President Muhammadu Buhari has acknowledged that the Africa richest man and philanthropist, Aliko Dangote has given new heights to Nigeria’s prestige and global reputation.
In a message congratulating the business guru on his 66th birthday, the President commended him for the numerous efforts he is making for our nation’s progress.
“He has given new heights to Nigeria’s prestige and global reputation. May the Almighty give him the strength and wisdom to do even more for the nation.”
Dangote was born in Kano, Kano State on April 10, 1957, into a wealthy Hausa Muslim family. His mother, Hajiya Mariya Sanusi Dantata, was the daughter of businessman Sanusi Dantata and his father, Mohammed Dangote, was a business associate of Sanusi Dantata.
Through his mother, Dangote is the great-grandson of Alhassan Dantata, the richest man in West Africa at the time of his death in 1955.
Dangote was educated at the Sheikh Ali Kumasi Madrasa, followed by Capital High School, Kano. In 1978, he graduated from the Government College, Birnin Kudu. He got a Bachelor Degree in business studies and administration from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.
Aliko Dangote is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the Dangote Group, the largest industrial conglomerate in West Africa.
According to Bloomberg Billionaires’ Index, Dangote’s net worth is estimated at US$19.9 billion as of April 2023, making him the richest person in Africa and richest black person and 83rd in the world.
Meanwhile, President Buhari leaves Nigeria for Saudi Arabia tomorrow, April 11 to, among others, perform lesser Hajj during his eight-day State Visit to the country.