One thing you can't take away from this young, promising, and goal getting individual is his energy and ability to influence people he comes across.
Samuel effects positive change at every opportunity that comes his way. He belongs to the clique of few youths that are passionate about Nigeria's growth and progressive change, which has made his impact moved to the speed of light.
He is dedicated to positive change and good governance in Nigeria. During the last general elections in 2011, Samuel engaged youths on the need to effectively participate in the election by shunning violence. In a serialized piece titled '2011 and Nigerian Youths', published in major Newspapers, Samuel strucked many young souls on the importance of ensuring a free and fair electioneering process to the nation.
Ayodele Samuel Ayokunle, who was born on February 15, 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria, had both his elementary and secondary in the same state.
He grew up as a reporter; being among the team of students that compiled the weekly News bulletin read on assembly ground of his secondary school (Akinrotye Memorial Secondary School ) every Fridays.
With his childhood experience, Samuel developed and took interest in Journalism. He started his journalism career as a broadcaster at tender age of 15 on YOTOMI Television, (a cable television owned by the Late Alade Aromire), where he anchored a children programme ‘Eyin ni Da Akuko’ - the Young Shall Grow.
His ‘Gospel Time’ Show on Multi Channels Cable Television (MCTV) was also nominated at the 2006 Africa Gospel Award in Ghana.
During his Internship programme at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, he started an annual television programme 'EKU ODUN' (Compliments of the Season), which was adjudge one of best in last four years.
Versatile Samuel didn’t stop at that, he also ventured into print media as a freelancer with the National Mirror Newspaper before proceeding to LEADERSHIP Newspaper, Abuja where rose to a Senior Correspondent. He is currently with an Abuja-based newspaper, PEOPLES DAILY Newspaper, as its Lagos Correspondent.
At the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Lagos where he bagged Higher National Diploma in 2011, Ayodele Samuel was a vibrant and charismatic students’ leader who pioneered campus Journalism in the institute.
He founded the school’s most widely read newsletter- ‘DODO Tasty news’ and he subsequently won the campus publisher for the year 2011.
Samuel lectured at the Taraba State Polytechnic, Jalingo and served as the Media officer National Youth Service Corps Taraba State during his NYSC year.
He is presently the National President, Nigerian Young Journalists Forum (NYJF), a forum for all Nigerian journalists between the age of 18 and 30 years .
He currently lives in Lagos and undergoing a post graduate training at the School of Media Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Victoria Island.