When we say Nigerians all over the planet are making mind-blowing achievements, do not take it for granted. We mean serious business. Take for instance, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, second-time president of the African Development Bank. Have you read his profile before? Oh my, you will be amazed. If you’re not too familiar with what he has done, let me give you a quick rundown.
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First of all, this great man was formerly Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. But right before then, he was also Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). However, Dr. Akinwumi is best known internationally for his presidency at the African Development Bank. First elected in 2015 and then re-elected for a second term in 2020, his tenure at the ADB has proven beyond doubts that he has got what it takes. Let it not surprise you too much, but he is the first Nigerian to hold that post and lead Africa’s most valuable institution.
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Secondly, in 2013, he was honored for his immense contributions to the farming sector whilst Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria and was named Forbes Africa Person of the Year. A quick peek into his educational background tells us that he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics with First Class Honors from the University of Ife, Nigeria. He continued further studies at Purdue University, where he obtained his Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics) in 1988 and won the Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis for his research work. As you can clearly see, this trait of excellence has been visible for a long time now.
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Thirdly, as a globally-renowned development economist, World Food Prize Laureate, and Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Adesina has distinguished himself in driving a bold agenda to reform the ADB and accelerate Africa’s development. ADB, which is Africa’s premier development finance institution, has boasted of impactful results on the lives of 335 million Africans during Adesina’s first term. This includes improved agricultural technologies for food security, access to finance, improved transport, and sanitary conditions. The Bank was also ranked the 4th most transparent institution globally by Publish What You Fund, bolstering its strong governance credentials for transparency and accountability under his leadership.
Finally, our hero for today is known as a sharp-dresser. His well-tailored suits, immaculate white shirts, and an endless supply of colorful bowties show that even in the fashion department, he is still a star.