Nayte received 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 says of the bachelor. "He has a smile that sparkles like the stars... [and he is an] Adonis of a man."
Nayte is confident in his connection with Michelle and doesn't appear bothered by her chemistry with other bachelors.
"I'm not stressing when I'm going to get a one-on-one date. All I know is a one-on-one is coming, and if it's not today, it's going to be another time. I'm in a good spot regardless, I feel like," Nayte announced to the group of guys.
Chris Sutton told the cameras that Nayte was coming across "really cocky," adding, "He thinks he's got everything in the bag!"
Chris S. therefore expressed his concerns to Michelle, who felt "disappointed" in Nayte and wanted to make it clear that there was no frontrunner for her heart at this stage in the game.
Nayte criticized Chris S.'s "strategic move," and after Michelle warned Nayte that she's not a prize to be won, Nayte said he was "really pissed off" because he could tell his connection with Michelle was going downhill for no reason.
When Nayte confronted Chris S. about the situation, Chris S. accused Nayte of trying to put his hands on him. Their heated discussion ended with Nayte calling Chris S. "a dweeb" and "a weirdo" -- but both men received a rose from Michelle.
Until viewers can watch Nayte and Michelle's romance blossom or fall apart on the show, let's get to know this bachelor a little better right now.
Below is a list of nine facts Reality TV World has compiled about Nayte Olukoya
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.
Nayte appears to have left his job to compete for Michelle's heart
Nayte worked as a senior account executive for Indeed.com 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.
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.
Nayte's mother is a teacher, and so he has tremendous respect for teachers and even tested out the field himself!
Nayte previously volunteered as a teacher's aide for Omaha Public Schools from 2014 to 2015, so he got to experience what Michelle does as an elementary school teacher on a daily basis.
The bachelor also volunteered as a caregiver for Oberlin House Incorporated for a good decade, from 2001 to 2011. He assisted clients with diet and meal preparation, bathing and basic hygiene, housekeeping and time management.