Biography of Akinwumi Ambode

Name Akinwumi Ambode
Date of Birth June 14, 1963
Nationality  Nigeria
Spouse Bolanle Patience Ambode
Occupation  Accountant/ Nigerian Politician 
Position Held Governor
Date 2015-2019

Akinwunmi Ambode was the former Governor of Lagos State . He was a civil servant for 27 years and a financial consultant before running for public office as Governor of Lagos State in 2015.

Akinwunmi Ambode’s date of birth is 14th of June, 1963 in Epe city, Lagos State. He is the sixth child in his family.

The late father of Mr. Ambode, Festus Akinwale Ambode served as a teacher. His mother, Christianah Oluleye Ambode was a business woman.

Educational background

In 1969, Akin Ambode started his primary schooling at Ebutte Meta, Lagos. He attended Federal Government College Warri for secondary school education.

Ambode lived in Warri for seven years. Ambode finished his secondary education and got the second best result in WAEC in the final. Mr. Ambode studied accounting at the University of Lagos and became graduate in 1984 at twenty-one years old.

Akinwunmi Ambode further improved his education in the best educational institutions of Europe and the USA. He studied programs and courses in such prestigious universities and schools as:

• Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

• Cranfield School of Management

• Institute of Management Development (Lausanne, Switzerland)

• John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard

Moreover, he served a year with NYSC in Central Bank of Nigeria.

Professional career

From 1988-91, Akinwunmi Ambode was the Assistant Treasurer, Badagry Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 1991, he was posted to Somolu Local Government, Lagos State, as an Auditor.

He has also held the position of Council Treasurer in Shomolu Local Government in later years. He also previously served as Council Treasurer at Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State. In 2001, he became acting Auditor General for Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. This position was confirmed by the State House of Assembly.

In January 2005, Ambode was appointed the permanent secretary of the

Federal Ministry of Finance .

From 2006- 2012, Ambode was the accountant 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.

Consulting career

In August 2012, he voluntarily retired from civil service after 27 years . He founded Brandsmiths Consulting Limited to provide Public Finance and Management Consulting services to government at all levels, its parastatals and agencies.


Ambode is an active member of the Federal Government College Lagos , Warri Old Students Association (FEGOCOWOSA) and is credited with revitalizing the Lagos branch of the Association. Ambode was a two-time chairman of the Lagos State Branch, and, until recently, was the National President of the Association, a position he held for three years. In those three years, he executed key projects in the school in conjunction with the alumni network to improve the educational and living standards of the students.

Political career

Ambode ran for office of the Governor of Lagos State in April 2015 as a member of the All Progressives Congress , the state’s ruling party.

He won the election, just defeating the second-place candidate Jimi Agbaje of the People Democratic Party by 150,000 votes. He began his tenure as the governor of Lagos on 29 May 2015, succeeding former governor Babatunde Fashola.

He was the 14th govenor of lagos state. Ambode lost his political party the All Progressive Congress primaries election to Babajide Sanwo-Olu , denying him an opportunity to run for second term.

Personal life

Ambode’s wife is Bolanle Patience Ambode. They got married in 1991. The couple has two children. They are twins: a boy and a girl.

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