Adeleye Ajayi was born in Lagos Island on October 18, 1965 into the family of Prince James Ade Ajayi, a devout Christian and Alhaja Mujidat Ajoke Ajayi of Ijebu Aiyepe, Ogun State. He is the second in a family of five boys.
He attended St. Peter’s (Faji) Primary School, Ajele, Lagos (1971-1975) and gained admission into Odogbolu Grammar School from Primary 5 in 1975. Ajayi was in the school from 1975 to 1980.
Two weeks after his West African School Certificate Examination, he got a job with the Government Coastal Agency on Creek Road, Apapa, which transformed into National Clearing and Forwarding Agency (NACFA). Ajayi worked in Records, Baggage and Claims Sections of the agency. In the Baggage Section, he was assigned to clear goods like cars and container-laden goods belonging to government officials coming from overseas at the Lagos ports. He was in the agency from July 1980 to July 1982.
Ajayi resigned his appointment with the agency and proceeded to Abeokuta Continuing Education Centre (ABEOCEC) under the proprietorship of the late Femi Oyewole and late Dotun Oyewole of blessed memory to advance his education.
In 1984, he gained admission to read Mass Communication in Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta (1984 to 1989).
Ajayi did the National Youth Service programme in Oyo State at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Ibadan National Station -1989 to 1990.
In April 1991, he was employed as a pioneer member of the Editorial Team of Champion Business magazine in the stable of Champion Newspapers as a Reporter/Researcher. He was in the organisation till 1992 when he resigned his appointment.
Due to his meritorious service during the service year in FRCN Ibadan, In 1992, Ajayi was invited for an appointment interview which he passed. He was employed as a Sub-Editor.
In 1993, the management of FRCN Ibadan deployed him to Lagos as the Lagos Liaison Officer/State Correspondent of the station till 1994.
In December 1994, Ajayi resigned his appointment with FRCN Ibadan and joined Godenmic Commodity Export Company Limited where he worked as Operations and Marketing Manager of the firm handling exportation of cocoa to U.K. and processed wood for exports.
Ajayi left the export firm in December 1995.
In 1996, he joined the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as an Economic Correspondent based on his background of export commodities market. He is presently a Deputy Editor-in-Chief in NAN.
In 2006, he gained admission into Lagos State University as one of the pioneer Post- Graduate students of Master in Communication Studies (MCS) where he was appointed as the Class Governor.
He also gained admission in 2007 to Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomoso where he read a course — Master in Transport Management (MTM) Shipping option.
Ajayi attended many local and international courses in Journalism.
He is a Fellow of Thomson Reuters Foundation course in Journalism in London; Fellow, Certified Institute of Shipping; Member, Nigerian Guild of Editors; Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR); and Member, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
In terms of positions held, Ajayi was a former President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN): 2009 – 2011; Ex-Officio, Lagos Council of NUJ: 2006 – 2008; and a former National Financial Secretary of the NUJ 2014 – 2015.
He contested the Lagos NUJ Chairmanship election in 2017 and narrowly lost by 16 votes.
Ajayi later won election as the Chairman, NUJ Lagos State Council in November 26, 2021.
He loves music, travelling and tourism.
He is married and blessed with children.