15 Things You Need To Know About The New AfDB President
He wants to make agricultural millionaires
In December 2013, Adesina was named Forbes African of the Year for his reforms to the country’s farming sector. He was chosen ahead of some of Africa’s most prominent business people, BBC reported — people like Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia, also from Nigeria; Zimbabwe’s Strive Masiyiwa and South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe.
Although Nigeria is one of the world’s largest oil exporters, most Nigerians live in poverty, especially in rural areas.
In his Forbes acceptance speech, Adesina said, “My goal is to make as many millionaires, maybe even billionaires, from agriculture as possible.”