Co-host of the widely acclaimed breakfast show on Smooth 98.1FM ‘Smooth Breakfast”.
Ayo is a graduate of International Relations from Swansea University UK. She began her career in media on TV with Cool TV in 2014 as a co-host on the popular talk show ‘The Blog’. As part of her duties, she produced content for the daily show.
She went on to co-host a daily news and lifestyle program ‘Hello Nigeria’ on the same TV station (rebranded as WazobiaMax TV) where she had the opportunity to engage notable guests - thought leaders, captains of industry and other local and international high-profile guests.
Ayo has had the privilege of interviewing CNN’s Richard Quest, Hollywood Actor, Eric Roberts, International Gospel Artistes Don Moen, Travis Greene, Sonnie Badu and Nathaniel Bassey. In addition, she has been privileged to interview US Activist Ilyasah Shabaz (Daughter of Freedom Fighter Martin Luther King Jr), Dr Frederick Faseun, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, Tonye Cole (Co-Founder Sahara Energy), Tara Fela-Durotoye and Ade Bakare.
Furthermore, in radio broadcasting, Ayo co-hosted the primetime Breakfast Show on 99.3, Nigeria Info FM 'Morning Crossfire' (a 5-hour interactive daily show discussing a cocktail of topical issues including Politics, Business, Social Issues, as well as Life and Style, with audience engagement).
In 2016, Ayo won The Future Awards Africa Prize for On Air Personality of the year (Radio), the ELOY award for TV Presenter of the year and the 19ROM (Role Model) Awards for TV Presenter of the year.
As an Event Host, Ayo explored her skills for engaging a live audience while at University. Since then, she has compered a number of events here in Nigeria and in the UK, including Swansea's Got Talent (Wales), Swansea Refugee Week, Black History Month events, All Wales Race and Equality Seminar, Relationship talk shows, musical concerts amongst others.
She has hosted big-budget events and productions including the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) Awards, Access Bank / Diamond Bank Brand Identity Launch, Annual UBA CEO Awards, Stanbic IBTC’s Arts and The Acts Event (for High Networth Clients), Arise Women’s Conference, Stanbic IBTC Young Leadership Series and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Awards.
Notably, she was one of the hosts of God’s Children’s Great Talent, a talent competition for children and young people from across Nigeria with live auditions held in Lagos, Portharcourt and Abuja and produced for television, airing on a variety of national and international platforms, with a live grand finale at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, with over 2000 people in attendance.
Passionate about women, in 2019, she served as a ‘Super Mentor’ for the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) SheVentures program for women in business and is a role model to women and young people serving as an advocate for promoting and empowering Nigerian women, using her media platform to support women as much as possible. She is also a sought-after Speaker at conferences.
During her time at Nigeria Info FM, she was the host and Producer of The Woman – a weekly show that featured women with inspirational and motivational stories. She sits on the Board of WiCare Lekota Foundation (a non-profit for young widows), serves on the Advisory Board for GirlHub Africa (a non-profit that promotes volunteering), she served as an Ambassador for War Against Rape initiative, and is the Founder of Praying Women Circle (PWC).
In addition, she has a keen interest in development work and is the Executive Director (voluntary capacity) at Basic Education Africa, a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote access to quality education for every child in Africa.
Ayo expresses her passion for writing as a blogger and runs the 1 + The One blog that focuses primarily on love and relationships with a Christian focus. (She loves love!)
Ayo enjoys meeting and working with people, reading, dancing and absolutely loves and values her family.
She is happily married to musician Mairo Ese.