Aliko Dangote Biography, Profile & Life History

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Updated Sept 9, 2012 – Nigerian Billionaire Aliko Dangote Biography, Profile & Life History

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Aliko Dangote, the First Nigeria’s Billionaire was born on the 10th of April year 1957. He is the founder of Dangote Group. He is considered one of the richest men in Africa.
He said “I assume I have to be rated by Forbes magazine prior to being called the richest man in Africa” But, you know, I’m very comfortable.

“He ranked first in Nigeria in Forbes Magazine’s 2008 list of the richest people in the world with a fortune estimated at 3.3 billion dollars.
Aliko Dangote is the ‘golden child’ of Nigerian business circles. The Dangote consortium spans across numerous sectors of the Nigerian economyThe Dangote Group suppliescommodities like cements ,sugar, salt, flour , rice, spaghetti, fabric etc at very competitive prices.

As a nonpartisan and detribalized businessperson, he is generous to different political parties, religious groups and cultural institutions.

Apart from offering employment opportunities to elite graduates from different ethnic backgrounds, he reduces the level of crime by engaging youths who are school leavers in the area of transportation, product packaging, security amidst others.

It may possibly not be a wild assumption to say that all Nigerian has heard of his name due to the impact of his business. His goods are practically in most homes across the country. People who may not use his products might have passed a few of his trailers by the way.

He’s into exporting, importing, manufacturing, real-estate and philanthropy. All of these are combined together to form what is known as the Dangote Group.
At the helm of its affairs as president and Ceo is definitely an humble person called Aliko Dangote. The focus of his investments is food, clothing as well as shelter.

The Dangote Group imports 400,000 metric tonnes of sugar annually which makes up about 70 % of the total requirements of the nation and is a major supplier of the product to the manufacturers of Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and Seven-Up in Nigeria.

It imports 200,000 metric tonnes of rice annually just as the company imports tonnes of cement and fertilizer and building materials. Dangote Group also imports fish and owns three big fishing trawlers chartered for fishing with a 5,000 MT capacity. The group exports cotton, cocoa, cashew nuts, sesame seed, ginger and gum Arabic to several countries globally.

His Beginning

Born in Kano, his grand father, the late Alhaji Sanusi Dantata provided him with a small capital to start his own business, as was the practice then. He thus started business in Kano in 1977 trading in commodities and also building supplies.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote moved to Lagos in June 1977 and persisted in trading cement and commodities. Encouraged by tremendous success and increase in business activities, he incorporated two companies in 1981. These as well as others that followed now make up the conglomerate known as The Dangote Group.

Company Activities

Dangote Group today is associated with diverse types of manufacturing with good revenues. Dangote textile and the Nigeria Textiles Mills Plc, which it acquired, produce over 120,000 meters of finished textiles daily. The group has a ginnery in Kankawa, Katsina State with a capacity of 30,000 MT of seeded cotton annually.

The sugar refinery at Apapa port, Lagos is the largest in Africa and in size the third largest worldwide with an annual capacity of 700,000 tonnes of refined sugar annually. It also has another 100,000 tonne-capacity sugar mill at Hadeja in Jigawa State.

Besides having significant investment in the National Salt Company of Nigeria at Ota, Ogun State, the group has salt factories at Apapa as well as Calabar, a polypropylene bagging factory which produces essential bags for its products, over 600 trailers for effective distribution network and goods meant for export can also successfully be transported to the respective ports.

A vehicle leasing unit with over 100 fully air-conditioned commuter buses, is also part of the Dangote Group. It is also into real estate with luxury flats and high rise complexes in Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Abuja and Kano. Dangote Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the group where yearly he spends millions for worthy causes such as contributions to educational and healthcare institutions, sinking of boreholes and giving of scholarships.

The Dangote Group has nationwide staff strength of 12,000 but on completion of on-going projects, it is expected to hit 22,000. Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s business success may be influenced by various factors. He seems to be broad-minded. Unlike some people, his Personal Assistant is Yoruba while his Head of Corporate Affairs is a Christian from Delta State.

In this encounter, Dangote talks about his driving force in business, the factors that have kept him above his contemporaries in business, his $800 million cement factory at Obajana, Kogi State and the N14 million mega company, which he and some industrialists have set up. Perhaps above all, his patriotic stance is commendable: “If you give me today $5 billion, I will not invest any abroad, I will invest everything here in Nigeria. Let us put heads together and work.”

As a self-employed person, with minimum basic education, he proves that business success is usually through strength of mind, honesty and perseverance; and not necessarily by obtaining Harvard-Oxford certificates or First-Class academic qualification. His managerial skills surely are the envy of economic professors.

Instead of stashing his funds in foreign accounts, a typical feature of fraudulent front and public office looters, Dangote invests wisely in the productive sector of the Nigerian economy.To deny that Dangote doesn’t have monopoly over a few of the commodities in the Nigerian market is to deny the obvious.

Recently himself and other notable Nigerians announced their intention to float a private sector mega company with the name Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (TCN), which amongst other things may acquire government-owned refinery, operate strategic state-owned coys and pioneer status in Agriculture & Information Technology.

SOME VIDEOS OF ALIKO DANGOTE

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYP-cuEnLH0

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mzkXXWlNQM

150 thoughts on “Aliko Dangote Biography, Profile & Life History

  1. I know, all dis ur achievemet as ones been a dream.kudos sir.i know success is a journey.i hope to meet u on the beaches of the world,c u there sir

  2. I thought i was the only one who luved and is inspired by Alh Dangote until i read all the comments on this page. Still i believe i am his biggest fan, some people in sch even nicknamed me Aliko and some see me and call me dangote for varrious reasons. He is my menthor no doubt, and i’ll empty all the cash in my bank acc just to have an hour conversation with him. I reserve all other comments for now as i am keeping my feets firmly on the ground and at the same time brimming with confidence. God bless us all, GOMA.

