Broadcast Journalist / Writer / Communications Specialist, Toronto, ON. Born: Toronto.
Dayo Kefentse is an award-winning broadcast journalist, as well as an accomplished host, reporter, writer, producer, videographer and communications specialist who has made her mark in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean.
As a journalist, Dayo has spent more than a decade writing, reporting and producing for media outlets including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) Toronto radio show, Metro Morning. She has also reported news for CBC Television in Windsor and Toronto, as well as for Rogers Television’s Toronto Living. Her company, Dayo Media! acted as a consultant for the Toronto District School Board’s Africentric Alternative School initiative, guiding the school board in promoting the school to the community. She has held high level communications positions with the government sector and this past March, she joined the University of Windsor as a Manager of News Services.
Honours: Canadian Ethnic Journalists & Writers’ Club award for an article co-written and published in the Toronto Star (2000); inclusion in the publication, Who’s Who in Black Canada (1st & 2nd editions).
Education: English degree from the University of the West Indies, Barbados (Cave Hill Campus); post-graduate certificate in Radio Broadcasting, Humber College.
Favourite book? I’m part of a Toronto-based Black book club called, the Black Starline Readers. Last season, we read the book, Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns – a book of short stories that really spoke to me. Totally recommended reading.
Favourite quote? My personal brand: “Empower, educate, engage and inspire.” In every way, in everything I do, I do what I can to live those words.
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Travel to Brazil. For reasons even I cannot explain, I know I must step foot in South America. My life will be changed once done.
What inspires you? Drive and vision.
Why do you do what you do? I do what I do because if I don’t, I wouldn’t be me!