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Akin Rotimi was born in 1981 to parents who were Public Servants. He is a Strategic Communications professional who served the Dr. John Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State, Nigeria, first as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor in charge of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Governor’s Office, and subsequently as Principal Private Secretary to the Governor. He is the author of the book – ‘If Indeed This is the Will of the People: The June 21, 2014 Election in Ekiti State, Nigeria and its Immediate Aftermath’.
Before his Public Sector engagement, he had a diverse Private Sector background cutting across the Communications and Financial Services industries.
He has received several awards and recognitions, including the LEAP Africa National Youth Leadership Award (2009) and The Future Award (Team of the Year) (2010). He was admitted as an Associate of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) in October, 2009 and was hosted by the Department of State in the United States of America as an International Visitor in 2011, during which he received the award of Supremo Viajante Del Sudoeste from the International Visitors Council, El Paso Texas. He was nominated for The Future Award in the ‘Excellence in (Public) Service’ category in 2012, and was admitted as a ‘New Leader for Tomorrow’ by the Crans Montana Forum in Belgium in 2013.
Mr. Rotimi is an alumnus of King’s College Lagos. He holds a B.Sc (Hons.) degree in Geography from the University of Ibadan and a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos. He has also attended executive courses at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University; the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington DC; and the United State’s Institute of Peace also in Washington DC. He was recently admitted to the Georgetown Leadership Seminar, the premier executive education program of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
His interests influenced by his Christian faith include Peace Building, Youth Development and Public Sector transformation. This has taken him on volunteer missions to several countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. He is married to Augustina, a lawyer, and they have two daughters, Adetamilore and Adetimileyin.