Nigerian Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina has been named Forbes African of the Year for his reforms to the country’s farming sector.
“He is a man on a mission to help Africa feed itself,” said Forbes Africa editor Chris Bishop. Analysts say Nigeria’s economy has long been dominated by oil, while agriculture has been ignored, even though it supports far more people.
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.