Steve Ayorinde

Steve Oluseyi Ayorinde is the immediate past Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture in Lagos State in Nigeria.[1][2] Before that, he was the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, [3][4] sworn in by His Excellency the Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode on 19 October 2015.[5] He was also previously the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of the National Mirror newspaper,[6] and before that, the Editor of The Punch newspaper[7] in Nigeria.[8]

Steve Ayorinde
Former Lagos State Commissioner for Information & Stretegy; Tourism, Arts & Culture
In office
October 2015 – May 2019
Personal details
Born (1970-07-09) 9 July 1970 (age 50)
Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria
Alma materObafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Leicester
ProfessionJournalist / Media Consultant

He is also regarded as one of Nigeria's best renowned film and art critics, who has served on the Juries for some of the world's most recognised film festivals and awards, such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, AMAA and Mumbai International Film Festival.[9]


A product of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Steve Ayorinde was also educated at the University of Lagos, Akoka, and University of Leicester in the UK, where he earned a Master's Degree in Globalization and Communications.[10] Well travelled and a polyglot, he is a European Union Fellow at the Foundation Journalists-in-Europe[11] (1997–98), a comprehensive one-year training scheme for mid-career journalists. He is also an alumnus of the State Department’s International Visitors’ program (IVP)[12] in the United States, the Goethe Institute, Berlin, and the University of Siena for Foreigners, Italy.[1][13]

Career in journalismEdit

As a Journalist, Author, Publisher, Media Consultant, Ayorinde has more than 24 years experience and has won many awards.[14]

His career started in 1991 at The Guardian Newspapers in Lagos, Nigeria which was renowned as the flagship in Nigerian Media Space at the time.[15] He was a pioneer staff of The Comet where he edited the Arts, Entertainment and Media Section (1999–2003),[16] after which he joined The Punch, Nigeria’s largest circulation newspaper. He worked at The Punch in various capacities, first as Arts Editor, United Kingdom Correspondent, Member of the Editorial Board and ultimately as Editor of the daily title[17]. It was at The Punch where he started his popular back-page column, "Something Before the Weekend",[18] which ran every Thursday. He later worked at the National Mirror, first as the Editor/Executive Director in charge of Publications and later as Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief between 2010 and 2013.[19] He has since practised as a syndicated columnist and Media Consultant and Strategist. He was the Director of Media and Communications to the Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organization between September 2014 and April 2015.[20]. He is the promoter of first Arts and Culture publication in Nigeria. It's called The Culture Newspaper (TCN)[21]


Ayorinde is the author of three books: Masterpieces: A Critic’s Timeless Report (Spectrum Books, 2008);[22] Abokede: The Man, The Hill, The City (ArtPillar Books, 2011)[23] and Cascade of Change: A Decade of Liberal Thoughts (Liberal Publishing, 2015).[24] He also edited For Law, For Country: Conversations with the Bar and the Bench (Global Media Mirror Publications, 2012).[25]

A committed member of the pen fraternity, Ayorinde has served the Nigerian Guild of Editors in various capacities over the past decade, as Assistant Secretary General; Vice-President (West) and Deputy President.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Steve Ayorinde is married to Temitope, with whom he has three children[27].


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  3. ^ Chika Ebuzor (12 November 2015). "Steve Ayorinde: Commissioner criticises media for culling The Economist's article on Ambode".
  4. ^ "Bamigbetan is Lagos' New Information Commissioner!". Gidi News. 11 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Ambode swears in 23 commissioners". Vanguard News. 19 October 2015.
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  13. ^ "Africultures - Biographie de Steve Ayorinde".
  14. ^ "Carcass of traditional media would soon be buried-Steve Ayorinde". Dayo Emmanuel.
  15. ^ Anote Ajeluorou. "Celebrating art writer, critic, Steve Ayorinde". The Guardian Newspapers.
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  20. ^ "Ambode names Steve Ayorinde 'campaign media director'".
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  23. ^ "Mary Martin Booksellers- Abokede : The Man, the Hill, t... - Steve Ayorinde (9789789192915)".
  24. ^ "Lagos State Government".
  25. ^ Steve Ayorinde, "Gbagbo, general elections and the Ides of March", Premium Times, 12 March 2015.
  26. ^ "Nigerian Guild of Editors Adopts Garba Deen Muhammad as President". The NEWS.
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