Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is Forbes African person of 2013

Onyeka Ibeanusi  | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | 967 Total Views


This year's Forbes African person of the year is not one of the billionaires as expected, it is Nigerian Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina.

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has been named the 2013 Forbes African of the Year beating Nigerian billionaires Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia. Adesina was given the award for his reforms to the country’s agricultural sector.

"He is a man on a mission to help Africa feed itself", said Forbes Africa editor Chris Bishop.

"My goal is to make as many millionaires, maybe even billionaires, from agriculture as possible", Adesina said in his acceptance speech.