Meet Akili McDowell: Playing David in 'David Makes Man'

Meet Akili McDowell: Playing David in 'David Makes Man'

Season 2 of ‘David Makes Man’ is continuing the story of 14-year-old David who, during the first season, was shown working alone to find a way out of poverty. 

Playing the role of David in the show is Akili McDowell. So, let’s get to know the actor a bit more through this article. 

Akili McDowell's Bio, Age 

Akili McDowell was born on December 30, 2002, under the zodiac sign of Capricorn. He grew up around the area of Houston, Texas. 

While his family had no background or connections to the entertainment industry, Akili found his love for acting at a very young age.

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According to him, the portrayal of Cory Baxter by Kyle Massey in ‘That’s So Raven’ opened the doors to his inspiration.

After successfully convincing his mother that he seriously wanted to pursue acting, Akili’s mum enrolled him in the local acting classes.

His classes were the first step to his career as he was quick to get into the audition process. That was when he started getting several opportunities. 

His role in ‘David Makes Man’

When Akili first got a whiff of what ‘David Makes Man’ would be, he was sure that he wanted to be part of it.

During an interview with 1883 Magazine, he said, “I could tell as soon as I read the paper. So I sent in a self-tape from Houston and then I got a callback and they flew me out to Atlanta and I was like, ‘Uh oh.’ And then they flew me to LA and I was like, ‘I gotta get this now. This is the last stage.’ So, I go in and I gave it all I got and I think I did alright.”

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Another interview with Creative Company revealed that Akili had found a lot in common with his character of David.

Whether it was that both of them were raised by a single mother or that they were always eager to be with their family, Akili actually found common ground with David.

Akili McDowell Plays Football

Among several of his interests is playing football. There was also a time when he played for his home team, ‘North Shore Mustangs.’ His profile on their page shows his NextGen All America Camp badge.

The profile also mentions his height to be 5 feet 4 inches (1.62 meters) and his weight at that time being 135 lbs.

More details on his profile reveal his GPA of 2.9 and his graduation from North Shore Senior High School in 2021.

Social Media

Akili has a considerable presence on social media with over 13.3K followers on Instagram where he posts under the username @akilimcdowell

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He is also active on Twitter with more than 1.2K followers where he tweets under the username @AkiliMcDowel

Although not recently active, Akili also has a YouTube channel by the name of ‘Akili McDowell’ where he posted videos a year ago at the latest.


  • Akili has loved dancing ever since he was a kid. When he was younger, one of his videos of him dancing even went viral. 
  • Music has always been a part of Akili’s life and it is no surprise that he is a fan of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
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