15 Things You Need to Know About the New AfDB President
Nigeria’s popular Agriculture Minister, Akinwumi Adesina, was elected president of the African Development Bank on May 28, beating out seven other candidates for Africa’s top banking job.
Credited with making agriculture cool, even hip, Adesina endeared himself to unemployed and under-employed Africans — not just in Nigeria, but all over the continent.
In 2013 Forbes named him African of the Year for his reforms to Nigeria’s farming sector. In his acceptance speech, he said his goal was to make as many millionaires, maybe even billionaires, from agriculture as possible.