After racist trolls said Anne-Marie Imafidon was given Rachel Riley’s maternity cover, Countdown viewers defended Imafidon and promised to boycott the show

  • Anne-Marie Imafidon is a 31-year-old Londoner who has joined Channel 4 Countdown
  • The racist threat to boycott the show has targeted Mathematician
  • Tweeters have supported Anne-Marie and praised her achievements. 

Following the attack by racism on social media, countdown viewers supported the show’s first black host after she claimed Channel 4 had chosen her because her skin was darker than her credentials. 

Anne-Marie Imafidon, 31, who was born in London to Nigerian parents, is temporarily replacing Rachel Riley on Channel 4’s Countdown while the TV presenter takes maternity leave for the birth of her second child.

Mathematician Anne-Marie, who was voted the Most Influential Woman in IT in the UK in 2020, made history as the youngest ever graduate with a Masters degree from Oxford at the age of 19 and passed A-Level computing at just age 11.

After working for Goldman Sachs and other banks, she was fluent in six languages. Before starting Stemettes, Stemettes helps women to pursue STEM-related careers. 

Despite her successes, viewers were forced to defend her from racism claims that she had been assigned a role in Countdown to tick boxes.  

Anne-Marie Imafidon, 31, (pictured) who lives in London, is presenting 60 episodes of Channel 4 Countdown, while Rachel Riley is on maternity leave after the birth of her second child

Anne-Marie Imafidon (pictured), a 31-year-old Londoner, presents 60 episodes on Channel 4 Countdown. Rachel Riley, however, is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her second baby.

Channel 4 took to Twitter to announce Anne-Marie joining Countdown from Monday 13 December.

Anne-Marie was captured on camera by the cast of the show. They wrote “TODAY’S EPISODE… 

‘The incredible @aimafidon will be joining our Countdown family for 60 episodes

‘Tune in for some funky trainers, amazing hair-dos, show-stopping necklaces & some good old fashioned arithmetic. Monday 13th Dec 2021 – Channel 4 – 2.10pm GMT.’

Over 300 people liked the post, and there were many threads devoted to debating whether or not it was the right choice for presenter.

One individual wrote, “Something tells Me There’s Politically Progressive Motivations Behind Rachel Riley’s Replacement.”

One said, “That poor woman must feel awful that you weren’t able to get the job due to your intelligence but because your skin color was the driving force.”

One third added: “Another show I refuse to watch.” It just keeps getting longer.  

A thread on Twitter announcing Anne-Marie on Countdown was flooded with comments promising to boycott the show

Twitter was flooded by comments offering to boycott Anne-Marie’s Countdown, as a thread was posted announcing Anne Marie. 

Dawn Butler MP, led the defense of Anne-Marie with her impressive qualifications. Dawn said that she had to research before being influenced by the skin color.

@aimafidon is amazing! At 11 years old, you can take 2 A Levels. You also have 20 master’s degrees from the University of Oxford in mathematics and computer sciences. I could go on, but time is short.

Another said, “Not all heroes don’t wear caps.” It is so amazing to be able to see such incredible women as Dr Anne Marie Imafidon live on major TV channels. Although my math skills aren’t the best, I will continue to tune in and improve. Keep at it! You’re not alone! 

“There’s so much racism over Dr Imafidon’s appearance on Countdown. It would be silly enough even if she wasn’t an actual genius,” a third stated.  

The other added that if you attended state school, then you need to be extraordinarily talented (like Anne Marie Imafidon) and incredibly fortunate to succeed in public life. Still they’ll give you s***!’ 

An overwhelming number of viewers have shown support for Anne-Marie, while defending her from comments made by racists

A large number of viewers support Anne-Marie and defend her against racist comments.