Chief Adebisi Bamdele Akande, the Asiwaju of Ila Orangun, was born on January 16, 1939 in Ila-Orangun, Osun State, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (FCMA), a politician who served as Governor of Osun State from 1999 to 2003, and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Chief Akande worked for British Petroleum from 1963 to 1979 when, as Manager, System and Computer Services, he left (on a Leave of Absence) to serve in the Government of the old Oyo State: first as Secretary to the Government and, subsequently, in November 1982, he became the Deputy Governor to Chief Bola Ige.