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Akinwunmi Ambode
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Akinwunmi Ambode
All Progressives Congress candidate for
Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria
Incumbent Babatunde Fashola
Personal details
Born (1963-06-14) June 14, 1963 (age 51)
Lagos, Lagos State
Political party All Progressives Congress
Spouse(s) Christianah Oluleye Ambode
Residence Lagos
Occupation Public Finance Expert
Religion Christian

Ambode, Akinwunmi (Akinwunmi Ambode, Akin Ambode), a public finance management expert. Ambode was formerly the Accountant-General of Lagos State, Nigeria, and held many financial positions in the Lagos State government in a 27-year career in the Lagos State Civil Service.[1]


In 1974, Ambode gained admission into Federal Government College, Warri from Primary 5 and recorded the second best result in West Africa in the Higher School certificate examinations in 1981. He graduated with honours in Accounting from the University of Lagos at 21. 4. By the time he was 24, he had completed his Masters degree in Accounting on a Federal Government Scholarship and had also became a Chartered Accountant.[2]

In 1998, Ambode was awarded the US Fulbright Scholarship for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, in Boston University, Massachusetts, USA. His Fellowship Year was spent studying Public Leadership with emphasis on Finance and Accounting. During this programme Ambode had professional internships at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Cabinet Office of Administration and Finance (Governor’s Office), City of Boston Treasury Office as well as with the World Bank and IMF.[3]

Akinwunmi Ambode's Education[edit]

  • Boston University, Boston Massachusetts, United States. Hubert Humphrey Fellow, Accounting and Finance. 1998 – 1999
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. FCA, Accounting. 1999
  • Nigeria Institute of Management. MNIM, Administration and Management. 1989
  • University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. M.Sc, Financial Management. 1987 – 1988
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) 1987. ACA, Accounting. 1987
  • University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. B.Sc, Accounting. 1981 – 1984


Civil Service Career[edit]

After his NYSC year, Ambode commenced his career at the Lagos State Waste Disposal Board (now LAWMA) as Accountant Grade II. His career was fast-tracked and in 1988, Akinwunmi Ambode was appointed the Assistant Treasurer, Badagry Local Government. In 1991, he was posted to Shomolu Local Government as Auditor. He was later deployed to Alimosho Local Government as Council Treasurer. Ambode was posted back to Shomolu as Council Treasurer and later on to Mushin Local Government as Council Treasurer. He criss-crossed many Local Government Councils in different roles in a 10-year period and got a first-hand experience of the direct impact of governance on the citizenry.[5]

On his return from Boston, Ambode became acting AuditorGeneral for Local Government. This position was confirmed by the State House of Assembly in 2001. In January 2005, Ambode was redeployed to mainstream public service as the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance. By February 2006, Ambode was given the added responsibility ofaccountant general for Lagos State, in charge of all the financial activities of the state and directly responsible for over 1400 accountants in the state service. Under his watch, the State Treasury Office (STO) revolutionized the way Lagos State finances were raised, budgeted, managed and planned. In his six years as the Lagos State accountant general, the state's financial performance improved visibly with the budget performing at a remarkable average of 85% annually. Ambode believes that "public financial management is about ensuring that public money is well spent and it is made to stretch as far as possible. It provides leaders and public-sector managers with information to make decisions and to know if they are using resources effectively.[6]

Akinwunmi Ambode's Experience[edit]

  • Managing Director. Brandsmith Consulting Limited. August 2012 – Present. Nigeria
  • Permanent Secretary/Accountant General. Lagos State Government – Ministry of Finance. 2006 – 2012
  • Permanent Secretary. Lagos State Government – Ministry of Finance. 2005 – 2006
  • Auditor General. Lagos State Government – Office of the Auditor General for Local Government. 2000 – 2005
  • Assistant Treasurer, Auditor, Treasurer, Director of Finance. Lagos State Government – Local Government Service Commission. 1987 – 1999
  • Accountant II. Lagos State Waste Management and Disposal Board. 1985 – 1987[7]

The public consultancy[edit]

After his retirement from the Civil Service at 49, Akinwunmi Ambode established Brandsmiths Consulting Limited – a public finance and management-consulting firm where he serves as the Managing Consultant/CEO. The firm and its associates are presently working with State and Federal government agencies to cut-over to the new IPSAS system of public accounting which takes effect from 2014[8]

Community service[edit]

His belief in mentoring and passion for passing on leadership skills gave birth to La Roche Leadership Foundation, which he founded in 2012. This is a non-profit organization that has a mandate to develop the educational and leadership skills of young Nigerians, to inculcate in them leadership values as a way of grooming future leaders in all spheres of life. La Roche is presently spearheading an initiative, ‘The Flags Project’, to install Nigerian and Lagos State flags in all government owned schools in Lagos State. The Foundation has also donated tools to technical colleges to support training of artisans.[9]

News about Akinwunmi Ambode[edit]

  1. Lagos 2015: Is Akinwunmi Ambode Fashola’s Successor?
  2. Akinwunmi Ambode: The story of the Nigerian Dream
  3. Lagos 2015: The Ambode phenomenon
  4. Ambode, silent friend of the poor
  5. Ambode archive at The Nation Online
  6. Gbajabiamila, Lagos APC House Caucus Endorse Ambode for Governor


  1. ^ "Akinwunmi Ambode - Biography". Retrieved 08.06.2014. 
  2. ^ "The man who would be next Lagos governor". TheCable. May 17. 
  3. ^ "Akinwunmi Ambode - Biography". Retrieved 08.06.2014. 
  4. ^ "Akinwunmi Ambode - Nigeria". Retrieved 08.04.2014. 
  5. ^ "Akinwunmi Ambode - Biography". Retrieved 08.06.2014. 
  6. ^ "Akinwunmi Ambode - Biography". Retrieved 08.06.2014. 
  7. ^ "Akinwunmi Ambode - Nigeria". Retrieved 08.04.2014. 
  8. ^ "Akinwunmi Ambode - About". Retrieved 08.04.2014. 
  9. ^ "Akinwunmi Ambode - Biography". Retrieved 08.06.2014. 

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