Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
Office Dates: May 2015
Address: State Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja
Birth Date: 14TH June 1963
Birth State: Lagos State
Political Party: All Progressive Congress (APC)
Spouse: Bolanle Patience Ambode
State: Lagos State
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was born on 14th June 1963 to the family of Festus Akinwale Ambode in Epe Lagos.
He attended St. Judes’s Primary School, Ebutte Meta Lagos in 1969. In 1974, he proceeded to Federal Government College Warri for his secondary school education. In 1981, he emerged the second best student in West Africa in the Higher School Certificate Examination. He proceeded to the University of Lagos for his higher education where he obtained a Bachelors Degree (BSc.) in Accounting in 1984.
He started his career with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sokoto, Sokoto State as a Corp Member during his one year Mandatory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Programme. The Lagos State Waste Disposal Board (Now LAWMA) later employed him as an Accountant on Grade 11. While pursuing his Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) exams he was awarded a Federal Government Scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Accounting at the University of Lagos. By 1987, he had qualified as a Chartered Accountant and had completed his Masters Degree programme in Accounting, specializing in Financial Management. In 1988, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was appointed the Assistant Treasurer, Badagry Local Government. In 1991, he was posted to Shomolu Local Government as Auditor and later deployed to Alimosho Local Government as Council Treasurer.
In 1998, he 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 program he 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. On his return from the programme, he became acting Auditor General for Local Government. In 2001, the State House of Assembly confirmed his appointment. In January 2005, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was redeployed to mainstream public service as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance. By February 2006, he was given the added responsibility of Accountant General for Lagos State, in charge of all the financial activities of the State.
After 27 years in the civil service, Ambode voluntarily retired in August 2012. He founded Brandsmiths Consulting Limited to provide Public Finance and Management Consulting services to government at all levels, both parastatals and agencies.
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is an active member of the Federal Government College, Warri Old Students Association (FEGOCOWOSA). He was two-time chairman of the Lagos State Branch, and until recently, the National President of the Association, a position he held for three years. His belief in mentoring and passion for passing on leadership skills gave birth to La Roche Leadership Foundation, which he founded in 2012.
In May 2015, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode contested in the gubernatorial elections under the membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and emerged winner, hence, Governor of Lagos State.