Kemi Adeosun

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Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance
In office
11 November 2015 – 14 September 2018
PresidentMuhammadu Buhari
Preceded byNgozi Okonjo-Iweala
Succeeded byZainab Ahmed
Personal details
Born (1967-03-09) 9 March 1967 (age 53)
London, England[1]
Alma materUniversity of East London
ProfessionChartered Accountant[2]

Kemi Adeosun (born 9 March 1967) is the former Finance Minister of Nigeria and former chairman of the Board of African Export–Import Bank (AfreximBank).[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Kemi was born in 1967 in London, England to Nigerian parents from Ogun State.[6] She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of East London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1994.


Kemi began her career as an accounting assistant at British Telecom, London, from 1989 till 1990, after which she moved to Goodman Jones, London, working as a senior audit officer from 1990 till 1993. She becamemanager of Internal Audit at London Underground, London and Prism Consulting from 1994 till 2000 before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, London as Senior Manager from 2000 till 2002. In 2002, Kemi became financial controller at Chapel Hill Denham Management and subsequently, Managing Director in 2010. After working with Quo Vadis Partnership as Managing Director from 2010 to 2011, she was appointed Ogun State's Commissioner of Finance 2011. Kemi maintained this role from 2011 to 2015. She was a key part of Governor Ibikunle Amosun's Mission to Build, which turned around economic fortunes of the state[7]

In November 2015, Adeosun Kemi was appointed Nigeria's Minister of Finance by President Muhammadu Buhari.[8] During the annual general meeting of Afreximbank in Abuja to commemorate its 25th anniversary, Adeosun was elected chairman of the board of the bank. Kemi succeeded the outgoing chairman Ndagijimana Uzziel, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Rwanda.[9]

NYSC certificate scandal[edit]

On 7 July 2018, Nigerian online newspaper Premium Times alleged that Adeosun had illegally obtained her NYSC exemption certificate to get into public office. On 9 July, NYSC Director of Press and Public relations Adeyemi Adenike released a statement that confirmed that Adeosun legitimately submitted a request for an exemption certificate, but also stated that investigations were still ongoing to verify the approval of the exemption certificate.[10][11] On 14 September 2018, Adeosun resigned as Minister of Finance in a written letter to the President due to the alleged NYSC Certificate forgery scandal.[12] [13]

Political association[edit]

After officially being non-partisan throughout her career, Kemi Adeosun joined Nigeria's ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on 5 May 2018.[14]

Other activities[edit]

Professional memberships[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Key figures in Nigeria's new cabinet". Vanguard. Retrieved November 11, 2015.'
  2. ^ "Profile of the new Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Pete Guest. "Nigeria's Cabinet: Kemi Adeosun Tasked With Fixing Africa's Largest Economy". Forbes. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Daniel Magnowski (November 11, 2015). "Nigeria's Buhari Picks Ex-Banker Adeosun as Finance Minister". Bloomberg business. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Kemi Adeosun gets int'l job despite NYSC certificate scandal". Retrieved 2018-07-15.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Felix Onuah (Nov 11, 2015). "Nigeria's Buhari names banker as finance minister, swears in cabinet". Reuters. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Kemi Adeosun". African Development Bank. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  8. ^ "President Buhari assigns his newly-appointed ministers offices". Oak Tv. Oak Tv. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Kemi Adeosun elected Afreximbank board chairperson | TODAY.NG". TODAY.NG. 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  10. ^ Abdulaziz, Abdulaziz (July 7, 2018). "EXCLUSIVE: Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun skips NYSC, forges certificate". Premium Times. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  11. ^ "Adeosun applied for Exemption Certificate – NYSC". Vanguard. July 9, 2018. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  12. ^ "BREAKING: Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun resigns". Daily Post. September 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  13. ^ "Kemi Adeosun resigns". Punch.
  14. ^ "PHOTO NEWS: Finance Minister Adeosun picks up APC membership card". Premium Times Nigeria. 2018-05-05. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  15. ^ AfDB Annual Report 2017 African Development Bank (AfDB).
  16. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Nigerian govt. uncovers additional 11,000 ghost workers - OAK TV". Oak TV. Oak TV. Retrieved 31 December 2016.