Aliko Dangote Gives Super Eagles N130 Million For Reaching AFCON 2013 Final

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Feb 7, 2013 – Aliko Dangote Gives Super Eagles N130 Million For Reaching AFCON 2013 Final

President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has splashed the sum of N130 million on the Nigerian national team, Super Eagles for reaching the finals of the ongoing 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa.

The national team, Super Eagles reached the finals of AFCON 2013 by thrashing the Malian national team 4-1.

A statement from Dangote Group explained that the gesture is part of Dangote Group’s corporate social responsibility ( CSR ) to promote and encourage sports development in Nigeria. The donation is to acknowledge the exploits of the national team at the AFCON and stimulate them to bring home the coveted trophy.

Sports minister Mallam Bolaji Abudllahi speaking on the donation said: “Dangote has always demonstrated commitment to Government and people of Nigeria. We are happy over the gesture shown to the players and the coaching crew. It is an example for other well-meaning Nigerians to follow.”

Football enthusiasts are commending Aliko Dangote on the gesture describing it as a necessary tonic that would inspire the Super Eagles to win the final match on Sunday February 10 against the Stallions of Burkina Faso.

Ephraim Ubong, a football lover and Super Eagles supporter believes that the donation would spur the national team to win the trophy. Ubong, a staff of a creative agency in Lagos charged other wealthy Nigerians and organizations to emulate Dangote by donating cash and materials to the national team.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons, kicked off from January 19 while the finals will be played on February 10, 2013. The competition is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Starting from this edition, the tournament was switched to being held in odd-numbered years instead of even-numbered years so that it does not clash with the FIFA World Cup.

The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the representative from CAF.

Dangote, a renowned philanthropist, uses the Dangote Foundation as a vehicle to drive his corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Each year, he spends hundreds of millions of Naira in donations that add value to the society both within and outside the shores of the Nigeria. The Foundation intervenes in the areas of health, education and empowerment. The Foundation is also involved in providing humanitarian aid to victims of natural disasters.

Dangote Foundation donated $2million in September 2010 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help the survivors of the devastating floods in Pakistan. This would be the first time that an individual would make an unsolicited donation to the UNWFP.

Back home in Nigeria, he donated $2.6million on October 5, 2012, to assist flood victims in Kogi State Nigeria, which is one of the heavily impacted states in the flood disaster that affected 23 out of 36 states of the federation in October 2012. He also made a donation of $16million in November 2012, to augment the Nigerian government’s effort to raise funds for the flood victims.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has sponsored Young Global Leaders (YGLs) from Africa to attend meetings of the WEF. This is informed by his belief that the youth are the future leaders and as such should be nurtured to enable them to play this role.

Through his massive investments across Africa, Dangote has helped to create jobs and improved on living economies. His investment in Sephaku Cement of South Africa, estimated at R779million in 2010, is to date, the largest foreign direct investment by an African company in that country. He has also put Nigeria’s name on the world map as a major manufacturing hub for cement.

[Credit: Daily Post]

14 thoughts on “Aliko Dangote Gives Super Eagles N130 Million For Reaching AFCON 2013 Final

  1. before given money to the once that already have, he better help the poor Nigerian… cuz of the bad situation in Nigeria Nigerians are doing all sort of things just to survive….. Amo jallow The Gambia

  2. Why can’t our rich men reason even for a seconds, given such huge amount of money to the players that already had plenty in their stock, where as a lot of nigerians still wallowing in poverty. Food for thought.

  3. Dangote you are a man that others need to emulate your precious attitude,but sir why not organizing ”loan” to help the graduate who graduated for years but still jobless on the street,so they can start whatever business they intend to and pay back as soon as possible……….the youth need capital/loan to start something meaningful sir,thanks

  4. What a rubbish! Mr Millionaire; given such amount of money to those that already have, it’s just a wasted . .why can’t you be helping needy . .

  5. Datz gud of him and a way of motivating d players, bt i think is just like adding a bucket of water to a drum full instead of adding it to an empty cup. There are millions of nigerians who could nt afford a complete daily meals. Any is a business strategy.

  6. God bless you Dangote. Amen. We hope other well to do citizens of Nigeria will emulate this humanitarian gesture.

    • Alico Angote may God protect u and ur family,keep fit God is in control .pls i want to start a busness pls help me with #200 thounsand naira dis my acc no 3047008365 and acc name ogbonna kevin first bank plc God bless u.

  7. Thanks and bless you sir Aliko Dangote, for what you have done on behalf of all nigerians, it is the price of victory to the glory of God.

  8. Imagin waste of money wen i’m searching 4 two hundred thousand to start my computer institution..GOD pls touch the heart of Mr. Aliko Dangote to send the money to my acct. Paulinus idogwu 0530001032830 eco bank. Any bdy else cn help pls. Ny num 07039121955

  9. You see, there’s reward for doing good. So do JESUS CHRIST gives rewards to those who have choosen him. The qts is Do u knw jesus?

  10. It is sickling to read published nonsense in our tabloid. The media give voices to the wickedness of the imperialist and polish it to sweetened the frail hearted who take anything for what it is. It is a total shame for national leaders to sell the glory of the country. Jimmy Cater, Bill Clinton should have as well come to Nigeria or South Africa or Botswana to launch their foundation. Shameless leaders. I careless the pursuit of the foundation. what again can it be if not to raise fund for the “BABA.” very disguisting!

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