  3. Asalam aleikun mr aliko dangote gudmorning sir and happy ramadan kereem may allah reword us amen pls sir I need ur help sir am in niger state. My house rent has due about 3 month new and I am trying to roof a room in my house but my work is move fine pls asist me in name allah may god bless abondantly here is my account no 2018260782 onigbinde moyees abiodun

  4. A beacon of hope for the hopeless, an oracle of success, a legend self made… A mentor to the upcoming… More to Your entorage

  5. BRAVO sir..indeed u r a icon for nigeria for indulging into a positive thoughts and aiming lots of achievement. U”v done magnificiently in the economy sector.well keep d candle ligting. You have just achieve to an extense .am glad to inform you that i will be 10times greater than you.cos a day is like a 1000day..

  6. sir u are an a special creature of god,god create u for us in nigeria for purposes. and we realy grateful for god creating u.DIS MY NUM I ND HP TNKZ SIR 0X0CR0EDCDZ.

  7. Dear mr.aliko dangote,
    sir,may almighty god be with you for ever. Insha allah you will fulfill your dream of sweaping poverty from nigeria. And please step in to tea and garments business too.please
    thanks
    munna.

  8. Alhaji Aliko Dangote…i respect ur story alot…u didnt get an harvard certificate to satisfy purpose…u are my mentor in business

  9. aliko dangote,you are more than a mentor to this nation,ur achievement has thought me that success dose not only base on high education but strenght of maid and hard working. More grace to ur elbom

  10. Seriously i likes his determination. Pls sir i will soon graduate i want to get at least a mini-job in ur company. How do i get ur branch in owerri, Imo State. Help me. 08101526479

  11. This humble business magnate is truly an example of huge bed of success. May Allah continue to multiply him throughout generations

  12. God is indeed with U,people with Abrahamic kinda blessing are not swayed by rumours or tongue say!!! Ur indeed the FATHER of AFRICA!!!

  13. This humble business magnate is truly an example of huge
    bed of success….but still as an humble richest in africa not even just nigeria and still cheating worker under him, its very bad and unbearable for the workers in his company….rating him everyday and continue suffering workers…..pls get this message to him…make your workers believe they are working under the richest man in Africa!!!!!!

  14. I have the same vission like dangote, but had no helping hand to start up my business. I serve as an apprentice for six years still no help, all my dream is fading away. With just any amount,1million naira i can move a mountain. Somebody who cares should please help me. For enquries call regibest on 08065613767. God bless u all.

  15. Having seen and listened to this great and successful man in this video, I can surely say that my time has come to be like him. I say this because I have always yearned to see his face and some of his businesses. I will always keep him in my prayers and the more I pray for him I know that will be a response to mine aspirations. God richly bless you, Mr Dangote…..Amen!!

  16. Am a young Zimbabwean man am proud of you Sir Aliko . I also believe in self employment I used to work for this famous company in Zimbabwe which sells meat the company is also on stock exchange but i quite because I also want my company to be on stock exchange in the next two years. I’ve received many awards for the best worker image if it’s your own company putting all the effort to your own things can your company not be on stock exchange .So I’ve started my own business and my name shall be known nationwide expect my name on magazines very soon .And remember for anything to exist it must exist as an idea so what’s on your mind and don’t wait on government !!!

  17. Am a young Zimbabwean guy am proud of you Sir Aliko . I also believe in self employment I used to work for this famous company in Zimbabwe which sells meat the company is also on stock exchange but i quite because I also want my company to be on stock exchange in the next two years. I’ve received many awards for the best worker image if it’s your own company putting all the effort to your own things can your company not be on stock exchange .So I’ve started my own business and my name shall be known nationwide expect my name on magazines very soon .And remember for anything to exist it must exist as an idea so what’s on your mind and don’t wait on government !!!

  18. Alhaji Dangote let me use this chance to say a big thank you to the things you have been doing to Africa most Nigeria you have change life’s of people thank you keep doing your thing

  19. I AM A GREAT FAN OF YOU SIR, THERE’S JUST ONE THING THAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU SIR, WHICH IS YOUR HUMBLENESS N INDISCINDISCRIMINATION IN RELIGON. I LOVE YOU SIR, MAY GOD ALSO TAKE ME TO THIS HEIGHT EVEN MORE

  20. I really love this man, for having the mindset to be investmenting in nigeria. The lord strenghtens him in Jesus name.

  21. our life is of total input of others who allow us to stand on their shoulders so we can see a distance far,reshape our thinking,a grate man once said life battle is not always won by strongest or fastest but sooner or letter the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.success come to those who think of it.so my fellow nigerians lets put an upright thinking falculty and lets move nigeria to a better place in d world.

  22. dangote u are a man with memory that work fast if not because of u i we not be able to eat food i tank u and greet u sir u are well done GOD we contitune to work with u AMEN sir and i need ur help sir dis is my number 08137916167.

  23. Dangote is a blessing to all we Nigerians. I deeply know that the lord will definitely continue to replenish him and make him more plentious in goods. once again more grease to your elbow sir.

  24. I’m a small businessman who needs empowerment & menter from people like you Mr Dangote i am a Zambian i sa lut u sir.Please i truly need yo help.my contact # 0975469820/0953330080

  25. Please sir i really needs u help, my deliver wit c/s operation. Dis my phone no 08039393084, am in onitsha anambra state

  26. Dear sir,I would be very grateful if i could meet you for even just ten minutes,anytime you come to Ghana,to learn from you personally. You are really a great man.

  27. Please sir,Anytime you come to Ghana and wish to meet me,my number is 0244283397(Ghana)

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