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E25: Ayo Owodunni on winning the Kitchener City Councilor seat

E25: Ayo Owodunni on winning the Kitchener City Councilor seat

"I decided to try it out as an experiment."

I had goosebumps listening to Ayo Owodunni as he told me the story of Election Day…Gosh.

Yes, it was an experiment. Yes, he didn’t expect to win. Yes, they had no idea what they were doing.

But listening to his backstory, this win was years in the making.

He joined me on The Newcomers Podcast to chat about:

  • Overcoming his fear of knocking on doors

  • The power of systems

  • The value of building immigrant communities

  • Stamping out the suffering Olympics mentality of older immigrants

  • The four types of networks you need to succeed as an immigrant, and more.

Ayo Owodunni is an inspiration. Nuff said.


  1. His book on Inclusive Leadership - The Immigrant View is a great read on helping immigrants thrive in any organization.

  2. You can follow him on LinkedIn here.

  3. He also has a new book coming out soon titled “Dear Immigrant, Soar!


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