Dr. Akinwumi Adesina Biography, Age, Family, Early Life, Education, Career And Net Worth

Akinwumi Adesina Biography
Akinwumi Adesina was the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria and presently serving as the President of the African Development Bank.
He has also served as the Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
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Akinwumi Adesina Profile

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Full Name: Akinwumi Akin Adesina
Date of birth: 6th February, 1960
Age: 59 years
Nationality: Nigeria
Education: University of Ife, Purdue University 
Wife: Grace Adesina
Children: Rotimi Adesina, Segun Adesina
Occupation:  President of the African Development Bank

Akinwumi Adesina Biography, Date Of Birth, Family, Early Life And Education

Dr. Akinwumi Akin Adesina was born on the 6th of February, 1960 to a Nigerian farmer in Ibadan, Oyo State. He had his early education is a village school and proceeded to the University of Ife, Nigeria where he graduated with a Bachelors in Agricultural Economics with First Class Honours. He furthered his education at the Purdue University in Indiana and returned to Nigeria in 1984 to get married to Grace.
Akinwumi and Grace Adesina
In 1988, he finally obtained his PhD (Agricultural Economics) and won the Outstanding PhD Thesis for his research work.


In 1990, he stated serving as a senior economist at West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) in Bouaké, Ivory Coast. The appointment ended in 1995.
He also worked as the representative of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1999 to 2008. From 2003 until 2008 he served as an associate director for food security.

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina served as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. Due to his reform in the of Nigerian agriculture, he was named as Forbes African Man of the Year.
Among his good works was the introduction of more transparency into the fertiliser supply chain. He also planned giving out mobile phones to farmers though it proved difficult due to that lack of mobile network in some Nigerian areas.
In 2010, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General appointed Akinwumi as one of the 17 global leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals.

Akinwumi Adesina became the first Nigerian to hold the post of the President of the African Development Bank after he was elected on the 28th of May, 2015. He launched a master plan based on energy, industrialisation, agriculture, regional integration and bettering Africans' lives. 
In 2016, he was again appointed by Ban Ki-moon to serve as member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.

Personal Life

Akinwumi Adesina met his wife while schooling at the Purdue University, Indiana, United States. They both worked with another couple and started a Christian group called the African Student Fellowship.
Akinwumi Adesina and Grace Adesina are happily married and have two children, Rotimi and Segun.


• Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2012)
• Grand Officier of the National Order of the Lion of Senegal (2015)
• Grand Officier of the National Order of Merit of Niger (2017)
• Grand Officier of the Order of Valour of the Cameroon (2017)
• Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Africa of Liberia (2018)
• Grand Officier of the Order of Mono of Togo (2018)
• Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit of Tunisia (2019)


• YARA Prize for the African Green Revolution in Oslo (July 2017)
• Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture (2008)
• Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Franklin and Marshall College (2010)
• Forbes Africa Person of the Year (2013)
• Winner of the World Food Prize (June 26, 2017)
• Honorary Doctor by Afe Babalola University (2018)
• Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by the University of Alberta, Canada (June 4, 2019)

Social Media Handles

You can connect with Dr. Akinwumi Adesina on
Instagram @Dr._Akinwumi_Adesina
Twitter @Akin_Adesina
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