Akinwunmi Ambode who is currently the Governor of Lagos State was born on June 14, 1963 in Epe, Lagos into the family of Festus Akinwale Ambode and Christianah Oluleye Ambode. He is also the founder of Brandsmiths Consulting Limited a Finance and Management firm which renders consulting services o government at all levels, its parastatals and agencies.
He attended St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebutte Meta, Lagos, from 1969-1974 and then proceeded to Federal Government College, Warri, Delta State where he had his secondary education.
Akinwunmi holds a bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Lagos in an addition a master’s degree in Accounting also from the University of Lagos. He equally qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
He was awarded the US Fulbright Scholarship for the Hubert Humphries Fellowship Programme in Boston Massachusetts. He also attended the Wharton Business School, for Advanced Management Programme, Cranfield School of Management in Cranfield, England, the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, INSEAD Singapore and Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Boston, U.S.A
From 1988-91, Akinwunmi Ambode was the Assistant Treasurer, Badagry Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 1991, he was posted to Shomolu Local Government, Lagos State, as an Auditor. He has also held the position of Council Treasurer in Shomolu Local Government in later years. He also previously served as Council Treasurer at Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State. In 2001, he became acting Auditor General for Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. In January 2005, Ambode was appointed the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance.
From 2006- 2012, Ambode was the accountant general for Lagos State, in charge of all the financial activities of the state and directly responsible for over 1400 accountants in the state service. Under his watch, the State Treasury Office (STO) revolutionized the way Lagos State finances were raised, budgeted, managed and planned. In his six years as the Lagos State accountant general, the state’s financial performance improved visibly with the budget performing at a remarkable average of 85% annually.
In 2012, he founded the non-profit La Roche Leadership Foundation which aims at installing Nigerian and Lagos State flags in all government owned schools in Lagos State.
Ambode ran for office of the Governor of Lagos State in April 2015 as a member of the All Progressives Congress and won the election thereby succeeding former governor Babatunde Fashola.
Akinwunmi Ambode got married to Bolanle Patience (née Odukomaiya) Ambode in 1991. They have three children together, twin boys and a girl.