BREAKING: Professor Akinwumi Adesina Wins 2019 African Of The Year Award

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank, AfDB, has won the 2019 African of the Year Award by African Leadership Magazine, in South Africa.
Adesina was the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, during the tenure of former President, Goodluck Jonathan. 

In a speech delivered by the Publisher of the Magazine, Ken Giami, on Sunday, he described Adesina as Africa’s Developer-in-Chief.

The African Leadership Persons of the Year Investiture Ceremonies and Awards gala night, took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday.

Giami explained that the winner of the award emerged through vigorous and transparent processes across the continent.

He said that this year’s edition, which was the 8th in the series, attracted over 300,000 votes and a remarkable 2.2 million engagements across the various social media platforms continent wide, roughly a 35 percent increase from the 2018 edition.

“We are very happy with the growing involvement of Africans from all shades of thought in the selection process, and we trust that it will continue to grow.

“We also want to very specially celebrate the winner of our 2019 African of the Year Award, Adesina, President of AfDB, whose image as Africa’s Developer-in-Chief, Africa’s investment Mobiliser-in-Chief, and Africa’s Optimist in-Chief, is both legendary and game-changing for the continent.

“They have secured for themselves, a place in the Africa’s best 11 team. We are very proud of the work they do, and are happy to be identified with them”, the Publisher said.

In his remarks, Adesina commended the management of the Magazine, for the recognition and honour done him.

“To say that I feel humbled is an understatement. Humbled to be recognised for my very modest achievements and contributions to Africa.

“Humbled to be nominated by what I gather to be the 60 percent of the votes cast by some one million people. Humbled to be at the helm of an organisation that is making a tremendous difference across Africa.

“Humbled to be an African, and to be recognised by one’s own. Honoured to be on this platform, on account of the voices of the people”, he said.

He dedicated the award to his wife, to all his staff and colleagues in the bank.

“I also dedicate this award to all those I have worked with my entire life, to Nigeria, which always gave me air in my lungs, to all African countries, and to all Heads of States and Governments across Africa, for their unrelenting support.

“I dedicate this award to the young mothers, struggling to bring up a child, to the farmer in search of a better tomorrow, to the youth of Africa, longing for a better future, and to Africa’s Journalists who risk their lives in helping to tell Africa’s true story.

“And I dedicate this award to you all, who voted for me, because you believed in me and wanted to encourage me. Your votes got me here today.” 

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