Five Minute Firesides with Founders: Canva Expert Ayodotun Akinfenwa

This week's 5 Min fireside chat is with Canva Expert Ayodotun Akinfenwa

Meet Nigerian Canva Expert Ayodotun Akinfenwa

Today I am back with another in my series of Five Minute Firesides with Founders – Canva Experts spotlight. Today we’re off to Lagos in Nigeria to meet “Ayo”.

Name: Ayodotun Akinfenwa

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Business Name: Lifestyle Hues Brand Consulting:

Tell us briefly about your background

I am the Founder/CEO of Lifestyle Hues Brand Consulting, a boutique marketing agency, here in Lagos, Nigeria. My core strengths built in the last 14 years of my career are in Strategic Marketing and Branding and Communications Corporate Image/Reputation Management, Training/Curriculum Building and Project Management etc.

I have a BSc in Mass Communication and an MSc in Marketing both from the University of Lagos I also have a Diploma in Professional Marketing (Level 6) from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK (CIM) which I obtained in 2020. I am also full member of CIM UK as well as an Associate Member of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON).

Working with big brands…

I kicked off my career working on some of the biggest international tobacco brands and campaigns across West Africa including Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and London King Size which I did for 8 years. I started her business in 2016 working with businesses who are o build brands or market their services.

Since 2017, I has been training over 10,000 individuals, businesses owners and corporate staff in the areas of Branding, Marketing, Content Strategy/Development, Customer Service, Social Media Marketing and DIY Graphic Design (Canva) via live classes and workshops, online courses and masterclasses.

How did you first hear about Canva/when did you join? And when did you become an ambassador?

I first heard about Canva through my mentor.

I remember opening my account in 2016 and closing the tab. I didn’t get it the first time, the second or third but after a while I came back and we have been inseparable since!

I became a CCC in March 2020 and an Expert in March of 2022.

What are your fave features in Canva? What feature could you not live without?

I’m completely obsessed with presentations. I can’t tell you all the amazing work I have done with Canva. From pitch decks, strategy presentations, classes, to course materials, it is such an enabler! It’s PowerPoint on steroids

The studio recording feature isn’t bad at all, i like it because I am trainer and a speaker- slides with my face and voice? Brilliant. I can share my great ideas with literally no limits! The sound quality is so great too.

Recommend a few non-Canva tools or resources you love…

  1. Inshot App
  2. MailChimp because you should take your business beyond social

What sort of Canva business do you have?

I train via online masterclasses, my video online course and live workshops.

My team and I also design communications for clients on Canva and we have a professional graphic artist on payroll, still we lean on Canva in a lot of ways!

Where can people find you?

You can find me on my Instagram, on LInkedin and my Twitter.

In Summary

Thanks so much to this week’s Canva Expert Ayodotun Akinfenwa for telling us a bit more about her and her business. She is someone that has amazing energy that surrounds here – in her messages whether that’s to me personally or on her online activity. What a joy!

If you’ve missed my chats with other fellow Canva Experts, you can see Hadas from Israel here, and Brenda in Canada here.

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