Social media was agog on Tuesday being 28th July 2020 as renowned Television Station in Nigeria, Channel Television could not properly identify Adesina Akiwumi either as a result of lost of memory or mistake of identity.
It is in line with this unfortunate development that ourworldgist guest Writer Sani Michael omakoji have decided to do a brief profile of the personality of Akinwumi Adesina
Let us read him:
” Akinwumi “Akin” Adesina is currently 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 under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, 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 and he is the first Nigerian to hold the post
Early Life And education
Adesina was born to a Nigerian farmer in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He attended a village school and graduated with a Bachelors in Agricultural Economics with First Class Honours 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, briefly returning to Nigeria in 1984 to get married.
He obtained his PhD (Agricultural Economics) in 1988 from Purdue where he won the Outstanding PhD Thesis for his research work.
From 1990 to 1995, Adesina served as a senior Economist at West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) in Bouaké, Ivory Coast
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 he was an associate director for food security.
Adesina was the Nigerian Agriculture Minister from 2010 to 2015.
Adesina was named 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.
On 28 May 2015, Adesina was elected the presumptive President of the African Development Bank and he began his tenure of the office on 1 September 2015.
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.
While at Purdue University Adesina and his wife, along with another couple, started a Christian group called the African Student Fellowship.
He and his wife Grace have two children, Rotimi and Segun.
In 2013, he was named as Forbes Africa Person of the Year.
In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor by Afe Babalola University.
On January 28, 2020, he was awarded Honorary Doctor of Science by the Federal University Of Agricture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
2019 : Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit of Tunisia.