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"Olúwa ló pin, kí se agbára"

Ayinla Omowura


Oluseun Onigbinde

Co-founder, BudgIT & Chief Executive, Kwerty

Oluseun Onigbinde was born on September 18, 1985, in Osogbo, Osun State. He is from Ile Asipa, Masifa, Ogbomoso. Oluseun Onigbinde previously worked as Strategy Officer at First Bank of Nigeria. Oluseun Onigbinde is a member of the ONE Africa Policy Advisory Board. 

He is a member of Covenant Nation and Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala Itura, Ibadan. He is a member of Ikeja Dynamic Lions Club.  

Oluseun Onigbinde runs The Proximity Trust, a revolving fund with a focus on being proximate to his roots and communities. He has worked to rebuild a computer lab for his alma mater, Loyola College & also provides scholarship awards for youths in Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala Itura, Ibadan, since 2019.


Oluseun Onigbinde is an award-winning public data visualization expert and open government advocate and co-founder of BudgIT, the leading fiscal transparency & data visualization organization in Nigeria. Since 2011, he has worked to strengthen fiscal transparency in Nigeria, building a reputation for public sector efficiency.


His organization has reached over 12 million Nigerians and also support over 45 civil society organizations and public institutions such as NEITI, National Assembly, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and Kaduna State Government. Oluseun is a recipient of over 10 international awards. 

Oluseun Onigbinde chairs the Citizen's Gavel Board and is also a member of the board of trustees for SustyVibes & Eduplana. 


In 2018, Oluseun Onigbinde was selected by the Obama Foundation for its inaugural Obama Scholars Program at Columbia University. 

God's Engineering 

Global Leader

Oluseun Onigbinde has visited at least 28 countries expanding conversations on the need for accountability & inclusive civic engagement. He has contributed to over 40 BudgIT publications on issues of fiscal transparency, accountability, civic engagement, extractives reform and public sector reform. He has worked with the National Assembly on Cost of Governance reform committee and also briefly served as Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Assembly. 


He has made presentations at Chatham House, Bloomberg Media Innovators Africa (Naivasha & Dakar), Jesus House DC, This Present House, Covenant Nation's The Platform, Daystar’s Excellence in Leadership Conference, Open Government Partnership Summits (London, Paris & Ottawa), Skoll Foundation Summit (Oxford), Open Knowledge Conference (Helsinki & Berlin), African Philanthropy Forum and Transparency Camp. He's also TV analyst for Channels TV, CNBC Africa and TVC Nigeria. 

Oluseun Onigbinde received education at Loyola College, Ibadan, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Stanford University & Columbia University.


His work has been profiled/mentioned by CNN, New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, London School of Economics, London Stock Exchange, Pan-Atlantic University, Bella Naija and 234Next. He served as a technical consultant to the Access NG/SL consortium, a project funded by the US State Department and he has also consulted for various DFID projects on fiscal transparency, extractive reform, data visualizations and civic engagement.  


  • Africa's Top 50 Disruptor, The Africa Report 

  • World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

  • The UK International Leaders Programme Fellow

  • The French Government Prominent Persons Program Fellow 

  • Faculty, School of Politics, Policy & Governance 

  • Faculty, Emerging Political Leaders Fellowship

  • Obama Foundation Scholar, Columbia University 

  •  The New African Magazine Award for 100 Most Influential Africans 

  • The Africa Report Award for 100 Most Influential Africans 

  • Fiscal Commissioner, The Nigerian Economic Summit Group

  • Member, Expert Committee on Aig-Imoukhuede Public Sector Performance Index

  • Goalkeeper, Gates Foundation 

  • Seras Award for Outstanding Leader

  • JCI TOYP Award

  • BMW Responsible Leaders Network Member 

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow

  • Melvin Jones Fellow of International Association of Lions Club 

  • Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Scholar 

  • Quartz Africa 30 Innovators Award 

  • Stanford Draper Hills Summer Fellow

  • Aspen New Voices Fellow                                                   

  • Harambean (Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance)

  • Knight Foundation Fellow at the International Center for Journalists 

  • Ashoka Fellow

  • Past President, Ikeja Dynamic Lions Club

  • The Future Africa Prize Winner for Technology (2012)


The Guardian (United Kingdom) 

Oluseun Onigbinde has published six pieces on  The Guardian, the renowned United Kingdom newspaper, offering commentaries on Nigeria especially in areas of the economy, politics and finance. 

FACTS report

Oluseun Onigbinde published a journal in the Field Actions reports exploring in details the processes, contexts and impact of its work.  


The Aspen Institute: Development as Dignity 

Oluseun Onigbinde contributed to The Aspen Institute journal that explored the concept of “dignity” across different themes - health, development, accountability, enterprise and so on. Oluseun Onigbinde explained the need to distribute public data ubiquitously, affirming the right of citizens to access data as well as involvement in service delivery.

Data Journalism Handbook 

Oluseun Onigbinde was a contributor to the premier document on Data Journalism offering tips on how to make data interesting for the audience, based on his experience in delivering public finance data to Nigerians.


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