The seasons pass but Aliko Dangote remains grand, like the nurturant guardian whose tenderness and warmth blesses the land. In 59 years, Dangote has blossomed into a man of affluence and integrity. Fifty nine years may be a tiny fraction of time, yet the Chairman of Dangote Group looms large across generations into eternity. The story of his exquisite manhood resonates with a pleasant peal. To his staff members, family, friends, beneficiaries and other loved ones, his smiles have been their anchor, his shoulders their rampart of comfort. Dangote’s citizenship of humanity, they claim, depicts his love of life and undying compassion for the needy and less privileged. Born on April 10, 1957 into a wealthy Muslim family in Kano State, he studied Business at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and thereafter returned to Nigeria to borrow from his uncle, Sanusi Abdulkadir Dantata.
The uncle (Dantata) eventually gave him a loan of N500,000 when he was just 21 years old to start his own business.
Thus the Dangote Group, which started as a small trading firm was established in the year 1977. Today, it is a multi-trillion naira conglomerate with operations spread across neighbouring African countries including Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo.
There’s no doubt that he has done well for himself in the socio-political and economic milieu. As he turns 59 today, his best friend, also a Forbes certified billionaire, Femi Otedola, Chairman of Forte Oil, is hosting him to a private dinner.