adopted in April 2021. “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world — I was hiding the world from my kid,” he said jokingly in a post about the dog. “His name is Percy ... 10/10 recommend.” Since then, Nayte continues to share adorable photos of the growing pup, including a video that featured Percy playfully biting him while the two were playing together.
Nayte Wants “A Teammate For Life”
Nayte “doesn’t have trouble meeting women,” but as he gets older he’s become “more focused on finding a long-lasting relationship that will go the distance,” per his ABC bio. He described his dream woman as someone who will be his “teammate for life” and who is “outgoing,” “spontaneous,” and “has enough swagger of her own to keep up with him.”
In a clip for The Bachelorette’s Instagram, he said his biggest relationship red flags were someone who was “too superficial” and spent time focusing on “things that honestly just don’t matter.”
He Likes to Travel
When he’s not posting photos of his dog, Nayte’s Instagram is also filled with images of him traveling to the Grand Canyon as well as spots in New Orleans, Vancouver, and West Hollywood. His ABC bio states that he “dreams of visiting the Taj Mahal” one day.
Nayte Can’t Dance
Nayte apparently “can’t dance to save his life,” based on the ABC bio.
That statement is one that former Bachelorettes and hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe can personally attest to. “We did witness [his dancing] ... ” Adams hedged while on Instagram Live. Bristowe added: “Dancing with the Stars is not in his future.”
Nayte Is A Prolific Reader
Nayte is an avid reader who, in addition to using Eckhart Tolle quotes as captions for his Instagram posts, often shares photos of the books that he’s reading. He also has a ton of recommendations. For example, when people were forced to stay inside in March 2020, he uploaded an image of a stack of books that he said had all left an impression on him for others to try reading.
He also revealed that he would spend his time during lockdown reading: “Trying to grow as much emotionally and mentally, as well as professionally,” he wrote. “A lot of people have asked me which books I’ve been reading or asking for recommendations based on the few posts I’ve put out on my stories. Here are the books that have impacted me the most over the last ~6 months. Books that have helped me the most in my personal growth and development while trying to figure out this new chapter in life.”