Akinwumi Adeshina: A True Pace Setter

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Our Made-In-Nigeria Ambassador of the week, Akinwumi “Akin” Adeshina is the President of the African Development Bank. Born, 6 February 1960, we are pleased to celebrate a true achiever and pace setter.

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).

Dr. Adeshina was elected as the President of the African Development Bank in 2015 and re-elected for a second term in 2020. He is the first Nigerian to hold the post.

He graduated with a Bachelors in Agricultural Economics with First Class Honors from the University of Ife, Nigeria (1981), where he was the first student to be awarded this distinction by the university. He pursued his studies at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. He obtained his PhD (Agricultural Economics) in 1988 from Purdue where he won the Outstanding PhD Thesis for his research work.

A true Made-In-Nigeria Ambassador, in 2013, he was named as Forbes Africa Person of the Year.

@mina.ng we celebrate our Made-In-Nigeria Ambassador of the Week, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina.


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