logo
Twitter.com/maryanneoketch
Twitter.com/maryanneoketch

Who Is Season 42 ‘Survivor’ Finalist Maryanne Oketch?

Bettina Dizon
May 27, 2022
07:40 A.M.

Maryanne Oketch is the second straight Canadian woman of color to win the competition series “Survivor.” Apart from her strong faith, she has a handy skill that helped her survive the arduous journey.

Advertisement

Many watched as contestants of “Survivor 42” fought their hardest to make it to the top five, but only the cream of the crop survived.

Jonathan Young, Mike Turner, Lindsay Dolashewich, Romeo Escobar, and Maryanne Oketch were the only ones left to battle it out for the title of Sole Survivor and claim the prize of $1 million.

Ultimately, Oketch took home the trophy, making her the second straight Canadian woman of color to win the long-running television competition. Erika Casupanan, who won "Survivor 41," was the first.

Advertisement

HOW OLD IS MARYANNE OKETCH?

Raised in Ajax, Ontario, 24-year-old Oketch is a seminary student who enjoys playing video games, reading, and snowboarding.

The “Survivor” champion has lived in many cities, such as Toronto, Kingston, and London, but considers Ontario her home, where she attended McMaster University.

For years, Probst watched several contestants fight to make it out alive until eventually falling in love with one of them, “Survivor: Vanuatu's” fifth finalist, Julie Berry.

Advertisement

She considers herself a religious person and turned to her faith amidst the most challenging parts of the show. Oketch said:

"I think what's super important is to make sure that I'm always prepared in my spiritual side. I'm always praying and just being like, 'God, give me strength. Make sure that I see another day. Make sure that I go and make those right decisions [...].'"

Apart from her faith, Oketch's skills benefited her during the competition. As a certified lifeguard, she was better prepared to face specific situations that came up during her “Survivor” journey.

Advertisement

WHO WON THE PREVIOUS SEASON OF “SURVIVOR?”

In the show's previous season, 18 contestants battled it out for the title of Sole Survivor; among them were Xander Hastings, Ricard Foyé, Heather Aldret, Deshawn Radden, and Casupanan.

Casupanan managed to take home the title despite nearly being eliminated from the game. After being sent to Exile Island, Casupanan made it to the final five until she eventually won the competition.

Advertisement

“Survivor” Season 1 came out in 2000 with Jeff Probst as its host for the past 22 years. He is dedicated to his work and spends most of his time traveling and filming for the reality show.

For years, Probst watched several contestants fight to make it out alive and eventually fell in love with one of them, “Survivor: Vanuatu's” fifth finalist, Julie Berry.

When her time on the show ended, Probst emailed Berry to ask how she was, and soon after, they started spending time together. Unfortunately, their relationship only lasted three years, and they allegedly broke up due to Probst's busy schedule.

Jeff Probst on location for season 38 of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" | Source: Getty Images

Jeff Probst on location for season 38 of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" | Source: Getty Images

Despite that sad ending, “Survivor” provided Probst with another shot at love when he met his wife, Lisa Ann Russell. Probst met Russell through the show's producer, Mark Burnett, and the rest is history.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Superman Star Dean Cain Won Sole Custody of His Son & Gave Up a Lucrative Job to Raise Him

April 29, 2024

Brittney McNorton Was an Intern before Marrying Calvin Johnson Jr

November 18, 2023

Irene Banerjee Was Chippendales Founder Somen Steve Banerjee's Wife

December 09, 2023

Us Air Force Officer Wins 2024 Miss America Crown, Making History: 'A Literal Icon for All of Us!'

January 16, 2024

Miss France 2024's Hairstyle a First in Pageant's 103 Year History & It Sparked Debate Online

December 21, 2023

Donald Trump & Late Sister Maryanne Were Close before Falling Out in Years Leading to Her Death, Sources Claim

November 14, 2023

Woman Dies for 27 Minutes – Scrawls an Unearthly Note Describing What She 'Saw'

February 20, 2024

Brooke Sealey Was Jeff Gordon's Wife until Their Marriage Became 'Irretrievably Broken'

November 22, 2023

Maryanne Trump Barry, Sister of Donald J. Trump and Retired Federal Judge, Dies In New York

November 13, 2023

Jeff Bridges' Wife Asked Doctors to 'Save His Life No Matter What' during His Health Crisis – Inside Their Love Story

December 04, 2023

'Silver Spoons' Star Ricky Schroder Raised 2 Humble Daughters on a Ranch, One of Whom Grew up in 'Abnormal Situation'

December 20, 2023

This Nigerian Girl Was Once Called 'The Most Beautiful in the World' – Glimpse at Her Now as She Is Older

November 26, 2023

Boy Who Got Bullied by a Girl at School for 6 Years Grows up & Sends Her a Stuffed Bear

February 08, 2024

Woman Shares Video Showing Her Boyfriend’s Epic Proposal during Romcom Panel Meeting

March 07, 2024