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Akinlabi Olasunkanmi

Akinlabi Olasunkanmi
Senator for Osun Central
In office
May 29, 2003 – May 29, 2007
Preceded by Sunday Fajinmi
Succeeded by Simeon Oduoye
Federal Minister of Youth Development
Assumed office
26 July 2007
Preceded by S. A. Jakanda
Personal details
Born March 1956 (age 58)
Ode-omu, Osun State, Nigeria

Akinlabi Olasunkanmi (born March 1956), is a businessman, appointed as Minister responsible for Youth Development in the cabinet of President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria.


Olasunkanmi comes from a humble background in Ode-omu, Osun State, Nigeria. Olasunkanmi attended Howard University where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University.

Professional life

Initially a banker, Olasunkanmi is now known for his success in various business ventures. His financial success and philanthropy has contributed to his prominence in Nigerian high society. He was elected initially to the Senate under the flagship of the PDP, and joined the cabinet later on. He has held roles as Vice President for the Senate Committee on Education and an Ad-Hoc Senate Committee with the aim of investigating a corruption case involving a president and vice president. Olasunkanmi has founded many positives initiatives in the country. These range from providing motorcycle, sewing machines and boreholes for Osun State to implementing youth centers across the nation. Although intensely private, Olasunkanmi is a favorite amongst the people for his accountability, productivity and philanthropy.

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