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Ayo Awotona

Ayo Awotona

International Public Speaker, Presenter and Mentor that specialises in confidence building for girls and young women

Ayo Awotona is a female public speaker and mentor that specialises in confidence building for girls and young women. Ayo has spoken at conferences internationally as well as visited various parts of the world speaking to thousands of students delivering high impact workshops and assemblies that increase confidence, aspirations and attitude towards education.

Ayo Awotona specializes in helping girls in Education (re)build their self-esteem in the digital age, with a focus on confidence-building and resilience. She is a renowned Keynote Speaker, Founder & CEO of an educational company - Joy Uplifts, Author, Educator, self-taught Spanish Speaker, and Content Creator.

Being regularly cited as a highly engaging and relatable role model to young women, Ayo’s core message is based on self-worth – focusing primarily on providing growth mindset tools and strategies. Growing up, Ayo struggled with body image dysmorphia, almost committing suicide, and low self-esteem. She was someone who appeared rather 'tough' and 'confident' on the outside, but behind closed doors, wrestled with toxic thinking regular basis.

This is the fuel behind her mission. Raising tomorrow’s female leaders with healthy self-esteem & well-being. Ayo has empowered over 35,000 young people, parents, and educators across the United Kingdom, Central America, and Nigeria through delivering high-impact programs, assemblies, and keynote speeches. She continues to make an impact across the world!

You can watch Ayo in action here.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Just to say that we had a fantastic morning with Ayo yesterday. She was brilliant and the girls loved her talk."

– Nancy Burley, Press and Communications Officer, James Allen’s Girls’ School

"Ayo was absolutely fantastic!! I can’t find enough adjectives to express how the students were focused throughout the entire hour assembly. Ayo covered everything we wanted and the staff and students were talking about Ayo all day."

– Rose Francis, Year 10 Standard Leader, Sanders School

"We had Ayo working with our Year 9's, 10's and 11's and the feedback has been fantastic. They really loved it, and they've left today feeling really motivated and inspired."

– Rachel Adepoju, Deputy Headteacher, Castleview School

"Ayo was excellent, inspirational and she related to the students aspirations (lots of positive responses from students)."

– Leona Lysandrou, KS3 Co-Ordinator, St Anne's Catholic High School​

Ayo was brilliant! Nothing but positive feedback from us!

– Sam Lock, PSHE Co-ordinator, Saffron Walden County High School

"Role model for our young females. Ayo delivered a very powerful assembly to our students, managing the difficult balance between authority and relatability. Her workshops which followed had a positive impact on our students, who have requested she returns!"

– James Whelan, Vice-Principal, Harris Academy Morden

"Ayo’s workshop was so wonderful. Her positive energy and message really resonated with the girls. We love the dance session too! Girls responded very positively to Ayo’s main message: loving yourself is a top priority."

– Francis Academy Regents Park, Jane Melchers, Assistant Head of Sixth Form

"I have come into school today and have been bombarded with so many positive comments about the 'Self-Esteem' session. The girls absolutely loved it and said it was really fun, relatable and engaging. They all felt that Ayo has helped them with their confidence and self-belief. The staff said they went in to mark at the back of the room but you were so engaging they couldn't help but listen. Steve and Lucy who took the video and photos said they didn't want to leave."

– Sophie Manley, PSHE Coordinator,Talbot Heath School

"The talk went very well indeed. It was a good session for the girls."

– Ruth Wynne, Headmaster’s PA, St Benedict’s School

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