PROFILE: Ayodele Olawande, Minister of State for Youth and Ally of Seyi Tinubu

Last updated on October 4th, 2023 at 05:40 pm

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Ayodele Olawande aka “Ayo Wisdom” was confirmed as Federal Minister of State for Youth on Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

He will be working with Jamila Ibrahim to manage the Federal Ministry of Youth. He was nominated by President Bola Tinubu in September.

InfomediaNG learnt that the 34-year-old Ondo indigene Ayo Wisdom is the youngest minister in the Bola Tinubu-led cabinet alongside Dr Jamila Bio Ibrahim (another younger minister in Tinubu’s cabinet), who will be the “senior” minister in the Ministry of Youth.

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Here are the things you need to know about the youngest minister in Nigeria since 1999.

An Ally of Seyi Tinubu

During the presidential campaign, Ayodele worked closely with Seyi Tinubu, the son of Bola Tinubu, touring the major states seeking the support of youth.

Academic qualifications of Ayodele Olawande

Ayo Wisdom hails from Ondo State, Southwest region. He completed his secondary school education in Ekiti State at Christ School and then proceeded to the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, then went to Federal University of Technology, Akure, for his degree.

Political journey

He is an active youth mobilizer, especially for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo and Lagos State and he was appointed as the Youth Coordinator for the APC Lagos State Chapter.

And later the new minister of state for youth was the founder of the Action Youth Movement (AYM) and later the ICT director for Ondo APC.

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Until his nomination by the president, Ayo was the Strategic Communication Officer at Emerging Community Africa, a project of the European Union (EU) and also the Operation Manager at The Way Project Nigeria Limited.

He served in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari where he served as the Personal Assistant to the Special Adviser Innovation to the Vice President from 2019 to 2023.

Other personal and political roles he held in the past include:

  • Site Administrator/Engineer at Renz Nigeria Limited (2019-2022)
  • Director of Business at TEHUB (2020)
  • Director Operation at LAHHOMES (2020)
  • Field Officer at IDP/NSIP NSIO (2020-2021)
  • Former Southwest Co-coordinator. Asiwaju Grassroot Foundation (AGF)
  • Deputy Director Presidential campaign Council Youth Southwest 2023

He and Jamila await the screening and approval of the National Assembly.

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