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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Akinwumi Adesina Named Forbes African of the Year 2013

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has been named Forbes African of the Year 2013 for his reforms in the country’s farming sector.

Aliyu Tanko from BBC Hausa says Mr Adesina has introduced more transparency into the supply and distribution of fertiliser, which had previously been marred by massive corruption.

Adesina was chosen ahead of some of Africa’s most prominent business people: Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia, also from Nigeria; South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe; and Zimbabwe’s Strive Masiyiwa.

Mr Adesina said he wanted to help people become rich through farming.
"My goal is to make as many millionaires, maybe even billionaires, from agriculture as possible," he said in his acceptance speech.

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