10 Things You Don’t Know About Nigeria’s Minister Of Finance, Kemi Adeosun
Kemi Adeosun was an investment banker and was appointed by President Buhari as the Minister of Finance at a time when the Nigerian economy is in a critical condition due to the falling crude oil prices. She is a UK-trained accountant and has served as the commissioner of finance in Ogun state where she helped to raise taxes and also improved the finances of the state. She was actually an unexpected choice for the ministry of finance.
Below are 10 things you don’t know about Kemi Adeosun.
1. Born and raised in London
She was born in 1967 in London. She is the third in a family of four siblings and had most of her education in the UK. She often travel to Nigeria with her family.
2. Her father was a civil servant
Her dad was a civil servant in the United Kingdom where he worked as a civil engineer.
3. Adeousn was the former Commissioner of Finance in Ogun State
She was served as a commissioner of finance in Ogun State between 2011 and 2015. She helped the state to raise taxes and improve its finances.
4. She’s in support of Nigeria’s foreign exchange restrictions
Shortly before being appointed, she told reporters that she was in support of the country’s decision to restrict foreign exchange in order to help the economy. This however did not excite foreign companies that have been trying to lure Nigeria to reverse its decision.
5. She is a UK-trained economist and accountant
Kemi Adeosun studied applied economics at the University of East London. She also obtained a postgraduate diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London. Her career began in 1989 when she worked as an accounting assistant at British Telecom.
6. No political ambitions
She never had the thought of being a politician. She was however recommended by a friend for the job at Ogun State where she excelled in streamlining the financial affairs of the state and got good political reputation.
7. The ministerial appointment is her second public sector appointment
Her post as the commissioner for finance at Ogun state was her first appointment in the public sector. Her previous working experience were had in the UK.
8. Some believe she’s not experienced
When compared with the former Minister of Finance- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, some believe Kemi Adeosun is inexperienced in managing Nigeria’s finance docket.
9. Her nomination surprised the markets
Many business tycoons thought Buhari will appoint Okey Enelemah (he was a former Goldman Sachs banker as well as the founder of African Capital Alliance). Her appointment however was an unexpected choice for the ministry of finance.
10. She is Very private
Kemi Adeosun keeps her family life private. Ever since her first appoint as a Commissioner in Ogun State, you can hardly see her pics with any of her family or children on social media or any search engine. If you google “Kemi Adeosun’ Family or children”, only her photos will come up in search results.