#55, Government, tech and ecosystems. Akin Oyebode

Akin Oyebode is the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF). The fund was established to provide financial support to residents of Lagos State, for job, wealth creation and to tackle unemployment.

Established in 2016, the fund seeks to invest N25 billion over four years.

Though he began his career as a Research Assistant at the Lagos Business School,  Akin has an extensive record of working in the Nigerian banking industry.

Before his appointment, he was the head of SME banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank and prior to that,  He was the Head Research, Insight, strategy Department at FCMB.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The influence of books on him as a young child
  • Akin thinks feminism has been alive in Nigeria for a very long time. The stories have just been untold
  • What was growing up on campus like? Akin says it was a sheltered make-believe life because basic needs were met
  • Why aren’t the best brains Nigeria taking up teaching jobs?
  • What was the effect of the collapse of the Soviet Union on its sustainability as an economic model?
  • The importance of ideology in shaping the economic and political landscape in Nigeria
  • The government and startups have similarities in the problem that they deal with. What is it?
  • How and why governance is more than politics
  • Akin has a long history in the banking sector. How did he make the switch from banking to holding a political position?
  • What does LSETF seek to critically and radically change?
  • What is the runway for LSETF? Is there limitless cash to make the mission a reality?
  • And more

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