Nayte Olukoya has quickly emerged as one of Michelle Young's bachelor frontrunners on The Bachelorette's  eighteenth season.

Nayte is a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX.


Nayte was the first man to step out of a limo on Michelle's The Bachelorette season, which premiered last week on ABC, and he proceeded to receive Michelle's First Impression Rose as well as the first kiss of the season.

"When you walk into a room, it's hard not to notice Nayte," ABC teased. "He has a smile that sparkles like the stars... [and he is an] Adonis of a man."

Michelle seemed immediately smitten with Nayte, especially because he was able to open up about his parents' divorces when he said being vulnerable with women is typically difficult for him.

In addition to Nayte, Michelle handed out 22 more roses on Night 1, and so he's one of 23 bachelors remaining on Michelle's season heading into the second episode of Season 18.

But Nayte continue to be a frontrunner on The Bachelorette or will Michelle connect on a deeper level with another man and fall for someone else?

Until viewers can watch Nayte and Michelle's romance blossom on the show, let's get to know this charming suitor a little better right now.

Below is a list of six facts Reality TV World has compiled about Nayte Olukoya.

Nayte Olukoya appears to have left his job to compete for Michelle's heart

Nayte worked as a senior account executive for in Austin, TX. He began the position in January 2021, and based on his LinkedIn account, he left the job in July, which is when The Bachelorette's eighteenth season began filming.

Prior to becoming a senior account executive, he was an account executive from August 2019 to 2021.

Nayte also worked as a sales representative for AT&T Connect Wireless + Direct TV in Cheney, WA, from November 2015 to February 2018.


Nayte towers over most of his competitors

The bachelor stands very tall at 6'8" and says he's the life of the party.

However, he admits that he can't dance to save his life, so you probably won't catch him out on the dance floor.

The suitor only watched one season of The Bachelor franchise in his life

Nayte didn't choose to compete for Michelle's heart as a big fan of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. In fact, he had only watched one season of the franchise ever.

When Nayte first moved to Austin, TX, one of his buddies hosted The Bachelor viewing parties and so Nayte attended the gatherings and watched Peter Weber's edition in early 2020.

"I was super hesitant [to go on the show]," Nayte revealed during an October episode of the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast hosted by Season 14 The Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin.

"It took me a while to actually sign the contract and actually say, 'Okay, yeah, I want to do this.' It took a lot and it took a long time."

Nayte is looking for a teammate for life, just like Michelle

Nayte's dream woman is outgoing, spontaneous and has enough swagger of her own to keep up with him.

He's looking for a connection filled with heat and for there to be a mutual passion for each other in his relationship.

Nayte is confident Michelle is the woman he's been searching for.


Nayte is a well-educated bachelor

Nayte graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 2019. He also minored in African American history.

While studying in college, Nayte received his Apple Master Certification in January 2017.

Nayte was cast on The Bachelorette in a bizarre way

Mike revealed on the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast that he went out one night in Austin and met a guy named Mike, who had just moved to the city and hoped to make new friends. Nayte therefore invited Mike to a pool party the following day.

"Now we're all hanging out and getting to know each other better," Nayte recalled.

"And [Mike] was like, 'Man, how crazy is it that somebody actually reached out to me from The Bachelorette? They do filming on X date but I'm actually taking my bar exam to be a lawyer and so I can't do it. You know what? I'm just going to send them your profile.'"

Nayte apparently didn't jump at the opportunity or even seriously consider the idea.

"I was like, 'No man, you don't have to do all that. That's kind of crazy.' But he does it anyways, and so I got reached out to, to apply, and then was like, 'Nope, not gonna do it. Not going to apply,' Nayte revealed.

"I was like, 'I don't know much about the show but it's not really my personality, I'm kind of more, like, I don't know, a private person in general.' And I was like, 'Yeah, there's not a chance.'"

However, The Bachelorette producers were allegedly persistent and touched base with Nayte a second time in attempt to get him onboard for Season 18.

"I got reached out to again, and so I filled out an application. I was like, 'What's the worst that could happen?' And then fast-forward, they were like, 'Yup, we want you here,' and I was like, 'Yeah, I don't think I want to come though,'" Nayte admitted with a laugh.

"And then they were like, 'Wait, what?!'"

Nayte said he called his mother about the opportunity and also told his family and friends, who were probably all supportive of the idea since Nayte finally reached the conclusion, "What's the worst that could happen?"

"[I thought] Michelle seems like a really great person and we're either really going to hit it off and we're going to connect and we'll have a lot in common and this is going to be the best case scenario, or it's going to be two people who are great people but hey, we just don't connect in that way," Nayte explained.

"I just liked the fact it's not like I'm held hostage, that I can leave any time I want, right?"

As a result, Nayte agreed to appear on The Bachelorette, and he said he went into the process with "no expectations."

"I just wanted to be myself, see what happens, and next thing you know, it was this really awesome experience," Nayte disclosed.


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About The Author: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.