After working as an investment banker in the US and Nigeria, Godwin Obaseki served d as an economic adviser to the Edo State government for seven years under governo or Adams Oshiomole. Obaseki launched public finance reforms and attracted investors to fund major power, transport and water projects. He played a key role in getting World Bank funding, along with other foreign investment, for the Azura-edo power project. Obaseki also helped to launch a N25bn infrastructure spending programme in 2010. Close relations with Oshiomole, who is now chairman of the governing APC, helped Obaseki win the governorship in 2016. Because of Edo’s history as a spiritual centre in the Delta, Obaseki has been promoting a cultural renaissance. The Smithsonian Museum in the US, which is helping to renovate a museum in Benin City, has returned photos taken by a royal court photographer. Obaseki also personally financed a Nigerian contigent at the Venice Biennale in 2017. He has commissioned an export-processing zone in Gelegele, a project mooted in the ’60s by his grandfather, then the traditional prime minister of Benin. Under Obaseki, Edo has paid arrears to staff at the state’s tertiary education institutions. The state is financing a revamp to feeder roads in order to reduce gridlock.