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Akinwumi Adesina

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Preceded by  Adamu Bello
Education  Purdue University
Succeeding  Donald Kaberuka

Name  Akinwumi Adesina
Nationality  Nigerian
Succeeded by  Audu Innocent Ogbeh
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Alma mater  University of Ife Purdue University (PhD)
Similar People  Donald Kaberuka, Ngozi Okonjo‑Iweala, Akinwunmi Ambode, Arunma Oteh, Jalloul Ayed

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Akinwumi Adesina is the President of the African Development Bank. He previously served as Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Until his appointment as Minister in 2010, he was Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). In 2015, he was elected as the President of the African Development Bank. He was the first Nigerian to hold the post.


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Early life and career

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Adesina was born to a Nigerian farmer in Ebadam, Ogun State. He attended a village school and received a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (1988), which Purdue recognized him as a honorary doctorate in 2015.

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From 1990 to 1995, Adesina served as a senior economist at West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) in Bouaké, Ivoary Coast.

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He worked at the Rockefeller Foundation since winning a fellowship from the Foundation as a senior scientist in 1988. From 1999 to 2003 he was the representative of the Foundation for the southern African area. From 2003 until 2008 to the present he was an associate director for food security.

Minister of Agriculture, 2010–2015

Adesina was the Nigerian Agriculture Minister from 2010 to 2015. During this time the Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was Ibukun Odusote. Adesina was named as Forbes African Man of the Year for his reform of Nigerian agriculture. He introduced more transparency into the fertiliser supply chain. He also said that he would give away mobile phones to farmers but this proved too difficult. One of the reasons was the lack of a mobile network in country areas.

In 2010, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as one of 17 global leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals.

President of the African Development Bank, 2015–present

On 28 May 2015, Adesina was elected the presumptive President of the African Development Bank. He began his tenure of the office on 1 September 2015. He is the eighth president in the organization's history, and the first Nigerian to hold the post.

He launched a strategy based on energy, agriculture, industrialization, regional integration and bettering Africans' lives. The Board of Executive Directors approved the reorganization of the structure around these five priorities. He also intends to launch 5 regional hubs to make the approvals next to the ground.

In September 2016, Adesina was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.

In 2017, he was awarded 2017 World Food Prize.


  • In July 2007, he was awarded the YARA Prize for the African Green Revolution in Oslo.
  • In 2008, Purdue University’s College of Agriculture gave him their Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award.
  • In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Franklin and Marshall College
  • In 2013, he was named as Forbes African Person of the Year.
  • On May 5, 2015, he was awarded an Extraordinary Achievement Award by Silverbird Television, Nigeria.
  • On June 26, 2017, he was named winner of the World Food Prize.
  • Personal life

    He and his wife Grace Adesina have two children, Rotimi and Segun.


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