Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and Nigeria Agriculture and Rural Development Minister is the new president of the 50 year old African Development Bank (AfDB).
Adesina who has published 32 international articles in international journals and quoted in 42 selected book chapters and major conference papers trounced seven other candidates in a tightly contested poll held in Sofitel Hotel in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
He will, take over from Dr. Donald Kaberuka who is retiring after serving the bank for the last 10 years.
He becomes the eight president of the bank. The other past presidents include Mamoun Beheiry (Sudan) November 1967 – August 1970, Abdelwahad Labidi (Tunisia) August 1970 – May 1976, Kwame Donkor Fordwor (Ghana) May 1976 – July 1979, Wila D. Mungomba (Zambia), June 1980 – May 1985, Babacar Ndiaye (Senegal), May 1985 – August 1995, Omar Kabbaj (Morocco) August 1995 – August 2005, Donald Kaberuka 2005-2015.