Ayode is a civil rights advocate who started his development work in the heydays of the pro-democracy group, the Campaign for Democracy (CD) and its struggle to compel the military to return to the barracks and entrench democracy in Nigeria. A graduate of English and Literature from the University of Benin, he is also the Secretary of the Board of Governors of the Freedom of Information Coalition (FOIC) in Nigeria.
He has subsequently streamlined his civil rights work from an engagement on pro-democracy and general human rights issues to a narrower focus on freedom of expression, access to information, media freedom and media development.
He is a trainer on freedom of expression issues and has trained representatives of civil society organization, media, public officials and other citizens on issues of media freedom and freedom of information. He is also a leading expert on media monitoring, covering content monitoring for radio, television, newspapers and online publications. He has led and coordinated several media monitoring projects that collated, analysed and reported on qualitative and quantitative media reportage of issues of corruption, election, impunity, human rights, among others.
He coordinates and reports on media issues including media freedom and development, opportunities, attacks on media etc.
He is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP), an exchange programme funded by the United States Department of States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).