Most people know Aliko Dangote as one of the biggest businessmen in Nigeria. Currently, he is the richest man in Africa with a net worth of $7.8 billion. He is the chairman of Dangote group that have over 20000 staffs. But not many people know that the successful Kano billionaire started small with a little loan from his uncle.
At 21, Dangote graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo Egypt where he studied business. After graduation, he returned to Nigeria to start his own business.
He ventured into business in 1977 with the little loan given to him by his uncle. 3 months after he started business, he paid back the loan, moved to Lagos and continued trading commodities and cement. But his success story will not be complete without mentioning his uncle, Abdulkadir Sanusi Dantata who gave him the loan to start his business. Abdulkadir died on February 7, 2012.
Abdulkadir was born on September 1, 1945, to the Dantata family in Kano. His father Alhaji Alahssan Dantata was a business mogul and one of the richest men in Nigeria at that time. But despite been the son of such wealthy man, Abdulkadir worked very hard to build his own wealth.
His quest for knowledge made him travel to Sudan and Ghana where he acquired a certificate in Islamic studies in 1956. He came back to Nigeria to complete his primary education before proceeding to acquire His grade two teacher's certificate in 1968. He later joined his family business of groundnuts and other agricultural products.
Unlike his peers, his love for business propelled him to establish his Dantata land and Seas, a company that was into civil engineering, transportation, and farming. In 1975, the company later developed into one of the biggest Construction company in Nigeria- Dantata and Sawoe.
He was the chairman of various companies which include Brunelli Construction company limited, Asada group and WJ Syndicate.
Until his death, He earned himself the prestigious national award of the commander of the federal republic (CFR) due to its good works and his contribution to the nations development.
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