An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (ACIS).
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (FCMA).
Chief Bisi Akande was born on January 16, 1939 at Ila-Orangun in the present State of Osun, Nigeria.
By parentage, he comes from a long line of highly-respected warriors and administrators. His father, Pa Lawani Bamgbose Akande, was a grandson of Pa Ladimeji of Ile Asudan, Isedo quarters, Ila Orangun, who was one of the Generals in the Yoruba inter-tribal wars. His mother, Madam Hunmuani Akande, was a daughter to Chief Elemese Adesina of Ile Obalumo, Odo Ilegun (also in Isedo quarters of Ila-Orangun) — the traditional Head of Service in the kingdom of the Orangun of Ila.
After his primary school education at Native Authority School, Oke Aloyin, lIa-Orangun (1946-1952) and at Methodist School, Ode-Idanre (in the present Ondo State) in 1953, Bisi Akande started life as a shop keeper with B.M. Akadiri at Oke-Ola in Odode, Idanre.
He was subsequently lucky to become one of the pioneering teachers in the Obafemi Awolowo’s Free Primary Education programme (introduced in January 1955) at Ijama village of Idanre in the then Western Region of Nigeria. He later trained as a Grade III teacher at Divisional Teachers’ Training College, lle-lfe (1957 and 1958).